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Architecture + Interiors

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

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