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  1. Packed Naturally
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    Packed Naturally

    Mies van der Rohe once said, "We must remember that everything depends on how we use a material." In this Palo Alto, CA, residence constructed from rammed earth, steel, and glass, and finished in...

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: Joe Fletcher
    04.19.11

  2. The Brick Weave House in Chicago
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    The Brick Weave House in Chicago

    Born as a horse stable, the Brick Weave House in Chicago is all about transportation and transparency. A clever renovation has made it the most compelling architecture on the block and home to a...

    written by: Blair Kamin
    photos by: Gregg Segal
    08.31.09

  3. 20 Modern Kitchens We Love
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    20 Modern Kitchens We Love

    From an inviting kitchen in a charmingly renovated cypress clad home to a hand-hewn elm galley atop a houseboat to a peek at the glossy blue cabinets inside the iconic Miller House, these kitchens...

    written by: Sara Ost
    12.05.12

  4. Maison & Objet: Part 2
    Travel Reports

    Maison & Objet: Part 2

    I'm just back from Paris, and still processing all the exciting new furnishings, accessories, and objets I spied at Maison & Objet over the weekend. In case you missed my first dispatch, check...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    01.27.11

  5. Mississippi Queen
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    Mississippi Queen

    When architect Brett Nave and his partner, architect Kelley Bishiop, began developing the Heron Park neighborhood in the coastal town of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, they managed to lay 1,200 feet...

    written by: Chris Tackett
    08.22.12

  6. 7 Tremendous Tree Houses
    Outdoor

    7 Tremendous Tree Houses

    Symbolic of both blissful childhood and the threshold between humanity and nature, tree houses hold a unique position in the world of modern architecture and design. We take a look at some of the...

    written by: Jordan Plaut
    07.12.12

  7. An Eco-Friendly Compact Cabin in Washington
    Houses We Love

    An Eco-Friendly Compact Cabin in Washington

    On Puget Sound, activist and filmmaker Anna Hoover collaborated with Les Eerkes, a principal at Olson Kundig Architects, on a 693-square-foot studio in the woods. Using freecycled materials and a...

    written by: Diana Budds
    01.16.14

  8. Salaam Mumbai
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    Salaam Mumbai

    Seeking to harmoniously integrate a modern aesthetic into the varied architectural vernaculars of Mumbai, India, the Brooklyn-based firm Khanna Schultz (made up of the wife-and-husband team of...

    written by: Erika Heet
    photos by: Edmund Sumner
    07.28.10

  9. Storage Savvy Renovation in Emeryville
    My House

    Storage Savvy Renovation in Emeryville

    Persistence paid off for this Cali­fornia couple who worked overtime for two years to tackle their all-in-one loft renovation.

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    photos by: Drew Kelly
    10.10.11

  10. Architect Miwa Mori
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    Architect Miwa Mori

    When 33-year-old Japanese architect Miwa Mori was a student in Germany, she learned a lot about architecture by observing fashion. “In winter in Germany, people wear t-shirts inside and put...

    written by: Winifred Bird
    08.23.10

  11. MoMA's Small Scale, Big Change
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    MoMA's Small Scale, Big Change

    The exhibition "Small Scale, Big Change" opens at the Museum of Modern Art in New York this Sunday. Curious to hear more about the show—which sadly I won't have the chance to see in...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    10.04.10

  12. Mexico City: Day 3
    Travel Reports

    Mexico City: Day 3

    My third day of Mexico City design tourism was one fraught with camera woes. Not only did many of the photos I took on my daylong wander not come through a vexing download (goodbye morning...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    12.01.10

  13. Kitchen and Bath Industry Show 2010
    Travel Reports

    Kitchen and Bath Industry Show 2010

    This weekend, an estimated 35,000 designers, manufacturers, retailers, and press descended on Chicago's McCormick Place Convention Center to see the latest, greatest, and greenest in kitchen and...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Miyoko Ohtake
    04.19.10

  14. Borrego Springs' Mod Houses
    Travel Reports

    Borrego Springs' Mod Houses

    I posted some of the mid-century buildings in my last Borrego Springs update, but over the course of my three days in the desert I visited a half dozen really beautiful homes. Lucky for...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    04.18.11

  15. Building the Maxon House: Week 12
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    Building the Maxon House: Week 12

    In our latest Backstory series, Seattleite Lou Maxon recounts the thrills and trials of ditching the suburbs, buying property, and designing and building a modern house with Tom...

    written by: Lou Maxon
    05.18.11

  16. Palace Intrigue
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    Palace Intrigue

    In the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius, architect Rytis Mikulionis spent several years property hunting for his first nesting ground and finally ended up inside a former Soviet army barrack, which...

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    photos by: Hertha Hurnaus
    01.16.09

  17. Tiles of Marrakech
    Travel Reports

    Tiles of Marrakech

    I was in Morocco last week and it should come as no surprise to design fans that I was ensorcelled by the variety and complexity of Moroccan tilework. From elaborate mosaics on palace walls to...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    03.15.12

  18. A Zero-Energy Community: Part 4
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    A Zero-Energy Community: Part 4

    Project Manager Brad Liljequist chronicles the building of the zHome, a ten-unit townhome in Issaquah, Washington—the first multifamily zero-energy community in the United States. Part 4: A...

    written by: Brad Liljequist
    10.26.11

  19. Maggie's Center by Zaha Hadid
    Travel Reports

    Maggie's Center by Zaha Hadid

    Whilst in Edinburgh, I managed to slip outside of town for a bit to check out Zaha Hadid's first built project in the UK: her 2006 design for a Maggie's Center in Kirkcaldy in Fife, which also...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    05.12.10

  20. Zoe Ryan on Hyperlinks at AIC
    Event Spotlight

    Zoe Ryan on Hyperlinks at AIC

    A new exhibit opened this weekend at the Art Institute of Chicago. Hyperlinks: Architecture and Design explores the connects between architecture and design—as well as other disciplines like...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    12.14.10

  21. Venice Biennale: National Pavilions 2
    Travel Reports

    Venice Biennale: National Pavilions 2

    As promised, here is the second part of our grand tour through the national pavilions at the 2010 Venice Biennale. Sejima forecasted well - the strongest crowd-pleasers were not the ones that...

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    photos by: Tiffany Chu
    09.07.10

  22. Barcelona, Day One
    Travel Reports

    Barcelona, Day One

    When the plane's wheels touched ground this morning at 7am, it was still dark in Barcelona. We, a motley crew of design-website editors, had just spent a long eight hours flying over the Atlantic...

    written by: Amanda Dameron
    photos by: Amanda Dameron
    01.26.11

  23. Seattle, Part Two
    Travel Reports

    Seattle, Part Two

    Earlier this week, I headed to Seattle to report a story for an upcoming issue and to run around town to find the best food, furnishings, and other local favorites. Part one of my trip was...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Miyoko Ohtake
    10.28.10

  24. Oakland Museum Preview
    Travel Reports

    Oakland Museum Preview

    Last week I got a sneak preview of the Oakland Museum of California, a Kevin Roche-designed museum in Oakland that's set to reopen on Saturday, May 1st. Mark Cavagnero Associates has completed...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    04.26.10

  25. Sydney's Surprising Opera House
    Travel Reports

    Sydney's Surprising Opera House

    The Sydney Opera House is more amazing—and surprising—in person than any photo could convey. Earlier this month, I headed to the Southern Hemisphere for a vacation in Sydney and Cairns,...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Miyoko Ohtake
    07.14.11

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