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  1. Marimekko's Iconic Patterns
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    Marimekko's Iconic Patterns

    It's hard not to adore (and lust after) Marimekko's fabrics. In the early 1950s, as Finland continued its slow ­recovery from World War II, textile designer Armi Ratia seized the opportunity to...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    07.26.11

  2. Accessories from Schoolhouse Electric
    Post

    Accessories from Schoolhouse Electric

    I have always associated the Portland-based company Schoolhouse Electric solely with classic, vintage-inspired lighting, and only recently discovered that they sell much more than that in their...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    04.10.12

  3. Spiral Staircase Shapes Tokyo Home
    House Tours

    Spiral Staircase Shapes Tokyo Home

    How is a 921-square-foot, 44-level house possible? Witness Tokyo architect Akihisa Hirata’s mind-bending, shape-shifting solution to small-space living.

    written by: Naomi Pollock
    photos by: Koichi Torimura
    11.12.12

  4. Love Earth: Eco Ideas and Designs
    Books

    Love Earth: Eco Ideas and Designs

    Victionary's new book, Love Earth, is an ode to green design—the cover is even made from the recycled scraps from the bookmaking process. Inside its cover, the volume starts with a mini-book...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    06.03.11

  5. Dominey Pavilion and Carport
    Outdoor

    Dominey Pavilion and Carport

    When Decatur, Georgia, residents Todd and Heather Dominey tasked architect architect William Carpenter of Lightroom Studio to create additional space for their growing family, they turned to the...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    04.06.10

  6. Three Days in Austin, Texas
    Travel Reports

    Three Days in Austin, Texas

    Last week I flew down to Austin, Texas, to report two stories for our upcoming modern-across-America-themed issue (stay tuned!). I met with several architects, enjoyed coffee at the home of a soon...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.10.11

  7. Lautners Are Forever
    Houses We Love

    Lautners Are Forever

    Quintessential California architect John Lautner would have been 100 this July. Set high above Palm Springs, his beyond-groovy Elrod House is nothing short of concrete poetry.

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    06.20.11

  8. British Brand Mulberry Opens S.F. Outpost
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    British Brand Mulberry Opens S.F. Outpost

    British clothing company Mulberry opened their first West Coast boutique in San Francisco this past week.

    written by: Olivia Martin
    06.30.12

  9. Upwardly Mobile Homes
    House Tours

    Upwardly Mobile Homes

    When it comes to real estate, the trailer park gets a bad rap. But some designers think that this forsaken corner of the market is worthy of reevaluation—and even resuscitation.

    written by: Rick Polito
    05.13.09

  10. Definitive Collections
    Books

    Definitive Collections

    We all know not to judge a book by its cover, or people by the company they keep. Unpacking My Library: Architects and Their Books offers a guided tour across the shelves of ten famous architects,...

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    03.18.10

  11. Building a Prefab House
    Renovation

    Building a Prefab House

    A highlight of reporting "A Simple Plan," my story about the Marmol Radziner-designed prefab in Ukiah, California (in our December/January 2012 issue, and online here) was sitting down...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    11.24.11

  12. Top Drawer
    Finishing Touch

    Top Drawer

    Residents of this contemporary home in Koriyama, Japan, squeeze out every cubic inch of storage, courtesy of a centuries-old design concept.

    written by: Winifred Bird
    11.26.12

  13. Michelle Lord
    Interviews

    Michelle Lord

    Michelle Lord is a visual artist based in Birmingham, England. For the UK’s Architecture Week 2007, she produced an ambitious architectural model based on Jorge Luis Borges’s story ...

    written by: Dwell Staff
    01.07.10

  14. Standout in a Crowd
    House Tours

    Standout in a Crowd

    In architecturally conservative San Francisco, this house built on a 20-foot-wide lot proves that modern design can fit—literally and figuratively—in any neighborhood.

    written by: Amos Klausner
    photos by: Todd Hido
    05.04.09

  15. Geigy's Stellar Graphic Design
    Travel Reports

    Geigy's Stellar Graphic Design

    I alluded to it in an earlier post, but one of the highlights of my first day in Zurich was a tour through the exhibit Good Design, Good Business- Swiss Graphic Design and Advertising by Geigy...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    05.07.09

  16. Dostoyevsky, Meet Mendelsund
    Interviews

    Dostoyevsky, Meet Mendelsund

    I recently picked up a copy of Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky's wonderful translation of War and Peace. I liked it so much—not nearly finished with those 1200 pages yet...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    02.03.11

  17. Minimalist Brooklyn Apartment
    House Tours

    Minimalist Brooklyn Apartment

    A couple takes a minimalist approach to their Brooklyn apartment, focusing on supple materials, subtle gradations of color, and custom finishes by local craftsmen.

    written by: Philip Nobel
    photos by: Matthew Williams
    06.09.12

  18. Going Coastal
    Green

    Going Coastal

    It’s impossible to ignore nature in Big Sur.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Robert Canfield
    02.01.09

  19. Dashboard Confessional
    Post

    Dashboard Confessional

    A major obstacle to reducing our energy consumption continues to be our general unawareness of just how much we are using. Most people have no idea exactly how much a shorter shower or a lowered...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    10.01.08

  20. New Prospects
    My House

    New Prospects

    A Brooklyn architect shows what a little elbow grease, a healthy dose of naïveté, and a decade can accomplish.

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    photos by: Dustin Aksland
    08.13.11

  21. Take Two: 7 Adaptive Reuse Projects We Love
    House Tours

    Take Two: 7 Adaptive Reuse Projects We Love

    As the way in which people use cities morphs form generation to generation, we're left with dormant buildings—those that have outlived their original purpose, but are rife for enterprising...

    written by: Diana Budds
    09.08.12

  22. Xeros Effect
    House Tours

    Xeros Effect

    Matthew Trzebiatowski matched an extreme aesthetic to an extreme climate, but his sustainable moves took a gentler approach.

    written by: Chris Rubin
    photos by: Gregg Segal
    01.19.09

  23. Affordable, SIP-Built Family Home in Kansas City
    House Tours

    Affordable, SIP-Built Family Home in Kansas City

    Architect Jamie Darnell had a simple plan for his family’s home in Kansas City, Missouri, but the result is anything but plain.

    written by: Georgina Gustin
    photos by: Chad Holder
    01.22.09

  24. Coffee Break: Stockholm's Cafe Foam
    Food

    Coffee Break: Stockholm's Cafe Foam

    Located in the Östermalm neighborhood of Stockholm, Cafe Foam channels "Spanish temperament with Scandinavian cool," according to its designers, local firm Note. Indeed, the interior features...

    written by: Diana Budds
    03.28.12

  25. City Modern Home Tours: Manhattan
    Event Spotlight

    City Modern Home Tours: Manhattan

    The weeklong City Modern festival concluded with a bang over the weekend with the Manhattan Home Tours. The five destinations on the Saturday afternoon tour spanned from Chelsea to Union...

    written by: Emily Nonko
    10.08.12

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