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Top 10 Celebrity Homes That Hit the Market In 2019

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-10 23:28

Take a peek at some of the most gasp-worthy homes the rich and famous bid “adieu” to this year.

Tech CEO and billionaire Elon Musk just listed the smallest of his four L.A. homes—and it's larger than life.

These homes, formerly owned by such names as Sinatra and Jackie O., are sure to fill your head with fantasies of lavish pool parties, sprawling Hollywood views, and the best safely-guarded privacy money can buy. Read on to see our favorite crop of celebrity homes that hit the market this year.

10. Bruce Willis and Emma Heming List Their Sprawling New York Estate For $13M

The bucolic compound consists of two parcels of land with four houses—a main house and three guest houses—and a total of 12 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms in all.

The bucolic compound consists of two parcels of land with four houses—a main house and three guest houses—and a total of 12 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms in all.

Photo by Daniel Milstein Photograph

Crosby built his estate, 70375 Calico Road, during the Golden Age of Hollywood—and it looks the part. The home also comes with a storied past: an attached two-bedroom casita with a private entrance and its own kitchen, dubbed "the JFK Wing," is rumored to be where JFK and Marilyn Monroe had their infamous 1962 rendezvous.

Crosby built his estate, 70375 Calico Road, during the Golden Age of Hollywood—and it looks the part. The home also comes with a storied past: an attached two-bedroom casita with a private entrance and its own kitchen, dubbed "the JFK Wing," is rumored to be where JFK and Marilyn Monroe had their infamous 1962 rendezvous. 

Courtesy of Douglas Elliman

Sitting in the shadow of the notorious West Hollywood hotel Chateau Marmont, the villa at 8222 Marmont Lane was originally built during the Golden Age of Hollywood in 1923. It was thoughtfully remodeled, and became the home of actor James Franco before he sold it in 2010.

Sitting in the shadow of the notorious West Hollywood hotel Chateau Marmont, the villa at 8222 Marmont Lane was originally built during the Golden Age of Hollywood in 1923. It was thoughtfully remodeled, and became the home of actor James Franco before he sold it in 2010. 

Photo courtesy of The Agency

7. Mel Gibson Lists His Extravagant Malibu Mansion For $14.5M

The 6,500-square-foot property is neatly tucked away in the canyons of Malibu, California, and it enjoys panoramic ocean and mountain views. Measuring nearly five and a half acres, the impressive estate is studded with towering eucalyptus and lush, native flora.

The 6,500-square-foot property is neatly tucked away in the canyons of Malibu, California, and it enjoys panoramic ocean and mountain views. Measuring nearly five and a half acres, the impressive estate is studded with towering eucalyptus and lush, native flora.

Photo by The Agency

First built in 1981, the main house sits in the middle of a farm, overlooking views of the Atlantic Ocean and Squibnocket Pond. Clad in cedar-shake siding, the home follows the traditional Cape Cod style.

First built in 1981, the main house sits in the middle of a farm, overlooking views of the Atlantic Ocean and Squibnocket Pond. Clad in cedar-shake siding, the home follows the traditional Cape Cod style.

Courtesy of Christie's International Real Estate

The classic four-story townhouse is located on a block in the recently expanded Park Slope Historic District.

The classic four-story townhouse is located on a block in the recently expanded Park Slope Historic District.

Photo courtesy of Gamut Photos for Sotheby’s International Realty

After almost 30 years, legendary actress Glenn Close is bidding adieu to New York’s Bedford Hills with the sale of Beanfield, her dreamy farmhouse home located just an hour from the heart of Manhattan. Set on a 10.8-acre property surrounded by country estates, Beanfield enjoys secluded privacy and a beautiful setting of old-growth trees, stone walls, open meadows, and stellar plantings.

After almost 30 years, legendary actress Glenn Close is bidding adieu to New York’s Bedford Hills with the sale of Beanfield, her dreamy farmhouse home located just an hour from the heart of Manhattan. Set on a 10.8-acre property surrounded by country estates, Beanfield enjoys secluded privacy and a beautiful setting of old-growth trees, stone walls, open meadows, and stellar plantings.

Photo courtesy Ginnel Real Estate

The traditional estate is incredibly private, yet conveniently located just above lower Coldwater Canyon in Beverly Hills.

The traditional estate is incredibly private, yet conveniently located just above lower Coldwater Canyon in Beverly Hills.

Photo courtesy of Hilton & Hyland

Tech CEO and billionaire Elon Musk just listed the smallest of his four L.A. homes—and it's larger than life.

Tech CEO and billionaire Elon Musk just listed the smallest of his four L.A. homes—and it's larger than life.

Photo by Hilton & Hyland

Built in 1949, Byrdview is one of four residential homes designed by the famed midcentury architect William Pereira, known for his futuristic designs that include the Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco.

Built in 1949, Byrdview is one of four residential homes designed by the famed midcentury architect William Pereira, known for his futuristic designs that include the Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco.

Photo courtesy of The Agency


38 Modern Sofas That Your Guests Will Covet

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-10 23:09

As the centerpiece of the living room, the sofa presents a ripe design opportunity—and design challenge. After all, the ideal sofa is as attractive as it is accommodating, and durable as it is delightful.

While not the most successful sofa in terms of quantity sold, the Marshmallow Sofa almost immediately became an icon of modern furniture design when it debuted in 1956. The  piece was originally conceived by Irving Harper, a staff designed at George Nelson, who wanted to use new technology that would injection-mold the cushions that essentially formed soft discs attached to a metal frame—a far cry from the chunky, bulky traditional sofas. However, the manufacturing process was unable to produce satisfactory results, and so the team resorted to discs that were plywood-backed and hand-upholstered, resulting in a very expensive—but eye-catching—piece . (The Marshmallow Sofa: promotional photograph featuring George Nelson and Associates receptionist Hilda Longinotti, 1956.)

To turn your living room into the ultimate lounge, we suggest these midcentury modern–inspired picks that sport clean lines, classic hues, and organic shapes that draw from nature. Whether you need a piece that ties your space together or that serves as a jumping-off point, these chic couches are sure to start a conversation.

Herman Miller Eames Sofa

The Eameses designed their Eames Sofa (1967) to complement their Soft Pad Collection, showing off a harmonious blend of wood, leather and polished aluminum. It stands as a graceful reminder of the honest genius of Eames designs, equally fitting for home or office, with carefully considered details. The frame and back panels are constructed of rich solid wood and hand-finished with gunstock oil. Legs and arm supports are made of die-cast aluminum polished to a bright finish. And plush foam cushions come upholstered in leather, with undersides covered in nylon for good ventilation, supported by resilient webbing for added comfort. The Eames Sofa was the last piece of furniture produced by the Eames Office and was completed after Charles Eames died in 1978. It’s been in continuous production since 1984. This is an authentic Eames product by Herman Miller. Made in U.S.A. Photo Courtesy of Herman Miller

Finn Juhl Poet Sofa

Finn Juhl designed the Poet Sofa for his own home in 1941. The open-plan design of his rural abode offered garden views from every room, an organic influence that can be seen in the subtle curvature of the sofa back and arms. Taking cues from surrealist art, Juhl's designs exhibited comfort, craftsmanship, and a respect for the materials used. The Poet Sofa—which got its nickname in 1959 after being featured in the Danish film The Poet and His Wife—is available in a variety of fabrics and leathers, and the legs come in several types of wood.

Eames Sofa Compact

The inspiration for the Eames Sofa Compact (1954) derived from a built-in sofa Charles and Ray Eames designed in the late 1940s for their home in Pacific Palisades, California. They liked that sofa so much they decided to develop a freestanding version built on an airy pedestal of chromed-steel legs. With modern lines and a trim profile, this sofa not only fits comfortably in small spaces but also holds its own in large rooms, making it a versatile choice for home or office with ample seating for three people. Its plush foam cushions are supported by resilient webbing that provides firm but flexible all-around comfort on par with the best of traditional sofas. This original is an authentic Eames product by Herman Miller. Made in U.S.A. Photo courtesy of Design Within Reach

Bantam 73" Sofa

A DWR best-seller for over a decade, the Bantam Collection (2004) celebrates the soft, less-machined brand of modernism that arose in the United States in the 1930s. Delivering physical comfort as well as aesthetic pleasure, the entire frame is lightly padded and finely upholstered with a fitted back and a single row of button tufting. Matching piping along the seams reinforces the clean lines of Bantam’s frame. Tapered solid wood legs lend visual lightness. Made in U.S.A. Photo Courtesy of Design Within Reach

Gubi Grand Piano Sofa

With its musical form and sculptural silhouette, the Grand Piano Sofa from 1984 takes both its name and inspiration from a grand piano. The unique design language reflects the designer Gubi Olsen's true interest in classical music as well as soft, feminine forms. The result is a sofa where form follows function aimed for socialization. The timeless sofa features two armrests slightly set back, encouraging eye contact and private conversations.

Vitra Polder Sofa

In designer Hella Jongerius' home country of Holland, "polder" refers to low-lying flatlands divided into sections for different agricultural purposes. The Vitra Polder Sofa recalls this landscape with its differing horizontally-shaped cushions and mix of fabric colors and types. A movable ottoman and bolster/armrest cushion can be moved as needed to adjust the sofa length. Choose from an array of color palettes and the fixed armrest on the right or left.

Nelson Marshmallow Sofa

There’s nothing else like George Nelson’s Marshmallow Sofa. In 1956, the iconic designer turned a traditional sofa into a bold, playful shape that was extremely forward-thinking for its time. Made up of 18 colorful cushions that are attached to a brushed tubular steel frame, it led the way into the pop art trend of the 1960s and has become known as a recognizable symbol of that era. Available through Herman Miller and made in the USA, you can choose from five colored vinyl options and can add additions of six extra cushions in order to create a sofa of indefinite length. Nelson designed it for both residential and commercial spaces, so you can detach the cushions for easy cleaning and can rearrange them in order to balance out wear and tear. Photo courtesy of Herman Miller

Herman Miller Nelson Daybed With Back Bolsters

For George Nelson, design wasn’t about things; it was about identifying problems and providing sensible solutions. The art of reduction was one of the many areas in which Nelson excelled, and he always challenged himself “to do much more with much less.” That approach led to the simple yet sleek design of the Nelson Daybed (1950), which he originally designed for his own home in 1941. For nearly a decade, he continued to streamline it, and when he was finally satisfied, the daybed became part of the Herman Miller collection in 1950. The next chapter for this timeless piece begins with you. This Daybed swiftly converts from sofa to bed with the removal of the bolsters. This is the authentic Nelson Daybed by Herman Miller. Made in Malaysia. Photo Courtesy of Herman Miller

HAY Mags Soft Low 2.5-Seater Sofa

The minimalist Mags Sofa is as perfect on the inside as it is on the outside. That means that it's engineered for durability and comfort with perfect composition and high quality padding. The deep seat and high armrests make this three-seater versatile and flexible for all your friends and family and their various sitting needs. It has a strong presence with its firm expression and fixed upholstery, but it also works beautifully with colorful throws and cushions for a softer, warmer look. Danish design studio HAY is a manufacturer in MoMA's collection. Photo Courtesy of Design Within Reach

Florence Knoll Sofa

Florence Knoll Bassett took a holistic view of interior space planning. As director of the Knoll Planning Unit in the 1950s, her "total design" approach embraced everything about a space – including the furniture. She modestly referred to her furniture designs as the "meat and potatoes" of an interior, yet to this day they hold the same iconic American appeal as that most basic and functional of meals. Her Lounge Collection (1954) has the simple, architectural lines and unparalleled construction of all modern classics. This Sofa is manufactured by Knoll® according to the original and exacting specifications of the designer. Photo Courtesy of DWR

Cassina LC2 Petit Modele Two-Seat Sofa

The Le Corbusier group referred to their LC2 and LC3 Collections (1928) as "cushion baskets," which they designed as a modernist response to the traditional club chair. These pieces reverse the standard structures of sofas and chairs by having frames that are externalized. With thick, resilient pillows resting within the steel frames, the idea was to offer all the comfort of a padded surface while applying the elegant minimalism and industrial rationale of the International Style. The resulting aesthetic of the simple tubular structure is remarkably relevant to how we live today, almost 90 years later. Photo Courtesy of Cassina

Urban Outfitters Camila Velvet Sofa

The very picture of chic perfection, the UO-exclusive Camila Velvet Sofa features a luxe look, courtesy of the curving silhouette and plush upholstery. Wraparound back features tucked seaming for a ruched look with cushioned seat and tapered wooden legs. This custom furniture piece will be made to order just for you. Photo Courtesy of Urban Outfitters

Normann Copenhagen Swell Sofa 3-Seater

Swell is a minimalistic furniture collection with a playful, light-hearted feel designed by the Swedish designer Jonas Wagell. Modular sofas and armchairs are now available, open up for even more possibilities and combinations in interior design. The Scandinavian simplicity of the design is accentuated by a stringent design without unnecessary details. In spite of this, Swell oozes with character and personality and its soft, curved shapes make it both inviting and provide a fantastic sitting comfort.The name Swell is a reference to rising bread with its full shape, consisting of a robust padded back and seat and two curvy armrests. The stitching on the back and the seats divides the sofas into sections and completes the feel. Jonas Wagell says: ”I've always been fascinated by minimalism, but I like to add a warm and personal touch to the products. I have taken the aesthetic and practical qualities that I prefer in furniture for the living room as a reference point, and in this way, Swell very much reflects my own personal taste and style”. Swell is available in a wide range of colours. The range makes it easy to find a sofa suitable for any decor by encompassing everything from neutral grey and brownish tones to deep and tranquil shades of blue and purple as well as energetic and bright yellow, green and red and a classic black. Photo courtesy of Horne

Fritz Hansen Swan Sofa

Before the Swan Sofa (1958), Arne Jacobsen’s architecture and designs were shaped by an assumption of materials’ natural ways of resisting. In other words, he could make them go only so far in becoming the structures he desired. With new technologies, however, the old rules no longer applied, and he was able to shape fluid curves and single-piece molded shells. The Swan Sofa is now made from polyurethane foam, but at the time, Jacobsen used Styropore® to create its continuous shape. Designed for the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, for which Jacobsen was the architect. A single upholsterer hand-sews the fabric onto the frame of Swan. Original design and licensed manufacture by Republic of Fritz Hansen. Made in Poland. Photo courtesy of Design Within Reach

Knoll Barcelona Couch

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Couch (1930) was added to his Barcelona Collection in the year following the introduction of the Chair and Stool. Still produced to his original specifications, the couch gained widespread popularity in 1953, when architect Philip Johnson selected it for his New York apartment. The cushions – welting and buttons included – come from a single Spinneybeck Volo cowhide and are supported by cowhide belting straps. To create the deep, precise tufting, individual panels of leather are cut, hand-welted and hand-tufted. The frame is made from African mahogany sapele hardwood, with stainless steel legs. The bolster cushion is crafted from coordinating leather and secured to the couch with straps and locking snaps. The Barcelona Couch is a registered trademark of Knoll, Inc., manufactured by Knoll according to the original and exacting specifications of the designer. Made in U.S.A. Photo courtesy of Design Within Reach

Apt2B Monroe Sofa

This midcentury modern sofa boasts a hot retro vibe thanks to its sleek silhouette and button-tufted seat cushions. The backing is a solid piece straight across, offering a smooth look and feel. The piped edges create additional texture and the tapered wooden legs finish off the design. Our Kyle Schuneman sofas are made in the United States using the finest craftsmanship. Made with hypo-allergenic, stain-resistant upholstery, you'll enjoy this sofa for years to come. Available in your choice of 30 colors - we're huge fans of the pink sofa - you're sure to find the perfect shade just for you. The Monroe is a perfect way to add a hip factor to any room. The clean lines and simple shape make it perfect for any small space. It packs a big punch without taking up a lot of square footage. Photo Courtesy of Apt2b

Ben Soleimani Neve Sofa

Lithe lines paired with a sumptuous natural linen slipcover inspired design that will only grow softer over time. The single cushioned Neve Sofa with its sleek low profile and plush seating is a timeless classic made relevant for modern spaces. Photo Courtesy of Ben Soleimani

Normann Copenhagen Era Rocking Sofa

Era combines modern production techniques with traditional furniture craftsmanship in a timeless and characterful design. The collection easily accommodates modern interior’s need for flexibility and is designed with such simplicity, versatility and aesthetic and physical longevity that it can easily transcend generations. The Era collection includes a lounge chair, available in both a high and low version, as well as a sofa and footstool. With various textiles, colors and legs to choose from, you can pick the exact design you desire. Photo courtesy of Horne

Case Kelston Sectional With Chaise

Matthew Hilton had a goal: He wanted to design the most comfortable sofa possible while maintaining a pleasing aesthetic that he’d welcome in his own home. Goal achieved and then some with the amazingly inviting, smart-looking Kelston Collection (2016), which also boasts articulating headrests. Adjust each headrest to just the right angle and height for reading or watching TV, or fold it out of the way when not in use. The indulgent Kelston also features large seating areas, wide arms and feather-blend cushions – everything you need for rest and relaxation in a well-proportioned, sleekly designed sofa. Made in Italy.

Menu Tailor Sofa

Born in Portugal, designer Rui Alves wanted to design a sofa that embraced the internal structure and highlights the natural glow of oak wood. Meant to be seen from all sides, the sofa has a light and airy appearance and looks as striking from the back as it does from the front. The frame is made of solid oak and the wood joints are carefully designed to follow the rounded form of the sofa. The sofa is available in two upholstery options: Sorensen Dunes leather that has a supple, velvety touch, or Kvadrat Hallingdal wool fabric. Photo Courtesy of Lumens

Muuto Rest 3-Seater Sofa

Rest is a sofa series with a welcoming and warm appearance that invites you to sit back and relax! Boasting an internal steel base and wooden frame and a defined back and bottom filled with soft cushioning and feather filling, the Rest 3-Seater Sofa is a trifecta of sturdy, stylish, and comfortable design. Photo courtesy of Danish Design Store

Gubi Beetle Sofa

The design of the Beetle sofa reinterprets the characteristic elements of the beetles’ sections: shape, shells, sutures, rigid outside and soft inside, while maintaining comfort and functionality. The seat and back are in laminated molded veneer. This fully upholstered chair is available in a wide range of fabrics or leathers. The steel base comes in a non-stackable base with conical legs available in black painted steel, chrome and brass plated steel. The Beetle sofa is a friendly combination of classic and contemporary lines in unification with great quality and craftsmanship - the fundamental characteristics of the Gubi collection. The sofa is suited for informal meetings, allowing mobility around the table creating a flexible and spontaneous workspace. The tables work as a functional and playful product in the collection as they can create different expressions and functions, depending on the size and number of tables combined. Matching footstool also available. Photo Courtesy of Horne

Moooi Cloud Sofa

If you've ever wondered what it feels like to float on a cloud, stop it (it's rather dangerous, after all) and get a Moooi Cloud Sofa to float on instead. Besides being much safer to lie on, this sofa also feels even better than the real thing; it's big and fluffy, with graciously rounded lines and soft upholstery options. Complete the airy look with a few Cloud Accent Pillows (sold separately). Photo courtesy of Hive Modern

Herman Miller Crosshatch Settee

Eoos is a studio based in Vienna that was founded in 1995 by designers Martin Bergmann, Gernot Bohmann and Harald Gründl. The name is a playful variant of Eous – one of the chariot horses of sun god Helios, according to Greek mythology – chosen for the way a horse’s erratic jaunts evoke a designer’s irregular everyday forays into the conceptual. Their Crosshatch Collection (2014) began with a desire to use an industrial material in a handcrafted way to create a weaving that’s both structural and decorative. A year of testing ropes later, they found the ideal choice to be parachute cord, which stays stiff and won’t stretch over time. In addition to the juxtaposition of materials, Crosshatch is also a play on transparency and shelter. “Space flows through the open frame, but you sit in a kind of protected zone,” says Gernot. “It’s cozy and comfortable.” Eoos has won more than 70 international awards, including the Compasso d’Oro. Made in U.S.A. Photo Courtesy of Design Within Reach

Knoll Saarinen Womb Settee

Find your bliss with the Saarinen Womb Settee by Knoll. Designed by Eero Saarinen in 1948, the Settee is a product of Florence Knoll asking the iconic designer to craft something that she could “curl up in”. Its modern, yet comfortable look is crafted from a molded, reinforced fiberglass shell, which is layered in dense foam and topped with separate seat and back cushions in polyester fiber over a foam core. Its steel rod and plush upholstered add a high level of stability and support. Large enough for 2 to relax in, the Saarinen Womb Settee is ideal for any contemporary living room, bedroom or guest room. Photo Courtesy of Knoll

Woud Nakki 2-Seater

The Nakki sofa is meant to be a cheerful personality in the room. The sofa has ample, yet firm padding for a comfortable sit. The Nakki series is suitable for both private and contract use. Photo Courtesy of Horne

Menu Godot Sofa

The Menu Godot Sofa is both a comfortable, generously sized sofa and versatile modern design element. With its soft and curved inner cushions and clean, geometric exterior frame, "The interior belongs to the occupant and the exterior belongs to the room." Both aspects are enhanced by beautifully tailored wool upholstery. Photo Courtesy of Lumens

Ben Soleimani Harper Sofa

Crafted in a timeless silhouette, our Harper Sofa features heavy linen, modern track arms, and double-cushioned seating. With sleek lines and natural textures, this piece is the perfect anchor for a room that is calm and light. Photo Courtesy of Ben Soleimani

Kartell Uncle Jack Sofa

A solid, smooth and sinuous sofa. Designed by Philippe Starck, the Kartell Uncle Jack Sofa is molded out of a single piece of transparent polycarbonate. The clean, squared-off profile of the back transitions smoothly into wing-like arms and tapered legs. A truly revolutionary--and also quite lovely--example of the possibilities of injection molding technology. Photo Courtesy of Kartell

Blu Dot Couchoid Studio Sofa

Is it more like a sofa or a speed boat? The aerodynamic design of the Blu Dot Couchoid Studio Sofa makes it one and the same, featuring a simple back and slick arm rests that like to keep a low profile. Please don't test it for buoyancy, though--the Couchoid looks better in the living room than at the bottom of the pool. Photo Courtesy of Blu Dot

Finn Juhl Baker Sofa

The Baker Sofa was originally designed by Finn Juhl for Baker Furniture Inc. in 1951. The sofa is comprised of sculptural components that were inspired by modern free art, an artistic movement that influenced much of Juhl’s designs. The sofa has an upholstered body that is divided into two sections that rest on a simple wood frame crafted in rich walnut. This technique—separating the elements from each other—was devised to create a visual lightness within the sofa. As a result, the Baker sofa is both substantial and light, a challenging feat for a furniture designer. The sofa is available in a variety of fabric types and colors. The curved back of the sofa gives the furnishing an inviting look and feel. Photo courtesy of Design Within Reach

Medley Ason Sofa

The Ason Sofa has inset metal legs, and is a professional piece for your office sitting area or formal sitting area in your modern home. The tailored buttons in this modern sofa give it a sharp appearance that will make it perfect for a modern professional office. This compact, modern sofa has a short depth, making it a wonderful fit for smaller areas without being overly lounge-like. Medley makes each piece when it is ordered, making the customization precisely what you want. Photo Courtesy of Medley

Normann Copenhagen Ace Sofa

Flat-packed upholstered lounge furniture sounds like a crazy idea. Hans Hornemann considered it a requirement that the function did not involve any compromise with the design. Ace is constructed from molded plywood, covered with molded foam for the highest possible comfort. The back is flexible, which gives it a springy feeling, ensuring great sitting comfort. In order to reach the goal of this ambitious project, Normann Copenhagen has specially developed production tools, brackets, screws, legs and fabrics. Photo courtesy of Horne

Industry West Plume Sofa

The Plume Sofa’s two-tone tufts are chic Italian design at its finest. Its cushion provides lumbar support for added comfort, and ultra-sturdy armrests maintain their boxy shape for years to come. Available in several bright shades, the Plume Sofa is also available as a lounge chair. Some assembly required. Photo Courtesy of Industry West

Medley Kirnik Sofa XL

The Kirnik Sofa XL is a meant for lounging. Overstuffed side back pillows offer up multiple positions for hanging out and getting comfortable. Details like piping accentuate the upholstery, while a solid wood base with tapered lines give it plenty of room to breathe. Photo Courtesy of Medley

Moooi Love Sofa

Intimacy matters with this rounded luxury sofa by Marcel Wanders. Its appeal comes from how customizable it is, with several soft textile and backrestOnce you sit on the Love Sofa High Back Chair you will absolutely love it. Enjoy an evening relaxing on the loveseat with a loved one or a nice dinner for two. This contemporary design is made of molded foam covered in upholstered fabric that has a metal frame and a wood legged base. Includes decorative pillows for added comfort and style. Photo courtesy of Moooi

Ben Soleimani Palmer Sofa

Elevate the tone of any room with the sleek and sophisticated Palmer tuxedo style sofa. Lending to the glamour of the silhouette is hand-channel tufting, a high back and arms paired with a luxuriously spacious single seat cushion. Photo Courtesy of Ben Soleimani

Verner Panton Living Tower

Verner Panton’s Living Tower impresses: By its safe size, its revolutionary room concept, its vivid colors, and its extreme modernity. Already designed in 1969, Vitra re-vitalizes the futuristic classic piece. Verner Panton concentrated on newish room concepts in the end of the 1960s. The optimism spirit of the “Space Age” brought up organic futuristic shapes, which weren’t part of conventional living anymore. Panton’s Living Tower is one of the most consequent examples for the search after new things; The Danish wanted to use the three dimensions of a room and also planned vertically. This is how Panton designed some room installations including his Living Tower. The experiments era is understood when one gets closer to the Living Tower (also known as Pantower): It is possible to sit, lie, relax and sleep on four different levels. The gaps enable different comfortable positions. The Living Tower is exceptionally communicative because of the creative aura and the fact that the piece of furniture is used by more than one person at the same time. Vitra manufactures the unusual piece of furniture with a stable frame of birch wood, cushions of polyurethane foam and a sophisticated coating out of the Kvadrat Tonus fabric so that there is no doubt for its comfort. The press already was exceptionally clever then, when it was about the seat sculpture: ascriptions such as “furnished wall”, “seat tower” or “living room honeycomb” prove how creative one can be with this piece of furniture. This hasn’t changed, the Living Tower didn’t age at all by its soft andf clear shape. Verner Panton’s home sculpture still embodies the future and it thereby represents the experimental 60s. Photo Courtesy of Connox

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Vitra’s Massive New Book Is a Treasure Trove of Furniture Design History

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-10 20:07

At over 1,000 pages, Vitra’s “Atlas of Furniture Design” will test the integrity of your coffee table.

