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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 Dwell.com, 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 Dwell.com, 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
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Startin' Spartan

When Jay Atherton and Cy Keener met in grad school at the University of California, Berkeley, they discovered in each other a rare constellation of common interests: minimalist architecture, rock climbing, and “not talking.” After graduation, Atherton moved back to his hometown of Phoenix, Arizona, and purchased a downtown lot. Wanting to build a house, he asked Keener—–a pro carpenter, then living in Colorado—–to help with design and construction. Six months later, “His house became our house,” says Keener. “It became obvious the only way it would get built was if I shared the mortgage.” Atherton cackles: “I suckered him down here.” The roommates are now business partners: They founded a design firm, Atherton Keener, in 2007. On a 110-degree day, they invited us in for a tour.   
November 22, 2010
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Desk Set

February 22, 2010
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DC Deli Office Renovation

While reporting one of our feature stories in the September issue, I became pals with the owners and residents at Taylor Gourmet, the H St. NE deli we featured. David Mazza and Casey Patten did a proper renovation of their space, with their apartments up top and their top-drawer deli down below. We've kept in touch and just last week David sent me these images of their office, the only spot which hadn't gotten the full renovation treatment when I visited in March.
November 11, 2009
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An Atypical Tree House

When a 40-year-old pine tree fell over at the rear of a Brentwood estate in Los Angeles a few years back, its owner, an art lover and a philanthropist, let it lie. The tree revived itself, continuing to grow from its newfound horizontal position. At that point, the owner decided to honor its resilience by incorporating it into a 172-square-foot office / guest house.
October 28, 2009
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Moby Tape Dispenser

I've been following designer Jonas Damon for a little while now, and like most design-watchers, I rather liked his charming wooden Torch Flashlight, and the Twice Twice Clock he created recently. He strikes again, this time turning his eye to another oft-stashed-in-the-back-of-the-desk object: the Scotch tape dispenser. Recalling a grinning whale, Moby is bound to brighten any desktop.
October 27, 2009
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