After a year-long restoration, Frank Lloyd Wright's famous research tower at S.C. Johnson's headquarters in Racine, Wisconsin, is set to reopen in May. It's a triumph of modernism. The facade is made up of thousands of glass tubes, hovering in between tiers of red brick, all of it supported by cantilevered steel beams.
But pay attention to those materials -- steel, glass and brick. How would you begin to restore a piece of glass, or an I-beam? It's a conundrum facing preservationists across the country: What does it mean to restore a building made out of modern materials?Read more »
When Vermont's secretary of agriculture changed maple syrup grading systems on Helen Robb, she felt homogenized.
"Homogenized and neutralized," says Robb, of Robb Family Farm and Sugar House, in Brattleboro, Vermont. She says the state had "distinctive grades," like Grade A Fancy, Grade A Medium Amber, and Grade B. In the new system, which connects the color of the syrup to its flavor, Grade A Fancy is Grade A Golden Color With Delicate Taste.Read more »
Spring sends you out on a fast-fashion spree: $50 cashmere sweaters and $2 socks, $40 sneakers and $3 T-shirts. They might fall apart after four wears, but they're probably cheaper than the postage you'd need to return them to the country in which they were made.
We take this weird discrepancy between distance and price for granted. The rise of retailers like Uniqlo, H&M and Zara is often attributed to "globalization."Read more »
It's the witching hour on a bright-lights Saturday night. Rockwear is hanging unworn. The house beats are calling your name. Do you wanna dance?
Heck yes. Does anyone else, is the question.Read more »
April in New York. Why does it seem so inviting?
Don't be fooled, urban gardener. Buds are sprouting, plants are growing, daffodils and crocuses are jubilating in the park, and they're all getting ready to up and die on you with one last cold snap.Read more »
A museum's "permanent" collection is in fact constantly evolving. Now, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has a new section on its website called MetCollects that showcases a sampling of its continuing acquisitions.
For a grand old trove like the Met, buying any art at all can seem like gilding the Monet lily. The New York institution is a non-profit with hundreds of thousands of works in storage. Why not stick with that? The Met's new way of introducing people to its purchases suggests the answer: Because we had to have it.Read more »