This set of four coasters represents the Cincinnati metropolitan area by showing only the sinuous curves of the Ohio and Licking Rivers. It’s a minimalist sculptural puzzle for your coffee table, available in our just-launched online shop. Continue reading →
The Taft Museum of Art is celebrating its 80-year anniversary by installing framed reproductions of 80 works [almost all of the paintings in its collection] in the streets and outdoor spaces of the Cincinnati metro area, which are up through Sep 2012. Continue reading →
Have I mentioned before how much I like Monmouth St. in Newport, KY? Yes, I have, but mentioning it again doesn’t hurt. Oh, and also: the old Dine Schabell Furniture Store at 931 Monmouth St. has an interesting tile-filled entry. Continue reading →
It seems somehow fitting that self-described nomad Kyle Penunuri designed a mural in Newport, KY that is so deeply rooted in the history of that place. It includes prominent local figures like General James Taylor and Mildred Dean, as well as the flora and fauna found in the area, and some architectural landmarks. Continue reading →
Drumroll, please! The 2011 Design*Sponge Cincinnati Design Guide is finally out! This is the update of the 2008 Guide that I wrote with Sean from BuyCincy. This time around, I got invaluable help from Alli of One Pearl Button. Astute readers will quickly notice that the new guide is not entirely up-to-date; that’s because I submitted it in mid-2010. So, feel free to add your updates and corrections in the comments on D*S.
Attentive readers might remember that I came across the work of Marcia Alscher just over a year ago, when she was in an exhibit with our good friend Cedric Michael Cox. Soon thereafter, I had the good fortune of meeting her, and she is as lovely as she is talented. A retired architect originally from St. Louis, Alscher now lives in Covington, KY, where she paints these precise, diminutive portraits of buildings, most of them humble and small in scale themselves. Continue reading →