Art & Botany: Surreal Portraits in Fruits & Vegetables

December 03, 2012
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Photographer Klaus Enrique has revived a Renaissance classic: the surreal botanical portraits of 16th-century Milanese painter Guiseppe Arcimboldo—now, rendered through the lens, not the brush. Titled 'Arcimboldo,' Enrique's homage to the painter faithfully recreates his unusual series of portraits portraying people (Emperor Rudolf II) and concepts (the Four Seasons).

Gallons of Glamour: Hero Design Lab RC 1 Rain Collector

April 15, 2011
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Say “rain barrel” and most of us think of a retired whiskey cask with algae lurking beneath the lid. Lately, though, the green push to save water and reduce impurities in our gardens has brought rain barrels into the present, complete with updated designs and high-tech add-ons.

Made of New York's Salvaged Wood Furniture

January 25, 2011
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Sustainability and rugged beauty go hand-in-hand in Made of New York's chic home furnishings. This small company salvages timber from old Manhattan buildings and repurposes it in this collection of handmade chairs, dressers, and bookshelves. The weathered wood, finished in natural amber tones or primary color stains, manages to look both urban and rustic.

Individual Hanging Gardens

January 12, 2011
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Plants, unplugged, might be the best way to describe the stunning suspended plant-artworks developed by one Fedor van der Valk, who makes these beautiful hanging plants in Amsterdam, under the name String Gardens. Uprooting flowers and trees from their regular terrestrial spots not only showcases the roots, so rarely seen by humans, but elevates the individuals plants into unexpected sculptures.

Groundbreaker: Patricia Urquiola

January 29, 2010
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Over the past ten years, the Spanish-born, Milan-based Patricia Urquiola has emerged as the exhilarating new diva of contemporary design. In that short time, she has put her stamp on everything from furniture to rugs — for both indoors and out — for the likes of Valentino, Hermès and Knoll. Last year alone she debuted new lines of outdoor furniture for Moroso, B&B Italia and emu, added a plastic chair to the ever-edgy Kartell and designed a studio line of porcelain for Rosenthal.

Photo by: D.A. Horchner

Story upon story above the hum and clatter of Manhattan, a rooftop garden by Sawyer/Berson Architecture & Landscape Architecture is a flawless set for fair-weather parties that have kept growing in frequency and size since the design project was completed. "Our client, an old friend of mine, likes to have weekend guests and get-togethers — he loves nothing more than to cook and entertain. He wanted a space to accomodate a lot of people," says founding principal J. Brian Sawyer. "So we designed a serious outdoor living space.

Photo by: Scott Frances

Sometimes you need to get away from the place where you go to get away from it all.