Stories

From the desk of Nora Burba Trulsson

  • Time Travel - TWA Hotel

    After over 2 years of not flying (thanks Covid), I finally saddled up again, and my first stop was back in time!

  • Always Iconic - Austin King

    If things had gone a bit differently, Austin King might have not been known for his well-crafted renovations and new builds in Arcadia and Paradise Valley.

  • Not Your Run of the Mill

    For generations, Hayden Flour Mill has been a Tempe landmark. Located at the upper end of Mill Avenue, it’s an industrial complex once known for milling Arizona Rose and other flours, as well as for its iconic grain elevator and silos that rise next to the rocky Tempe Butte.

  • 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.