The Atlas of Furniture Design is a comprehensive volume spanning a multitude of objects, essays, designers, and contributors.

Twenty years in the making, Vitra Design Museum’s Atlas of Furniture Design is a comprehensive encyclopedia comprising hundreds of sketches, photographs, portraits, and ephemera from the past 200-plus years of furniture design. The in-depth overview dives into the ouvres of design legends—including Charlotte Perriand, Eero Saarinen, Hella Jongerius, and Finn Juhl, to name a few—while situating their work with sociocultural and design-historical essays.

The Atlas of Furniture Design is a comprehensive volume spanning a multitude of objects, essays, designers, and contributors.

"The Atlas of Furniture Design is a treasure trove that offers not only definitive information about beloved staples of design history, but also new, fresh, and often unexpected perspectives—all presented in a generous format that captures the breadth and depth of this important subject," says Paola Antonelli, senior curator of architecture and design at The Museum of Modern Art.

Read on for a sample of what’s on offer, and pre-order your copy via the link below.

At over 1,000 pages, the atlas is a treasure trove of furniture design history.

At over 1,000 pages, the atlas is a treasure trove of furniture design history.

Photo by Ludger Paffrath

The Eameses adapted manufacturing techniques developed during World War II to mass-produce their Molded Plastic Armchair. The couple sought to express materials honestly and unselfconsciously—these were the first one-piece plastic chairs offered without upholstery or covering.

The Eameses adapted manufacturing techniques developed during World War II to mass-produce their Molded Plastic Armchair. The couple sought to express materials honestly and unselfconsciously—these were the first one-piece plastic chairs offered without upholstery or covering.

Photo by Vitra Design Museum

The Dutch architect and cabinetmaker Gerrit Rietveld designed the precursor to his famous Red Blue Chair in 1918/1919. He submitted the unpainted model to an exhibition at the Museum for Applied Arts in Haarlem, which included a competition for the best design for a simple lounge chair that could be manufactured for less than 35 guilders—roughly $20. The resulting design is an open spatial composition, corresponding to the principles of the De Stijl movement, of which Rietveld was a member. “The construction helps to interconnect the components without mutilating them or allowing one to dominate the other, with the resulting effect that the whole stands free and clear within the space and the form is further emphasized by the material,” he says.

The Dutch architect and cabinetmaker Gerrit Rietveld designed the precursor to his famous Red Blue Chair in 1918/1919. He submitted the unpainted model to an exhibition at the Museum for Applied Arts in Haarlem, which included a competition for the best design for a simple lounge chair that could be manufactured for less than 35 guilders—roughly $20. The resulting design is an open spatial composition, corresponding to the principles of the De Stijl movement, of which Rietveld was a member. "The construction helps to interconnect the components without mutilating them or allowing one to dominate the other, with the resulting effect that the whole stands free and clear within the space and the form is further emphasized by the material," he says.

Courtesy of Vitra Design Museum

Frank Lloyd Wright designed Johnson Wax’s Administration Building in the 1930s, and with it the furnishings—including this armchair set on casters.

Frank Lloyd Wright designed Johnson Wax’s Administration Building in the 1930s, and with it the furnishings—including this armchair set on casters.

Courtesy of Vitra Design Museum

The Barcelona chair was designed by Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich for the German Pavilion at the International Exposition of 1929 in Barcelona, Spain. The frame was initially designed to be bolted together, but it was redesigned in 1950 using a seamless piece of stainless steel for a smoother appearance. The ivory-colored pigskin used for the original pieces was eventually replaced with bovine leather.

The Barcelona chair was designed by Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich for the German Pavilion at the International Exposition of 1929 in Barcelona, Spain. The frame was initially designed to be bolted together, but it was redesigned in 1950 using a seamless piece of stainless steel for a smoother appearance. The ivory-colored pigskin used for the original pieces was eventually replaced with bovine leather.

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Charlotte Perriand was a trailblazer in an era when even the progressive Bauhaus school barred women from furniture design courses. Shortly after garnering acclaim at the 1925 Expo des Arts Décoratifs at age 22, she joined the Paris design studio of Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret where they collaborated on “equipment for living.” Post World War II, Perriand joined forces with Jean Prouvé to create modernist furniture like the Tunisie bookcase. The piece was made from oak, pine, mahogany, painted diamond-point aluminum, and painted metal, and it was manufactured by Prouvé’s studio in 1952.

Charlotte Perriand was a trailblazer in an era when even the progressive Bauhaus school barred women from furniture design courses. Shortly after garnering acclaim at the 1925 Expo des Arts Décoratifs at age 22, she joined the Paris design studio of Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret where they collaborated on "equipment for living." Post World War II, Perriand joined forces with Jean Prouvé to create modernist furniture like the Tunisie bookcase. The piece was made from oak, pine, mahogany, painted diamond-point aluminum, and painted metal, and it was manufactured by Prouvé’s studio in 1952.

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Designer and engineer Jean Prouvé developed the EM Table around 1950 for Maison Tropicale, an early prefabricated home. The table adheres to the aesthetics of necessity, and even its smallest details are determined by its construction. The canted legs are connected by a crossbar, illustrating the structural forces and flow of stresses in a way that is typically seen only in engineered structures.

Designer and engineer Jean Prouvé developed the EM Table around 1950 for Maison Tropicale, an early prefabricated home. The table adheres to the aesthetics of necessity, and even its smallest details are determined by its construction. The canted legs are connected by a crossbar, illustrating the structural forces and flow of stresses in a way that is typically seen only in engineered structures.

Courtesy of Vitra Design Museum

Eero Aarnio’s 1963 Ball Chair experimented with plastic—a material that allowed makers of the era to explore new colors, forms, and production methods.

Eero Aarnio’s 1963 Ball Chair experimented with plastic—a material that allowed makers of the era to explore new colors, forms, and production methods. 

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A timeline of Austrian furniture maker Thonet gives historical context to the company’s innovative wood-bending processes, which were patented before World War I.

A timeline of Austrian furniture maker Thonet gives historical context to the company’s innovative wood-bending processes, which were patented before World War I.

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Pages of significant design objects are accompanied by details like materials, production years, and dimensions.

Pages of significant design objects are accompanied by details like materials, production years, and dimensions.

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Essays by more than 70 contributing authors provide insight and historical context for modern furniture design.

Essays by more than 70 contributing authors provide insight and historical context for modern furniture design. 

Photo: Vitra Design Museum

Vitra Atlas of Furniture Design

The Atlas of Furniture Design is the most comprehensive overview of the history of furniture design ever published. The book documents 1,740 objects by 546 designers and 565 manufacturers, and features more than 2,500 images, from detailed object photographs to historical documentation such as interiors, patents, brochures and reference works in art and architecture. Several years in the making, the Atlas of Furniture Design has employed a team of 71 authors and features in-depth essays providing sociocultural and design-historical context to the history of furniture design, as well as 551 detailed texts accompanying key objects. The book is enriched by a detailed annex containing designer biographies, bibliographies, a glossary of manufacturers and an index, along with information graphics offering a complementary visual approach to the history of furniture design. The Atlas of Furniture Design is both an encyclopedic reference tool and an indispensable resource for collectors, scholars and experts, as well as a beautifully designed object that speaks to design enthusiasts around the globe. Image and Text Courtesy of Vitra Design Museum


These New Prefab Shipping Container Homes Can Be Built in Just 99 Days

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Proudly made in Mexico, these customizable container homes celebrate local design and environmentally friendly materials.

Constructed from a single repurposed shipping container, the one-bedroom VMD model includes an open-plan kitchenette, a dining area, and living space on one end. A bathroom and storage space are located in the middle, and the bedroom is on the opposite side.

Starting with a simple question—"What would you do with less"—architects Rodrigo Alegre and Carlos Acosta of STUDIOROCA have devised a groundbreaking line of prefab homes made from repurposed shipping containers. Outfitted with environmentally friendly materials and smart home automation systems, their VMD (Vivienda Minima de Descanso) residences offer a "no-fuss, low-cost building solution."

Constructed from a single repurposed shipping container, the one-bedroom VMD model includes an open-plan kitchenette, a dining area, and living space on one end. A bathroom and storage space are located in the middle, and the bedroom is on the opposite side.

Constructed from a single repurposed shipping container, the one-bedroom VMD model includes an open-plan kitchenette, a dining area, and living space on one end. A bathroom and storage space are located in the middle, and the bedroom is on the opposite side.

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The unit is wrapped in black Hunter Douglass Quadroline aluminum and gray Valchromat Viroc cement-bonded particle board, which is water- and fire-resistant, non-toxic, sound dampening, and thermally insulating.

The unit is wrapped in black Hunter Douglass Quadroline aluminum and gray Valchromat Viroc cement-bonded particle board, which is water- and fire-resistant, non-toxic, sound dampening, and thermally insulating.

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"Homes usually require maintenance and involve a lot of expenses," says Acosta. "This is what an ‘escape’ is all about—being free of all those hassles of maintaining a second home, but still having a weekend getaway where you really can enjoy your time."

The customizable prefab homes can be constructed in a factory in Mexico in a little over three months, and then installed in just seven days with minimal site impact.

Piso Creativos FSC-certified engineered oak floors line the interiors. A Capital Studio dining table is paired with Dorica dining chairs.

Piso Creativos FSC-certified engineered oak floors line the interiors. A Capital Studio dining table is paired with Dorica dining chairs.

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The kitchen cabinets are Emozioni by Helvex MDF with a high-gloss finish. Beneath the microwave is a space to mount a tablet for controlling the home automation system.

The kitchen cabinets are Emozioni by Helvex MDF with a high-gloss finish. Beneath the microwave is a space to mount a tablet for controlling the home automation system.

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Customers can choose from three VMD models: a 320-square-foot one-bedroom unit, a 640-square-foot two-bedroom unit, or a 640-square-foot three-bedroom unit. The base one-bedroom unit is available for a starting price of approximately $49,100—not including site prep and delivery.

Finishes, appliances, and a home automation system are included in all units. Customers can also request add-ons such as an exterior deck and off-grid capability—including a solar rooftop system, rainwater collection, and an incinerator toilet.

To reduce the unit’s environmental impact, the architects have outfitted the VMD with low-flow kitchen and bathroom fixtures by Mexican firm Helvex.

To reduce the unit’s environmental impact, the architects have outfitted the VMD with low-flow kitchen and bathroom fixtures by Mexican firm Helvex.

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A peek inside the shower, which features Tristone solid surface walls in Snowrange.

A peek inside the shower, which features Tristone solid surface walls in Snowrange.

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The VMD recently debuted at Design Week Mexico in October. A show model was temporarily installed in Mexico City’s Chapultepec Park, and it was entirely furnished with pieces by Mexican designers. In presenting the VMD, the architects have emphasized Mexican design and construction—from the inclusion of local craftspeople for the prefabrication process to the selection of Mexican brands for the eco-friendly finishes and appliances.

Orders for VMD from North and Central America can be placed online through the architects’ newly formed firm, Taller Escape.

The one-bedroom VMD unit will be relocated to Avandaro, Valle de Bravo, a popular weekend destination near Mexico City. The show model will reopen to the public at its new location starting December 18.

The one-bedroom VMD unit will be relocated to Avandaro, Valle de Bravo, a popular weekend destination near Mexico City. The show model will reopen to the public at its new location starting December 18.

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“The idea was to include a mix of the most representable Mexican furniture design studios,” says Alegre. The bedroom features a wall lamp and bed by STUDIOROCA. Furniture is not included in the sale of VMD.

"The idea was to include a mix of the most representable Mexican furniture design studios," says Alegre. The bedroom features a wall lamp and bed by STUDIOROCA. Furniture is not included in the sale of VMD.

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The compact living area is flanked by floor-to-ceiling glazing to bring the outdoors in. The show unit has been furnished with a Futón Tanoshi sofa, a Bandido Studio coffee table, and a Natural Urbano floor lamp.

The compact living area is flanked by floor-to-ceiling glazing to bring the outdoors in. The show unit has been furnished with a Futón Tanoshi sofa, a Bandido Studio coffee table, and a Natural Urbano floor lamp.

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"VMD is an invitation to find a balance between daily life and weekend escapes, and come into contact with nature—Mexico is a country famous for its biodiversity and its unparalleled landscapes," reads a statement on Taller Escape’s website.

“The strength and durability of the shipping container structure allows the units to be placed on any terrain that can provide access to a large trailer and crane, and, as no complex foundations are necessary, minimal building permissions are required, thus eliminating time-consuming construction challenges,” note the architects.
The one-bedroom VMD unit uses a single repurposed shipping container. The two- and three-bedroom units are built with two repurposed shipping containers.
One-bedroom unit floor plan.
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This Off-Grid Tiny Home Packs a Powerful Kitchen Into 183 Square Feet

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This solar-powered, steel-clad home on wheels may be compact, but it doesn’t lack in storage or functionality.

The rear facade of the steel-clad tiny home has a large window that provides ventilation and an indoor/outdoor connection.

Wrapped in black corrugated metal, First Light is an off-grid tiny house imagined by architect Anna Farrow of First Light Studio and constructed by New Zealand–based company Build Tiny. 

"With big French doors on one face and sliding windows on other, it can enjoy views from either direction," Farrow says. Not only do the large glass doors and windows connect First Light to the landscape, but they also offer an ethereal contrast to the black-painted steel siding that’s at once elegant and industrial—the artful design is available for approximately $82,000; the off-grid solar package costs an additional $14,000.

The First Light tiny home is sided with black corrugated steel and features expansive windows and French doors that connect the plywood interior to the outdoors.

The First Light tiny home is sided with black corrugated steel and features expansive windows and French doors that connect the plywood interior to the outdoors.

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The sizable plywood staircase accesses the loft-style bedroom, where a pitched ceiling allows for a feeling of spaciousness.

The sizable plywood staircase accesses the loft-style bedroom, where a pitched ceiling allows for a feeling of spaciousness.

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On the interior, Farrow selected poplar core plywood for the walls and the ceiling. "The floors and the stair treads are crafted with birch plywood," says Gina Stevens of Build Tiny. The light-toned wood supplies the home with a light and airy quality.

The pale tone of the plywood interior contrasts with the tiny home's black steel exterior.

The pale tone of the plywood interior contrasts with the tiny home's black steel exterior.

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An important part of the brief from the original client was a large kitchen for cooking and baking. Farrow and Stevens outfitted the space with stainless-steel countertops and poplar core plywood cabinetry, repeating the wall and ceiling material to create a sense of spaciousness and seamlessness.

The kitchen’s ENO Perigod wall oven and grill, Challenger Domino 2 Burner LPG Gas Hob, and Robinhood power pack range hood ensure that the kitchen is as functional as it is visually appealing.

The kitchen showcases stainless-steel countertops, poplar core plywood cabinetry, and birch plywood flooring.

The kitchen showcases stainless-steel countertops, poplar core plywood cabinetry, and birch plywood flooring.

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A plywood table top folds out from the kitchen cabinetry and serves as a dining table.

A plywood table top folds out from the kitchen cabinetry and serves as a dining table.

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For the bedroom, Farrow and Stevens decided a mezzanine area would be preferable in order to preserve ground-floor space. "There’s a skylight that draws in light and provides an opening to watch the stars," Stevens says. "And small triangular windows on either side of the bed help to ventilate the space." The designers created ambiance for the bedroom by installing a ledge at the foot of the bed platform with recessed back-lighting that provides a dim glow in the evenings.

The loft-style bedroom is outfitted with a skylight that allows for stargazing at night.

The loft-style bedroom is outfitted with a skylight that allows for stargazing at night.

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"For obvious reasons, the tiny house required plenty of built-in storage," Stevens says. "The living room makes great use of the vertical space with a very tall storage cupboard next to the daybed. It’s very useful for bulky items like suitcases, a vacuum cleaner, and tall brooms and mops—things that are often forgotten about in tiny home design." 

Farrow and Stevens also placed locker-style overhead cabinets above the daybed, which itself features built-in storage. "The stairs are the other main storage area," Stevens says. "They’re larger than what you see in a typical tiny house, and every little bit of space beneath them is used for storage."

Storage cabinets are located above and to one side of the daybed in the living area; there's also storage built into the daybed itself.

Storage cabinets are located above and to one side of the daybed in the living area; there's also storage built into the daybed itself.

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Storage cabinets are built into the underside of the plywood staircase.

Storage cabinets are built into the underside of the plywood staircase.

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According to Farrow, pared-down living is the key to freedom: "We’re becoming more aware of the impact of the resources we use and the fact that we don’t need so much stuff. Owning a tiny house means you’ve more free time because you’re not tied up with home maintenance. And living tiny is a great way of obtaining a home more cheaply." 

The rear facade of the steel-clad tiny home has a large window that provides ventilation and an indoor/outdoor connection.

The rear facade of the steel-clad tiny home has a large window that provides ventilation and an indoor/outdoor connection.

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In the case of First Light, a tiny home on wheels, you’re also free to move the home from place to place. "If you want a change, you can just take your home someplace new," says Farrow. "And you leave the land just as it was when you arrived."

More by Build Tiny:

Just One Look at This New Tiny House Will Make You Want to Downsize

This Ingenious Tiny House Saves Space With a Lofted Office and Underfloor Storage

Downsize in Style With This Sleek Tiny Home Starting Below $38K

Project Credits:

Design: First Light Studio / @firstlightnz

Builder: Build Tiny / @buildtinyhomes

Cabinetry Installation: Variant Spaces / @variantspaces


A Camera-Ready Remodel in Los Angeles Asks $789K

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After a multiphase update and an appearance on HGTV, this Montecito Heights midcentury seeks a new owner.

Set on a hillside and surrounded by greenery, 3877 Latrobe Street was built in 1964 as part of The Cliffs, a modernist development in the Montecito Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles.

Designed by architect John Lawrence Pugsley, best known for his midcentury commissions in nearby Pasadena, 3877 Latrobe Street was built in 1964 as part of The Cliffs, a modernist development in Montecito Heights, Los Angeles.

Tucked into the hillside and surrounded by greenery, the 1,426-square-foot residence features three bedrooms and two bathrooms in an open floor plan; multiple skylights and well-placed windows bathe the interior with natural light, and balconies on both levels form an outdoor connection.

Set on a hillside and surrounded by greenery, 3877 Latrobe Street was built in 1964 as part of The Cliffs, a modernist development in the Montecito Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles.

Set on a hillside and surrounded by greenery, 3877 Latrobe Street was built in 1964 as part of The Cliffs, a modernist development in the Montecito Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. 

Photo by Charmaine David

It wasn’t, however, always like this. "The house, when we bought it, was so dark and gloomy," say current homeowners Jeffrey Kleeger, an architectural designer, and Elisa Read, a landscape designer and horticulture specialist. They took on several phases of renovation starting in 2008, when the home received a new roof and skylights. They also opened up the kitchen to create an open-plan great room. 

After the windows were updated in 2010, the recession stalled further renovation. Then, in 2011, the couple and the house were chosen to appear on an episode of HGTV’s Room Crashers, allowing them to finally "complete their dream" with architect Don Dimster. 

A skylight over the entrance sets the tone for a breezy interior.

A skylight over the entrance sets the tone for a breezy interior.

Photo by Charmaine David

The open floor plan benefits from lots of natural light thanks to multiple skylights, windows, and sliding glass doors that lead to a balcony.

The open floor plan benefits from lots of natural light thanks to multiple skylights, windows, and sliding glass doors that lead to a balcony. 

Photo by Charmaine David

The home is full of bespoke touches—including the bright, whimsical mural called Cachickens adorning the interior stairwell, done by the Guatemalan muralist Caché. The couple became friends with Caché when they saw him cleaning up one of his murals along Sunset Boulevard; after they bought the home in 2008, they commissioned the mural. 

The ceiling is white, primed MDF board from Home Depot that was took  a "long, three-day effort" to install.

The ceiling is white, primed MDF board from Home Depot that was took  a "long, three-day effort" to install. 

Photo by Charmaine David

While the kitchen was opened up with the first renovation in 2008, the finishing touches weren't added until the 2011 renovation that appeared on HGTV.

While the kitchen was opened up with the first renovation in 2008, the finishing touches weren't added until the 2011 renovation that appeared on HGTV.

Photo by Charmaine David

The wood countertop on the kitchen island is a solid butcher block from IKEA.

The wood countertop on the kitchen island is a solid butcher block from IKEA.

Photo by Charmaine David

The kitchen was updated with quartz countertops and stainless-steel appliances.

The kitchen was updated with quartz countertops and stainless-steel appliances. 

Photo by Charmaine David

There is a cozy dining nook at the edge of the kitchen, just off the balcony.

There is a cozy dining nook at the edge of the kitchen, just off the balcony. 

Photo by Charmaine David

The balcony features treetop views and a connection to the outdoors.

The balcony features treetop views and a connection to the outdoors. 

Photo by Charmaine David

The fireplace is original to the home. "We always wanted to paint it black, since it reminded me of Darth Vader," says Jeffrey.

The fireplace is original to the home. "We always wanted to paint it black, since it reminded me of Darth Vader," says Jeffrey. 

Photo by Charmaine David

A full-height mural entitled Cachickens by Guatemalan muralist Caché adorns the interior stairwell.

A full-height mural entitled Cachickens by Guatemalan muralist Caché adorns the interior stairwell.

Photo by Charmaine David

The master bedroom features sliding glass doors which lead to a second balcony.

The master bedroom features sliding glass doors which lead to a second balcony. 

Photo by Charmaine David

The spacious closet of the master bedroom can also serve as an office space.

The spacious closet of the master bedroom can also serve as an office space. 

Photo by Charmaine David

There is no master bath, but this hall bathroom is accessible to all the bedrooms. "The concept of a true, separate master bath wasn't invented until at least 1965," says the seller. The vintage tiles are original to the home.

There is no master bath, but this hall bathroom is accessible to all the bedrooms. "The concept of a true, separate master bath wasn't invented until at least 1965," says the seller. The vintage tiles are original to the home. 

Photo by Charmaine David

The second bedroom also opens to the balcony.

The second bedroom also opens to the balcony. 

Photo by Charmaine David

The third bedroom conveniently features built-in bookshelves.

The third bedroom conveniently features built-in bookshelves. 

Photo by Charmaine David

There is a large, low-maintenance Mangaris Diamond hardwood deck in the side yard.

There is a large, low-maintenance Mangaris Diamond hardwood deck in the side yard. 

Photo by Charmaine David

The yard is professionally landscaped with native and drought-tolerant plants. The property boasts mature ash, camphor, and laurel fig trees. There are also peach, apple, cherry, orange, and lemon trees.

The yard is professionally landscaped with native and drought-tolerant plants. The property boasts mature ash, camphor, and laurel fig trees. There are also peach, apple, cherry, orange, and lemon trees. 

Photo by Charmaine David

3877 Latrobe Street, Los Angeles is currently on the market for $789,000, listed by Carrie Bryden of Deasy Penner Podley.

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4 Prefab Companies Bringing Modular Homes to Indiana

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These prefab home builders located throughout Indiana produce a wide range of residences.

Looking for an affordable prefab, modular, or kit home in the Hoosier state? These four companies leverage efficient factory production to build first-rate homes—and the turnaround time is often quicker than conventional construction. From houses inspired by vernacular architecture to more contemporary offerings, these dwellings run the gamut of sizes and styles—take a look below.

IndyMod

IndyMod’s mission is simple: to bring healthy, sustainable, durable, and beautifully designed custom homes to Indiana. The prefab home company offers contemporary designs inspired by the building vernacular of the Midwest.

IndyMod’s mission is simple: to bring healthy, sustainable, durable, and beautifully designed custom homes to Indiana. The prefab home company offers contemporary designs inspired by the building vernacular of the Midwest.

