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  1. Underdone
    Essay

    Underdone

    At least 19 unfinished renovation projects currently reside within the crotchety old puzzle box of a house that I share with my wife, Keri. Together, the 21 of us live in a spirit of communal...

    written by: Dan Maginn
    03.20.10

  2. Design Shop Visit: ReForm School in Silver Lake
    Shops

    Design Shop Visit: ReForm School in Silver Lake

    Business as usual for ReForm School founders Billie Lopez and Tootie Maldonado means far more than simply managing their popular Silver Lake, California, shop. Whether exploring thrift stores for...

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    photos by: Brigitte Sire
    03.12.10

  3. Preservation Recommended
    --The Future of

    Preservation Recommended

    With the preservation of mid-century buildings already a touchy subject—–many people are still unwilling to see the value in preserving “modern” architecture—–we...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    12.14.09

  4. Exploring the Plastiki
    Travel Reports

    Exploring the Plastiki

    Plastic waste is a huge problem. Single-use containers and products are clogging up our ecosystems, and the statistics are staggering: of the nearly 230 million tons of plastic the world uses...

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    10.17.09

  5. Melbourne, Australia: Day Four
    Travel Reports

    Melbourne, Australia: Day Four

    After zipping around the countryside on my third day in Melbourne, Australia, Day Four was to be a decidedly urban affair--a self-guided tour of some of the city's architectural marvels with stops...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    10.14.09

  6. Windows of Opportunity in UK
    Post

    Windows of Opportunity in UK

    As a product of our financial climate, cities all over the world have been experiencing a surge in one of the most unattractive urban visual blights: empty storefronts. In York, the city has...

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    09.14.09

  7. Partners in Design
    Interviews

    Partners in Design

    A design career spanning decades has left this pair of Design Research–alumni with a thing or two to say concerning the state of people, design, and the retail environment.

    written by: Andrew Wagner
    photos by: Todd Hido
    08.18.09

  8. Katherine North Reviews 5 Shade Designs
    Product Reviews

    Katherine North Reviews 5 Shade Designs

    There’s no reason to treat your modern window with an outdated fashion. These shade designs will augment, not obstruct, your sensibilities.

    written by: Amber Bravo
    photos by: Gabriela Hasbun
    04.24.09

  9. Orchard Jam
    House Tours

    Orchard Jam

    The McKenzie residence sits within the grid of a commercial apple orchard, its roof and upper parts floating above the trees to echo the surrounding hills. Although its steel cladding is suggestive...

    photos by: Patrick Reynolds
    05.13.09

  10. Kex Hostel, Reykjavik
    Hotels

    Kex Hostel, Reykjavik

    Any traveler who’s been drawn to the magical desolation and unique energy of Iceland and its people knows that finding interesting places to stay has been quite a challenge. Last May this all...

    written by: Jeff Wardell
    01.31.12

  11. Clifftop House with Angled Roof in Maui
    House Tours

    Clifftop House with Angled Roof in Maui

    With an angled roof designed to resemble the surrounding cliffs, a house in Maui, Hawaii, is built to meld with the landscape.

    written by: Erika Heet
    photos by: Cristóbal Palma
    06.24.13

  12. 12 Tips for Tiny Bathrooms
    Renovation

    12 Tips for Tiny Bathrooms

    If your itty bitty bathroom is ready for a redo, check out these 12 projects that make the most of limited space with clever tricks.

    written by: Erika Heet
    12.19.13

  13. America's Regional Design
    Shops

    America's Regional Design

    Sure, buying American is something to get behind—we're celebrating it all month long—but if for you buying local is about makers across town, not across state lines, then these...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    09.13.11

  14. Reusable Sandwich Bags by LunchSkins
    Product of the Day

    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

  15. Bruce Bolander on Kitchen Design
    Dwell on Design

    Bruce Bolander on Kitchen Design

    Architect Bruce Bolander designs houses with, generally, very awesome kitchens. He's not afraid of color, and likes to clad his clients' cabinets with laminate in bright and electric hues. "My...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    06.14.11

  16. Colour Makes People Happy
    Shops

    Colour Makes People Happy

    Located on a quiet suburban street in South London, the shop Colour Makes People Happy is painted in a surprisingly subtle shade of sage green. Rainbow colored signage adorns the windows and a...

    written by: Ali Morris
    04.11.12

  17. Czech Trek at the Biennale
    Travel Reports

    Czech Trek at the Biennale

    Out of all of the exhibits at the Venice Biennale this year, I spent the most time sitting and playing inside the pavilion of the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Along with being interactive, dynamic,...

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    photos by: Tiffany Chu
    09.16.10

  18. Let's Get Small
    Design 101

    Let's Get Small

    A five-step program for those suffering from too much stuff and not enough space.

    written by: Dan Maginn
    11.17.12

  19. 10 Sturdy Desk Chairs
    Product Reviews

    10 Sturdy Desk Chairs

    Whether wrought from molded aluminum or the latest techno-mesh, few seats work harder than the sturdy desk chair. We worked a few over.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Dwight Eschliman
    08.12.10

  20. Kachelöfen Coming Up
    Latest

    Kachelöfen Coming Up

    It sounds like a sneeze, but a kachelöfen—a clay, highly-efficient, wood-burning stove used in Germany for hundreds of years—is a very modern option for radiant heating in one...

    written by: Olivia Martin
    10.17.12

  21. Dutch Master

    Dutch Master

    Limitations—–even in choice of wardrobe—–fuel the creative fires of Dutch master Karel Martens. His influential graphic design career spans nearly half a century, and he...

    written by: Amber Bravo
    04.26.10

  22. Echo Chamber
    My House

    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...

    written by: Emily Young
    photos by: Heather Culp
    04.09.10

  23. A Corbusier-Inspired Parisian Home
    Houses We Love

    A Corbusier-Inspired Parisian Home

    An American architect in Paris experiments with Corbusian perceptions of interior and exterior space.

    written by: Zahid Sardar
    03.04.13

  24. Dean’s List Dorms Across America
    House Tours

    Dean’s List Dorms Across America

    The factory-line model is out for student housing; in its place, thoughtful solutions for community living engender enthusiasm for higher education and respect for a greener future. As dorms from...

    written by: Tim Newcomb
    09.20.12

  25. Pulltab's Mini Vertical Garden
    Finishing Touch

    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

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