Martha’s Museum: An Ode to Meaningful Collecting

J. Speed Carroll’s Martha’s Museum: The Precise Placement of Objects, is a film about his late wife Martha’s remarkable, very personal collections in their NYC brownstone. Through Speed’s narration, you enter the many stories and meanings hidden in Martha’s eclectic array of object from all over the world. It is an ode to meaningful collecting, at once a house tour of an original and an example of the way objects resonate with each other to convey unique messages.

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A Rooftop Porch with Meadows in NYC (Green Roof Primer)

We were stunned by this image of David Puchkoff and Eileen Stukane’s porch and meadow on the roof of their six-story coop building in New York City. Puchkoff devised it as part of a plan to have the porch he always wanted, while creating a green roof. Plants insulate the building from heat in summer and cold in winter, and they reduce storm-water runoff by absorbing rain. The coziness and magic of a country porch IS possible in a city without having to keep a country house. Here’s how.

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PopUp Hotel Rooms Inspire Cabin Thinking

Last October, 22 temporary hotel rooms popped up around Mannheim, Germany, as part of the Hotel Shabby Shabby event for the city’s Theater der Welt festival. Designers were invited to build temporary cabins in unexpected locations using found or recylable materials, for a strict 250 pounds (less than $400) budget. It yielded a many ideas for building…

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Meditation in A Surprising Modernist Ozarks Chapel

For many years, we made a study of sanctuaries of various kinds — from the icon-rich imagery of a Franciscan Church to Buddhist monasteries. Ultimately we found that being in Nature was the best way to center ourselves, clear our head, connect with something bigger. But we had never experienced a chapel like ThornCrown, designed by a protégé of Frank Lloyd Wright, in the deep Ozark woods…the unlikely brainchild of a retired, rarely-churchgoing alcoholic schoolteacher.

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