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  1. Touring the Freitag Factory
    Travel Reports

    Touring the Freitag Factory

    One of the highlights of my recent trip to Switzerland was a tour of Freitag factory in Zurich. The messenger bags first designed and developed by Markus and Daniel Freitag in 1993 have become...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    05.14.09

  2. Ubik

    Ubik

    To best appreciate the sleek look of the Ubik system, whose aesthetic we admire (but whose cost causes consternation), proper lighting is a must—–especially if you choose to turn...

  3. Elfa

    Elfa

    Though seeing what’s in your wardrobe will prevent you from forgetting about the sweater your mother-in-law knitted you, your collection of clothes will probably look little like the color...

  4. Selectives

    Selectives

    Nothing comes for free: The financial savings of purchasing this system mean putting in a little elbow grease, as installation requires an enthusiastic DIYer equip­ped with a drill, hammer, and...

  5. Gliss 5th

    Gliss 5th

    If you value your sock drawer over all else, Gliss 5th is the system for you. It can overwhelm a small space, although the angled end sections and doors that open 165 degrees do help it blend in...

  6. All Aboard
    House Tours

    All Aboard

    Helmut Jahn’s dynamic new supportive-housing facility brings green design and a new outlook on life to the Windy City.

    written by: Edward Lifson
    photos by: Andreas Larsson
    05.13.09

  7. Standolyn Robertson Reviews 5 Closet Systems
    Product Reviews

    Standolyn Robertson Reviews 5 Closet Systems

    Our homes generally celebrate design you can see, but throw open the closet doors and behold a new frontier. These five closet systems not only make getting dressed easier and folding laundry more...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.13.09

  8. Odegard Flagship at the San Francisco Design Center

    Odegard is hosting an opening party on May 14th, 2009, which will showcase carpets from the recently launched Mughal Collection, inspired by the unsurpassed design legacy of 17th-century India....

    05.13.09

  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. Compound Addition
    House Tours

    Compound Addition

    A pair of environmentally attuned architects combined adjoining properties in a Los Angeles canyon to house their modernist menagerie.

    written by: Sarah Amelar
    photos by: Catherine Ledner
    05.13.09

  11. Storage-Smart Renovation in New York City
    House Tours

    Storage-Smart Renovation in New York City

    Living small is par for the course in New York City, but accommodating a family of four in under 700 square feet rarely looks as effortless as in this storage-smart renovation.

    written by: Sarah Rich
    photos by: Raimund Koch
    05.13.09

  12. Fjord Focus
    Profiles

    Fjord Focus

    As Jarmund/Vigsnæs’s growing crop of small, smart houses have garnered increasing attention, their equally prolific civic works have them poised to be Norway’s next big export.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Pia Ulin
    05.13.09

  13. Built-In Style
    My House

    Built-In Style

    In Oakland, California, two designers transformed a 100-year-old barn into a (very) cozy home of their own by redefining the functionality of walls and windowsills.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Aya Brackett
    05.13.09

  14. Pole Star
    Green

    Pole Star

    By creatively manipulating the angles and levels of exterior surfaces on this modest Polish country house, architect Peter Kuczia achieved exceptionally high solar exposure, increasing its capacity...

    written by: Michael Dumiak
    05.13.09

  15. Canteen
    Food

    Canteen

    Great Britain has never had a reputation for great food—it is, after all, the nation where a dish called mushy peas is purportedly a good thing. But designer-cum-restaurant- entrepreneur...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    05.13.09

  16. 101 Airports
    Design 101

    101 Airports

    Modern air travel is about far more than merely making it from point A to point B. The journey is the destination, and we take a look at airport design and how terminals are evolving: which...

    written by: Tom Downs
    05.13.09

  17. An Introduction to Airport Design
    Design 101

    An Introduction to Airport Design

    As anyone who has been to Peru, 
or Bali, or Timbuktu can tell you, travel is not merely the experience of going
 somewhere. Travel design must convey a complex message: of place, of pleasure, of...

    written by: Tom Downs
    05.13.09

  18. Blimp My Ride
    A Great Idea

    Blimp My Ride

    A century ago giant airships—–blimps and zeppelins and such—–were considered the future of air transport, but with their safety called into question by the Hindenburg...

    written by: Tom Downs
    05.13.09

  19. Airport Design Gone Wrong
    --Done Wrong

    Airport Design Gone Wrong

    The challenge for airport designers is to consider the complex function of an airport and then cap it off with some truly striking architecture. Most airports get at least some of it right. Some...

    written by: Tom Downs
    05.13.09

  20. Waste Opportunity
    Design 101

    Waste Opportunity

    While the Western world forgets its waste with a flush, 2.6 billion people don’t even have toilets. Virginia Gardiner ventures to the World Toilet Summit in search of sanitation’s future.

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    05.13.09

  21. Gates of Heaven
    --Done Right

    Gates of Heaven

    Effective airport designs are often underappreciated, as it is easy to take them for granted when things go smoothly. You are comfortable, you find what you need, and you are not bored out of your...

    written by: Tom Downs
    05.13.09

  22. Upwardly Mobile Homes
    House Tours

    Upwardly Mobile Homes

    When it comes to real estate, the trailer park gets a bad rap. But some designers think that this forsaken corner of the market is worthy of reevaluation—and even resuscitation.

    written by: Rick Polito
    05.13.09

  23. Zoë Melo's Touch
    Dwell on Design

    Zoë Melo's Touch

    Tiptoeing into the Los Angeles showroom of TOUCH, it's difficult not to obey the storefront's signage. The white-on-white space is stacked with oddly alluring textures—impossibly long-necked...

    written by: Alissa Walker
    05.13.09

  24. Dunk Mug

    Dunk Mug

    This ingenious mug handily brings together what is, perhaps, the greatest, most comforting, and perfectly delicious duo of our time: tea and biscuits. Eliminate the need for a pesky plate! Just...

    $13.99

  25. Q&A with Illustrious California Architect William Krisel
    Interviews

    Q&A with Illustrious California Architect William Krisel

    Palm Springs architect William Krisel entered the arena of architecture in the boom times that followed World War II and left in 1979 when the profession became “too uptight” as a...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.13.09

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