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et’s face it. Residential architecture has taken a beating in the last few years. The economy has slowed new home construction to a crawl in most states, and many architectural firms with significant new residential work a few years back have found themselves switching gears into renovations and additions. Such is the market today. Nonetheless, the American ideal, the dream home, is deeply ingrained in our collective psyche, and there are plenty of clients out there who have ventured into new construction. In this issue, we’re celebrating residential architecture by touring three new homes in Colorado, Wyoming and Nevada that shelter and nurture the homeowners and make the most of their settings. We’d like to think of these new homes as harbingers of a turnaround in residential design. Also in this issue, we welcome back writer Kimberly MacArthur Graham, who is not only also an artist, but principal of Denver’s Layer Cake, LLC, a marketing and publicity firm for clients in the design/build industry. Read her detailed tips on working with the media in the “Marketing” column. My personal take-away from her article? I’m investing in something royal blue or pastel for my close-up. I finally screwed up the courage to admit to our social media/web guru Pamela Bir that I did not know what an RSS feed was. Apparently, I’m not the only one bewildered by the little orange square with the radio waves on it. Pamela very patiently explains RSS to all of us in this issue’s “Technology” column. Want more? Take a tour of the most recent winners of AIA Western Mountain Region’s design competition and shine a light on new choices in table lamps, this issue’s “Market Watch” subject. It’s not to early to plan a trek to Denver for the annual re-New Design event (that’s the new name for the former Rocky Mountain Designers’ Market) at the Denver Design District. The event is two days’ worth of exhibits, talks and demos, not to mention showroom receptions and new product launches. This year, it’s May 4 and 5, and I will be there once again at the Hoff Miller showroom for a portfolio review. For more information, visit or Finally, the metro Phoenix interior design community lost some legendary designers in the past few months. We said goodbye to Mary Jo Hooker, Dennis Johnson and Lou Knaak, all award-winning talents. Our condolences to their loved ones and colleagues. —Nora Burba Trulsson

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Architect Cherie Goff, vice president of Harvey M. Hine Architecture + Interiors in Boulder, Colorado, hails from a small mountain town in the northern portion of that state, not exactly a hot spot for architecture. But from a young age, Goff showed a penchant for design and worked as a receptionist for a local architect during high school. She caught the bug and headed to the University of Oklahoma to study architecture, then on to the University of Texas in Austin for her master’s in architecture. After years of working in Austin, Tucson and Boston, and living in Denmark for a year (where her husband was studying), she returned to Colorado, joining architect Hine in 2004. “I grew up in the mountains,” says Goff, “and when the opportunity came up to move back to Colorado, all I could think about was shoveling snow, but Boulder’s not like that.” Boulder, indeed, has been great to Goff. At Harvey M. Hine, where she became a partner in 2008, she has helped foster the firm’s residential, commercial and mixed-use projects, with an eye for modern design, sustainability and simplicity. One

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IA Utah recently announced the winners of its 2010 Design Awards. Five projects were

honored, each receiving a Merit Award. Receiving awards were Axis Architects for H-House and for Utah

Tucson, Arizonabased Ibarra Rosano Design Architects has been selected as one of 50 international architects for “The Short List of Architects We Love”

by Residential Architect Magazine. The husband and wife team of Luis Ibarra and Teresa Rosano, AIA, LEED Teresa Rosano and Luis Ibarra AP; founded their firm in 1999, specializing in modern desert residential and commercial design. RNL of Denver, Colorado and and Haselden Construction of Centennial, Colorado have been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado for the Research Support Facility expansion project. The 137,000-square-foot addition will complement the original building’s LEED Platinum design and will also seek Platinum certification. The four-story addition is scheduled for completion in October. Above: H-House by Axis Architects. Below: DWL Architects’ White Tank Branch Library.

Valley University Noorda Theatre, Blalock & Partners for Salt Lake County Public Works Administration Building, GSBS Architects for the Center For Advanced Energy Studies, and AJC Architects for Tracy Aviary Visitor Education Center (unbuilt). All firms are located in Salt Lake City. Jurors for the design program were Prescott Muir, FAIA; John Enright, AIA; Eric Strain, AIA; and Linda Pollak. The White Tank Branch Library and Nature Center in Waddell, Arizona has achieved LEED Platinum certification. Designed by DWL Architects + Planners, Inc. of Phoenix and built by Mortenson Construction of Chandler, Arizona, the

29,000-square-foot, $8 million library/ nature center sits at the entrance to the White Tank Mountain Regional Park. The building’s environmentally friendly features include a rooftop photovoltaic collector, an automated Mecho Shade system, automated lighting and dimming controls, daylighting strategies and water-conserving plumbing fixtures. The project is the first public library to receive Platinum certification in Arizona. 


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RNL’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory Research Support Facility expansion.

RNL’s Hannelly Center.

RNL’s Phoenix office has announced groundbreaking on the Hannelly Center expansion and remodeling at Phoenix College, also in Phoenix. The 58,000-squarefoot addition expands the existing student center and renovates the current learning center building to create a new student union for the community college. Scheduled to be completed in December 2012, the project is being built by D.L Withers Construction of Phoenix.

porary facility includes a 4,300-square-foot waiting area with arch accents reminiscent of the old Union Station architecture, baggage area, ticket and administrative offices and locker rooms. A portion of the existing platform canopy at the old station was moved to the new facility to create an inviting entrance. Phoenix-based Holly Street Studio Architects has completed a 10,000-square-foot, $3.6 million exhibition building for the City of Scottsdale, Arizona’s McCormick Stillman Railroad Park. The building showcases

Danoski Clutts’ Lick.

Danoski Clutts Building Group of Las Vegas, Nevada has completed two projects in that city. Lick, a specialty confectionery boutique at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, offers clients candy-tasting opportunities and the ability to take snapshots of their tongues as part of the store’s tagline, “What color is your tongue?” Also completed was a $1.3 million, 15,000square-foot expansion to Faith Community Lutheran Church and Schools’ Family Life Center. The expansion includes a second-

story addition for more classroom and office space.

model railroad layouts, exhibits and interactive opportunities for children. The new facility features windows that overlook the park’s other railroad-themed attractions and is slated for LEED Gold certification through such strategies as photovoltaic solar panels and re-purposed materials.

the entry, lobby, restaurant, pool and outdoor areas. In other PHX Architecture news, the firm has hired Maurita Walker, AIA, LEED AP, as project architect. A graduate of Kent State University, Walker was previously with RSP Architects, Ltd. of Tempe, Arizona. With PHX Architecture, she served as project architect on The Wigwam renoMaurita Walker vation.

