Choose Your Cozy Hangout

This article is part of our November Design special section, which focuses on style, function and form in the workplace. More than ever, pods and podlike chairs are necessary refuges in busy work environments. Today’s open-plan office, where executives might sit shoulder-to-shoulder with underlings, is no longer defined by a desk. Work happens over coffee,…

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Thanksgiving at War

Good morning. Here’s something worth thinking about as we zoom inexorably toward next week’s feast, toward family and friends, the warmth of the kitchen, the buzz of the dining room: America has been at war for the past 18 years. Next week will mark the 19th Thanksgiving during which service members and civilians have celebrated…

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A Designer’s Suicide and the Clothes He Left Behind

Josephus Melchior Thimister, the Dutch designer who died of suicide last week at age 57, was, the couturier Ralph Rucci said, “the greatest designer of his generation.” Anne Chapelle, the Belgian businesswoman who once backed him, called him “a master.” He had run the house of Balenciaga for five years, started his own couture and…

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They Don’t Call Them Hot Desks for Nothing

This article is part of our November Design special section, which focuses on style, function and form in the workplace. The biggest news in the world of co-working has been the turmoil at WeWork. But a quieter development has been happening behind the scenes for some time, and it has to do with design. While…

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The Trees and the Forest of New Towers

This article is part of our November Design special section, which focuses on style, function and form in the workplace. Michael Green has seen the future of the building industry, and that future is wood. Lots of wood. The Vancouver-based architect is among the most ardent proponents of what is known as mass timber, prefabricated…

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Looking at Where Chicago Works

This article is part of our November Design special section, which focuses on style, function and form in the workplace. Lee Bey stood under the rotunda at the James R. Thompson Center, 13 stories of mirror-glass balconies rising around him in tiers, and shiny elevators (now off-limits without official business) zipping up and down. The…

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In the Woods of Greenwich, a Studio for Writing Poetry

This article is part of our November Design special section, which focuses on style, function and form in the workplace. GREENWICH, Conn. — Inspiration sometimes comes to the poet John Barr while he gazes at boulders beneath his new cantilevered writing studio here. Or as he strolls along its entry passageway lined in oak shelves,…

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A Taste of Vegan Nashville

Not so long ago, in a much sleepier Nashville, a person couldn’t swing a microphone without hitting a “meat and three” (chicken, beef or pork and three Southern sides), those almost-home-cooked-answers to what’s for lunch or dinner. Meat and threes are still dishing it out in Music City, but their numbers are dwindling (Arnold’s Country…

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Black and White and Redone all Over

This article is part of our November Design special section, which focuses on style, function and form in the workplace. In Nashville, a surging economy has led to a recent construction boom, with cranes dotting the skyline. And the city’s built environment has always been subject to such churn. “We’ve never had that deep stock…

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