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Aging Gracefully: How Architecture Can Make Nursing Homes Obsolete

As a large portion of the American population reaches retirement, architects and designers are rethinking what it means to age. With a new book and conceptual design, Matthias Hollwich of HWKN puts forth a new plan urban living—for the ages.
April 8, 2016
The main living area, which includes a more formal sitting area near the entrance, the dining area, Braitmayer’s workspace and the kitchen, in which the couple’s daughter works at the island. In the foreground is a pair of mid-century chairs; at left is a

The Obstacles That Drive Wheelchair Users Crazy

An architect imagines solutions to the accessibility problems in our buildings.
April 4, 2016
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It’s Always Happy Hour at This Apartment

A compact Chelsea apartment reveals a game-changing bar.
April 4, 2016
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The Prefab Glamping Experience You've Been Waiting For

Produced by the Slovenian company Lushna, these tiny structures can quickly provide all the shelter and comfort of a modern cabin.
March 11, 2016
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Skylight, Sky Bright: Get a Glimpse of These Awesome Oculi

Look up and see the sky through these stunning ceiling windows.
March 4, 2016
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Sink Into These Plush, Modular Sectional Sofas

If you've got the room, think big: these modular sofas are made for lounging, and can be reconfigured to a space.
March 2, 2016
The entrance leads to an open walkway, sitting area and mail area beneath the open-air public floor of the building.

Go Perforated! These Are the Perfect Facades for Privacy and Lots of Natural Light

From metal to brick, these materials present clever facade solutions for enjoying nature from the privacy of your own home.
March 2, 2016
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Designing with the Color Yellow

Whether the color yellow covers the entire home or adds just a splash of color, here are some ideas for enjoying the sunny side of design.
March 1, 2016
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How to Design With Luster

While finish trends come and go—these high-gloss rooms aren't afraid to shine.
March 1, 2016