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  1. How they make it

    Marmol Radziner: Finish Construction

    Finish surfacing comes next—windows, drywall, cabinetry, ornamental metalwork, tiling, appliances, and fixtures are put into place.

    01.01.09

  2. How they make it

    Marmol Radziner: Structural Steel

    The first workstation sits just outside the factory’s rear entrance, where deliveries of recycled steel are deposited.

    01.01.09

  3. Flos Glo-Ball: Blow Mold
    How they make it

    Flos Glo-Ball: Blow Mold

    When the blob has reached a diameter of about six inches, it has already been handled by two or three blowers, who multitask like chefs.

    01.01.09

  4. How they make it

    Flos Glo-Ball: Cool and Cut

    Vetrerie New Glass can make 18 Glo-Balls per hour—Pellizzon keeps the operation tight in order to guarantee exceptional quality. The balls sit in a slow-cooling kiln for two hours; otherwise, they...

    01.01.09

  5. Flos Glo-Ball: Put Together
    How they make it

    Flos Glo-Ball: Put Together

    West of Piombino Dese, in Bovezzo, the well-tended Glo-Balls meet the other parts of the lamp: laminated tubular steel stands, bases, and electronic components sourced in Milan.

    01.01.09

  6. Flos Glo-Ball: Molten Dust
    How they make it

    Flos Glo-Ball: Molten Dust

    Piombino Dese, a drab industrial town between Venice and Verona, has many small glass companies, including Vetrerie New Glass, founded by Franco Pellizzon in 1991 and one of several Glo-Ball...

    01.01.09

  7. Green

    Windcatchers Defind

    Windcatchers are controlled indoor weather systems, architectural microclimates framed by windows and walls.

    01.01.09

  8. 101 Bathrooms: Wood
    Design 101

    101 Bathrooms: Wood

    Wood has been used for centuries to submerge bathing beauties, but most people still think of it only for cabinets, furniture, and floors. A new outpouring of innovative wood-based design, from...

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    01.01.09

  9. 101 Bathrooms: Metal
    Design 101

    101 Bathrooms: Metal

    An easy conduit for hot and cold water alike, metal assumes a multiplicity of contemporary shapes, from globular showerheads to rectilinear radiators.

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    01.01.09

  10. Nomad Is an Island
    Green

    Nomad Is an Island

    Much like the updates to your favorite software, video game console, or social-networking site (have you, like, totally seen our Facebook page?) the Nomad version 2.0 is at hand.

    01.01.09

  11. Design 101

    Energy Retrofit: The Now House Project

    It may be simpler to build a zero-energy home from scratch than to retrofit an existing structure, but buildings constructed in the 20th century are generally the most in need of upgrades for...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    01.01.09

  12. Compost Modern
    Post

    Compost Modern

    With the new year comes new resolutions and a general resolve to do better. Perhaps at the top of many of our lists is the question of how to live more responsibly. This February's conference,...

    written by: Laure Joliet
    12.31.08

  13. East Harlem Green
    Post

    East Harlem Green

    Another notch in the bedpost of green development: Tapestry, a residential building in East Harlem designed for LEED Silver certification, has broken ground.

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    12.30.08

  14. Southern Comfort
    Post

    Southern Comfort

    Louisville, Kentucky, is a river town built around 19th-century commerce and trade. Downtown, old brick facades remind of this era of bustling industry when riverboats and trains moved raw...

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    12.29.08

  15. The City As Seen
    Post

    The City As Seen

    As the everyday circumstances of urban life continue to change—whether due to tools like GPS-enabled cell phones or to high-tech security measures passed in the wake of September 11—how...

    written by: Geoff Manaugh
    12.28.08

  16. The New Garden Museum
    Post

    The New Garden Museum

    The Garden Museum in London has re-opened—and rebranded—after a short and surprisingly affordable modern makeover by the talented local firm Dow Jones Architects. I had the pleasure of...

    written by: Geoff Manaugh
    12.27.08

  17. Leah Evans Textiles
    Post

    Leah Evans Textiles

    Leah Evans is in the business of quilt-making. But seeing as how her creations feature aerial photography, maps, and satellite imagery, they are definitely not your grandmother's quilts.

    written by: Laure Joliet
    12.25.08

  18. The Latest from Michelle Kaufmann
    Post

    The Latest from Michelle Kaufmann

    Michelle Kaufmann's new mkHearth is a semi-prefab house that evokes old-timey barns and vacation-destination chalets. Like all of Kaufmann's celebrity-architect-branded housing products, the...

    written by: David A. Greene
    12.24.08

  19. Pop (Up) Architecture
    Post

    Pop (Up) Architecture

    To get to know a building well, is it easier to walk through it or to read about it? With Universe Publishing's recently released book, Modern Architecture Pop-Up by Anton Radevsky and David Sokol,...

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    12.24.08

  20. Piece of Cake
    Post

    Piece of Cake

    For some, the holidays are about indulgence while for others, it’s a tricky balancing act of holiday desserts and a healthy diet. For eager-to-please hosts, German designer Konstantin...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    12.23.08

  21. A Laptop Even A Panda Could Love
    Post

    A Laptop Even A Panda Could Love

    Discarded computers arrive by the thousands every day from the US and Western Europe to West African ports, after which they're discarded in toxic dumps. Children burn them and pull out the metals...

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    12.23.08

  22. House of Futures Past
    Post

    House of Futures Past

    Prince Charles, long an advocate of sustainability in architecture—including the use of natural building materials and the planting of organic gardens, but very conservative on the aesthetic...

    written by: Geoff Manaugh
    12.23.08

  23. Bunker Archaeology
    Post

    Bunker Archaeology

    Paul Virilio's classic book of wartime architectural history, Bunker Archeology, is finally back in print with a fantastic new edition from Princeton Architectural Press. The book had taken on the...

    written by: Geoff Manaugh
    12.22.08

  24. Coasters that Represent
    Post

    Coasters that Represent

    Local Los Angeles design store darlings A+R have launched their first ever co-branded product. Teaming up with Japanese artist Nobuhiro Sato they've come out with some coasters that are...

    written by: Laure Joliet
    12.22.08

  25. Eames Gossip
    Post

    Eames Gossip

    In the wake of InStyle Magazine's feature on the TV show "Gossip Girl" and its modern-mashup Manhattan apartment set (aka the Bass/Van der Woodsen residence, if you're a cognoscento), mid...

    written by: David A. Greene
    12.22.08

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