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Architecture + Interiors

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

2014 Design of the Year: Zaha Hadid’s Heydar Aliyev Center

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
2014 Design of the Year: Zaha Hadid’s Heydar Aliyev Center

“It is an intoxicatingly beautiful building by the most brilliant architect at the height of her office’s powers. It is as pure and sexy as Marilyn’s blown skirt.” With an assessment that effusive from one of the judges, no wonder Zaha Hadid’s Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan, a wildly — Continue reading

The Perfectionists’ Cafe Opens at Heathrow

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
The Perfectionists’ Cafe Opens at Heathrow

Just when we had resigned ourselves to hurriedly downing greasy food while perched on generic wooden bar stools, along comes The Perfectionists’ Cafe, a new restaurant at London’s Heathrow airport that aims to drastically elevate the airport dining experience. “I wanted this restaurant not to feel like a compromise—as so — Continue reading

Pierre Charpin Remakes LeCorbusier’s Apartment 50

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Pierre Charpin Remakes LeCorbusier’s Apartment 50

French designer Pierre Charpin is the latest in a line of contemporary creatives  given free reign over a single apartment designed by Le Corbusier. Apartment 50, a unit in Le Corbusier’s famous Cité radieuse apartment complex in Marseilles, France, has been preserved in its original state, given Historic Monument status, — Continue reading

On Shelter Island, A House Defined by Color

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
On Shelter Island, A House Defined by Color

“Life: Lived in Color,” a tag adopted by the New York-based design firm Stamberg Aferiat + Associates, would be an apt aphorism for this architectural experiment on Shelter Island, distinguished, more than anything, by its audacious color scheme. Aiming to blur “the line that divides art from architecture,” the architectural — Continue reading

Iowa’s High Trestle Trail Bridge

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Iowa’s High Trestle Trail Bridge

Inspired works of public art and architecture are not, thankfully, a privilege accorded only to metropolis-dwellers. One of the more poetic public works in recent years is, without a doubt, Iowa’s High Trestle Trail Bridge, a half-mile long expanse over the Des Moines River, distinguished by a series of immensely — Continue reading

An Invisible Kitchen by Dutch Architects i29

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
An Invisible Kitchen by Dutch Architects i29

To the legions of cooks who’ve wished to render an unsightly kitchen instantly invisible, Dutch interior architectural firm, i29, has an ingenious solution of eye-popping proportions. The concept of closing off the kitchen to the rest of the house has been taken several steps further with the design of a — Continue reading

Paris’ Pantheon Gets the Selfie Treatment from Street Photographer JR

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics
Paris’ Pantheon Gets the Selfie Treatment from Street Photographer JR

In a spirited merging of high and low art only possible in this digital age, French photographer and street artist JR, whose haunting, colossal black-and-white portraits have illuminated the favelas of Rio and the streets of New York City alike, has just completed his most mind-bending project yet: covering the — Continue reading

An Ode to Fame: The Paparazzi Project

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Local + Travel
An Ode to Fame: The Paparazzi Project

To the hounded famous, paparazzi sightings may be cause to turn tail and run, but one hotel is giving the infamous brand of celebrity photographers a glowing welcome. Manhattan’s Row NYC, a boutique hotel in the city’s Time’s Square neighborhood, has just introduced a penthouse suite that’s an ode, of — Continue reading

Wanderlust: Puerto Rico’s Built World

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Local + Travel
Wanderlust: Puerto Rico’s Built World

It’s true that looks aren’t everything, but for design lovers of a certain ilk—namely, Americans with an affinity for Latin esthetic sensibilities—Puerto Rico offers heaps of unexpected beauty. There’s the natural variety, of course—perpetually blue skies, endless sandy beaches dotting its Atlantic coast, waves that beckon surfers to its western — Continue reading

Albert Frey’s Desert Modernism

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Albert Frey’s Desert Modernism

If it’s at all possible for an 800 square-foot house to seem decadent, then Frey House II, one of two homes that the Swiss-born architect Albert Frey designed for himself in Palm Springs, California, shows us why. Situated amidst the San Jacinto mountain range that overlooks the desert resort, Frey’s — Continue reading

Grain Edit: The Wood Collector by LZF Lighting

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Furniture + Lighting, Modern Decor + Objects
Grain Edit: The Wood Collector by LZF Lighting

New materials may come and go with the times, but wood never loses its allure. Just ask Spanish lighting company LZF, whose ravishing pendant lights exemplify some of the most innovative contemporary applications of wood anywhere. And, as if to reinforce their faith in wood, LZF not long ago launched — Continue reading

Building Blocks for Budding Architects from Barcelona’s Mitoi

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Kids + Baby
Building Blocks for Budding Architects from Barcelona’s Mitoi

Barcelona toy company Mitoi, founded by designer Marc Castelló, has a pair of building block sets which eschew the generic “wooden blocks without meaning” for a collection of blocks that can be fashioned into famous architectural landmarks. With Mitoi’s chunky birch wood blocks, kids can construct simple, stylized, but instantly — Continue reading

In Venice, A Transparent Tea House by Hiroshi Sugimoto

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
In Venice, A Transparent Tea House by Hiroshi Sugimoto

Managing to pay tribute to an ancient Japanese tradition, Venetian artisans, and the Dutch artist Piet Mondrian all at once, Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto has designed a sublime structure that’s grabbing headlines at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale. Sugimoto’s Glass Tea House Mondrian Pavillion, a temporary installation that includes a meticulously — Continue reading

Colorful Herringbone Floors Remake a London Victorian House

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Colorful Herringbone Floors Remake a London Victorian House

A newly restored Victorian house in London has been given a fairly musical remake in which the floors take center stage. In gut-renovating the four floors of the terrace house into a hotel for guests of a recording company, London based architects Alma-nac took inspiration from the music-related art work — Continue reading

A Pop-Up Geodesic Dome for the Garden

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
A Pop-Up Geodesic Dome for the Garden

Buckminster Fuller may not have had a backyard respite in mind when he invented the geodesic dome, but we can assume he’d be plenty tickled by Garden Igloo, a German-made structure that echoes Fuller’s dome design for a versatile, easy to assemble, and visually beguiling year-round room. Comprised of a — Continue reading

An Italian Country House Gets a Modernist Extension

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
An Italian Country House Gets a Modernist Extension

Giving a gracious old Italian home a memorable modernist extension is no easy task, but the Treviso, Italy architectural practice, Zanon Architetti Associati, had no problem with it, thank you. The owners’ desire to expand their country home’s living space without fracturing the esthetic integrity of the original structure was — Continue reading

Desert Oasis: California’s Sublime iT House

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Desert Oasis: California’s Sublime iT House

If temporarily receding from the hurlyburly of daily life—and doing it in an architecturally edifying abode amidst breathtaking natural vistas—ranks as a modern day fantasy, then surely iTHouse exists to transform fantasy into viable reality. Designed as a family getaway by architects Linda Taalman and Alann Koch of the Taalman — Continue reading