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Echo Chamber

After architectural designers Louis Molina and Laurent Turin of Good Idea Studio revamped a tiny, dilapidated 1923 clapboard house in 2004, they moved their Los Angeles office into the ground level and have taken turns occupying the 578-square-foot living quarters upstairs. While Turin is supervising the firm’s office in his native Switzerland, Molina, who also teaches at the Woodbury University School of Architecture in Burbank, gives us the tour of their diminutive-by-design Echo Park remodel.
April 9, 2010
Eames Auction

Epic Eames Auction Tomorrow

In the unlikely event you really haven't got enough Eames in your life, the Chicago auction house Wright is opening bidding tomorrow, April 8th, on a pretty large selection of Charles and Ray's work. Those hell-bent on having the real deal goods over reproductions will be interested, though considering how few left-field Eames nuggets and oddball designs are included here, the lots feel rather like a walk through some So You Wanna Know About Modern Design primer. If you're merely curious to see more of the couple's work, check out this online archive of John and Marilyn Neuhart; that's what's going on sale. All told it's certainly a nice look at all that mid-century modernism has to offer, just don't expect to be blown away by many undersung Eames arcana. The auction starts at 10 AM.
April 7, 2010
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Five Easy Pieces

April 7, 2010
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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.
April 6, 2010
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When We Talk About Good Design

Many architects and designers, when talked down from the theoretical towers of “sculptural forms” and “floating volumes” and made to speak of their craft in humbler terms, are apt to use a phrase as naive as it is loaded: “good design.” It suggests such an apparent universality that any of us should be able to spot it. But implicit in “good design” is a system of values, aesthetics, and objects that demonstrate that the seemingly innocuous little term is anything but. Nowhere is the idiom as alive and well as in the realm of modern design, which wants to suggest—formally, stylistically, and most importantly, commercially—that the two might just be synonymous.
April 5, 2010
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18 Dining Tables

April 4, 2010
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Knotty by Nature

In snowy Sweden, where pine planks and the democratic design incubator Ikea reign supreme, a local architect pays homage to his patrimony, making a small, slatty home feel like a rather big deal. 
April 3, 2010
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Omer Arbel

Omer Arbel is a Vancouver–based architect and designer who creates spaces and objects in equal measure. Most recently he designed both the the medals for the 2010 Winter Olympics and and the interior of Ping's Cafe, a Japanese restaurant in Vancouver. He's also the Creative Director of the furniture/lighting manufacturing house Bocci. Omer answered some questions about his Olympics design, his design process, and why he catalogs his projects with a series of numbers rather than with names.  
March 31, 2010
The brothers Bouroullec have deconstructed the standard sofa in favor of a softer profile, equal parts deflated soccer ball, puffy coat, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. Though the soft bowl-shaped seat is comfortable to sink into, a fiberglass shell, ste

12 Sofas

March 30, 2010
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