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Wrapqarw by To-mo-ni

Designer Naoto Yoshida found a new use for scrap wood from the furniture industry in Japan: an organizer to wrangle unruly cords. The clever Wrapqarw contraption ($20–$25) comes in three sizes—small, medium, and large—to help organize everything from headphones to phone chargers to USB cables. To purchase, visit
August 15, 2012
modern CNC-milled desk in London home

Hidden in Plain View

A digitally fabricated design in London boasts secret compartments for coralling the trappings of a modern workspace.
June 28, 2012
hide and seek compartment furniture

Hide & Seek

April 13, 2012
modern perpetual calendars

On and On

December 2, 2011
Pebble Tape Dispenser and Post It Holder Karim Rashid

Karim Rashid's Pebble Collection

This summer, the prolific, plastic-loving designer Karim Rashid teamed up with 3M and its Post-it and Scotch brands for a new collaboration. The result of the team-up is the new Pebble Collection by Karim.
July 25, 2011
In her spacious kitchen, Mahnaz Fashandi prepares for Persian New Year with her brother Mohsen and her parents Mohammad and Azam.

Family Matters

The open spaces and transparency of modern architecture turn out to be extremely useful when there’s a house full of relatives.
July 18, 2011
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Hollywood Renovation: Week 11

When you have a small footprint and you need more space, sometimes the only place to go is up. Our downstairs space is only 750 square feet and accommodates both living and working, so space is at a premium. We wanted to maintain our office space as a compressed six-foot-wide zone along the 38-foot-long north wall, and add storage space for samples, models, binders, coats, and bags. Hanging shelving or artwork in a space with only wood and brick walls presents a challenge, too, since we want to minimize change to the historical structure and to retain the openness of the space. So we decided to add a long minimal shelf along the brick wall and a series of simple pegs on the wood wall.   In this exclusive series for, Linda Taalman of Taalman Koch Architecture tracks the hands-on renovation of her and her partner's live-work space in Hollywood, California. Week 11: Installing vertical storage.
July 17, 2011
In renovating the Barcelona apartment she shares with Sergio Carratala, Petz Scholtus was guided by what she calls the “5 Rs” of eco-design: reuse, reduce, recycle, restore, respect.

Green Living in Barcelona

For some, living “green” is all about making a statement. But for Petz Scholtus, it boils down to common sense. The eco-designer was raised on a farm in Luxembourg, and she’s brought a feeling for the natural world to her residence in Barcelona, Spain. “Growing up on a farm influenced my ideas,” she explains. “There it was all about life cycles, materials that flow, eating, composting, growing...”   Scholtus, who also runs her own sustainable-products studio, Pöko Design, moved to Barcelona in 2004. Three years later, she and her partner, Sergio Carratala, a structural engineer, found a nearly-625-square-foot apartment in an 18th-century building at the heart of the Barri Gòtic.   Their plan was simple: Use eco-friendly and recycled materials, reduce water and energy consumption and create as little waste as possible. While sacrificing neither aesthetics nor comfort, Scholtus has accomplished that and more. There are cabinets made from wooden wine boxes, cork floors installed without glue, PVC-free pipes, secondhand furniture and even a worm-composting enterprise on one of the tiny balconies. No detail was too insignificant—witness the Staple-Free Stapler in the office.  
April 11, 2011
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Hollywood Renovation: Week 3

In this new, exclusive series for, Linda Taalman of Taalman Koch Architecture will track the hands-on renovation of her and her partner's live-work space in Los Angeles. Week 3 project: Creating a work space, and finding a live-work balance. Consolidating live and work programs into one space has many advantages. No more wondering if that book is at home or in the office, no more driving to work in the morning and home in the evening, no double tea and coffee sets—one powerhouse espresso machine. We've experienced a couple live-work arrangements before: some were like working in your house, while others were like camping in your work space. We sought to find the balance of having a functional work space between 9 and 5, and a cozy live space off-hours.
December 20, 2010