Nathaniel Ross

 

Nathaniel Ross is a proponent of sustainable design practices with his Chicago-based interior design studio, Matter & Order. Avid traveler, sportsman, freelance writer, photographer, and multiple staring contest champion, Nathaniel also blogs on Matter Observed about whatever and whoever catches his unblinking eye.

Nathaniel Ross
Andres Amador’s Awe-Inspiring Sand Drawings Wash Away with the Tide

Andres Amador’s Awe-Inspiring Sand Drawings Wash Away with the Tide

Getting to the beach early, about an hour before the ocean recedes and usually under a full moon, is where and when it all begins for Andres. He starts with a fine-tip stick, drawing the

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Furniture Designer John Ford Reuses Scrap Wood to Make Modern Table Lamps

Furniture Designer John Ford Reuses Scrap Wood to Make Modern Table Lamps

The Mill Lamp  is constructed by dovetail-joining four pieces of scrap wood together, which are then turned on a lathe and sanded down to create a round form. The grain direction with the

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The Eames House Sparked New Thinking in Modern Living

The Eames House Sparked New Thinking in Modern Living

The innovative design of the Eames home and studio began in 1945 when Arts & Architecture magazine launched the ambitious Case Study House Program, commissioning progressive-thinking

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Erik Maki’s Sustainably Made Longboards Look and Ride Like Surfboards

Erik Maki’s Sustainably Made Longboards Look and Ride Like Surfboards

Photo by Jobi Manson Longboard skateboards are a familiar sight at UCSD, but Erik Maki wanted more out of his board – not just in appearance, but in feel. He used his woodworking skills,

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PHOTOS: Moshe Safdie’s Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is an Architectural Gem in Kansas City

PHOTOS: Moshe Safdie’s Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is an Architectural Gem in Kansas City

The Kauffman Center, which opened late September 2011, is home to the Kansas City Ballet, the Kansas City Symphony, and the Lyric Opera of Kansas City. It will also host a broad spectrum of

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Kansas City Design Week Delivers Thought-Provoking Events

Kansas City Design Week Delivers Thought-Provoking Events

The kick-off event was a Cu t& Paste battle - a fast-paced design competition that tests the skill, speed and stage presence of contestants as they create original designs in timed rounds.

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Peter Gentenaar’s Ethereal Paper Sculptures Float in the Air Like Jellyfish

Peter Gentenaar’s Ethereal Paper Sculptures Float in the Air Like Jellyfish

Peter Gentenaar's art was born out of the limitations of what he could (or couldn't) create with store-bought paper. So with the help of the Royal Dutch Paper Factory, he built his own paper

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Amsterdam Designer Robert van Embricq Creates a Table as Functional as it is Sculptural

Amsterdam Designer Robert van Embricq Creates a Table as Functional as it is Sculptural

Just as pop-up books give dimension to the stories within, Amsterdam-based designer Robert van Embricqs' Rising Table gives poetic form to function. Drawing inspiration from his recent award

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Spiraling Tower of 15,000 Books Celebrates Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre

Spiraling Tower of 15,000 Books Celebrates Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre

The Ford's Theatre Center for Education and Leadership features an expansive array of historical objects related to Abraham Lincoln, including a replica train car that transported him in repose

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Marks Barfield Proposes a Soaring Bamboo Science Center for the Amazon Rainforest

Marks Barfield Proposes a Soaring Bamboo Science Center for the Amazon Rainforest

Designed by Marks Barfield Architects, a London-based firm known for progressive landscape designs including the elevated walkway at Kew Gardens, the center will incorporate solar power and

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Designers Breathe New Life Into Old Chairs at ‘Chairs for Charity’

Designers Breathe New Life Into Old Chairs at ‘Chairs for Charity’

Before you throw away that wobbly old stool, or that faded easy chair with Aunt Maggie's favorite pattern on it, consider giving it a second chance at life with a good sanding, some new screws,

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Zona Tortona Flourishes with Green Designs at the Milan Furniture Fair

Zona Tortona Flourishes with Green Designs at the Milan Furniture Fair

The MIKA, by Berlin-based furniture designer Stephanie Jasny, takes its inspiration from a conventional painters trestle and adapts the concept brilliantly to comprise the base of a glass table.

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Top Ten Green Designs from Salone Satellite 2011 in Milan

Top Ten Green Designs from Salone Satellite 2011 in Milan

For Italian designer Lorenzo Damiani, saving resources is a mission. Damiani’s remarkable “New Life” installation, made entirely of pressboard, looks at how we perceive materials and

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