Lee Mindel, founder of the architecture and design firm, Shelton Mindel, has been our friend and collaborator for the past 12 or so years. Lee and his late partner, Peter Shelton, have ben our partners in the design of .25, Opus and most recently, the Formwork collections of fittings. Lee is an avid modernist and minimalist whose knowledge of mid-century design is encyclopedic. He loves texture, color, and great art. He also knows how to create a beautiful bath in a very small space by combining modern and transitional elements, layering materials and adding his special brand of functionality.

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I saw a sign in a window recently that said SHOP SMALL. I am a vocal advocate for the premise of supporting local businesses. As a small business co-founder myself, I enjoy neighborhood shops and the industrious, creative and brave individuals who take risks and invest in sharing their personal passions. Usually, you will find the enthusiastic owner in attendance, willing to help with selections and chat about local news and future store events.

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A friend recently told me to run, not walk, to the Museum of Modern Art  in New York to see the Henri Matisse Cut-Outs exhibition. It was on my agenda, but there always seemed to be other priorities. I stopped making excuses and finally took the time to see the exhibit complete with its audio component.  It was spectacular!!

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I simply love Thanksgiving. It is about a full house, people spilling out of rooms or lounging on rarely used furniture and children playing with the Tonka trucks, Matchbook cars and baseball cards their fathers loved. There is the general sense of chaos in a usually quiet household of two adults and one small dog.

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