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All posts by Ned Cramer

June 06, 2012

House by Robert Adam (and Some Sheep) for Sale

The first project that Neoclassicist Robert Adam built following his Grand Tour, Letterfourie is located on 300 acres near the town of Buckie, in Banffshire, Scotland. The 11-bedroom, pink-granite house was completed in 1772, and Adam’s drawings for it are preserved at the Sir John Soane Museum in London. The asking price is $2.7 million. Read more...

April 20, 2012

They Used to Call It Fretwork

The CAD-CAM/CNC phenomenon has led to an entirely revolutionary, appropriately technological way of incorporating decoration into modern architecture. Case in point? Herzog & De Meuron’s perforated copper cladding for the de Young Museum in San Francisco. Just don’t call it decoration. Read more...

April 03, 2012

Creepy Genius

The design world lost one of its great, idiosyncratic talents in January, with the death of Japanese costume designer Eiko Ishioka. Her often phantasmagorical portfolio included the following: Read more...

March 28, 2012

Slim-Hipped Ocean Liners

The Titanic may be the most famous ocean liner of all time, but naval architecture reached its high point about 15 years later with the generation of elegant, slim-hipped liners. European powers built these ships to stimulate their economies and bolster national pride during the Great Depression. Read more...

March 21, 2012

Dagobert Peche's Small Giltwood Mirror

Few design exhibitions have opened my eyes more widely than the Neue Galerie’s 2002 show “Dagobert Peche and the Wiener Werkstätte.” And no single work in the show opened my eyes more than this small giltwood mirror, measuring 19 ½ by 18 ½ inches and made sometime around 1922. Read more...


About the Blogger

Ned Cramer

thumbnail image Ned Cramer is editor-in-chief of ARCHITECT, and editorial director of ARCHITECTURAL LIGHTING, ECO-STRUCTURE, and METALMAG, published by Hanley Wood, a Washington, D.C.-based business media company. Prior to joining Hanley Wood, Cramer served as the first full-time curator of the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF), where he organized public programs and exhibitions such as "A Century of Progress: Chicago's 1933-34 World's Fair" and "New Federal Architecture: The Face of a Nation." At CAF, projects under Cramer's direction received support from foundations and corporations such as Altria, Boeing, the Driehaus Foundation, the Graham Foundation, and the McCormick-Tribune Foundation. He speaks regularly on architecture, design, and related issues. The Avery Architectural Index lists nearly 100 articles with Cramer's byline, many written in his former capacity as executive editor of Architecture magazine. The recipient of an Arts Administration Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, Cramer has held positions at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., and the Menil Collection in Houston. Cramer is an alumnus of the Rice University School of Architecture. He was born and raised in St. Louis.