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Proud Vernacular

In Blog by Alex Woogmaster

Something must be said for a nation’s capital where the music hall is larger than any government building, and whose national bank centers around a public sculpture garden. Rekyavik, a city …

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Secret Places

In Blog by Alex Woogmaster

For all its couture ostentation, Milan is a city of secret places. Most striking are the hidden moments left for discovery beyond each palazzo gateway: an imposing courtyard, a stunning urban garden oasis, an …

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New Capsule Collection with Quintus

In Blog by Alex Woogmaster

I am deeply honored to have had the opportunity to design a capsule collection with Quintus this Spring, introduced to the design world this past week in Los Angeles during the Spring …

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Not so Subtle: The Munich Residenz

In Blog by Alex Woogmaster

I’ll keep this one light on text, and let you just take in the images… A quarry visit outside Munich in mid-January this year gave me the opportunity to show …

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Les Hôtels de Soubise et de Rohan

In Blog by Alex Woogmaster

Mr. Edward Codish, a much admired teacher of mine once began a history class by suggesting that the social rank of Aristocrat (in this context, the nobility of pre-revolutionary France) …

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And for the People…

In Blog by Alex Woogmaster

The contrast between this space and John Piermont Morgan’s Library can be found not in material or eloquence of design, but in intentions. Whereas the Morgan Library served to impress …

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Parisian Jewel Box

In Blog by Alex Woogmaster

The magnificent Sainte-Chapelle on Paris’s Ille de la Cite is hailed as one of the greatest works of Gothic architecture. Completed in the mid-Thirteenth Century, it is perhaps most famous …

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Knowledge and Power

In Blog by Alex Woogmaster

A contemporary visitor to the Morgan Library, entering now through a discrete service entrance, will not likely feel the full intended effect of a visit to the Library and Study …