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  1. SF's Architecture and the City
    Event Spotlight

    SF's Architecture and the City

    It's September in San Francisco which means that our local chapter of the American Institute of Architects is hosting its month-long festival of all things Bay Area and design: Architecture and the...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    09.05.11

  2. Izola Laundry Bags
    Product

    Izola Laundry Bags

    Have you heard about Izola? This utilitarian-retro company features five throwback lines of everyday home and bathroom products—appropriately named Scout, Maritime, Apothecary, Sport and...

    written by: Kelly Cooper
    09.04.11

  3. Science Fiction Architecture
    Three Buildings

    Science Fiction Architecture

    For this week's "Three Buildings" column I turned to industrial designer Gustavo Fricke. We featured him and his Oaxaca shop Blackbox in our July/August issue's Design Finder ("Hecho...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    09.02.11

  4. Friday Finds 9.02.11
    Week in Review

    Friday Finds 9.02.11

    To usher in the long weekend ahead, click through our weekly round up of finds from the web. On deck: the world's shortest train, photorealist paintings, and a music video flashback to the 1980s.

    written by: Diana Budds
    09.02.11

  5. Video: Garrett Finney & Cricket Trailer
    Outdoor

    Video: Garrett Finney & Cricket Trailer

    After four years at NASA designing rest-eat-sleep spaces for astronauts aboard the International Space Station, architect Garrett Finney left the agency to pursue earth-based enterprises. He...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    09.02.11

  6. The "Unfinished Spaces" of Cuba
    House Tours

    The "Unfinished Spaces" of Cuba

    Following the revolution in 1959, Fidel Castro stood on the sprawling golf course of a country club known to be the stomping grounds of the rich and decreed that in place, a school dedicated to the...

    written by: Diana Budds
    09.01.11

  7. Rams: Less and More
    Event Spotlight

    Rams: Less and More

    Making its only American stop in San Francisco, the wonderful show Less and More: The Design Ethos of Dieter Rams opened this week at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. I got a chance to...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    09.01.11

  8. Architecture and the City 2011
    Event Spotlight

    Architecture and the City 2011

    This week, the AIA San Francisco kicks off its ninth annual Architecture and the City festival. The month-long event features food tours, home and city tours, film series, exhibitions, lectures,...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    09.01.11

  9. Building the Maxon House: Week 25
    Renovation

    Building the Maxon House: Week 25

    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...

    written by: Lou Maxon
    08.31.11

  10. A Green Home to Last a Lifetime in Austin
    Green

    A Green Home to Last a Lifetime in Austin

    Austin couple Anne Suttles and Sam Shah built a house to last their lifetime—and longer. Mixing new efficient systems with old upcycled materials, they keep it weird while keeping it green.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Brent Humphreys
    08.31.11

  11. iQ Test
    Product

    iQ Test

    A leisurely test drive of the 2012 Scion iQ—the moniker being the brand’s clear shot at the Smart Car—proved its absolute necessity in the new lineup of fuel-efficient automobiles...

    written by: Erika Heet
    08.31.11

  12. Kristi Reimers of Eco Carmel
    Shops

    Kristi Reimers of Eco Carmel

    In August 2010, Kristi Reimers opened the doors of her shop Eco Carmel to fulfill a dream of starting her own businesses and also to make a difference to her Carmel, California, community and to...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    08.30.11

  13. AC/DC on Rochester Castle
    House Tours

    AC/DC on Rochester Castle

    Okay, okay, this is a pretty blatant act of movie-meets-architecture branding, but man oh man I'm a total sucker for this amazing animation that somehow marries Iron Man 2, AC/DC, and a 12th...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    08.30.11

  14. Modern NASA-Inspired Cricket Trailer
    Outdoor

    Modern NASA-Inspired Cricket Trailer

    Part tent, part RV, the NASA-inspired Cricket Trailer is the go-to camper for the modern road tripper.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Sarah Wilson
    08.30.11

  15. Fields of Old
    Finishing Touch

    Fields of Old

    Tatsuro Kiuchi finds beauty in the banal, even in a fleeting look at his homeland through the window of a bullet train.

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    08.30.11

  16. Hometown Hero
    Profiles

    Hometown Hero

    Dow Chemical put Midland on the map, but architect and local scion Alden B. Dow made it the most modern town in Michigan.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    08.29.11

  17. Gerald Parsonson's Favorite Buildings
    Three Buildings

    Gerald Parsonson's Favorite Buildings

    I've admired Kiwi architect Gerald Parsonson's work for some time. There are so many strong projects on his firm's website, including the one we featured in our June issue—his own beach house...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    08.29.11

  18. Raise High the Roof Beams
    House Tours

    Raise High the Roof Beams

    Creative bartering and a healthy dose of sweat equity allowed a young Charleston couple to transform a derelict 19th-century structure into an inspired living space.

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    photos by: Daniel Shea
    08.29.11

  19. Great Indoors
    Houses We Love

    Great Indoors

    It’s not easy to transform a 15-foot-wide building site—wedged between houses in every direction—into a home that feels more spacious than its location allows. Mamm-design&rsquo...

    08.29.11

  20. Pasta Pot by Patrick Jouin for Alessi
    Food

    Pasta Pot by Patrick Jouin for Alessi

    French designer Patrick Jouin and famed Michelin-starred French chef Alain Ducasse spent three years working together to create their recent product for Alessi: the Compasso d'Oro-winning Pasta Pot.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    08.29.11

  21. Meeting Dieter Rams
    Event Spotlight

    Meeting Dieter Rams

    I had the rare pleasure Friday of meeting and interviewing German industrial design legend Dieter Rams. Rams is in town for the opening of the exhibit Less and More: The Design Ethos of Dieter...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    08.28.11

  22. Record Revival
    Product

    Record Revival

    As far as we know, MP3s might be the end-all musical medium. Comforting to know, yes (no more Discmans). But it leaves us feeling a little static. Where’s the fun in MP3 files? Electronic...

    written by: Kelly Cooper
    08.26.11

  23. Friday Finds 8.26.11
    Week in Review

    Friday Finds 8.26.11

    In this edition of Friday Finds, a collection of magazine covers featuring Steve Jobs, a video for all those who've ever dreamed of flying, a new product for all the Tron fans out there, and much...

    written by: Diana Budds
    08.26.11

  24. Japanese Book Binding
    How To

    Japanese Book Binding

    I quite liked the video my colleague Miyoko Ohtake posted earlier this week on Japanese joinery and thought I'd do my bit to shed a bit of light on Japanese style handcrafts as well. Here's a great...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    08.25.11

  25. Eastern Promise
    Rewind

    Eastern Promise

    A 400-year-old icon of Japanese design inspires generations of modern architects.

    written by: Diana Budds
    08.25.11

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