Latest Articles in Design 101

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Moving Violations

Can you spot the 11 infractions in this modern house?
October 5, 2011
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Modern Problems

Love superclean design but fear the building inspector? Here's our guide to skirting those modernist missteps.
October 5, 2011
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An Introduction to Building Codes

Fuss all you like about sprinklers and guardrails, we need building codes. Here's how to get your architect to play along.
September 29, 2011
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Permission Denied

Muculus Grigsby runs afoul of the permits department, costing him a chunk of change and loads of time.
September 29, 2011
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Up to Code

How one homeowner chose a savvy architect, made nice with the building code, and moved in without a hitch.
September 29, 2011
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Words You Should Know: Building Codes

Arm yourself with the vocabulary needed to navigate the world of building codes.
September 29, 2011
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An Introduction to Restaurant Design

Eating has always been a sociable event, from primitive campfire cooking to reclining on lectuli at lavish Greek and Roman banquets. However, although taverns and inns had always existed, the restaurant as an institution didn’t fully emerge until the 17th century. The word “restaurant” initially appeared in the 16th century, meaning a restorative broth, but by 1771 the term had mutated to refer to an “establishment specializing in the sale of restorative foods” as well. Like so much in culinary history, the Parisians owned the sophisticated version of the concept as American and British visitors marveled at the phenomenon.
July 19, 2011
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Words You Should Know for Restaurants

Listed below are some useful words for the experienced diner.
July 19, 2011
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Italian Design: La Mappa

You know where your Parmesan cheese comes from: Parma. But which region offers the best chairs? We've mapped it out for you.
June 17, 2011