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Rochester, Indiana–based Rochester Homes was originally established in 1972. The company designs and builds prefabricated custom homes that arrive on-site 60% to 90% complete.

Rochester, Indiana–based Rochester Homes was originally established in 1972. The company designs and builds prefabricated custom homes that arrive on-site 60% to 90% complete.

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Located in Goshen, Indiana, Sherlock Homes is a custom manufactured home builder that works with three of the largest modular home suppliers in the nation. They offer floor plans ranging from under 600 square feet to over 2,000 square feet.

Located in Goshen, Indiana, Sherlock Homes is a custom manufactured home builder that works with three of the largest modular home suppliers in the nation. They offer floor plans ranging from under 600 square feet to over 2,000 square feet.

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Redman Homes of Indiana is a homebuilder that specializes in modular and mobile homes in the Midwest. The company’s homes can be customized with a wide range of features—including stainless steel kitchens, decorative tray ceilings, and large family and entertainment rooms.

Redman Homes of Indiana is a homebuilder that specializes in modular and mobile homes in the Midwest. The company’s homes can be customized with a wide range of features—including stainless steel kitchens, decorative tray ceilings, and large family and entertainment rooms.

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Pharrell Williams’ New Luxury Development Is Pitch Imperfect

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-09 17:33

The high-end Toronto towers are jagged and austere, and supposedly were inspired by Williams’ song “Gust of Wind”—the impression lasts as long.

Designs and intentions for the grammy-winning artist’s new up-scale housing have finally surfaced. They’re a little bleh, and way out of tune with Toronto’s housing needs.

Approximately 751 units between two towers will be on offer starting early 2020, and pricing will begin somewhere near $400,000 for a studio apartment. The development is next in a slew of million dollar condos being built in Toronto, where an average income won’t buy a 650-square-foot apartment. 

Alongside most major cities, Toronto is dancing on a skipping record that won’t soon come unstuck. Demand has skyrocketed over the last decade, inflating both rental and real estate prices by more than 75% in what is now North America’s fourth most populous city. 

The two towers will have 751 condominium suites ranging from studios to three bedrooms. Pricing for the apartments starts at $400,000 and they go on sale early 2020.
"What’s cool is as you go around the building, no two faces are the same. They all represent different moments from Gust of Wind," says lead architect Mansoor Kaze, who used Williams’ song as inspiration. The zig-zagging facade seems that it’s nothing more than a loose visual interpretation of the song’s wave form.

"What’s cool is as you go around the building, no two faces are the same. They all represent different moments from Gust of Wind," says lead architect Mansoor Kaze, who used Williams’ song as inspiration. The zig-zagging facade seems that it’s nothing more than a loose visual interpretation of the song’s wave form. 

Rendering by Norm Li

Williams did voice concerns to developers over providing affordable units alongside the towers, for which their are supposedly future plans. But the endeavor isn't meant as a humanitarian mission—Williams is just improvising to a song written by major developers. The hitmaker has been shoulder tapped to put a spin on the thing because he’s likable, and in general, has good taste. 

The "good taste," or the version of refinement Williams is offering each buyer is commensurate with the pricing of the units: a private balcony, rooftop dining with a sake tasting area, a spa, a basketball court, a state of the art gym, an indoor/outdoor pool, co-working space—in essence, an experiential lifestyle. 

Black, gray, and monolithic, this communal space has a solemn air.

Black, gray, and monolithic, this communal space has a solemn air. 

Rendering by Norm Li

The rectilinear indoor/outdoor pool area is a break from the building’s zagging exterior.
A gym and yoga studio are just a couple of the amenities provided to owners.

A gym and yoga studio are just a couple of the amenities provided to owners. 

Rendering by Norm Li

In spite of the high-fidelity accoutrements, the packaging is problematic. It’s austere and grandiose. It stands monolithic and has sharp edges like a cheese grater does. Dubiously titled "untitled," it’s meant as a blank canvas for residents to un-tap their dormant and unlimited potentials. Like a self-help book in building form, it’s selling carpe diem. 

From a fan, this is all tough love for Pharrell. I owned more than one NERD CD. "Pass the Courvoisier" is a jam and "Happy" has me clapping along every time. He knows how to write a song and his Grammys won’t lose their luster over misguided departures from the recording studio. Still, this foray into architecture has me shaking my head. 

As for Toronto’s housing crunch, Williams’ development partners have stated plans to build a second tower next door, which will offer 200 affordable units, 65 mid-range units, and 49 market units. A new public park will also be built as part of the block's master plan. 

The foyer is ominous and rigid, but flowing water throughout the building adds energy and movement.

The foyer is ominous and rigid, but flowing water throughout the building adds energy and movement.  

Rendering by Norm Li

Along with input from Pharrell, "untitled" was developed by Reserve Properties and Westvale Properties, with design by IBI Group and U31. It will be located in Toronto's Yonge-Eglinton neighborhood. 


A Glazed Addition Amps Up the Allure of a Victorian Home in Melbourne

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HA Architecture introduces a wall of windows to bring life and life into an Australian mullet home.

The steel-framed doors fully open to the courtyard, maximizing indoor/outdoor living space on the small lot.

When Nick Harding of Ha Architecture was hired to renovate an 1880s Victorian terrace home in Moreland, Australia, the firm was met with a series of challenges. The original structure had great bones, but it lacked natural light—and it would take some clever architectural planning to give the residents the open and airy spaces they so desired. Furthermore, Harding would have to work around a series of building regulations due to the property’s heritage status.

Steel-framed glass doors provide plenty of natural light. Harding took extra steps to ensure that the house was properly insulated. “We aren't great at thermally designing houses in Australia,” he says.

Steel-framed glass doors provide plenty of natural light. Harding took extra steps to ensure that the house was properly insulated. "We aren't great at thermally designing houses in Australia," he says. 

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The Chamfer House is one of many Victorian terrace houses constructed from the 1880s to the 1890s in Melbourne.

The Chamfer House is one of many Victorian terrace houses constructed from the 1880s to the 1890s in Melbourne.

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The home, which is located in a booming and culturally diverse part of Melbourne, features ornate steelwork typical of a 19th-century Victorian. The homeowners, who happen to be old friends of Harding’s, fell in love with its charming facade.

"The brief was pretty simple," he says. "It was very much about bringing in natural light and having naturally lit living spaces that would be timelessly designed and functional."

The front stairway features a delicate archway and wood flooring. While the goal wasn’t to match the same timber, the addition’s minimalist color palette and choice of timber help smooth the gap between the old and the new.

The front stairway features a delicate archway and wood flooring. While the goal wasn’t to match the same timber, the addition’s minimalist color palette and choice of timber help smooth the gap between the old and the new. 

Dave Kulesza

Harding’s solution was to create a back addition that’s hidden from the street, and that includes a study, a powder room, and spacious living, cooking, and dining areas. With reference images in hand, and prior experience renovating a number of row houses, Harding and his team got to work.

Harding went for simplicity in the kitchen, which features white backsplash tiles from Ceramica Vogue, a Ceaserstone countertop in Pure White, a Blanco sink with a Milli Inox fixture, and suface-mounted lights.

Harding went for simplicity in the kitchen, which features white backsplash tiles from Ceramica Vogue, a Ceaserstone countertop in Pure White, a Blanco sink with a Milli Inox fixture, and suface-mounted lights.

Dave Kulesza

While the facade couldn’t be changed due to the home’s historic status, Harding "effectively assimilated the old and new construction" with two coats of white paint (Dulux's Lexicon Quarter), which echoes the simplicity of the sculpted addition.

The addition’s low-impact form was driven by a local building rule that requires contractors to respect neighboring yards. "If your courtyard is less than 40 square meters, it’s deemed as precious space—so you can’t have a structure that would overshadow your neighbor’s home," he says. 

Furthermore, the home’s lot is quite narrow—so the addition would have to accommodate all of the family’s needs in one compact space.

The steel-framed doors fully open to the courtyard, maximizing indoor/outdoor living space on the small lot.

The steel-framed doors fully open to the courtyard, maximizing indoor/outdoor living space on the small lot.

Dave Kulesza

The homeowners went back and forth on how much timber they wanted in their home, however Ha Architecture ultimately delivered a plan that addressed their differing design styles and felt "as generous as possible in size" with plenty of natural light. As the addition is Southern-facing, HA went for a wall of double-glazed steel-framed windows that open into the garden.

“Buckets sit around the fireplace to hold the firewood and provide a nice contrast between the cabinetry,” Harding says. The bold black Stovax fireplace is the primary statement in the living room, however it also displays the homeowners’ curated items and a piece of art by Clare Brody from Studio Gallery in Melbourne.

"Buckets sit around the fireplace to hold the firewood and provide a nice contrast between the cabinetry," Harding says. The bold black Stovax fireplace is the primary statement in the living room, however it also displays the homeowners’ curated items and a piece of art by Clare Brody from Studio Gallery in Melbourne.

Dave Kulesza

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Menu Tailor Sofa

Born in Portugal, designer Rui Alves wanted to design a sofa that embraced the internal structure and highlights the natural glow of oak wood. Meant to be seen from all sides, the sofa has a light and airy appearance and looks as striking from the back as it does from the front. The frame is made of solid oak and the wood joints are carefully designed to follow the rounded form of the sofa. The sofa is available in two upholstery options: Sorensen Dunes leather that has a supple, velvety touch, or Kvadrat Hallingdal wool fabric. Photo Courtesy of Lumens

Cane-Line Roll Bar Trolley

The Roll Bar Trolley embodies convenience packaged in sleek designing. The modern trolley boasts a minimal design with its rounded, rectangular shape, black finish for the frame and accenting teak lined tray and bottom shelf; all together, the bar cart makes for an aesthetically pleasing contemporary look that will easily complement any space it's placed in. Transport lose dining items from space to space or use it as a traveling wet bar, the Roll Bar Trolley will do no less than offer great design. Photo Courtesy of YLiving

Ferm Living Kelim Rug – Merge

Add color and dimension to any room in your home with this hand-made Kelim Rug. The Kelim Rug is made from a traditional and elaborate weaving technique and crafted on a manual loom called the “Punja.” Featuring earthy tones and a geometric design, this rug feels both organic and modern at the same time. The hand-dyed wool and signature weave feels slightly coarse to the touch, a core characteristic of kelim rugs. From Danish design studio Ferm Living. Small: 31.5"W x 55"H. Large: 55"W x 78.75"H.

"We did a lot of testing with the windows to make sure that not too much light would stream in during the daytime," he says. To add even more light, HA inserted a light well between the original home and the add-on. 

Harding went for Fisher & Paykel appliances, which disappear behind a wall of Tasmanian oak joinery.

Harding went for Fisher & Paykel appliances, which disappear behind a wall of Tasmanian oak joinery. 

Dave Kulesza

The common area features a series of custom built-ins made of Tasmanian oak—a wood very common in Southern Australian residential projects. The seamless built-ins conceal the laundry room and Fisher & Paykel kitchen appliances, and hold the entertainment system in the living room. 

The renovation introduced a powder bath with a wall-mounted sink from Alape WT and fixtures by Milli Pure.

The renovation introduced a powder bath with a wall-mounted sink from Alape WT and fixtures by Milli Pure.

Dave Kulesza

"We often work on row houses that are five or six meters wide, and when you are dealing with those restrictions, built-ins are the way to go," he says. The floor plan differs every time, but [it’s some iteration]."

A central fireplace in the living room offers a moment of relief from the dark timber—and an efficient way to heat the home. "It’s designed to go reasonably close to the cabinetry, so it fits well in this tightly designed inner-city home," he says. "The clients didn't want to invest in elaborate heating, and they now love this fireplace and use it every day."

Located in the new addition, the couple’s master bedroom features the same timber-and-white theme and built-in shelving.

Located in the new addition, the couple’s master bedroom features the same timber-and-white theme and built-in shelving.

Dave Kulesza

The living room includes a Coco Flip pendant, a Jardan lounge and armchair, and a CV110 Cove coffee table.

The living room includes a Coco Flip pendant, a Jardan lounge and armchair, and a CV110 Cove coffee table.

Dave Kulesza

While the renovation did have many difficult parameters, it produced a more family-friendly, functional space that the homeowners can enjoy for years to come.

Related Reading:

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Project Credits: 

Architect of Record: Ha Architecture / @ha_arc

Builder/General Contractor: Block Constructions

Structural Engineer: Keith Long and Associates

Landscape Design Company: Peachy Green/@peachy_green_

Lighting Design: Light Project / @light_project

Cabinetry: JLA Joinery / @jlajoineryandkitchens

Photo Stylist: Bea Lambos / @beaandcostyle


Case Study Designer Craig Ellwood’s Landmarked Courtyard Apartments List for $2.85M

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The building was originally designed in the ’50s as four interlocking flats for celebrity TV host Roy Maypole.

For the first time in 15 years, Craig Ellwood’s Courtyard Apartments are back on the market. Built between 1952 and ’53, the residence was originally created as four interlocking apartments for celebrity television host and producer Roy Maypole. Ellwood gained international recognition for the complex shortly after its completion, taking home first prize in the Collective Housing category at the São Paulo Art Biennial architecture competition in 1954.

Known as The Courtyard Apartments, Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #801 was originally built between 1952 and 1953 as a four-unit complex. The structure now comprises three separate apartments, as two were merged into a single residence years later.

Known as The Courtyard Apartments, Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #801 was originally built between 1952 and 1953 as a four-unit complex. The structure now comprises three separate apartments, as two were merged into a single residence years later.

Photo by Jennie Figueroa of ZenHouse Collective

Spanning a total of 3,360 total square feet, the structure was originally built as four two-bedroom units. The current layout comprises one larger, two-bedroom unit and two of the original two-bedroom units.

A look inside the larger apartment, which was last remodeled in 2010. Much of the original detailing is still intact, although changes included a new kitchen and an open floor plan between the previously back-to-back units.

A look inside the larger apartment, which was last remodeled in 2010. Much of the original detailing is still intact, although changes included a new kitchen and an open floor plan between the previously back-to-back units.

Photo by Jennie Figueroa of ZenHouse Collective

While each apartment was meticulously maintained throughout the years, the larger unit received a more thorough restoration in 2010 by architects Linda Taalman and Alan Koch. At the time, the then-married couple lived in the space and tracked their revamp process in an exclusive renovation series for Dwell.

A look at the living room in the larger apartment. Full-width glass and sliding doors create an instant indoor/outdoor connection and provide direct access to one of the four private courtyards—a distinct feature of Ellwood’s original design.

A look at the living room in the larger apartment. Full-width glass and sliding doors create an instant indoor/outdoor connection and provide direct access to one of the four private courtyards—a distinct feature of Ellwood’s original design.

Photo by Jennie Figueroa of ZenHouse Collective

With original detailing such as wood ceilings, sliding glass walls, and concrete floors, the landmarked status of the complex also confers Mills Act tax benefits for the new owners. Scroll ahead to take a peek at the unique property, currently listed for $2,850,000.

Concrete flooring continues out into the courtyard, creating a more seamless flow between inside and out.

Concrete flooring continues out into the courtyard, creating a more seamless flow between inside and out.

Photo by Jennie Figueroa of ZenHouse Collective

Upstairs in the larger unit, a skylight invites ample natural light deep into the space.

Upstairs in the larger unit, a skylight invites ample natural light deep into the space. 

Photo by Jennie Figueroa of ZenHouse Collective

The larger unit offers two spacious bedrooms, with one on each end of the combined unit.

The larger unit offers two spacious bedrooms, with one on each end of the combined unit.

Photo by Jennie Figueroa of ZenHouse Collective

A peek at another courtyard terrace in one of the smaller units. The entire facade of the structure features exposed steel, glass, and brick—signature elements of Ellwood's designs.

A peek at another courtyard terrace in one of the smaller units. The entire facade of the structure features exposed steel, glass, and brick—signature elements of Ellwood's designs. 

Photo by Jennie Figueroa of ZenHouse Collective

Inside the first of two smaller units, bright blue cabinets contrast with the white-painted brick and wood ceilings. The original fireplace serves as the main focal point in each of the apartments.

Inside the first of two smaller units, bright blue cabinets contrast with the white-painted brick and wood ceilings. The original fireplace serves as the main focal point in each of the apartments.

Photo by Jennie Figueroa of ZenHouse Collective

The second of two smaller apartments offers identical features, with a flipped floor plan. Here, the red brick walls were left unpainted to complement this unit's red color scheme.

The second of two smaller apartments offers identical features, with a flipped floor plan. Here, the red brick walls were left unpainted to complement this unit's red color scheme.

Photo by Alexis Adam of ZenHouse Collective

A look at one of the bathrooms. Exposed brick and the use of simple materials continues into this space.

A look at one of the bathrooms. Exposed brick and the use of simple materials continues into this space.

Photo by Alexis Adam of ZenHouse Collective

An up-close view of the fourth courtyard space.

An up-close view of the fourth courtyard space.

Photo by Alexis Adam of ZenHouse Collective

1570 La Baig Avenue in Los Angeles, CA, is currently listed for $2,850,000 by Mike Deasy and Sara Clephane of Deasy Penner Podley.

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My House: An Architect Couple’s Playful Courtyard Home in Los Angeles

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Annie Ritz and Daniel Rabin, the couple behind And And And Studio, didn’t shy away from texture or color when it came to renovating their Silver Lake digs.

Architect couple Annie Ritz and Daniel Rabin, cofounders of And And And Studio, recently renovated their home in the creative enclave of Silver Lake, Los Angeles—a neighborhood filled with bohemians, hipsters, and young creative families. This major remodel and addition was an exploration in materials, color, and texture which transformed a rundown home into one that’s open, bright, and playfully chic with midcentury-inspired decor.

The simple, metal-clad, single-story home of Annie Ritz and Daniel Rabin has been updated with carefully selected materials, fixtures, and color palettes. Elegant shapes play with sophisticated textures, creating a uniquely Californian courtyard home.

The simple single-story home of Annie Ritz and Daniel Rabin has been updated with carefully selected materials, fixtures, and color palettes. Elegant shapes play with sophisticated textures, creating a uniquely Californian courtyard home. 

Photography by the Ingalls

The existing home, about 1,000 square feet, was in disrepair and completely gutted down to the studs. A taller, reframed roof gave the single-story space lofty ceilings. The addition, which provides another 1,000 square feet, is the other arm of the now T-shaped abode. Set back on a large lot and nestled between a pool and courtyard, it takes advantage of natural light and facilitates the family’s indoor/outdoor lifestyle.

This home’s backyard hosts a large swimming pool and deck. Big windows and a sliding door provide indoor/outdoor connections.

This home’s backyard hosts a large swimming pool and deck. Big windows and a sliding door provide indoor/outdoor connections. 

Photography by the Ingalls

Distinct outdoor zones, such as this wood deck adjacent to the pool, are just as integral to the home as the indoor living spaces.

Distinct outdoor zones, such as this wood deck adjacent to the pool, are just as integral to the home as the indoor living spaces. 

Photography by the Ingalls

Through their work, Annie and Daniel are dedicated to "creating inventive and unique spaces that balance sophisticated and playful, refined and odd, contextual and different." Their Silver Lake home is a true example of the firm’s creative approach. We chatted with the couple about the challenges and triumphs of designing Courtyard House.

What were your main sources of inspiration?

We took a lot of inspiration from the material choices within the project. We are constantly discovering different materials and thinking about how they want to be used, how they can influence the design, and what effect and atmosphere they will lend to a space. 

A mixed material palette of wood paneling, marble, brass fixtures from Phylrich, and simple geometric tile creates a sophisticated master bath retreat with a laid-back, California vibe. The square tiles are from Japan, and though they were oddly sized, Annie and Daniel took on the challenge of incorporating it into the bathrooms, using it to bring out different vibes.

A mixed material palette of wood paneling, marble, brass fixtures from Phylrich, and simple geometric tile creates a sophisticated master bath retreat with a laid-back, California vibe. The square tiles are from Japan, and though they were oddly sized, Annie and Daniel took on the challenge of incorporating it into the bathrooms, using it to bring out different vibes.

Photography by the Ingalls

Wood slats wrap the master bath walls, bringing in a touch of warmth and contrasting texture.

Wood slats wrap the master bath walls, bringing in a touch of warmth and contrasting texture. 

Photography by the Ingalls

For example, we came across a commercial tile from Japan that was pretty pedestrian but had a really nice, matte finish and fun color palette. It was a small, oddly sized square tile, and we challenged ourselves to bring that tile into our bathrooms in different ways. In the master bathroom, you see it in a warm natural tone, paired with shiplap wood paneling and brass fixtures, whereas in the kid’s bath, we used it in more of a retro sense and integrated the tile into an immersive, colored grid. 

Pastel blue tile and Driklolor paint in the soft, pink Pillow hue add a touch of playfulness to the kid’s bathroom. A Flower Pot pendant light from Verner Panton hangs above the round mirror and wall-mount faucet.

Pastel blue tile and Driklolor paint in the soft, pink Pillow hue add a touch of playfulness to the kid’s bathroom. A Flower Pot pendant light from Verner Panton hangs above the round mirror and wall-mount faucet. 

Photography by the Ingalls

What was on your checklist when designing this home?

We start every project with an open mind. We review and balance the site, existing conditions, and budget with lifestyle needs and goals and treat every project as an opportunity to test new ideas. With this project, we wanted to experiment with color, texture, and materials and balance that with quiet and loud moments. To that end, we sought an architectural form that was very simple—two pitched volumes meeting at a right angle to create a "T."  It was both a response to the existing site as well as a way to best connect all of these spaces to distinct, outdoor zones.

The original 1,000-square-foot house (where the open living, dining, and kitchen area is mostly located) abuts the new, 1,000-square-foot addition in an "T" configuration to make the best use of the site.

The original 1,000-square-foot house (where the open living, dining, and kitchen area is mostly located) abuts the new, 1,000-square-foot addition in an "T" configuration to make the best use of the site.

Photography by the Ingalls

A gabled roof line, metal cladding, and punched window openings keep things simple and clean.

A gabled roof line, custom board and batten siding, and punched window openings keep things simple and clean. 

Photography by the Ingalls

How did you choose the color palette?

We think of color as a sophisticated design tool that’s key to creating a unique and holistic space. The kitchen is a great example of this; we integrated a rich, olive green in the cabinetry and paired it with sophisticated detailing, natural materials—Calacatta marble and a warm oak—and an unusually shaped island. 

In the kitchen, olive green cabinets pair with Calacatta marble, stylish fixtures, and a circular, wood-clad island.

In the kitchen, olive green cabinets pair with Calacatta marble, stylish fixtures, and a circular, wood-clad island.

Photography by the Ingalls

The round island was another opportunity to play with materials: the wood cladding adds a unique texture.

The round island was another opportunity to play with materials: the wood cladding adds a unique texture.

Photography by the Ingalls

Calacatta marble dramatically extends from the counter and sink to form a backsplash and floating shelf.

Calacatta marble dramatically extends from the counter and sink to form a backsplash and floating shelf. 

Photography by the Ingalls

From there, we developed a bold palette to complement and build upon this scheme—a custom, 20-foot-long, turmeric velvet curtain; a terrazzo dining table paired with burgundy chairs; a warm, neutral sofa opposite a bold marigold one.

The dining table is a custom piece with a terrazzo top on a steel base.  Burgundy Result Chairs from Hay add a rich color accent to the dining room.

The dining table is a custom piece with a terrazzo top on a steel base.  Burgundy Result Chairs from Hay add a rich color accent to the dining room. 

Photography by the Ingalls

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Innit Designs Acapulco Chair

The Innit Designs Acapulco Chair is cool in more ways than one. Based on the original 1950s design, it has an open and airy yet ergonomic and supportive open weave vinyl seat inspired by traditional Mayan hammock weaving techniques. The pear-shaped seat and architectural steel frame give the chair a retro-modern aesthetic suitable both indoors and out. Made in Toronto, Canada The Acapulco is in every way 'cool'. With avocado shaping and a comfortable woven seat, this series offers up a lounge space like no other. The seating itself is based upon time-honored Mayan hammock weaving technology in a design that unifies tradition with innovation and harmonizes the function of ergonomic comfort. Its weave perfectly cradles the body within its clean lines (without suffocating) and offers a character of casual sophistication. Flexible yet durable vinyl cord seating conforms to the sitter for the ultimate lounge experience. Acapulco Chairs have been tested according to ANSI BIFMA standards for commercial use. All materials used in production are sourced in Canada. And chairs are woven in Toronto and Los Angeles and paired with weather resistant, galvanized and polyester powder coated steel frames. Woven vinyl is phthalate free and treated to resist UV rays. Note: Chrome and copper frame finishes are suitable for indoor use only. Photo Courtesy of YLiving

Schoolhouse Locking Mailbox - Green

Minimal and nearly indestructible, this sturdy steel mailbox may be easily wall or post-mounted. Pair with our Schoolhouse Magnetic Numbers. A Schoolhouse Exclusive. Photo Courtesy of Schoolhouse

Cozier Nomad Sandalwood & Amber Candle

What it is: A comforting coconut-wax candle made from premium, sustainable materials and hand poured in LA into a reusable, one-of-a-kind ceramic jar. Fragrance story: Woodsy sandalwood and sensual amber reminiscent of far-off nature allow your mind to escape to foreign encounters, exotic aesthetics and reimagined dream-like landscapes, backlit by an ethereal candlelit glow. Notes: woodsy sandalwood, sensual amber. Photo Courtesy of Nordstrom

The open living space is full of natural light with vaulted ceilings that heighten the space. White walls provide the perfect backdrop for the designers’ bold palette of colors and materials.

