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  1. Green

    Branding Sustainability

    If LivingHomes sound more like branded products than houses, perhaps that is intentional. “One thing I’m bringing from [the world of] tech is to treat homes as products more than as...

    01.01.09

  2. Green

    Svelte Veldte

    Given Langka’s directive that “the people who live around us have to see our roof and I don’t want them to see anything but grass,”

    01.01.09

  3. Natural Habitats
    Green

    Natural Habitats

    The experimental buildings on Shoal Lake are featured in the recently published Cabin, Cottage & Camp: New Designs on the Canadian Landscape, a thoughtful compendium of contemporary &ldquo...

    01.01.09

  4. Green

    Sunlight Express

    Americans expend as much energy on transportation as they do on powering their homes.

    01.01.09

  5. Little Feet
    Green

    Little Feet

    For his initial Aero House prototype, architect Tadashi Murai wanted something as sustainable as possible.

    01.01.09

  6. The Soft Spot
    Post

    The Soft Spot

    As designers embrace the idea of directing their skills toward doing good in the world, a collective of students and alumni from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco have launched an...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    03.03.09

  7. Tim Goodman Reviews 5 Lounge Chairs
    Product Reviews

    Tim Goodman Reviews 5 Lounge Chairs

    The Simpsons’ C. Montgomery Burns once said, “Sitting—the great leveler. From the mightiest pharaoh to the lowliest peasant, who doesn’t enjoy a good sit?” As we...

    written by: Sam Grawe
    photos by: Nathan Perkel
    03.03.09

  8. Ring Around the Lounger
    Post

    Ring Around the Lounger

    While the papa-san chair adds little to an interior besides nostalgic references to college crashpads, it's still a comfortable place to curl up. Designer Camilla Hounsell Halvorsen, a recent...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    03.05.09

  9. Writer-Gardener Debra Prinzing in SF March 5
    Post

    Writer-Gardener Debra Prinzing in SF March 5

    While British author Virginia Woolf heralded the benefits of “a room of one’s own,” writer, master gardener, and outdoor shed-enthusiast Debra Prinzing rallies for an entire...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    03.02.09

  10. House Industries Goes Gaga for Girard
    Post

    House Industries Goes Gaga for Girard

    House Industries recently made a mark with their heavy ampersand. Now they’ve turned their typographic attentions to a different kind of design icon. Their new Girard Collection celebrates...

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    03.05.09

  11. Andrea Cochran Landscapes
    Post

    Andrea Cochran Landscapes

    Just like modern homes often bring the outside in, San Francisco landscape architect Andrea Cochran’s exterior designs extend the modern aesthetic from indoors to the outdoors. A new book by...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    03.06.09

  12. Chicago Bauhaus and Beyond
    Profiles

    Chicago Bauhaus and Beyond

    Of all American cities, you'd think Chicago would be at the forefront of celebrating and preserving its architecture. And while in many ways it does—the Chicago Architecture Foundation hosts...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    03.07.09

  13. Pinon House
    Post

    Pinon House

    Despite a fierce loyalty and appreciation among certain diehard devotees, mid-century modern architecture seems to be slowly disappearing in this country. So it's always a pleasure for us to see a...

    03.08.09

  14. The Relief Chair and Fashioning Felt
    Post

    The Relief Chair and Fashioning Felt

    At first glance I thought this chair was made from the rather hard and inhospitable charcoal-colored packing material that often surrounds new electronics inside shipping boxes. But upon closer...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    03.11.09

  15. Eat Love: A Book of Food Design
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    Eat Love: A Book of Food Design

    Food designer Marije Vogelzang creates recipes, plated presentations, and even molecular gastronomic buffets, turning the dining experience into a full-sensory immersion that makes us think not...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    03.13.09

  16. Formosa 1140: Density in LA
    House Tours

    Formosa 1140: Density in LA

    Although it's not a 'green' space specifically, the new Formosa 1140 building in West Hollywood, by Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects (LOHA), embraces community living and gives back some public green to...

    written by: Laure Joliet
    03.13.09

  17. Investing in the Market
    Profiles

    Investing in the Market

    With its community market initiative, PPS reinvents the public square on the international scale.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    03.14.09

  18. A Note on Our Expert

    A Note on Our Expert

    Growing up with parents who owned a restaurant inspired Rebecca Chapa to attend the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University at age 18. Like most college kids would, Chapa jumped at the...

    01.01.09

  19. Restoration of Hope
    Profiles

    Restoration of Hope

    Uganda is a country ravaged by the effects of civil war, and a place where HIV/AIDS and contaminated drinking water result in a high incidence of death, especially among children.

    03.15.09

  20. Kyle Schuneman on Masculine Design
    Profiles

    Kyle Schuneman on Masculine Design

    I recently talked over the phone with Kyle Schuneman, interior and set designer of Live Well Designs in Los Angeles. In the course of our conversation he again and again argued for men taking a...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    03.16.09

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