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  1. By the Book
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    By the Book

    This modern log cabin from architecture students at Auburn University was designed to be completed for $20,000—an admirable solution for the down-at-heel looking to put down roots.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    09.02.09

  2. Loo & Improved
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    Loo & Improved

    When Pamela Butz and Jeffrey Klug, principals of Butz + Klug Architecture, began renovating the master bathroom of a nearly 120-year-old home in Brookline, Massachusetts, they made “all sorts...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    01.04.10

  3. Search and Display
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    Search and Display

    Every collection has to start somewhere, and for Lisa Congdon, it began with a dish. Nearly ten years ago, the San Francisco–based artist (and co-owner of local design shop Rare Device)...

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    photos by: Jen Siska
    02.02.10

  4. Lego Island
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    Lego Island

    Step back, Jacobsen, Utzon, Kjaerholm, Wegner, and all you other great Danes. When it comes to Danish design domination, the unrivaled champ is undoubtedly the almighty plastic brick—Lego.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Céline Clanet
    03.19.10

  5. Hide and Sleep
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    Hide and Sleep

    With the classic Murphy bed as muse, Japanese architect Toshihiko Suzuki transformed a standard Airstream into a versatile small wonder.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    04.06.10

  6. Met Life
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    Met Life

    Climate-controlled high-rises make sense when the changing seasons bring extreme temperature shifts, but in Bangkok, year-round hot and humid days blend into similarly sultry nights. Enter the Met,...

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    photos by: Tim Griffith
    06.09.10

  7. Flemish Farmhouse Kitchen
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    Flemish Farmhouse Kitchen

    For this farmhouse in the Flemish town of Outgaarden, the Belgian architects 51N4E were charged with designing a new kitchen and adjacent storage space. They decided to split their allotted budget...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    08.02.10

  8. Reflects Well
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    Reflects Well

     “The first floor was about making something warm and woody that would blend into the natural environment,” architect Stephen Chung says of his Wayland, Massachusetts, home. &ldquo...

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    photos by: Eirik Johnson
    10.18.10

  9. Sands Castle
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    Sands Castle

    Jeff and Larissa Sand cut their commute down to a few flights of stairs when they moved their industrial design studio, architecture office, and metalwork shop into the first two floors of their...

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    photos by: Justin Fantl
    10.18.10

  10. Magnetic Walls, and Storage Made Sexy
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    Magnetic Walls, and Storage Made Sexy

    When architects Hayes and James Slade of Slade Architecture renovated a three-story brownstone in Brooklyn for Ricky Kenig, the owner of the New York City's ubiquitous Ricky's NYC stores, and his...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    11.17.10

  11. Pulltab's Mini Vertical Garden
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    Pulltab's Mini Vertical Garden

    Enlisted to renovate an apartment in Manhattan's East Village, architects Melissa Baker and Jon Handley, partners at the firm pulltab design, took inspiration from the city's plethora of...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    11.23.10

  12. Brighten the Corners
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    Brighten the Corners

    When Jeff Taylor and Alex Miller designed the Pull House in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, they took “form follows function” one step further: Form describes function.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Gregory Cherin
    12.01.10

  13. Wood-Paneled Interior in a San Francisco Victorian
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    Wood-Paneled Interior in a San Francisco Victorian

    The recent history of Janna Stark's San Francisco flat, located in an 1890's Victorian house, is literally burned into the wall.

    written by: Lydia Lee
    photos by: Laura Flippen
    01.18.11

  14. Communal Living on a Budget in Brooklyn
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    Communal Living on a Budget in Brooklyn

    The Miner and a Major is an experiment in communal living and fantastical form. A New York story of creativity born from hardscrabble circumstance, the project grew out of the joint imagination of...

    written by: Mimi Zeiger
    photos by: Spencer Lowell
    02.24.11

  15. Wood-Clad Seaside Retreat in India
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    Wood-Clad Seaside Retreat in India

    It’s hard to believe that this idyllic house sited in a coastal coconut grove in Nandgaon, India, is a mere hour’s drive from bustling Mumbai.

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    06.07.11

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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

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