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  1. Hide and Sleep
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    Hide and Sleep

    With the classic Murphy bed as muse, Japanese architect Toshihiko Suzuki transformed a standard Airstream into a versatile small wonder.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    04.06.10

  2. By the Book
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    By the Book

    This modern log cabin from architecture students at Auburn University was designed to be completed for $20,000—an admirable solution for the down-at-heel looking to put down roots.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    09.02.09

  3. Loo & Improved
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    Loo & Improved

    When Pamela Butz and Jeffrey Klug, principals of Butz + Klug Architecture, began renovating the master bathroom of a nearly 120-year-old home in Brookline, Massachusetts, they made “all sorts...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    01.04.10

  4. Modern London House with Rainbow Spiral Staircase
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    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.

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    photos by: John Short
    06.20.11

  5. Lighting Up
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    Lighting Up

    A dim Toronto Tudor gets an airy new look, thanks to a top-level remodel and some bright ideas.

    written by: Alex Bozikovic
    01.25.12

  6. Search and Display
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    Search and Display

    Every collection has to start somewhere, and for Lisa Congdon, it began with a dish. Nearly ten years ago, the San Francisco–based artist (and co-owner of local design shop Rare Device)...

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    photos by: Jen Siska
    02.02.10

  7. Communal Living on a Budget in Brooklyn
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    Communal Living on a Budget in Brooklyn

    The Miner and a Major is an experiment in communal living and fantastical form. A New York story of creativity born from hardscrabble circumstance, the project grew out of the joint imagination of...

    written by: Mimi Zeiger
    photos by: Spencer Lowell
    02.24.11

  8. Sands Castle
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    Sands Castle

    Jeff and Larissa Sand cut their commute down to a few flights of stairs when they moved their industrial design studio, architecture office, and metalwork shop into the first two floors of their...

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    photos by: Justin Fantl
    10.18.10

  9. Pulltab's Mini Vertical Garden
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    Pulltab's Mini Vertical Garden

    Enlisted to renovate an apartment in Manhattan's East Village, architects Melissa Baker and Jon Handley, partners at the firm pulltab design, took inspiration from the city's plethora of...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    11.23.10

  10. 7 Modern Designs Featuring Exposed Beams
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    7 Modern Designs Featuring Exposed Beams

    Whether sleek and finished or rustic and aged there is something so romantic about exposed beams. Here, we take a look at a variety of designs from hotels to restaurants to homes featuring the...

    written by: Megan Hamaker
    12.16.13

  11. The Ultimate Indoor-Outdoor Bedroom
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    The Ultimate Indoor-Outdoor Bedroom

    Thanks to a folding glass wall and a custom-built bed, dreams of sleeping under the stars came true for a Cincinnati, Ohio, couple.

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: Ty Wright
    02.15.14

  12. Inexpensive Gabled Garden Shed in Belgium
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    Inexpensive Gabled Garden Shed in Belgium

    Using workaday materials, architect Indra Janda creatively constructs a backyard retreat that looks opaque during the day and glows at night.

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: Tim Van de Velde
    04.01.14

  13. Finishing Touch: Art in the Modern Home
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    Finishing Touch: Art in the Modern Home

    You've got all the practical furniture you need and even a few statement pieces for added interest (see some of our picks here, here, and here) but now it's time for the finishing touch of any...

    written by: Megan Hamaker
    10.30.13

  14. 5 Creative Approaches to Slatted Wooden Screening
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    5 Creative Approaches to Slatted Wooden Screening

    In the right hands, wooden slatted screens can become a high-design—as well as highly practical—accent in architecture, creating interest inside and outside the home.

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    08.13.13

  15. The Modern Chandelier
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    The Modern Chandelier

    When it comes to lighting there are so many ways to go but if you want to add a bit of drama and really elevate your interior design to the next level we think there is nothing like a chandelier....

    written by: Megan Hamaker
    10.31.13

  16. A Sustainable Educational Center for the Boy Scouts of America
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    A Sustainable Educational Center for the Boy Scouts of America

    The Boy Scouts of America builds a sustainable tree house in West Virginia.

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: Joe Fletcher
    11.18.13

  17. A Custom Walnut Stair and Slide Hybrid in Chicago
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    A Custom Walnut Stair and Slide Hybrid in Chicago

    In the Windy City, a custom walnut slide offers a playful way for a small family of four to glide down to the basement.

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: Katrina Wittkamp
    01.29.14

  18. Jean Prouvé's Design Legacy
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    Jean Prouvé's Design Legacy

    An exhibition showcasing the ins and outs of Jean Prouvé’s industrial design aesthetic is the final word on the French master’s legacy.

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    05.09.13

  19. A Dramatic Viewing Platform in Tasmania
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    A Dramatic Viewing Platform in Tasmania

    Australian firm Room11 creates a viewing structure that helps visitors understand their surroundings.

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: Ben Hosking
    04.03.14

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