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The Doors of Rome

In Blog by Alex Woogmaster

The individuality of Roman palazzi (Italian for ‘urban buildings’ and not necessarily ‘palaces’ as implied by English translation) lends a wonderful texture to the city. It’s almost miraculous that so …

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Streets for the Well Heeled

In Blog by Alex Woogmaster

One of the best ways to bring coherence to multiple spaces is by repeating motifs in similar applications. We see this in palatial architecture, interior design, and urban planning (think the …

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Shopping Spree

In Blog by Alex Woogmaster

We live in a world of beautiful objects – not all of them obviously so until they are discovered. One of my most relished experiences in design is the search …

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Humble Origins

In Blog by Alex Woogmaster

One of the most overlooked surprises in Design is the strength of common patterns and urban materials. We are trained to layer exotic materials for richness (or to consider sterile surfaces in adherence to today’s …

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Mi Manca

In Blog by Alex Woogmaster

It’s on quiet Sunday mornings like this that I most miss waking up in Rome, dressing in my airy ‘monolocale’ studio apartment on Via Di Sant’Anna, and enjoying a Cappuccino …

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A Lesson in Flight

In Blog by Alex Woogmaster

This New York Times photograph – which Roger Thomas handed to me during a recent flight to Los Angeles – describes everything I love about painting. I sat staring at …

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Scale and Space Through Andrea Palladio

In Blog by Alex Woogmaster

For years I’ve tried to understand why Andrea Palladio’s buildings speak so deeply to me and why, beyond the obvious sculptural beauty of his work, his villas and palazzi leave …

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It Starts with a Staircase

In Blog by Alex Woogmaster

If you can forgive the inconsistencies of some poorly-lit late night photographs, here are images of my progress in drawing a building Section that I completed back  in August of …

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A Moment of Honesty

In Blog by Alex Woogmaster

Responsible designers are truthful about the materials they engage. A good designer should amuse, delight, and surprise those who experience their work through honesty – heightened by virtuosity. It may …

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Up Close and Personal

In Blog by Alex Woogmaster

Trompe l’œil painting (literally meaning “fool the eye”) must be approached with a sense of humor: we should be amused when we discover the tricks being played on our senses, …