The open living space is full of natural light with vaulted ceilings that heighten the space. White walls provide the perfect backdrop for the designers’ bold palette of colors and materials. 

Photography by the Ingalls

The entry hall is another snapshot of design experimentation with wood built-ins, open cubbies, and simple brass hooks.

The entry hall is another snapshot of design experimentation with wood built-ins, open cubbies,  and simple brass hooks. 

Photography by the Ingalls

What is your favorite feature of the house?

That’s very hard to answer about your own work. We find ourselves drawn to the main living space—its height, openness, natural light quality, and warmth. It’s the linchpin between the front courtyard and the backyard and pool area. When we have friends over, we open up the front and back sliders, and the space becomes the connection or meeting place.

Large sliding glass doors connect the interior living spaces to the outside, providing seamless indoor/outdoor transitions.

Large sliding glass doors connect the interior living spaces to the outside, providing seamless indoor/outdoor transitions. 

Photography by the Ingalls

The living room is a blend of old and new, simple and bold, playful and sophisticated with Muuto, Tom Dixon, and repurposed Maharam furniture.

The living room is a blend of old and new, simple and bold, playful and sophisticated with Muuto, Tom Dixon, and repurposed Maharam furniture. 

Photography by the Ingalls

Large windows provide views to the courtyard while drawing in plentiful daylight.  Aballs Wall Sconces from Parachilna march down the hallway to a small office space with built-ins.

Large windows provide views to the courtyard while drawing in plentiful daylight.  Aballs Wall Sconces from Parachilna march down the hallway to a small office space with built-ins. 

Photography by the Ingalls

What was the biggest challenge in designing your home, and how did you overcome it?

The existing house was unremarkable and in disrepair. Given its context and neighbors, it was set unusually far back from the street, leaving a significant amount of front yard vacant and unused. We saw this odd feature as an opportunity to create something special: a property with a quiet street profile that you enter through a private garden and courtyard. 

It sounds unusual, but the existing site didn’t have a single living plant or tree—in order to make the front courtyard work, we brought in a 50-year-old olive tree to give it a heart and a center, balancing it with boulders and native plantings to create a play space for our kids and an elegant entrance sequence for our visitors. 

The couple added a 50-year-old olive tree to create a sense of arrival for guests.

The couple added a 50-year-old olive tree to create a sense of arrival for guests.

Photography by the Ingalls

Visitors enter the gate and first take in the courtyard; then they experience being in it as they approach the house. Once inside, the front courtyard is part of our kitchen: it can fully open onto it, and you experience it again from a different perspective. The long and light-filled, thickened hallway of our kids’ bedrooms looks onto the courtyard and the olive tree. It’s as much a part of the house as the actual house itself.

Visitors experience the beauty of the courtyard upon entry as they step atop large pavers leading up to the wood deck.

Visitors experience the beauty of the courtyard upon entry as they step atop large pavers leading up to the wood deck.

Photography by the Ingalls

The home's courtyard is ideal for indoor/outdoor living. By opening the sliding glass doors, the kitchen space is connected to a courtyard dining space, which is ideal for family gatherings and entertaining.

The home's courtyard is ideal for indoor/outdoor living. By opening the sliding glass doors, the kitchen space is connected to a courtyard dining space, which is ideal for family gatherings and entertaining. 

Photography by the Ingalls

Where do you recommend shopping for home decor items, either locally or online?

Menu, Ferm Living, Muuto, APlusR, Parachilna, Madera Surfaces, and Drikolor.

More My House:

A Creative Couple’s Live/Work Loft Is Full of Sunny, Southwestern Vibes

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Apparel Designer Mikey Armenta’s Northern California Surf Retreat

Project Credits:

Architect of Record: And And And Studio / @andandandstudio

Builder / General Contractor: Zorzoli Builds LC Construction

Structural Engineer: Craig Philips

Interior Design: And And And Studio

Cabinetry Construction: Rowla


Rare Chairs, Rising Tides, and Everything Else You Need to See at This Year’s Design Miami

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We spoke with curatorial director Aric Chen about why he wants the major design fair to be more than just a marketplace.

There is no shortage of beautiful objects at this year’s Design Miami. In fact, it is one of the strongest editions of the 14-year-old design fair to date, with a range of work—from rare 20th-century classics to collectable contemporary design—in presentations by more than 30 galleries. But beyond the offerings for well-heeled collectors, the show, which runs through Sunday, December 8, has a deeper organizing idea behind some of its installations and its Design Forum series of public programs.

Curatorial director Aric Chen joined Design Miami at the end of last year. Formerly lead curator at Hong Kong's M+ museum, Chen is based in Shanghai and has organized numerous design exhibitions around the world. During Design Miami’s June edition (which counter-intuitively takes place in Basel, Switzerland) he created a design exhibition called Elements: Earth that ran in tandem with the fair. For the Miami show, he has followed it up by focusing on water. The theme, loosely woven into the fair, is appropriate for the city—Miami’s lifeblood is the ocean, yet it’s also gravely threatened by sea levels rising on an ever more urgent timeline.

We spoke with Chen about how Design Miami participants responded to the theme, curating in a fair context, and why designers are on the vanguard of thinking through climate change. Read our conversation below and check out some highlights for the fair.

Design Miami's curatorial director, Aric Chen, in front a work by Coral Morphologic, a Miami duo who have placed a live webcam in a coral reef that is thriving in the busy urban waters of Biscayne Bay.

Congrats on your second edition of Design Miami. Your curatorial director post is a new position. What exactly is your role at the fair?

Design Miami has had this tagline for a while now of being a "global forum for design." And the fair has a long history of playing a leading role in both setting the direction of design and reflecting the directions that design was going. They wanted to reinforce that a bit. My role is about setting a tone and with some of the presentations and the conversations that happen during the fair.

Mexico city gallery AGO Projects' colorful Design Miami booth.

Mexico city gallery AGO Projects' colorful Design Miami booth.

Photo: James Harris

Your exhibition in June was titled Elements: Earth, and this edition of the fair focuses on water. Why was ecology something you wanted to emphasize at Design Miami?

For all the obvious reasons, you can't get more urgent than environmental issues and issues of sustainability. And designers have sensitive antenna and it naturally drives them to explore these big questions. It's really part of a design ethos. In the realm of collectible design [versus mass-produced work], designers can work in a more conceptual framework, particularly when it comes to materials. They can really examine, question, push, and probe what it is that distinguishes natural and artificial raw materials, waste, consumption, and production in this brave new world that we're confronting in which everything is changing and will by necessity have to be redefined.

Philadelphia's Moderne Gallery brought a collection of work that included a stunning <span style="font-family: Theinhardt, -apple-system, BlinkMacSystemFont, &quot;Segoe UI&quot;, Roboto, Oxygen-Sans, Ubuntu, Cantarell, &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, sans-serif;">George Nakashima</span><span style="font-family: Theinhardt, -apple-system, BlinkMacSystemFont, &quot;Segoe UI&quot;, Roboto, Oxygen-Sans, Ubuntu, Cantarell, &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, sans-serif;"> credenza.</span>

Philadelphia's Moderne Gallery brought a collection of work that included a stunning George Nakashima credenza.

Photo: James Harris

That applies then to questions of how do we make things? What do we consider a natural material? How do we reevaluate materials at a time when they are increasingly scarce and kind of ambiguous by nature? Like, do we now think of waste as a new raw material? Probably. I mean we probably have to.

New York gallery R &amp; Company's booth features work by designer Rogan Gregory, including an impressive fireplace.

New York gallery R & Company's booth features work by designer Rogan Gregory, including an impressive fireplace. 

Photo: James Harris

What was the most interesting work you discovered in the lead up to the fair?

I'm really excited by the Miami duo Coral Morphologic. They have submerged a webcam in Biscayne Bay to live stream scenes from the coral reefs that, believe it or not, are growing there at a time when corals are dying almost everywhere else. It's a phenomenon that scientists are still trying to understand. What is it that allows these corals to thrive in this very busy urban body of water. What you see when you enter the fair is scenes from that webcam, just to kind of make visible what's not usually seen but under our noses, nonetheless.

Designer Chris Wolston's expressive dining chairs at Future Perfect.

Designer Chris Wolston's expressive dining chairs at Future Perfect.

Photo: James Harris

Why show this and other work grappling with big environmental questions in the very commerce-driven climate of a design fair?

So there are a lot of designers who are working in this realm and showing their work at a fair is a good way of trying to help build a stronger system of patronage. Because it's not commercial work obviously. And collectors can play the biggest role in furthering these investigations.

Salon 94 is showing work by Portland designer Sae Jung Oh, who makes furniture by meticulously hand wrapping clusters of toys and other objects in strips of raw leather.

Salon 94 is showing work by Portland designer Sae Jung Oh, who makes furniture by meticulously hand wrapping clusters of toys and other objects in strips of raw leather.

Photo: James Harris


Fans of modern chairs went crazy for this 1927 "beugelstoel

Fans of modern chairs went crazy for this 1927 "beugelstoel" by Gerrit Rietveld at Galerie Vivid during Design Miami's preview.

Photo: James Harris


A chair by Brazilian designer Gustavo Bittencourt at the Mercado Moderno booth.

A chair by Brazilian designer Gustavo Bittencourt at the Mercado Moderno booth.

Photo: James Harris


Brooklyn-based Calico Wallpaper and Dutch designer Tord Boontje created work for Swarovski that highlighted the crystal company's nonprofit work to assure access to clean water in schools all over the world.

Photo courtesy Swarovski


Eva Longoria’s L.A. Mansion With a Swimming Grotto Lists for a Reduced $9.5M

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-06 19:39

Once owned by Tom Cruise, the secluded three-acre property offers multiple residences, a resort-like swimming pool, and 180-degree city views.

Offering two detached residences and two additional studio spaces, the compound spans nearly three acres. Walking paths crisscross the property—including this bridge that overlooks the resort-like swimming pool.

Eva Longoria has once again cut the asking price of her Hollywood Hills West compound. The award-winning actor, producer, and activist first listed the gated estate in 2017 for $14,000,000, after acquiring it two years prior from fellow film star and Golden Globe–winner Tom Cruise. A year later, she slashed the price to $11,000,000—which is $400,000 less than what she originally paid. Eager to sell, Longoria recently reduced the price even further and is now seeking $9,495,000.

Eva Longoria—known for her roles in Desperate Housewives and The Young and the Restless—purchased the multiproperty estate from Tom Cruise in 2015 for $11,400,000. Just two years after acquiring the home, she listed it for sale—and she has been seeking a buyer ever since.

Eva Longoria—known for her roles in Desperate Housewives and The Young and the Restless—purchased the multiproperty estate from Tom Cruise in 2015 for $11,400,000. Just two years after acquiring the home, she listed it for sale—and she has been seeking a buyer ever since.

Photo courtesy of The Altman Brothers of Douglas Elliman

Set on a 2.75-acre lot just above the Hollywood Hills, the Tuscany–inspired compound was built in 2004 and offers a total of four structures: a three-bedroom villa, a four-bedroom guesthouse, and two studios. Plans for a full renovation of the dwellings by architect Mark Rios were recently approved and are included in the sale.

Offering two detached residences and two additional studio spaces, the compound spans nearly three acres. Walking paths crisscross the property—including this bridge that overlooks the resort-like swimming pool.

Offering two detached residences and two additional studio spaces, the compound spans nearly three acres. Walking paths crisscross the property—including this bridge that overlooks the resort-like swimming pool.

Photo courtesy of The Altman Brothers of Douglas Elliman

The extensive, gated property is a secluded retreat in the heart of Los Angeles. Stone and gravel walking paths connect the separate structures and outdoor spaces, creating a resort-like. Scroll ahead to take a look around the estate, which is currently listed for $9,495,000.

One of the two residences on the property is a bright and airy French-style villa, which was fully remodeled in 2006. In the family room, vaulted ceilings with exposed beams enhance the sense of space, while windows and doors invite an abundance of fresh air and city views.

One of the two residences on the property is a bright and airy French-style villa, which was fully remodeled in 2006. In the family room, vaulted ceilings with exposed beams enhance the sense of space, while windows and doors invite an abundance of fresh air and city views.

Photo courtesy of The Altman Brothers of Douglas Elliman

The spacious home includes multiple living and entertaining areas. A large formal dining room sits just off the kitchen.

The spacious home includes multiple living and entertaining areas. A large formal dining room sits just off the kitchen.

Photo courtesy of The Altman Brothers of Douglas Elliman

The vaulted, beamed ceilings continue into the kitchen, which is outfitted in custom cabinetry and professional-grade appliances. The room offers plenty of counter space and cabinetry for storage.

The vaulted, beamed ceilings continue into the kitchen, which is outfitted in custom cabinetry and professional-grade appliances. The room offers plenty of counter space and cabinetry for storage. 

Photo courtesy of The Altman Brothers of Douglas Elliman

Sweeping views of the pool, property, and city beyond can be enjoyed from the villa terraces.

Sweeping views of the pool, property, and city beyond can be enjoyed from the villa terraces.

Photo courtesy of The Altman Brothers of Douglas Elliman

The second residence is a four-bedroom, four-bath country house, which takes on a different aesthetic both inside and out.

The second residence is a four-bedroom, four-bath country house, which takes on a different aesthetic both inside and out.

Photo courtesy of The Altman Brothers of Douglas Elliman

A large, stone fireplace anchors the main living room. Wide-plank hardwood floors and extensive wood details run throughout the home.

A large, stone fireplace anchors the main living room. Wide-plank hardwood floors and extensive wood details run throughout the home.

Photo courtesy of The Altman Brothers of Douglas Elliman

A wood-paneled dining area is located just steps away from the kitchen. Windows wrap around the space, providing views of the wooded area around the structure.

A wood-paneled dining area is located just steps away from the kitchen. Windows wrap around the space, providing views of the wooded area around the structure.

Photo courtesy of The Altman Brothers of Douglas Elliman

In the kitchen, high-end appliances and custom cabinetry line the walls, while marble caps the counters and floors.

In the kitchen, high-end appliances and custom cabinetry line the walls, while marble caps the counters and floors.

Photo courtesy of The Altman Brothers of Douglas Elliman

A peek inside one of the home’s four spacious bedrooms.

A peek inside one of the home’s four spacious bedrooms.

Photo courtesy of The Altman Brothers of Douglas Elliman

A custom-built greenhouse is situated on another side of the property.

A custom-built greenhouse is situated on another side of the property.

Photo courtesy of The Altman Brothers of Douglas Elliman

Neatly nestled along the driveway is smaller stone cottage, which can easily serve as a studio space or guesthouse.

Neatly nestled along the driveway is smaller stone cottage, which can easily serve as a studio space or guesthouse.

Photo courtesy of The Altman Brothers of Douglas Elliman

7847 Torreyson Drive in Los Angeles, CA, is currently listed for $9,495,000 by The Altman Brothers Team of Douglas Elliman. 

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These Eco-Minded Villas in Cabo Verde Are the Perfect Place to Escape Winter Blues

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Antwerp-based POLO Architects built these sustainable vacation homes with materials directly from the project's site.

The one-story homes blend seamlessly into the background due to a palette of basalt, cement, and imported African wood.

 Located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Western Africa, the island of São Vicente, part of the Republic of Cabo Verde, boasts warm temperatures year round and little rain fall, resulting in a vaguely lunar-like landscape. The island also happens to have one of the best windsurfing beaches on the planet, and attracts many water sport-seeking tourists yearly. 

To capitalize on this growing industry, Barefoot Luxury, a hospitality company with far-flung destinations around the globe, tasked Belgian architecture firm POLO Architects to design a series of vacation villas and a forthcoming resort on the craggy island. 

The 12 homes are for-sale and rented throughout the year to tourists. When POLO Architects first become involved with the project, they wanted to make sure that the designs would be "as viable and sustainable as possible," POLO Architects Co-founder Patrick Lootens says.

The 12 homes are for-sale and rented throughout the year to tourists. When POLO Architects first become involved with the project, they wanted to make sure that the designs would be "as viable and sustainable as possible," POLO Architects Co-founder Patrick Lootens says. 

Francisco Nogueira

 "During this process, I went more than 16 times over a two- to three-year span and fell in love with the islands," POLO Architects Co-founder Patrick Lootens says. 

 The brief was to construct a number of homes for holiday purposes but Lootens was hesitant when it came to the site location. Careful not to disrupt the virgin valley any more than he had to, Lootens made the decision to use natural materials from the grounds directly adjacent to the plot for sustainability purposes and to help the homes disappear into the rocky, arid surroundings. 

The 15-foot windows provide breathtaking views of the surrounding hills and blue ocean waters.

The 15-foot windows provide breathtaking views of the surrounding hills and blue ocean waters. 

Francisco Nogueira

And when it came to the design, he was eager to meld the traditional Cape Verde way of building with a more Scandinavian architectural design approach."Merging the two styles was like a ping-pong game," he comments.

The one-story homes blend seamlessly into the background due to a palette of basalt, cement, and imported African wood.

The one-story homes blend seamlessly into the background due to a palette of basalt, cement, and imported African wood. 

Francisco Nogueira

Expert, local contractors from nearby Santo Antão island, which features an equally unusual landscape ("arid on one side, while the North is wet, humid and Jurassic Park-like," says Lootens), were crucial in completing the 12 homes, named "The Esculturas."

 Each home is constructed with exterior basalt stone walls, sourced from the locale. Inside, the home features Kotibe wood elements and entirely hand-poured concrete walls.

Designers from Belgium design group Going East scoured local markets in the nearby city of Mindelo for hand-crafted items like sharks teeth, rattan daybeds, and woven pendant lights.

Designers from Belgium design group Going East scoured local markets in the nearby city of Mindelo for hand-crafted items like sharks teeth, rattan daybeds, and woven pendant lights. 

Francisco Nogueira

 "The contractors didn’t have large tools, so they poured the concrete with their buckets and with their hands, which was quite tiresome. But the result was very satisfactory," Lootens explains. 

 The contractors also put together the oversized wooden windows with wood imported from Ghana and Angola. "They are 15 feet high and quite amazing," he says. 

The enclosed central patios are great for enjoying warm weather and protecting owners from the winds.

The enclosed central patios are great for enjoying warm weather and protecting owners from the winds. 

Francisco Nogueira

 But the most important aspect of the architectural design was protecting owners from São Vicente’s harsh winds. 

 "The houses are oriented toward the bay and the sea, which is where most of the wind comes from," explains Lootens. To counteract this, the firm used Kotibe wood from Portugal to construct protective, flexible panels that can "be open or closed, depending on the weather." 

 The one-story homes are built around a central courtyard, a pool, and outdoor kitchen, which provides comfortable areas for entertaining and an opportunity to appreciate the natural beauty that surrounds the homes.

In addition to using sustainable materials, all of the interiors were designed to be minimalist to keep the focus on the wild setting.

In addition to using sustainable materials, all of the interiors were designed to be minimalist to keep the focus on the wild setting. 

Francisco Nogueira

For the interiors, POLO partnered with Belgian designers Anaïs Torfs and Michiel Mertens of Going East. When purchasing pieces for the villas, the two designers looked in the markets of Mindelo, the 80,000-person city just 15 minutes away. There, they found sharks teeth, rattan, wicker, and a slew of other vernacular objects and furnishings that place the villas firmly in their local context. 

 And when it came to the landscape architecture, POLO took the same approach with the construction, not looking to add anything unnatural to the site. 

 "It doesn’t rain much there so water is very scare," he says. "We tried not to fill up the landscape with greenery that would require extra water as it wouldn’t be ecological, and it would be expensive. But every home has a small garden." 

Three hundred and fifty miles off the coast of Northwestern Africa, the secluded spot is the ideal place to escape to for a vacation.

Three hundred and fifty miles off the coast of Northwestern Africa, the secluded spot is the ideal place to escape to for a vacation. 

Francisco Nogueira


This Wild, Curvaceous Home Is Buried Beneath the Earth

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A sunken-earth home with voluminous interiors peers out from beneath a blanket of flora.

On an empty plot amongst abutting properties, Russia-based Niko Architect created a home that feels private—without completely shuttering it away from the light of day. Vegetation blankets the home’s concrete form, and its walls sweep upwards and outwards to become roofs—nary a rectilinear line in sight. Molded floor-to-ceiling windows curve to grant panoramic views of the entirety of the backyard and swimming pool.  

Niko Architect and landscape firm Ecopochva designed a home that doesn’t play by the rectilinear rules of conventional architecture.

Niko Architect and landscape firm Ecopochva designed a home that doesn’t play by the rectilinear rules of conventional architecture.

Photo by Vasiliy Khurtin

The landscape engulfs the strategically positioned home, hiding it from the street and from nearby neighbors.

The landscape engulfs the strategically positioned home, hiding it from the street and from nearby neighbors. 

Photo by Vasiliy Khurtin

"The landscape flows into the building—and the building into the landscape," says Niko Architect. "It is enhanced by a green roof, on which a garden with woody and herbaceous plants and an artificial relief is organized."

A living area stacks over the bedroom on the ground floor. Both feature molded floor-to-ceiling windows that provide plenty of natural light and backyard views.

A living area stacks over the bedroom on the ground floor. Both feature molded floor-to-ceiling windows that provide plenty of natural light and backyard views.

Photo by Vasiliy Khurtin

The home nestles a rear-facing courtyard that frames one of its many sculptures.

The home nestles a rear-facing courtyard that frames one of its many sculptures.

Photo by Vasiliy Khurtin

Since only the rear facade has windows, Niko Architect implemented amoeba-shaped skylights that poke out above the rooftop garden. Each is aimed along the sun’s trajectory to maximize ambient lighting.

A smattering of windows above the downstairs living area are angled to scoop up sunlight, which they cast down onto the conversation pit, dining room, and viewing area at different times of day. The other living area—a viewing deck across the courtyard and upstairs—has three windows situated to catch light in the afternoon and evening.

An aerial shot shows the lay of the heavily landscaped property, and the many angled skylights that let ambient light into the home. Each is positioned along the sun's trajectory to catch light at different times of day.

An aerial shot shows the lay of the heavily landscaped property, and the many angled skylights that let ambient light into the home. Each is positioned along the sun's trajectory to catch light at different times of day. 

Photo by Vasiliy Khurtin

A sweeping staircase spirals up to the second floor. A sculpture plays off the black marble floors, and a bonsai perches preciously on a rounded display ledge.

A sweeping staircase spirals up to the second floor. A sculpture plays off the black marble floors, and a bonsai perches preciously on a rounded display ledge.

Photo by Sergey Ananiev

The curved, white walls and vaulted ceilings meet black, striated marble floors for a museum-like atmosphere. Throughout the home’s nearly 3,000 square feet, various sculptures and furnishings take new forms as they are bathed in shifting daylight.

In the downstairs living area, the walls sweep upwards toward skylights that protrude out and above the flora of the green roof. Next to the viewing area is a conversation pit accompanied by a hanging fireplace. A hole-punched, curving wooden panel separates the dining room.

In the downstairs living area, the walls sweep upwards toward skylights that protrude out and above the flora of the green roof. Next to the viewing area is a conversation pit accompanied by a hanging fireplace. A hole-punched, curving wooden panel separates the dining room.

Photo by Sergey Ananiev

Chunky, curvy furniture plays off the home’s form.

Chunky, curvy furniture plays off the home’s form.

Photo by Sergey Ananiev

At the home’s entrance, a wide-mouthed, asymmetrical carport hangs open behind a fence guarding the property. From there, grand stairs flank the overgrown facade like arms, leading down living pathways to the secluded backyard. "It is interconnected with the environment, a being of organic architecture," says Niko Architect.

 Downstairs, the bedroom features wood flooring and vertical wooden slats that provide privacy from the courtyard. Accents of gold and black play off the white walls.

 Downstairs, the bedroom features wood flooring and vertical wooden slats that provide privacy from the courtyard. Accents of gold and black play off the white walls.

Photo by Sergey Ananiev

Dark figurines rappel from the ceiling in the black, sun-dappled bathroom.

Dark figurines rappel from the ceiling in the black, sun-dappled bathroom. 

Photo by Sergey Ananiev

An asymmetrical, futuristic, and seductively lit carport faces the street, looking a bit like a set from Star Wars' Cloud City.

An asymmetrical, futuristic, and seductively lit carport faces the street, looking a bit like a set from Star Wars' Cloud City.  

Photo by Vasiliy Khurtin

Planted pathways and staircases circumvent the property.

Planted pathways and staircases circumvent the property.

Photo by Vasiliy Khurtin


House in the Landscape floor plan

House in the Landscape floor plan

Courtesy of Niko Architect


House in the Landscape sections

House in the Landscape sections

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A rendering shows when each skylight comes into play during the sun's journey across the sky.

A rendering shows when each skylight comes into play during the sun's journey across the sky. 

