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  1. Stair Lust
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    Stair Lust

    Somehow stairs have become the object of "design porn" of late, and while it seems as likely that lamps or sofas or kitchen cabinetry could feature in lusty internet photos, stairs prove...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    11.18.09

  2. 7 Modern Nightstand Options
    Product Reviews

    7 Modern Nightstand Options

    Once a locker for a midnight loo, the bedside table has taken on a far sweeter function—and a score of forms for holding big dreams, and small specs, till the morning light.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    01.04.10

  3. Aerial Modernism
    House Tours

    Aerial Modernism

    Some of the most famous modern buildings are now preserved as public landmarks, which anyone can visit and tour. Others remain private, viewed only through architectural photography and magazine...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    01.20.10

  4. Pedigree Charted
    My House

    Pedigree Charted

    With an extended family apt to drop by at a moment’s notice, lifelong modernist Hannah Ferguson has a new home that’s all about heritage.

    written by: David Hay
    photos by: Amanda Prior
    06.17.09

  5. Play: Electric Slide
    --The Future of

    Play: Electric Slide

    A group of Columbia University students have a good time reinventing the playground as a place to harness all that youthful energy.  

    written by: Marc Kristal
    11.16.09

  6. Q&A with Adam Kalkin
    Books

    Q&A with Adam Kalkin

    In the In the Modern World section of our June 2009 issue, I reviewed artist-architect Adam Kalkin’s new monograph, Quik Build: Adam Kalkin's ABC of Container Architecture. The book is a...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.15.09

  7. Contemporary Kansas Home with Wood Slatted Exterior Screen
    Houses We Love

    Contemporary Kansas Home with Wood Slatted Exterior Screen

    Architect Dan Rockhill tackled a tight budget and a steep slope to build a modern Midwest haven.

    written by: Olivia Martin
    06.11.13

  8. 5 Modern Dishwashers
    Product Reviews

    5 Modern Dishwashers

    Today’s dishwashers are quieter and more energy- and water-efficient than ever—giving you a little peace and quiet as well as peace of mind. The only thing they don’t do is unload...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Aya Brackett
    09.16.09

  9. Bridges We Love
    In The Modern World

    Bridges We Love

    Cables and abutments went fancy for a distinct purpose: to convey passersby—not folks whizzing past on vehicles—with personality. Here’s a selection of bridges that are anything...

    written by: Tim Newcomb
    01.27.12

  10. Prefab Escapism: Carré d'Etoiles
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    Prefab Escapism: Carré d'Etoiles

    While camping up in Oregon over the fourth of July weekend, I realized when lying on my back in my tent that I wasn't really fulfilling my fervent outdoorsy wish to 'sleep beneath the stars,'...

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    07.14.09

  11. Gates of Heaven
    --Done Right

    Gates of Heaven

    Effective airport designs are often underappreciated, as it is easy to take them for granted when things go smoothly. You are comfortable, you find what you need, and you are not bored out of your...

    written by: Tom Downs
    05.13.09

  12. On the Level
    House Tours

    On the Level

    Judged by contemporary design standards, the typical postwar suburban split-level house has little to recommend it. Usually spotted in a tract with dozens of similarly shaped units, the classic...

    written by: Carolann Rule
    photos by: João Canziani
    01.16.09

  13. Virgin Territory: Richard Branson
    Interviews

    Virgin Territory: Richard Branson

    It's not everyday that you get on a plane with someone who's been to the moon, and someone who has his own spaceship, but that's exactly what I did yesterday on an early morning flight out of San...

    written by: Sam Grawe
    04.07.11

  14. Rock the Boat
    My House

    Rock the Boat

    New Zealand architect Davor Popadich invoked nautical sheds in his unconventional design for his family’s home on Auckland’s North Shore.

    written by: Jeremy Hansen
    photos by: Simon Devitt
    02.05.12

  15. Abstract Trellis Cools Down Tennessee Home
    Houses We Love

    Abstract Trellis Cools Down Tennessee Home

    A dramatic trellis adds bravado and a passive cooling element to a recently renovated mid-century ranch house.

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: Anthony Matula
    09.26.12

  16. Wonders of the World
    Books

    Wonders of the World

    Though not strictly modern—well, not modern at all, really—the Wonders of the World series of books from Harvard Universtiy Press remains my favorite ongoing run of architectural tomes....

    written by: Aaron Britt
    12.15.09

  17. Cool Chicken House
    Outdoor

    Cool Chicken House

    Who doesn't love a chicken run? This cool coop is by David Rosen, an Associate Producer at CBS News in New York. His goal, in addition to sheltering four egg-laying hens, was to design a...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    12.23.10

  18. On the Fence
    Outdoor

    On the Fence

    This “landscaped outdoor room” near Farrar Pond, Massachusetts, uses simple construction to create complex effects.

    written by: Michael Grozik
    photos by: Charles Mayer
    02.04.09

  19. Test-Case Scenario
    House Tours

    Test-Case Scenario

    Beating out a host of competitors, one Danish family left their home behind (it’s just down the road, really) to camp out for a year in an Active House, a green-home prototype with all the...

    written by: Cathy Strongman
    photos by: Jens Passoth
    06.15.10

  20. Hecho en Oaxaca
    Shops

    Hecho en Oaxaca

    An experimental shop in Oaxaca, Mexico, is resuscitating the region’s ancient crafts traditions and bringing indigenous artisans’ designs into the 21st century.

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    photos by: Romina Hierro
    07.09.11

  21. Mini Mania
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    Mini Mania

    During the holidays a friend sent me a link to these pendants of miniature classic mid-century modern chairs. The tiny metal necklaces include the Mies Barcelona chairs, Eames molded plywood,...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    01.06.10

  22. Ship Shape
    House Tours

    Ship Shape

    Pieter Weijnen’s brand of maritime modernism brings a touch of magic to Amsterdam’s Steigereiland, where the architect built his family’s home. Inhabiting one of the development...

    written by: Jane Szita
    photos by: Hertha Hurnaus
    02.10.09

  23. Ruché Sofa
    How To

    Ruché Sofa

    On a walk through Ligne Roset’s factory near Lyon, France, we track the multitude of steps, hands, and hours required to craft this very refined couch.

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    photos by: Nicholas Calcott
    01.03.12

  24. Houston, TX
    House Tours

    Houston, TX

    In Houston, where bigger means better and suburbanites in SUVs dominate the highways, architects Dawn Finley and Mark Wamble are anomalies: Their domestic lives fit into 1,200 square feet, and...

    written by: Georgina Gustin
    photos by: Daniel Hennessy
    01.16.09

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