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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

Dramatic Interior Display by Studio Job

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Dramatic Interior Display by Studio Job

The work of Netherlands-based design studio, Studio Job, a pair of designers whose tastes lean towards the Baroque more than the modernist, is not for the faint of heart. Unabashedly self-assured, and nothing if not theatrical, Studio Job’s singular approach to design is perfectly illustrated in Studio Job House, the — Continue reading

An Immaculate Fire Island Beach House by Richard Meier

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
An Immaculate Fire Island Beach House by Richard Meier

It’s a measure of contemporary sizing standards—or just the tony circles in which Richard Meier travels—that a recently-designed 2,000 square foot beach house by the New York-based architect qualifies as ‘modest.’ By summer house standards, 2,000 square feet is a bit beyond modest, we think, but on New York’s pretension-free — Continue reading

An Austrian Village Gets 7 Fancy Bus Stops

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Sustainability
An Austrian Village Gets 7 Fancy Bus Stops

The village of Krumbach, Austria, boasts something that no other city in the world has: bus stops—seven of them—designed by an international list of architects. The end product of a project called Bus:Stop, the structures were created via collaborations with local craftspeople and businesses to help boost tourism in Krumbach. — Continue reading

In West Virginia, A House of Salvaged Windows

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
In West Virginia, A House of Salvaged Windows

Even for those of us inclined to romanticize communing with nature, the dream of building a humble house in the middle of the woods (on a miniscule budget, of course) will forever remain a fantasy. But photographer Nick Olson and clothing designer Lilah Horowitz pooled their artistic resources to turn — Continue reading

Iconic Houses, Animated by Matteo Muci

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Iconic Houses, Animated by Matteo Muci

Ah, if only creating a masterpiece were this simple—and this much fun. Designer Matteo Muci has created a cute little animation that shows the construction (well, an oversimplified version, needless to say) of 5 icons of architecture: Le Corbusier’s Ville Savoye; Schröder House by Gerrit Rietveld; Farnsworth House by Mies — Continue reading

On a Belgian Estate, Indra Janda’s Garden Room

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
On a Belgian Estate, Indra Janda’s Garden Room

Belgian architect Indra Janda has designed an outdoor room that we’d happily convert into a year-round abode, if only we could. Janda’s ‘garden room’ is a modest size—less than 500 square feet—with a rudimentary shape consisting of 4 walls and steeply gabled roof, entirely and artfully constructed via a network — Continue reading

Vietnam’s Bamboo Domes by Vo Trong Nghia

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Vietnam’s Bamboo Domes by Vo Trong Nghia

Calling it “the green steel of the 21st Century,” Vietnamese architect Vo Trong Nghia has indeed made a strong case for bamboo as architectural material, revealing a project in progress: a community center in Ho Chi Minh City, comprised of an arrangement of 8 bamboo domes. Even with only 2 — Continue reading

3Form’s Eco-Friendly Full Circle Series

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Sustainability
3Form’s Eco-Friendly Full Circle Series

3Form, makers of architectural surfaces, has a sustainable, socially responsible answer to expanding its translucent Varia Ecoresin product line. The company’s Full Circle initiative mines the skills of artisans across the globe for the hand-crafted decorative elements used in creating its Varia Ecoresin panels, a material comprised of 40% pre-consumer — Continue reading

Cesar Pelli’s Red Building for Pacific Design Center

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Cesar Pelli’s Red Building for Pacific Design Center

West Hollywood’s Pacific Design Center, a three-building project that took four decades to complete, was finally brought to a conclusion last month with the unveiling of the third and last of the complex’s geometric structures. The PDC’s dramatically angular red building joins the existing blue and green glass buildings, all — Continue reading

Retro Contemporary Kitchens by DeVOL

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Furniture + Lighting
Retro Contemporary Kitchens by DeVOL

The UK furniture studio deVOL has created a series of handsome kitchen furniture suites inspired by Mid-Century design. The company’s Air Kitchens series, which they’ve fittingly labeled ‘retro contemporary,’ features islands, working surfaces and appliance cabinets which look to “vintage automobile construction, the hulls of working boats and the iconic — Continue reading

New 2Modern Brand: Saloom Furniture

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
New 2Modern Brand: Saloom Furniture

New to 2Modern is the beautifully crafted furniture of the Massachusetts studio Saloom Furniture, which makes good on its mission to create a collection of American-made furnishings defined by both quality and longevity. Mindful of enriching their local community, Saloom keeps things close to home by employing only experienced New — Continue reading

Herman Miller’s Mid Century Collection Showcased in Eames House

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Furniture + Lighting
Herman Miller’s Mid Century Collection Showcased in Eames House

We’ve all seen the house, of course. Charles and Ray Eames’ beautifully appointed, but clearly lived-in house, in Pacific Palisades, California, has long been the stuff of coffee-table tomes and interior design courses. An apotheosis of Mid-Century architectural sensibilities—open floor plan, flat roof, glass walls, proximity to the exterior world—Eames — Continue reading

Modern Garden Design by Mary Barensfeld Architecture

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Modern Garden Design by Mary Barensfeld Architecture

Modernist outdoor spaces, conventional thinking goes, with their emphasis on geometry and tight editing, can never match the layered lushness of an informal, organically evolving garden. But this miraculously beautiful backyard, designed by Bay Area practice Mary Barensfeld Architecture, may just put that theory to rest once and for all. — Continue reading

China’s Lotus Building by Australia’s Studio 505

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
China’s Lotus Building by Australia’s Studio 505

Subtle, it most definitley is not—which may explain why China’s Lotus Building by Melbourne architectural firm Studio 505 has us blinking in disbelief. This flowery suite of concert halls and meeting rooms rises, fittingly enough, from a man-made lake in the center of Wujin—a district in the southern city of — Continue reading

In India, Vivid Shades of Memphis

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
In India, Vivid Shades of Memphis

If Indian architecture conjures up images of Islamic archways and mosaic ornamentation, French photographer Vincent Leroux’s images from the southern Indian region of Tiruvannamalai will come as an unexpected treat. There, Leroux happened upon houses composed of geometric volumes and vivid color that bear a startling resemblance to the work of — Continue reading

Design Focus: Verner Panton’s Spiegel Swimming Pool

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Design Focus: Verner Panton’s Spiegel Swimming Pool

No one could ever accuse Verner Panton of having played it safe. The great Danish designer, whose S-shaped Panton Chair remains one of the more fluid profiles of the Mid-Century era, unabashedly harnessed the psychedelic colors and playful forms that defined the Pop Art-influenced visual culture of the 1960′s, and — Continue reading

Patricia Urquiola’s Mandarin Oriental Barcelona

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Patricia Urquiola’s Mandarin Oriental Barcelona

A hallmark of Patricia Urquiola’s work is the infusion of delicate patterns and subtle textures into otherwise restrained color schemes and clean finishes. The interiors of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Barcelona bear evidence of these esthetic devices, and nowhere more so than in the hotel’s restaurant and lounge areas—where — Continue reading