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Live the Airstream Life Vicariously With a New Book That Celebrates the Timeless Trailers

Permalink - Posted on 2017-09-19 23:51

With its distinctive silver, bullet-shaped profile, the Airstream has been an integral part of the American recreational landscape for more than 85 years. Its shiny exterior, unique silhouette, and adventurous reputation are often the first things that people notice about Airstreams—but it's the spirit in which they were created that makes people fall in love with them.

In her new book published by Harper Design titled Living the Airstream Life, Karen Flett tells the interesting story of the designers who transformed the Airstream brand into a mainstay of American life, diving deep into its rich history with stories, anecdotes, and practical advice for travelers. She explains that Airstream's original founder Wally Byam intentionally avoided having a marketing division. Instead, he formed what he called the "Airstream Way of Life Department." He wasn't merely selling a trailer—he was sharing the lifestyle he loved. 

Cover mural by Zio Ziegler

The “tiny home trend” is now in full force and Airstreams have attracted a cult following.

The "tiny home movement" is now in full force and Airstreams have attracted a cult following.

Karen Flett Ⓒ 2017

In her introduction, Flett references Byam, explaining how the vehicle provides a sense of stability and enables regular citizens to step outside of their comfort zones. She writes, "Traveling with my home is where I find both comfort and experience. With the ability to hitch up my home and take it with me on my adventure, I find the nervous excitement of the unknown, yet travel with the comforting experience of the familiar." Today, these nostalgic trailers continue to gain popularity. 

For those looking to downsize, conserve resources, or achieve a mobile lifestyle, an Airstream can be the perfect option. 

Karen Flett Ⓒ 2017

Flett provides a detailed account of Airstream’s design and its developments over the years—from the 1930s Torpedos to the modern-day Toy Haulers and Limited Edition trailers. She takes an in-depth look at what it really means to live the "Airstream way of life."

For Airstream fanatics, there are caravans and rallies all over the world, including an annual “Alumapalooza” each summer at the Airstream factory in Ohio that brings in Airstream fans from all over the country.

For Airstream fanatics, there are caravans and rallies all over the world, including an annual "Alumapalooza" every summer at the Airstream factory in Ohio that brings together fans from all over the country. The trailers are in high demand—so much so that Airstream factories can't keep up. On average, customers have to wait up to three months to receive their vehicles after placing an order.

Karen Flett Ⓒ 2017


Airstreams are in high demand, so much so that Airstream factories cannot keep up. On average, customers have to wait up to three months after ordering their vehicle.

Shown here is Bambi II, a rare beauty owned by veteran Airstream DIY-er Kristiana Spaulding.

Karen Flett Ⓒ 2017

The Airstream trailer (as we know it today) first took its form in the mid-1930s. The Airstream Clipper was the first trailer that was made from aluminum and rivets. Its shape was influenced by World War II aircraft design—unsurprisingly, since many of the trailer designers (including Byam) participated in the war effort by building airplanes. The skills Byam learned during this period allowed him to apply the same high quality of craftsmanship to his trailers. 

Nearly 70 percent of all the Airstreams ever built are still on the road today.

This is one of the five Airstreams that Katie and Rob own, but this 1986 Excella Airstream is extra special. 

Karen Flett Ⓒ 2017


Storage is always high on the priority list for any Airstreamer, as is having a place to sit down Rob and Katie combined the two, creating great little storage containers that double as seating.

Storage is always high on the priority list for any Airstreamers, as is having a place to sit down. Rob and Katie combined the two, creating little storage containers that double as seating.

Karen Flett Ⓒ 2017

Flett also includes a how-to guide to design, decorate, and customize your own Airstream for both DIY-ers and experts alike. She offers inspiration for those actively pursuing a life on the road, whether for permanent living or as a temporary escape from the daily grind. 

As she writes in her introduction, "We live in an era when we are so lucky to be able to see beyond our needs, to see our desires. To be appreciative of that and to make the most of this wondrous opportunity will make us feel that we have truly lived our lives rather than just letting the days pass us by." 

Nearly 70 percent of all the Airstreams ever built are still on the road today.

 Nearly 70 percent of all the Airstreams ever built are still on the road today.   

Karen Flett Ⓒ 2017


A little beauty called poppy, this caravel's interior was created by Arc Airstreams.

The beautiful interior of this Caravel was created by ARC Airstreams.

American Retro Cavarans LTD Ⓒ 2017


The design brief for this 1964 Airstream Overlander restored by ARC Airstreams was luxury with a country feel, and Ralph Lauren’s Corral Canyon fit the bill.

The design brief for this 1964 Airstream Overlander restored by ARC Airstreams was "luxury with a country feel." Ralph Lauren’s Corral Canyon fit the bill.  

American Retro Cavarans LTD Ⓒ 2017


This stunning high-end renovation is also by ARC Airstreams. Called the English country retreat, it features not only quality furnishings and fittings but also leadlight windows and a fully functional fireplace.

Called the English country retreat, this renovated interior that was done by ARC Airstreams features quality furnishings and fttings, Leadlight windows, and a fully functional fireplace.

American Retro Cavarans LTD Ⓒ 2017


The renovation of this 1955 Flying Cloud, features a whale tail (or the Dutchman’s cap), and is the creation of Paul and Mary Drag.

The renovation of this 1955 Flying Cloud features a whale tail (or the Dutchman’s cap) and is the creation of Paul and Mary Drag. 

Karen Flett Ⓒ 2017



This Argosy model was lovingly restored by Kristiana Spaulding to complete her own personal collection of Airstream models.

This Argosy model was lovingly restored by Kristiana Spaulding to complete her own personal collection of Airstream models. 

Karen Flett Ⓒ 2017

 

Not long after her new purchase, she was off on a dream trip to Africa, heading out on safari and staying at one of the most well-known Airstream hotels in the Southern hemisphere. The textures of the African landscape, colors  of the traditional arts, and textiles of the safari tents all inspired the interior design.

Not long after her new purchase, she was off on a dream trip to Africa, heading out on a safari and staying at one of the most well-known Airstream hotels in the southern hemisphere. The textures of the African landscape, colors of the traditional arts, and textiles of the safari tents all inspired the interior design. 

Karen Flett Ⓒ 2017


Through the process of bringing the Argosy back to life, the dilapidated carpet was replaced, the bathroom was restored to its original fixtures, every corner was cleaned and steam-cleaned and broken parts were replaced.

During the process of bringing the Argosy back to life, the dilapidated carpet was replaced, the bathroom was restored to its original fixtures, every corner was cleaned, and broken parts were replaced.

Karen Flett Ⓒ 2017


The result was an authentic original Argosy trailer, with a lifeblood all its own.

The result was an authentic Argosy trailer.

Karen Flett Ⓒ 2017


This stunning renovation of an Airstream Motorhome was created by professional Airstream designers American Retro Caravans.

This sophisticated renovation was created by the professional Airstream designers at American Retro Caravans. 

American Retro Cavarans LTD Ⓒ 2017


A beautiful high-quality interior by ARC Airstreams.

Shown here is high-quality interior by ARC Airstreams. 

American Retro Cavarans LTD Ⓒ 2017


Home sweet home to Matt Hackney, WBCCI region 3 president, and his wife, Beth.

This Airstream is "home sweet home" to Matt Hackney, WBCCI region three president, and his wife, Beth. 

Karen Flett Ⓒ 2017


Linen Pillowcases

Permalink - Posted on 2017-09-19 23:41

A set of two Pillowcases featuring our signature back envelope closure for a neat and tidy look. Soft, comfortable and safe against your skin.


How to Design an Apartment You and Your Roommate Love

Permalink - Posted on 2017-09-19 23:41

Trelawny Davis and Jackie Sosa are old friends but had never lived together. Two millennials with fast-paced jobs looking for a relaxing place to call home in L.A., they decided to team up and sign a lease together. They quickly lucked out with a sun-drenched apartment in West Hollywood with soaring square footage…but their interior design process took more time.

Trelawny describes her style as "classic, mid-century" while Jackie prefers a more modern look. So how do you create a space that speaks to two different personalities? Find common ground. The roommates set priorities that would complement – rather than cancel out – each other’s aesthetics: a subdued color palette, a comfortable living room that could accommodate a crowd, and a dining area that welcomed mealtime gatherings. Most importantly, however, they agreed to take their time. "It’s a process. Designing a space that feels authentic – especially for two people – requires patience," Trelawny advises. "We searched online and scoured Pinterest for inspiration. But the key is not to replicate what you see on the internet. Instead of copying, find your own style." Here’s how they did just that – and without breaking the bank.  

Living Room

Souk Wool Rug: West Elm. Bubble Knit Poufs: West Elm. Pink Cactus Print: Minted; Source: Amy Bartlam/Parachute
Industrial Storage Coffee Table: West Elm. Walton Sofa: West Elm. Throw Pillows: World Market; Source: Amy Bartlam/Parachute

"We agreed the living room would be our first endeavor," Jackie shares. "I work in television and we host regular movie nights, so the TV was essential." "We spend an embarrassing amount of time watching TV," Trelawny jokes. "We designed the space knowing we’d spend most of our time here." They each had a couch already, so they added other comfortable pieces – like a shaggy wool rug and poufs – and then relied on decorative touches (throw pillows and artwork) to create visual cohesion. "The Pink Cactus art from Minted and the printed pillows added color contrast, and ultimately tied the room together," Trelawny says. "But most important, everyone has a place to sit during The Bachelor!" Jackie quips.

Dining Room

Pata TV Stand: AllModern. Sede Bar Stools: Article. Natura Hand Spun Jute Runner: Rugs USA; Source: Amy Bartlam/Parachute

A spacious dining room thrilled the roommates (both love to cook and entertain), but it proved to be the most challenging room of the home to complete. It started easily enough: Barstools to line the countertop so friends could hang out while meals are being prepared, a large custom table to host dinner parties, and dining chairs from Article that added a sophisticated – but never stuffy – vibe.

Dining table and bench: custom. Chanel Dining Chairs: Article. Mid-Century Tripod Floor lamp: West Elm. Tejn Faux Sheep Skin: Ikea; Source: Amy Bartlam/Parachute

"Something was missing," Trelawny recounts. "We’d achieved this really clean, functional dining area, but there was a void." It was the expansive white wall behind the dining table. "We left it blank, we tried different artwork, a gallery wall…but nothing felt right," Jackie adds. When the idea of wallpaper was broached, they threw caution – and their security deposits – to the wind, taking a chance on a bold print from JuJu Papers. "This was our one big risk – and it paid off in spades," Trelawny beams. The wall has not only become their signature design statement ("Everyone compliments it, literally everyone."), but it was the most accessibly priced solution, too.

