Stories

From the desk of Nora Burba Trulsson

  • Always Iconic: Claudia Kappl Joy, CLD, IALD

    Ask lighting designer Claudia Kappl Joy to work on a project and you won’t get a standard illumination plan, with general and decorative lighting, plus a lot of fixtures everywhere.

  • Archival Content

    For architecture scholars and enthusiasts, an unprepossessing storefront in downtown Chandler now houses a treasure trove of organic architecture drawings, models, photographs, correspondence and ephemera.

  • Midcentury Memories

    Aaron Stouffer, 34, wasn’t around when CineCapri premiered “Star Wars,” when Helsing’s Coffee offered up cheeseburgers within its Googie-style building at Uptown Plaza or when Celebrity Theatre featured cutting-edge rock bands rather than legacy acts.  

  • Palm Springs Modernism Week In February

    In late winter, design professionals and architecture aficionados migrate to Palm Springs not necessarily to catch sun, pool time and golf, but to steep themselves in a treasure trove of midcentury modernism.

  • Arizona Biltmore History

    Constructed in grand form and following the celebrated vision of Frank Lloyd Wright, the Arizona Biltmore, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, has been drawing influential, inspiring guests to its desert splendor since 1929.

  • Always Iconic - Kitchell & Perez

    It’s early Friday afternoon at Rise Uptown Hotel (riseuptownhotel.com) in Phoenix, and the pool is already full of weekend revelers. The adjacent patio restaurant, Lylo Swim Club, is dishing out Spam musubi, huli huli chicken bowls and icy rum drinks.

  • IMAGINATION AND INNOVATION

    At the corner of Higley and Ray roads in Gilbert, you can dart into a convenience store for Twinkies, a lottery ticket, and a cold one to go. But while you’re there, you might also get a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers, a bag of organic kale chips, a cold kombucha, and some European chocolates.

  • Still Stylish After All These Years

    When hoteliers Robert and Evelyn Foehl engaged the services of Architect Edward L Varney, Jr. and contractor Kitchell-Phillips to design and build a hotel at the corner of 68th Street and Indian School Road in Scottsdale during the 1950s.

  • Always Iconic - Jaimee Rose

    Phoenix interior designer Jaimee Rose says she’s never been busier. There’s a spec home she did, which sold before it was even complete (a collab with architect CP Drewett), the renovation of a 1920s hacienda in Tucson, and the new home she’s doing for herself and her husband, in Arcadia Lite.

  • People's Choice

    At For The People (forthepeoplestore.com), Aaron Stouffer’s colorful prints of Phoenix mid-century architecture line a wall, near a slim and stylish Blu Dot sofa. Nearby, a flock of Chilewich runners are there for the choosing, while shelves are ladened with architectural tomes.