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October 27, 2018

Paola Pansini

Italian photographer Paola Pansini is a prolific chronicler of spectacular environments, many of them discovered in Milan, Italy, where she works and lives. Whether she’s documenting a restored midcentury home in Palm Springs or choreographing one of her theatrical product shoots for brands such as Aesop and Cartier, the photographer is known for images of rare imagination and visual depth. During a recent visit to Italy, we discussed, among other topics, Paola’s career trajectory and her much admired book Entryways of Milan.
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October 12, 2018

Bodrum, Turkey

Bodrum, the chic resort in Southern Turkey, is hardly undiscovered. But this little slice of heaven, just an hour’s flight from Istanbul, has had a recent resurgence with a new breed of luxury hotels and first class restaurants. With its long summers and gentle Autumn, it’s not too late to catch a slice of this piece of Mediterranean heaven. Below is our guide to one of Europe’s hottest resort destinations which Homer himself once proclaimed as “the land of eternal blue”.
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August 11, 2018

A Bigger Splash

Throughout the 20th century, the swimming pool has represented the apotheosis of the stylish American good life. Consider Esther Williams captured in the throes of one of her iconic swan dives, the supine luxury of Slim Aarons’ Palm Springs photographs or the seminal artworks of British transplant David Hockney. According to Hockney, “water in swimming pools changes its look more than any other form.”
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July 17, 2018

Minimalism Endures

According to architect John Pawson, “Minimalism is not defined by what is not there but by the rightness of what is and the richness with which this is experienced.” That notion explains why the design movement has continued to thrive well into the 21st century and why a sense of chic restraint defines the work of many of today’s top creatives.
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April 15, 2018

Finding Scarpa

It was once said, by none other than Phillip Johnson, that Italian architect Carlo Scarpa had the ability to “make poetry out of the smallest rod or stone.” A master of proportion and detail, Scarpa, who worked in glass, furniture and buildings, offered a quiet but prescient vision that only seems to grow in influence more than forty years since his death.
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April 06, 2018

Your Future Perfect Guide to Milan, 2018

Experience has taught us that some degree of advanced organization is essential when visiting Milan’s annual design week, ‘Fuorisalone’.
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March 22, 2018

La Muralla Roja in Calpe, Spain

Located in Calpe, Spain, La Muralla Roja (The Red Wall) is a building project masterminded by prolific Catalan architect Ricardo Bofill. Some fifty years after its 1968 inauguration, this remarkable structure continues to entrance with its labyrinthine edifices and luminescent colored walls.
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February 01, 2018

Tom Blachford: Nihon Noir

After his captivating series Midnight Modern, which documented classic modernist homes in Palm Springs, photographer Tom Blachford has become a hot commodity in both the art and design worlds. A master of light, Blachford was flown to Tokyo on behalf of iconic Japanese beer brand Asahi to document the city’s fascinating and constantly evolving modern architecture. We spoke with Tom and got an insight into his singular process.
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January 09, 2018

The Legacy of Oskar Schlemmer

Oskar Schlemmer, who almost nine decades after his death remains one of the most influential 21st century aesthetes, was the original multihyphenate. Scouted by Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius in 1921, the Stuttgart-born painter, sculptor and choreographer became one of the first masters of the “staaliche” movement in Weimar.
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October 05, 2017

Arte Povera at Hauser & Wirth

The term Arte Povera - literally Poor Art - was coined in the late sixties by critic and curator Germano Celant who sought to capture a radically new style of work that was emerging in late sixties Italy. As the no-nonsense name implies, the aesthetic eschewed the bright, shiny and new, opting for simple, prosaic materials, archaic motifs, natural forms and boundary-blurring mediums.
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September 15, 2017

Modern Worship

In the annals of history, it’s almost impossible to separate religion and architecture. For many centuries, sacred buildings - including mosques, churches, temples and synagogues - were the largest and most magnificent structures on earth (many would argue that remains the case).
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August 11, 2017

Color Story: Luis Barragán

“My house is my refuge, an emotional piece of architecture, not a cold piece of convenience.”
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June 12, 2017

Portugal and De La Espada

Portugal’s combination of centuries-old craftsmanship and new world innovation has made it one of the world’s most in demand design destinations.
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April 27, 2017

Everything is sculpture - Isamu Noguchi

Long before our heavily cross-pollinated times, Isamu Noguchi established himself as a true revolutionary with a six-decade career that merged art, sculpture, architecture and design.
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March 30, 2017

The Future Perfect Guide to Milan

Whether you’re pounding the pavement in bohemian Brera or combing the galleries in the design-centric enclave Cinque Vie, Milan is the ultimate moveable feast. In anticipation of the 2017 edition of Salone del Mobile, the TFP team took a moment to round up some of our favorite spots in Italy’s foremost design capital.
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March 07, 2017

Where They Create: Japan

New York-based photographer Paul Barbera has been chronicling creative spaces since he was 16 years old. This passion - uncovering the unique workplaces of artists, designers and architects - led Barbera to found Where They Create, an online platform which features many TFP friends including Roll & Hill, Jasper Morrison and Lindsey Adelman.
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November 16, 2016

Pierre Chareau

To many architecture and design fans, the name Pierre Chareau is synonymous with one thing – his spectacular Maison de Verre “the house of glass” – which used radically modern materials and methodologies to create a house that looks perfect for today.
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October 11, 2016

Postcard from Iceland: from TFP Founder David Alhadeff

Iceland is really one of those places that had always intrigued me - a destination that evokes a combination of mystery, awe and sheer out-of-this world visuals.
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September 21, 2016

Casa Fayette, Guadalajara

Our favorite Milanese duo DIMORESTUDIO make a splash in Mexico with Casa Fayette, a spectacular boutique hotel in Guadalajara.
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August 23, 2016

Nendo

Ron Arad's Design Museum in Holon, Israel plays host to a spectacular retrospective from Nendo, the iconic Japanese design firm.
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July 21, 2016

A trip to Naoshima, Japan

Situated off the coast of Japan in the Seto Inland Sea, the small and tranquil fishing island of Naoshima is an unexpected mecca for lovers of contemporary art and design.
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June 01, 2016

Art House

Don Freeman's Art House offers an intimate glimpse into homes created by artists and designers.
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June 01, 2016

Pierre Paulin

Too Cool for School: Pierre Paulin's seminal designs continue to resonate with today's design scene.
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June 01, 2016

Tom House

Rizzoli's new Tom House offers a captivating glimpse into a one-of-a-kind California Home.
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May 31, 2016

Mapplethorpe

Robert Mapplethorpe's groundbreaking photographic career is being celebrated with a new documentary and massive retrospective in Los Angeles.
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May 26, 2016

Donald Judd in New York

We take a visit to 101 Spring, artist Donald Judd's former home and a shrine to his work.
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