NL Longform: The Arts & Architecture

Exploring the world of all things design, trends, writing and architecture through (mostly) longform editorial and interviews. 

What is the Perfect Color Worth?
There's an organization of people who make mood boards and discuss film, art, TV and the like in order to essentially set the color agenda for the world's of fashion & design.
 
30 Minutes - by Sean Flynn for Smithsonian Magazine


Things Fall Apart
A feat of elegant design wowed elite architects and promised to bring education to poor children in Nigeria. Then it collapsed.
 
25 Minutes - by Allyn Gaestel for The Atavist Magazine


   by Kathryn Shulz
 21 mins
The Lost Giant of American Literature
A major black novelist made a remarkable debut. How did he disappear?


   by Jonathan Mahler
 35 mins
The Case for the NYC Subway
It built the city into a global cultural and financial mecca. Now, no matter what the cost - at least $100 billion - the city must fix it to survive.


  by Leanna Or
 21 mins
Why America's Airports Suck
The story of Laguardia Airport. NL Note: Thank goodness someone told this story. LGA is straight embarrrrassing.


  by Mark Wilson
Jony Ive Dishes on Apple Rumors and His Design Team in Rare Interview 
The most famous designer alive didn't hold back when he spoke at the Hirshorn Museum last week.


  by Peter Schjeldahl
The Radical Paintings of Laura Owens
In a journal that Owens kept in her early twenties, she wrote a fourteen-point list entitled “How to Be the Best Artist in the World.”


by Cody Delistraty
 7mins
How Picasso Bled the Women in His Life for Art
Sixteen years ago, Marina Picasso, one of Pablo Picasso’s granddaughters, became the first family member to go public about how much her family had suffered under the artist’s narcissism. “No one in my family ever managed to escape from the stranglehold of this genius,”


  by Caitlin Flanagan
 24 mins
Is HGTV and It's Cutesy Couples Leading Us Towards the Next Housing Crisis?
There's nothing more addictively soothing than watching someone flipping homes, or seeing Chip goof around while Joanna does all the real work.  That is, until we end up in a real-life rerun of the housing bubble. 


by Kyle Chayka
17 mins
How Silicon Valley Helps Spread the Same Sterile Aesthetic Across the World
"Minimalist furniture. Craft beer and avocado toast. Reclaimed wood. Industrial lighting. Cortados. Fast internet." Our take: It's like when an indie-music loving hipster falls in love with a pop song. Yea, it's playing on every music station 300 times a day, but it's too good to hate. Like a succulent in a 10-sided geometric planter.

by Lauren Fenton
13 mins
Why the World is Obsessed with Midcentury Design
Interior design has been overwrought with Midcentury furniture. You'll know what we're talking about when you click the link, if you're not already saving up for that Eames lounge chair. Bolstered by the machines that are pinterest and instagram, it's an aesthetic and design trend perpetuating via chic AirBnB rentals and mid-century cloned Ikea furniture.

by Andrew Rice

Meet the Superstar Architect Transforming NYC's skyline
 30 mins 
That wild sailboat building on the west side of Manhattan? Or maybe the mountain looking building in Denmark? Or the one shaped like the number 8? Bjarke Ingels designed them all. As the focal point of the architecture episode of Netflix's new docu-series on design, Abstract, you'll be hearing his name and noticing his mark on contemporary architecture more and more, especially in the Big Apple.  

by Amanda Dameron
9 mins
Jen Risom's Block Island Family Retreat
Risom was a famous Danish furniture designer who emigrated to the US, served under George S. Patton in WWII, and teamed up with designer Hans Knoll before launching the epynomous Jens Risom Design (JRD) company. His prefab a-frame on Block Island is a living testament to the sharpest level of aesthetic and design expertise in an extremely laid back, envy-inducing form.

  by Avery Trufelman
 8 mins
Paul Revere Williams: The Architect of Hollywood
Mr. Williams designed Frank Sinatra's bachelor pad, a mansion for Lucille Ball and many of the intimidatingly "old" Hollywood houses that you see when driving around LA, picturing what it'd like to be an actor from the 1930's-50's.

   by E.J. Kahn
 20+ mins
RETRO: (1960) - Children's Friend: A Profile of Dr. Seuss 
Geisel (Seuss) frequently says that his life has been a series of accidents, and it was pretty much accidental that he began writing books in the first place. 

  by Kevin Hartnett
 33 mins
Sacred Architecture: Funded by the Founder of Cheesecake Factory
This story starts with a house of worship. A unique building, in a quiet part of California. It jumps to D.C. in the ’50s. India in the ’60s. The cover of Rolling Stone. Allegations of mass smoking. Accusations of astral mind control. Where it settles again is a land-use dispute.

  by Kate Wagner
 9 mins
The Rise of the McModern
First it was the McMansion. Now, a more modern take on the mass/commoditized suburban home is here just in time for the millenial homebuyer.

  by Casey Newton
 13 mins
Instagram is Pushing Restaurants to be Kitschy, Colorful & Irresistible to Photographers
"For many restaurants, Instagram-centered design means moving to physical spaces that are flooded with natural light, so as to permit more beautiful photographs."

  by Patrick Sisson
 12 mins
Tiny Houses: Big Future or Big Hype?
Advocates and cities see challenges and opportunities in these sweet little HGTV-friendly dwellings.  

  by Alyssa Bereznak
 25 mins
Can Real Life Compete with Instagram?
Spaces like the Museum of Ice Cream and the Paul Smith Pink Wall offer a perfect setting for a highly shareable image -- and that's it. What happens to art, or travel, or the outside world in general when taking a photograph becomes an experience in and of itself?

   by Jill P. Capuzzo
 13mins
How to Sell a Frank Lloyd Wright House
Frank Lloyd Wright houses may be architectural masterpieces but finding a buyer isn't always easy.