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A Well-Grafted Home

Working creatively to meet strict preservation codes, architect Roberto de Leon affixes a modern annex onto a historic Louisville house.
September 6, 2011
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Izola Laundry Bags

Have you heard about Izola? This utilitarian-retro company features five throwback lines of everyday home and bathroom products—appropriately named Scout, Maritime, Apothecary, Sport and Powder Retro—capturing clever idiosyncrasies from the good ol’ days. 
September 4, 2011
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Video: Garrett Finney & Cricket Trailer

After four years at NASA designing rest-eat-sleep spaces for astronauts aboard the International Space Station, architect Garrett Finney left the agency to pursue earth-based enterprises. He combined his small-space expertise and backpacking background to launch Cricket Trailer, a company that makes small, self-contained pop-up campers of the same name. We headed down to Texas earlier this year to test out the trailer and to photograph it for our October 2011 issue, on newsstands September 6. Here, check out our off-the-cuff video we shot during the photo shoot, in which Finney gives us the 30-second summary about all the Cricket Trailer has to offer.
September 2, 2011
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Rams: Less and More

Making its only American stop in San Francisco, the wonderful show Less and More: The Design Ethos of Dieter Rams opened this week at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. I got a chance to see the show and to interview Rams last week. He was very charming and (verboten in most cases) had little trouble or qualm about picking up the various objects on display as he described their origins. The show, which originated at the Suntory Museum in Osaka, Japan, is on through February 20th, 2012. Here's a sampling of what you'll see at the show and (as if you needed it) another reminder of why Rams' work for Braun and Vitsoe remains the pinnacle of European industrial design.
September 1, 2011
The facade of the green-built Suttles and Shah residence.

A Green Home to Last a Lifetime in Austin

Austin couple Anne Suttles and Sam Shah built a house to last their lifetime—and longer. Mixing new efficient systems with old upcycled materials, they keep it weird while keeping it green.
August 31, 2011
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iQ Test

A leisurely test drive of the 2012 Scion iQ—the moniker being the brand’s clear shot at the Smart Car—proved its absolute necessity in the new lineup of fuel-efficient automobiles. With a combined mpg of 37, which, though possessing a conventional engine beats many of the 2012 hybrids, the iQ felt light and zippy but solid, with lots of headroom for my tall frame. (Other test drivers who stood well over six feet had no trouble settling in.)
August 31, 2011
Eco Carmel Shop

Kristi Reimers of Eco Carmel

In August 2010, Kristi Reimers opened the doors of her shop Eco Carmel to fulfill a dream of starting her own businesses and also to make a difference to her Carmel, California, community and to the health of the planet. "It's not just a store where people can come to shop; it's also a great resource about sustainable living," she says. 
August 30, 2011
The author takes in the  views on the 9E Ranch in Smithville, Texas, after a night of camping in the Cricket Trailer.

Modern NASA-Inspired Cricket Trailer

Part tent, part RV, the NASA-inspired Cricket Trailer is the go-to camper for the modern road tripper.
August 30, 2011
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Hometown Hero

Dow Chemical put Midland on the map, but architect and local scion Alden B. Dow made it the most modern town in Michigan.
August 29, 2011
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