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2011

A New Slant on Family Fun

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July/August 2011,
Vol. 11
Issue 08.
Modern house with solar panels and smart energy systems

High-Tech Green Family Home in Los Angeles

Though tricked out with high-tech touches, this house’s greenest feature is decidedly low tech: the family’s intention to make it their lifelong home.
Modern living room design ideas featuring concrete

A Place to Stand

Designed for her parents and generations to come, Amanda Yates's seaside New Zealand house is "somewhere between architecture and landscape" but firmly rooted in family life.
hella jongerius

Dutch Designer Focus: Hella Jongerius

In her Berlin studio, rogue Dutch designer Hella Jongerius creates colorful, covetable objects that meld the handmade and the mass-produced in surprising new ways.
rewind elrod house facade

Lautners Are Forever

Quintessential California architect John Lautner would have been 100 this July. Set high above Palm Springs, his beyond-groovy Elrod House is nothing short of concrete poetry.
John Tong

Play's the Thing

With ingenuity and plenty of elbow grease, architect John Tong turned an old Toronto dairy into the ultimate family clubhouse.
rainbow stairs

Modern London House with Rainbow Spiral Staircase

In a London house that’s flooded with light, a spiral staircase provides a prismatic path from floor to floor.
outside chaiken hamilton

Good Clean Fun

Far from pandering to the whine of youth, this urban play garden fosters thoughtful interaction in a protected setting within the bustle of San Francisco.
shutter island

Shutter Island

Lowering the shutters on this small writer’s retreat completely exposes the interior to the site’s impressive island views.
RD studio H chicken circus

If You Build It, They Will Cluck

North Carolina high schoolers take on a creating a sustainable small-scale housing solution—for hens.
blackbox

Hecho en Oaxaca

An experimental shop in Oaxaca, Mexico, is resuscitating the region’s ancient crafts traditions and bringing indigenous artisans’ designs into the 21st century.
The Design Work of Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby

Origin Stories

Newly published monograph The Design 
Work of Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby 
offers the inside account behind the British 
duo’s expansive portfolio.
restaurant design

An Introduction to Restaurant Design

Eating has always been a sociable event, from primitive campfire cooking to reclining on lectuli at lavish Greek and Roman banquets.
umerani residence 1

Family Matters

The open spaces and transparency of modern architecture turn out to be extremely useful when there’s a house full of relatives.
Dwell Reports house Party

The Toddlers of Dwell Review 5 Modern Playhouses

All it takes to play is a healthy imagination, 
but a modern playhouse adds to the fun.
QA ka me ki chi project

Young at Any Age

Japanese designer Mikiko Endo lets her wild imagination go to work—–so we can play.
meal Chipotle restraunt design

Spicing Things Up

Chipotle’s recent approach to restaurant design aims to transform the traditionally tasteless experience of eating fast food into something more refined.
listomania bookshelf basics

Bookshelf Basics

Classic or contemporary, these titles are guaranteed to appeal to burgeoning bookworms of the modernist sort.
Modern outdoor pool area with curved white lounge chairs

Rebirth of the Cool

The Sunshine State once yielded a bumper crop of modernist homes that—as this remodel proves—are still worth savoring.
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