Courtesy of Niko Architect


Dwell’s Top 10 Prefabs of 2019

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From a shingle-clad retreat in Patagonia to a sculptor’s live/work cabin, these are the most innovative prefabs of the year.

Built on a tight budget of $120,000, a retirement home in the mountains delivers unexpected contemporary design to a rural township.

The appeal of prefab homes stems from their relative accessibility, affordability, and streamlined design that results in less environmental waste. Plus, as evident from many of the prefabs we featured this year, the modular nature of their construction allows builders to stage these low-impact homes in truly spectacular, remote locations. Read on to see the prefabricated homes and cabins that most captivated our readers to this year, from lakeside in Patagonia to hillside in Taiwan.

10. A Shingle-Clad Prefab Anchored on Patagonia’s Largest Lake

In wild, rugged Patagonia, Chilean architectural firm SAA Arquitectura + Territorio has crafted a comfortable and contemporary home in a notoriously inhospitable environment where access to materials and labor is limited. The exterior is entirely sheathed in shingles made from locally sourced lenga wood, a species native to the Patagonia-Andean forests.

In wild, rugged Patagonia, Chilean architectural firm SAA Arquitectura + Territorio has crafted a comfortable and contemporary home in a notoriously inhospitable environment where access to materials and labor is limited. The exterior is entirely sheathed in shingles made from locally sourced lenga wood, a species native to the Patagonia-Andean forests.

Photo by Nico Saieh

The challenges posed by the remote terrain were a tradeoff for the site’s spellbinding beauty. The Santiago-based client selected a spot on the shores of the largest lake in Patagonia, Lake General Carrera, for its turquoise-blue waters, snow-capped granite mountains, and glittering glaciers in the distance.

The challenges posed by the remote terrain were a tradeoff for the site’s spellbinding beauty. The Santiago-based client selected a spot on the shores of the largest lake in Patagonia, Lake General Carrera, for its turquoise-blue waters, snow-capped granite mountains, and glittering glaciers in the distance.

Photo by Nico Saieh

Soon after purchasing a picturesque lakeside property an hour and a half north of Manhattan, a couple with school-age children found themselves facing a new question: how would they build a bespoke vacation home in time for their kids’ next summer break?

Soon after purchasing a picturesque lakeside property an hour and a half north of Manhattan, a couple with school-age children found themselves facing a new question: how would they build a bespoke vacation home in time for their kids’ next summer break?

Photo by Chris Cooper

On the recommendation of a close friend, the couple flew to Texas to meet the team behind the award-winning architecture firm Lake|Flato, whose Porch House program seemed to offer the perfection solution to the family’s quick-build needs.

On the recommendation of a close friend, the couple flew to Texas to meet the team behind the award-winning architecture firm Lake|Flato, whose Porch House program seemed to offer the perfection solution to the family’s quick-build needs.

Photo by Chris Cooper

Located in Ojochal, Costa Rica, at the edge of a large tropical rain forest, the multi-disciplinary firm of A-01 (A Company / A Foundation) designed a prefabricated home that would respond to its local environment by exclusively using passive climate control.

Located in Ojochal, Costa Rica, at the edge of a large tropical rain forest, the multi-disciplinary firm of A-01 (A Company / A Foundation) designed a prefabricated home that would respond to its local environment by exclusively using passive climate control.

Photo: Fernando Alda

The steel structure acts as the main frame holding up the outside and inside facades; the frame is painted white to help reflect sunlight and reduce heat absorption.

The steel structure acts as the main frame holding up the outside and inside facades; the frame is painted white to help reflect sunlight and reduce heat absorption.

Photo: Fernando Alda

RES4’s modular approach provides a Brooklyn family with a beautiful weatherproof retreat on Long Island. Designed as a hybrid between a double-wide and a courtyard house, the 1,650-square-foot North Fork Bay House was prefabricated off-site as two modules. In addition to time and cost savings, prefabrication helped address the restricted building site, which has a very long and narrow footprint limited by FEMA setback regulations and zoning laws.

RES4’s modular approach provides a Brooklyn family with a beautiful weatherproof retreat on Long Island. Designed as a hybrid between a double-wide and a courtyard house, the 1,650-square-foot North Fork Bay House was prefabricated off-site as two modules. In addition to time and cost savings, prefabrication helped address the restricted building site, which has a very long and narrow footprint limited by FEMA setback regulations and zoning laws.

Photo: Resolution: 4 Architecture

In addition to the workshop, the ground level holds an outdoor shower with easy beach access, a beach equipment storage closet, and a seasonal half bath.

In addition to the workshop, the ground level holds an outdoor shower with easy beach access, a beach equipment storage closet, and a seasonal half bath.

Photo: Resolution: 4 Architecture

This one-bedroom NODE prefab slots perfectly into a Seattle backyard and produces all of its own energy—with enough leftover to power the neighboring house.

This one-bedroom NODE prefab slots perfectly into a Seattle backyard and produces all of its own energy—with enough leftover to power the neighboring house.

Photo by Andrew Pogue

The living room is simply furnished with an IKEA cowhide rug, a France and Son floor lamp, a replica of the Hans Wegner CH07 Lounge Chair, and tropical plants for a pop of color. Double pocket doors provide privacy.

The living room is simply furnished with an IKEA cowhide rug, a France and Son floor lamp, a replica of the Hans Wegner CH07 Lounge Chair, and tropical plants for a pop of color. Double pocket doors provide privacy.

Photo by Andrew Pogu

For Mount Washington Residence, McBride Architects use prefabrication to save on costs while going big on functionality and style.

For Mount Washington Residence, McBride Architects use prefabrication to save on costs while going big on functionality and style.

Photo by Read McKendree

The four-bed, four-bath home of Peter and Sarah Diamond and their two adult children is uniquely situated in one of the most remote areas of the Berkshires: Mount Washington, Massachusetts.

The four-bed, four-bath home of Peter and Sarah Diamond and their two adult children is uniquely situated in one of the most remote areas of the Berkshires: Mount Washington, Massachusetts. 

Photo by Read McKendree

Built on a tight budget of $120,000, a retirement home in the mountains delivers unexpected contemporary design to a rural township.

Built on a tight budget of $120,000, a retirement home in the mountains delivers unexpected contemporary design to a rural township.

Photo by Addison Ow

Eager to leave Taipei behind for a quieter life in the mountains, a retired Taiwanese couple took the recommendation of their son-in-law and hired Spanish architect Urdaneta Zeberio to realize their vision of an affordable retirement home in rural Nanzhuang, two hours north of Taichung. The open-plan living areas and outdoor terrace are located on the south side of the home.

Eager to leave Taipei behind for a quieter life in the mountains, a retired Taiwanese couple took the recommendation of their son-in-law and hired Spanish architect Urdaneta Zeberio to realize their vision of an affordable retirement home in rural Nanzhuang, two hours north of Taichung. The open-plan living areas and outdoor terrace are located on the south side of the home.

Photo by Addison Ow

Comprising 11 modules, this green-roofed prefab was built in 90 days in a factory near São Paulo and then transported to the site in three shipments on flatbed trucks.

Comprising 11 modules, this green-roofed prefab was built in 90 days in a factory near São Paulo and then transported to the site in three shipments on flatbed trucks.

Photo by Leonardo Finotti

Nearly 500 miles from the high-rise apartment that Ralph Weigand and Maurício Uhle share in São Paulo sits a modest, prefabricated cabin, nestled deep in one of southern Brazil’s verdant forests.

Nearly 500 miles from the high-rise apartment that Ralph Weigand and Maurício Uhle share in São Paulo sits a modest, prefabricated cabin, nestled deep in one of southern Brazil’s verdant forests.

Photo by Leonardo Finotti

Built as a live/work space for a sculptor, Indigo by Dutch practice Woonpioniers is an eco-friendly, prefabricated cabin with bent wooden walls.

Built as a live/work space for a sculptor, Indigo by Dutch practice Woonpioniers is an eco-friendly, prefabricated cabin with bent wooden walls.

Photo by Henny van Belkom

All the interior woodwork, including the bed and staircase drawers, was custom-made by Blind Interieur.

All the interior woodwork, including the bed and staircase drawers, was custom-made by Blind Interieur.

Photo by Henny van Belkom

In Finland, two students with little experience but a lot of gumption design a minimalist home in the woods and build most of it—from the roofing to the stovepipes—on their own.

In Finland, two students with little experience but a lot of gumption design a minimalist home in the woods and build most of it—from the roofing to the stovepipes—on their own.

Photo by André Boettcher

A view of the light-filled kitchen. Due to a tiny budget, the duo couldn’t afford to buy furniture and instead used midcentury furnishings they collected in Germany and found on Bergmann’s grandparents’ property. All of the furnishings were measured beforehand, and the modular frames were designed around them to ensure the perfect fit.

A view of the light-filled kitchen. Due to a tiny budget, the duo couldn’t afford to buy furniture and instead used midcentury furnishings they collected in Germany and found on Bergmann’s grandparents’ property. All of the furnishings were measured beforehand, and the modular frames were designed around them to ensure the perfect fit.

Photo by André Boettcher


A Bold Blue Extension Caps a Weatherboard Cottage in Melbourne

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Charred black on the outside and bright blue on the inside, a clever extension makes room for a growing family.

All of the northern windows follow the angle of the existing roofline and align with each other between the living room, deck, and stairwell. Full-height glass sliding doors open directly from the living room onto the deck.

Creating more space in a small home on a tight, inner-city site with a modest budget is always going to be a challenge. So, when Amber Laing and Yvonne Meng, directors of Circle Studio Architects, were tasked with designing an extension to a weatherboard cottage on a small block in Melbourne, Australia, they decided to extend upwards rather than outwards. The resulting second-floor addition is essentially a structure on stilts that sits on top of the existing home.  

The addition sits over the existing weatherboard cottage. One of the biggest challenges was getting the new roofline to run parallel with the old, as the home had shifted and settled over time.

The addition sits over the existing weatherboard cottage. One of the biggest challenges was getting the new roofline to run parallel with the old, as the home had shifted and settled over time.

Martina Gemmola

The young family needed space to accommodate two growing children who had previously shared one of the downstairs bedrooms, but they enjoyed living in the area and didn’t want to move. While they wanted two additional bedrooms, living space, and eventually another bathroom, they didn’t want to encroach on the small backyard on the 260-square-meter (or 2,800-square-foot) site—especially since they had also recently added a puppy to the mix. The solution was to make the most of the existing roof volume by adding another level, much of which sits inside the old roof space. An additional benefit to this approach is that the actual volume of the house, when seen from the street, is not dramatically increased and still fits within the town planning envelope.

The extension—marked in these drawings in blue—sits on top of the original house, extending the volume upwards.

The extension—marked in these drawings in blue—sits on top of the original house, extending the volume upwards.

Courtesy of Circle Studio Architects

One of the biggest challenges was uniting the traditional cottage with the new, modern extension. The family liked the character of the neighborhood, and so the new addition is set back from the street, allowing the older home to keep its original frontage.

"The new form wraps around the old, shadowing the roofline of the weatherboard cottage," says Meng. "The old cottage had shifted with time, and the house was out of square. So, much time was spent on site with the builder to line up the extension, and the rafters of the existing house were re-measured and individually reset to marry the new with the old."  

The extension sits over the top of the original weatherboard cottage, only slightly extending the first floor. A floor-to-ceiling window in the extension floods the stairwell with natural light.

The extension sits over the top of the original weatherboard cottage, only slightly extending the first floor. A floor-to-ceiling window in the extension floods the stairwell with natural light.

Martina Gemmola

A cluster of Mixin Pendant lights from Australian lighting brand About Space introduces a sense of scale—and "adds bling"—to the double height stairwell. The house is known as Blue House Yarraville thanks to the blue feature walls used to define the extension.

A cluster of Mixin Pendant lights from Australian lighting brand About Space introduces a sense of scale—and "adds bling"—to the double height stairwell. The house is known as Blue House Yarraville thanks to the blue feature walls used to define the extension.

Martina Gemmola

The clients also wanted to keep the original period detailing and the flow of space downstairs. So, the footprint of the extension is minimal at the ground floor, extending to the west for a new stair and to let natural light in through a floor-to-ceiling window, and to the east to accommodate new wardrobes in the downstairs bedrooms. 

"The second-floor addition is where all the action is," says Meng. "The steel columns are tucked into the existing walls below in order not to impact on the ground-floor rooms."

The ground floor was slightly extended to the east to accommodate the addition of built-in wardrobes in the two existing bedrooms.

The ground floor was slightly extended to the east to accommodate the addition of built-in wardrobes in the two existing bedrooms. 

Martina Gemmola

The extension is clad in charred black timber, which contrasts with the existing weatherboard structure, clearly defining what is new and what is old. The interior is yet another contrast, with bold blue feature walls and brass fittings set against neutral ply ceilings, timber trims, and white joinery. The vibrant blue color was chosen as many of the clients’ early inspiration images had featured richly hued walls. 

"The new addition is a bright but minimal canvas for the kids to make their own," says Meng. "The color helps add that playful nature, and the kids chose their own colors for their rooms and window boxes. Color is such a great way to add life to a space, and we wanted the home to be bright and bold." 

The original home was slightly extended to the west on the ground floor to accommodate a stair leading to the new upper level and a large, floor-to-ceiling window that floods the interior with natural light. The blue paint used in the main areas is Dulux Capital Blue S34C9.

The original home was slightly extended to the west on the ground floor to accommodate a stair leading to the new upper level and a large, floor-to-ceiling window that floods the interior with natural light. The blue paint used in the main areas is Dulux Capital Blue S34C9.

Martina Gemmola

"I’m a huge fan of color being able to change the mood of a space dramatically without expensive materials," says Meng. "In keeping to the modest budget, we also focused on clean, strong forms and made sure to include a few key finishes, like the birch ply ceiling, to make the space feel special."

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Hasami Gloss Blue Large Planter and Saucer Set

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The Lago Patio Lounge Chair is inspired by chairs from Danish furniture designer Hans Wegner. The exaggerated width allows you to make more adjustments while lounging for extended amounts of time, and there is room for two if you want to get cozy. The outdoor lounge chair’s steep angled seat and back helps set a relaxed but comfortable posture, and both are thoughtfully curved for added comfort without the need for a cushion. Simple notches in the seat hold a thin-stemmed wine glass when a side table is out of reach. The Lago Patio Lounge Chair ships in two parts, so assembly is as simple as it gets. Photo courtesy of Loll Designs

Rich Brilliant Willing Hoist Pendant

The Hoist Pendant Light was designed in 2017, and is made in the USA. Modern design and practical functionality combine in the Hoist Pendant Light. Featuring a bell-shaped, steel shade and a bowl-shaped, glass diffuser, this modern pendant light is suspended from a single plug-in cord. The cord possesses extra length allowing for the pendant light to be hung virtually anywhere that is desired. To keep the cord out of the way, an optional swag kit is available. However, if the look of a canopy is desired, the cord can be converted to use with the canopy that is included with the fixture. When illuminated, this pendant light casts diffused, ambient light that is ideal for use in any bedroom, bathroom, dining room, kitchen, living rooms, or outdoor living space. Photo courtesy of Hive Modern

The door leading to one of the children's bedrooms on the upper level. The addition extends completely into the angled roof space to create a sense of volume.

The door leading to one of the children's bedrooms on the upper level. The addition extends completely into the angled roof space to create a sense of volume.

Martina Gemmola

The two new children’s bedrooms feature steel window boxes lined with  painted ply, providing a nook in which to sit. Timber screens with a playful and graphic cut-out pattern provide privacy from the street, while still letting natural light into the interior. 

The feature walls in the children’s bedrooms in the upstairs addition are painted using British Paints Waterflow 316.

The feature walls in the children’s bedrooms in the upstairs addition are painted using British Paints Waterflow 316.

Martina Gemmola

The extension is clad in charred black timber, which contrasts to the lighter, existing weatherboard structure. Graphic timber screens over the windows offer shading and privacy.

The extension is clad in charred black timber, which contrasts to the lighter, existing weatherboard structure. Graphic timber screens over the windows offer shading and privacy.

Martina Gemmola

In the living room, seating and much-needed storage has been built into the white joinery—which references the weatherboard cladding on the original home. The joinery also conceals doors that lead to a space within the roof cavity that is ready to be transformed into a second bathroom when needed at a later date, essentially future-proofing the home as the family continues to grow. "The initial discussions really focused on being able to get a bathroom up there," says Meng. "Funnily enough, however, that was the part that was left off for Stage Two, as it didn’t make the final budget for this stage."

Bench seating has been built into the joinery in the new living room.

Bench seating has been built into the joinery in the new living room.

Martina Gemmola

The joinery in the upstairs living room conceals what the kids call "Narnia doors." These doors lead to a space in the roof cavity where a bathroom will be built at a later date.

The joinery in the upstairs living room conceals what the kids call "Narnia doors." These doors lead to a space in the roof cavity where a bathroom will be built at a later date.

Martina Gemmola

This new living room is connected to a rooftop deck that sits in a void created by the way the stairs have been configured in an "L-shape" to avoid breaking into the side boundary setbacks. Full-height, glass sliding doors open onto this outdoor space, creating an indoor/outdoor living environment.

The northern windows to the living room, deck, and stairwell are boldly angled, aligning with each other and following the angle of the roofline. The window to the deck sits in a wall that continues the roofline of the addition, and connects the rooftop space to the wider neighborhood by framing the streetscape. "You're high up so you're still somewhat removed," says Meng. "But, you do feel a part of the neighborhood while up there, rather than being tucked away in total privacy."

All of the northern windows follow the angle of the existing roofline and align with each other between the living room, deck, and stairwell. Full-height glass sliding doors open directly from the living room onto the deck.

All of the northern windows follow the angle of the existing roofline and align with each other between the living room, deck, and stairwell. Full-height glass sliding doors open directly from the living room onto the deck.

Martina Gemmola

The stairs were placed in an "L-shape" to avoid breaking into the side boundary setbacks. This created a void on the roof which made the perfect place to put in a rooftop deck.

The stairs were placed in an "L-shape" to avoid breaking into the side boundary setbacks. This created a void on the roof which made the perfect place to put in a rooftop deck.

Martina Gemmola

Blue House Yarraville—as Circle Studio has aptly named the project—is a successful study in how bold color and strong, minimal forms can be used to create a home with plenty of personality on a modest budget. "At the end of the day, we managed to achieve something bright and fun on a small site," says Meng. "That in itself feels pretty good."

Ground floor plan and first floor plan of Blue House Yarraville by Circle Studio Architects. The area of work has been marked in blue.

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Project Credits: 

Architect of Record: Circle Studio Architects / @circlestudio_architects

Builder: Carland Constructions

Structural Engineer: Vivid Civil Engineers

Cabinetry Design: Finewood Designer Kitchens

Stylist: Paige Anderson


An Icon Revisited: Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year is Classic Blue

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Pantone 19-4052 Classic Blue has been named the shade to kick off the new decade.

"Instilling calm, confidence, and connection, this enduring blue hue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era," Pantone announced. We can’t wait to see the dreamy hue cropping up in fashion shows, graphic design, home decor, and, most importantly, on walls this coming year. Check out a few of our favorite items to easily incorporate the shade into your home.

Photo: Pantone

Rich Brilliant Willing Hoist Pendant

The Hoist Pendant Light was designed in 2017, and is made in the USA. Modern design and practical functionality combine in the Hoist Pendant Light. Featuring a bell-shaped, steel shade and a bowl-shaped, glass diffuser, this modern pendant light is suspended from a single plug-in cord. The cord possesses extra length allowing for the pendant light to be hung virtually anywhere that is desired. To keep the cord out of the way, an optional swag kit is available. However, if the look of a canopy is desired, the cord can be converted to use with the canopy that is included with the fixture. When illuminated, this pendant light casts diffused, ambient light that is ideal for use in any bedroom, bathroom, dining room, kitchen, living rooms, or outdoor living space. Photo courtesy of Hive Modern

Moooi Bottoni Double Seater

The Bottoni Double Seater is an exceptional piece crafted for the average home entertainers and modernist. This playful sofa is made of upholstered HR foam giving fantastic comfortability. Stability is no trouble for this sofa, the plywood base, and stainless steel legs make this sofa durable and sturdy for all modern living spaces. Photo Courtesy of Hive Modern

Caraway Cookware Set

This complete set of our non-stick ceramic-coated cookware has everything you’ll need for cooking healthy in your kitchen, staying organized, and looking good while doing so. Set Includes: 10.5” Fry Pan 3 QT Sauce Pan w/ Lid 6.5 QT Dutch Oven w/ Lid 4.5 QT Sauté Pan w/ Lid 4 Magnetic Pan Racks Canvas Lid Holder w/ Hooks Features: Stovetop Agnostic (Induction, Gas, & Electric Safe) Oven Safe Up to 650°F Handwash Recommended Wood & Silicone Utensils Recommended Photo Courtesy of Caraway

HAY Kaleido Tray, Small

Swedish graphic designer Clara von Zweigbergk often begins projects by experimenting with colored paper, scissors and double-sided tape. In the case of her modular, stackable Kaleido Tray (2012) for Danish design collective HAY, each of those early shapes translated into a beautifully colored powder-coated steel work of art. For entryway, office or bedroom, Kaleido serves as a colorful and geometric storage solution for everything from keys to mail to jewelry. Not food safe. Made in China. Photo Courtesy of Design Within Reach

Laylo Core Blue Pet Bed

Our stylish designer dog beds blend in with any decor while giving dogs the orthopedic comfort they need for a good night's rest. Durable, machine-washable fabric: We've designed this custom fabric using a breathable, durable woven material. All covers are machine-washable. With our unique 3-sided zipper design, each dog bed cover can be easily removed and washed as much as you like. Super comfy orthopedic insert: Dogs sleep A LOT. Our unique 3-inch layer of orthopedic foam eliminates pressure points and increases breathability. Soft, supportive consistency conforms to weight and pressure to relieve achy joints, arthritis and hip dysplasia. Accident-proof: Each insert is water resistant so if your dog has an accident, the insert is 100% preserved. Photo Courtesy of Laylo Pets

Louis Poulsen PH 5 Mini Pendant

The PH 5 Mini Pendant by Louis Poulsen was designed by Poul Henningsen in 1958 to create glare-free light. With multiple finishes to choose from, hanging the pendant anywhere is easy. The pendant uses three shades. Because of this, the light is illuminated downward and out, creating a sense that it is lighting itself. When you hear the name Louis Poulsen, you think distinctive modern Danish lighting. From the classic icons of the 1920s to more recent pieces, all Louis Poulsen lighting is created based on a deep-felt respect for architecture, understanding the emotional effect of lighting and the belief that shadow is just as aesthetically important as light. All three aspects manifest themselves in the sculptural layering and comfortable, glare-free light of Louis Poulsen pendants, wall, table, and floor lamps. Photo Courtesy of Lumens

Rosti Mepal Modern Large Bento Box

It’s time to upgrade your lunch-to-go: These Dutch-designed beautiful bentos are big enough to hold a full meal’s worth of leftovers, or a pic-worthy not sad desk lunch that doesn’t leave your belly growling for more. Each of the components is microwave-safe, so you can pop your potatoes in for a hot minute while you enjoy your fruit salad. And when you’re done? Yep, it’s dishwasher-safe, too. Photo courtesy of Food52

Vitra Color Block Throw

Material research primarily determines all of Hella Jongerius’ designs. Her vast portfolio includes single pieces exhibited at galleries, mass-produced products sold at retail stores, design of airliner interiors and even the redesign of the North Delegates’ Lounge at the UN Headquarters in New York. Works by Jongerius reside in the permanent collections of MoMA, Cooper Hewitt and the Art Institute of Chicago, among others. Her Color Block Throw (2016) features contrasting color blocks of varied intensity, with two-tone combinations of colored thread visible in the fringe at both ends and along the sides. Woven from extremely soft yet sturdy Peruvian highland wool. Made in Germany. Photo Courtesy of Design Within Reach

Le Creuset Stoneware 27-Ounce French Press

Stainless steel plunger and mesh press by Le Creuset. Non-porous enamel finish; resists odors, staining, chipping, and cracking. Made of durable, high-fired stoneware with glossy enamel glazing. Dishwasher-safe for quick cleanup. A perfectly color-matched palette of bold, consistent tones for easy mixing and matching with other Le Creuset products.