Big Moon Wallpaper: JuJu Papers. Modern Buffet: West Elm. Natura Hand Spun Jute Rug (bottom): Rugs USA; Magical Thinking Hana Kilim Printed Rug (top): Urban Outfitters; Source: Amy Bartlam/Parachute

Bedrooms

White Linen Bedding: Parachute. Oatmeal Essential Quilt: Parachute. Mushroom Striped Cashmere Throw: Parachute. Morning River Print: Minted. Dean Sand Queen Upholstered Panel Bed: Living Spaces. Roar + Rabbit Brass Geo Nightstands: West Elm. Clear Disc Table Lamps: West Elm; Source: Amy Bartlam/Parachute

Trelawny and Jackie’s distinctive styles are on full display in their bedrooms. While their individual tastes may differ, choosing Parachute Bedding as their bedrooms’ focus was a no-brainer. "I wanted a classic, warmer palette with an emphasis on texture and neutrals," on texture and neutrals Trelawny describes. She paired a White Linen Venice Set with an Essential Quilt in Oatmeal. The upholstered Dean bed frame by Living Spaces is soft yet sturdy – and really anchors the room. She finished the look with an affordable mid-century-inspired dresser from Living Spaces, nightstands from West Elm that she’d purchased years ago, and a single watercolor print above the bed. "I wanted my bedroom to be calming and pure, but I also didn’t want it to look washed out. The Morning River print from Minted offers a splash of blue and red. Plus they’re a really cool company that has a great relationship with their artists. There’s a ton of amazing artwork and framing options. I had a tough time choosing…but I think I got it right."

Alton Cherry Dresser: Living Spaces. Parsons Round Mirror: West Elm; Source: Amy Bartlam/Parachute

Jackie’s bedroom is more industrial modern, by comparison. The Globe Pendant Chandeliers from West Elm cast a dramatic first impression. She mixed wood furniture with metal and mirrored fixtures, and softened the look with Blush and White Linen Bedding. "Blush is a neutral color with a twist – it captures the eye but won’t overwhelm a room," Jackie explains. "Pillows are also key. Don’t scrimp on Pillows! They add comfort and elevate the entire room."

Blush Linen Bedding: Parachute. Blush Linen Euro Shams: Parachute. White Linen Pillowcases: Parachute. Emerson Reclaimed Wood Nightstands: West Elm. Abacus Table Lamps: West Elm; Source: Amy Bartlam/Parachute
Mirrored Weathered Oak Chest: Pier 1. Terrariums: similar. Emmerson Reclaimed Natural Wood Bed: West Elm. Globe Pendant Chandeliers: West Elm. Bench: similar; Source: Amy Bartlam/Parachute

The bedrooms reveal strikingly different design personalities, which makes their shared living space all the more remarkable. "Both of our sensibilities are represented in this apartment," Trelawny declares. "Clear communication, patience, and an embrace of white space go a long way when creating a home both you and your roommate love."

Roommates Trelawny Davis and Jackie Sosa in their newly designed L.A. pad; Source: Amy Bartlam/Parachute

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9 Beautiful Bathtubs

Permalink - Posted on 2017-09-19 23:40

Never underestimate the healing powers of a long bath – especially when you get to wear a Waffle Robe and Slippers afterward! Inspired by lounging in the world’s finest spas, our new waffle items are soft, lightweight and incredibly comfortable. To celebrate our expanding Bath Collection, we rounded up some of our favorite bathtubs from around the world – budgets be damned! Relax, unwind and soak up the interior design inspiration…

Source: Amy Bartlam/Homepolish

This bathroom broke the internet last year. The art deco clawfoot bathtub oozes Hollywood glamour. Painted matte black on the outside, reglazed on the inside and outfitted with gold hardware, this beauty is truly one of a kind. Add scalloped concrete tile floors, a sheepskin stool and some beautiful artwork…and you’ve got a room that boasts a hundred million likes. 

Source: HGTV

What could be more magical than a living wall of mint, lavender and lush greens as a backdrop to your bathtub? This elegant freestanding tub is the perfect place to indulge the fresh scents and calming wonders of mother nature. 

Source: Erieta Attali/Block 722

Partially submerged and large enough for two, this tub is a study of modern minimalism. In the words of the designer, "Simple geometric volumes, clean lines, top quality materials and small details work together to create a unified space that carries a powerful yet humble sensation." Amen. 

Source: Nicole LaMotte/Parachute

We love the clean lines of this rectangular tub, juxtaposed with soft neutral hues. We’re also big fans of placing vintage Persian runners in the loo. Bathrooms are one of the busiest rooms in the home, and the lived-in look of these rugs works well in high traffic areas. P.S. This tub can be all yours: Just book The Parachute Hotel for a stay! 

Source: Nicole LaMotte/Parachute

Subway tile is so in – but have you seen a look like this? All-white, floor-to-ceiling, shower-tub combo with an inset mirror for the win, whew! And, yes, this tub looks great with our Waffle Robe. 

Source: Nicki Sebastian/Rip and Tan

Washing in a deep hinoki wood bath has long been a tradition in Japanese culture. Using boat-building techniques, craftsmen are capitalizing on this trend and making solid wood bathtubs for the home. Natural beauty never looked so good. 

Source: Sarah Elliott/Rip and Tan

Let a breathtaking view be the hero in your bathroom. Use natural materials, neutral hues and straightforward design to achieve true zen in the tub. We’re relaxed just looking at Coqui Coqui’s beachfront. 

Source: The Apartment by The Line

This free-standing, round Lacava soaking tub at The Apartment by The Line is arguably the most Instagrammed bathtub in Los Angeles. Its big bowl shape is begging for a bubble bath (and champagne, please). 

Source: Justina Blakeney

Justina Blakeney pioneered #TheJungalow movement, so we knew her recent bathroom renovation project would reveal something lush and full of green. She did not disappoint! Designed in collaboration with Kohler, Justina arranged Azurine-colored tiles by Fireclay in a herringbone pattern, then complemented the look with Moroccan-inspired Elephant Star tiles on the floor. The results are downright jungalicious!


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Jens Bench

Permalink - Posted on 2017-09-19 23:37

Running into legendary designer Jens Risom in the halls at DWR headquarters was one of the many pleasures of working here. Over the years, we collaborated with Risom on a number of product launches. The Jens Bench (2008) came about when we worked with him to re-launch his Chair and Ottoman, originally designed in 1949 for the Caribe Hilton Hotel in Puerto Rico. Decades had passed since this collection was in production, and Risom worked closely with us on every step of its return, from reviewing prototypes, to adjusting tiny details, to advocating cost-effective changes in the manufacturing process. Like all the furniture by this iconic designer, this collection has a subtle Scandinavian sensibility that works with modern and traditional settings. Or, as Risom put it, "Good design means that anything good will go well with other equally good things." Made in U.S.A. 


Ecopixel Chair "Jellyfish"

Permalink - Posted on 2017-09-19 23:37

Ecopixel is a new method for recycling plastics. It is composed of 100% low-density polyethylene (LDPE) that melts at 120°C and therefore can be re-melted over and over again without losing its properties. As it melts in different shapes and colors it appears in different faces, even though available in unlimited combinations. Ecopixel is easily recognizable thanks to its pixelized appearance, even when customized. Each product that is made of Ecopixel is unique because the pixels melt together randomly in the production process. Ecopixel is also available in a highly innovating "open skin" version that leaves spaces in-between the material creating a lightweight structure. Ecopixel is proposed to designers and architects as an affordable, original and sustainable material for their projects. Ecopixel was developed by Claudio Milioto and Jan Puylaert and is a 100% made in Italy production. 


Amid a Hotbed of Architecture, This Home Holds Its Own

Permalink - Posted on 2017-09-19 23:33

A major overhaul of a bungalow in Venice, California, perfects the art of indoor/outdoor living.

Venice, like many neighborhoods in Los Angeles, boasts a rich architectural legacy, though perhaps inadvertently. Its most enduring structures are also some of its most modest: small bungalows closely aligned on narrow lots dot the area, evoking nostalgia for years past. But the eclectic, beachfront neighborhood also carries elements of a second design legacy—as a hotbed of influential, deconstructivist architecture by avant-garde figures, including Thom Mayne’s 2-4-6-8 House (completed in 1978) and Frank Gehry’s Norton House (completed in 1984). 

Tracy O’Brien sits in her renovated bungalow in Venice, California, where a multi-slide panel door by Fleetwood Aluminum opens up to what she and her husband, Thaddeus Stauber, refer to as their “outdoor living room.” Inveterate art collectors, the couple own several works, including a Paul Heyer painting and a framed piece by Shana Lutker displayed near the staircase.

Tracy O’Brien sits in her renovated bungalow in Venice, California, where a multi-slide panel door by Fleetwood Aluminum opens up to what she and her husband, Thaddeus Stauber, refer to as their "outdoor living room." Inveterate art collectors, the couple own several works, including a Paul Heyer painting and a framed piece by Shana Lutker displayed near the staircase.  

Photo: Joe Schmelzer

 In more recent years, Venice has largely evolved into an enclave simultaneously signifying creativity and affluence. Most of those modest bungalows have been polished and rejuvenated, and in the case of Tracy O’Brien and Thaddeus Stauber’s residence, updated incrementally over time. Tracy, a banker executive and an art collector, and Thaddeus, an attorney who works in the art world, bought and made renovations to their 1950s bungalow in the early 2000s. But after living nearly a decade in the single-story, two-bedroom house, the couple turned to architecture firm SPACE International, headed by Michael Ferguson and Kirby Smith, and to Michael’s wife, Kathleen Ferguson, a landscape designer, for a more extensive update to the structure.

Architect Michael Ferguson of SPACE International led the renovation of the 1950s bungalow, as well as the addition of a second floor, which he set back from the street to keep the home at scale with its neighboring structures.

Architect Michael Ferguson of SPACE International led the renovation of the 1950s bungalow, as well as the addition of a second floor, which he set back from the street to keep the home at scale with its neighboring structures.  

Photo: Joe Schmelzer

 "When they originally approached us, it was about a much more modest commission to make room for a growing family," says Michael. The scope of the project grew as the couple articulated their requirements: "The project sort of evolved. It’s an addition, but it is really a whole-house renovation," he continues. "They’ve been compiling a great collection of contemporary art, so one of their requirements was to have a home that would be a great space for their collection—where they could enjoy their art on a daily basis."

His wife, landscape designer Kathleen Ferguson, planted evergreen shrubs out front, lending the property additional privacy. Located on the new upper floor, the master bedroom features sliding glass doors that open to a spacious outdoor terrace. The bed frame and side table are from Diva Furniture; the felt pendant is from YLighting.

His wife, landscape designer Kathleen Ferguson, planted evergreen shrubs out front, lending the property additional privacy. Located on the new upper floor, the master bedroom features sliding glass doors that open to a spacious outdoor terrace. The bed frame and side table are from Diva Furniture; the felt pendant is from YLighting.  

Photo: Joe Schmelzer

 The couple also wanted to keep the building in line with the character of the neighborhood, while making what open space was available on the small parcel accessible for entertaining and especially for their two active children, ages 9 and 11.

