Chicago: A Beautifully Detailed City

Chicago is a unique city: from its master plan by Daniel Burnham right down to its crafted brickwork, the Midwest Metropolis oozes its own character.  The Great Fire of 1871 and the construction of the Sears Tower in 1970 bookend a century of development in which the city showed its architectural daring.  In these architectural […]

Daydreaming at The Rookery

Chicago is a visual wonderland. We could walk downtown every day and still see something new and intriguing. One delightful location to sketch and let your eyes wander is The Rookery.   The lobby or “light court,” designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, has an airiness unlike any other skyscraper in the Financial District. The openness gives […]

Chicago Architecture Biennial

We are so proud to call Chicago home.  It is not often that an event as large and ambitious as the Chicago Architecture Biennial takes place in one’s own backyard.  The event kicked off on October 3rd and will run through January 3rd 2016.  It brings together over one hundred exhibitors from over thirty countries. […]


Design Field Trips If you are starting to melt in the city or the confines of your perch in the country, here are a few fieldtrips worth taking:   Taliesin West Founded in 1937 by Frank Lloyd Wright, Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona was FLW’s winter home and also a school, up until FLW’s death […]

MATTER: Wood Blocks

We love wood blocks and were pleased to learn that we’re in good company. Last Sunday, Designer Tucker Viemeister came out with his affection for wood blocks, in the New York Times. Viemeister is partial to Friedrich Froebel’s blocks (which Frank Lloyd Wright cut his teeth on, as well). [ photo credit: Patrick Andrade]   Writer Lawrence Weschler swears […]