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NBBJ

Dalian Stadium & AsiaWorld-Expo   NBBJ is familiar with China, as the global firm has been working there for the past two decades. Most recently, NBBJ, responsible for such US projects as the popular Staples Center in Los Angeles,…

Slade Architecture & Mattel

Barbie Shanghai   Since Mattel, Inc. introduced Barbie in 1959, her popularity has never wavered. She was a toy on which girls worldwide could pin their hopes and imaginations. With her dream house and pint-size furniture to match,…

Builder Without Borders, John Finton

Having conquered America, the master of construction looks abroad   For 20 years, John Finton, the principal of Finton Construction, has been building extraordinary houses. He has collaborated with some of the most gifted architects in…

At the Drawing Table

A look at the early drawings and plans for the USA Pavilion Designed by architect Clive Grout, the USA Pavilion occupies about 64,580 sq ft (6,000 sq m) of the Expo site and stands 56.8 ft (17.3 m) at its highest point. The structure is…

MaD Utopia

Look out, world. Ma Yansong’s designs envision a bold future Whether Ma Yansong of MAD Architects acquired his utopian vision as a student at Yale, as an apprentice in Zaha Hadid’s London office, or by virtue of his rural Chinese origins…

AUDI & Bösendorfer

Team Up For Contemporary Piano Design Recently, automotive powerhouse Audi has allied itself with musical excellence. It has sponsored an annual series of live concerts in Ingolstadt, Germany that has greatly enhanced the cultural…

Q&A With Silvia Fendi

The renowned designer talks life, legacy and the future of luxury   Silvia Fendi is the renowned Creative Director of Accessories of the eponymous label started by her grandparents in 1925. Instrumental in the brand’s positioning as an…

The Kwiat Family

Owner, Kwiat “This is a happy business to be in,” muses Greg Kwiat of Kwiat. “We deal with people at happy moments in their lives, and that’s a wonderful career to have.” Now in its fourth generation of jewelers and diamantaires, the Kwiat…

Gary Gibson

For a man who says he just never fit in, Gary Gibson has built quite a name for himself. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that this self-described outsider was born with a natural gift for art and design. “People love my work, and I don’t…

Bernardo Puccio

Bernardo Puccio has been designing private homes and commercial spaces in and around Los Angeles for over three decades.  His reputation for creativity, commitment and attention to detail has kept longtime clients loyal and brought new…