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Architecture + Interiors

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

The Glass House, Veiled in Fog by Fujiko Nakaya

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics
The Glass House, Veiled in Fog by Fujiko Nakaya

The Japanese conceptual artist Fujiko Nakaya has created a site-specific project in which Philip Johnson’s legendary Glass House plays a central role. Beginning tomorrow, Fujiko Nakaya: Veil will add a dose of atmospheric drama to the intrinsically dramatic icon—built in 1949, overlooking a valley in New Canaan, Connecticut—by wrapping it — Continue reading

In Barcelona, A Modernist House by Antoni Bonet Castellano

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
In Barcelona, A Modernist House by Antoni Bonet Castellano

The Catalan architect and designer Antoni Bonet Castellano may be forever known as a designer of the Butterfly Chair (officially, the BKF Chair), but Bonet had a grander, if lesser-known jewel in his crown, too, residing on the outskirts of Barcelona. Casa Gomis, a sprawling Modernist summer house, was designed — Continue reading

Tokyo Elevations Print from Studio Esinam

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics, Local + Travel, Modern Decor + Objects
Tokyo Elevations Print from Studio Esinam

Sweden’s’ Studio Esinam, founded by art director Josefine Lilljegren and architect Sebastian Gokah, have added a new print to their limited edition Elevations series—a suite of prints that capture the essence of major international cities through the lens of spare, black-and-white architectural drawings. Tokyo joins Paris on the current list — Continue reading

Nigeria’s Makoko Floating School

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Sustainability
Nigeria’s Makoko Floating School

London’s Design Museum announced its 2013 Designs of the Year winners yesterday, and we don’t mind saying that while a glamorous building by Zaha Hadid was the winner in the Architecture category, our favorite of the 13 architectural nominees remains a humble project being realized a continent away in Lagos, — Continue reading

Dynamic Duo: Bisazza & Emilo Pucci Team Up

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics, Modern Decor + Objects
Dynamic Duo: Bisazza & Emilo Pucci Team Up

Bisazza, the Italian manufacturer of luxury glass tiles, and Pucci, the luxury Italian fashion brand known for it’s swirling, exuberant textile prints, teamed up at this month’s Milan Furniture Fair to create an installation that was, fittingly, a pure expression of technical virtuosity and visual splendor. Bisazza’s reputation for composing — Continue reading

Switzerland’s Artful Public Toilets

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Switzerland’s Artful Public Toilets

Lucky Uster, Switzerland. Thanks to Zurich architectural firm Gramazio & Kohler, its citizens get to enjoy public facilities that, far from being purely utilitarian eyesores, may well be mistaken for public art projects. Which, in a sense they are. Gramazio & Kohler set out to devise a highly flexible, easily — Continue reading

Latin Translation: Panama’s Biomuseo, by Frank Gehry

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Latin Translation: Panama’s Biomuseo, by Frank Gehry

Drivers taking the Amador Causeway en route to the Panama Canal may be forgiven for veering off the road just a bit when Frank Gehry’s new Biomuseo comes into view. A raucous extravaganza of color, devoted to showcasing and preserving Panama’s rich biodiversity, Biomuseo is Gehry’s first building in Latin — Continue reading