I will be in London this week. The photos in this post were taken that last time I visited the V & A Museum.  Incredible art and objects combined with the architecture and the enthusiastic use of materials is always engaging, especially in this museum.

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In mid-March I had a fabulous visit to the Thornwillow Press in Newburgh, New York. This incredible facility, owned by Luke Pontifell and his lovely Swiss wife, Savine, is tucked away on a side street in several non descript brick buildings.  However, once inside the door (a little hard to find), one is immediately confronted with an extraordinary  array of printing equipment most of which is more than 50 years old and none of it digital.

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This is a stellar example of a white on white bath. The most important features are the cadence of grids, the layering of materials, the graphic details, the layout and the choice of fixtures.

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I realize that is it not completely fair to judge a restaurant on the design and decoration of its’ bathroom.  However, I think there is some correlation between the the restroom, its cleanliness, the hand towels or dryers, the fragrance of the soap, the functionality of the fittings, the overall design and decoration of the space and the quality of the food and service. In other words, the lack of interest in the appearance of the WC indicates to me that there are other corners that might be cut in the kitchen.

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