Tracy and Thaddeus enjoy an afternoon read from the master bedroom and terrace, respectively; the outdoor sectional is by Gandia Blasco.

Tracy and Thaddeus enjoy an afternoon read from the master bedroom and terrace, respectively; the outdoor sectional is by Gandia Blasco.  

Photo: Joe Schmelzer

 The firm’s solution was to open space at one edge of the 90-by-40-foot lot by moving the garage to the rear of the house, where it now doubles as a casual family room. The result is a long side yard, which Ferguson describes as an "annex to the interior space with a wall of sliding glass doors that open out to a sunken space, around which people can gather. Really that space functions more as their living room seating, with their indoor area serving as a social and entertaining space." This "linear courtyard," as Ferguson describes it, is composed of a bench running the length of the house, the backyard, and a sunken courtyard that features a fire pit and a built-in barbecue.

Panoramic windows are sited at either end of the staircase. The metal-screen railing, punctured by small round apertures, continues alongside the perimeter of the terrace; it was fabricated by Tortoise Industries.

Panoramic windows are sited at either end of the staircase. The metal-screen railing, punctured by small round apertures, continues alongside the perimeter of the terrace; it was fabricated by Tortoise Industries.  

Photo: Joe Schmelzer

 "The project is based around challenging the conventional domestic landscape," Kathleen says. The linear courtyard also serves to unify several outdoor spaces, including the front porch and lawn, which features a small reflecting pool, and the backyard, which includes a boccie ball court. "Every part of the outdoor space is activated in some way," says Michael. 

An outdoor shower allows for a quick rinse after a jaunt to the beach.

An outdoor shower allows for a quick rinse after a jaunt to the beach.  

Photo: Joe Schmelzer

 Inside, the open-plan living room, dining area, and kitchen are arranged as a free-form space, with the countertop island acting as a central hub. Michael says, "As with a lot of houses, the island is where more conversations are happening than in any other part of the home’s interior—a kind of active place for people to come together." 

The outdoor living room serves as both a counterpoint and extension of the interior, with amenities that include a Gandia Blasco dining table and bench, a Lynx grill, and a custom concrete fire pit designed by Kathleen Ferguson; it sits atop a bed of crushed white rock. A built-in bench runs along the length of the courtyard.

The outdoor living room serves as both a counterpoint and extension of the interior, with amenities that include a Gandia Blasco dining table and bench, a Lynx grill, and a custom concrete fire pit designed by Kathleen Ferguson; it sits atop a bed of crushed white rock. A built-in bench runs along the length of the courtyard.  

Photo: Joe Schmelzer

 Stairs lead to a wide central corridor, around which the master bedroom and two children’s rooms are arranged; at either end, a full-frame picture window faces the backyard and a sliding glass panel that leads to a large outdoor terrace out front. "We wanted the upstairs deck to be larger than a balcony so that we would spend a lot of time up there," Tracy says, in a keen observation of how people use outdoor space, or, more specifically, how they don’t use balconies. Thaddeus adds, "We can be with friends up on the deck where there’s privacy but we can also see the kids playing in the side area."

A EuroStone countertop structures the open-plan kitchen and dining room, where the family will often gather and play.

A EuroStone countertop structures the open-plan kitchen and dining room, where the family will often gather and play.  

Photo: Joe Schmelzer

 The large front terrace also pushes the upper floor to the rear of the home—a move that minimizes its visibility from the street, and, as the couple wished, keeps the structure at scale with the surrounding bungalows of Venice. "The architects knew a lot of the artists we collect—and Steve Carlson, who did the woodwork, also does a lot of work for a famous local artist," notes Tracy. "There was a great sense of community among us."    

The appliances are by Miele, and the sink and faucet are by Blanco. In the dining area, a Link Suspension lamp by LZF hangs above the Minotti table and chairs. The artwork is by Nathan Coley.

The appliances are by Miele, and the sink and faucet are by Blanco. In the dining area, a Link Suspension lamp by LZF hangs above the Minotti table and chairs. The artwork is by Nathan Coley.  

Photo: Joe Schmelzer


Inexpensive, Easy-Assembly Shipping Container Home

Permalink - Posted on 2017-09-19 23:33

An attractive shipping container house shows the benefits of prefab living.

The sleek 320-square-foot MEKA home, designed by Jason Halter and Christos Marcopoulous, when it was set up in New York. The home is made of cedar paneling, set over a steel shipping container.

It was an almost-unheard of price point in New York: $100 per square foot for a new home. That’s what a pop-up shipping container structure that was displayed in the West Village in 2010 promised Manhattanites. The sleek, 320-square-foot MEKA home, designed by Jason Halter and Christos Marcopoulous and featuring 70% recycled materials, was a strong showing for prefab construction.

The sleek 320-square-foot MEKA home, designed by Jason Halter and Christos Marcopoulous, when it was set up in New York. The home is made of cedar paneling, set over a steel shipping container.
This shipping container prefab, built out of 70 percent recycled material, cost just $100 per square foot. It showcases a doubled glazed argon-filled window, which lets in light.
While the MEKA home only offers a single profile, the option to add a deck provides additional space and more flexibility.
Each MEKA home arrives via truck nearly complete. From there, it can be built in a matter of days.
Each unit features a customizable kitchen with IKEA products and a slate bathroom. The interior is lined with bamboo.


Modern Clocks We Love

Permalink - Posted on 2017-09-19 21:46

As Daylight Saving Time quickly approaches, we're taking a look at some of the best modern clock designs from our Dwell Shop partners.

Twemco Flip Clock QT-30T
Watch me Wall Clock
MoCap Wall Clock
FJ Clock
QLOCKTWO Wall Clock by Biegert & Funk


Maclean Road Residence

Permalink - Posted on 2017-09-19 21:43

Maclean Road has been designed to deliver an experience that extends into the prairie landscape and the rolling hills beyond. This project uses the site and orientation for the best private views and local environmental conditions. The bars of the house have been arranged to limit southern sun exposure, and shield views to neighboring homes. The exterior is clad in matte black metal standing seam roofing and wall siding, with double-coarse cedar siding on the gable ends. Black steel window surrounds, and canopies will reinforce the midcentury modern feeling of this home. The interior will have wide plank maple flooring, minimal reveal details, and carefully placed wood millwork.

Render of house front.
Detail render of front entrance.
Detail render of pool side.
Aerial view into rear courtyard and pool area.
Render of rear elevation.


A Converted Warehouse in Amsterdam Boasts Soothing Interiors of Concrete and Wood

Permalink - Posted on 2017-09-19 21:19

A former warehouse is transformed into a minimalist, 600-square-meter home that complements the industrial character of the shell space.

Located on a historic street on a dike once constructed to prevent flooding, and surrounded by small wooden houses of a typical Dutch aesthetic, is Home 12 by i29 Interior Architects. By far the biggest house in the surrounding area—containing four bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a large open living area—the house is constructed of a simple material palette of concrete, white walls, and oak woodwork to respect the existing structure, location, and character. 

At the heart of the home is a open living/kitchen concept that caters to the modern lifestyle. Understanding that the kitchen serves as a place to hang out and enjoy company, the designers created an area that surpasses the purely functional;  it is a blend of open, livable space that work together. 

To accommodate functions that do require privacy, and to break up the large, open warehouse space, grand interventions of custom-designed cabinets are introduced, providing storage as well as necessary separation between spaces. 

The fully integrated kitchen blends between oak cabinetry and a large island with integrated cooktop and sink.

The fully-integrated kitchen is obscured by oak cabinetry, corresponding with a large island with an integrated cooktop and sink. 

Ewout Huibers

Hans J. Wegner Wishbone Chairs surround the large dining table on axis with the grand, exterior windows.

Hans J. Wegner Wishbone Chairs surround the large dining table on axis with the grand, exterior windows. 

Ewout Huibers 

Existing, renovated windows provide ample daylight and views to the surrounding ship yard beyond.

Existing, renovated windows provide ample daylight and views of the surrounding shipyard. 

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Custom millwork benches with integrated storage and even a fireplace, sit below the windows, lining the exterior walls of the open living space.

Custom  benches with integrated storage and a fireplace sit below the windows lining the exterior walls of the open living space.

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Rough oak cabinetry frames the corridor that leads between the open living spaces, and the private beds and baths.

Rough oak cabinetry frames the corridor that leads between the communal areas and the private beds and baths. 

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The white stair ascends upward as a light-filled sculptural element.

The white stair ascends upward as a light-filled, sculptural element.

Ewout Huibers

A custom solid surface basin on oak wooden shelves, with a Zuchetti facuet and light fixture from Vibia Linestra create a warm, contemporary bath vanity.

A custom solid surface basin on oak wooden shelves, in combination with a Zuchetti faucet and a Vibia Linestra light fixture, make for a warm, contemporary bath vanity.

Ewout Huibers

A traditional Japanese style bathtub, custom ordered and made by Bartok design sits elegantly in one of the baths.

A traditional Japanese-style bathtub, custom-ordered through Bartok Design, sits elegantly in one of the baths.

Ewout Huibers

A white, freestanding solid surface tub, Riho Barcelona, and a Zuchetti Faucet decorate an additional bath and blend nicely into the minimal palette.

A white, freestanding solid surface tub by Riho Barcelona and a Zuchetti faucet outfit an additional bath, blending nicely into the minimal palette.

Ewout Huibers


Outside the Lines

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An interior designer persuades his mother to toss all her old furniture and start fresh.

From the wall of windows in Eleni Katsarou’s 33rd-floor Chicago condo, Lake Michigan looks like an ocean: flat, endless, and constantly intriguing. That view is what drew Eleni, who grew up in Athens gazing at the Aegean Sea, to purchase the two-bedroom unit in 2016. It was the 50th anniversary of her arrival in the United States. Newly retired from her job as a professor, with children grown and gone, she was ready to trade her sprawling Victorian in the historic Ravenswood neighborhood for something completely different. "I loved the building, and I loved where it was situated, right on the water," she says of the 1968 concrete tower.   

Eleni Katsarou’s new Chicago apartment is an explosion of color. Graphic Fornasetti pillows rest on a pixelated-pink Carlton sectional by BoConcept next to cane back chairs upholstered in Quatrefoil fabric by Alexander Girard.

Eleni Katsarou’s new Chicago apartment is an explosion of color. Graphic Fornasetti pillows rest on a pixelated-pink Carlton sectional by BoConcept next to cane back chairs upholstered in Quatrefoil fabric by Alexander Girard. 

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The unit itself, however, left something to be desired. It had low ceilings and boxy, nondescript rooms typical of many ’60s-era apartments. To bring it more in line with her vibrant personality, Eleni enlisted her son Andreas Kokkino, a stylist and designer whose "unerring" eye she trusts even more than her own. His first suggestion was to honor the building’s vintage with a midcentury-inspired interior. This was easy. Eleni already loved the work of designers like Eero Saarinen and fellow Chicagoan Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. His second was tougher: get rid of her furniture. With a twinge of nostalgia, she complied (her daughter, furnishing her own house at the time, was the beneficiary of this enormous giveaway).   

