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  1. Modern London House with Rainbow Spiral Staircase
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    Modern London House with Rainbow Spiral Staircase

    In a London house that’s flooded with light, a spiral staircase provides a prismatic path from floor to floor.

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    photos by: John Short
    06.20.11

  2. Rainbow House in Action
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    Rainbow House in Action

    One of the more colorful architectural details we've run lately is that multi-hued staricase that gets the full-page treatment in Rainbow Flight by Jordan Kushins, the Finishing Touch in our July...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    07.21.11

  3. Fields of Old
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    Fields of Old

    Tatsuro Kiuchi finds beauty in the banal, even in a fleeting look at his homeland through the window of a bullet train.

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    08.30.11

  4. Slat Happy
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    Slat Happy

    Budget supplies become modern design gold in this Omaha home.

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    11.01.11

  5. Social Heat
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    Social Heat

    What’s the best way to warm a small studio? Ekaterina Voronova opted for a compact wood-burning stove to keep her space cozy.

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    11.11.11

  6. Backyard Retreat
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    Backyard Retreat

    When sustainable building advisor Megan Lea set out to build a backyard retreat, she knew that reclaimed materials would figure prominently into the design. What resulted is a polychrome of...

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: Uwe Schneider
    12.06.11

  7. Shedded Bliss
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    Shedded Bliss

    A prefabricated shed sited on a Finnish island provides a perfect summer getaway.

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    12.19.11

  8. Lighting Up
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    Lighting Up

    A dim Toronto Tudor gets an airy new look, thanks to a top-level remodel and some bright ideas.

    written by: Alex Bozikovic
    01.25.12

  9. Hide and Eat
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    Hide and Eat

    In Manhattan, where space is the ultimate luxury, a clever design workaround makes a dining table disappear after supper.

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    02.28.12

  10. Back to Nature
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    Back to Nature

    A one-of-a-kind house on a Japanese island blurs the indoor-outdoor divide.

    written by: Winifred Bird
    photos by: Hiroshi Ueda
    04.04.12

  11. Last Words
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    Last Words

    We put the same four questions to everyone we talked to for the Now 99 to learn what they’re inspired by and what they’re totally sick of. Read on for a glimpse into today’s...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    04.13.12

  12. Striking a Cord
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    Striking a Cord

    British artist Maisie Broadhead elevates the nuisance of an unsightly lamp cord to over-the-mantel art with this clever bit of DIY design.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    06.21.12

  13. Hidden in Plain View
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    Hidden in Plain View

    A digitally fabricated design in London boasts secret compartments for coralling the trappings of a modern workspace.

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: James Day
    06.28.12

  14. A Movable Fete
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    A Movable Fete

    Flash back to the 1970s for visionary Italian designer Joe Colombo’s Living Center, a mod take on a casual soirée.

    written by: Diana Budds
    08.23.12

  15. An American Bookshelf in London
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    An American Bookshelf in London

    When Russian-born architect Andrei Saltykov designed his home in the UK, he put his love of the USA on the shelf.

    written by: Phyllis Richardson
    photos by: Will Pryce
    10.11.12

  16. Top Drawer
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    Top Drawer

    Residents of this contemporary home in Koriyama, Japan, squeeze out every cubic inch of storage, courtesy of a centuries-old design concept.

    written by: Winifred Bird
    11.26.12

  17. A Clever Window Treatment: Bus Graphics
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    A Clever Window Treatment: Bus Graphics

    From an unlikely source comes a clever privacy solution for a pair of prefabbed town houses in Los Angeles.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Sharon Risedorph
    01.07.13

  18. Catch A Wave
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    Catch A Wave

    An undulating wall made from over 40,000 dowels adds a dose of awe to a Massachusetts loft.

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: John Horner
    01.24.13

  19. A Mies van der Rohe-Inspired Cottage in Johannesburg
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    A Mies van der Rohe-Inspired Cottage in Johannesburg

    A floating wall on a Johannesburg cottage draws inspiration from 
local mining moguls and Mies van der Rohe.

    written by: Olivia Martin
    04.10.13

  20. Jean Prouvé's Design Legacy
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    Jean Prouvé's Design Legacy

    An exhibition showcasing the ins and outs of Jean Prouvé’s industrial design aesthetic is the final word on the French master’s legacy.

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    05.09.13

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