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  1. Words You Should Know
    Design 101

    Words You Should Know

    Charrette: An intense period of design activity in which a group collaborates to work out a solution to a specific design problem. It’s like a workshop, but sounds either more important or...

    written by: James Nestor
    08.12.09

  2. Wooler Mills House
    Design 101

    Wooler Mills House

    The first misconception about going solar is that it is expensive.

    written by: James Nestor
    02.02.09

  3. Where Pigs Fly
    Outdoor

    Where Pigs Fly

    Those looking for a more down-to-earth option might consider wallowing in a pigsty, which is essentially what designer Amir Sanei constructed for his two sons.

    written by: James Nestor
    02.05.09

  4. The High Life
    Outdoor

    The High Life

    Tired of being terrestrially housebound? Four homes go out on a limb and find their place in the trees.  

    written by: James Nestor
    04.20.09

  5. Tenancy-in-Common
    Design 101

    Tenancy-in-Common

    You’ve heard it thousands of times on TV, the radio, and in junk mail—spurious ads delivered with forehead-vein-popping enthusiasm by robot-faced dudes in shoddy suits. Bad credit?...

    written by: James Nestor
    01.27.09

  6. Suspended Habitation
    Outdoor

    Suspended Habitation

    “This was really a parameter-driven project,” explains Lukasz Kos, a Toronto-based designer and cofounder of the architecture firm Testroom. “That is, I had to let the trees...

    written by: James Nestor
    02.05.09

  7. Product Developments
    Design 101

    Product Developments

    We asked three product designers from three different fields what the future holds. Oddly, none of them mentioned crystal balls.

    written by: James Nestor
    08.12.09

  8. Probate Sale
    Design 101

    Probate Sale

    When the owner of a home dies without a will or trust to allocate their estate, the property goes into probate.

    written by: James Nestor
    01.27.09

  9. Panel House
    Design 101

    Panel House

    Taking advantage of Southern California’s sunny skies, architect David Hertz ingrained 
passive solar features in almost every detail 
of the Panel House for client Thomas Ennis.

    written by: James Nestor
    02.02.09

  10. No Grid in Sight
    House Tours

    No Grid in Sight

    Most deserts are dry and dusty expanses of blue skies, bleached soil, and rulerflat horizons. The Colorado Plateau is not one of them. This is a land of stunning contradictions, where thousand-foot...

    written by: James Nestor
    photos by: Daniel Hennessy
    02.26.09

  11. Modernist Rural Getaway in Poland
    Green

    Modernist Rural Getaway in Poland

    In southwest Poland, architect Robert Konieczny, of KWK Promes, raises the roof—with sod intact—on Jacek Perkowski’s modernist rural getaway.

    written by: James Nestor
    09.13.09

  12. Like a Rock
    Design 101

    Like a Rock

    When it comes to great product design, the material is often the message. Matuse’s wetsuits prove why.

    written by: James Nestor
    08.12.09

  13. Halving It All
    House Tours

    Halving It All

    David Sarti's little red house in Seattle's sleepy Central District proves that a bit of land, ambition, and carpentry know-how can go a long way.

    written by: James Nestor
    photos by: Misha Gravenor
    01.19.09

  14. Greased Lightning
    Design 101

    Greased Lightning

    Thirty years from now, there will be no more oil. 
But that’s, like, 30 years from now, and by then we’ll all 
be driving hydrogen cars, teleporting to space hotels, 
and eating blue foods while...

    written by: James Nestor
    01.31.09

  15. Foreclosure
    Design 101

    Foreclosure

    The popular myth is that foreclosures can provoke ire in sellers and bad karma for buyers, but this is rarely the case.

    written by: James Nestor
    01.27.09

  16. Exploring the Solar Systems
    Design 101

    Exploring the Solar Systems

    For the past 30 years, we’ve been teased with the promise of plentiful solar energy. But for most of us, nerdy solar calculators and watches are as close as we get to realizing this promise....

    written by: James Nestor
    02.02.09

  17. DesignMarch Iceland 2012
    Travel Reports

    DesignMarch Iceland 2012

    For the fourth year in a row, product designers, architects, artists, and fashionistas opened their studio doors across Reykjavik, Iceland, for DesignMarch, a four-day roaming festival of art,...

    written by: James Nestor
    photos by: James Nestor
    03.27.12

  18. Co-op
    Design 101

    Co-op

    “It is really different from anything else,” explains David Burcher, who bought a co-op apartment in Manhattan with his partner, Greg Broan, almost a decade ago.

    written by: James Nestor
    01.27.09

  19. Clifford Avenue Homes
    Design 101

    Clifford Avenue Homes

    The cost for solar systems is not only related to how elaborate the system is—it also depends on where you live.

    written by: James Nestor
    02.02.09

  20. Click Appeal
    Design 101

    Click Appeal

    House hunting isn’t just about roving the streets and stopping at For Sale signs anymore; instead, prospective buyers will spend hours trawling the Internet to find their future home. The editor of...

    written by: James Nestor
    01.27.09

  21. By Poplar Demand
    Outdoor

    By Poplar Demand

    “I kept pushing the idea of doing a new kind of tree house further and further, trying to find the best structure, the best materials,” explains Dustin Feider, a 23-year-old freelance...

    written by: James Nestor
    02.05.09

  22. Buyer Beware
    Design 101

    Buyer Beware

    Bad design can be not just unattractive but unhealthy. Steer clear of this trio of second-rate offerings.

    written by: James Nestor
    08.12.09

  23. Branching Out
    Outdoor

    Branching Out

    Arborsculpturist Richard Reames has spent the past 16 years making more than 100 sculptures, chairs, pieces of furniture, tool handles, mailboxes, and fences out of living trees.

    written by: James Nestor
    photos by: John Clark
    02.26.09

  24. Books You Should Read
    Design 101

    Books You Should Read

    The Champ Phaidon Design Classics: 001–999. Phaidon Press, 2006 This quintessential collection of 999 product designs in three thigh-numbing volumes explores product design from the late 16...

    written by: James Nestor
    08.12.09

  25. Best Buy
    Design 101

    Best Buy

    Good design isn’t inextricably wed to a high price tag. These classic designs run the gamut of types and prices. 

    written by: James Nestor
    08.12.09

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