“Design is so simple. That’s why it’s so complicated.” –Paul Rand

A Two-Part Landscaping Renovation in San Francisco
In an unusual collaboration among birds, wind, and one of San Francisco’s leading landscape architects, a California designer has...
10 Modern San Francisco Homes
Mention San Francisco and you might stir up images of steep streets lined with colorful and historic Victorian...
A Sleek Kitchen Renovation in San Francisco
In a San Francisco kitchen, a sleek series of custom cabinets camouflages an armada of professional features.
9 Stellar San Francisco Renovations
If you've ever embarked on a renovation in California, you know how challenging the historic preservation laws can be.
8 Japanese-Inspired Spaces We Love
The small archipelago in the Pacific Ocean has had a big influence on architects and designers across the globe, from São Paulo...
Landscape Design for All Climates
Seven landscape architects across the United States explain how they mastermind inspired designs showcasing the best of their...
This Japanese Home With Earthen Walls Was Inspired by Sandcastles
Instead of dumping excavated soil, ADX used it to build a new home for a client recovering from the 2011 earthquake.
Before & After: This San Francisco Dwelling Feels Like a Japanese Ski Cabin
An adventurous couple’s renovated home in Twin Peaks features a tiered garden, an outdoor spa, and a meditative alcove.
A William Wurster–Designed Gem in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights Asks $6.9 Million
With sumptuous Douglas fir–clad interiors, an extensive back garden by Thomas Church, and an espionage-tinged backstory, this...
A San Francisco Oasis Designed by William Wurster Asks $6.9 Million
An organic palette makes up this serene midcentury retreat, which is surrounded by verdant gardens.
This Charming San Francisco Condo Asks $1.7M
High ceilings, hardwood floors, and endless bay windows make this Pacific Heights home an airy sanctuary.
This Tranquil, Japanese-Inspired Midcentury Home Asks $1.2M
The lovingly cared-for property, located outside of Salt Lake City, is now available for the first time since its completion in...
A Stone Farmhouse Hides an Exquisite Japanese-Inspired Interior
Bespoke joinery, elegant minimalism, and space-saving design imbue a contemporary country retreat with Japanese sensibilities.
A Modern Shipping Container Home in San Francisco
Two San Francisco art and travel addicts overhauled a loft—and customized a pair of shipping containers—to accommodate their...
A Japanese-Inspired Flat in Singapore Embraces Flexible Spaces
A couple integrate clever space-saving techniques learned from Japanese micro homes via a flat renovation in Singapore.
6 Tiny Outdoor Pavilions Inspired by Japanese Tearooms
A "chashitsu," which literally means “tearoom” in Japanese, is a freestanding, pavilion-like structure that was used for tea...
This Japanese-Inspired House in Sydney Defies a Triangular Site
A challenging site prompts studioplusthree to get creative to bring light, views, and improved energy efficiency to this...
San Francisco’s Transamerica Pyramid Is For Sale—For the First Time Ever
The landmark structure—bundled with two adjacent buildings—is on the market for an estimated $600 million.
A San Francisco Design Collective Reveals its Impeccably Cool Creative Studio
Nicole Hollis and her thriving design collective just completed a six-month renovation that transformed a 1920s industrial space...
Revamping the San Francisco Vernacular, Modern Design and Technology Serves A Busy Family
Designpad Architecture renovates a Noe Valley residence for a growing family to help them feel more connected to each other and...
A Beautiful Spanish Hotel Inspired by Its Unusual Landscape
The design of a deluxe hotel set in the Bardenas Reales Natural Park in Spain's Navarra region is informed by its surrounding...
10 Ultra-Modern Homes in Japan
Japanese culture is said to share a close and harmonious relationship with nature.
See the Careful Transformation of a Midcentury Eichler in San Francisco
Joseph Eichler developed more than 11,000 homes in California from 1949 to 1966, and though tons are still standing today, many...
A Dashing Converted Warehouse in San Francisco Centers on the Arts
A local couple turn the industrial space into a refined residence, recording studio, and gallery.
A Southern California Midcentury Gets a Serene, Japanese-Inspired Treatment
Lucas Design Associates and Graham Architecture renovate a 1961 midcentury in Laguna Beach, imbuing it with a rich, layered...
A Japanese-Inspired Midcentury Lists for $3.5 Million in Berkeley, California
The 1959 residence designed by Bay Area architect Robert Klemmedson takes inspiration from the Katsura Imperial Villa in Kyoto,...
One of San Francisco’s Instantly Recognizable Painted Ladies Lists for $2.75M
The Victorian that’s graced countless postcards needs a new owner to restore the interior.
This Three-Level Loft in San Francisco Is an Artist's Sanctuary
This lively live/work studio in San Francisco's Dogpatch is a constant work-in-progress that mirrors its inhabitants' creative...
10 Zen Homes That Champion Japanese Design
From mono no aware, the awareness of the transience of things, to wabi-sabi, the appreciation of imperfection, Japanese design...
Clad in Black, This Minimalist, Japanese-Inspired Home Asks $1.7M
This monochromatic home in Southern California stands out for so many reasons.
Devising Clever Solutions For a Small San Francisco Loft
A software engineer outfits his tiny apartment with flexible design ideas.
Striking Slatted Wood and Glass Home in San Francisco
Teaming up with architect Craig Steely, an industrial designer and a mechanical engineer find just the right design for a...
A Compact Three-Story Brick Loft in San Francisco
Making the most of vertical space unleashes the potential of a petite San Francisco project.
This Radiant San Francisco Residence Hits the Market at $6.8M
Walls of glass, a full-length skylight, and a floating staircase keep this MAK Studio–designed house feeling sunny and airy.
This Beachside Pad in San Francisco Is the Stuff of Surfers' Dreams
Honing in on the meditative surfing vibes of the ocean, what was once an old horse barn is transformed into a seaside haven,...
A Japanese-Inspired Villa Hits the Market on the British Virgin Islands
Boasting a private beach on Virgin Gorda, Villa Katsura brings Japanese sensibilities to the Caribbean.

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