Design of the 20th Century

The bible of 20th-century design: From Art Nouveau to minimalism and everything in between Poised at the start of the 21st century, we can see clearly that the previous century was marked by momentous changes in the field of design. Aesthetics entered into everyday life with often staggering results. Our homes and workplaces turned into veritable galleries of style and innovation. From furniture to graphics, it's all here - the work of artists who have shaped and recreated the modern world with a dizzying variety of materials. From the organic to the geometric, from Art Deco, through to Pop and High-Tech, this book contains all the great names - Harry Bertoia, De Stijl, Dieter Rams, Philippe Starck, Charles and Ray Eames, to name only a very few. This essential book is a comprehensive journey through the shapes and colors, forms and functions of design history in the 20th century. An A-Z of designers and design schools, which builds into a complete picture of contemporary living. Lavishly illustrated, this is design in the fullest sense. Publisher: TASCHEN Photo Courtesy of TASCHEN

Dyson Pure Cool Air Purifier and Fan

The only purifying fan to clean a whole room properly. We design our purifying fans to go beyond test chamber conditions and focus on real home conditions - this is more than just having an efficient filter. Dyson engineers and research concluded that to clean an entire room properly, you need to sense pollution events automatically; capture ultrafine pollutants; and project cleaner air around the room using Air Multiplier technology. Only the Dyson purifying fan is designed and tested to do all of this. Photo Courtesy of Amazon

Troy RLM Lighting LS Series Bullet Head Miter Arm Wall Sconce

With its angular shape and streamlined physique, the LS Series LED Bullet Head Miter Arm Indoor/Outdoor Wall Sconce By Troy RLM Lighting is sure to make an impression. This is especially true when combined with the bright finish options it features. The body is mounted at a sharp angle, and at the end is a swivel head with integrated LED lamping. The head can swivel up to 180 degrees vertically and 360 degrees horizontally, allowing it to showcase items with perfect precision. It’s installed using a circular wallplate, a soft contrast to the otherwise straight-line of its shape. Use it indoors or out. For over 20 years, Troy RLM Lighting has been a leading, USA based, lighting manufacturer. Standing for "Reflective Luminaire Manufacturer", a common theme through out all of Troy RLM Lighting's fixtures is the light is reflected downward. By drawing inspiration for a variety of places such as historical lamp designs to 21st century, unique styles, Troy RLM features a range of industrial modern lights perfect for commercial or residential settings. Photo Courtesy of YLighting

Hasami Gloss Blue Large Planter and Saucer Set

A vibrant new color for one of our favorite pieces. Let your greenery really pop in brilliant blue. For almost 400 years Japanese artisans in the Hasami district have been making porcelain such as this. This eye-catching planter is just the right size for a gift. Plant a little bonsai tree and give one away, or treat yourself to good design. Includes drainage hole and saucer. Also available in Black and Gloss Gray, and in a small size. Photo Courtesy of Unison

MINNA Grid Oven Mitt

MINNA has expanded our subtle and elegant grid pattern collection to include all of your kitchen staples - napkins, towels, oven mitts, potholders, and aprons! Grab everything in the same color, or mix and match colors and stripes to liven up your kitchen. Our oven mitts are the perfect way to protect your hands while cooking. Equally attractive in use or hanging in your kitchen by the attached loop. Handwoven by a family run co-op in Chiapas, Mexico. Photo Courtesy of Food52

Eames Molded Fiberglass 4-Leg Armchair (DFAX)

Charles and Ray Eames believed “design is a method of action,” and they continually updated their work as new materials became available. “The chair that Charles and Ray were designing,” explains grandson Eames Demetrios, “is the chair that’s made tomorrow.” The duo originally designed their molded chair in metal and entered it as a prototype in MoMA’s 1948 International Competition for Low-Cost Furniture Design, then refashioned it in light yet strong fiberglass just two years later. In the 1980s, after determining fiberglass production was detrimental to the environment, Herman Miller ceased production to explore more sustainable options, eventually choosing recyclable polypropylene. The company never quite forgot about fiberglass, however, and it recently began researching greener production methods. The Eames Molded Fiberglass Chair (1950) is the end result, constructed using a cleaner process but true to the original with its beloved variegated surface. This reintroduced version comes in a range of reformulated semi-gloss color pigments that faithfully reproduce the vintage ones. Its deep seat pocket and waterfall edge keep you comfortable by reducing pressure on the backs of your thighs. The seat back is left unfinished to maintain a slightly rough natural texture for easier gripping with your hands. This is an authentic Eames product by Herman Miller. Made in U.S.A.

UE Boom 3 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

An impressive 15-hour battery life means that the UE Boom 3 can keep the music pumping well after the sun goes down.

Muuto Five Pouf

The Muuto Five Pouf is designed by Anderssen & Voll. Careful detailing with the use of quilted material has given Five Pouf the combination of both a linear profile and soft-curved edges, making it very versatile and easily adaptable to multiple settings. Photo courtesy of Danish Design Store

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You Can Live Like an A-Lister in This Secluded, Treehouse-Like Home in Beverly Hills

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The husband-and-wife team behind SIMO Design recently completed their newest home along Beverly Hills’ Oak Pass Road—and it’s currently on the market.

With less than 40 residences, Oak Pass Road is a coveted area for anyone seeking privacy—especially Hollywood A-listers. Past and present residents of the winding, gated road include reality TV star Lisa Vanderpump, actress Jessica Alba, and actor Channing Tatum. Nestled between it all is the neighborhood’s newest property—designed and built by the duo behind Los Angeles-based SIMO Design.

Paved stairs lead down to a lush lawn and the home’s main entrance: a pivoting front door that opens to a two-story atrium. Greenery dangles from planters integrated into the second floor, while additional pavers connect two sliding glass doors in the living room.

Paved stairs lead down to a lush lawn and the home’s main entrance: a pivoting front door that opens to a two-story atrium. Greenery dangles from planters integrated into the second floor, while additional pavers connect two sliding glass doors in the living room.

Photo by Alex Zarour

Around the corner from the main entrance, a 23-year-old fiddle leaf fig tree is encased by a glass atrium that pierces the center of the home. The open space directs natural light into both levels of the home—including the dining and living rooms seen here.

Around the corner from the main entrance, a 23-year-old fiddle leaf fig tree is encased by a glass atrium that pierces the center of the home. The open space directs natural light into both levels of the home—including the dining and living rooms seen here.

Photo by Shade Degges

"The house that was originally on the site was very interesting," comments Sam Gnatovich, who leads SIMO Design with his wife, Alexi Rennalls. "The structure was demoed to the studs and left to be, so by the time we purchased the property, the surrounding landscape was taking over. It felt like a 3,000-square-foot treehouse." Both Gnatovich and Rennalls were inspired by the open-air feeling of the original structure, as well as the downward sloping lot, which dramatically opens up to the canyon below.

A handsome living room opens to the lawn via disappearing sliding glass doors, while a two-sided fireplace separates the space from the kitchen. The large seating area is bordered by built-in bookshelves and exposed wooden beams.

A handsome living room opens to the lawn via disappearing sliding glass doors, while a two-sided fireplace separates the space from the kitchen. The large seating area is bordered by built-in bookshelves and exposed wooden beams.

Photo by&nbsp;Shade Degges

The kitchen cabinets are black walnut with an oil finish, which Gnatovich and Rennalls chose to enhances the natural color of the wood. The countertop and island are Cielo Quartzite, while the backsplash is steel-troweled smooth stucco.

The kitchen cabinets are black walnut with an oil finish, which Gnatovich and Rennalls chose to enhances the natural color of the wood. The countertop and island are Cielo Quartzite, while the backsplash is steel-troweled smooth stucco.

Photo by Alex Zarour

"When we began the design process, we wanted to embrace that feeling of blurring the lines between where the house stopped and the landscape started," says Gnatovich. "Typically, on a downward-sloping lot the pool would go in the back. The issue then is that the property flow is interrupted by the house."

A covered wooden deck is located off the kitchen. The indoor/outdoor connection is enhanced by large sliding doors that seamlessly connect the two spaces.

A covered wooden deck is located off the kitchen. The indoor/outdoor connection is enhanced by large sliding doors that seamlessly connect the two spaces.

Photo by Alex Zarour

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Menu Cage Marble Table

The Menu Cage Marble Table is as lavish as it is functional. The bottom portion features a design intentionally to be as used as storage so fill with magazines, blankets, even vinyl records. The top is made of a slab of beautiful marble, a timeless and always classic material that will enhance a variety of living spaces.

AYTM Grasil Floor Candle Holder

Basic, stunning beauty. With a solid marble base and exquisite brass and powder coated details, the Grasil candleholders provide a unique look and overwhelming elegance. The natural variations in marble are a wonderful base for home interiors and autumn evenings will be beautifully lit with these candleholders. Photo courtesy of Yoox

The Sill Xerographica Air Plant

Air Plants grow without being rooted in soil. This Xerographica is characterized by its silvery grey leaves that form a rosette shape. It measures approximately 5-6" in diameter. They require bright, indirect light and water weekly. All air plants are pet-friendly. Photo Courtesy of The Sill

A look at a guest bathroom. The floating stone vanity is juxtaposed against wood panels and a backlit feature wall.

A look at a guest bathroom. The floating stone vanity is juxtaposed against wood panels and a backlit feature wall.

Photo by&nbsp;Shade Degges

For the new structure, the couple settled on a L-shaped floor plan, with the pool and entry stairs filling the open corner created by the design. "In this way, the flow of the house and the property become more connected and integrated," adds Gnatovich.

The home’s materials were carefully selected and finished to be refined—yet natural and raw as to soften the form. Gnatovich explains how this philosophy was brought to life in the living room: "the fireplace that divides the living area and the kitchen is clad in cold-rolled steel, which we blackened using a technique that allows the imperfections of the steel to show, while being refined enough that it looks finished and not too industrial."

Glass sliders transform the second floor hallway into an open-air breezeway. The space overlooks the lush lawn and canyon views, adding to the treehouse-like feel.

Glass sliders transform the second floor hallway into an open-air breezeway. The space overlooks the lush lawn and canyon views, adding to the treehouse-like feel.

Photo by Alex Zarour

The nearly 1,000-square-foot master suite offers dual views from floor-to-ceiling windows. The bed is nestled against a warm, whitewood marble slab wall, which divides the bathroom area.

The nearly 1,000-square-foot master suite offers dual views from floor-to-ceiling windows. The bed is nestled against a warm, whitewood marble slab wall, which divides the bathroom area.  

Photo by Alex Zarour

In another application, the couple chose Pertersen Tegl ceramic brick to dress up a wall of bookcases in the living room, dry stacking the tiles to enhance the roughness of the material. 

"We set out to design spaces for the home, pool, yard, and landscape to all come together and interact as one space, while maximizing the attributes of the lot," says Gnatovich. The property is currently listed with an asking price of $11,000,000.

A floating soapstone fireplace wraps around a wall in the master bedroom.

A floating soapstone fireplace wraps around a wall in the master bedroom.

Photo by Alex Zarour

Whitewood marble continues into the spa-like master bathroom. The airy space features a white oak vanity, a marble slab shower, and a Native Stone concrete soaking tub overlooking the private balcony. The suite also includes a spacious closet with a glass-topped island.

Whitewood marble continues into the spa-like master bathroom. The airy space features a white oak vanity, a marble slab shower, and a Native Stone concrete soaking tub overlooking the private balcony. The suite also includes a spacious closet with a glass-topped island.

Photo by Alex Zarour

Several guest bedrooms are tucked under an impressive 100-year-old oak tree in the north corner of the lot. This one features a private balcony and floor-to-ceiling windows flanking both sides of the bed.

Several guest bedrooms are tucked under an impressive 100-year-old oak tree in the north corner of the lot. This one features a private balcony and floor-to-ceiling windows flanking both sides of the bed.

Photo by Alex Zarour

A cozy home theater offers an additional place to relax.

A cozy home theater offers an additional place to relax.

Photo by Alex Zarour

The 13,000-square-foot hillside lot offers several Ipe wood decks for entertaining, as well as a 58-foot-long Zero Edge pool with integrated spa. The final result is a streamlined composition of intersecting lines that frame and emphasize the natural environment.

The 13,000-square-foot hillside lot offers several Ipe wood decks for entertaining, as well as a 58-foot-long Zero Edge pool with integrated spa. The final result is a streamlined composition of intersecting lines that frame and emphasize the natural environment.

Photo by Alex Zarour

9551 Oak Pass Road in Beverly Hills, CA, is listed for $11,000,000 by Boni Bryant and Joe Reichling of Compass.

Project Credits:

Designer & Developer: SIMO Design / @simo_design

Builder: Fischer Construction

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Packing Is a Thing of the Past Thanks to This Collaboration Between Rent the Runway and W Hotels

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-05 21:06

A curated, luggage-free wardrobe awaits you with Rent the Runway Travel Concierge.

Rent the Runway and W Hotels have teamed up to ensure your next hotel stay is as chic as can be. Their new Closet Concierge program allows guests of select W Hotels to choose four styles to rent from Rent the Runway’s Unlimited Closet for the duration of their stay—all for for only $69.

"Traveling without luggage has always been my dream. We are thrilled to partner with W Hotels to bring the Rent the Runway Closet Concierge to life, so travelers can simply show up and have their dream closet waiting for them in their hotel room." —Jennifer Hyman, co-founder and CEO of Rent the Runway

The destination-curated looks are tailored to each W Hotel location and incorporate Rent the Runway’s keen eye for on-trend colors, designers, silhouettes, and climate. To return, guests simply drop off the items at the welcome desk at check out.

Photo Courtesy of Rent the Runway

"W is always looking for ways to give our guests new/next experiences that empower them to express themselves and upgrade their travel experience, and the RTR Closet Concierge does both," says Anthony Ingham, Global Brand Leader at W Hotels. "Collaborating with Rent the Runway—such a creative, conscious, and trend-setting brand—allows us to reinvent the way our guests pack and dress as they travel. Skipping the packing process is a whole new level of luxury for our guests and is yet another surprising way continue to reinvent hospitality."

Rent the Runway Closet Concierge is available at W Aspen (just in time for the hotel’s inaugural ski season), W South Beach, W Washington D.C., and W Hollywood.

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Before & After: A Seattle Midcentury Shakes Off a Wacky Addition

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-05 20:29

SHED Architecture + Design fashions a more coherent layout for a Seward Park home with refreshing lake views.

The original fireplace was kept, as was the interior clerestory windows that divide the main living area from the hall and master suite. The floors were replaced with red oak to align with preserved red oak flooring in the bedroom.

When the owners of this 1961 midcentury in Seattle’s Seward Park were first considering buying the property, they toured it with SHED Architecture + Design to ensure that the purchase would be a good investment. On the walk-through, the architects could tell that the home, originally designed by Pacific Northwest architect George Lucker, had good bones, despite some anomalies in the existing layout. 

As designer Prentis Hale remembers, "My initial impression was that it was quite a beautiful house that had a really bad addition. A sunroom was placed on the water side of the house, and in a very funky manner." 

Before: Exterior Entry

Before: The 1961 house in the Seward Park neighborhood had been originally designed by architect George Lucker.

Before: The 1961 house in the Seward Park neighborhood had been originally designed by architect George Lucker.

Photo: SHED Architecture + Design

After: Exterior Entry

In the remodel, the façade was touched up, the front door replaced, and an entry bench installed.

In the remodel, the façade was touched up, the front door replaced, and an entry bench installed. 

Photo: Rafael Soldi

The homeowners bought and remodeled the property with the goal of restoring its midcentury character and making it more adept for modern life. The firm’s ethos was a good fit for such an approach. 

"This was a house that deserved to be saved and have its life prolonged," says Hale. "When we are working on those types of houses, we really try to do the minimal number of moves, plan wise. We don't view it as a tabula rasa. We view it as, ‘How do we get clever and figure out how to solve multiple problems with as few insertions or deletions as we can?’"

Before: Interior Entry

Before: Dated tile and ironwork dominated the entry before.

Before: Dated tile and ironwork dominated the entry before.

Photo: SHED Architecture + Design

After: Interior Entry

A narrow closet was removed to make way for a bench and coat hooks, so the front door isn’t crowded.

A narrow closet was removed to make way for a bench and coat hooks, so the front door isn’t crowded.

Photo: Rafael Soldi

The architects also removed a wall and replaced it with low casework and built-in shelves slotted between the posts. This allows light to flow through the entry and gives the owners an opportunity to display their ceramics collection.

The designers also removed a wall and replaced it with low casework and built-in shelves slotted between the posts. This allows light to flow through the entry and gives the owners an opportunity to display their ceramics collection.

Photo: Rafael Soldi

Previously, the long volume of the main living area was chopped in half by a wall that enclosed the kitchen on one side. The division was a jarring way to separate the kitchen and dining room from the main living space, so the designers removed it to improve connection between the main living areas.

Before: Kitchen

Before: A dividing wall chopped up the floor plan and prevented sight lines to Lake Washington.

Before: A dividing wall chopped up the floor plan and prevented sight lines to Lake Washington.

Photo: SHED Architecture + Design

Before: The kitchen’s separation from the main living area was typical of houses of this era.

Before: The kitchen’s separation from the main living area was typical of houses of this era.

Photo: SHED Architecture + Design

After: Kitchen

Removing the wall helps to expose the home’s beautiful post and beam structure throughout and unify the living spaces. To emphasize the structure, the team repainted the ceiling beams a dark color to contrast with the natural wood that was preserved.

Removing the wall helps to expose the home’s beautiful post-and-beam structure and unify the living spaces. To emphasize the structure, the team repainted the ceiling beams a dark color to contrast with the natural wood that was preserved.

Photo: Rafael Soldi

The kitchen was relocated to the rear wall.

The kitchen was relocated to the rear wall. 

Photo: Rafael Soldi

Off the kitchen and dining area, a former owner had enclosed a deck with a sunroom that Hale calls "carbuncular." It was "a greenhouse-type sunroom that got super hot in the summer, or cold in the winter, and [the homeowners] felt like it was a space they couldn't use," says designer Rebecca Marsh. "It was really an eyesore." 

The team removed the addition and resurrected the deck that had been a part of the original Lucker design, creating access to it via an expansive, sliding glass door. Now light streams throughout the main floor, and lake views can be appreciated from multiple vantage points. 

Before: Outdoor Connection

Before: The home has a nice view of Lake Washington, Seward Park, and Mount Rainier, but the unfortunate sunroom addition made it feel disconnected from the main living spaces.

Before: The home has a nice view of Lake Washington, Seward Park, and Mount Rainier, but the unfortunate sunroom addition made it feel disconnected from the main living spaces.

Photo: SHED Architecture + Design

After: Outdoor Connection

Streamlined, flat-front white cabinetry melds with white walls and doesn’t detract from the views.

Streamlined, flat-front white cabinetry melds with white walls and doesn’t detract from the views.

Photo: Rafael Soldi

Now, even the entry can appreciate the sight lines.

Now, even the entry can appreciate the sight lines.

Photo: Rafael Soldi

After: Living Room

The original fireplace was kept, as was the interior clerestory windows that divide the main living area from the hall and master suite. The floors were replaced with red oak to align with preserved red oak flooring in the bedroom.

The original fireplace was kept, as was the interior clerestory windows that divide the main living area from the hall and master suite. The floors were replaced with red oak to align with preserved red oak flooring in the bedroom.

Photo: Rafael Soldi

Another desire was to carve out a master suite for the homeowners. In the existing plan, the main floor had one shared bathroom in the hall. The firm's solution was to capture unused exterior space under the roof line and install a multi-functional bath, including a powder bath that can be accessed by both the master and main house. Pocket doors keep that room separate from a larger walk-in shower and vanity.

Before: Master Suite

Before: The firm was able to enclose an exterior atrium space between the entry and the garage to capture enough space for a dedicated master suite.

Before: The firm was able to enclose an exterior atrium between the entry and the garage, creating space for a dedicated master suite.

Photo: SHED Architecture + Design

Before: The existing hall bathroom was enlarged and reorganized.

Before: The existing hall bathroom was enlarged and reorganized.

Photo: SHED Architecture + Design

After: Master Suite

Now, a walk-in shower and soaking tub are tucked under the roof line.

Now, a walk-in shower and soaking tub are tucked under the roof line.

Photo: Rafael Soldi

Skylights placed between the existing eaves fill the new bathroom with light. “That was a moment where we thought that we could tie in our changes to the house seamlessly with the old design,” says Marsh. “When the light goes over the skylight, it creates different shadow lines.”

The designers used an existing skylight between the eaves in order to fill the new bathroom with light. "That was a moment where we thought that we could tie in our changes to the house seamlessly with the old design," says Marsh. "And when the light goes over the skylight, it creates different shadow lines."

Photo: Rafael Soldi

The bathroom features simple black hex tile on the floor and white tile laid in a grid on the walls. The custom vanity is fir, in keeping with the rest of the home’s material palette.

The bathroom features simple black hexagonal tile on the floor and white tile laid in a grid on the walls. The custom vanity is fir, in keeping with the rest of the home’s material palette.

Photo: Rafael Soldi

The entry casework at the end of the hall incorporates a glass panel, encouraging sight lines from the hallway and living room to the stairs, and shedding light onto the tread.

The entry casework at the end of the hall incorporates a glass panel, encouraging sight lines from the hallway and living room to the stairs, and shedding light onto the tread.

Photo: Rafael Soldi

Before: Lake Washington Overlook floor plan

Before: Lake Washington Overlook floor plan

Photo: SHED Architecture + Design

After: Lake Washington Overlook floor plan

After: Lake Washington Overlook floor plan

Photo: SHED Architecture + Design


This 90-Square-Foot Kitchen Feels Airy After a Scandinavian Style Renovation

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L.A.-based design duo Taylor + Taylor juxtaposed board-formed concrete with blond cabinetry and statement tile for a wow worthy kitchen renovation.

The couple opted for light-hued cabinetry with exposed edges and no hardware, custom-built from marine-grade ApplePly. Having the cabinets custom-made ensured that they could take advantage of every square inch in the small space.

Whereas others might look at a board-formed cement wall in a basement and see, well, a concrete wall, Jess and Jonathan Taylor, the design duo behind the L.A.-based firm Taylor + Taylor, were inspired. 

The couple had purchased a virtually untouched 1952 house in east L.A. and that concrete wall became the backdrop for a new guest kitchen in the basement. 

"It was really the starting point of the whole design," says Jess Taylor. "As designers, our goal is to always try to incorporate the existing surroundings whenever possible, utilize them in practical ways, and be inspired by them."

Before

Before: There was an existing kitchenette in the basement that the couple removed, so they could relocate the kitchen against the concrete wall and expand its size.

Before: There was an existing kitchenette in the basement that the couple removed, so they could relocate the kitchen against the concrete wall and expand its size. 

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Before: "We basically just blew the walls open to expose the cement board form walls and use that as the backsplash," says Jonathan Taylor.

Before: "We basically just blew the walls open to expose the cement board form walls and use that as the backsplash," says Jonathan Taylor.

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"As we conceptualized this space, we've always been drawn to modern Scandinavian approaches and this notion of really minimal, functional spaces," says Jonathan. Additionally, the couple had recently returned from a vacation that provided them with further design inspiration. 

"We just got back from Mexico City for our 10th anniversary, [where we saw] the workspace that Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera shared," says Jonathan. This motivated them to adopt a pared back aesthetic that highlights the room’s utility: "The utility itself brings about beauty," says Jonathan.

After

The couple opted for light-hued cabinetry with exposed edges and no hardware, custom-built from marine-grade ApplePly. Having the cabinets custom-made ensured that they could take advantage of every square inch in the small space.

The couple opted for light-hued cabinetry with exposed edges and no hardware, custom-built from marine-grade ApplePly. Having the cabinets custom-made ensured that they could take advantage of every square inch in the small space.

Monica Wang

The kitchen is just 90-square-feet, so the couple needed to make sure to pack a lot of function in the small space. Their biggest challenge was right-sizing the appliances. "We had to familiarize ourselves with these tiny European appliances that can fit in this certain context where you still have the full functionality," says Jonathan, noting that since the firm is L.A.-based, they’re used to designing for more sprawling residences as opposed to dense, urban environments with smaller square-footage. 

"As we went along, we realized there's a real need for introducing some other element that had some overt modernism in it," says Jonathan. To that end, the pair discussed the striking floor treatment with their friend, the L.A.-based designer, social media consultant, and art director Anne Sage, who connected them with Fireclay Tile. From there, the couple combined pieces from Fireclay’s Fallow and Grange line, which they painstakingly arranged until they achieved the effect they were after. "The tile was a really fun component to play with," says Jess. 

"We started to piece together this idea of a floor that's all just geometry and chaos, but that still honors the monochromatic elements of the space and highlights the bluish-gray-green tones of the original cement walls," says Jonathan.

"We started to piece together this idea of a floor that's all just geometry and chaos, but that still honors the monochromatic elements of the space and highlights the bluish-gray-green tones of the original cement walls," says Jonathan.

Monica Wang

Shop the Look

Ank Ceramics Sparrow Coffee Dripper

Pour-over coffee cone in satin white with iron black speckles. Thrown on the wheel. Glaze is hand-mixed, food safe, and dishwasher safe, although hand-washing is always preferred. Fired in an electric kiln to 2200 degrees. Photo Courtesy of The Dreslyn

Schoolhouse Banded Porcelain Planter

Individually thrown by hand on the potter's wheel, these handsome porcelain planters have been finished with a transparent glaze and adorned with midnight blue, hand-scraped detailing. A drainage hole at the base empties into the integrated lip for appropriate plant hydration. Made by Taylor Ceramics in Easthampton, Massachusetts. Photo courtesy of Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.

