Tag: glass

The Designer Bringing Sunlight Back to Manhattan

THE STEEL AND glass towers that have come to define TriBeCa might seem like an ideal landscape for the designer James Carpenter’s studio. After all, he is responsible for some of our era’s most riveting expanses of architectural glass, from the cable-net wall in the atrium of the Time Warner Center to the undulating facade […]

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Pour at Your Own Risk: America Warms to a Spill-Prone Wine Jug

All along the counter at Bar Celona, in Mercado Little Spain at Hudson Yards in New York, patrons were holding glass watering cans above their heads. And what they were watering was themselves. “I spilled a little, but not much,” said Amanda Horwitz. “I spilled a lot,” her friend Tara Knapp added, laughing. “I think […]

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Cable Cars Over Jerusalem? Some See ‘Disneyfication’ of Holy City

JERUSALEM — At a glance, Jerusalem’s Holy Basin still looks pretty much as it must have looked centuries ago. The Old City’s yellow walls still read in silhouette against an ancient landscape of parched hills and valleys. The skyline is still dominated by the city’s great Muslim and Christian shrines: the gold, glistening Dome of […]

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The Divine Resurrection of Stained Glass

IT WAS THE 19TH-CENTURY designer-cum-social-activist William Morris who first brought stained glass back from the dead. Dismayed by the mass production of the Industrial Revolution, he intended his Arts and Crafts movement to encourage a return to traditional techniques and materials. Stained glass — made then and now with sand, potash (mined potassium salts) and […]

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Oculus Quest keeps improving in important but screenshot-defying ways

Like almost everyone who writes about virtual reality, I struggle on a daily basis with the knowledge that the new medium defies easy descriptions — it’s sometimes like trying to explain the appeal of television through a radio. Even “good” VR is more immersive than TV and cannot be replicated on a 2D screen, so […]

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As Ive departs, Apple should refocus on durability and user interfaces

There’s no question that Apple’s design chief Jony Ive is leaving the company with a complicated legacy — too many elegant hardware designs and patent-worthy enabling innovations to count, offset by some profoundly misguided software interface decisions and an irritating track record of fragile products. It is now impossible to consider Apple’s triumphantly thin MacBook […]

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