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By Vincent James, Jennifer Yoos

One of the severe adulation that follows VJAA anywhere they construct, you will find phrases like sleek, appealing, elegant, quiet, vintage, disciplined, and lightweight all suggesting the type of alchemy that makes the paintings of this Minnesota-based company so very popular. The magic they practice marrying the easy different types of modernism with the wealthy fabrics in their websites in a considerate framework that encourages social interplay and environmental accountability is punctiliously illustrated and defined during this monograph, which inspires the very traits that make their paintings so seductive and compelling.

A former furnishings maker, significant Vincent James brings the woodworker's appreciation of fabrics, info, joinery, and constitution to the firm's paintings, which right here contains either their award-winning homes corresponding to the Dayton and Type/Variant homes and institutional initiatives, equivalent to the Minneapolis Rowing membership, Tulane collage middle, and St. John's Abbey and Monastery Guesthouse. in addition to an introductory essay via Hashim Sarkis, companions Vincent James and Jennifer Yoos supply a charming and insightful portrait in their proficient younger firm.

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