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Convertible Home Bar Transforms Tiny Apartment

Architect Michael Chen of New York firm Normal Projects masterminds the ultimate bar for a compact Chelsea apartment.

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Profiles

Elisa Strozyk

Elisa Strozyk was in graduate school when she came across a photo of a water-warped parquet floor. “I thought, my God, the wood came back to life and is frozen in motion,” she says.
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In The Modern World

Mara Skujeniece

Amsterdam-based Mara Skujeniece is a product designer whose work often narrates an underlying story: Porcelain candleholders have felt coasters that mimic the containers’ shadows; ceramic vases for a…
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How To

Ben Solemani on How to Shop for a Rug

Los Angeles-based rug designer Ben Solemani talks us through the do's and don'ts of floor coverings.
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A Great Idea

Buffalo's "Blank Snow" Park

A few weeks ago, the possibility of snow at sea level here in the San Francisco Bay Area raised quite a stir. Will it? Won't it? Should we ready our toboggans and show shoes?
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A Great Idea

How to Shop for Marble

There's no denying the appeal of marble in the home—it's one of the most prized materials in kitchens and baths.
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Design 101

An Introduction to Kitchen Design

The kitchen has evolved from a closed-off satellite to the most open, doted-upon room in the house—and repository of our dreams of domestic fulfillment.
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Interviews

Maria Dahlgren on Design

In her graphic wooden serving trays, Swedish designer Maria Dahlgren deftly takes on the "tacky souvenirs" of the world.
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A Great Idea

10 clever storage ideas for the bathroom

Flummoxed by the ever-present need for storage in the bathroom? Here are 10 ways to stash all your bath supplies in a modern way.

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The Future of Play

For an article on the future of playground design, appearing in the December/January 2009 "Future" issue, artists Mike Perry and Jim Stoten not only collaborated on the illustration that…
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