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These Breathtaking 3-D Liquid Floors Transport You to Exotic Locations Without Leaving Home

Monday, May 4th, 2015 - by Paula Bolyard

A company in Dubai has created an innovative type of flooring that they say “fundamentally changes” the way we will think about what’s beneath our feet. The eye-catching floors, created by Imperial Interiors, are composed of a self-leveling screed which is covered by the 3-D image, followed by a transparent polymer and then finished with […]

How to Build the World’s Manliest Paper Towel Holder…

Thursday, October 24th, 2013 - by Builder Bob

When I start a new project I often dive in head first and make a big mess in the process. Paint splatters, sawdust, motor oil, spilled glue, calf’s blood, dismembered limbs–you know the usual workshop messes. So after I’m done digging wells and building hospitals for the underprivileged in Africa, I need a bunch of […]

How To Hang Pegboard To Finally Get Your Garage Organized

Thursday, October 17th, 2013 - by Builder Bob

After moving to my new place, I had access to a great studio space. It had cabinets, shelves, and a large counter top work surface. But after my first few projects digging tools out of cabinets, tool cases, and packed boxes I decided it was time to organize my work space more efficiently. Adding Pegboard […]

New York City’s Buried Museum To Its Opulent Past

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 - by Chris Queen

We all know about New York City’s famed subway system. What many of us – especially those of us who haven’t visited the city since the pre-Giuliani years – don’t realize is that there are some parts of the system that the public hasn’t seen in 70 years. One example is the ornate, century-old City […]

Death Wish: Mr. Bronson’s Planet

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013 - by Ed Driscoll

Is it possible for a veteran actor to star in a motion picture that makes him a legend, assures his cinematic immortality, and ensures that while he’s still alive, he’ll always find work, and yet be completely miscast? Actually, it’s happened at least twice. In the late 1970s, Stanley Kubrick cast Jack Nicholson as Jack […]

Everything You Know About the 1920s Is Wrong

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 - by James Lileks

With the publication of Amity Shlaes’ biography of Coolidge, you might expect a sudden burst of Twenties Nostalgia. Everyone will get it wrong. There wasn’t any such thing as “the Twenties.” But we think there was. The Simpsons’ Kent Brockman summed it up perfectly: “The Twenties! When Al Capone did the Charleston atop a flagpole.” […]

Jesus Is The Reason For The Season But He Influences Us Daily

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012 - by Myra Adams

With over 40 million views, this video captures the essence of the article you are about to read. A funny thing happened “on the way” as I was contemplating writing this piece. While listening to a Christian radio station the announcer said, “Jesus is the reason for the season.” At that moment this very familiar […]

Mies van der Rohe: Creating the Architectural Language of 20th Century America

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012 - by Ed Driscoll

Television’s Mad Men would have you believe that America was a monolithic bastion of Puritanism, untrammeled by European or socialist influences (despite the rise of Woodrow Wilson and FDR!) until the Beatles touched down at JFK Airport in 1964. The reality though, as Allen Bloom memorably wrote in The Closing of the American Mind, was […]

Atheist Lawsuit Against World Trade Center Cross Makes Me Want to Scream

Monday, September 10th, 2012 - by Myra Adams

Two days after September 11, 2001, a construction worker discovered amidst the rubble of one of the collapsed World Trade Center towers two intersecting steel beams that became known as the World Trade Center cross. The cross immediately became a symbol of faith, comfort, and hope to the rescuers who presided over the massive recovery and […]

From Bauhaus to Ed’s House

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012 - by Ed Driscoll

(We take a break from the usual day to day political and media bias stuff for a long rambling discussion on modern architecture and aesthetics written in the first person voice. As with our earlier explorations of the topic, we’ll understand if you bail on this one. And yes, that’s my use of the royal […]

New Porsche Design Highrise Condo Lets You Park At Your Front Door

Friday, November 18th, 2011 - by Ronnie Schreiber

For those who like to be able to admire their automotive possessions even when they aren’t driving, the Porsche Design Group is working with a Miami developer on a high rise condominium development where you will park your car right at your front door. You’ll pull in at the ground floor and an automated system […]

San Jose’s Santana Row: The Future of Shopping?

Friday, October 14th, 2011 - by Ed Driscoll

We take shopping malls for granted, although they’re actually a relatively new phenomenon, all things considered. The first indoor shopping mall in America opened in 1956 and is — not surprisingly — located in Minneapolis, which seems during wintertime to be located above the arctic circle. James Lileks has a section of his sprawling Website […]

‘Bumper Sticker Stone Age Culture’

Thursday, October 13th, 2011 - by Ed Driscoll

Congressman Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI), guest contributing at Ricochet, wonders how culture went off the rails: A cursory review of American art paints a chiaroscuro chart of our intellectual decimation.  In music we’ve tuned out Duke Ellington for R. Kelly.  In dance, we’ve stumbled from Gregory Hines to Hines Ward.  In television, we’ve turned off Roots for […]

Times Square To Go ‘Noir’?

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011 - by James Lileks

The cycle of urban renewal is always the same. Always. Set your watch by it, count off the paces. A run-down block looks ominous and debauched; developers pitch a new vision with shiny glass walls and lots of chic retail and people walking around having a Pedestrian Experience — that’s a good thing, not a […]