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Live/Work

November 2010,
Vol. 11
Issue 01
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Mixing Business with Pleasure
Front room with floor-to-ceiling windows

An Art Studio That Would Make Picasso Jealous

In Toronto, a painter accustomed to crashing in his studio created an airy artistic haven with both working and living quarters for a more balanced and polished picture.

Multi-floored housing complex in San Francisco, California

A Couple Cuts Their Commute and Designs All Day

When your house includes an industrial design studio, architecture office, and metalwork shop, what more do you need?

Modern backyard chicken coop

Coop Dreams

Switching coasts from Brooklyn to Portland gave architects Mitchell Snyder and Shelley Martin a new set of unexpected clients: three young hens.

Screen-printing home studio

You Don't Have to Just Be at Your Desk When Working from Home

The late architect David Boone was always one to take his work home with him—he just kept it in the home’s office.

Modern box house in Nagoya, Japan

Small Space Live/Work Box Home in Japan

This flower shop, art gallery, and home for two looks like the simplest of cubes. Fitting it all into 1,115 square feet, however, prompted Japanese architect Makoto Tanijiri to think outside the box.

Modern small space bedroom nook with stairs

The Manhattan Transformation

As head of retail development and legal counsel leasing for American Apparel, Michael Pozner spends a lot of time sorting out the details when a new venue is chosen for the brand’s purposes.

Sustainable cabin with hooded deck exterior near Vancouver

When Living on the Edge is Super Comfortable

Off the coast of British Columbia—on a site accessible only by boat—a family of Vancouver urbanites commissioned a sustainable cabin for weekend getaways that feels a world away.

Modern pouffes for the home

Pouffe! There It Is

Versatile like an accent pillow or throw, a pouffe need not match your living-room set to settle in and look right at home.

Athens, Greece cityscape

Athens, Greece

Athens is home to one of history’s most important buildings, the Parthenon, but how does the city fare architecturally today?

Retail design illustrations by Leif Parsons

An Introduction to Retail Design

The ancient Greeks did it in the agora; the Romans did it in the forum; Persians did it in the bazaar (“the place of prices”); and Arabs and Berbers did it in the labyrinthine souk.

American Restaurant in Kansas City designed by Warren Platner

The Opulent Modernism of Platner

For Warren Platner, whose modernist pedigree would make any contemporary designer squeal, design was all about the right groovy palette for the right glitzy project. Minimalists need not apply.

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