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Francesco Moncada and Mafalda Rangel at home in their Syracuse home

Less Is Amore

With its architectural history reaching back to the ancient Greeks, Syracuse, on the island of Sicily, has plenty of old bones. In 2001, while still students, native sons Francesco (now an architect) and Alberto (a photographer) bought a crumbling building that dates from the 18th century. Seven years—three of them spent on construction—and one UNESCO permitting process later, the Moncada brothers moved in: Francesco on the top two floors and Alberto on the first. Now the two globetrotting brothers, as well as Francesco’s girlfriend, architect Mafalda Rangel, use the place whenever they’re in Sicily. The modern interior, replete with furniture of Francesco’s design as well as a few Italian classics bought on eBay, serves as the perfect counterpoint to the weight of the town’s considerable history. The trio gives us a tour of their home and hometown, showing that where they live extends beyond the front door.
May 8, 2011
Miller House in Columbus, Indiana

Miller House in Columbus, Indiana by Eero Saarinen

Eero Saarinen’s legendary Miller House opened to the public in May 2011 for the first time. Leslie Williamson gives us an intimate tour of this Columbus, Indiana, treasure.  
May 2, 2011
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Furniture by Chadhaus

I recently discovered the work of Chadhaus, a four-year-old Seattle-based company that builds beautiful modern furniture from hardwoods and recycled steel sourced mostly in the Pacific Northwest. Founded by Chad and Emily Robertson, the company combines the couple's backgrounds in art, construction, furniture, and architecture. According to their website, Chadhaus is "part laboratory, part workshop, and part design studio—building furniture and designing spaces for life and activity." Says designer Dinah Dimalanta: "We work at multiple scales and use environmentally responsible materials and techniques. Our team works creatively to reach simple, durable and elegant solutions. Inspired by craft, good design and their capacity to be both sustainable and sustaining, we are excited to have more people learn about Chadhaus and our work." Here's a glimpse at some of their recent work.
April 29, 2011
Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture ‘s Knowlton Hall at The Ohio State University

Ahead of Its Class

“How do you make a piece of architecture about architecture?” Mack Scogin asks. “That’s a heavy-duty objective.” Nevertheless, his firm, Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects, accepted the challenge, designing the consummate teaching tool for Ohio State University’s architecture school: a brand-new building.
April 6, 2011
Evergreen Brick Works

Evergreen Brick Works

Toronto's skyline is speckled with bricks from the former Don Valley Brick Works yard. In the 1960s and 70s, the company produced more than 43 million bricks each year. But after business slowed in the 1980s, the yard was forced to shutter its doors and the thus no-longer-maintained, 12-acre site fell into disrepair. Today, however, it's back up and running—though with a new directive—with the help of Canadian nonprofit Evergreen. Renamed Evergreen Brick Works, the site is designed to be a community, environmental space where sustainable businesses can establish themselves and grow; artists can work; and locals can come to explore the site, take a walk, ice skate, buy local produce at the farmers' market, and meander around the 16 buildings being rehabilitated. Here we take you along on our recent walk through the site.  
April 4, 2011
Jens Quistgaard Dansk salt and pepper mills

Reissued: Jens Quistgaard Mills

While we've all heard of Dansk, far fewer of us are aware of the talented artist behind the company: Danish designer Jens Harald Quistgaard. Formed in 1954 with American entrepreneur Ted Nierenberg, Dansk has become an internationally recognized flatware and cookware company. Its beginnings, however, were in Quistgaard's teak pepper mills. Recently, Dansk reissued three mills by Quistgaard (who passed away in 2008) exclusively for Crate and Barrel: Henrik, Lisbet, and Jesper.
March 31, 2011
Family sitting on an all wood dining table and chairs

Separate Boîte Equal

From the leafy sidewalk outside Paul Bernier and Joëlle Thibault’s home in the Plateau Mont-Royal neighborhood of Montreal, there’s no clue that their brick home is all that different from its neighbors. But step inside, and perceptions quickly shift.
March 19, 2011
Black chalkboard pegboard by Margaret Oomen

DIY Black Chalkboard Pegboard by Margaret Oomen

Sometimes the pursuit of a simple accessory can result in a surprising upshot. Margaret Oomen was well into the process of reappropriating a portion of her dining room for use as a creative studio, but six months of searching for the perfect vintage pegboard turned up no solid leads. Oomen, a family doctor and crafty blogger based north of Toronto, had conceded to purchase a new one when ingenuity struck in the aisles of Home Depot.
March 14, 2011
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A New Slant

In Seattle, where others saw only a severe slope and lack of municipal hookups, one couple spotted their ticket to their dream home.
March 7, 2011
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