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2012

The Now 99

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Today's Design Landscape: Ideas, People, Products, and Plans
May 2012,
Vol. 12
Issue 06.
outdoor wooden hanging bed

Communal Lakeside Vacation House in Ontario

On a lakeside plot outside Toronto, four friends forge a new kind of vacation house. 
architect Michael Graves by Riccardo Vecchio

Design for Humankind

Architect and healthcare design visionary Michael Graves shares his thoughts on how paralysis has affected his approach and practice.
Soe Ker Tie houses in Thailand-Burma

Meet Upstart Humanitarian Architecture Duo TYIN Tegnestue

Two young Norwegians take a hands-on approach to do-good design with projects in remote Thailand, Bangkok, Sumatra, and beyond.
Illustration by Craighton Berman

Last Words

We put the same four questions to everyone we talked to for the Now 99 to learn what they’re inspired by and what they’re totally sick of.
renovating an old farmhouse in New York

Hope Floats

A self-taught designer embarks upon a solo mission to resuscitate a 19th-century homestead.
Modern architect and designer Stanley Saitowitz

Modern Ritual

When it came time to partake in rituals like lighting the Shabbat candles or setting the seder plate, designer Stanley Saitowitz of Natoma Architects, Inc., saw nothing but a sea of Star of…
brick facade House BVA in Belgium by DMVA Architects

Facade Focus: Brick

Yves Borghs and Katleen van Ammel wanted their new house to offer maximum privacy but also maximum light.
wooden Newton House Massachusetts by NADAAA

Facade Focus: Wood

A Boston couple with a big extended family wanted to enlarge their brick neo-Georgian with an addition that would fit a generous kitchen and hangout space, all while avoiding superfluous detail.
young male Dutch designer Aldo Bakker

New Dutch Design: Aldo Bakker

Familiar objects take surprising new forms in the hands of experimental designer Aldo Bakker.
architect Mitchell Joachim Terreform ONE

The Future of Housing

Is biologically based architecture the next big thing? Architect Mitchell Joachim thinks so. He proffers radical ways to rethink the science of structures.
young danish designer soren rose marble table

Mining Modernity

Danish designer Søren Rose debuted eight pieces of his Park Avenue furniture collection for De La Espada at the London Design Festival last year, and though the line is for sale its origins…
Marc Thorpe pixelated orange gradient fabric

Neo Knits

A pair of designers dream up a fresh way of knitting pixelated fabric, powered by a 21st-century sewing machine.
Detroit Soup communal dinner gathering

Local Fundraising

Creative projects get a leg up and their word out at gatherings that serve donations with a side of social capital. Move over, Kickstarter. Across the country, philanthropy is getting personalized.
Picnurbia pop-up park Vancouver Art Gallery

Pop-up Parks

Eager for public space, communities re-create their streets as temporary cafes, playgrounds, and bike lanes.
dark grey metal house Villa DVT The Netherlands by BoetzkesHelder

Facade Focus: Metal

While still studying architecture at Eindhoven University, Servie Boetzkes and Jeroen Helder landed a commission through “friends of friends” to build a home in a suburb of Arnhem.
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