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

Architect Eric Owen Moss joined Paul Goldberger onstage and shared a curated presentation of images.
Diana Moss, who created design blog Miss Moss, writes from her home in Cape Town, South Africa.
The shops on Kloosterstraat vary from tiny cubbyhole galleries to vast loft-like spaces like this one, an emporium called Viar that sells clothing, accessories, and great vintage furniture.
Black and white kitchen cabinets painted with a triangular pattern add a whimsical touch to this funky kitchen.
"Frank Gehry couldn't have done what he did, or broken as many rules in New York." - Paul Goldberger
"The arbiter of cultural content was New York—New York said so—and New York agreed. And Los Angeles didn't." - Eric Owen Moss
"If you fail, you're out, and if you succeed you're out." - Eric Owen Moss. "It's the paradox of the avant garde." - Paul Goldberger
"[Frank Gehry] is eighty six and half and still desperately wants to be thought of representing the avant-garde." - Paul Goldberger
This "local prefab" home on the Isle of Skye is made mostly from materials sourced in northern Scotland. The timber-framed model, meant to evoke the simple agrarian barns of the area, can be constructed on-site in as little as a day and is designed for affordability.
When Abbie and Bill Burton hired Marmol Radziner to design their prefab weekend home, their two requests were “simple-simple, replaceable materials,” says Abbie—such as concrete floors (poured offsite in Marmol Radziner's factory) and metal panel siding—and “the ability to be indoors or outdoors with ease.” Deep overhangs provide shade and protection from rain, so the Burtons can leave their doors open year-round and hang out on their 70-foot-long deck even in inclement weather. They visit the house once a month, usually for a week at a time, with Vinnie and Stella, their rescue Bernese Mountain dogs. Their two adult children occasionally join them. The couple hopes to one day retire here.
A blend of Scotch moss and Corsican mint fills the space between pavers, adding a pleasant scent to the yard.
The exterior panels were infilled with moss to create a fuzzy green surface—and to provide acoustic insulation against outside noise.
The aptly named exhibition Poetic License asked passersby to contemplate the deeper meaning of design from the window of Moss’s Greene Street landmark.
Japanese showers are usually set low down so the bather can sit on a stool and scrub, then pour cedar buckets of hot water over their heads for a refreshing rinse. This homeowner in Venice, California mounted a handheld shower head on the wall for added flexibility. The drain is under the removable cedar floor slats, keeping the room design uncluttered. Wood tubs are cleaned with a simple rinse and last for decades, as the antiseptic properties of cedar guard against mold and rot.

This ofuro was designed by Santiago Ortiz and fabricated by Bartok Design.
Tanya, Chris, Jackson, and Zeke spend much of their day outside.
Because the house is narrow and long (16 by 68 feet), the design team decided to create a huge open-air space to light the interior naturally. Two retractable motor-driven 

canvas canopies shelter the space during Singapore’s frequent rains.
Meticulously transplanted and cultivated moss pathways crisscross the property. Visitors are frequently astonished to learn the paths were not the landscape's natural state.
Choosing a kitchen or bathroom countertop can be nerve-wracking, and we understand why—they can be one of the most expensive aspects of a renovation, with the added responsibility of impacting the aesthetics of a space. Read on as we work our way through the pros and cons of seven of the most common countertop materials.
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