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Ben Williams

September 11, 2006
Beyoncé Takes Over

Look past the movies and the new fashion line—she’s making the best music of her career.

May 8, 2006
Influences: Gnarls Barkley

St. Elsewhere, Gnarls Barkley's debut, is an unclassifiable mix of psychedelic rock, hip-hop, and electronic music, all topped by Cee-Lo’s classic soul vocals.

May 8, 2006 | The Pop Music Review
Elvis Dreams of 9/11

And other brilliantly strange concoctions from the elusive pop genius Scott Walker.

May 1, 2006 | Brooklyn Style Guide
Remake, Remodel, Recycle

Create ecofriendly design out of scraps of wood or old water bottles. Turn foam into a chair, or plastic gumball-machine prizes into a light fixture. Or recycle design history itself, with a satirical twist.

May 1, 2006 | Brooklyn Style Guide
Classic Craft

Not every designer in Brooklyn is conceptual. The borough is also home to woodworkers, glassblowers, and potters, making objects that don’t need to be anything more than beautiful.

May 1, 2006 | Brooklyn Style Guide
Trash Luxe

Take a lowly item. It could be cultural (hunting stuff) or just broken (old furniture). Add expensive materials—gold, leather—and a dash of irony. Presto! A high-design piece that subverts and satisfies consumer culture.

May 1, 2006 | Brooklyn Style Guide
Brooklyn Design Calendar

Brooklyn design events for May 2006.

May 1, 2006 | Brooklyn Style Guide
When Is A Chair Not A Chair?

And other notes from Brooklyn’s design boom.

April 10, 2006

For this special edition of Strategist, we subjected six great metropolises—London, Paris, Los Angeles, Sydney, Rome, and Miami—to the same scrutiny we bring to our own city every week. Now all you have to do is get on the plane.

March 27, 2006
Influences: Donald Fagen

Steely Dan was the quintessential L.A. band, but Fagen himself has always been a New Yorker at heart.