Holly Street Studio Architects’ McCormick Stillman Railroad Park building.

A $7 million renovation has been completed at The Wigwam, a historic resort in Litchfield Park, Arizona that dates to 1918. The project’s design team included Erik B. Peterson, AIA, of PHX Architecture (formerly Peterson Architecture & Associates); interior designer Beth McGehee of Studio B ; and Greey/Pickett landscape architecture, all of Scottsdale. The scope of work included

Ewers Architecture’s dormitory project.

Peter Ewers, AIA, LEED AP, of Ewers Architecture in Golden, Colorado has announced the completion of a new boys’ dormitory at The Lowell Whiteman School

Denver Amtrack station by Pahl Architecture.

Denver’s Pahl Architecture has completed the renovation of an existing warehouse to create a temporary but fully functional Amtrak train station and regional operations center while the city’s Union Station undergoes a transformation. The tem-

Restaurant consultant Jim Smith, chef Chris Bianco and architect Erik B. Peterson of PHX Architecture at The Wigwam.

in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The project for the coed, college preparatory school reflected the institution’s sustainability mission by including such elements as waterconserving plumbing fixtures, radiant floor heating and the use of beetle-kill pine for interior and exterior finishes. Scottsdale interior designer Sharon Woodward, IFDA, has completed the interior renovation of a residence, also in ScottsF e b r ua r y / M a r c h 2011



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dale. Woodward used a country French theme for the project, which included fauxfinished wall surfaces, custom windowcoverings, artwork selection and furnishing interior and patio spaces with existing and new pieces. The Scottsdale Robb & Stucky interior design studio has been selected to complete two model homes for Cullum Homes’ new development, The Village at Paradise Reserve in Phoenix. The studio’s manager of design, Robyn Randall, ASID, says that the furnishings and interior design firm will showcase the work of five designers for each model home. Rysso-Peters, a Scottsdale custom cabinetry firm, will be providing cabinetry for the homes. Denver- and Aspen, Colorado-based architectural firm Rowland + Broughton is serving as architect of record for the renovation of the St. Regis Aspen Resort. The scope of the project includes 179 guest rooms and suites, the restaurant, lobby and all other public spaces. The Flagstaff Design Center of Flagstaff, Arizona has been contracted by the Grand Canyon Plaza Resort near Tusayan, Arizona to renovate the lobby and a wing of the hotel. The project will include new

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firm, has completed three hillside homes in Prescott, Arizona. The homes showcase the customization possibilities of the ASUL system, notes firm founder Tim Russell. Some 28 Colorado interior designers have been selected to participate in the annual Denver Designer Show House at the historic Cowperthwaite estate in the city’s Country Club neighborhood. The design teams include Stuart Hough and Lynne Hanna of Eurasian Interiors, and Kelly Zibell and Mary Knape of Knape and Zibell Interior Design. Carolyn Baker of Koshi-Baker Design Associates serves as one of the showhouse chairs. The completed home will be open for public tours two weekends in April, with proceeds benefitting The Children’s Hospital. The Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects has elevated 104 members to its College of Fellows. Among the members who can now add “FAIA� to their names are Cheri Rodgers Gerou of Denver; Richard Licata of Reno, Nevada; Scott Lindenau of Aspen and Douglas Sydnor of Scottsdale. The new Fellows will be honored at a ceremony at the 2011 national AIA convention in New Orleans, Louisiana in May. AIA Colorado recently announced its 2011 Board of Directors. Included on the board are Steven Schonberger of Denver’s AR7 Architects as president, Ernest Joyner of Denver’s Sink Combs Dethiefs as president-elect, Mike Wisneski of Denver as treasurer, Gail Pelsue of Denver’s Pelsue Architecture as treasurer-elect and Angela Tirri Van Do of Boulder Associates Architects as secretary. Dede Radford of Scottsdale has been elected to serve on the IFDA Board of Directors as a director at large. The position is a threeyear term. Radford, a former president of Dede Radford the IFDA Arizona Chapter, is the DunnEdwards Corporation’s design services

NdjgHdjgXZ[dg6gi!;gVbZB^ggdg professional for Arizona. DLR Group in Phoenix has promoted seven individuals within the architectural firm. David Boehm, AIA, LEED AP, David Boehm was appointed senior principal; Scott Shively, AIA, LEED AP, was promoted to principal; and Elizabeth Rendon, AIA, was named senior associate. Ricky Austin, Associate AIA; Andrew Dunlap, Associate AIA; Jason Hocking, LEED AP; and Karen Heck were promoted to associates. Fred E. Zrmack, Jr., AIA, has completed licensing requirements to become a registered architect in Arizona. The Mesa, Arizona architect is principal of FEZ Architectural Design, Inc., which recently completed the Papago Buttes Church in Scottsdale. Roth + Sheppard Architects of Denver has relocated to the historic Wazee Exchange Building in the city’s LoDo district. The move is to accommodate projected growth for the 16-person firm, which specializes in restaurant, retail and justice projects. The practice was founded in 1983 by Herb Roth, FAIA, and Jeff Sheppard, AIA. The Las Vegas Design Center has announced the openings of two new showrooms. Palacek, founded in the San Francisco area 35 years ago, has opened a 2,500-square-foot showroom that will feature its wood, wicker, rattan and metal furniture, upholstery, lighting, wall decor, accessories and more. LMS Design Group has opened a 5,000-square-foot showroom as a multi-line fabric and furniture resource. Lines represented include Duralee, Artifacts International and Highland Court. Pacific Mfg. Co., a Phoenix manufacturer of custom upholstered furniture, has re-roofed their 50-year-old facility with integrated solar panels. The new roof will generate up to 80 percent of the facility’s electrical needs. The firm, owned by Mark and Beth Erwin, was established in 1958 and also has a showroom at the Arizona Design Center in Scottsdale. n

