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The new Architectural Digest 100
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Architecture and design are not static professions: Styles evolve, technologies advance, challenges propel. Driving this perpetual change in 2012 are the celebrated men and women of the new AD100, from an influential decorator working solo to visionary architects managing a spectrum of satellite offices. The following esteemed firms represent a fellowship of trailblazers and standard-bearers whose work is imaginative, intelligent, and inspiring. More

A high-level collaboration on a SoHo loft in New York
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Holding open the door to her fourth-floor loft in SoHo,N.Y., the choreographer and dancer Elizabeth Streb tried not to laugh at the sounds of exertion as a visitor struggled up the last steep flight of stairs. "I can't say I don't enjoy it," she said mischievously, acknowledging the perverse delight she takes in hearing guests gasp for breath as they clomp up the stairs to reach the place she has called home for the last 34 years.

Louboutin at leisure
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French shoe designer Christian Louboutin lives between two worlds. One is the realm of fashion and star-studded events — the signature red-soled stilettos he creates make regular appearances on international red carpets. The other is a private retreat nestled in the desert near the Egyptian city of Aswân, not far from the banks of the Nile. (The ruins of an ancient temple stand within walking distance of his house.) Louboutin comes here throughout the year to design new collections, rest, and practice yoga. Once a craftsman's workshop, the building is made of earthen bricks, employing a technique that has been used in Egypt for thousands of years. Louboutin added an additional floor and a rooftop belvedere with views of the surrounding desert. More

Bold floor lamps by Viso
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Make a strong style statement with these bold floor lamps by Viso. Designer Filipe Lisboa created the JUJU and Archie lamps with thoughts of function and an eye toward modern art. Were not sure what qualities of the JUJU floor lamp caught out attention first its impressive height, the seductive hourglass-shaped body or the dramatic oversized shade. Regardless, the three elements work together, resulting in a real stand-out object of fashion and function for the home. The high-gloss base comes in black or white, and customizable shades are available. Equally arresting but totally unique in terms of aesthetic, the Archie lamp is an overarching design that screams style! indoors or out. More

Crystal wonders at Design Miami 2011
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Crystal brand Swarovski and experimental artist Erwin Redl unveiled the second in a series of collaborative installations at last month's Design Miami show. Crystal Matrix II, a moving installation made of cut crystal and LEDs, was commissioned especially for the design show through the brand's Swarovski Crystal Palace project, an initiative that challenges artists to reinterpret the classic crystal chandelier. More

'Hardware store' decor: Candlesticks made of plumbing parts
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One minute, 26 seconds. That's how long it took to assemble the largest candlestick pictured here, one of more than three dozen ideas in Stephen Antonson and Kathleen Hackett's "Home From the Hardware Store." The best craft projects generate an immediate reaction — quick recognition of a bit of wit. In this case, it's an amusing riff on silver candlesticks using steel hex bushings from the plumbing aisle of Lowe's. Wipe them clean with a damp rag, screw them together, done. More

Modernist dollhouses offer peephole onto modern home life
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Scandinavian design has influenced the world in ways both large and small. During the second half of the 20th century, Scandinavian toy makers took to representing modernist interior-design trends in children's playthings. A forthcoming book, Scandinavian Design in the Doll's House (Arvinius, 2012), offers a visually arresting -- and terrifically voyeuristic -- look at post-war Nordic domestic life through the lens of tiny houses. More

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