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

Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu of SO – IL speak to the crowd. Photo provided by The Architectural League of New York.
Jorge Gracia of graciastudio takes the stage. Photo provided by The Architectural League of New York.
Mass Design Group employed open-air passages and clerestory windows to promote the circulation of fresh air and elimination of airborne contamination. Photo provided by MASS Design Group.
Murphy revealed that the masons had become so adept at their handiwork upon completing the fourth wall of the hospital’s façade, they wanted to redo their earlier work. Photo provided by MASS Design Group.
Local labor seen at work on the Bhutaro Hospital. Photo provided by MASS Design Group.
Michael Murphy and Alan Ricks of MASS Design Group at last Thursday's lecture. Photo credit: The Architectural League
A rendering of the Gheskio Cholera Treatment Center, scheduled for completion this June. Image provided by MASS Design Group.
A poster for an architectural lecture series.
Brown and his dog Katsu head to the river; the path was once a dumping ground on top of a long-defunct underground oil pipeline. The land required a complicated excavation process, offering an opportunity for Bercy to partially bury the house. The green roof was conceptualized by John Hart Asher of the Ecosystem Design Group at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin.
The 'Sparks' group design exhibition curated by Adriana Andreeva Dimitrova highlighted regional makers who employ novel approaches to natural materials, sustainable methods, and the re-interpretation of traditional forms. Don't DIY's Plywood Table demonstrated the modern functionality of hand-crafted dining furniture that was striking in its simplicity. Photo courtesy of Don't DIY.
site design group, ltd.

The award-winning landscape firm behind sites such as Mary Bartelme Park took over the penthouse of the historic Crane Company Building, designed by Holabird & Roche in 1912, and turned it into a playful, open workspace.
@cplusstudio: Really cool lights at dwell on design from @cerno_group.
Nonna (Portland, Oregon)

Opting for muted tones and dark-wood furnishings, Portland-based firm Case Study Group designed a casual wine bar with a tavern-like aesthetic. A horseshoe-shaped bar wraps around Nonna's interior. In back, a petite patio offers additional seating during summer.
Environment launched the Cleat Series by design studio Commune (you may have spied their handiwork at the Ace Hotel and Swim Club in Palm Springs). The studio’s first collection is full of brass-tinged beauties, but the dining table is what really caught our eye.
Core by Mass Fidelity, $499

Utilizing a special audio rendering technique called Wave Field Synthesis, the Core eliminates the need for listeners to sit between two space-consuming speakers to enjoy optimal sound performance.
Photo by Open Homes Photography
Photo by Open Homes Photography
Photo by Open Homes Photography
Master Bedroom, opens to screened pool deck,  includes walk in safe room/closet.