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ost design professionals–okay, most of us, period–look forward to the day that a member of the media makes contact. Your press release did its job: the media WANTS you! After your well-earned victory dance, think. Do you know what to do to turn this opportunity into a relationship? Just as important, do you know what not to do? As someone who has at times found herself on each of the three sides of the media triangle (public relations, reporting and subject), I want to offer nine pieces of advice that will make your media encounters more productive, more fun and, therefore, more frequent. • Members of the media are (like most of us) always on deadline and, typically (again, like most of us), sprinting to the finish. Do your homework and find out when their regular deadlines are, whether daily, weekly or Members monthly, and refrain from making initial contact during those times. of the media • Make sure all correspondence

love to find quotable people, passionate experts who color their expertise with

contains all of your contact information: phone, e-mail and website. The easier it is for a journalist to follow up with you, the more likely it is to happen. Give them options so they can decide what makes the most sense, given their needs (e.g., a quick factcheck or your resume) and their timeframe. • Respect reporters’ unforgiving schedules by responding promptly

and thoroughly to all requests. Treat them as you would your best client or relevant humor biggest prospect and provide the best information possible. When a writer or anecdotes. requests “two examples of recent hospitality projects,” help her out with just that. Do not expect her to review your entire portfolio or drill down into your website. • If a journalist wants an interview, make yourself as available as reasonably possible. Unless you are not “breaking news,” (and let’s face it, design rarely is), there is always another story or another source that can take your place. Once the interview is set, be on time and do not cancel unless absolutely necessary, and with notice. Be aware that no matter your reason for rescheduling, this may kill the story due to press deadlines. • During the interview, stay on topic but have some fun and be (a better version of) yourself. Members of the 12


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media love to find quotable people, passionate experts who color their expertise with relevant humor or anecdotes. Be original! • If you are asked to supply photos, provide professional-quality shots, in the right format and high enough resolution, by the deadline. If they request a photo shoot, the same rules of availability and courtesy apply as with an interview. If you are unsure of what to wear, ask! • Understand that while a media kit, or background information, is welcome, reporters’ time constraints and multiple assignments (sound familiar?) mean they may ask something that you feel is covered in the media kit. Have a heart: bite your tongue and answer without pointing it out. • Never ask to see a story before it goes to press. A good reporter won’t let the source see (much less edit) the copy or control the story. You can request a quick review of your quotes or, sometimes–with longer-lead articles, a fact-check with the editor. Again, you will not be allowed to review the copy, but you will have the opportunity to verbally review facts and quotes for accuracy. • Broadcast media has its own playbook, but the primary thing is both the most obvious and the most difficult: speak clearly in short, complete answers. Create your own “sound bites” to avoid having your words edited out of context. Think for a moment before speaking if necessary. Determine key points in advance, then use a verbal cue such as, “the most important factor is.” Secondarily, pay attention to your posture and (if it’s a scheduled interview) your clothing. Choose solid colors, either pastels or royal blue are best; solid black or white are worst. Though variable, all of these tips serve a single goal: to make the media’s job easy. Highlight and share your expertise, your savvy, your awareness of trends. Share your time and, whenever possible, meet the reporter’s schedule. Provide clear information in an original voice that will interest, entertain or inform their audience. In other words, help them craft a great story–this is the best return on their investment, and it will bring them back again and again. n

Kimberly MacArthur Graham is a frequent contributor to design and lifestyle publications, as well as founding principal of Layer Cake, LLC, a boutique firm that specializes in marketing communications and publicity for clients in the building and design industry. For more information, visit or contact or (720) 319-7564.

Datebook F E bruar y February 24 IIDA Southwest Chapter Couture 2011, Hotel Valley Ho, Scottsdale, AZ; www. February 24 The Reference Library Breakfast, Tempe, AZ; Viracon, Daylighting and Integrated Facade Design–Exterior Glass. M arch March 3 Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture 2011 Lecture Series, Taliesin West, Scottsdale, AZ; Michael Pinto, Osborn Architects, Glendale, CA. March 3-4 The Next West: 20th Anniversary Land Use Conference, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Denver, CO; March 4-5 Flagstaff Design Center Home Show, Flagstaff Design Center, Flagstaff, AZ; March 4-5 Green Roofs Seminar: Design, Implementation and Maintenance, University of Colorado, Denver, CO; March 5-12 CANstruction, RED Development, CityScape, Phoenix, AZ; March 14-17 Coverings 2011, Sands Expo and Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV; www. March 24 Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture 2011 Lecture Series, Taliesin West, Scottsdale, AZ; Jason Payne, Hirsuta, Los Angeles, CA.

April 21 Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture 2011 Lecture Series, Taliesin West, Scottsdale, AZ; DianeReicher Jacobs, Holly Street Studio, Phoenix, AZ. April 25-May 6 Israel: An Architect’s View of 2,000 Years of Structure and Design, various locations in Israel, Guided tour of Israel, presented by AIA Utah. April 28 Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture 2011 Lecture Series, Taliesin West, Scottsdale, AZ; Brad Cloepfil, Allied Works Architecture, Portland, OR.

M ay May 4-5 Re-New Design (formerly Rocky Mountain Designers’ Market), Denver Design District, Denver, CO; May 6-7 AltBuild Expo and Conference, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, CA; Presented by the City of Santa Monica. May 12-14 AIA 2011 National Convention and Design Exposition, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA; www. n

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You might not think a book about concrete would make it to the top of your nightstand reading pile or be artfully displayed on the coffee table in your firm’s lobby. However, Concrete: A Seven-Thousand-Year History (The Quantuck Lane Press, 2010) is a fascinating read. Author Reese Palley traces the ubiquitous material from ancient times (could the pyramids have been partially poured?) to the modern era (Santiago Calatrava’s Buenos Aires bridge). In between, there are World War II listening posts, bunkers, dams, sculpture, lighthouses and more. The bonus? Palley dishes out plenty of pithy comments.

