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Philippe Starck’s Prefab PATH House Is Completed

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Philippe Starck’s Prefab PATH House Is Completed

An eco-sensitive pre fabricated house designed by Philippe Starck—which made the trade show rounds in 2013—has been fully constructed on the outskirts of Paris. PATH (Prefabricated Accessible Technology Homes), the acronym assigned this prototype, brings to life Stark’s dream of a “deeply modern” and environmentally responsible prefabricated house, one that can conceivably — Continue reading

Tiny Glass Architecture by Dechem Studio

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Modern Decor + Objects
Tiny Glass Architecture by Dechem Studio

“We tell stories in bohemian glass,” is the tag line of Dechem, the Prague-based design studio that has made hand cut glass its material of choice. Founded by young designers Michaela Tomišková and Jakub Janďourek, Dechem’s primary offerings are a collection of unusual, purely decorative architectural objects—houses, trees, church steeples, a mountain—each — Continue reading

Moroccan Modern: Marrakech’s Riad Mena

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Local + Travel
Moroccan Modern: Marrakech’s Riad Mena

Casablanca aside, Morocco without color is an anomaly. Reds, saffrons, and cobalt blues spring with abandon from labyrinthine alleyways and luxury hotels alike, presenting an endless stream of breathtakingly color-filled vignettes for traveling esthetes. Enter the anomaly: Riad Mena, a new 6-room hotel in the center of Marrakech, which blithely makes its trademark a judicious — Continue reading

Country Living: A Modest Australian Retreat

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Country Living: A Modest Australian Retreat

Country houses, by definition, are expected to be a safe distance from the bustle of urban life—but not, typically, in another hemisphere altogether. The owner of this pristine, if modest, house on a remote stretch of property outside Sydney, Australia, spends most of his time in Europe, but was seduced enough by a visit — Continue reading

Architecture, Pattern, Color: Rebecca Telford’s Fine Art

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics
Architecture, Pattern, Color: Rebecca Telford’s Fine Art

British artist Rebecca Telford makes her home in Bristol, but much of her current work is inspired by travels on this side of the Atlantic, namely the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Her paintings and prints—primarily acrylic on aluminum and screen prints pulled from hand cut stencils—focus on the built world, specifically — Continue reading

Bombay Sapphire Distillery by Thomas Heatherwick Studio

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Sustainability
Bombay Sapphire Distillery by Thomas Heatherwick Studio

A pair of glass greenhouses mark the entry to the stunning transformation of a 300 year old paper mill on the southern coast of England into a ravishing sustainable gin distillery. The work of Britain’s Thomas Heatherwick Studio, the refurbishment of Laverstock Mill from a derelict site to Bombay Sapphire’s new distillery, is both an architectural and ecological wonder, — Continue reading

Preview: Open House New York 2014

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Preview: Open House New York 2014

Who doesn’t enjoy an unobstructed view into the lives of others—or, in the case, of New Yorkers, a view into the lives of those with an unseemly amount of square footage? No wonder, then, that Open House New York, slated to kick off its 2014 edition October 11 & 12, is becoming an ever-more-popular way — Continue reading

Brutally Beautiful: Concrete House by Paulo Mendes da Rocha

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Brutally Beautiful: Concrete House by Paulo Mendes da Rocha

Modernism isn’t always sweetness and light. The imposing urban work of Brazilian architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha, given the rough-hewn label, Brazilian Brutalism, is defined by massive volumes of geometric concrete and poetic juxtapositions with lush tropical vegetation. This brooding house in Sao Paulo is the very happy place of Lebanese Brazilian interior designer, Houssein Jarouche. Founder of Sao Paulo’s progressive — Continue reading

Maison Louis Carré by Alvar Aalto

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Maison Louis Carré by Alvar Aalto

Maison Louis Carré is one of the 20th Century’s great Modernist private residences, and one of the few outside Finland to be designed by Alvar Aalto, its low-slung elegance impeccably captured here by photographer Bruno Suet. Located outside Paris in the enclave of Bazoches-sur-Guyonnes, the house was commissioned in 1956 by the — Continue reading

‘Reductive Simplicity’ Transforms a Brooklyn Home

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
‘Reductive Simplicity’ Transforms a Brooklyn Home

