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Far Beyond

Join AKDO’s design minds and the occasional guest blogger as we go Far Beyond for news from the design front. Also: observations on hot lifestyle trends, updates on our global search for superb materials and our passion for designing with them, and what happens along the way.


Todd English Food Hall

A Touch of the English at the Plaza Hotel NYC

Throughout Europe it is common to see mosaics used on ceilings. Here in the States, not as much. So we were thrilled when designer Jeffrey Beers envisioned a European-style food hall concept for chef Todd English at New York’s famed…
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The AKDO Origami Collection

Embrace the Fold

In 2015, AKDO introduced Origami. Bold, unexpected, graphic and distinctive, the natural stone mosaic line took America by storm. In its debut at the Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse, juxtaposed with the traditional look of a clawfoot tub, Origami made a statement of modernity, timelessness and drama.
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Design in the Flatiron

AKDO's New Neighbors

Manhattan is the largest metropolis in America, and like most major cities, it fascinates with its various boroughs, neighborhoods and districts. Along with its surrounding neighborhoods of Gramercy to the East and Highline-hugging Chelsea/Meatpacking to the West, the Flatiron, named for a landmark iron-shaped building, is chock full of some of the most interesting and sophisticated design showrooms, ateliers and studios. 
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Exotic Istanbul

We Took Over Traditional Home's Instagram

  Here’s what happens when our Creative Director gets turned loose with her iPhone in Istanbul: magic! In this ancient city that spans two continents, inspiration is everywhere, so when the editors of Traditional Home invited Kate Sterling to share Istanbul with their…
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