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isit Phil Perry’s 21,000-square-foot warehouse and showroom near downtown Tucson and you’ll quickly see that he has many irons in the fire (metalworking pun intended). There’s an area in the back of the 1940s red brick warehouse where roman shades–Perry’s original product–are still handcrafted, along with draperies, valances and cornices, while another large space is devoted to the making of iron drapery rods (straight and curved), rings, wands and brackets. Many of the shades are motorized, another Perry area of expertise. Then there’s the sculptural steel furniture, including coffee and dining tables, beds, chairs and planters, artfully displayed in a tothe-trade showroom near the building’s entrance, and, if you look closely enough, you’ll see Perry’s painting and photography studios near the administrative offices. This design-industry renaissance man is low key about his many talents, preferring to paint himself as a college



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dropout from Texas who moved to Tucson in 1968 looking for work. Perry quickly found a job making window shades, learning all the old styles. Before long, he bought a wholesale drapery business, and Perry Design was born, serving the interior design trade. The business got a huge boost when Perry’s roman shades attracted the attention of noted interior designer Angelo Donghia, whose Donghia showrooms represented the line nationally during the 1980s. The drapery rod line came next, when, in the early 1990s, Perry did a job for a Tucson interior designer, Linda Robinson. “I was installing draperies for her,” Perry recalls, “and I picked up the iron rod she had specified. All the rust came off on my hands. I decided I could create something better.” Perry bought himself a welder at a garage sale, taught himself to weld “just enough so I could understand and hire welders,” and created a portfolio of rod styles that could easily be customized. Robinson wielded a more lasting influence on Perry, professionally and personally. The two collaborated on projects, dated and married. Robinson’s design firm, Robinson Perry Design Group LLC, is also located in the warehouse. “Linda is my greatest muse,” says Perry. “Being an interior designer, she has a perception of the world that I don’t.” The drapery rods begat the furniture, which Perry admits he enjoys immensely. “I’ve always loved making custom furnishings, so that seemed to be a natural evolution.” A recent addition to the Perry family of furniture products is Steelworks by Lawrence Lake, a series of edgy, contemporary steel tables designed by the Scottsdale, Arizona-based interior and furniture designer. Perry’s art interests began years ago, when he would spend hours in the Tucson desert or up on nearby Mt. Lemmon, “shooting rolls and rolls of film.” He now

Hotel in Boston and The Boulders Resort in Carefree, Arizona. A current project? An 18,000-square-foot mansion on the Isle of Man that will be installed with 100 curved, motorized shades. “They found us on the Internet,” Perry explains. “Most of our business has always come from outside of Arizona,” he notes, explaining the many far-flung installations, “but Arizona’s design business has become very sophisticated during the last 20 years. We’re seeing more local designers as clients now.” Back at the warehouse, though, Perry paints, photographs, designs and solves tricky installation challenges, keeping those irons in the fire. It’s all in line with his company’s slogan: “Manufacturing interior designers’ dreams since 1971.” n

Perry Design & Manufacturing, Inc., 610 S. Park Ave., Tucson, AZ 85719; (520) 8845152 or Above: A residential installation with Perry Design beds and shade. Right: Perry’s Barcelona wall lamp.

photographs all the products in-house, and has recently taken up painting, with some of his canvases winding up in Linda Robinson interior projects. “If I don’t paint or take pictures, I go nuts. The painting in particular allows me to become more connected with my intuition.” Perry’s intuitive artistry aside, the business has had an expansive four decades. The company has 32 reps and is in 18 showrooms nationally, while the Tucson site is home to about 15 to 20 employees. While Perry has no intention of slowing down, he has been joined in the business by his sons, Matthew and Patrick. “I think of them as Perry 2.0,” he quips. Perry’s products have been installed in high-profile locales such as the Bellagio and Mirage hotel casinos in Las Vegas, Tucson’s Miraval spa resort, the XV Beacon

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Technology }}} RSS Feeds 101

By Pamela Bir


SS stands for Really Simple Syndication. It’s also called XML feed, syndicated content and web feed. Podcasting is a special type of feed that is used to distribute audio files. A podcast could be music or a narration for your tour through a museum. A feed is frequently updated content that is published on a website or blog. The purpose of RSS is to allow the content to be distributed. If I have a standard website or blog, I am dependent on you coming to my website to read my new information. A feed allows me to send information to you. You control the information you receive by subscribing to the feed. A feed is typically a small piece of information on a specific topic. For example, instead of sending a newsletter to all of my clients about all of the soft-

ware I work with, a feed allows me to send just Salesforce articles to just Salesforce users. I would compare RSS feeds to a clipping service. You’re saying, “These are the topics I’m interested in. Search them out and deliver For your website them to my reader.” The icon for RSS is an or blog, orange square with white it’s important radio waves. It tells you that to offer an RSS feed the website you’re viewing offers RSS feeds. to encourage Most subscriptions are your visitors free. A subscription will automatically pull new to stay involved posts from the RSS feed and with you. let you view them in your reader. Most readers give you the ability to tag posts for later searches. You can build your own library of information about your favorite topics. Most readers allow you to choose to receive new posts only or posts and their comments. The original post may be an editorial, a link to an article on the topic, a link to an interesting website, a photo. Really anything that can go on a website can be a post. Comments are from the visitors to the website or blog. It could be a question to clarify something the author said in the original post. It could be

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iar with RSS readers, this is the way for you to get in touch with them. For your website or blog, it’s important to offer an RSS feed to encourage your visitors to stay involved with you. Promote the feed along with your other marketing and social media efforts. You want to build a community of people interested in what you’re saying. For you as a professional, sign up for feeds that give you educational or industry news. Stay on top of new products or trends. n

Take a look at these sites offering RSS feeds:

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an opinion, a disagreement or another perspective. The whole point of blogs is to encourage discussion. The author wants to hear from you! There are many readers available to you, including Internet Explorer version 7+, Microsoft Outlook version 2007+, Google Reader, RSSReader, Snarfer, GrabIt. Some like Outlook store the posts on your hard drive. Others like Google Reader store everything in the cloud, thus saving your hard drive space and making the information available from any computer. Like any other type of software, the readers have different features and benefits. Try out two or three to find the one that suits you best. A relatively new development in RSS is the ability to have an e-mail subscription. (See an example on the Your Computer Lady blog.) Instead of using a reader, a visitor can sign up to receive posts via e-mail that will come right to their Inbox. If you’re one of my subscribers, for example, on Tuesday and Thursday you could automatically receive a new tip about Microsoft Office from Your Computer Lady. If you’re marketing to an older audience that isn’t famil-

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Homes That Celebrate The Siteâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;And A Slower Pace of Life B y N o ra B urba Tru l s s o n

Peaks View Residence Wilson, Wyoming Eric Logan, AIA Carney Logan Burke Architects Jackson, Wyoming



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he three-and-a-half-acre site was once a hay meadow, part of a sprawling ranch that hugged the edges of Wyomingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Teton Range. It was here, on a flat site overlooking a pond and wetlands, that a couple with three young children wanted to build a family home, a retreat from the hubbub of modern suburban life. To create the home, they turned to the talents of architect Eric Logan, AIA, principal of Carney Logan Burke Architects.

