For "Gotta Bale," the Off the Grid story in our October 2012 issue, we visit the Santa Cruz, California, home of college professors Bernie Tershy and Erika Zavaleta. Though there's a lot that makes this Arkin Tilt Architects–designed home green, a key feature is the staw-bale insulation on the street-facing wall of the home. Arkin Tilt has a score of straw-bale houses under its belt and the firm shared a few behind-the-scenes shots with Dwell to help us understand just how Tershy and Zavaleta's house came together.
Charles Gwathmey’s residential masterpiece, a modest but pioneering home for his parents in the Hamptons, looks as fresh today as it did in 1965.
How an unfussy, nearly zero-energy family home in Santa Cruz, California, wound up with hay bales in the walls, a state-of-the-art heat pump system, and six very happy residents.
With its powder-coated frame, subtly beveled top, bright hues, and no-frills minimalist feel, the Feast in the House of Simon table is firmly planted in the present day. It might surprise you to learn, though, that it traces its roots to a c. 1475 oil-on-wood painting by Dutch artist Dieric Bouts.
Vermont-born architect Marcel Beaudin never planned to design buildings. Trained as a draftsman for the monuments his family’s granite-quarrying business produced, Beaudin was working as a junior designer of tombstones and mausoleums in New York when a fellow sculptor introduced him to Le Corbusier, who was in New York designing the United Nations headquarters at the time. Thirty seconds in Le Corbusier’s studio convinced Beaudin to drop his pursuit of sculpture and enroll in the School of Architecture at Pratt Institute in 1949.
Over 900 readers answered our call to share why they love design in our Love What You Do contest, presented in partnership with Dyson. We posted the entries for popular vote—on the line was a $5,000 grant for the winner—and received over 10,000 votes. Hanni Liliedahl Silacci of Monterey, California, stood out with her “Version of Existence” entry and was crowned the grand prize winner. Her words left no question to both readers and the Dwell staff of exactly why she is passionate about design.
Crunched for space, the residents of these homes—mostly under 1,000 square feet—have the same ideas: look upward and compartmentalize. Lofted sleeping areas, closets, and reading nooks are among the smart space-saving solutions.
Aerial photos of half-finished housing developments, modern interiors, science photo mugs, and more in this installment of Friday Finds.
We were blown away by the caliber of the 120 textile designs received in the Material Change design competition. Partnering with Lulan, we challenged readers to submit an original modern textile design idea using traditional weaving techniques and construction methods as inspiration. Below are the seven finalists. Check back in on October 9 to find out whose design will be put into production by Lulan.