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

The Design Files Open House 2013 features furniture by Jardan, like the Nook sofa in the living room. Shown here are pillows by Bonnie and Neil and L.O.T.S, and a coffee table by Dinosaur Designs and The Forty Nine Studio. Mondrian Blue wall paint by is applied to the rear wall. Photo by Phu Tang.
Cassidy used the pool as an anchor for an overarching backyard master plan that pulled the parts together.
The master bath contains all functions in the white fiberglass panel that runs the length of the wall. Lazor designed the vanity; the tub is by Duravit.
A close-up of the front living room, with Jardan armchairs which are designed and made in Melbourne. Photo by Phu Tang.
Black and white kitchen cabinets painted with a triangular pattern add a whimsical touch to this funky kitchen.
Alterstudio Architecture of Austin designed this house in the Texas capital for a young family of four.
The clients insisted that none of the trees on the property be disturbed, so Kevin Alter and his team at Alterstudio Architecture built a deck and an overhang around two of them.
Another view of the deck.
“The house is a piece of origami made out of triangular shapes, which we then draped over the landscape,” says Arbel.
In consultation with the clients, Alterstudio opted to clad the house in local cypress rather than imported, FSC-certified ipe.
The kids' room is especially vibrant, with Tango-painted walls by Delux, artwork by Rachel Castle and Beci Orpin, handmade beaded chandeliers by Emily Green, and a kicky pineapple lamp by Down to the Woods. Photo by Phu Tang.
252 Bedford Street SE, Minneapolis, was the first house Lisl and Win designed. Built in 1938—the same year the Closes started their practice and the year they were married—for Ray Faulkner, E. Ziegfeld and G. Hill for $7,643, the Faulkner house is also known as the Lippincott house. Just across the street is a famous neighbor: the 1934 Willey House by Frank Lloyd Wright. Photo by Tom Trow.
The House of Earth and Light is the only project that was featured in Dwell twice—including the very first issue of the magazine. This print, designed by Andrew Holder, captures the refined beauty of the house, and how it communicates with the nature that surrounds it. Balancing golden yellows, blues, greens, and expansive swatches of white, this print has a lighthearted feel that will add colorful detail to a wall, without overpowering the space with too much color. The result is a balanced print that celebrates the House of Earth and Light.
The master bathroom.
Floor-to-ceiling widows characterize the entire back of the house. There's a small terrace outside the bedroom.
Below the wall of living ivy, a shallow reflecting pool (complete with fish!) catches water runoff.
No better way to test paint colors than to simply apply them.
Located in Tribeca, this spacious loft by raad studio blends modern furnishings with the home's impressive Victorian bones.
Here's a shot of the master bedroom looking toward the reading corner.