Emerald in the Rough
An architect and artist flee Dublin for the countryside to build a biodegradable house and raise their children.
Diamond in the Rough (and Ready)
Architect Ken Meffan's ten-years-in-the-making home is in the tiny Northern California town of Rough and Ready—a term that might...
This Former Dance Hall Gets an Encore and Becomes a Designer's House
Designer Barbara Hill transformed the derelict building into a sophisticated and slightly rough-around-the-edges retreat.
How to Shape a Shoji, Step by Step
Every Order Miya Shoji Receives is Different, but the Procedure Follows the Same Rough Pattern Each Time.
Get Back to Basics by Staying at One of These Modern Cabins
If you love nature and the great outdoors, but aren’t keen on roughing it up in a tent, then consider renting one of these...
A Norwegian Summer Cabin Embraces the Rocky Terrain
Balancing on irregular, rough-hewn rocks along the Norwegian coast, this renovated summer cabin near a town called Larvik in...
Building a Zero-Energy Community: Part 7
Project Manager Brad Liljequist chronicles the building of the zHome, a ten-unit townhome in Issaquah, Washington—the first...
Table Linens by Commune Design
In my online wanderings this week I've come across a totally lovely set of table linens from Los Angeles–based Commune Design.
A Whistler A-Frame
If the multiple languages and accents overheard in lift lines and on gondolas tell any kind of a story, it’s that everyone from...
Swiss Mix
Built for a young family of Spartan-minded clients, architect Felix Oesch's spare, concrete prefab outside of Zurich is a marvel...
Swedish Designer Focus: Monica Förster
Monica Förster takes a hands-on approach to furniture design.
Crap = Good
This morning I came across a terrific new design blog with a clean, if quirky, aesthetic.
Vancouver is an extroverted city
Vancouver, British Columbia, offers a dramatic natural setting, but as Omer Arbel shows us, there’s more to the city of glass...
This Awesome Shipping Container Home Can Be Yours For $125K
This portable dwelling, made of two shipping containers, is ready for its next move.
A Cramped Amsterdam Apartment Is Transformed Into an Airy Loft
A formal rental apartment in Pijp, Amsterdam, previously broken up into many rooms with minimal light, now provides gleaming,...
5 Places to Visit in Oslo
The Scandinavian city offers a talented but humble design scene that plays homage to the rugged Nordic climate.
An Ancient Building Technique Readies a Spanish Farmhouse for the Future
This finalist for the TERRA Award belongs to a growing mound of eco-friendly earthen architecture.
This Expansive Beachside Home on Mexico's Pacific Coast Puts a Modern Spin on Tradition
Made up of several pavilions and consisting of a palm tree-thatched roof, large wood walls, and exposed concrete, Casa en el...
A Concrete Hideaway in the Italian Countryside
An Italian architecture studio offers an updated take on the vacation cabin.
4 Wall Clocks We Love
From the traditional with a twist to completely conceptual, these timely wall clocks will tell the hour, impress the guests, and...

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