Left: An angled roofline above a glass pavilion gives a Wyoming home its modern edge in the back of the property, while more traditional forms face the street. Below: Japanese-inspired slats screen a floating staircase in the home’s entry gallery.

“It’s a great place to raise kids,” says Logan of the property. “There’s plenty of room for them to run around. This family also skis, bikes and likes to entertain outdoors, so there’s plenty of space.” An early challenge for the project was the overall design style. The clients, says Logan, wanted a modern, reductive approach to the design. However, the property was part of a development with decidedly conservative design guidelines, ones that favored rustic, traditional architectural expressions. “The clients didn’t want to ruffle any feathers with this house,” explains Logan, “so we decided to meld traditional forms and materials with a modern aesthetic.” Logan and the Carney Logan Burke Architects design team came up with a plan that breaks the 6,500-square-foot home into three parts. A pair of two-story gable-roofed volumes are set perpendicularly to one another and present a traditional face to the neighborhood and street. A onestory pavilion with a broad roofline that soars towards the F e b r ua r y / M a r c h 2011



A cast-in-place concrete fireplace warms the living and dining areas.

mountains angles out between the two traditional forms of the house, and gives the home its modern pedigree in the privacy of the back yard. In plan, the entry is a gallery space connecting the twostory sections of the house, leading to the modern pavilion, which includes the kitchen, dining and living areas. The smaller of the two-story wings contains a media room and guest suite on the first level and the master suite and study on the second floor. The larger two-story wing includes the garage, a mud room, wine storage and a room for sporting equipment on the first floor and the children’s bedrooms and baths above. The three buildings wrap around a south-facing courtyard, perfect for Wyoming’s brief summer, while the pavilion’s broad overhang extends over a generously proportioned patio, accessible from the living room. The exterior materials include glass, cast-in-place concrete–in the form of site walls and a soaring chimney that pierces the pavilion roof–and two kinds of cedar cladding, which create pattern and texture on the walls. Indoors, 22


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background materials were kept warm and simple, and include hemlock cladding for the ceiling, hickory flooring and sapele millwork. In the entry, an heirloom kimono was displayed as artwork against one wall. The nearby floating staircase to the second floor is a nod to Japanese design with its shoji-inspired screening. The kitchen, dining and living spaces are marked by a series of cabinetry “boxes,” Logan explains, which define space without overwhelming the open floorplan. Other architectural details include a frosted-glass cabinet for stemware that floats above the kitchen island and a spiral staircase that links the children’s bedrooms to the courtyard below. Furnishings are a mix of pieces from a previous residence and new, albeit with simple lines and sturdy finishes to withstand the rigors of active family life. Outdoors, the landscape was equally simple, with native trees and shrubs planted near the home for shade and shelter, while the rest of the site remains in its natural state. “Their lawn is really simply mowing down a part of the native grasses,” says Logan.

Above: An heirloom kimono greets visitors in the entry gallery. Left: Simple materials and pale colors combine to create an airy bathroom.





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Above: The back of the house overlooks a pond, wetlands and mountains. The spiral staircase leads from the children’s rooms to a courtyard. Opposite page top: A generous roof overhang shelters a patio off the living room. Opposite page bottom: The home’s two traditional forms are visible from the street, while the glass-walled entry leads to the modern pavilion in the rear.

A geothermal heating system, plenty of daylighting and siting for the best passive solar heat gain are among the home’s eco-friendly strategies. Completed last year, the new home has allowed the clients to have a place where they can nurture family life in nature, with plenty of cozy spaces for gathering and loads of room for running free.

Architecture: Carney Logan Burke Architects, 215 S. King St., Jackson, WY 83001; (307) 733-4000 or Builder: Dembergh Construction, 1230 N. Ida Lane, #7, Wilson, WY 83014; (307) 733-0133 or Landscape architecture: Hershberger Design, 560 S. Glenwood, Jackson, WY 83001; (307) 739-1001 or F e b r ua r y / M a r c h 2011



The Quarry House Lyons, Colorado Cherie Goff, AIA Kate Dixon, IIDA, Allied Member ASID Harvey M. Hine Architecture + Interiors Boulder, Colorado



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Photography by Ben Tremper

rom the start, architect Cherie Goff, a principal of Harvey M. Hine Architecture + Interiors, knew that this was no ordinary client and that his was no ordinary residential lot. The client, who had worked with firm founder Harvey Hine on a previous residence, was a bachelor at the start of the project, deeply interested in yoga and desired a house that could work for a single person, yet be adaptable to accommodate the family he hoped to start in the near future. He came to initial meetings with design inspirations that included the villa featured in the

Native stone walls link the house to its site, which was once a quarry. The glass and metal “box” is the home’s yoga studio.

movie “To Catch a Thief,” as well as a modern cabin he’d seen in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest. His lot? “The property is 11 acres up a very steep valley behind a suburban development,” explains Goff, who worked on the project with interior designer Kate Dixon. “It’s a former quarry in the high desert. There was an existing driveway to the lot, but nobody had ever built there.” While the property has beautiful views up the rocky hillside and down the pine-dotted valley, there really was only one

spot level enough for building. Goff designed a simple, rectangular form for the 3,500square-foot house, with a north-south orientation, and split the plan into three levels that follow the slope of the landscape. The main level includes the garage, entry, an open kitchen, dining and living space; a guest room and for the owner’s large dogs, their own special room. A yoga studio, offset from the rectangular main house, can be accessed from the living room or a private patio. A partial upper level F e b r ua r y / M a r c h 2011



contains the master suite, while the lower level includes two children’s bedrooms and their recreation areas. “All three levels have walk-out access to the property,” says Goff, pointing out the home’s indoor-outdoor plan that take advantage of the property’s setting. “Even the dog room has a patio.” The home’s exterior includes long north-south walls clad in local sandstone, while the east and west walls are lighter materials–glass and metal. A single sloped roof 28


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form follows the pitch of the site. The yoga studio, a metal-framed glass box, cantilevers from the main level over the landscape, supported by slender, leaning metal posts, inspired by a grove of aspen trees. Natural and industrial materials were juxtaposed inside. Pale ceramic tile is the no-nonsense flooring throughout much of the house, while clay plaster adds dimension to interior walls. Maple plywood clads the ceilings, and maple barn doors close off portions of the house for privacy.

