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  1. Building the Maxon House: Week 13
    Renovation

    Building the Maxon House: Week 13

    In our latest Backstory series, Seattleite Lou Maxon recounts the thrills and trials of ditching the suburbs, buying property, and designing and building a modern house with Tom...

    written by: Lou Maxon
    photos by: Thor Radford
    05.25.11

  2. Maker Faire 2011
    Travel Reports

    Maker Faire 2011

    This weekend, Maker Faire—dubbed "the world's largest DIY festival"—took over the San Mateo County Event Center for its two-day do-it-yourself, show-and-tell extravaganza....

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.23.11

  3. Exploring Melbourne, Australia
    City Guide

    Exploring Melbourne, Australia

    No opera house. No Bondi Beach. No sunning celebs. This is Melbourne, home of Australia’s most thriving design scene.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: João Canziani
    05.19.11

  4. Basic Instincts
    House Tours

    Basic Instincts

    Matt Jacobson doesn’t just abide by the mantra “less is more,” he wholeheartedly embraces it. His Southern California home is a compact ode to minimal living.

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    photos by: Dave Lauridsen
    05.19.11

  5. Building the Maxon House: Week 12
    Renovation

    Building the Maxon House: Week 12

    In our latest Backstory series, Seattleite Lou Maxon recounts the thrills and trials of ditching the suburbs, buying property, and designing and building a modern house with Tom...

    written by: Lou Maxon
    05.18.11

  6. Tunquen Treasure
    Green

    Tunquen Treasure

    A set of solar panels, a wind-powered well, and passive sustainable strategies make living miles from municipal utilities a non-issue for this Chilean beachgoer.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Cristóbal Palma
    05.16.11

  7. Come Sail Away
    My House

    Come Sail Away

    On a quest to create a weekend house for herself and her husband, Nancy Church scaled back her design fantasies and discovered creative ways to build on a budget.

    written by: Lisa Skolnik
    05.16.11

  8. Bach to the Beach
    House Tours

    Bach to the Beach

    With authenticity and simplicity as their rallying cry, a Kiwi architect and his wife have built a modern beach house that puts a fresh spin on the local vernacular.

    written by: Jeremy Hansen
    photos by: Matthew Williams
    05.16.11

  9. Cityscapes: SF's Buildings
    Books

    Cityscapes: SF's Buildings

    The San Francisco Chronicle boasts one of our nation's best architecture critics in John King. We happy citizens of the City by the Bay look out for his column in each Tuesday's paper, though his...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    05.12.11

  10. Building the Maxon House: Week 11
    Renovation

    Building the Maxon House: Week 11

    In our latest Backstory series, Seattleite Lou Maxon recounts the thrills and trials of ditching the suburbs, buying property, and designing and building a modern house with Tom...

    written by: Lou Maxon
    05.11.11

  11. Three Days in Austin, Texas
    Travel Reports

    Three Days in Austin, Texas

    Last week I flew down to Austin, Texas, to report two stories for our upcoming modern-across-America-themed issue (stay tuned!). I met with several architects, enjoyed coffee at the home of a soon...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.10.11

  12. The Farm by Cindy Rendely
    House Tours

    The Farm by Cindy Rendely

    Draw a barn. Now look at the shape. It almost certainly features a triangular roof. When a Canadian couple approached Cindy Rendely to design a home for them in the Ontario countryside, however, it...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Tom Arban
    05.09.11

  13. Less Is Amore
    House Tours

    Less Is Amore

    With its architectural history reaching back to the ancient Greeks, Syracuse, on the island of Sicily, has plenty of old bones. In 2001, while still students, native sons Francesco (now an...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Gunnar Knechtel
    05.08.11

  14. Artists' Handmade Houses
    Books

    Artists' Handmade Houses

    Ever wonder what an artist's home would look like if he or she were the mind behind it? This month, Abrams has published a stunning new coffee table book that peeks inside the abodes of 13 well...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.05.11

  15. Building the Maxon House: Week 10
    Renovation

    Building the Maxon House: Week 10

    In our latest Backstory series, Seattleite Lou Maxon recounts the thrills and trials of ditching the suburbs, buying property, and designing and building a modern house with Tom Kundig...

    written by: Lou Maxon
    05.04.11

  16. KBIS 2011: Part 3
    Travel Reports

    KBIS 2011: Part 3

    Here we are with our final report from the 2011 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, held this year in Las Vegas (it's heading back to Chicago in 2012). In this slideshow, we take a peek inside Toto's...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.03.11

  17. KBIS 2011: Part 2
    Travel Reports

    KBIS 2011: Part 2

    Our second update from the floor of the Las Vegas Convention Center and the 2011 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show includes outdoor kitchens, hybrid gas-charcoal grills, and a $6,400 toilet that will...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.02.11

  18. Miller House in Columbus, Indiana by Eero Saarinen
    House Tours

    Miller House in Columbus, Indiana by Eero Saarinen

    Eero Saarinen’s legendary Miller House opened to the public in May 2011 for the first time. Leslie Williamson gives us an intimate tour of this Columbus, Indiana, treasure.  

    written by: Leslie Williamson
    05.02.11

  19. KBIS 2011: Part 1
    Travel Reports

    KBIS 2011: Part 1

    This week, we headed to the annual Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (more commonly referred to as KBIS, pronouced "k-biz") in Las Vegas, Nevada, to check in with favorite manufacturers and...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    04.29.11

  20. Don Hisaka's Cleveland Years
    Event Spotlight

    Don Hisaka's Cleveland Years

    Berkeley, California-based architect Don Hisaka is getting the royal treatment in Cleveland these days with an exhibit of his Ohioan work of the 60s, 70s, and 80s in the show Don Hisaka: The...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    04.27.11

  21. Modern Angular Rural Family Home in Canada
    House Tours

    Modern Angular Rural Family Home in Canada

    Surrounded on all sides by a sweeping Canadian hayfield, the 23.2 House is an angular ode to rural life. Out of “respect for the beams and their history,” Designer Omer Arbel insisted...

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    photos by: Jason Schmidt
    04.26.11

  22. Hello from the Salton Sea
    Travel Reports

    Hello from the Salton Sea

    After my stop at Salvation Mountain, my two travel companions and I headed north on 111 to see the handful of modernist sites on the Salton Sea. The massive saline body of water is the biggest...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    04.23.11

  23. Hollywood Renovation: Week 10
    Renovation

    Hollywood Renovation: Week 10

    Now that winter is long gone, weʼre looking forward to spending more time outdoors in our front garden—which doubles as an outdoor room. To make it more inviting, weʼve decided to replace the...

    written by: Linda Taalman
    04.21.11

  24. Packed Naturally
    House Tours

    Packed Naturally

    Mies van der Rohe once said, "We must remember that everything depends on how we use a material." In this Palo Alto, CA, residence constructed from rammed earth, steel, and glass, and finished in...

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: Joe Fletcher
    04.19.11

  25. Borrego Springs' Mod Houses
    Travel Reports

    Borrego Springs' Mod Houses

    I posted some of the mid-century buildings in my last Borrego Springs update, but over the course of my three days in the desert I visited a half dozen really beautiful homes. Lucky for...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    04.18.11

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