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Often portrayed as little more than a dense, vertical sea of urbanity, Hong Kong’s lush Botanic Gardens, surprising beaches, and mountaintop vistas are often forgotten. We examine it all, from the ever-shrinking harbor to the bustle of Kowloon.

Asia Now: The Continent's Best Cities for Design

We love nothing more than hitting the road in search of the best in global design. Here's our tour of five Asian cities that architecture fans can't afford to miss.
July 3, 2013
ylighting horse floor lamp

Conversation Piece: 10 Statement Lights

In this Conversation Piece series, we take a look at 10 Statement Lights that are sure to grab attention, hold gaze, and spark a few discussions. Click through for some bright ideas for adding a pop to your homes lighting.
July 3, 2013
Architect and theorist Anne Tyng

Women to Know in Design Part Two

From women who make moves behind the scenes to an architectural theorist who hit the proverbial glass ceiling in the 1940s, here are more women in design worth knowing. Check out part one here.
July 2, 2013
marina dragomirova

Sofia Design Week 2013: The Balkan Date

The recent fifth edition of Sofia Design Week in Bulgaria's capital city marked a milestone for this international festival devoted to design and visual culture from Eastern Europe and beyond. The theme for 2013 was 'The Balkan Date'—a fitting topic for a region brimming with innovative design ideas as well as cultural expressions that are innately complex. Sofia Design Week's curatorial team felt that is was vital for this year's program to encourage creative exchange between Balkan countries, as well as facilitate a more tangible global presence for regional contemporary design. "When speaking of design on the Balkans, the usual reaction to the topic ranges from embarrassment to bewilderment to a smile. Until recently we were surprised at the growing interest of large-scale design platforms into the region. With its fifth edition, Sofia Design Week counteracts the skepticism and scant availability of information by putting you live in contact with the new wave of Balkan designers. Here and now, Bulgarians, Romanians, Turks, Greeks, Serbs, Kosovars, Slovenians, Albanians, Montenegrins, Croatians, Macedonians, Bosnians and Herzegovians are creating a surprisingly interesting, different and potentially characteristic design. " —Sofia Design Week curators/organizers
July 2, 2013
finland shed

Tiny Architecture: 5 Modern Outbuildings

Who doesn't fantasize about a small place of one's own—a retreat, an escape, a house built for one? Here, five small modern outbuildings that don't skimp on design—and offer a chance to be alone, even if it's just in your backyard.
July 2, 2013

From A to Z: Typography Illustrations by Jing Zhang

East London-based typographer, illustrator, and designer Jing Zhang revisits the ABCs with her highly detailed 26 lettered collection of the English alphabet.
July 2, 2013
preston club chair

Minimalist Furniture Design by Sturdy Living

Inspired and guided by the elements, Martha Sturdy of Sturdy Living has made a name for herself with her simple, yet bold furniture creations that are sure to be on top of any minimalist's list. Both an investment in aesthetic and function, each piece is meant to be "enjoyed, touched, used, and seen for years." We can definitely abide by that.
July 2, 2013
portrait of architectural photographer julius schulman

5 Modern Design Icons You Should Know

From the photographer who shaped how mid-century architecture was communicated to the furniture designer whose work is synonymous with the "space-age pop" aesthetic, we profile five icons you should know.
July 2, 2013
“We are a country of earthquakes...making whole districts of the city susceptible to sudden demolition. It’s a constant struggle with our environment.”

5 Latin American Design Destinations

Should your summer travels take you south of the border, we've rounded up all the architecture and design hotspots in this quintet of Latin American city guides. From Mexico City to Lima, here's your cribsheet to the best our southern neighbors have to offer. Don't forget your passport.
July 2, 2013
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