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  1. Not Just Another Plant in the Wall
    Outdoor

    Not Just Another Plant in the Wall

    “Technically it’s a cinch,” Patrick Blanc says, and with a wave of the hand ticks off the ingredients needed to build a plant wall: ten-millimeter-thick waterproof PVC slabs...

    written by: Michelle Hoffman
    01.01.09

  2. Line Depping
    Profiles

    Line Depping

    Line Depping finds inspiration in corralling disorder. “We seek to have control and order, but we live in a chaotic world,” the Copenhagen-based designer says. Last year she created a...

    written by: Lindsay J. Westley
    04.23.12

  3. Sunset District Renovation
    House Tours

    Sunset District Renovation

    The residents of atelier KS's first renovation like stuff. When the couple, who lives in San Francisco's Sunset District, first invited the husband-wife design team to their home, the garage they...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    02.23.10

  4. Bigboxology 101
    Post

    Bigboxology 101

    Now that the last laptop computer and toilet-paper dispenser have been liquidated from the once-mighty Circuit City, some very significant mementos remain: the 567 empty warehouse stores across the...

    written by: David A. Greene
    03.10.09

  5. Platform 21's Repair Manifesto
    Post

    Platform 21's Repair Manifesto

    Designers talk a lot about extending product lifecycles, but most often in terms of creating new objects with exceptional longevity. Extending the lifecycle of existing objects is a different...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    03.03.09

  6. Marimekko's Iconic Patterns
    Product

    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

  7. The Wearable Architecture of Karen Konzuk
    Interviews

    The Wearable Architecture of Karen Konzuk

    We recently caught up with designer Karen Konzuk, founder of Konzuk Jewelry, to talk about the process and inspiration behind her architectural concrete and stainless steel creations.

    written by: Sara Ost
    11.28.12

  8. Tendence 2012 at Messe Frankfurt: Textiles out of Africa
    Travel Reports

    Tendence 2012 at Messe Frankfurt: Textiles out of Africa

    One of the special exhibitions at Tendence was Africa Chic, a collection of objects designed and manufactured in Africa. We rarely get a chance to feature designs from the continent, and so jumped...

    written by: Diana Budds
    08.27.12

  9. In and Around Reykjavik, Iceland
    Travel Reports

    In and Around Reykjavik, Iceland

    Iceland seems more remote than the four-and-a-half-hour flight from Boston feels. But Reykjavik, a city closer to Boston than San Francisco, is a world apart. The prime minister is in the phonebook...

    11.30.10

  10. Marimekko at Crate & Barrel
    Travel Reports

    Marimekko at Crate & Barrel

    This week, Marimekko launched its fourth and fifth shops at Crate & Barrel in Los Angeles and San Francisco. The two companies have collaborated for four decades so it makes sense that...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.27.11

  11. Writer-Gardener Debra Prinzing in SF March 5
    Post

    Writer-Gardener Debra Prinzing in SF March 5

    While British author Virginia Woolf heralded the benefits of “a room of one’s own,” writer, master gardener, and outdoor shed-enthusiast Debra Prinzing rallies for an entire...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    03.02.09

  12. Designing Detroit
    Post

    Designing Detroit

    If the Great Recession has an unofficial mascot, it's Detroit. Even though the once-mighty Motown has been in a slow-motion death-spin since the days of the K-car, the city's abandoned factories...

    written by: David A. Greene
    03.18.09

  13. Greene & Greene Anniversary
    Post

    Greene & Greene Anniversary

    The year 2008 marks the 100th birthday of the Gamble House in Pasadena, CA, the most famous residential work by architects Charles and Henry Greene. (No relation.) But in these precarious financial...

    written by: David A. Greene
    10.30.08

  14. David Trubridge Interview
    Interviews

    David Trubridge Interview

    Environment is inspiration for British-born, New Zealand–based David Trubridge, but eco-design is a label he eschews: “We do everything we can, but this greenwashing trend can create a...

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    03.05.09

  15. Stockholm Furniture Fair 2010
    Travel Reports

    Stockholm Furniture Fair 2010

    Every February, the very best new Nordic furniture designs debut at the Stockholm Furniture Fair and the Northern Light Fair. The two events are held together in the 630,000-square-foot Stockholm...

    written by: Tiffany Orvet
    02.16.10

  16. Garden Statement
    House Tours

    Garden Statement

    On a once-vacant corner lot in a transitional Jersey City neighborhood, a pair of local architects devised a clever prefab for a resourceful client.

    written by: William Lamb
    photos by: Samantha Contis
    12.19.10

  17. To Do: Edible Estates Demonstration Garden
    Post

    To Do: Edible Estates Demonstration Garden

    Earlier this year Fritz Haeg embarked on the first public Edible Estates Garden at southern California's Descanso Gardens in an effort to showcase the benefits of planting an abundant edible garden...

    written by: Laure Joliet
    10.03.08

  18. Miller House in Columbus, Indiana by Eero Saarinen
    House Tours

    Miller House in Columbus, Indiana by Eero Saarinen

    Eero Saarinen’s legendary Miller House opened to the public in May 2011 for the first time. Leslie Williamson gives us an intimate tour of this Columbus, Indiana, treasure.  

    written by: Leslie Williamson
    05.02.11

  19. Yesterday's Kitchen of Tomorrow
    Post

    Yesterday's Kitchen of Tomorrow

    Did you know that you can search the archives of Life Magazine via Google? Take a look at what we used to consider a modern kitchen–the Kitchen of Tomorrow presented in Toledo Ohio in 1943.

    written by: Laure Joliet
    11.21.08

  20. How To

    Mademoiselle Pillow: Cut

    Organic merino wool arrives from Vermont, woven and mounted on rolls over a yard and a half wide.

    01.01.09

  21. How To

    Mademoiselle Pillow: Prep

    Zippers, buttons, and other add-ons are rendered unnecessary by Looolo’s pillowcase closure system, which uses a tried-and-true technique: overlapping flaps on the back.

    01.01.09

  22. How To

    Mademoiselle Pillow: Pattern

    Notkin, who started her career making costume jewelry, has a knack for romantically contrasting hues and textures. In fact, her favorite part of the creative process comes before anything is made...

    01.01.09

  23. How To

    Mademoiselle Pillow: Stuff

    The fronts and backs are sewn to each other inside out and then turned right side out—“we just make sure the corners are nice,” says Notkin.

    01.01.09

  24. Friday Finds 6.17.11
    Week in Review

    Friday Finds 6.17.11

    Finds o' Friday delivered straight, no chaser. Scroll down for a look at retro Lego ads and an excerpt from Just Kids read by Patti Smith herself.

    written by: Diana Budds
    06.17.11

  25. Last Day for Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling
    Post

    Last Day for Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling

    Today is the final day to venture through this well-received survey of the phenomenon that is the prefabricated home.

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    10.20.08

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