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Architecture + Interiors

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

An Australian House Wrapped in Airy Steel

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
An Australian House Wrapped in Airy Steel

There’s plenty to recommend in this coastal home in the Australian state of Victoria—its sun-soaked views and dark, moody interior color scheme being but a few—but, without a doubt, the star element here is the employment of a series of geometric laser-cut steel screens that encase part of the house’s — Continue reading

Giving Farnsworth House a Much-Needed Lift

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Giving Farnsworth House a Much-Needed Lift

Spending $3 million to protect a house from flooding may sound like a mad plan, but when the house in question is the sublime Farnsworth, the fact that there’s a plan at all comes as a relief to historians. Mies van der Rohe’s low-lying Modernist masterwork, completed in 1951 and — Continue reading

Living Color: Artist Jim Isermann’s Case Study House

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Living Color: Artist Jim Isermann’s Case Study House

The eternal sunshine of the California desert and a 1962 Case Study house by Donald A. Wexler provide an idyllic context for the paintings of Jim Isermann. The American artist’s sunny, hard-edged paintings, with their Pop Art-invoking liveliness and vivid 60′s color palette are of a piece with his pure — Continue reading

In Palm Springs, Searching for ‘That Pink Door’

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
In Palm Springs, Searching for ‘That Pink Door’

When interior designer Moises Esquenazi set out to refurbish a 1968 Palm Springs fixer-upper a decade ago, he probably wasn’t counting on turning his new home’s front door into its star attraction. Yet, and though we doubt Esquenazi is complaining much, his Mid-Century jewel’s front door has been consistently hogging — Continue reading

Work of Fiction: Apartment by Vitra & Artek

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Furniture + Lighting
Work of Fiction: Apartment by Vitra & Artek

As far as collaborations go, this is surely one of the more quirky—and visually gratifying. Swiss design brand Vitra, which acquired the Finnish company Artek last year, has found a particularly original way to illustrate this merging of two venerable European brands: by constructing an enviably beautiful, but convincingly lived-in — Continue reading

Lucas Allen’s Interior World

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics
Lucas Allen’s Interior World

Even the most artfully composed interior spaces can easily come undone by poor photography. Luckily, for the owners of this exquisitely styled home, photographer Lucas Allen was on hand. Allen, Australian-born and New York-based, has a client list that includes retailers, shelter magazines and hotels—and it’s easy to see why. — Continue reading

Manish Arora’s Color-Frenzied Parisian Flat

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Manish Arora’s Color-Frenzied Parisian Flat

Fluorescent orange doors, a pink claw foot tub, and turquoise radiators are not for the faint of heart. But then, neither, presumably, is the famously fickle world of fashion design, which is where Manish Arora blithely honed his fearless dance with color. The Indian-born, Paris-dwelling clothing designer resides in the — Continue reading