Near the kitchen, a Moel chair by Inga Sempé for Ligne Roset joins a bar trolley, side table, and pouf from Crate and Barrel. A Yannis Gaitis lithograph hangs on a wall of white oak plywood. Architect Mike Shively came up with the vertical strips to add texture.

Near the kitchen, a Moel chair by Inga Sempé for Ligne Roset joins a bar trolley, side table, and pouf from Crate and Barrel. A Yannis Gaitis lithograph hangs on a wall of white oak plywood. Architect Mike Shively came up with the vertical strips to add texture.

Photo by Mike Schwartz

The condo needed more than surface changes, however, so Kokkino called Mike Shively, an old friend who had just opened his own architecture firm in Chicago. Shively came over to have a look. Right away, he was struck by the unit’s off-kilter angles: The building is shaped like a reverse C, so that every unit opens onto the lake, like a fan. "I enjoyed the idea of those radiating walls, and I wanted to emphasize that," says Shively.  

A wood countertop with blue laminate cabinets underneath contrasts with a white island topped with travertine. The wall tile is Origin Birch White by AKDO, and the brass faucet is by California Faucets. As in the rest of the apartment, the flooring is colored cork from Globus Cork.

A wood countertop with blue laminate cabinets underneath contrasts with a white island topped with travertine. The wall tile is Origin Birch White by AKDO, and the brass faucet is by California Faucets. As in the rest of the apartment, the flooring is colored cork from Globus Cork.  

Photo by Mike Schwartz

The walls made him think of the midcentury Finnish architect Alvar Aalto, who also had a penchant for radiating plans. In fact, the previous year, Shively had travelled to Finland to tour the architect’s major buildings. One detail from that trip that popped into his mind was an oak coat closet lined with vertical batten strips he’d seen in Helsinki’s Finlandia Hall. He decided to clad the walls in Eleni’s living area, dining area, kitchen, and foyer with white oak plywood and apply similar strips to draw attention to them.  

From the 33rd floor, the view of Lake Michigan is expansive. Linen curtains from The Shade Store filter sunlight. Extra lighting is provided by LED ceiling lights, a Tatou F floor lamp by Patricia Urquiola, and a Copycat table lamp by Michael Anastassiades for Flos.

From the 33rd floor, the view of Lake Michigan is expansive. Linen curtains from The Shade Store filter sunlight. Extra lighting is provided by LED ceiling lights, a Tatou F floor lamp by Patricia Urquiola, and a Copycat table lamp by Michael Anastassiades for Flos.

Photo by Mike Schwartz

Shively drew other ideas from Aalto as well, such as a unified white palette and an open plan. He tore down the wall boxing in the galley kitchen to create an airy living-dining-kitchen area anchored by a curved kitchen island. To improve the lighting, Shively randomly distributed 80 LED puck lights across the ceilings and covered them with a single sheet of drywall with holes cut for each light. The result resembles a starry night sky and lowers the eight-foot ceilings just five-eighths of an inch. Underfoot, he replaced carpeting with cork tiles that meet the condo association’s soundproofing requirements.  

An Alekos Fassianos lithograph and soft blue niches offset the wood paneling. An IC lamp by Michael Anastassiades hangs in the hallway.

An Alekos Fassianos lithograph and soft blue niches offset the wood paneling. An IC lamp by Michael Anastassiades hangs in the hallway.

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"I’ve always loved patterns on patterns. Lucky for me, my mom isn’t afraid of color." Andreas Kokkino, designer

From there, the mother-son duo took over, filling the subdued space with the bold mixture of pattern, texture, and color they both love: gold pendant lights by Aalto, blue wool dining chairs by Saarinen, Eastern rugs, fanciful wallpaper, and bright prints. "At meetings, Andreas would be in gold shorts, Eleni is in five different color florals, and the architects would be like the color of the walls," project architect Lucas Goldbach recalls. 

The bathroom’s hexagonal marble tiles are by Ann Sacks, and the fixture, mirror, and wall cabinet are all by Duravit.

The bathroom’s hexagonal marble tiles are by Ann Sacks, and the fixture, mirror, and wall cabinet are all by Duravit.

Photo by Mike Schwartz

As Eleni puts it, "It was like a clean slate. Everything that I ever wanted to do in a space came together." And that old Victorian with its lifetime of belongings? She hasn’t missed it for a minute. 

General contractor S Construction collaborated with Shively and Kokkino on the remodel. The colorful apartment pays homage to the midcentury building, a 1968 high-rise in the Edgewater neighborhood, but it also has a more subdued side. The master bedroom is an all-white sanctuary filled with houseplants. The Rudd International oak sideboard is a vintage piece from the 1970s.

General contractor S Construction collaborated with Shively and Kokkino on the remodel. The colorful apartment pays homage to the midcentury building, a 1968 high-rise in the Edgewater neighborhood, but it also has a more subdued side. The master bedroom is an all-white sanctuary filled with houseplants. The Rudd International oak sideboard is a vintage piece from the 1970s. 

Photo by Mike Schwartz



Veridian Grove

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Veridian Grove is Miami’s newest and most luxurious community, a singular, gated community of 20 homes nestled into lush tropical surroundings. Each one is collaboratively custom-designed for modern living by our renowned architects and interior designers, who incorporate your preferences every step of the way. Award-winning Sotolongo Salman Henderson Architects imagined the four fully customizable estate homes, which feature optional elevators and rooftops with summer kitchens. TOGU Architecture conceived the homes’ interior design, its expertise in opulent art and furniture curation evident throughout the luxe residences. Lending a finishing touch, serene vistas and flourishing flora come courtesy of award- winning landscape designer Deena Bell of Bell Landscape Architecture, whose selection of native and drought-tolerant species — including fishtail, cabada and coconut palms — creates a verdant backdrop for these breathtaking estate homes. The developer of Veridian Grove is 8290 Partners, LLC, an affiliate of Sabal Development


13 Modern Bathroom Vanity Ideas

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The bathroom vanity is one of the first places most people head to before beginning the day—so, it's a good idea to give some serious thought to how you want it to look and feel.

In the bathroom of “Mad Men” actor Vincent Kartheiser’s “Japanese-inustrial style” Hollywood home is an irregular-shaped sink of raw stone adjacent to the shower and soaking tub.

A bathroom vanity should not only complement the design concept, layout, and style of your bathroom, but it should also match your lifestyle, habits, and budget. Here are some ideas for your bathroom renovation or remodel that will take your morning and evening grooming rituals to a whole new level.

Create a Spot For Both Parents and Kids

In the tiled master bathroom of their Chinatown loft in Los Angeles, Dan Bernier and Amy Finn Bernier have a child-height vanity next to an adult-sized version. It's a clever way to impart good oral hygiene habits to the little ones. 

In the tiled master bathroom of their L.A. Chinatown loft, Dan Bernier and Amy Finn Bernier have an child-height vanity next to an adult sized vanity. A clever to impart good oral hygiene habits to little ones.

In the tiled master bathroom of their L.A. Chinatown loft, Dan Bernier and Amy Finn Bernier have an child-height vanity next to an adult sized vanity. A clever to impart good oral hygiene habits to little ones.

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Drape Everything With Wood

Don’t be afraid to use wood in your bathroom. It will create a serene, Zen-like atmosphere and if you’re in a woodsy area, it can connect the space to your surroundings. This Japanese-style bathroom, which is clad in teak, features a matching tub and sink by Bath in Wood. Make sure to do your research in order to find the right wood for moist spaces—and use it consciously.

The Japanese-style bathroom, which is clad in teak, features a matching tub and sink by Bath in Wood.

The Japanese-style bathroom, which is clad in teak, features a matching tub and sink by Bath in Wood.

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Customize a Basic Basin With Some Simple DIY

This sink in the half bath of Shane Michael Pavonetti’s Austin home was special-ordered from Home Depot. Pavonetti designed the base to give the basin a snug fit. He built it out of a steel rod and painted it with black shoe polish.

The sink in the half bath was special-ordered from Home Depot and Pavonetti designed the base to give the basin a snug fit. He built it out of a steel rod and painted it with black shoe polish.

The sink in the half bath was special-ordered from Home Depot and Pavonetti designed the base to give the basin a snug fit. He built it out of a steel rod and painted it with black shoe polish.

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Repurpose Natural Materials 

In the bathroom of Mad Men actor Vincent Kartheiser’s "Japanese-industrial style" Hollywood home is an irregularly shaped sink that's made of a boulder that was taken from the property of one of Funn Roberts' friends (the builder and designer of the home). The organic stone seems to float adjacent to the shower and soaking tub.

In the bathroom of “Mad Men” actor Vincent Kartheiser’s “Japanese-inustrial style” Hollywood home is an irregular-shaped sink of raw stone adjacent to the shower and soaking tub.

In the bathroom of "Mad Men" actor Vincent Kartheiser’s "Japanese-inustrial style" Hollywood home is an irregular-shaped sink of raw stone adjacent to the shower and soaking tub.

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Introduce a Classic Touch With a Pedestal Sink

Though not as popular as it used to be, the classic ceramic pedestal sink can bring a touch of heritage design to your modern bathroom. It can be especially appropriate if you're updating a traditional, heritage home with modern design details. They work well with subway-tiled walls and clawfoot bathtubs. This particular one was sourced from Waterworks and is paired with a salvaged antique tub and Malaga cement tiles from Town and Country Surfaces. 

Though not as popular as they used to be, the classic ceramic pedestal sink can elevate bathrooms with more traditional or heritage design concepts. They harmonize will with subway tiled walls and clawfoot bathtubs.

Though not as popular as they used to be, the classic ceramic pedestal sink can elevate bathrooms with more traditional or heritage design concepts. They harmonize will with subway tiled walls and clawfoot bathtubs.

Courtesy of Dustin Aksland

Make a Dedicated Space For Two With Double Sinks

Double vanities have become more popular than ever, both in homes and hotels. Separate sunk-in sinks offer couples the option to brush their teeth at the same time. At this modern farmhouse in Texas, the double marble sink is from Restoration Hardware while the rug is from West Elm.

White walls, a luxurious marble double-sink, and an area rug give this bathroom an inviting atmosphere. “The natural light, open spaces, and light color palette make it a great place to wake up in the morning,” Flournoy says of his home. The sink is from Restoration Hardware and the rug is from West Elm.

White walls, a luxurious marble double-sink, and an area rug give this bathroom an inviting atmosphere. "The natural light, open spaces, and light color palette make it a great place to wake up in the morning," Flournoy says of his home. The sink is from Restoration Hardware and the rug is from West Elm.

