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Reside: At home with Michael Navarette

In food and fashion, presentation is key. So chef Michael Navarette of the Regal Beagle and his girlfriend, stylist Laura Pritchard, are the perfect pair to decorate this airy East Boston loft.

By SCOTT KEARNAN  |  February 22, 2013

Black female power: Mickalene Thomas's paintings

Mickalene Thomas's paintings teleport us to a black-is-beautiful American 1960s and '70s.

By GREG COOK  |  January 11, 2013

Reimagining Portland

Portland is rethinking some of its public spaces.
New ideas for three major public spaces
By CALVIN DUNWOODY  |  August 24, 2012
Review: Diablo 3

Review: Diablo 3(1)

Where is your copy of Diablo 3 ? It's not on your computer. It never will be. It is in the cloud, with all its virtual spoils streaming live over the Internet.
Always on
By MADDY MYERS  |  June 01, 2012
new Gardner wing Piano

Renzo Piano's new wing pays tribute to the Gardner Museum's magic

The challenge from the start of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum expansion project was: how do you follow up a masterpiece? The 99-year-old Fenway institution is world-renowned for its old-master collection installed in dramatic period rooms inside a
Intimate grandeur
By GREG COOK  |  January 20, 2012

Brian Zink, Marisa Martino, and Robin Mandel

Zink's new show, "Assembled" at Howard Yezerski Gallery (460 Harrison Ave, Boston, through February 7), features handsome, hard-edged abstractions assembled from mod, jitterbugging patterns of flat Plexiglass tiles.
By design
By GREG COOK  |  January 13, 2012


Picking the season’s best books — for everyone from plutocrats to paupers

In recent months, Americans have become acutely aware of class divisions — thus it’s possible to choose books for your friends and family based on their income bracket.
Reading class
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  December 09, 2011

Grace Bonney’s epoch-defining design blog becomes a book

Design*Sponge at Home , the first book by the founder of the blog Design*Sponge, Grace Bonney, is a breathtaking, byzantine 390-page encyclopedia of eclectic home décor.
Home pages
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  September 02, 2011
designing education

Graduate programs in visual design teach more than just software skills

For me it was important to go back to school because while I had a BA in communication arts, I did not have the design history and foundation necessary to create designs that communicate effectively.
Designing a future
By BRITTANY KEARNAN  |  August 05, 2011

An interview with Kyle Bryant, woodcutter

When he's not rapping at the Big Easy, debating mayoral candidates about the value of street art, or working as a counselor with the Boys and Girls Clubs, Kyle Bryant is a printmaker with Pickwick Independent Press.
Weighty carvings
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  May 06, 2011

Four Great Ideas: David Edwards on cultural incubation; Atul Gawande on checklists; Neri Oxman's futuro-naturalist design; and Steven Johnson on where good ideas come from [podcast]

Inspiration is seldom as easy as it seems. One of the lessons of STEVEN JOHNSON's Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation...
By Carly Carioli  |  October 26, 2010

Building a better world, by design

What if architects across America agreed to make every building they design 50 percent more energy-efficient — and keep improving until, by 2030, they're at carbon-neutral?
By MARION DAVIS  |  October 08, 2010

They might build giants

When Jin Choi sees electric pylons, she sees something massive and alive.
High-Voltage Beauty
By S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  August 20, 2010

Slideshow: Bike cover art contest 2010

Bob Maloney's Experimental Illustration Class competes for the cover spot on the Phoenix 's 2010 Bike Bible
Bob Maloney's Experimental Illustration Class competes for the cover spot on the Phoenix 's 2010 Bike Bible

In search of light

Many of us here in Maine are guilty of having at one time or another harangued the forces of spring to hurry it up already, are guilty of cold-month mopery or worse. Imagine, then, living in the Arctic, where the winter is far darker for far longer, and
USM’s dreamlike Inuit storytelling
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 30, 2010

Lighting history

On January 1, 1903, Isabella Stewart Gardner invited 300 guests to a private concert by members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra to celebrate the opening of her new museum on the Fenway. After performances of Bach, Mozart, and Schumann, the mirrored door
The Gardner Museum takes a chance on the new
By GREG COOK  |  February 05, 2010

RISD tunes up its moonbuggy

At the Rhode Island School of Design’s NASA-sponsored industrial design studio, the evidence of late-night activity is aplenty: granola bar wrappers, an empty Orangina bottle, and a crumpled potato-chip bag.
Space Travel
By ABIGAIL CROCKER  |  December 25, 2009

Creative loafing

Essential geek grounds
Where to get your geek on
By MARION DAVIS  |  September 04, 2009

Building on green energy

This month, my landlord will install new energy-efficient windows in my apartment. This is great news: Better insulation will reduce both my energy use and my heating bills. I'm happy to be experiencing first-hand what many agree is the single most-imp
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 04, 2009

Simple gifts

Charles and Henry Greene came to Boston in 1888 to study architecture at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Master architects: The Greenes at the MFA, Frank Lloyd Wright in Manchester
By GREG COOK  |  August 21, 2009
indie list

IndieArts' sensory overload

If Providence is to become the "Creative Capital" of Mayor Cicilline's latest marketing campaign, it will take more than a few orange P's affixed to politicians' lapels and plastered on signs about town.
Taking it to the streets
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  July 17, 2009


Review: Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight

In Wendy Keys's extreme hagiography, nobody on earth seems to have a bad word about graphic designer Milton Glaser, either his art or his person.
Smitten with its subject, with good reason.
By GERALD PEARY  |  June 26, 2009

Photos: Dutch Seascapes at Peabody Essex

Dutch Seascapes at Peabody Essex
"The Golden Age of Dutch Seascapes" at the Peabody
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  June 26, 2009

Various Artists | A Psychedelic Guide to Monsterism Island

Artist, graphic designer, and toy creator Pete Fowler has been instrumental in the rebranding operation the Super Furry Animals have effected on their homeland of Wales.
Lo Recordings (2009)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  May 18, 2009

Slideshow: Marcel Breuer at RISD

The RISD Museum presents "Marcel Breuer: Design and Architecture," a major retrospective of the late Bauhaus designer's furniture and buildings, through July 19.
"Marcel Breuer: Design and Architecture" at RISD Museum through July 19

RISD takes to the streets to show 'What We Do'

"What We Do," an unprecedented, student-run event on April 11 at the Rhode Island School of Design, aims to capture, in a frenzied six hours at six locations, the spirit of Providence's most creative and offbeat college.
Bursting the bubble
By MARION DAVIS  |  April 10, 2009


Printing Portland

Local artists reclaim mass production
Local artists reclaim mass production
By IAN PAIGE  |  February 18, 2009

Interview: T. C. Boyle

Among his many fictionalizations of the American past, novelist T.C. Boyle has remade such real-life characters as the inventor of cornflakes, John Harvey Kellogg ( The Road to Wellville , 1993), and sexual behaviorist Alfred Kinsey ( The Inner Circle
On The Women and Frank Lloyd Wright
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  February 03, 2009

Geeky gifts 101

“Smelly Yankee Candle for Grandma? Check. Tie for Dad? Got it. Toy dump truck for Tommy? Yup. Man, this holiday shopping stuff is easy. Now, who’s next? . . . Um. . . Hmmm.”
An introduction to buying things you don’t completely understand
By GEORGIANA COHEN  |  December 08, 2008

Slideshow: Ski Cover Art Contest

Art submissions for the cover of the Phoenix's Ski supplement
 Phoenix readers vie for Ski cover prize
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  November 24, 2008