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  1. IDS Toronto 2011
    Travel Reports

    IDS Toronto 2011

    The thirteenth annual Interior Design Show (IDS) of Toronto—one of Canada's largest contemporary design shows—took place January 27th-30th. Over 300 exhibitors gathered at the Metro...

    written by: Alexis Leino
    02.05.11

  2. Compostmodern in Review
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    Compostmodern in Review

    This weekend, I attended Compostmodern, a conference hosted by the AIGA SF that discussed the role of designers and the future of the profession with respect to sustainability. Around 20 forward...

    written by: Diana Budds
    01.25.11

  3. Finding My Latent Energy Use
    A Great Idea

    Finding My Latent Energy Use

    If you're anything like me, it drives you nuts when a light is left on in a room you—nor anyone in your household—is in. How sinful is it though? I ran through my apartment with a...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    01.25.11

  4. Just Redo It
    House Tours

    Just Redo It

    What do you get when you give a couple of designers unlimited creative license on a very limited budget? For Andrew Dunbar and Zoee Astrakhan, the possibilities were limitless.

    written by: Zahid Sardar
    photos by: Justin Fantl
    01.24.11

  5. Revisioning Camera Lenses
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    Revisioning Camera Lenses

    I’ve developed into a true shutterbug, a camera geek who doesn’t leave home without one. Obsessed with vintage cameras, camera lenses, and taking photos—that's me in a nutshell....

    written by: Leah King
    01.20.11

  6. Renovating An Aging Mill in France
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    Renovating An Aging Mill in France

    In 1981, Londoners Anthony and Gillian Blee purchased the ultimate fixer-upper. The property in southwestern France was idyllic, but its old mill, built in 1822, and three flanking outbuildings had...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Sarah Blee
    01.19.11

  7. Modern Recycled House in the Netherlands
    House Tours

    Modern Recycled House in the Netherlands

    In the eastern Netherlands, resourceful recyclers 2012Architects have built a house almost entirely out of locally sourced scrap, from old billboards to broken umbrellas.

    written by: Jane Szita
    photos by: Mark Seelen
    01.17.11

  8. Dance Dance Renovation
    My House

    Dance Dance Renovation

    The first time Houston-based architectural designer Barbara Hill set foot inside what would become her future second house, a 100-year-old adobe in Marfa, Texas, she found a cramped warren of rooms...

    written by: Amanda Dameron
    photos by: Misty Keasler
    01.17.11

  9. Rubber Bands, Man
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    Rubber Bands, Man

    When the architecture industry suffered a massive blow due to the economy, architect Margarita Mileva turned to upcycling office supplies. Her designs have garnered international attention and she...

    written by: Diana Budds
    01.16.11

  10. Three Questions for Christiane Högner
    Interviews

    Three Questions for Christiane Högner

    One of my favorite feature stories of all time is in the February 2011 issue of Dwell. It's about the Brussels–based furniture designer Christiane Högner who makes all manner of smart,...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    01.13.11

  11. Winners of "Healthy Homes" for Haiti
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    Winners of "Healthy Homes" for Haiti

    In the wake of the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010, ARCHIVE, a non-profit whose efforts center on the use of housing as a strategy for preventing illness and providing care among...

    written by: Diana Budds
    01.12.11

  12. Friday Finds 1.7.2011
    Week in Review

    Friday Finds 1.7.2011

    Welcome to the very first Friday Finds of the new year! Every Friday our intrepid staff contribute their favorite links from the week. See below to get a sense of where our browsers have been...

    written by: Amanda Dameron
    01.07.11

  13. Master Stroke
    Outdoor

    Master Stroke

    In Santa Monica, California, where pools are plenty but not always eye-pleasing, Padraic Cassidy lifted one 30 inches off the ground­—dramatically elevating its aesthetic appeal.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: David Allee
    01.04.11

  14. New Power Generation
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    New Power Generation

    Long before smoke-spouting power plants were relegated to the remote outskirts of the industrial city, large-scale energy generators were common sights in urban landscapes. Pushback from the...

    written by: Asami Novak
    01.03.11

  15. Erik Thorstensson on Creatables
    Interviews

    Erik Thorstensson on Creatables

    Earlier this month I posted a little round-up of products by the recycling mavens behind the Swedish design firm Creatables. I've had a subsequent email exchange with Erik Thorstensson, one of...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    12.24.10

  16. Green Cottage Getaway in Maine
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    Green Cottage Getaway in Maine

    On an island 20 miles off the coast of Maine, a writer, with the help of his daughter, built not only a room but an entire green getaway of his own.

    written by: Amber Bravo
    photos by: Eirik Johnson
    11.22.10

  17. Escape to the Rock
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    Escape to the Rock

    Off the coast of British Columbia—on a site accessible only by boat—a family of Vancouver urbanites commissioned a sustainable cabin for weekend getaways that feels a world away.

    written by: Adele Weder
    photos by: Misha Gravenor
    11.10.10

  18. World's First Lichen Garden?
    Travel Reports

    World's First Lichen Garden?

    Last spring, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art unveiled its new 14,000-square foot rooftop sculpture garden, spangled with works by Ellsworth Kelly, Louise Bourgeois and Kiki Smith. To a...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    10.26.10

  19. Terrariums by Botany Factory
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    Terrariums by Botany Factory

    Browsing through the San Francisco shop General Store recently, I noticed some highly covetable, bulbous glass globes filled with tiny succulents: terrariums by the local designer Katie Goldman...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    10.19.10

  20. Reusable Sandwich Bags by LunchSkins
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    Reusable Sandwich Bags by LunchSkins

    It's a shock that it's taken so long for a product like this to come along. We have reusable containers (thanks Earl Tupper!), lunch boxes, grocery totes, and even produce bags but until recently,...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    10.14.10

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