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An Architect Couple Trade Size for Sustainability in Their Family’s Amsterdam Home
An Architect Couple Trade Size for Sustainability in Their Family’s Amsterdam Home
Building with wood was a requirement by the city, but it was their decision to build smaller—and smarter—for the sake of efficiency.
Smart Design Saved This Backyard House From a Devastating Flood
Robust materials and an elevated stance allow a family’s studio to weather brutal conditions in a disaster-prone region of Australia.
Found Pottery Pieces Inspire a Washington Designer to Consider the Shelf Life of Our Existence
Chelsea Minola, founder of design studio Grain, keeps the remnants as a reminder of time spent with her family and the future she and her husband can help create for them.
In Washington, D.C., a Back Alley Becomes a Sustainable Haven
In Washington, D.C., a Back Alley Becomes a Sustainable Haven
Leftover urban space and timber by-products add up to the perfect solution for a small family.
An Artful Restoration Returns a Louisville Home to Its Midcentury Roots
John Brooks and Erik Eaker hit undo on an awkward aughts revamp with the help of local firm Rock Paper Hammer.
This 1960s Home’s Painstaking Renovation Is a Love Letter to Midcentury Design
“The house is like a gallery and an heirloom that brings the family together,” says architect Cristina Ioana Graff.
The 2022 Andersen Bright Ideas Awards
The Bright Ideas Awards—now in their second year—showcase ways in which solar-oriented design can positively shape our everyday lives.
Reflect Your Taste in Every Sense
Miele’s Generation 7000 built-in appliances offer an abundance of design choices to make a statement that is uniquely yours.
On the Mesa
Bringing minimalist lines to the striking desert landscape, this Yucca Valley retreat finds harmony in its sublime surroundings.
A Hybrid Home
Hybrid cars run on both electricity and gas, so why can’t your HVAC?
Screen Play
Screen Play
Walls of windows from Kolbe Windows & Doors create a layered, light-filled home.
For One Designer and Innovator, Human Connection Begins With a Simple Tool
David Kelley, founder of Ideo and the d.school at Stanford University, uses a rudimentary measuring device to empower his students—and make friends.
A New Jersey Home With a Postmodern Past Is Covered in Head-Turning Tile
In an everyday suburb, a young family isn’t afraid to make a statement.
An Unorthodox Houseboat in Sausalito Gives Its Owner Permission to Play
Architect Craig Steely drew from the area’s bohemian history and traditional Chinese motifs to create this unique floating haven.
Construction Diary: A Ceramicist Gets Hands On While Renovating Her Midcentury Home
Ren von Hasseln polishes up a run-down ranch house in Ojai with colorful brick, handcrafted tile, and glazing galore.
It Was an Abandoned, Barely Built Mansion. They Made It a Real Home
Embracing the idea of a modern ruin, a Northern California couple carve a house out of the incomplete concrete garage and basement of a would-be manse.
A Neighborhood Fixture in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Had a Storied Past and Just Got a Fresh Start
Architects William Ruhl and Sandra Jahnes transform a 1919 building surrounded by local lore into an industrial-inspired live/work space for its latest owner.
Get Lost (With a Bottle of Whiskey)
The Lost Whiskey Club, in the hills of Virginia hunt country, encourages visitors to disconnect in order to reconnect with nature and each other.
All in Good Taste
Exercise your design and culinary creativity with Miele’s new Generation 7000 appliances.
A Light Touch
Aly Morford and Leigh Lincoln of Pure Salt Interiors give a designer’s point of view on how to achieve the perfect kitchen lighting.
Rafael de Cárdenas Opens Up His Un-Parisian Paris Pied-à-Terre
The compact space he shares with his partner eschews clichés and embraces designer lighting.
A New York City Couple Embrace Retirement in a Converted Dairy Farm Upstate
Worrell Yeung creates a dark-green compound that feels private, despite a busy road nearby.
A Los Angeles Musician’s Shed-Roofed Home Gets a Pitch-Perfect Renovation
Drew Straus calls on Laun Studio to update his 1930s house with a copper roof, cobalt-blue finishes, and a sunny music studio.
In Cancún, Two Architects Are Using Rental Apartments to Try to Reinvigorate a Neighborhood
Donceles has languished in the shadow of exclusive beach resorts, and the designers think new residents could bring life back to the area.
In Buenos Aires, a Family’s Experimental Renovation Tests the Boundaries of a Busy Street Corner
Architects Nicolás Tovo and Teresa Sarmiento shielded their mostly glass home from view while preserving a connection to the outdoors.
A Chicago Designer Finds Lessons in the Toy-Making Traditions of His Japanese Heritage
After discovering the sustainable art of kokeshi, Kazuki Guzmán worked it into his own design practice—and began sharing it with others.
A Surfer Couple Build an All-Black Off-Grid Cabin on a Seaside Bluff in Chile
Timber-clad interiors make it cozy while wall-length windows capture sweeping vistas of the Pacific.
The New Design Critics Next Door
Are savvy shitposting, dick-joke discourse, and endless memes the future of how we understand architecture?
A Trio of Design Professionals Create a Development of High-Performing Townhouses in Melbourne
They pooled their resources to replace a dilapidated single-family residence with a row of three compact, energy-efficient homes for their own families.
An Architect Couple Give a Loft in a Former Light Bulb Factory a Glowing Revamp
The founding partners of CO–G elevate mundane materials as they cleverly divide the space for work, rest, and play.