It is not often that one gets to see a contemporary indoor pool.  The first one that comes to mind is Hearst Castle, that extraordinary extravaganza of surfaces and space that make you feel like you are in a fairy tale. The next, for me, is the remarkable pool pictured here, in which every detail has been magically conceived and the experience of being in the space is totally memorable. It bears a resemblance to the Hearst pool, for sure.

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Classical architecture at its best. An axial procession through a hall lined with black and white prints leads to a perfectly placed window with a view of the landscape beyond. The sculptural and symmetrical design of the tub, with its burnished exterior and simple footed base, fills the architectural need for balance and proportion.

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While poking around Barnes & Noble and the Strand bookstore outpost at Club Monaco on 5th Avenue in New York City, I noticed several new and very interesting magazines. The initial attraction is a fabulous cover with amazing photography and unusual fonts; next is the thick mixed paper stock (matte, shiny and colors) and finally, the content. Even the ads take on an artistic and creative simplicity. The content is similar in all: art and architecture, travel, style and fashion. Here is my short list:

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At Waterworks, we absolutely love stone. It has a remarkable history that is around 4.6 billion years old, reflecting that its formation is extremely complicated. As the earth was formed, secrets were disguised in multiple layers beneath the surface. When man discovered these hidden gems, quite by accident, he wanted to extract them from gigantic mountains and large mounds. Of course, he had to construct tools and corral thousands of men with their raw strength to haul huge blocks from the site. The early use of levers and fulcrums helped ease the job.

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