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Go Industrial 

Don't be afraid to let some of the inner workings of a bathroom show. It results in a very specific look, but if you're renovating an old warehouse or industrial building, it may be the most convenient option and can give a welcoming nod to the building's origins. This teak-and-steel vanity sits in a shipping container home in San Francisco that was designed by Carson Studio.

Designed by Carson Studio, this teak-and-steel vanity adds to the steampunk, sci-fi chicness of this San Francisco shipping container home.

Designed by Carson Studio, this teak-and-steel vanity adds to the steampunk, sci-fi chicness of this San Francisco shipping container home.

Courtesy of Drew Kelly

Conceal All Your Goods With a Freestanding Cabinet

One of the most popular types of vanities on the market today is the freestanding vanity with built-in storage. This red powder-coated Kohler option is ideal for storing toilet paper, toiletries, and other bathroom necessities out of sight.

The most popular type of market theses days, free standing vanities with built-in storage like this red powder-coated Kohler vanity with drawers and cabinets, are ideal for keeping toilet rolls, toiletries and other bathroom necessities out of sight.

Create Open Storage With a Console Vanity

This option is similar in structure to a freestanding cabinet unit but has exposed storage shelves rather than closed-door cupboards. A console vanity creates a light and elegant look, while still providing storage space for towels or toiletry baskets.

Similar in structure to the freestanding cabinet unit, but with exposed storage shelves rather than closed-door cupboards, the console vanity creates a light and elegant look.

Similar in structure to the freestanding cabinet unit, but with exposed storage shelves rather than closed-door cupboards, the console vanity creates a light and elegant look.

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Create a Minimalist Look With a Vessel Sink 

Constructed with a sink basin that sits on top of the vanity counter, a vessel sink is a sophisticated and sculptural option. Some have half sphere or half oval-shaped basins in a variety of materials. Though vessel sinks can be more costly to install, the color and material contrast between the basin and counter—as seen in this solid brass bowl sink on top of a custom Corian base—can add an extra layer of style to your bathroom.

Constructed with sink basins that sit on top of the vanity counter, vessel sinks are a sophisticated and sculptural looking option. Many come with half sphere or half oval shaped basins in a variety of materials. Though vessel sinks can be more costly to install, the color and material contrast between basin and counter – as seen in this solid brass bowl sink on top of a custom Corian base – can certainly add an extra layer of style to the bathroom.

Constructed with sink basins that sit on top of the vanity counter, vessel sinks are a sophisticated and sculptural looking option. Many come with half sphere or half oval shaped basins in a variety of materials. Though vessel sinks can be more costly to install, the color and material contrast between basin and counter – as seen in this solid brass bowl sink on top of a custom Corian base – can certainly add an extra layer of style to the bathroom.

Courtesy of Alexander James

Go Concrete 

The master bathroom of this North Carolina home features contemporary, custom-made concrete countertop with a pair of integrated trough sinks.

The master bathroom of this North Carolina home features very contemporary, custom made concrete countertop with integrated trough sinks.

The master bathroom of this North Carolina home features very contemporary, custom made concrete countertop with integrated trough sinks.

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Mount It

Wall-mounted sinks can help you save space, though it’s important to ensure they’re well-designed and made with high-quality materials to prevent cracking and breakage. In this bathroom, Annick Houle designed the ofuro tub in the master bath to mesh with the home’s tallowwood wall paneling. The Ikea sink is outfitted with Vola faucets.

Houle designed the ofuro tub in the master bath to mesh with the home’s tallowwood wall paneling. The Ikea sink is outfitted with Vola faucets.

Houle designed the ofuro tub in the master bath to mesh with the home’s tallowwood wall paneling. The Ikea sink is outfitted with Vola faucets.

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Go Streamlined With an Under-Mount Sink

Classic yet modern vanities with under-mount sinks, such as this Duravit D-code option, are ideal for a seamless and restrained look.

Classy, streamlined and modern, vanities with under-mount sinks such as this Duravit D-code sink are ideal for smooth, retrained aesthetics.

Classy, streamlined and modern, vanities with under-mount sinks such as this Duravit D-code sink are ideal for smooth, retrained aesthetics.

Courtesy of Mark Woods


The Sleeve House

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This truly unique, hyper-contemporary, 3-BR/2.5-BA, 2,500 sf, all-season weekend home, is located in Taghkanic & sited on nearly 15 acres of open, rolling meadows, a setting that affords privacy, as well as dramatic valley & mountain views. As enigmatic as it is practical, the structure has intimate spaces for cooking, dining, & living, a tall, thin vertical slice for circulation, & a dramatic entry gallery. The sustainably-sourced Accoya wood skin, charred by a Japanese finishing technique called “shou sugi ban,” gives the house’s façade a rough, weathered texture, a contemporary reinterpretation of the exteriors of old Hudson Valley barns. Both ends of the home feature glass walls for maximal views of the surrounding countryside. With all of its accoutrements, including a roof-top deck, this home is perfect for the truly contemporary lifestyle.

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Quatrefoil Pillow, Silver from Maharam

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Invoke some comfort and design into your space with the Quatrefoil Pillow, Silver from Maharam Accessories. The graphic pattern and bold colors of this pillow make it a lively accessory for any interior.The Maharam Pillow Collection includes a series of pillows in a broad range of woven textiles, including re-editions by Twentieth century design luminaries Charles and Ray Eames, Alexander Girard, Verner Panton and Gio Ponti. The collection also includes examples of recent collaborations with British fashion designer Paul Smith and Dutch industrial designer Hella Jongerius.


Sunflower Clock by Vitra

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The Vitra Sunflower Clock was designed by George Nelson in 1958, and has since become an icon of modern design. It is large yet lightweight, with slender lengths of birch or black-stained ash carefully bent into a perfectly precise and intricate flower shape. This is an authentic re-edition, fully authorized by the Nelson estate.


Sunburst Clock from Vitra

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With the diversity of materials used and their sculptural shapes, Nelson's clocks embody the joie de vivre of the 1950s. To this day, his wall clocks remain a refreshing alternative to the usual timekeepers. The Vitra Design Museum presents a re-edition of the designs so cherished by collectors in true to the original form. Vitra Design Museum Collection.


8 Small and Unexpected Garden Oases Hidden in the Middle of Cities

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These urban refuges effectively use greenery, water features, and delicate lighting in every inch of their modest spaces to create lush escapes that provide a breath of fresh air in the city.

Once through the street-level entrance, the property's modern garage door comes into view. Stairs lead up to the kitchen.

Peace, quiet, and privacy can be hard to find amid the hustle and bustle of metropolitan areas, but there's no challenge that good design can't tackle. Whether it's by employing a simple flower box on a balcony, noise-muffling wooden baffles, foliage-lined pergolas, or leafy green trees, it's possible to create a moment of silence in some of the largest cities in the world. Check out some of our favorite urban havens that can be found in backyards, courtyards, rooftops, and beyond.

1) East Village Garden Rooftop by Pulltab

A view looking south toward the penthouse addition.  The pergola is planted with wisteria providing a welcoming shade.

In New York City's East Village, a rooftop garden—complete with wisteria and succulents—provides both privacy and views of the city. Wood paving, benches, and an overhead brise-soleil keep the space feeling earthy rather than urban.

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Architects Simone Carneiro and Alexandre Skaff transformed a cramped São Paulo apartment into a mid-city refuge for Simone Santos.

In a city with constant traffic and little green space, architects Simone Carneiro and Alexandre Skaff renovated a cramped apartment with a small terrace. Plants, vines, and pergolas now form a barrier against the city’s notorious noise and pollution.

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Flowering balconies are common in Saigon, where residents can interact with the city outside. Here, a beautifully patterned steel frame contains a cantilevered internal balcony, which looks out over the outdoor dining area's net ceiling.

In Saigon, courtyard-facing balconies are common and allow residents to be simultaneously outside while still being in the privacy of their own home. Here, flowers on the railing and a large tree in the courtyard below bring life to a narrow space.

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The Charm Townhouse - Swimming pool top view

In Tel Aviv, a small pool and garden were carved out of the backyard of this renovated townhouse. White walls reflect the powerful sun rays while trees and greenery provide shade.

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The Zizmors didn't want to use curtains to screen their wide-open home from noisy neighbors. Instead, Kari Elwell Katzander of Mingo Design, an urban landscaper, created a living wall of wooden planters and English ivy that provides privacy without blocking light.

A living wall, expertly located potted plants, and a mixture of paving materials bring a designer's eye to this formerly desolate, narrow rear yard in Manhattan's Upper West Side. The wooden planters and English ivy also provide privacy from the neighbors and help keep out noise without blocking light.

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Once through the street-level entrance, the property's modern garage door comes into view. Stairs lead up to the kitchen.

A large quince tree dominates the interior patio of the home of renowned architect Benedetta Tagliabue of the firm EMBT. Located in the heart of Barcelona’s Gothic quarter, the home revolves around the bright and refreshing patio de luz and offers a respite from the narrow streets of the neighborhood.

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A single crepe myrtle, which sports red blossoms in summer, defines the courtyard.

Honoring the traditional Korean residence and its typical interior courtyard, this modern wood-and-concrete home in South Korea seamlessly plays with interior and exterior spaces with its glassed-in interior yard. A single crepe myrtle provides life during the winter and color and shade in the summer.

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The rooftop courtyard is lined with a verdant mix of indigenous plants, including banana trees, palm trees, lion’s claw, Mexican breadfruit, and native vines. The chaise longues were designed for Farca’s EF Collection.

The rooftop courtyard of an unassuming 1970s concrete home in Mexico City transforms into an urban oasis thanks to native plants including banana trees, palm trees, lion’s claw, Mexican breadfruit, and native vines. 

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The Graphic House

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The Graphic House is a single-family home for a middle income family of four that occupies a corner lot within a typical suburban neighborhood. The 2,595 square foot home was constructed for just $185 per square foot to meet the family’s modest budget. The “L” configuration keeps the house’s program on a single level, providing an accessible home for the family and simplifying the building’s organization. The plan arrangement frames the landscape behind the house and responds to both residential scales of the primary and secondary neighborhood streets. The second story loft creates a strong figure, a bold graphic, along the primary street edge, giving prominence to the house while respecting the scale of the neighboring homes. The exterior carapace cladding is a distinctive rain screen system of scarfed end cedar siding, with a 1/4” horizontal gap between the boards. The cedar is stained charcoal black, bringing emphasis to the figure that seemingly floats above the concrete brick base of the house. The narrow height of the bricks (4” nominal height) and the raked horizontal joints complement the linearity of the house. The floor plan has an open organization with a large painted, poplar-lined fireplace and storage piece separating the public from the private spaces. A skylight is cut directly above the finish face of the fireplace to articulate the undulation and movement of light on the textured surface throughout the day. The living room, kitchen, and dining room are defined by the birch veneered casework with intentionally exposed end-grain. A studio space, with a second level loft, is situated behind the service walls of the kitchen and dining area. The studio provides the owner, a graphic designer, home office space as well as opportunity for pursuing personal work in design and other mediums. Each bedroom has a unique steel box window to provide space for reading, sitting, and view. The master bedroom opens up to an exterior bamboo terrace, flooding the room with natural light, while still providing privacy from its neighbors. The graphic character of the landscape design complements the figural lines of the house. Like the composition of the house, the landscape is clearly delineated as it marks the entry sequence into the house and patio space behind the building, which serves as an extension of the living and dining rooms.

