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5 Japanese-Style Homes with Engawas

A time-honored design element, the engawa describes the wide corridor, protected under eaves, that skirts the perimeters of a traditional Japanese house. Here, we highlight five indoor-outdoor homes with modern-day engawas.
July 15, 2015
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This Amazingly Tiny Restaurant in an Alley Is Under 8 Feet Wide

In Córdoba, Argentina, a minuscule passageway between buildings is now home to a luminous, modern restaurant.
July 14, 2015
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9 Colorful Entry Doors

These homes welcome visitors with a jolly splash of color.
July 2, 2015
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6 Marble Backsplashes That Keep it Classy

Marble's most dignified in small doses. Take a hint from these modern kitchens and use just a splash.
July 1, 2015
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Cutting-Edge Dorms Embrace The Landscape with No Need for Elevators or Interior Stairs

A pair of innovative dorm buildings push boundaries without showing off or upstaging their setting.
June 6, 2015
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What You Can Accomplish With a Single Shipping Container

We've seen shipping units stacked and configured in every conceivable way, but we're most impressed when someone creates something new and functional out of just one container. From a guesthouse to an incubator, these designers realized their dreams on the scale of a single container.
May 15, 2015
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5 Modern Outdoor Living Areas

It's time to bring your patio furniture out of storage. To celebrate, here are a few stunning spaces for outdoor living.
May 13, 2015
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Bold Design Spelled Out With Letters

Design is everywhere, even in the letters of the alphabet.
May 13, 2015
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A Modern Mezcal Bar Honors a 140-Year-Old Family Tradition

In Oaxaca, Mexico, designer Ezequiel Farca re-envisioned a worn-down house as the Expendio Tradición mezcal bar.
May 5, 2015
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