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DIY design home in Kauai

Grateful Shed

A family discovers the joys of DIY design—and muddy feet—in their home made up of distinct pods that blends harmoniously with its surroundings in the rainy mountains of Kauai.
March 12, 2012
LED lighting technology in the Morgan Library New York

Illuminated Texts

Personally wired by Thomas Edison, J. Pierpont Morgan’s home was the first electrified residence in New York. A recent LED retrofit delivers the library into a new age.
March 10, 2012
Small apartment in Manhattan New York

Hide and Eat

In Manhattan, where space is the ultimate luxury, a clever design workaround makes a dining table disappear after supper.
February 28, 2012
Shotgun house with CabFab composite board sliding doors

Near Westside Story

Three houses in Syracuse win a sustainable design competition and reshape an urban neighborhood for $200,000 apiece.
February 25, 2012
modern duplex with glass doors and wood stairs

Spirit of the South

With neighboring duplexes supplying rental income, two Knoxville architects patiently—and affordably—craft their dream home.
February 22, 2012
rustic modern affordable barn house in Wisconsin

Blair Niche Project

At just $167 per square foot, this high-design, low-cost barn in rural Wisconsin is an American idyll.
February 20, 2012
maximizing small space in japan

Simple Division

A Tokyo architect’s shape-shifting apartment takes a holistic approach to live/work style.
February 13, 2012
Scandic Grand Central in Stockholm

The Scandic Grand Central, Stockholm

Greetings from Sweden! I'm traveling in Stockholm to cover the 2012 Furniture and Light Fair and my home away from home for the next few days is the Grand Central, the flagship of Swedish super hotel brand Scandic that opened in November of 2011. Housed in a building that dates from 1885, the hotel is designed by Koncept Stockholm and is mix of Ace Hotel swank, with a touch of 19th century Viennese luxury, and, of course, Scandinavian chic. The designers call it "a love affair between the grand Vienna-style city palace and street life of Stockholm." It's located just a couple blocks down from the T-Centralen station (the transit hub of Stockholm), which is ultra convenient for travelers relying on trains. For those who don't mind hoofing it—and in a city as scenic and comfortably scaled as Stockholm, my preferred route of travel even in the current -5° Celsius weather—the hotel is within walking distance of Gamla Stan (the historic old town) and Östermalm (where design district is located). It's also three metro stops from Södermalm (the section filled with great boutiques, cafes, and fashionable twenty-somethings). Let's have a look inside the hotel.
February 5, 2012
affordable house renovation in new zealand

Rock the Boat

New Zealand architect Davor Popadich invoked nautical sheds in his unconventional design for his family’s home on Auckland’s North Shore.
February 5, 2012