Left: A sculptural steel staircase separates the kitchen and dining area from the living room and leads up to the master suite. Below: Simple lines and deep neutral hues are the hallmarks of the furnishings. In the kitchen, a cabinet that surrounds the refrigerator doubles as a bookshelf next to the bar.

The kitchenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dark cabinetry is contrasted by stainless steel and concrete countertops. The cabinet surrounding the refrigerator doubles as a bookcase on the living room side. A central organizing element on the main floor is a steel staircase, veiled in perforated metal and supported by leaning posts, which echo the yoga studioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s design. Dixon specified furnishings that were practical and comfortable, be it for a bachelor or a young family. Dark sofas angle around the living roomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stone-clad fireplace. The square dining table can accommodate up to eight, while a bar in the kitchen serves as a hangout for two or three. Dixon used a color palette of deep neutrals, and materials and finishes tough enough for dogs and kids.

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Right: Perforated metal veils the staircase up to the master suite. Below: The home was sited on a slope, giving each level access to the outdoors. Opposite page: The home’s metal and glass yoga studio cantilevers from the main level, supported by angled posts that were inspired by the trunks of aspen trees.

Most of the home was completed in 2007, Goff explains. The homeowner did, in fact, marry and, before long, had two children. “The wife loves the house just as much as he does,” notes Goff. “In fact, the lower level was just completed last year as a place for both children.” n

Architecture and interior design: Harvey M. Hine Architecture + Interiors, 1701 15th St., Boulder, CO 80302; (303) 444-8488 or www. Builder: Keller Custom Homes, Greely, CO; (970) 330-5244. Landscape architecture: K. Dakin Design, 1240 LaFarge Ave., Louisville, CO 80027; (303) 6042988 or Kitchen cabinetry: Ultracraft, through Beth Chisolm Kitchen Architecture, Inc., Niwot, CO; (303) 442-3549 or Interior plaster: American Clay, www.american



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House in 2 Parts Las Vegas, Nevada

Eric Strain, AIA AssemblageStudio

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Las Vegas, Nevada ownsizing was the idea when a couple with college-age children purchased a residential lot in the Las Vegas community of Summerlin. The husband and wife asked architect Eric Strain and his design team at AssemblageStudio to create an easy, moderately sized home overlooking a golf course, where they could be comfortable alone or with their children as they went through semesters, degrees and future jobs.


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By Nora Burba Trulsson Photography by Eric Jamison, Studio J, Inc.

The sloping, half-acre site seemed perfect for a desert house. Against a backdrop of the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation area, the lot had sweeping views to the east of the valley and the Las Vegas Strip. The only catch? Size. “The clients really wanted a house that was about 2,500 to 3,000 square feet,” recalls Strain, principal and founder of the firm. “The development, however, had a minimum square footage requirement that was about twice that size.”

Above: Both the main house on the left and the second “part” on the right open onto the landscaped patio and pool area. Right: Red tile defines the edge of the pool, which has views of the golf course and valley beyond.

Over the years, Strain had been experimenting with home designs that would allow owners to both downsize and remain in place, creating separate living spaces that could serve visiting adult children, aging parents or as rental income. The Summerlin project seemed like the perfect opportunity to put these theories to use. “We decided to design what we call ‘a house in two parts,’” explains Strain. “One part would be the main house for

the homeowners, while the other part would be a complete home for the adult children, guests or even for future rental income.” Strain developed a plan so that each part would be about 3,000 square feet, thereby meeting the development’s design guidelines. Strain sited each part–each house–at the edge of the slope, creating an upper-level entry and a lower level that opens onto the back yard for both homes. Visitors arrive via F e b r ua r y / M a r c h 2011



A cantilevered entry bridge leads to a balcony that links the upper levels of both parts of the house.

driveway. The main house, with a two-car garage, is visible first, while the secondary house, with a one-car garage is slightly angled and stepped back. Both homes are linked by a cantilevered bridge walkway that leads to a shared entry balcony. The upper level of the main house includes an open kitchen, dining and living area, while the upper level of the secondary home has both public living spaces and a bedroom. The lower level of the main house is made up of the master suite and a guest bedroom; the secondary house features a game room and media area on its lower level, along with two bedrooms. “Because of the lot’s pie shape, we had to place the garages at the western end of the project,” says Strain. “We couldn’t really take advantage of the Red Rock views. But both levels of both houses have huge, floor-to-ceiling views to the east and open onto the pool and patio at the lower level.” Strain also didn’t give away the expansive valley views by angling the two houses, in effect blocking vistas from the entry bridge. “The views happen once you’re on the balcony or inside.” In elevation, the residence is two simple, f lat-roofed rectangular forms, linked by the bridge and balcony, and patios below. Exterior materials are also simple–long planes of sandblasted CMU walls, glass and, to link the home to its desert site, patinaed copper cladding for the upper level. Inside, smooth white walls can show off colorful art, while sandstone tile flooring keeps things neutral underfoot. Sleek cabinetry and modern furnishings with punches of vivid color reflect the home’s architecture and the husband’s love of bright 34


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hues. Outdoors, patios lead to an elevated lap pool, edged in red tile, while the landscape highlights desert natives. The residence includes photovoltaic panels on the roof, and deflects heat and sun via wall placement and window overhangs. Other sustainable features include recycled content in the copper cladding and solar heat collectors to warm the pool. The main and secondary houses are on separate mechanical systems, allowing the owners to essentially shut down the secondary house when it’s not in use. Completed last year, the home’s out-of-the-ordinary plan has proven effective for the clients. The main house isn’t too big for just the two of them. When they entertain, both houses can handle a large crowd, inside and out. And, when family and friends are in residence, there’s plenty of privacy for all. n

Architecture: AssemblageStudio, 817 S. Main St., Suite 200, Las Vegas, NV 89101; (702) 464-5126 or www.assemblage Furniture and art: Elite Interior Design Studio & Associates/The Living Penthouse, 900 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Penthouse 1501, Las Vegas, NV 89101; (702) 997-1024. Kitchen cabinetry: Scavolini Las Vegas, 6125 S. Fort Apache Road, Suite 210, Las Vegas, NV 89148; (702) 451-1645 or www. Concrete masonry units: Tri Delta, a division of Superlite Block, 1011 E. Alexander Road, North Las Vegas, NV 89030; (702) 633-6787 or

Left: Copper cladding on the upper levels of the home’s exterior helps link the residence to its desert setting. Below left: The home’s second “part” contains a generous great room for visitors and family. Below: In the main house, stretches of white walls provide space to display the homeowners’ collection of contemporary art. Furnishings and lighting were also chosen for their modern edge.