Architect Chris Cooper and interior designer Jennifer Hanlin had the built-in advantage of both vision and good taste on their side when they renovated the two floors of their Brooklyn duplex. Who else but spatial esthetes could have envisioned a dark, utilitarian crawl space as a mezzanine-in-the-making, ready to house a library — Continue reading

Modscape’s Vertigo-Inducing Cliff House

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Modscape’s Vertigo-Inducing Cliff House

Let’s call it an…edgy…concept. Australian prefab manufacturers Modscape have conceived of a structure that resides on the edge of a cliff, high above the ocean in the coastal state of Victoria. Designed, presumably, for daredevils grown bored with living on plain old solid ground, the obviously-named Cliff House is likened by Modscape — Continue reading

Near Seattle, An Inspired Garage Conversion

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Near Seattle, An Inspired Garage Conversion

There are run-of-the-mill, make-shift garage apartments, and then there’s this astonishingly graceful refurbished garage that extinguishes obvious clues to its former life in one elegant swoop. Located on Vashon Island, off the coast of Seattle, this 440 square foot detached garage on a waterfront property owned by a pair of art collectors, was given an — Continue reading

Alvar Aalto Foundation Partners With Google

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Alvar Aalto Foundation Partners With Google

Admirers of Finnish master Alvar Aalto have a new avenue by which to explore the architect’s built works in Finland. The Alvar Aalto Foundation has formed a partnership with Google to offer virtual tours of 8 key Aalto projects in his homeland, including his own house and studio in Helsinki, and defining masterworks Finlandia Hall and Kulttuuritalo. Google’s panoramic Street — Continue reading

In Mumbai, A Major Staircase Statement

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
In Mumbai, A Major Staircase Statement

Attention-getting staircases aren’t exactly a novel concept in contemporary architecture, but, by any measure, this ultra refined apartment scheme offers up one of the more astonishing staircase designs in recent memory. Aiming to create vertical continuity between each of the 3 duplex apartments that comprise a 6-story family home in the city of — Continue reading

Racing to Save Frank Lloyd Wright’s Spring House

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Sustainability
Racing to Save Frank Lloyd Wright’s Spring House

The only private residence in Florida to have been designed by Frank Lloyd Wright is in danger of crumbling—a fate that the non-profit Spring House Institute desperately hopes to avert. Given landmark status in 1979 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and then placed on its 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list earlier this — Continue reading

Value Added: A New Zealand Home Replicated & Refurbished

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Value Added: A New Zealand Home Replicated & Refurbished

This exceedingly gracious home in New Zealand was given a rare, ambitious makeover to jaw-dropping effect. Built in 1910, and one of the early harborside homes in the city of Auckland, the original 20th Century structure was bridged, quite literally, to the 21st Century, thanks to a sublime interior segue — Continue reading

Design Focus: Brody House Matisse Mural

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics
Design Focus: Brody House Matisse Mural

When you have the power to request, reject, and finally approve a work of art directly from Henri Matisse, it’s safe to say that you have, as the euphemism goes, arrived. Sydney and Frances Brody, California philanthropists and art patrons with finely honed ideas about art, had that enviable brand of influence, and the story about — Continue reading

Exclusive Graham & Brown Sale: Save 30% Through September 1

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Modern Decor + Objects
Exclusive Graham & Brown Sale: Save 30% Through September 1

Graham & Brown, the venerable British wallpaper company, knows a thing or two about patterns; they’ve been in the business of creating compelling wall coverings for 70 years, and the proof is in the pudding, so to speak. Our range of Graham & Brown offerings comprises geometrics and florals, mattes and — Continue reading

Aspen Art Museum by Shigeru Ban Opens

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Aspen Art Museum by Shigeru Ban Opens

Aspen now has a lofty structure (besides its exalted Rocky Mountains) about which to wax poetic. Shigeru Ban’s new building to house the holdings of the 35 year-old Aspen Art Museum opened to the public last week, giving residents of the ski resort their maiden view of the Pritzker Prize winner’s first museum commission on American soil. — Continue reading

On Long Island, A Sophisticated Backyard Playhouse for Children

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
On Long Island, A Sophisticated Backyard Playhouse for Children

One can only hope that the children of artist Jerome A. Levin will someday have a full understanding of how lucky they were. Levin, a father of three, has built a backyard house for his kids by employing the kind of careful consideration and meticulous attention reserved for full-sized contemporary — Continue reading