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THE EQUALIZER

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This isn’t the first time the great illustrator Bob Staake has used architecture to symbolize a watershed moment in American politics. His 2008 image for The New Yorker’s post-election issue (below) was one of the most memorable covers of any year.

Fittingly, this week’s cover trades the gravitas of that year’s transcendent moment, for a touch of pitch-perfect whimsy. “I don’t especially like those rainbow colors, but…I had to use them,” he says. Of course–and to such pleasing effect.

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CONCRETE LESSONS

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Any presumptions about concrete being the ugly stepchild of expressive architecture will surely be dispelled by these ravishing images from Architectonic, a recent exhibition that graphically displayed its breathtakingly imaginative possibilities as building material.

 

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RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE

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Mid-century chairs have been frequently deified by collectors and interior stylists, but they’re a rare presence in actual houses of worship.  That rare exception may be St. Bartholomew’s Church in the Czech Republic, which underwent a secular refurbishment of sorts in 2007. Amongst the inspired touches overseen by the Czech designers Jakub Berdych and Maxim Velcovsky was the pairing of its exquisite Baroque interior with a selection of pure white Eames and customized Panton chairs. Pretty transcendent stuff.