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Best of the West AIA Western Mountain Region Design Awards } } } H O N OR AWAR D WI N N ERS

Bill Timmerman


he West’s best architecture was recognized recently during AIA Western Mountain Region’s annual design awards competition and presentation. Hosted by the AIA Utah Chapter, the awards were announced during a reception at the Silver Lake Lodge in Deer Valley, with 19 projects selected from 171 submissions by members of the Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming AIA chapters, which make up AIA WMR. The projects–six Honor awards, ten Merit awards and three awards for unbuilt work–were juried by Kristen R. Murray, AIA, of Olson Kundig Architects, Seattle, Washington; Robert J. Miklos, FAIA, of DesignLab Architects, Boston, Massachusetts; and Joan M. Sorrano, FAIA, of HGA Architecture Engineering Planning, Minneapolis, Minnesota. The competition was organized by Utah architect William Miller, FAIA.

Appaloosa Branch Library Scottsdale, Arizona

DWL Architects + Planners, Inc. Phoenix, Arizona

Douglas Sydnor Architect and Associates Scottsdale, Arizona



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Scottsdale’s newest branch library seemingly hovers on its desert site and is marked by a soaring, angled roofline, large expanses of glass walls and an iridescent, metal-clad skin. Inside, an exposed aggregate concrete wall separates the airy reading room from administrative offices and meeting spaces. Other design details include an entry bridge over an arroyo, a drive-through service window, a cafe for patrons and a floating, north-facing wall perforated with windows arranged in Morse code that spell out the library’s name. Strategies and systems such as a photovoltaic array on the roof, the use of locally produced products and a revegetation plan for the landscape helped the 21,000-squarefoot library earn LEED Gold certification.

Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation, Phase II

Phoenix, Arizona


Phoenix, Arizona Located on a prominent, gateway corner to Arizona State Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s downtown Phoenix campus, the building is home to the largest nursing program in the United States. The compact, five-story, steel-framed structure is clad in recycled copper and includes a high-performance glass curtain wall on the north and a lantern feature that wraps the main exterior circulation stair. The copper skin uses three different profiles in randomly repeating patterns, creating texture and a play of light and shadow. The copper panels are also perforated, providing air movement and shading for the exterior stairs and balconies. The building has received LEED Gold certification.

A House for Art Scottsdale, Arizona

Jones Studio, Inc. Phoenix, Arizona

A home that is both a winter residence and a showcase for a museum-quality collection of contemporary art reaches out into the desert in a series of glass, cast-in-place concrete and copper-clad wings. To accommodate the art in the 4,600-square-foot house, the interior was designed as a series of galleries, each illuminated with a different lighting technique. One gallery at the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entrance includes six-foot-deep, parabolic white plaster shafts that bounce and reflect light, integrating an adjustable electric lighting grid, which doubles as the mounting point for suspended art. Another gallery is perceived from the exterior as a glowing glass cube, with natural light diffused through a translucent film and a six-foot ceiling cavity, finally striking a white, stretched-fabric ceiling. Yet another gallery was created to accommodate a 30-foot-long painting. F e b r ua r y / M a r c h 2011



Mesa Community College Saguaro Building at Red Mountain Campus Mesa, Arizona


Phoenix, Arizona

The Red Mountain Campus of Mesa Community College is located at the outer edges of this desert suburb and features a prescribed architectural palette of red CMU and metal panels. The new building makes use of this palette distinctively and incorporates disparate programming into one structure, including science, performing arts, faculty offices and student services. The building includes a black box theater, offices framed by a shaded patio element with views of Red Mountain, a large trellis structure that envelops an outdoor performance and cafe space, and a two-story lobby that serves as a student union, with a cyber cafe and science-oriented terrariums.

The Bertram and Judith Kohl Building Oberlin College Oberlin, Ohio

Westlake Reed Leskosky Phoenix, Arizona

The new 37,000-square-foot building at Oberlin Collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Conservatory of Music complex is home to the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s jazz studies, music history and music theory programs and includes a world-class recording studio, flexible rehearsal and performance spaces, teaching studios, practice rooms, a library/archive and a glass-enclosed social hub. An elevated pedestrian link ties the new building with existing structures, while the third floor cantilevers between the new and old buildings, providing the social space and lounge that is the soul of project. The challenging goals of the programming included stringent acoustical and technology requirements, as well as sustainability systems, such as geothermal heating and cooling, that target LEED NC Gold certification. 38


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Bill Timmerman

Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center Phoenix, Arizona

Other 2010 AIA Western Mountain Region Design Award Winners Merit

Weddle Gilmore Black Rock Studio

• Project: 990 Architect: Rob Paulus Architects, Ltd. Tucson, Arizona

• Project: Tovrea Castle Architect: Westlake Reed Leskosky Phoenix, Arizona

The centerpiece of the Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area in Phoenix, the 7,850-squarefoot nature center was designed to foster the local Audubon chapter’s missions of conservation and nature-based education for urban school children. The main building includes exhibit space, a multipurpose room and administrative offices, while a smaller building serves as meeting space. Both buildings open on to shaded patios and overlook a wetlands and looping trails that lead down to the riverbed. The angled, straightforward design of the two buildings features corrugated, rusted Cor-Ten steel cladding, moveable glass walls, galvanized metal ceiling panels and polished concrete flooring. The project received LEED Platinum certification due to such elements as a photovoltaic solar array, an on-site wastewater treatment system that provides sub-surface irrigation, and locally sourced and recycled-content building materials.