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Hanno Gorilla Jr. Figure

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 A poseable, wooden gorilla figure who’s strong, curious and brave.

Areaware is a NYC based producer of everyday objects designed to evoke an emotional response with a bit of visual poetry built into every product. Named after ancient Greece's Hanno the Navigator, who is credited with discovering gorillas, this figurine is made from strong beechwood frames that's impervious to breakage and holds any position you put it in.

Dimensions: 8.5" x 4.5" x 2.5"


Contemporary Eco-Style Apartment

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Location – Moscow Floor space – 72 Project orderer – male Interior style – contemporary eco-style The project is ordered by a man. Only he will live in this flat on a permanent basis, sometimes his mature daughter will come to visit him. The main interior demands are: bright and cozy flat in a Scandinavian style, closed storage systems, wooden or wood grain stills, ceramic granite or stone floor, wooden tabletop of the cabinetry. Presence of the guest bathroom is important. Also, the client wanted to have entry to the host bathroom from his bedroom. The apartment should have climate control and smart house systems, with help of which the owner could control lightening scenarios and the whole flat power cut off (except refrigerator), also it should be possible to turn off the light from the bed in the bedroom. Planning concept Unwalled raw-space apartment we divided into the following zones: • Kitchen-dining room-living room. • Hall. • Dressing-room combined with the bedroom. • Guest bathroom with a shower cabin. • Host bathroom combined with the bedroom. We accomplished the main client’s request by combining living room, kitchen and dining room into a one big zone. Also, the owner wanted to make the dressing room in the form of passing zone, so that you could enter from the corridor to the bedroom through it. We also accomplished this request. When you enter the flat there is a door on the left, which leads to the dressing-room, serving also as laundry and ironing room. We made an open bathroom, which is separated from the bedroom only with the help of the glass transparent dividing wall. This we did for the room to look bigger. As well, according to the client request, we did a separate guest sanitary conveniences with a shower cabin. Balcony in the flat fulfills the role of lounge zone. The client likes to smoke hookah on it, so we foresee a solid intense blow hole. Finishing For adding space to the flat across all rooms we used the same finishing materials – coloring, wood, ceramic granite. For the floor finishing we used wooden parquet board. This wood color repeats in furniture (wood items, veneer closets, wooden lath in the bedroom). All wooden elements in the flat are of the same color. The only exception is a suar table in the guest zone, which has a deeper tone. The color of the walls is light gray and white. For the accents we used brick walls in the hall and living room. The walls are opposite each other. When looking at this space at the whole, the solution creates effect that these brick walls have already been in this flat and are not props, but the part of the building. Also, we used ceramic granite as finishing material. Porcelain tile in the form of combs is used in the kitchen, entrance hall, balcony and both bathrooms. Marbled porcelain tile is used in the bathroom, it adds statusness and expensiveness to the interior. Storage systems For this flat we designed and ordered special built-in closets for dressing room and hall. Closets are also in the form of shelf stands. These storage systems are used in the bedroom (built-in closet) and living room (half opened and closed next to TV). To increase the room visually we didn’t use free-standing items in this design project. Illumination scenarios General lighting of the flat is displayed by built-in spot light and turning recessed lighting fittings in the living room. In the bathroom, it is used elevation one. Functional lightening (for special activities) is represented by floor-lamps, lamps over the table and wall lamps in the bedroom. Decorative lighting is represented by tap lights around the perimeter of the bedroom for creating cozy atmosphere, and also by lighting above and below the wooden lathes what emphasizes their relief and makes them more interesting. As well, there is decorative lighting in the hall. It illuminates and emphasizes the brick wall. Color layout We had a task to create light neutral interior without color accents, mainly from natural materials. Also, client likes plants, so he asked to add them to interior. The overall flat gamma is bright with wood and greenery in the interior. There are light white and gray walls, pale tile, and white cloudy marble. For accents, we used brick and black color. Brick walls were used to dilute monotone interior and add the dynamics to it. The black color is repeated in the rooms locally for setting the contrast in the interior. Besides we used metal in this project, it was latten and chrome. Furniture The furniture in the interior is soft, simple and of laconic forms, made of natural materials (grey fabric and leather). There is a leather bed in the bedroom. In the interior, we used popular designer lamps, floor-lamp, dining-table made from exotic suara wood, Wishbon chairs, armchair… In the living room, there are poofs from merino wool. They look like cobblestones and suit the interior as eco-style elements. Besides there are a lot of greenery and plants according to client request. Storage systems are veneer white. Decoration and textile The flat textile is sole-colored without live elements. We used gray and beige neutral tones. The curtains are from gray-beige sackcloth, the sofa has light gray upholstery material. Terms The whole project realization term is approximately 5-6 months. Complexities Complexities may occur during the process, they may be linked to maintenance of all sizes. But in case of following them, problems won’t occur.


Loft Apartment

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The apartment of 44 m2 is designed for a young man. The main wish of the customer bachelor nest loft. By itself, the loft includes large industrial premises converted into a living space, but we managed to achieve an atmosphere of style and vintage, using its elements. The main materials in the decoration of the apartment: brick, solid wood, natural stone — slate and wood veneer in furniture finishing. The apartment will be used as a place to rest and sleep during the week and sometimes as a mini like this place at the weekend for a company of 5-6 people. One of the main wishes in terms of functionality, it features a separate bedroom. The customer really wanted to sleep on a bed rather than a sofa bed. Functionally, we shared an apartment in the following areas: entrance hall, bathroom with shower, kitchen-living room-dining room, bedroom. Hallway: Entering the apartment on the right side we have arranged closet with mirrored doors, allowing you to see yourself in a full-length, visually increases the space hallway twice. In this cabinet can remove outer clothing and shoes. Sliding doors are located opposite the entrance. One door has been veneered to match the solid wood floor, it opens up access to the cupboard with a washing machine and dryer, the second has a white color, is the entrance to the bathroom. Thus, we have achieved space savings due to bunched door to each other. The kitchen-living-dining room: The customer does not plan to cook a lot at home (basic bachelor dish — scrambled eggs and cereal in the morning), so the kitchen accommodates only the bare essentials: - small refrigerator company Smeg retro style; - hob 2 burners; - oven with microwave function; - Built-in dishwasher; - sink; - boxes for storing dishes and products. The function performs a dining table bar, which, in turn, divides the functional space and can accommodate guests. Inside the bar is made of the regiment, which is designed for storing small set of DJ equipment. Center of the composition living room and dining area is a wall with plaster microconcrete where a TV and a projector screen. The projector screen is built into the constructed structures on the ceiling and extends with the push of a button. At the bottom is a built-in cupboard on the wall technique. Functionally, this cabinet will be used not only for the storage of equipment, but also for guests, as it will be possible to sit down. Since Wall cold and it is brought to the battery, we placed 2 small built-in sink in the cabinet at the corners. Area Bedrooms: The bedroom we have placed on the podium. Thus, visually separated zone without walls + is allowed to place the sofa on the windowsill, who wanted to make the customer. At the podium there is a niche where the bed is integrated design with a lifting mechanism, which put a mattress. Headboard we made soft pillows so you can sit down with his elbows on them and read a book before going to bed or sit in iPads. All of the head is made of veneered structure that wraps up on the windowsill and becomes a place for rest. The wall behind the headboard isolated decorative plaster under the concrete. From above it is highlighted Wholesale Led ribbon to emphasize the texture of the material. Opposite the window — the wall between the shower and bedroom made of glass blocks, which allows you to let the natural light in the shower. WC with a shower: The main wish of the customer — to create an intimate atmosphere and gloom. Bright light in the bathroom was not welcome. Therefore, in the decoration, it was decided to use natural stone slate in conjunction with the board of teak. Teak board decorate the walls and the ceiling in the bathroom + pallet. Built-in shelving side of the table top also has a sliding door from the teak planks, which moves with an ode to the other side, revealing some shelves and closing others. The trick rack design that the rear wall of shelves can be cleaned, thereby opening access to risers. Thus, we avoid the use of sanitary manholes. Shower allocated the same slate, but in a smaller format with relief. He also highlighted Wholesale Led ribbon to emphasize the decorative properties of the material. Balcony: Designed as a recreation area and storage. The customer likes to smoke hookah. On one side of the balcony, we placed a sofa, where you can lie down and smoke a hookah, looking at the nature outside. Over a sofa there is a small shelf for storage of tobacco and other accessories. On the reverse side — a small enclosure depth, it hides the air filtration unit, which is prohibited by the rules of the construction company to make the facade. Under the unit will be located collapsible dryer. Ready visualization of the project and developed the design. At this stage, we prepare estimates to finishing materials and furniture and will start to prepare drawings for repairs.