Modern Scandinavian Design

Designers from Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, and Iceland have long pursued the shared goal of social equality through design, believing that well-designed everyday goods not only enhance daily life, but should also be the birthright of all. Modern Scandinavian Design is the ultimate guide to the distinctive design tradition arising out of these five Nordic countries since 1925. Bestselling design authors Charlotte and Peter Fiell have extensively researched all aspects of the aesthetic, along with contributions from Magnus Englund of Skandium. With sections on architecture, furniture, lighting, glass, ceramics, metalwork, woodenware, plastics, textiles, jewelry, and graphic design, this will be an indispensable resource for any design enthusiast, collector, or casual reader seeking inspiration for their home. Publisher: Laurence King Publishing Photo Courtesy of Laurence King Publishing

"The wonderful thing about this line of tile from Fireclay is that there's no order minimums," says Jonathan. Considering that the designers were dealing with such a small footprint, this meant that they didn’t have to order more tile than what was needed.

"The wonderful thing about this line of tile from Fireclay is that there's no order minimums," says Jonathan. Considering that the designers were dealing with such a small footprint, this meant that they didn’t have to order more tile than what was needed.

Monica Wang

The wall of cabinetry conceals a washer/dryer unit as well.

The wall of cabinetry conceals a washer/dryer unit as well.

Monica Wang

The couple installed a window over the sink to brighten up the dark basement space. The counters are stainless steel, so as to cede nicely into the concrete wall rather than compete with it.

The couple installed a window over the sink to brighten up the dark basement space. The counters are stainless steel, so as to cede nicely into the concrete wall rather than compete with it. 

Monica Wang

The designers developed the preliminary schematic for the tile, then refined the layout on site. "We wanted to bring in six or seven different tiles that were all geometric and make it such that there's no pattern, there's no repeat. Everything is unique," says Jonathan. "Once we had the tiles, [we] laid things out and confirmed and made some adjustments. Everything is just a little different when you get it in real space."

The designers developed the preliminary schematic for the tile, then refined the layout on site. "We wanted to bring in six or seven different tiles that were all geometric and make it such that there's no pattern, there's no repeat. Everything is unique," says Jonathan. "Once we had the tiles, [we] laid things out and confirmed and made some adjustments. Everything is just a little different when you get it in real space."

Monica Wang

Open shelves balance out the hard-working wall of cabinetry opposite. "In a space like this, every fraction of an inch matters," says Jonathan, and making room for display and a sense of openness is also important.

Open shelves balance out the hard-working wall of cabinetry opposite. "In a space like this, every fraction of an inch matters," says Jonathan, and making room for display and a sense of openness is also important.

Monica Wang


Drew Barrymore’s New Home Collection Arrives Just in Time for the Holidays

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The fall collection of Drew Barrymore Flower Home is unapologetically maximalist with holiday entertaining in mind—and pieces start at just $10.

The poster child for flower power, Drew Barrymore, has launched a new collection of furniture and home decor to ring in the holiday season. The fall collection of Drew Barrymore Flower Home, which debuted in March this year, continues to offer maximalist, bohemian-inspired pieces at an affordable price point (ranging from $10 to $699). Flower Home Fall sees the addition of more than 130 new items including peel-and-stick wallpaper, storage and entertainment units, art and decor, seating, bedding, and tableware.

The peel-and-stick wallpaper from Drew Barrymore Flower Home will run you as little as $1.36 per square foot.

The peel-and-stick wallpaper from Drew Barrymore Flower Home will run you as little as $1.36 per square foot.

Courtesy of Drew Barrymore Flower Home

Barrymore’s inclusion of rich colors, textures, and patterns are unabashedly bold. "My decor style has always been very eclectic," she says. "I love to make a room feel personal and curated by constantly mixing things up, adding new prints, or incorporating accessories found while traveling." 

A Bohemian Carved Wood Headboard pairs with the Jungle Leopard Quilt Set and a Rainbow Pom Decorative Throw.

A Bohemian Carved Wood Headboard pairs with the Jungle Leopard Quilt Set and a Rainbow Pom Decorative Throw.

Courtesy of Drew Barrymore Flower Home

Bringing an inherent playfulness to the collection, Barrymore encourages mixing and matching styles. For example, she suggests allowing the Art Deco Fan Mid-Century Sliding Door TV Stand ($379.05) to anchor a room of higher-end furniture, such as the leather accent chair or marble table you’ve invested in.

The Channel Tufted Sloping Back Loveseat and Wire Coffee Table take center stage in the living room, while the Art Deco Fan Mid-Century Sliding Door TV Stand holds trinkets and accessories.

The Channel Tufted Sloping Back Loveseat and Wire Coffee Table take center stage in the living room, while the Art Deco Fan Mid-Century Sliding Door TV Stand holds trinkets and accessories.

Courtesy of Drew Barrymore Flower Home

Pattern brings depth to a room, advises Barrymore, who cites the Orange and Blue Vintage Floral ($49) and Coral and Blue Art Deco ($39) as her favorite wallpaper offerings. Another tip she offers is to not be shy about playing with texture—especially velvet, which adds a sumptuous feel to any space. Her favorite recommended pieces include the Petal Accent Chair ($399) and Tufted Sloping Loveseat ($699).

A Petal Accent Chair adds a bit of luxe next to an airy Hexagon Bookshelf.

A Petal Accent Chair adds a bit of luxe next to an airy Hexagon Bookshelf.

Courtesy of Drew Barrymore Flower Home

A Tropical Toile Shower Curtain and a Round Blue Stripe Jute Area Rug bring a touch of island style into the bathroom.

A Tropical Toile Shower Curtain and a Round Blue Stripe Jute Area Rug bring a touch of island style into the bathroom.

Courtesy of Drew Barrymore Flower Home

Finally, Barrymore loves a well-placed gallery wall: "I’m passionate about paintings and prints—drawing inspiration from my own art collection, my life, the people I meet, and places I travel."

Ombre Glass Drinkware and a Vintage Palm Ceramic Serving Tray set the scene.

Ombre Glass Drinkware and a Vintage Palm Ceramic Serving Tray set the scene.

Courtesy of Drew Barrymore Flower Home

The rich, harvest-inspired colorways for the current collection were chosen with the season’s upcoming festivities in mind, making Drew Barrymore Flower Home an easy, one-stop shop to punch up your home for holiday entertaining. Her kitchen accessories, tableware, and barware emphasize midcentury influences, botanical patterns, tropical vibes, and gem-like colors.

Drew Barrymore launches the fall collection of Drew Barrymore Flower Home.

Drew Barrymore launches the fall collection of Drew Barrymore Flower Home.

Photo: Drew Barrymore Flower Home

As the collection continues to grow, the mission of Drew Barrymore Flower Home remains the same; it’s all about encouraging people to "be happy when you come into your beautiful, sacred space."

Yellow Vintage Floral Peel and Stick Wallpaper provides a flamboyant backdrop.

Yellow Vintage Floral Peel and Stick Wallpaper provides a flamboyant backdrop.

Photo: Drew Barrymore Flower Home

Drew Barrymore Flower Home is now available at Walmart and its family of sites that include Walmart.com, Hayneedle.com, and Jet.com.

Shop the Collection:

Drew Barrymore Flower Home Antique Brass Square Shelf

Add storage and style to your home without sacrificing space. This square floating wall shelf is constructed of an iron frame with engineered wood shelves. Style your favorite décor items, knickknacks, or pictures on the five staggered shelves within the antique brass frame.With its open, slightly geometric design and mixed materials, the Wood and Antique Brass Square Wall Shelf by Drew Barrymore Flower Home is sure to bring a chic, slightly boho vibe to your home. Use this piece on its own, or style it as part of a vibrant gallery wall. Photo courtesy of Walmart

Drew Barrymore Flower Home Grecian Blue Lamp

Bring the rich colors of the Aegean Sea to your home with this table lamp. The lamp has a dome-shaped shade and base constructed of durable iron. The royal blue finish brings a bold pop of color to any living space. A black and white striped cord adds visual interest to the piece.A 40-watt light bulb has already been included for your convenience. You can also use the LED equivalent, if that's what you prefer. The on/off inline switch makes it easy to illuminate your home. Photo courtesy of Walmart

Drew Barrymore Flower Home Palm Peel and Stick Wallpaper

Make any space a little more special with this peel-and-stick wallpaper. Use this wallpaper to cover an entire room, to create an accent wall, or to refurbish a piece of furniture. The pattern features alternating prints - one with stripes and dashes and the other with vines of slender palm branches. Photo courtesy of Walmart

Drew Barrymore Flower Home Art Deco TV Stand

Add storage and a pop of color to your home with this Art Deco TV Stand. This low-profile TV stand can also be used to store books, pictures, vases, and other items. The rich walnut finish complements a variety of home décor styles. Two sliding doors conceal a storage area with six shelves, some of which are adjustable. Each door is fitted with a plated brushed brass pull and fabric panel with a vibrant Art Deco Fan pattern with shades of pink and orange. Photo Courtesy of Walmart

Drew Barrymore Flower Home Velvet Loveseat

Whether you're cozying up with a good book or planning your dream vacation to the Big Apple, this loveseat has got you covered. The exclusive New York Navy print is sure to add a chic and sophisticated accent to any room in your home. Plus, this compact sofa seat's cover is made from a feathery-soft velvet material for an ultra-plush, smooth feel. Dress up this roomy seat with bright blankets and bold throw pillows for an artfully curated aesthetic. Photo courtesy of Walmart

Drew Barrymore Flower Home Wood Leaner Mirror

Minimalist yet full of character, the Wood Floor Mirror will be catching glances in your home. This floor mirror is versatile, so prop it up against any wall to enliven your room with chic style - it's a bonus that its full-length size can make a small space feel so much bigger. This rectangular mirror can be categorized under modern minimal because of its straight lines and thin profile for a sleek look that will dazzle in any living room or bedroom. Rich woodgrain is stained in a warm wood finish to complete the piece. Photo courtesy of Walmart


The World’s Largest 3D-Printed Building Just Popped Up in Dubai

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3D-printing innovators Apis Cor used locally sourced materials to print a two-story building in just three weeks.

Apis Cor recently completed the world’s largest 3D-printed building.

Apis Cor, whose motto is "we print buildings," just completed the world’s largest 3D-printed building to date—a 6,998-square-foot, 31-foot-tall government facility comprised of concrete, gypsum, and proprietary materials developed by the company.

The company’s 3D printer—which is about the size of a large car—spit out the structure section by section, and it was repositioned around the build site by three workers and a construction crane. Traditional construction methods and manual labor were used to create the foundation, set the windows in place, and add roofing and rebar.

The compact printer is highly portable, and it can adapt to a wide range of construction circumstances.

The compact printer is highly portable, and it can adapt to a wide range of construction circumstances.

Courtesy of Apis Cor

The lightly textured, finished facade is unassuming. The building will provide offices for a government agency.

The lightly textured, finished facade is unassuming. The building will provide offices for a government agency.

Courtesy of Apis Cor

Dubai served as a proving ground for the technology, which underwent extensive research and development ahead of the build. "The Dubai climate is very harsh—temperature and humidity change significantly even within a day," says company founder and CEO Nikita Cheniuntai. "The material has to behave the same way all the time, despite the changing environmental conditions."

Custom software by Apis Cor guides the printer through the design layer by layer.
Manually placed rebar reinforces the printed walls.

Manually placed rebar reinforces the printed walls. 

Courtesy of Apis Cor

The project’s cost has not been disclosed, but affordability, speed, and structural integrity are top priorities for Apis Cor. In 2017, they printed a tiny home outside of Moscow in 24 hours for around $10,000. Soon, they plan to do the same for affordable housing projects in both California and Louisiana.  

Dubai’s harsh climate put Apis Cor’s proprietary materials to the test. They had to withstand changes in temperature and humidity, all under direct sunlight.

Dubai’s harsh climate put Apis Cor’s proprietary materials to the test. They had to withstand changes in temperature and humidity, all under direct sunlight.

Courtesy of Apis Cor

The 3D printer is about the size of a large car. Workers used a crane to reposition the printer to create each section of the building.

The 3D printer is about the size of a large car. Workers used a crane to reposition the printer to create each section of the building.

Courtesy of Apis Cor

Earlier this year, Apis Cor partnered with SEArch+ and won NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge. By the end of next year, Apis Cor hopes to make their 3D printing technology available to the masses—they’re planning to sell printers to construction companies seeking to implement custom designs. By 2021, Apis Cor is seeking to open a slew of mini factories to manufacture printing materials.

"[The Dubai] project is a huge step forward in the concrete 3D printing industry," says Cheniuntai. "The next printer will be more reliable and twice as fast."

An aerial view shows the scale of the project during construction.

An aerial view shows the scale of the project during construction.

Courtesy of Apis Cor


The Biggest Frank Lloyd Wright Headlines of 2019

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This year, we reported on everything from demolition, to preservation, to rare Frank Lloyd Wright homes hitting the market.

Located in Bunker Hill, the Thaxton House features all the hallmarks of Usonian design. It's defined by a simple, natural material palette and offers ample opportunities for indoor/outdoor living.

With a career span of more than 70 years, Frank Lloyd Wright designed and built more than 500 structures across the U.S.—and influenced countless others through the mentorship of his prodigies. From real estate news, to restorations, and even demolitions, it comes as no surprise that changes to Frank Lloyd Wright–designed buildings make headlines. Luckily, Dwell keeps you in the know with the top Frank Lloyd Wright news stories of the year.

10. A Handsome, Hexagonal Home by Frank Lloyd Wright Wants $1.2M

About an hour’s drive from New York City, the Stuart Richardson House is a Usonian treasure with a hexagonal motif. As with most of Wright’s Usonian designs, there are floor-to-ceiling windows to allow for natural light. The living room’s 14 French doors open to a patio for indoor/outdoor living.

About an hour’s drive from New York City, the Stuart Richardson House is a Usonian treasure with a hexagonal motif. As with most of Wright’s Usonian designs, there are floor-to-ceiling windows to allow for natural light. The living room’s 14 French doors open to a patio for indoor/outdoor living.

Courtesy of stuartrichardsonhouse.com

Completed in 1938, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater is as relevant as ever—and a model of architectural conservancy. We tour the home and spend the night in his nearby Mäntylä to learn what you can’t experience through photos alone.

Completed in 1938, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater is as relevant as ever—and a model of architectural conservancy. We tour the home and spend the night in his nearby Mäntylä to learn what you can’t experience through photos alone.

Courtesy of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy

After narrowly escaping demolition in the 1990s, Frank Lloyd Wright's Thaxton House has been respectfully restored and updated—and it just returned to the market for $2,850,000. The house is one of only three Wright-designed homes in Texas, and it's the sole Wright residence in Houston.

After narrowly escaping demolition in the 1990s, Frank Lloyd Wright's Thaxton House has been respectfully restored and updated—and it just returned to the market for $2,850,000. The house is one of only three Wright-designed homes in Texas, and it's the sole Wright residence in Houston.

Photos by Bill Krampitz of TK Images LLC

In 1926, Lloyd Wright, son of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, completed a 5,600-square-foot Mayan Revival house in Hollywood for John and Ruth Sowden, an artistic couple with a flair for the theatrical. It would be, according to the New York Times, "a bohemian playhouse for aspiring actors and Hollywood bons vivants."

In 1926, Lloyd Wright, son of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, completed a 5,600-square-foot Mayan Revival house in Hollywood for John and Ruth Sowden, an artistic couple with a flair for the theatrical. It would be, according to the New York Times, "a bohemian playhouse for aspiring actors and Hollywood bons vivants."

Andrew Pielage

An exterior view of the Kalil House at 117 Heather Street. The structure, retaining walls, and carport are primarily built from molded masonry blocks.

The Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire—which features works by the likes of Monet, Picasso, and O’Keefe—just added Frank Lloyd Wright’s Toufic H. Kalil House to its collection. The home is one of seven Usonian Automatic homes in existence, and now it will be preserved ad infinitum thanks to an anonymous donor.

Photo courtesy of Paula Martin group at Keller Williams

Chicago–based Eifler & Associates Architects leads a painstaking renovation of the rarely published home located in Barrington Hills, Illinois—overseeing everything from a sagging roof to a Wright-designed dining room table.

Chicago–based Eifler & Associates Architects leads a painstaking renovation of the rarely published home located in Barrington Hills, Illinois—overseeing everything from a sagging roof to a Wright-designed dining room table.

Photo: James Caulfield

To the right of the main entry, the large living room features a striking rear wall composed of 350 embedded-glass window blocks that allow light to pour into the space. A dramatic sunken hearth surrounds the original wood-burning fireplace.

Offered at $850,000 the 1955 Toufic H. Kalil House in Manchester, New Hampshire, is one of only seven Usonian Automatics ever constructed. Held in the family for almost 40 years, it hit the market for the first time this October.

Photo courtesy of Paula Martin Group at Keller Williams

The "endangered" Booth Cottage could be the first Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home to be torn down in the U.S. in over a decade.

The "endangered" Booth Cottage could be the first Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home to be torn down in the U.S. in over a decade.

Photo courtesy of Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy

Fifty miles north of New York City, a private island with a controversial home and guesthouse built from Frank Lloyd Wright’s drawings seeks a new buyer.

Fifty miles north of New York City, a private island with a controversial home and guesthouse built from Frank Lloyd Wright’s drawings seeks a new buyer.

Photo courtesy of Douglas Elliman Real Estate

Completed in 1959, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (constructed 1956-1959) is an architectural icon that stands in stark contrast to its rectangular Manhattan neighbors with its curved surfaces. Wright famously said the museum would make the nearby Metropolitan Museum of Art "look like a Protestant barn”.

Eight exceptional Frank Lloyd Wright projects have officially made it onto the UNESCO World Heritage List—the first modern architecture designation of its kind in the U.S.

Solomon R Guggenheim Foundation


An Architect’s Home in Sydney Is a Masterful Lesson in Sustainable Design

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CplusC Architectural Workshop’s Clinton Cole has equipped his Darlington address with a solar-panel facade, rainwater harvesting, and a rooftop garden and fish pond.

"Architecture can be more than beautiful," says Clinton Cole, architect, builder, and director of Sydney-based studio CplusC Architectural Workshop. "If we are to survive the next hundred years, a house must be ‘a machine for sustaining life,’ and it must promote those values in its architectural expression." This philosophy is carried out in Cole’s latest project, which is a home for his family of five in an inner-city suburb of Sydney.

Welcome to the Jungle House features steel-formed apertures and a planted roof.

Welcome to the Jungle House features steel-formed apertures and a planted roof.

Murray Fredericks

Welcome to the Jungle House was created around an existing building and faced stringent heritage controls. Its restored heritage facade features rendered masonry, steel-framed windows, and foliage cascading out of the apertures. On the roof, steel planter beds hold fruit and vegetables.

The side elevation shows the master bedroom’s rear window and solar-panel facade.

The side elevation shows the master bedroom’s rear window and solar-panel facade.

Murray Fredericks

The building’s original window openings were reframed in pre-rusted steel, while new apertures were frame with white powder-coated steel.

The building’s original window openings were reframed in pre-rusted steel, while new apertures were frame with white powder-coated steel.

Murray Fredericks

The roof—accessed via a ladder from the outdoor living area—is also used for composting and the cultivation of worms for a garden and fish pond, with the latter providing nutrient-dense irrigation to the planters. In turn, the native Australian plants and desert grasses filter stormwater, which is held in an underground tank and pumped back to the pond in the aquaponics system.

In another commitment to sustainability, the addition is clad with photovoltaic panels. A fully operable glass skin is inset from the outer facade, providing an abundance of light and thermal regulation while maintaining privacy.

Structural planter troughs on the roof also serve as roof beams.

Structural planter troughs on the roof also serve as roof beams. 

Murray Fredericks

Visitors enter the home through an oversize, steel "shroud," as though climbing through one of the windows. The ground floor holds a home office, play space, and informal guest accommodations. A centrally located spiral staircase doubles as a light well, using the stack effect to draw cool air from the concrete slab and masonry walls through to the upper levels, and expelling hot air through the operable glass skin in the warmer months.

A steel-clad doorway faces staggered, vertical steel panels and a spiral stair.

A steel-clad doorway faces staggered, vertical steel panels and a spiral stair.

Murray Fredericks

The timber-clad stairwell uses the stack effect to draw cool air from the concrete slab and masonry walls through the upper levels of the house.

The timber-clad stairwell uses the stack effect to draw cool air from the concrete slab and masonry walls through the upper levels of the house.

Murray Fredericks

Laneway access opens onto a workshop area and a garage for an electric car, which connects to a battery storage system powered by the solar panels. 

Three bedrooms, a bathroom, and a laundry room occupy the second floor, with the couple’s three young children sharing bunk beds. The master bedroom is situated in the tightest portion of the site, and benefits from an oversize, timber pivot window that has smaller apertures for the option of more privacy.

By compressing the lower two levels of the home, Cole allowed the luxury of an open-plan third floor with panoramic views of the city. An interplay of light patterns animates the timber floors and creates ever-changing reflections on the glazed louvers. The kitchen, dominated by an island bench, both divides and unites the space, providing abundant space for cooking and communal meals with friends and family. As expected, the material palette features a combination of raw and industrial textures like burnished concrete, fiber-cement panels, polished and unpolished metals, and recycled timber.

The ceiling of the third-floor kitchen is the raw underside of the roof troughs above.

The ceiling of the third-floor kitchen is the raw underside of the roof troughs above.

Murray Fredericks

The master bedroom features a pivot window with smaller window openings for privacy.

The master bedroom features a pivot window with smaller window openings for privacy.

Photo: Frederick

The children’s bedroom has bespoke joinery designed to help the children interface with the environmental workings of the house.

The children’s bedroom has bespoke joinery designed to help the children interface with the environmental workings of the house.

Murray Fredericks

"Fundamentally, this house acts as a beacon of sustainability within its community, where landscape, food, nature, garden, environment, energy, waste, water, and architectural aesthetic exist symbiotically," says Cole.

More by CplusC:

Water Slices Through This Gorge-Inspired Australian House

A Sustainable Home Near Sydney Boasts Chicken Coops, Vertical Gardens, and More

Project Credits:

Architecture:  CplusC Architectural Workshop / @__cplusc__

Builder:  CplusC

Structural Engineer: SDA Structures 

Landscape Design Company: Bell Landscapes

Lighting Design: CplusC

Interior Design: Jase Sullivan  

Cabinetry Design/Installation: BWO Fitout  

Roof Garden, Irrigation & Aquaponics: Sydney Organic Gardens 


This Charming Wooden Barn in the Netherlands Utilizes Every Part of the Tree

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Century-old oak trees are fused with modern-day materials to create a barn rooted in the past that serves the present.

The barn makes extraordinarily efficient use of timber milled from on-site trees.

Netherlands-based architects Annemariken Hilberink and Geert Bosch had to cut down seven 100-year-old oak trees on the estate where they live and work, just outside the city of ’s-Hertogenbosch. Rather than selling the trees for paper, they decided to mill them and build a new barn. The new structure makes extraordinarily efficient use of the milled lumber, and it draws inspiration from the historic farmhouses of the area.

Annemariken and Geert sourced old oak trees from their estate to build a barn that provides space for storage, working, and a car port.

Annemariken and Geert sourced old oak trees from their estate to build a barn that provides space for storage, working, and a car port.

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The architects used smaller bits of oak as wooden shingles for the roof.

The architects used smaller bits of oak as wooden shingles for the roof.

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"Traditionally, most farmhouses in the Meierij of ’s-Hertogenbosch have their separate parts—such as living quarters, storage space, and cowsheds—integrated into a single building," according to Annemariken and Geert. "Over time, however, these compact buildings frequently became too cramped to house all of these functions, so a separate barn was added."

The strong structural members and facade planks are made from tree trunks.

The strong structural members and facade planks are made from tree trunks.

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The asymmetrical roof has a steep side and a low pitched side.

The asymmetrical roof has a steep side and a low pitched side.

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"By replacing a collage of obsolete shelters and sheds, we would, in line with our farm’s monumental character, build a new barn with locally harvested materials employing traditional techniques," say Annemariken and Geert.

The oak trees were cut down using a mobile sawmill, and the strong trunks were used for the structural frame of the barn and roof, and the planks of the facade. The remaining tree parts were used for other aspects of the barn. 

In the 1,300-square-foot barn, 400 square feet serve as a workspace for the architects’ firm.

In the 1,300-square-foot barn, 400 square feet serve as a workspace for the architects’ firm.

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A Deklein & Vanhoff wood stove keeps the workspace toasty during the Netherlands’ cold winters.

A Deklein & Vanhoff wood stove keeps the workspace toasty during the Netherlands’ cold winters.

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The architects mixed concrete and bark to create a textured, organic-looking surface for the exterior walls on each end of the structure. This composite material makes the barn blend in with its forested surroundings.

They also used small pieces of wood from the trees as roof shingles. "The roughness of this cleaved timber ensures that this untreated roofing will last for decades," say Annemariken and Geert. The leftover tree material was chopped up and set aside to be used as firewood.

A 200-square-foot loft above the storage room overlooks the workspace.

A 200-square-foot loft above the storage room overlooks the workspace.

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A minimal palette of materials—oak, concrete and glass—allows the unique design of the barn to shine.

A minimal palette of materials—oak, concrete and glass—allows the unique design of the barn to shine.

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The 1,300-square-foot barn is split into three areas: a carport, a storage room, and an office with a workshop and meeting area. A loft above the storage room opens to the workshop. 

