Inspiration from Aalto

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Alvar Aalto had a way with little details that lent warmth and texture to his modern architecture. One particular detail of his that I love: wrapping handrails with leather strips. It feels nice and looks great, too. I have seen several people coming to AT for advice on what to do with ugly water pipes running up a corner of the room or through a bathroom. It's a problem many of us face in NYC apartments. I think this might be a great solution for that or similar problems where a pliable, wrappable solution is needed! Thanks, Alvar!! -regina

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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.