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  1. Design 101

    101 Alternative Energy: On-Demand Hot Water

    We don’t keep a kettle boiling on the stove all day for the one moment when we want tea, so why do we keep water heated around the clock when all we need it for is a shower or a load of laundry?

    written by: Sarah Rich
    01.01.09

  2. The Whole House Zone
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    The Whole House Zone

    By conceptually dividing your home into zones, you can analyze each of its functions in turn. From there, you can develop strategies to understand how you actually live inside these zones—...

    written by: Dan Maginn
    01.01.09

  3. Vampire Power
    Design 101

    Vampire Power

    Probably the most evocative term among the otherwise technocratic energy vocabulary, vampire power is the continuous current that appliances and electronics draw from an outlet even when turned off.

    written by: Sarah Rich
    01.01.09

  4. 101 Bathrooms: Glass
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    101 Bathrooms: Glass

    No longer stuck in the ’50s pink- or yellow-tiled rut, today bath fixtures come in a wide variety of materials. For those who enjoy visibility (and Windex), glass is a clear choice.

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    01.01.09

  5. 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

  6. Design 101

    Residential Wind

    When we think of alternative energy at home, our minds leap straight to solar panels, the most obvious symbol of a site-generated grid-free power source.

    written by: Sarah Rich
    01.01.09

  7. 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

  8. 101 Bathrooms: Ceramic
    Design 101

    101 Bathrooms: Ceramic

    Long considered to be the standard bathroom material, ceramic is no longer boring. New shapes and colors help redefine what was once only basic bisque or beige.

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    01.01.09

  9. 101 Bathrooms: Plastic
    Design 101

    101 Bathrooms: Plastic

    The same qualities that make plastic so prized by designers—malleability, translucency, vibrancy—also make for one-of-a-kind pieces to place in your bathroom

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    01.01.09

  10. 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

  11. All the Home's a Stage
    Design 101

    All the Home's a Stage

    Whether you’re selling a hillside Neutra or a modest carpeted condo, home staging has become the norm in today’s uber-competitive real estate market.

    written by: Heather Wagner
    01.27.09

  12. Tenancy-in-Common
    Design 101

    Tenancy-in-Common

    You’ve heard it thousands of times on TV, the radio, and in junk mail—spurious ads delivered with forehead-vein-popping enthusiasm by robot-faced dudes in shoddy suits. Bad credit?...

    written by: James Nestor
    01.27.09

  13. Co-op
    Design 101

    Co-op

    “It is really different from anything else,” explains David Burcher, who bought a co-op apartment in Manhattan with his partner, Greg Broan, almost a decade ago.

    written by: James Nestor
    01.27.09

  14. Probate Sale
    Design 101

    Probate Sale

    When the owner of a home dies without a will or trust to allocate their estate, the property goes into probate.

    written by: James Nestor
    01.27.09

  15. Foreclosure
    Design 101

    Foreclosure

    The popular myth is that foreclosures can provoke ire in sellers and bad karma for buyers, but this is rarely the case.

    written by: James Nestor
    01.27.09

  16. Click Appeal
    Design 101

    Click Appeal

    House hunting isn’t just about roving the streets and stopping at For Sale signs anymore; instead, prospective buyers will spend hours trawling the Internet to find their future home. The editor of...

    written by: James Nestor
    01.27.09

  17. Design at Work
    Design 101

    Design at Work

    With wi-fi and a laptop, the world is your office. No matter where you tackle your to-do list, good desk accessories are essential. The cubicle may soon be passé, but a perfect pen is perennially...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    photos by: Peter Belanger
    01.28.09

  18. Vitra
    Design 101

    Vitra

    The conventional version of the
open-plan office is now regarded as a failure.

    written by: Jürgen Dürrbaum
    01.28.09

  19. Skylab
    Design 101

    Skylab

    The distinction between professional 
and personal life has blurred.

    written by: Jeff Kovel
    01.28.09

  20. Intelligent Design
    Design 101

    Intelligent Design

    The future of the office is about 
providing a balanced response to 
the environment and the person 
in the office—–or at home, in the park, 
on a plane, or wherever the “office” happens to be.

    written by: Bill Fritts
    01.28.09

  21. Steelcase
    Design 101

    Steelcase

    Now that work can be done anywhere, what qualifies as an office?

    written by: Mark Grenier
    01.28.09

  22. Herman Miller Design Center
    Design 101

    Herman Miller Design Center

    Herman Miller’s National Design Center in Atlanta 
achieved a LEED Gold rating 
for commercial interiors.

    written by: Sarah Rich
    01.28.09

  23. Pallotta TeamWorks Headquaters
    Design 101

    Pallotta TeamWorks Headquaters

    Inside a 47,000-square-foot warehouse, Clive Wilkinson built a veritable campus for Pallotta TeamWorks, a national charity-events company.

    written by: Sarah Rich
    01.28.09

  24. TBWA/Hakuhodo
    Design 101

    TBWA/Hakuhodo

    In Shibaura, this former bowling alley is now the shared offices of international advertising agency TBWA and Japanese agency Hakuhodo.

    written by: Sarah Rich
    01.28.09

  25. An der Alster 1
    Design 101

    An der Alster 1

    The new office complex by J. Mayer H. Architects sits on the edge of downtown Hamburg, bordering the Aussenalster waterfront.

    written by: Sarah Rich
    01.28.09

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