Wood’s organic nature led to the barn’s beautiful imperfections—from the board-formed concrete volumes to the rough-hewn planks, some of which are marked by barbed wire and shrapnel dating back to the 1940s. "The barn’s aesthetics have been strongly influenced by coincidence," say Annemariken and Geert.

The barn makes extraordinarily efficient use of timber milled from on-site trees.

The barn makes extraordinarily efficient use of timber milled from on-site trees.

René de Wit

Bark gives the exterior walls a  textured appearance and allows them to blend into the forested surroundings.

Bark gives the exterior walls a  textured appearance and allows them to blend into the forested surroundings.

René de Wit


Robin Williams’ Former Northern California Home Lists for $7.25M

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Set on a double lot, the Mediterranean-style home looks out over the widest part of San Francisco Bay.

Steps away from the water, the back patio provides an incredible setting for entertaining.

The Northern California home of late actor and comedian Robin Williams just hit the market. Located about 30 minutes outside of San Francisco in Paradise Cay, the waterfront residence spans 6,517 square feet, comprising six bedrooms and six-and-a-half baths.

The estate of late actor and comedian Robin Williams is located in the private enclave of Marin County's Paradise Cay. Williams reportedly bought the 1987 property in 2008 for $4,050,000.

The estate of late actor and comedian Robin Williams is located in the private enclave of Marin County's Paradise Cay. Williams reportedly bought the property in 2008 for $4,050,000.

Photo: Jacob Elliott

The free-flowing floor plan seamlessly connects the home's main living spaces, including a recently remodeled kitchen, formal dining area, large family room, and wood-paneled library. Walls of windows look out onto one of the widest points of the Bay, while glass doors provide access to a large rear patio that stretches nearly the full length of the home.  

Set on a 14,000-square-foot double-lot, the single-story home offers an open-concept floor plan and several living areas. Custom bookshelves line both sides of the fireplace, while a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows provide mesmerizing bay views.

Set on a 14,000-square-foot double-lot, the single-story home offers an open-concept floor plan and several living areas. Custom bookshelves line both sides of the fireplace, while a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows provide mesmerizing bay views.

Photo: Jacob Elliott

Built in 1987, the Mediterranean residence offers ample tranquility and is just a short drive away from popular Marin County landmarks, including Muir Woods National Monument and Mt Tamalpais State Park. Scroll ahead to see more of the home, currently listed for $7,250,000.

The modernized kitchen features custom cabinetry, along with stainless-steel appliances. A large picture window above the sink frames maritime views.

The modernized kitchen features custom cabinetry, along with stainless-steel appliances. A large picture window above the sink frames maritime views.

Photo: Jacob Elliott

A cozy eating area sits adjacent to the kitchen. Sliding doors lead to the back patio.

A cozy eating area sits adjacent to the kitchen. Sliding doors lead to the back patio. 

Photo: Jacob Elliott

A formal dining area is located right off the main living room. Vaulted ceilings enhance the sense of space, while oversized windows overlook the pool.

A formal dining area is located right off the main living room. Vaulted ceilings enhance the sense of space, while oversized windows overlook the pool.

Photo: Jacob Elliott

Anchored by a marble fireplace, the wood-paneled library boasts handcrafted moldings and custom-built shelving. A large wooden desk provides ample workspace.

Anchored by a marble fireplace, the wood-paneled library boasts handcrafted moldings and custom-built shelving. A large wooden desk provides ample workspace.

Photo: Jacob Elliott

A look at one of the home's six bedrooms. A built-in window seat offers a cozy place to unwind while also providing extra storage

A look at one of the home's six bedrooms. A built-in window seat offers a cozy place to unwind while also providing extra storage.

Photo: Jacob Elliott

In one of the six full baths, a large soaking tub in nestled into an appropriately named bay window.

In one of the six full baths, a large soaking tub in nestled into an appropriately named bay window.

Photo: Jacob Elliott

A plush sectional offers plentiful seating in the cozy family room area.

A plush sectional offers plentiful seating in the cozy family room area.

Photo: Jacob Elliott

Natural light pours into the master bedroom, which offers direct access to the back terrace and views of El Campo.

Natural light pours into the master bedroom, which offers direct access to the back terrace and views of El Campo.

Photo: Jacob Elliott

A spacious walk-in closet provides an abundance of storage in the master suite.

A spacious walk-in closet provides an abundance of storage in the master suite.

Photo: Jacob Elliott

Glistening green tiles climb the walls of another one of the six full bathrooms.

Glistening green tiles climb the walls of another one of the six full bathrooms. 

Photo: Jacob Elliott

Steps away from the water, the back patio provides an incredible setting for entertaining.

Steps away from the water, the back patio provides an incredible setting for entertaining.

Photo: Jacob Elliott

95 Saint Thomas Way is currently listed for $7,250,000 by Penny Wright-Mulligan and Haley Wright of Compass.

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Take a First Look Inside James Turrell’s Awe-Inspiring New Exhibition

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An exploration of light, color, and space awaits visitors at James Turrell’s first survey exhibition in Mexico.

Aural (2018) from the Ganzfeld series.

After over two years of preparation, Museo Jumex has officially debuted Passages of Light, a survey exhibition by American artist James Turrell. Turrell orchestrates light, space, and color on a monumental scale, and the exhibition unfolds over two floors of the museum’s galleries. The retrospective spans half a century, following the artist’s career from the late 1960s to the present day.

Apani (2011) from the Ganzfeld series. The magic of Turrell’s works hinge on mathematical precision and computer-programmed lights in a carefully controlled environment.

Apani (2011) from the Ganzfeld series. The magic of Turrell’s works hinge on mathematical precision and computer-programmed lights in a carefully controlled environment.

© James Turrell, Photo: Florian Holzherr

Turrell gives light a physical presence with projected fields of saturated color that redefine the immaterial. Designed to eliminate the viewer’s depth perception, the installations can appear as floating geometric objects or immersive spaces that dissolve physical boundaries. Turrell’s exploration into the materiality of light often draws the audience into contemplative thought.

Squat Blue (1968), from the Projection Pieces series, is the earliest Turrell work exhibited at Passages of Light and is part of la Colección Jumex.

Squat Blue (1968), from the Projection Pieces series, is the earliest Turrell work exhibited at Passages of Light and is part of la Colección Jumex.

© James Turrell, Photo: Florian Holzherr

"My work is more about your seeing than it is about my seeing, although it is a product of my seeing," says Turrell. "I’m also interested in the sense of presence of space; that is, space where you feel a presence, almost an entity—that physical feeling and power that space can give."

Passages of Light welcomes visitors with Amesha Spentas, a site-specific piece from James Turrell’s Ganzfeld series that immerses viewers in a saturated field of color. Each body of work in the exhibition is paired with a quotation to better illuminate the artist’s influences.

Amesha Spentas is one of Turrell’s Ganzfeld installations, which use light projections to engulf the viewing space. The German word Ganzfeld—meaning “total field”—describes the phenomenon of sensory deprivation in which depth perception is completely lost.

Amesha Spentas is one of Turrell’s Ganzfeld installations, which use light projections to engulf the viewing space. The German word Ganzfeld—meaning "total field"—describes the phenomenon of sensory deprivation in which depth perception is completely lost.

© James Turrell, Photo: Florian Holzherr

Installations continue on the second floor, which includes a collection of prints, photographs, models, and holograms that trace the breadth of Turrell’s work—starting with his First Light prints and his earliest experiments with light projections. The artist’s explorations with recent technology, including holograms, are also on display.

Born in Los Angeles in 1943, Turrell is a pioneer in the Southern California Light and Space movement. His work has been presented in major venues around the world.

Born in Los Angeles in 1943, Turrell is a pioneer in the Southern California Light and Space movement. His work has been presented in major venues around the world.

© James Turrell, Photo: Florian Holzherr

One section of the exhibition is devoted to Turrell’s magnum opus, the Roden Crater project. Begun in 1977, the ongoing project is Turrell’s monumental attempt to transform an extinct volcano in remote Arizona into an observatory for celestial events. 

Before entering the Ganzfeld’s limitless field of color, visitors must remove their shoes. The process of crossing over into the space shares parallels with the spiritual rituals in temples. Photography and video are not permitted within the exhibition.

Before entering the Ganzfeld’s limitless field of color, visitors must remove their shoes. The process of crossing over into the space shares parallels with the spiritual rituals in temples. Photography and video are not permitted within the exhibition.

© James Turrell, Photo: Florian Holzherr

Aural (2018) from the Ganzfeld series.

Aural (2018) from the Ganzfeld series.

© James Turrell, Photo: Florian Holzherr

"Turrell’s work is a potent means of employing inherently and fundamentally human ways of seeing to move beyond it by allowing affect to overrule thought, and enable us to pass into new perceptions and understanding of our own place and time," says Museo Jumex Chief curator Kit Hammonds, who, along with Curatorial Assistant Adriana Kuri Alamillo, organized James Turrell: Passages of Light. 

On view at Museo Jumex, Gathas (2019) from the Curved Elliptical Glass series is among Turrell’s most recent body of works. “Its slow transformation of color has been likened by the artist to musical scores,” reads a press statement.

On view at Museo Jumex, Gathas (2019) from the Curved Elliptical Glass series is among Turrell’s most recent body of works. "Its slow transformation of color has been likened by the artist to musical scores," reads a press statement.

© James Turrell, Photo: Florian Holzherr

Rondo (Blue) (1969) from the Shallow Space Construction series.

Rondo (Blue) (1969) from the Shallow Space Construction series.

© James Turrell, Photo: Florian Holzherr

James Turrell's Accretion Disk (2018), created for Museum Frieder Burda. The name is the astrophysics term for a disk made of gas or interstellar dust that rotates around a newly created star.

James Turrell's Accretion Disk (2018), created for Museum Frieder Burda. The name is the astrophysics term for a disk made of gas or interstellar dust that rotates around a newly created star.

© James Turrell, Photo: Florian Holzherr


Rain, Rain, Go Away: Here’s Everything You Need to Weather the Rainy Season

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Keep storm clouds at bay this season with our picks for the best umbrellas, raincoats, waterproof bags, and more.

Ray and Charles standing beneath an umbrella next to historic eucalyptus row that dates back to the 1880s and is still standing today.

Umbrellas

Basil Bangs Maple Rain Umbrella

Arm candy. Step right up, we’ve got the umbrella upgrade you’ve been looking for. You’ll pop out in a crowd of plain black parapluies with these bright and beautiful patterns printed on double-layer, top-shelf fabrics. Thanks to its flexible fiberglass frame, it’ll hold up in a squall. Two of the patterns, Modernist and Four Seasons, come with a black exterior and patterned interior—it’s all business on the outside, party on the inside to brighten up those cloudy days. And when the rain lets up? Sling this beauty over your arm or through your bag loops with the single piece, turned and bent maple timber handle. Classy. Photography by Ty Mecham, James Ransom

Tumi Large Auto Close Umbrella

With just a push of a button, you can quickly and easily protect yourself from the elements with this full-coverage umbrella that folds up nice and small for added convenience. Photo Courtesy of Tumi

Snow Peak Umbrella

An ultra-lightweight Snow Peak umbrella, made to collapse under heavy wind gusts to prevent permanent damage. Packing case included. Photo Courtesy of Shopbop

Blunt Classic Umbrella

The world’s first radially tensioned umbrella, designed to fight rainstorms — and win. Inspired by the extreme weather of their native New Zealand, Blunt set out to completely redesign the umbrella — and the results speak for themselves. With telescopic ribs, a modern wind-shearing shape and a unique radial tensioning system, Blunt umbrellas won’t blow out, give up, or fly away. The Blunt Classic is their original masterpiece, designed to survive the most extreme conditions.

ShedRain Auto Open Stick Clear Dome Umbrella

Brighten the drizzliest of days—and get a clear view of the sidewalk—with a dome umbrella featuring an easy auto-open design. Photo Courtesy of Nordstrom

ShedRain WindPro Auto Open & Close Umbrella

Inside-out umbrellas have met their match. A wind-resistant, Teflon-coated canopy provides dry coverage on a specially engineered umbrella that opens and closes automatically for fuss-free function. Photo Courtesy of Nordstrom

Davek Traveler Umbrella

A compact travel model which features an extremely convenient, small frame system for easy portability. Go anywhere and always be ready for a rain shower with this sunny, collapsable umbrella. Photo Courtesy of Nordstrom

Tumi Small Auto Close Umbrella

A compact umbrella that opens and closes with the push of a button. Photo Courtesy of Nordstrom

Barbour Tartan Walker Umbrella

This extra large umbrella is a classic. With its bright tartan plaids and wooden handle, perfect for taking a long walk in the countryside with a companion. Photo Courtesy of Nordstrom

Raincoats and Water-Resistant Jackets

On Waterproof Anorak

This fully waterproof and windproof anorak is ultralight and breathable for staying active in all weathers. Made with sustainability in mind, it features a recyclable membrane and a PFC-free water-repellant coating. Photo Courtesy of On

Rains Rain Jacket

With a functional design and clean-lined style, this Rains jacket a no-brainer for any cloudy days. Drawing inspiration from classic, vintage rain gear, it's a style that transcends seasons. Photo Courtesy of Shopbop

Bridge & Burn Marshall Jacket

Bundle up with the help of the Marshall jacket for comfort and style. Born and bred in Portland, Bridge & Burn is all about quality apparel that’s inspired by the outdoors and the wild terrain that surrounds their HQ. Their lineup of cold-weather gear has us beyond ready for days spent knee-high in powder and evenings spent around the fireplace, cranking up the vinyl, and pouring another round for a thicker “bourbon blanket”. The Marshall is a flannel-lined windbreaker that is just as well suited for a fondue dinner as it is a sled ride down the biggest hill in your neighborhood. Photo Courtesy of Huckberry

Arc'teryx Beta AR Jacket

A mainstay in the Arc'teryx lineup since 2000, the Beta AR is the do everything, most versatile waterproof/breathable jacket for activities in mountain environments. Hand pockets, regular fit, pit zippers, an updated length to accommodate layers and a hood with an internal collar mean comfort in storms, climbing, skiing or simply enjoying the outdoors. GORE-TEX Pro is with the highest level of waterproof/breathable performance. The helmet compatible DropHood™ gives quick storm protection and has been updated to include Cohaesive® cord lock adjusters. Photo Courtesy of Arc'teryx

Outdoor Voices RecTrek Jacket

A versatile, weather-resistant softshell jacket. Made in durable, stretch-woven RecTrek for comfort and mobility. Photo Courtesy of Outdoor Voices

BARO the Brockton Waterproof Raincoat

A seam-sealed waterproof raincoat has plenty of pockets to store your essentials and offers great breathability so you don't overheat. Photo Courtesy of Nordstrom

Stutterheim Mosebacke Rain Jacket in Green

Timeless raincoat from Stutterheim. Mid-weight waterproof fabric. Hooded design with drawcord. Full snap button closure. Front welt pockets at waist. Double welded seams. Tonal hardware. Subtle stamped branding at left hem. A-line silhouette. Soft cotton self lining. Photo Courtesy of Need Supply Co.

Howler Brothers Aguacero Rain Shell

The all-purpose shell that crushes wind, rain, and snow. Always in pursuit of the next great adventure, Howler Bros and their roundup of cold-weather garments are sure to keep us properly insulated and plenty comfortable no matter what we find ourselves getting into this fall. If you happen to catch yourself in a sudden October rain storm or a January snow dump, having the Aguacero Rain Shell is your best bet to ensure you stay bone dry and toasty warm. Lightweight by design and waterproof in construction, the Aguacero has hidden ventilation zips and just the right amount of stretch so you can—and should—push it to the limit. Photo courtesy of Huckberry

Everlane ReNew All-Weather Jacket

Windproof. Water-resistant. Made from plastic water bottles. A better approach to everyday weather protection, designed down to the last detail. From urban wind tunnels to this-wasn’t-in-the-forecast rain showers—you’re going to want to bring this jacket. Made entirely* from our technical, 100% recycled fabric. Photo Courtesy of Everlane

Everlane ReNew Long Parka

For ah-come-on kind of cold weather. The ReNew Long Parka has a long, relaxed fit, oversized cargo pockets, fleecy handwarmer pockets, and a roomy, removable hood. Plus, it’s made entirely* from our technical, 100% recycled fabric and filled with 100% recycled high-performance PrimaLoft insulation. Photo courtesy of Everlane

The North Face Venture 2 Waterproof Jacket

Lightweight, breathable and packable—this rain jacket also features a seam-sealed DryVent® shell to withstand the heaviest downpours, whether you're commuting in the city or hiking in the mountains. Photo Courtesy of Nordstrom

Patagonia Isthmus Hooded Parka

A wind-blocking nylon jacket with a DWR (durable water-repellent) finish provides serious protection against the elements. An optional, adjustable hood adds versatility. Adjustable snap cuffs and an elastic drawcord at the hem ensure a great fit to block errant breezes. Photo Courtesy of Nordstrom

RAINS Waterproof Trench Coat with Detachable Hood

Chic and understated style meets smart functionality with this raglan-sleeve trench in a waterproof yet breathable tech fabric with sealed seams. Photo Courtesy of Nordstrom

Barbour Peggy Waterproof Raincoat

Turn up the collar of this breathable raincoat to reveal a pop of plaid that's repeated at the button placket for extra style points. Photo Courtesy of Nordstorm

Waterproof and Water-Resistant Bags

Topo Designs Water Repellent Light Backpack

Durable, water-repellent 420-denier tech fabric means lasting appeal for this compact backpack that's ideal for short hikes, campus life or daily commutes. Photo Courtesy of Nordstrom

Rains Waterproof Tote Backpack

Style and practicality combine on a convertible, waterproof bag that will keep your laptop and other gear dry during rainy-day commutes. For added convenience, webbed straps allow it to be carried as a tote or as a backpack and an exterior pocket keeps small essentials within easy reach. Photo Courtesy of Nordstrom

Rains Field Backpack

Crafted with a completely waterproof polyurethane-coated shell, this practical day-use backpack is ready for anything Mother Nature sends. The minimalist construction adheres to the brand's Danish roots with simple details, from the front zip pocket to a padded laptop sleeve built into the main compartment. Photo Courtesy of Nordstrom

Timbuk2 Foundry Pack

A premium waxed canvas and leather backpack, the Foundry is designed for daily commuting and the occasional out of office meeting. It meets all the workday standards of laptop protection and phone, cord, and key organization, and features a padded shoulder strap for easing heavy loads. Secure, silent magnetic closures offer a smarter way in and out of the main compartment, and a water bottle pocket expands because, why not. And for trips out of town, a clever slip pocket doubles as a luggage pass-through for attaching to a roller. Photo Courtesy of Timbuk2

Rains Waterproof Backpack

This waterproof backpack offers a modern and stylish way to safely transport your computer and important documents on a rainy day. A hidden pocket on the backside gives you quick access when on the move. Photo courtesy of Nordstrom

Rains Small Waterproof Wash Bag

Made from waterproof material with a secure, water-resistant zip, this toiletry bag is great for packing along on your globetrotting adventures. Photo Courtesy of Nordstrom

FJÄLLRÄVEN Foldsack No.1 Water Resistant Backpack

Take on campus or your commute with a streamlined backpack that's simply an essential. Heavy-duty G-1000 fabrication and a spacious, padded laptop compartment make this bag as practical as it is stylish. Photo courtesy of Nordstrom

TUMI Innsbruck Backpack

With a padded laptop compartment, plentiful pockets and a waterproof reflective cover, this streamlined backpack is ready for whatever the day has in store. Photo courtesy of Nordstrom

KNOMO London Thames Water Resistant Roll-Top Commuter Backpack

Durable technical construction means lasting appeal for a compact backpack that's ideal for travel, commuting or hiking. Plus—exterior pockets provide easy access. Photo courtesy of Nordstrom


Weatherproof Boots

Hunter Norris Chelsea Boot

A new take on a classic style from Hunter, this ankle-height rain boot was named for Hunter founder Henry Lee Norris. Hand-crafted from durable, waterproof rubber, this comfortable boot features elastic side gussets and a handy pull tab. Photo Courtesy of Zappos

Tretorn Lina 2 Rain Boots

Legendary Swedish brand Tretorn was founded in 1891 by tire manufacturer Henry Dunker. Moving away from industrial goods, the company refocused on footwear for Sweden’s growing workforce. By the 1970s, as tennis shoes became a favorite of players at Wimbledon, the brand evolved further into sporty, lightweight shoes anyone could wear. Today, Tretorn shoes include a range of casual and classic styles crafted with the same dedication to quality Henry Dunker envisioned over a century ago. Photo Courtesy of Shopbop

On Cloudrock Waterproof Shoe

The speed-hiking shoe built for traction, pace and protection in tough terrain and any conditions. Missiongrip™ enhanced. Photo Courtesy of On

Hunter Original Tall Waterproof Rain Boot

Perfect for wet weather conditions, this women's Rain Boot has been at the heart of the Hunter Original brand since its introduction in 1956. Formed of natural rubber, each pair is made from 28 hand-cut parts and assembled over three days on an aluminium last bespoke to Hunter, before being vulcanized for superior protection. Featuring the Hunter Original tread pattern, and a comfortable polyester lining, this classic black waterproof boot is a rainy-day necessity.

Cole Haan Wakefield Grand Chelsea Boot

Grand.OS cushioning in the leather-covered molded footbed brings comfort, and a proprietary-tread rubber sole ensures traction for this sleek Chelsea boot. Photo courtesy of Nordstrom

The North Face Back to Berkeley Redux Waterproof Bootie

A bootie merges classic design and modern technology, with waterproof construction and PrimaLoft® insulation to keep feet warm and dry as you tackle the trail. Photo courtesy of Nordstrom

Hunter Original Refined Short Waterproof Rain Boot

Your favorite Hunter rain boot gets a sleek update from thinner, more flexible rubber in a streamlined silhouette with an equestrian vibe. The curve of the toe has been pared down to be less prominent and the sole has been molded for a more classic appearance. Photo courtesy of Nordstrom

Other Accessories

Artek Umbrella Stand 115

The Artek Umbrella Stand 115 has a triangular shape that is both visually appealing and useful for tucking away into the corners of entryways. The stand is composed of two bent birch triangles connected by three solid birch pegs. The bottom includes a brass tray for catching any water that runs off wet umbrellas. Designed by Alvar Aalto in 1936. Founded in Finland in 1935 by four self-proclaimed idealists, Artek stands strong on the company's ethics, product aesthetics and ecology. With products that offer the Scandinavian look--clean lines, minimal fluff--Artek has built a line that incorporates a modern, approachable appeal into modern furniture and lighting design. Photo Courtesy of Finnish Design Shop

Graphic Rubber Boot Tray

Protect your entryway floors from wet and dirty footwear with this watertight boot tray, each one cast in recycled rubber. Featuring a minimal, Scandinavian-inspired design, inspired by Scandinavian aesthetic, it’s a practical addition to the winter home. Photo Courtesy of Terrain

NakNak Hoop Umbrella Stand

After graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2001 with a master’s in design, Mika Tolvanen established his own studio in Helsinki. He’s since worked with some of the world’s top designers and manufacturers and earned numerous accolades, including the 2012 Bruno Mathsson Award. Tolvanen takes a functional approach in his work, striving to create for the need. “The objective is not only to design products,” he explains, “but rather to look for occasions that need design. What really defines objects is how we use them, not what they appear to be.” A reinterpretation of an antique umbrella stand that he spied at a flea market, his Hoop Umbrella Stand (2016) consists of a slender oval steel wire rim above a weighty cast-iron base with compact footprint for stable umbrella storage. Made in Taiwan. Photo Courtesy of Design Within Reach

Jason Markk Repel Shoe Protectant Spray

Keep your shoes looking pristine with this easy-to-use spray that repels liquids and stain on any material. Photo Courtesy of Nordstrom

Magpul DAKA Waterproof Windowed Pouch - Set of 3

Heavy-duty pouches for hardworking applications. Magpul is legendary among those in the know for designing equipment with form, fit, and function far superior to that of your "standard issue" gear. The DAKA Pouch is a reinforced pouch that’s tough enough to handle anything you put in it, from heavy-duty tools to personal electronic accessories. Built for those tough times where you can’t see your skin under the layers of dirt, these bags can easily handle any grade of work you need. Now complete with a transparent window for full view of the contents, proper organization has never been easier.

Atsko SNO-SEAL Waterproofing Wax

Protect your boots from rain, sun, snow, and salt. A good pair of boots is an investment, and one that can last a long time — if not a lifetime — with the right care. Sno-Seal Waterproofing Wax protects your leather from the elements and keeps your boots, leather shoes, and canvas sneakers dry by shedding water before it can soak in. Take care of your boots, and they'll take care of your feet. Photo courtesy of Huckberry

FJÄLLRÄVEN Kånken Rain Cover

To accompany your Kånken backpack, this cover offers extra protection from the rain and can be packed into an integrated pocket when not needed. Photo courtesy of Nordstrom

Eva Solo Rain Gauge

Measure the rain with Eva Solo’s Rain Gauge. Can easily blend in with the plants and serves a purpose by enabling you to know how much rain has fallen. Features a funnel-shaped clear design made from glass materials that attaches directly to a spike. Can hold up to 60mm of rain. Photo Courtesy of Eva Solo

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