• Project: Emigration Canyon Residence Architect: Sparano+ Moody Architecture Salt Lake City, Utah

• Project: White Cliffs Middle School Architect: DLR Group Phoenix, Arizona

Scottsdale, Arizona

• Project: Learning Cube–Dairy House Architect: Studio H:T Boulder, Colorado • Project: Michigan Avenue Residence Architect: Prescott Muir Architect Salt Lake City, Utah • Project: Sunnyslope Sustainable Architect: Marlene Imirzian & Associates Architects Phoenix, Arizona • Project: Taxi 2 Live-Work Architect: Alan Eban Brown Architects Eldorado Springs, Colorado

Unbuilt Project Awards • Project: Girl Scout Camp Sombrero Architect: Marlene Imirzian & Associates Architects Phoenix, Arizona • Project: Native American Community Academy Architect: Jon Anderson Architecture Albuquerque, New Mexico • Project: Eagle P-3 Fast Tracks Commuter Rail Maintenance Facility Architect: RNL Design Denver, Colorado

• Project: Teton Cabin Architect: Stephen Dynia Architects Jackson, Wyoming

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Chas McGrath

P h o t o g r ap h e r s o f d e sign Santa Fe, New Mexico


hen he’s not shooting architecture or interiors, Santa Fe photographer Chas McGrath enjoys fencing. He finds that the two arts are similar in many ways. “There’s a certain amount of pattern recognition both in photography and fencing,” McGrath explains. “With photography, there is that Gestalt moment when you suddenly see an arrangement of forms that visually engage you. In fencing, you begin to recognize patterns that your opponent may use. “On the other hand, photography is intellectual and aesthetic. Fencing is survival. Your opponent is basically trying to kill you.” With a career that began in the 1970s, McGrath has certainly learned a thing or two about aesthetics and survival.



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Born in Panama, McGrath lived in Mexico City and Houston before heading to Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Washington, D.C. “I realized it was not for me,” he says. “What I really wanted to do was to photograph architecture.” He began learning the craft by assisting photographers in Washington and back in Houston. By the late 1970s, McGrath met interior designer Sally Walsh, an apprentice to Hans Knoll and widely credited with bringing modern design to Houston. “She took a shine to me and let me shoot many of her interiors.” The relationship boosted McGrath’s career and, before long, he was shooting projects for mega-firms such as Gensler and had his images appear in publications such as Architectural Digest,

Architectural Record and Interiors. Marriage and a move to San Francisco followed, where he lived and worked for some 12 years. “Frankly, I started getting burned out,” McGrath explains. “This was back in the days of 4x5 film photography and 500 pounds of equipment. We moved to Santa Fe, and I started painting.” Not long afterwards, McGrath concluded that even though his art was selling and being shown in galleries, he was not cut out to be a full-time artist. “I realized I really love architectural photography,” he says, “and this coincided with the start of digital photography. It took me a year or two to learn the process and to

get back on my feet.” McGrath began marketing himself to both regional and New Mexico-based design firms, picking up clients such as Dekker Perich Sabatini in Albuquerque and Wiseman & Gale & Duncan interiors in Santa Fe. He’s also maintained clients in California and Texas, hitting the road to photograph everything from vast performing arts spaces to cozy living room settings. In between shoots, McGrath maintains his physical and mental nimbleness by fencing three times a week. “It’s a great sport.” n Chas McGrath, Santa Fe, NM;

Opposite page: A St. Louis, Missouri law office by Gensler. Above: A high school performing arts center by SMPC Architects, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Left: Gensler’s design for the Tesoro corporate headquarters in San Antonio, Texas.

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Table Lamps Table lamps shed pools of warm light, and their design helps set the tone for a stylish interior. Here are the latest looks in that mode of lighting. The Flos Kelvin LED table lamp, designed by Antonio Citterio, has a die-cast aluminum head and an ABS plus steel base, with 30 2700K top LEDs, producing a total of 270 lumens. The versatile lamp has a 355-degree rotation on the head and a 360-degree rotation on its pantograph arm. Available through Unica Home, 3901 W. Russell Road, Las Vegas, NV 89118; (702) 589-5748, www.unica or

Stonegate Designsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Mercer table lamp is a sleek, modern statement, a circle balanced on a rectangle. Created by Zia-Priven Design, the lamp comes in polished nickel (shown here), as well as bronze and brushed nickel. The shade is offered in eggshell and natural silk pongee, and black charmeuse. Available through Charles Eisen & Associates, Denver Design District, 595 S. Broadway, Denver, CO 80209; (303) 744-3200, www.stonegate or



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Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing low-key or shy about the new Studio W Collection by Kerry Gibhardt for Wildwood Lamps. The collection takes its cues from midcentury modernism, Hollywood regency details, Italian style and Murano glass vases. The collection of seven lamps includes the Paloma, shown here, inspired by a 1960s Italian turquoise-glazed ceramic lamp. It features stacked ceramic spheres separated by brass bands bearing a Greek key pattern and a shade made of caramel-colored silk. www.

The Bety lamp by Spanish designer Arturo Alvarez, founder of the eponymous lighting company, is in the collection of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Barcelona, Spain, but works just as well in residential and hospitality applications. Made of white or black polypropylene and set in slender stainless steel legs, the lamp adds a fringe of fun to any setting. Available through Lights Up Arizona, Scottsdale, AZ; (480) 600-2504, or

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Foscarini’s Binic lamp, by French designer Ionna Vautrin, is named for a little lighthouse on the coast of Brittany, and its form recalls the wind socks that are used as ventilation systems on sailing ships. Small and fun, Binic’s conical ABS base contrasts with the shiny polycarbonate projector, enclosed in a simple inclined screen that spreads light evenly. Colors include white, green, amaranth and grey. Available through Lumature, 15620 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85254; (480) 998-5505, or

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Hoff Miller Collectibles presents lamps designed by sculptor Gary Magakis. Magakis, who works in bronze and steel sculpture and furniture, takes his inspiration from sources as diverse as the American Handmade Movement, Picasso and ancient Oriental metal arts to create lamp styles that span the range from modern to transitional. Shown here, his Valois lamp. Available through Hoff Miller, Denver Design District, 595 S. Broadway, Denver, CO 80209; (800) 335-0132 or

Orestes Suarez lighting collection is a modern, transitional line featuring understated Asian influences and pared-down forms, suitable for both residential and hospitality installations. Shown here, Magdalen has an organic form made of cast resin, which is available in bronze, black, off-white, Chinese red lacquer or custom lacquer colors. Various shade sizes are also available, with materials including paper, silk pongee or linen. Available through The MN Collection, LLC, Scottsdale Design District, 2724 N. 68th St., Suite 2, Scottsdale, AZ 85257; (480) 946-2664, or

Made in Italy, David Michael, Inc. lamps are made with traditional, elegant forms and sumptuous materials. Shown here, Virgo features a silver plate over bronze fusion base, accented by crystal and enamel, topped by a classic black shade. Available through Moda Antica, Denver Design District, 595 S. Broadway, Denver, CO 80209; (303) 733-9003 or www. n LC_Source&Design_FINAL_outlines.indd 1

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