Touch test. We are getting so lame at keeping up with the paper lately, that we have totally fallen behind in reviewing House and Home AND then they came out with a great edition yesterday. Just when we were wondering if someone had lost their mind over at the Grey Lady, they come back with an edition that is PRACTICAL, got HOT design, got INTERESTING PEOPLE, and a GREEN article. This is our fourfecta, if you will. The top article, In a World of Choices, Cruising for Quality, compares price and quality on hardware and is just the type of reporting that is USEFUL. Honors go to Chicago Faucet Company for midrange, well made faucets, while a good rundown of the field is given: Restoration Hardware Nanz Custom Hardware Barber Wilsons Sea-Dog Urban Archealogy Price Pfister Special note to Barber Wilsons: very expensive, but provides faucets for Buckingham Palace. Nice job, huh?
Lloyd Kahn, who wrote Shelter in the 70's and was the shelter editor of The Whole Earth Catalog, which made him a hero to "back to the landers," is at it again. In If I Had a Hammer? If? (awful title), we get the scoop on this rich vein of DIY heritage. Also, he has a new book out called, Home Work: Handbuilt Shelter. In Currents, two new home stores are covered: Kelly Hoppens - at Bergdorf Goodman IIKH - at 458 West 17th Street
and the words, "Sustainability is the dominant trend." warmed our hearts as a new Bill McDonough + Ford Motor Co. project is unveiled: a partly biodegradable car with a hydrogen internal-combustion engine and canvas roof.
Finally, for weekend inspiration as the leaves turn, sit back and read A Family Returns To the Farm, the story of a family farm up in Vermont that is doing just fine, thank you. The hook? Grandson and fiance stop by family farm to find grandfather struggling and decides to help run it. 35 years later they are still there and plans for becoming a lawyer are long gone. (All via NYTimes) MGR LINKS - Dürers Near the Kitchen, William Blake in the Bedroom - Personal Shopper: O.K., Guests, Go Ahead and Peek - Ballpark Designer Vying for M.V.P. - Residential Sales - Long Winter Nap of Saliva