Contemporary Apartment In Moscow

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Location – Moscow Floor space – 109.5 m2 Project orderer – a young family with a child 2 y.o. Interior style – contemporary A young family (husband, wife, son 2 y.o.) will be living in this flat. In addition, there will be living one more important family member - a cat of Russian blue breed. Our clients love him very much, that is why they pointed up on him. Our clients have their own business. As the rule, wife works from home. Their hobbies are football (husband), painting (wife) and bike riding. They like to spend evenings over a glass of wine. Functional tasks that should be resolved in this flat Our clients wanted: • Two bathrooms. Main with the bathroom and guests’ with the shower cabin. For placing it, we needed to change planning and increase space of water closet; • Cabinet at the entrance, for hanging clothes; • Separate dressing room with a great number of storage systems; • Kitchen – living room – dining room combined zone; • Balcony entrance at the living room; • Zone for work, for rest and place for painting at the balcony; • Bedroom with a TV set; • Washing machine in the main bathroom; • Climbing structure in the children’s room; • Children’s room should be suitable for future redecorating it to the teenager’s room; • A big wine chiller cabinet, that already exists, should be placed in the living room zone; • Place for a great amount of already existing technics. Replanning At the stage of creating planning concept, we took into consideration a building-up of the walls on 7 sm, as it was decided to do full acoustic isolation. For implementation of combined space idea, we connected kitchen to the living room. In addition, we increased bathroom using the space of the corridor. These solutions complied with all standards, but required approval. We divided the corridor and living room zones by the cabinet. From one side, it functionally divides these zones, and from another, accomplishes this not so radically. In the bedroom, we increased sizes of existing dressing room, so it could store more things. Finishing materials In the hall and kitchen, we used tile imitating natural marble. In the corridor, we used parquet planks Barlinek of CARAMEL GRANDE oak. For the walls, we used plaster for further painting reinforced with glass-fiber wrapping material to avoid cracks. In the living room, there is a big wall with concrete-imitating plaster. For the splash back of the kitchen, we used marble-imitating tile. At the entrance, there are wooden planks with build-in lamps. In the bedroom over the bed-head, there are soft-furniture and wooden panels, that ideally emphasize the usage of natural materials in the interior. In the children’s room, finishing is the same as for the whole apartment, except the floor. We did it using corks, for it to be gentler. One wall of the children’s room, where there is a TV set, we painted with magnetic paint, so it could be used for different learning games. Wall near the bed is made in the form of the niche from the parquet planks of herringbone layout. The walls and the floor in the bathroom are finished with slate. The ceiling is covered with wood grain tile. A big mirror and the wall with the slight scuffs and grey plaster are emphasizing the interior of the room. Guest bathroom has the same finishing, except the wall, where there is a sink. It is tiled imitating wooden lathes, which transit to the ceiling. The ceiling in the shower cabin is made of slake mosaic. The balcony is finished with marble-like tile. We didn’t want to spoil house front, so we left existing red-brick walls and finished slopes with the black slake. Balcony rails are finished with bilayer of gypsum plasterboard, winterized and reinforced with a glass-fiber wrapping material. The second balcony has the same finishing. Storage systems In the hall, on the right-hand side of the entrance, there is armoire for over clothes. Further, in the corridor there are two more cabinets for other midseason clothes. They will separate living room from the corridor. From the living room-side, there is open storage for books and closed one for medicine box, etc. In this storage system, we placed already mentioned wine chiller cabinet. In the living room zone we placed a long shelf for technics and different décor. In the kitchen zone, bottom cabinets are designed for storing different kitchen utensils, and top ones, which last up to the ceiling, could be filled with non-essential things. In addition, an isle could be used for storage. At the small balcony, there is a small sofa with pullout storage for different things. Near the bedroom, there is a huge dressing room. Near the one wall there is closet 2,25 m x 40 sm depth and near the second wall closet of 60 sm depth. In the bedroom, storage systems are not predicted, only balcony has hanging system. In the children’s room, there is deep closet of “П” letterform, 60 sm depth, that is like peculiar portal around the bed. In the first two sections on 50 centimeters there are clothes hanged on the hangers, in the top section there are rarely used things, over-the-bed sections are used for the books, toys and learning materials. Over the table, there is rolling shelf, in which different writing implements could be stored. Over the TV set, there is a cabinet for technics: CDs, PlayStation, etc. For storage in the both sanitary conveniences, we used drawer units. Additionally, there are built-in cabinets on the right hand side of the drawer. At the bottom of the cabinet, there is washing machine and at the top, there are household detergents. Over the toilet above the installation, there is a shelf for hairdryer, opened pots and other things, that should be within reach. The storage cabinet is above. In the second bathroom, under the sink there is also sliding cabinet, and over it, there is cupboard with a mirror for storage of toothbrushes, cosmetics, etc. In the shower cabin we did special barely noticeable niche with shelves (that is unnoticeable even on visualizations) for convenient storage of different accessories and pots. Lightening Clients wanted us to use several lightening schemes in the flat: general, functional and after hours. General lightening of the flat was made with the help of double lamps, which could be met in the different rooms. In the entrance room, there are wooden lathes with built-in powerful LED strip that acts like a main light. Functional light directly illuminates necessary zones. In the living room, there are two specialized hanging lamps for illuminating such zones. Also, there is floor-lamp Hide, which is suitable for reading. Over the dinning group we did spot lightening, over the bar counter we placed levitation. In the cooking zone, lightening is represented by LED strips. On the balcony, at the corridor and living room there are built-in lamps Centrsvet | Orbita. In the bedroom, there are hanging specialized lamps of the oval form. They are powerful enough to provide good lightening in this zone. Instead of wall lamps, we did hangers from the ceiling. In the children’s room, there are built-in lamps Centrsvet | Orbita, LED strip, wall lamp and designer deck lamp. In the bathrooms on the lathed ceiling for not building in lamps, we used laid-on black lamps. Additionally we used LED strip for niche’s lightening and Orbita lamp over the white box. In the other bathroom, lightening solutions are the same. In all zones we used LED strips that could provide after-hours subdued lighting, suitable for leaving it for the night or when it is necessary to create semidarkness. Besides, it illuminates all sides of the mirrors in the flat. Color scheme 
Color scheme of the flat is accomplished in the light tones. We chose light color with grey tone for increasing space visually and for it not looking like a hospital. We also used such grey elements as concrete wall in the living room and cabinetry in the kitchen. There are many black graphic elements – lamps, pillows, slate on the slopes. For the interior to stay warm and cozy, we used wood in the form of wooden lathes, panels, floor, built-in furniture. For creating mood in the children’s room, we painted one wall into yellow, while leaving others in light-grey color. In bathrooms, we used more dark colors, as clients wanted to create more intimate atmosphere there. In the interior, there is décor from copper and gold of mat tones. This brings statusness to it. Furniture Almost all furniture elements are order-made. At the entrance, there are built-in storage systems, banquette, shelf for the keys and little things. In the bedroom there is freestanding hanger Calligaris Memorabilia, where you can hang your clothes, when you go to bed. In the living room zone there is a grey sofa, golden mat table Amsterdam, dining table for 6 persons, designer chairs from faux-leather Kai, bar stools Marcel with metallic legs. It was important to foresee special complex for the cat. We placed this complex over the cooler, which was owned by our clients, and we needed to find ideal place for it. Décor and textile For interior to look more vivid, we added color and décor into it. As the décor, we used copper and golden mat elements. We used black pictures in the frames with passé partout; there is cat statuette at the entrance and picture of cat. In the bedroom there is a picture without frame, over the bed there are pictures in the black frames. In the children’s room on the wall covered with the metal spraying paint, it is placed wooden letters with metallic magnets. Pillows of different colors and materials, carpets, coverlets, direct curtains, roman and roller curtains in the children’s room represent textile. Complexities The interior is well though through, so there should be any complexities. Project implementation period 5-6 months. 



Experience Cape Cod Modern by Staying at the Midcentury Weidlinger House

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Taking cues from his illustrious friend and neighbor Marcel Breuer, engineer Paul Weidlinger designed a summer house on the edge of a pond in the quiet Cape Cod town of Wellfleet.

Born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1914, Weidlinger was educated at the Technical Institute in Brno, Czechoslovakia, and at the Swiss Polytechnic Institute. Following his graduation in 1937, he apprenticed with both László Moholy-Nagy (professor in the Bauhaus school, painter, photographer) and Le Corbusier (revolutionary French-Swiss architect). After leaving Europe in 1939 to work and teach in La Paz, Bolivia, he then made his way to the United States in 1943, and finally started his own practice five years later.

As an adjunct professor at MIT and Harvard University, Weidlinger first came to Wellfleet at the invitation of Marcel Breuer, who persuaded him to buy land near Breuer's own summer house. It was there that he joined an enclave of European expats who all summered on the Cape. In fact, it's been reported that Breuer, Walter Gropius, and Le Corbusier were all advising Weidlinger on the design of his own holiday home. Le Corbusier allegedly said, "Don’t pave the driveway." As a result, a long, twisting, and bumpy dirt driveway leads to a parking spot under the house—a nod to the iconic driveway at Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye

Anchored on concrete piers at the higher end of the slope, the house shoots out over stilts, suspended in midair for a commanding view.

Anchored on concrete piers at the higher end of the slope, the house shoots out over stilts, suspended in midair for a commanding view of Higgins Pond. 

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Built by Weidlinger in 1953, the Weidlinger House shows the influence of his famous colleagues. It looks like a white box floating above the ground and serves as a platform for its surroundings—similar to Breuer’s own house across the pond. 

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The home takes cues from Breuer, as Weidlinger divided the house into public and private sections. The large living area features an open post-and-beam structure with facade sections that are fully glazed or solid, and are surrounded on three sides by a shaded veranda that's accessible from a Corbusian ramp. Below, steel X braces, which were originally painted yellow, act as structural support.

The 4-foot-deep veranda wraps around three sides of the house’s public wing, shaded from the hottest rays of the sun by an equally deep eave.

The four-foot-deep veranda wraps around three sides of the house’s public wing, shading it from the hot rays of the sun by an equally deep eave. 

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By the late-1990s, the home was vacant and in danger of demolition until 2012 when the Cape Cod Modern House Trust (CCMHT) obtained a lease and beautifully restored the property. It's now available for house stays through the CCMHT in exchange for a partially tax-deductible donation.

The living area has been lovingly restored.

The fireplace is similar to the one in Breuer’s nearby cottage, and is slightly askew.

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The home is perched above the pond and features stunning views of the natural surroundings.

The home is perched above the pond and features panoramic views of the natural surroundings. 

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The living area has been lovingly restored.

The living area has been lovingly restored. 

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The colorful open kitchen.

The kitchen's open shelving serves as a colorful display for midcentury-modern cookware. 

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The bedroom zone has fairly enclosed stud-walls.

 The bedroom opens to the wrap-around deck. 

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Like a 3D structural diagram, the house offers a glimpse into the thought process of one of the 20th century’s great structural designers—giving guests much more than just a vacation in Cape Cod. 

The Weidlinger House has three bedrooms and one bath, along with pond access. Plus, it's only a short walk to the beach. House stays are available as a premium for a partially tax-deductible donation to the Cape Cod Modern House Trust, and can be booked here


Westridge

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With the structure's open space carefully defining and detailing, outdoor rooms and interior spaces flow systematically together, echoing natural forms and landscape directions throughout its free flowing, interlocking spaces. The complex geometry of the Wang residence preserves the preexisting landscape structure, specimen trees and plants onsite. Its form embodies a complex three-dimensional series of interwoven programs while sitting gently on the site. This amazing architectural form blurs the distinction between indoor and outdoor spaces by creating sustainably efficient indoor spaces that work in sync with the beautiful surrounding landscape.


One Grove

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Carefully sited onto its environment, this dwelling was placed to reveal a magnificent vista. Maximizing the use of the site by creating stepped terraces that envelope the residence and frame the spectacular views. The long reflecting pool provides its orientation amongst the sweeping panorama of the surrounding hills that enhance the relationship of the interior and exterior spaces of this multi-story home. The dynamic thrust of the soaring inverted roof meets the landscape beneath a dominant overhang. The result is a sense of protected openness and freedom within expansive interior space surrounded by glass.


A Sleek Coffee Shop in Hong Kong With Beautiful, Minimalist Interiors

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Just steps from Hong Kong's bustling Central district, NOC Coffee Company's second branch receives a minimalist and sophisticated transformation by Hong Kong-based design agency, Studio Adjective.

