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Two centenary exhibitions celebrate the work of Paul Rudolph.

THE PERSONAL LABORATORY, now in its final week, looks at the houses Rudolph designed for himself and his clients.

THE HONG KONG JOURNEY features the previously unseen drawings, sketches, and renderings of the Bond Center (now Lippo Center) on Hong Kong Island, as well as two unbuilt projects in the administrative region.



Through December 30.

Modulightor Building

246 East 58th Street, New York City.


Through March 9.

Center for Architecture

536 LaGuardia Place, New York City.

From Top:

Exterior of 101 East 63rd Street, New York City, known as the Halston Town House.

Interior of 101 East 63rd Street.

Sterling St. Jacques and Pat Cleveland at Halston party, 101 East 63rd Street.

Exhibition poster.

Current exterior of Lippo Center (formerly Bond Center).

Bond Center architectural drawing (detail).

Image credit: Paul Rudolph Heritage Foundation.


“There’s this weird thing about liking what other people don’t like…. When someone says ‘That stuff is ugly,’ I am immediately drawn to it because it just means it’s challenging.

“Take Memphis furniture and objects…. They were the scourge of the design world for the longest time, and I always found it to be the most legitimate design movement since the Bauhaus. It was a worldview of what design could be….

“When I was 16, I worked at Fiorucci. Ettore Sottsass and Alessandro Medini and Nathalie du Pasquier had all worked for Fiorucci [as design directors], and I knew immediately that what they were doing was looking back at [1950s] Americana.” — JimWalrod (1961–2017)*

Walrod—an interior designer, collector, architectural historian, former co-proprietor of Form and Function, co-curator of Paul Rudolph: Lower Manhattan Expressway at The Drawing Center, consultant to Ang Lee on The Ice Storm, design advisor to David Bowie and Mike D (among many others), collaborator with André Balazs on the interiors of the Standard Downtown in Los Angeles, Apartamento contributing editor, and author of I Knew Jim Knew—died unexpectedly last month.

*Patrick Parrish, “Jim Walrod: Under the Radar & Over the Top,” Apartamento 10 (Autumn/Winter 2012–2013): 60.

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Jim Walrod , I Knew Jim Knew (2014). Image credit: Powerhouse Books.

I knew Jim knew

I knew Jim knew