On November 1st, Phaidon debuted 20th Century World Architecture: The Phaidon Atlas. It's a huge book with some 750 works of last century's architecture that range from homes to civic structures to tall towers, from Morocco to New Zealand to Puerto Rico. The usual suspects are out in force—Corbu, Mies, Frank Lloyd Wright—but they're joined by undersung regional architects and a healthy dollop of contemporary designers working at century's end. We had a chat with Phaidon's editorial director Emilia Perragni about how the tome came together, why it's organized like an atlas, and why it's so monstrously huge.
How is a 921-square-foot, 44-level house possible? Witness Tokyo architect Akihisa Hirata’s mind-bending, shape-shifting solution to small-space living.
Italian bathroom design brand Neutra released its new line, Inkstone, this October. Inspired by Chinese calligraphy, this sleek, minimal collection was designed by award-winning architect Steve Leung. According to Neutra owner, Benedetta Arnaboldi, the collaboration with Leung evolved from Arnaboldi’s desire to strengthen Neutra’s presence in Asia (Leung is based out of Hong Kong). When Arnaboldi met Leung, he felt that they “established an effective design connection” from the start.
On Friday, the MAK Center for Art and Architecture held its first Day of the Dead auction featuring custom-designed lamps by architects and artists from Los Angeles and beyond. The proceeds from the auction will benefit future MAK Center programs and the stewardship of the three Rudolph Schindler dwellings in which their unique programming takes place.
It isn't often that your eight-year-old son helps you decide on an architect, but that is how homeowners Connie DeWitt and Kam Kasravi became well-acquainted with architect David Fenster of Modulus—their sons are good friends. DeWitt also credits her son, Kyler, with their new weekend getaway on an 11-acre parcel of redwood forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
San Francisco philanthropist Ann Hatch has long dedicated herself to the making of artful objects.
Dwell has curated a selection of AHAlife's most stylish seats. Ranging from modern pouffes to a luminous bench, any of these perches are sure to be as comfortable as they are aesthetically pleasing—your backside will thank you.
Today the Iconic Houses website, a new resource for travelers and fans of 20th-century houses, goes live. With its handy map interface, the site identifies dozens of iconic Modernist houses around the world, most of them open to visitors and some even accommodating overnight guests. An app for the iPhone and iPad is also in the works.