Instead of creating a dramatic exterior that would be forced to compete with the street’s busy urban scene, Studio Adjective opted to create contrast with a glass facade—highlighting the interiors and showcasing the 23-foot-long coffee bar. 

The use of bright white surfaces and washed-oak wall panels add a clean veneer, while customized details keep the space cozy, including a platform seating nook that extends from the polished cement floor. 

However, the star of the show is the bespoke coffee bar. Custom-made by Studio Adjective, the counter is topped with white Corian and decorated with a double-layered, striped pattern made with angled pieces of white metal. It serves as the perfect stage for Noc's baristas to showcase their carefully honed talents.  

The minimalist facade of Noc Coffee Co. on Gough Street sets it apart from the busy, urban street scene. 

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Custom-made by Studio Adjective, the 23-foot-long coffee bar is topped with a white Corian counter. 

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The front of the coffee bar features a decorative armor made out of angled pieces of white-painted metal that form a criss-cross pattern.

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The cement floor in front of the bar becomes a multi-tier platform seating area. A cement staircase leads customers to additional seating on the second floor. 

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The cozy seating nooks are perfect for enjoying a cup of coffee and a book. 

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Studio Adjective made custom furniture and mirrors specifically for Noc Coffee's Gough Street location. 

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The second floor features two communal tables that can be pushed together to form one long table for special events. 

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Bar seating by the window makes for excellent people watching. 

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An Architect Turns His Small, Dark Apartment in Buenos Aires Into a Bright and Airy Home

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A strategic renovation maximizes a small apartment in Buenos Aires.

After living for four years in a small, dark apartment in the Palermo section of Buenos Aires, architect Hernán Landolfo and his girlfriend, Lucia Gentile, were looking for a new home where they could eventually start a family. They had rejected a number of options when they found an opportunity they couldn’t resist: an apartment on Melián Avenue in Belgrano R, a residential district characterized by British architecture, thanks to its proximity to the railways and train station, which were built mainly by English immigrants. "This neighborhood is a total anomaly in the city, a place that recalls another time," says Hernán. "Melián is one of the few cobblestone avenues where there are still beautiful uncut Tipa trees. We were hoping to find something here."

A steel and glass structure wraps one end of the apartment, adding the illusion of greater space to the 720-square-foot home.

A steel and glass structure wraps one end of the apartment, adding the illusion of greater space to the 720-square-foot home.

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There were drawbacks, however. At 720 square feet, the apartment was only about half again as large as their previous one, and it wasn’t much brighter. Located at the back of a 1960s building, it was originally intended for the doorman. It had been modified countless times and the layout was labyrinthine, with too many corners and small rooms. "The home was shuttered and in total darkness," recalls Hernán. "The flow was inefficient and it was difficult to see what was going on around the house."

Architect Hernán Landolfo and his girlfriend, photographer Lucia Gentile, live and work in the apartment, sharing an elevated office space.

Architect Hernán Landolfo and his girlfriend, photographer Lucia Gentile, live and work in the apartment, sharing an elevated office space.

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"When everything was demolished, the space was completely open, and we didn’t want to divide it. We found a freedom that we didn’t want to lose." —Hernán Landolfo, architect

In the living area, their dog, Rocknrol, hangs out on a suede Copenhagen sofa by Alejandro Sticotti for Net Muebles.

In the living area, their dog, Rocknrol, hangs out on a suede Copenhagen sofa by Alejandro Sticotti for Net Muebles.

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But the apartment’s relationship to its surroundings, the peacefulness, and the sense of privacy outweighed any doubts the couple had. "When we came in for the first time, we had two memorable moments," says Hernán. "The first was when we saw the flowering green wall on the back of the building that can be viewed from what is now our bedroom. The other was noticing the sense of calm and silence, two characteristics that are a luxury in a city like Buenos Aires." 

A sleek version of the traditional  parrilla, or grill, handcrafted  by Oficios Asociados, has pride  of place on the patio counter.

A sleek version of the traditional parrilla, or grill, handcrafted by Oficios Asociados, has pride of place on the patio counter.

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Hernán also had ideas about how to make the apartment feel much larger than it is and to give it the flexibility to accommodate the couple’s needs now and in the future. He began by tearing down all the interior walls, leaving an open floor plan. "The only way was to rebuild and reconfigure the space, minimizing certain areas like the living room, dining room, and office, and moving the kitchen," he says. "At the moment these are one large integrated space, and in the future it can be converted into another, which was the spirit of the renovation." The office, for instance, is slated to become a child’s bedroom when the time comes. 

Demolition exposed a high, wood-beamed ceiling, which added “cubic meters of air” to the apartment, says Hernán. The bedroom is furnished with custom pieces made of Paraiso wood.

Demolition exposed a high, wood-beamed ceiling, which added "cubic meters of air" to the apartment, says Hernán. The bedroom is furnished with custom pieces made of Paraiso wood. 

Photo: Brian W. Ferry


A box sheathed  in the same material acts as a divider and holds the bathroom.

A box sheathed in the same material acts as a divider and holds the bathroom.

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Another key to making the apartment feel dramatically bigger and brighter was to enclose the end of the kitchen in a steel and glass structure with a folding wall that opens to the patio. The glass serves as a smooth transition between indoor and outdoor living while bringing much-needed sunlight to the interior. "The easiest way to project outward was by using glass," Hernán says. "It allowed us to be sheltered in the kitchen and at the same time it created a kind of greenhouse." 

On warm days, when the glass wall is open, meals in the kitchen have an alfresco feel. The dining table is by Boulevard Furniture and the chairs are by Alejandro Sticotti for Net Muebles.

On warm days, when the glass wall is open, meals in the kitchen have an alfresco feel. The dining table is by Boulevard Furniture and the chairs are by Alejandro Sticotti for Net Muebles.

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During demolition, Hernán discovered the home itself had something to say. "As we undressed the apartment, threw down the walls and the plaster ceiling, things started to appear," he says. For example, they found an original, flawless wood ceiling that had been covered up for no apparent reason. Leaving it exposed added height and texture to the space. The same occurred with windows, walls, and the wood floor. "One of the staircase walls that was badly damaged during demolition ended up having such a strong character that we decided not only to keep it, but to enhance it with lights," the architect says. 

Hernán and Lucia were captivated by the flowering wall across the courtyard; they continued the green theme on their patio

Hernán and Lucia were captivated by the flowering wall across the courtyard; they continued the green theme on their patio.

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Material choices divide the public and private areas of the apartment. The communal spaces share a continuous concrete floor, while the wood floor defines the private side. A sleek box separates the bedroom from the rest of the home. The seven-foot-tall volume, which is covered in Paraiso plywood, holds the bathroom. The bedroom lies behind it, furnished with simple handcrafted pieces, also made of Paraiso.  

A wood floor uncovered during demolition delineates the private quarters.

A wood floor uncovered during demolition delineates the private quarters.

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"Our goal was to change our way of living and improve our quality of life," Hernán says.


Meet the Craftsmen

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Partnering with family-owned companies around the country, Room & Board collaboratively develops timeless pieces with superior quality and value.

With a longstanding emphasis on craftsmanship and quality construction, Room & Board offers modern furniture and home accents that are built with longevity in mind. Since the beginnings of their business more than 30 years ago, they have prioritized working with US-based companies, and over 90% of their products are proudly manufactured in America using high-quality U.S. and imported materials. Partnering directly with skilled local manufacturers allows Room & Board to offer personal customization options, all thoughtfully crafted to stand the test of time.


1.   Shell Lake Woodcrafters

Building heirloom-quality furniture pieces from their woodworking shop in northern Wisconsin, Shell Lake Woodcrafters have created timeless pieces that have been a cornerstone of the Room & Board collection since 1990. With a modern take on Arts & Crafts style, Shell Lake’s personalized storage solutions offer thoughtful function, beauty, and simplicity. With an emphasis on quality craftsmanship, Shell Lake uses solid wood for all furniture tops, drawers, and end panels, and also integrates expert details such as dovetail joinery and handcrafted hardware. Embracing environmentally conscious practices, they use domestic wood, harvested from renewable resources, along with natural oils and finishes.


2.   KleinReid

KleinReid is the artistic collaboration of James Klein and David Reid, who create fine porcelain pieces by hand in their New York City studio. Their process begins with a drawing, finding inspiration for their elegant forms in the shared history of people and vessels. Their designs are continually evolving, with a collection of vases, lighting, and silkscreened prints. Their ceramics pieces go through a proprietary 28-step process, from mixing porcelain and glazes to finishing every product by hand, infusing each piece with thoughtful design and lasting beauty.


3.   Built By Newport

Founded on the scenic shores of Lake Memphremagog in Vermont, Built By Newport creates chairs and accent tables that are made to last. Beyond design and beauty, comfort is of ultimate importance in a chair’s production. "A chair can look great, but the sit is key—it is always hand-done," says Dave Laforce of Built By Newport. In fact, in the final stage of design development, they sit in each chair to make sure it feels "just right." By investing in technology to partially automate the production process, solid wood components are produced with efficiency and precision, resulting in variances less than the thickness of a piece of paper. Skilled craftsmen then assemble, sand and finish each piece using traditional methods, for sturdy and beautiful seating with lasting quality.


4.  Delos

In historic Calhoun, Georgia, Ivan and Leah Phillips turned their passion for textiles and design into a small, family-operated rug business producing high-quality wool rugs made in the US. For their machine-woven rugs, they use a proprietary looming process to transform 100% pure New Zealand wool into luxurious loop and shag rugs. Offered in "by the inch" custom sizing, personalization options are endless. By working locally, they are able to substantially reduce a custom rug’s production time compared with rugs produced outside the US. "Because everything we need is right here," says Leah, "we can get a custom rug into a Room & Board customer's home in six weeks or less." 


5.   Bell Manufacturing

Based in Minnesota, brother and sister team Jim and Judy Bell create quality steel furnishings, carrying on the tradition of using age-old blacksmith techniques. With striking lines and durable construction, the steel furniture and accent pieces are built to last. "The way our pieces are made, they are pretty much indestructible," says Judy. Every part of the process is done by skilled craftsmen. They drill, form, and weld the raw steel, then smooth and oxidize the welded areas for a smooth transition. With sustainability in mind, Bell Manufacturing uses recycled steel for many of their products, and donates scrap metal to a local high school shop program. 


6.  Hennepin Made 

Handcrafting one-of-a-kind glass lights that are as much art pieces as they are functional, Jackson Schwartz and Joe Limpert of Hennepin Made draw on traditional glassblowing techniques in their Minneapolis studio. Simplicity of form, and subtle variations in texture are cornerstones of their modern design aesthetic. The small scale manufacturing facility reinterprets traditional techniques to produce modern, quality pieces, each melted and hand-blown until the desired shape and effect is achieved. The circular ring on pendants from the Banded collection takes years to perfect, and is only done by the most experienced artisans in the studio.