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Architect Christian Dean and his sons Quentin (left) and Owen (right) tend to their front yard in the Linden Hills neighborhood where their modest Cape Cod house is par for the course. The addition Dean and his colleagues at City Desk Studio designed is a

Minneapolis, MN

Linden Hills, a leafy neighborhood in southwest Minneapolis abutting recreational Lake Calhoun, is a spot where few fences divide the ranch houses from the Cape Cods and the bungalows, most of them modest exercises in Midwestern economy.
January 16, 2009
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Celebrity matchmaker Patti Stanger reviews 5 love seats

No piece of furniture has more aptly paved the way to connubial bliss than the love seat. And though they’re positively built for wooing, take heed, inconstant lovers: Romantic misdeeds are bound to land you sleeping on one.
January 15, 2009
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Lucky's Break

With a very limited budget and no construction experience, Lucky and Kim Diaz overhauled a wreck of a house into a sweet, 1,100-square-foot Los Angeles home with just $55,000 and a whole lot of stubborn determination. Here is their story, as told by Lucky.
January 14, 2009
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Double Time

The last time Blake Trabulsi and Allison Orr had a party at their house in Austin, Texas, it lasted until 5 a.m. Observes Trabulsi: “People are so comfortable here, they never want to leave.”
January 14, 2009
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Hive Minded

Openshop|Studio’s design for a hivelike structure in the middle of a Brooklyn loft creates a chrysalis of comfort for a couple and their baby.
January 14, 2009
Though zeroHouse exists only in 3-D renderings and brochures, its striking appearance and “zero-impact” ambitions were enough to attract significant interest across the digital media world and beyond.

Sweet Nothing

We’re heading into an uncertain future, but two things are clear: Technology is getting better and the environment is getting worse. Fortunately, the former offers solutions for the latter, as zeroHouse sets out to prove. This prefab concept uses the tools of today to paint a digital picture of the house of tomorrow.
January 8, 2009
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Little Field of Flowers: Weaving

Depending on the size of the rug—they come in three sizes—one or two technicians at SPN operate the loom, which involves painstaking manual labor. “Every two or three lines,” Marquina explains, “we insert a pair of die-cut flowers. They are fixed through a wool thread that is woven between the flowers and the base.” The technicians follow an intricate pattern, much like in knitting, which graphically conveys the intended location of each distinct flower pairing. They can produce one rug in a seven-hour workday. “It wasn’t easy,” Marquina remembers, “to find manufacturers willing to take on this project—it’s quite complex.” Mittal was more than willing. “I really enjoy working with Nanimarquina,” he says. “Every time they give me different kinds of designs to make, and I like the challenge. We feel proud.”
January 1, 2009
Toronto-based Looolo Textiles closes the loop with their "living textiles," using raw, local materials to produce fabrics free from byproducts and pollutants.

Mademoiselle Pillow

Looolo—When we think about products and their life cycles, textiles aren’t the first things that come to mind. But what went into your shirt?
January 1, 2009
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Leah Evans Textiles

Leah Evans is in the business of quilt-making. But seeing as how her creations feature aerial photography, maps, and satellite imagery, they are definitely not your grandmother's quilts.
December 25, 2008