Home & Garden


ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME collaborates with emergent and eminent architects, artisans, designers, developers, builders and realtors to create beautiful content from distinct perspectives. Through thought-provoking writing, lush layouts and vibrant graphics, the quarterly publication offers meticulously curated product and trend coverage from around the globe.

United States
ASPIRE One Communications
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4 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
from the editor

“I get the same charge from juxtaposition of colors as I do from juxtaposition of chords.”– Joni Mitchell I’m hung up on the word juxtaposition. Hung up in a good way. Always have been. Maybe it’s the way its enunciation rolls off the tongue or the way it always elicits a curious response. A query with the cock of the head, as if one’s trying to make sense of something while they’re approaching the irony and get there with giddiness and affirmation. An ah-ha moment. This theme was subconsciously unfolding as I was gathering editorial. A new build contrasted with an original Frank Gehry. A snowy mountain retreat and a seasonally warm South African Christmas celebration. Edgy, expressive street art and museum-quality artwork. This gets us thinking in new ways. About possibilities. Contrasts.…

4 min.
made in america

EXPERTEASE KATHERINE MCMILLAN CO-OWNER, PRINCIPAL NORTHERN GRADE When it comes to what people want to wear and have in their homes, Katherine McMillan might be called prescient; she knows what people want before they know it, turning pop-up markets into big business by selling quality items produced only in the United States. It was 7 years ago while living in Minneapolis – she and husband Mac are now back on the East Coast, living in the Hudson Valley – when she hatched the idea of selling the Manhattan-made Pierrepont Hicks ties in a pop-up market alongside other small, independent companies manufacturing in America. “It was really meant to be a one-time thing,” she says with a laugh. Today, forty-two markets later, selling scores of different labels under the Northern Grade umbrella, many of…

2 min.
out of africa

Headquartered in a brand-new Manhattan showroom, Ngala Trading is expanding rapidly with retailers selling their collection throughout the U.S. They also have a growing list of interior-design clients. With “an ear to the ground” and the help of suppliers who source on their behalf, their wares now include items from Malawi, Ethiopia, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Madagascar and South Africa. Ngala is also developing new products to showcase the creativity and skills of many African craftspeople and designers: larger furniture pieces, table-top items and a gift collection among them. “We select items from partners who weave together European and African design while avoiding overt references to either. The result is contemporary ‘safari chic’ as we call it,” says Ricketts, “relaxed and inviting.” Asked how they choose items for the American market, the partners explain…

2 min.
to helicoide and back

Once anticipated as a huge, sprawling mall that would put its capital on the map of First World consumerism, this decaying building is now a prison. “I was very struck by the building when I was growing up in Caracas, Venezuela,” says Celeste Olalquiaga, an independent scholar working with modern ruins. “It was this strange gigantic thing that nobody could account for.” In fact, the spiraling Helicoide was built in the late 1950s, designed by the architect Romero Gutierrez, and envisioned as a shopping mall, where customers could drive along its 2.5 miles of covered ramps to visit the building’s 320 stores and boutiques. It is topped with a distinctive white geodesic dome. But this commerce mecca faltered just shy of completion and attempts to revive it for commercial purposes have failed.…

2 min.
book nook

POSTMODERN DESIGN COMPLETE: Design, Furniture, Graphics, Architecture, Interiors By Judith Gura Thames & Hudson • $95 Judith Gura tells the story of the masters of the postmodern design movement — from the ›elds of architecture, furniture, graphic design, textiles, product and industrial design. This comprehensive volume also includes an overview of rarely published notable postmodern homes and interiors and contemporary designs. Highly informed and accessible texts are illustrated with images that bring together classics and little-seen rarities, unusual objets d’art, and mass-produced items. With contributions by Hans Maier-Aichen, John Stuart Gordon, Johanna Grawunder, Sean Griffiths, Steven Heller, Arlene Hirst, R. Craig Miller, and Alexander Payne. OCULUS: World Trade Center Transportation Hub, New York By Santiago Calatrava Assouline • $85 Engineer/architect Santiago Calatrava is internationally recognized for the conception and masterful execution of structures akin to high art.…

3 min.
kathryn at home: a guide to simple entertaining

Gibbs Smith • $30 The starry, candle-lit stretch from Thanksgiving to New Year’s brings out your inner entertainer – along with pretty linens and twinkling stemware. But this book, Ireland’s sixth, carries the message that hosting doesn’t have to be stressful – no really, it doesn’t – if you stick to laid-back prepping and cooking. The scrapbook-style book is packed with decorating ideas and easy, luscious dinner-party dishes from the secret files of a chic textiles designer and her circle of friends. Keep a copy for yourself, and present another with a bottle of Dom Perignon to be the best guest ever. See her recipe for the dreamiest chocolate cake you will ever sink a silver party fork into. IN LIVING COLOR As if Kathryn Ireland’s advice wouldn’t be enough, she turned to…