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Alex Chinneck’s Surreal Brick House

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics
Alex Chinneck’s Surreal Brick House

An abandoned house in the British seaside town of Margate has been given a facelift of sorts with an elaborate and ingenious art installation conceived by the British designer and artist Alex Chinneck. As part of an effort to draw attention to the economic woes of the town, Chinneck has — Continue reading

Urban Illustrations by Nigel Peake

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics
Urban Illustrations by Nigel Peake

Having a keen eye for one’s surroundings is one thing; recording one’s observations with skill and originality is another altogether. The Irish illustrator Nigel Peake has made a living from closely observing his environment, be it urban or rural, and then putting pen and watercolor to paper with dazzling imagination. — Continue reading

Fine Dining, Bathed in Monochromes

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Fine Dining, Bathed in Monochromes

The Danish architectural firm NORM doesn’t beat around the bush when explaining its mission: “To find the simplest shape for a given task without forgetting the beauty of the shape and the details…to reach a point where there is nothing to add and nothing to take away that can make — Continue reading

From Canada, Wooden “Wall Buttons”

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics
From Canada, Wooden “Wall Buttons”

Canadian design studio Arbutus + Denman sent over these images of a new project, Wall Buttons, a series of circular, sculptural forms crafted from FSC certified birch wood. The British Columbia-based studio, which specializes in designing and fabricating architectural elements, characterizes these immaculately shaped discs as objects “designed to add — Continue reading

Screen Gems from MIO

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Sustainability
Screen Gems from MIO

Whether used as decoration, room divider or privacy screen, the modular system known as Nomad is an admirable invention. Made entirely of recycled double-wall cardboard, Nomad, one of many sustainable offerings of the Philadelphia-based company MIO, is sold in flat packs of 24 modules, which can then be assembled without — Continue reading

An Arty Loft For a Tech Geek

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Modern Decor + Objects
An Arty Loft For a Tech Geek

“I don’t want our house doing very much,” says David Karp of his newly renovated Brooklyn home—expressing a luxury afforded to those with the means to do whatever they want. Karp, the precocious (born in 1986) founder of the blogging platform, Tumblr, and, presumably, the world’s next very young tech — Continue reading

Autumn Trend: Purple Reign

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Fashion + Trends, Furniture + Lighting, Modern Decor + Objects
Autumn Trend: Purple Reign

Once summer makes its final exit, the nesting instinct takes over. Gone is the search for wide open spaces—in its place, the urge to cozy up inside, amidst warm tones and plush layers. Color, too, takes on a darker hue in the cooler months, and few colors are as deeply — Continue reading

For Sale at $50M: Bob Hope’s Lautner Mansion

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
For Sale at $50M: Bob Hope’s Lautner Mansion

Comedy was good to Bob Hope. Good enough to allow him to commission John Lautner to design his palatial home in Palm Springs—a concrete and glass wonder, now on the market for the first time at a whopping $50 Million asking price. Designed in 1973 and finished in 1980, the — Continue reading

An Arts Center Defined by Color and Geometry

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
An Arts Center Defined by Color and Geometry

Architectural photographer João Morgado, whose work has been previously featured on this site, sent us some images of recent work, including these of the Casa das Artes (House of the Arts) in Miranda do Corvo, Portugal. Designed by the Lisbon-based architectural practice Future Architecture Thinking, Casa das Artes is a — Continue reading

12th Century Castle Renovation Wins 2013 RIBA Prize

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
12th Century Castle Renovation Wins 2013 RIBA Prize

Architectural firm Witherford Watson Mann has won the 2013 RIBA Stirling Prize, an annual award recognizing the best in British architecture, for their refurbishment of the 12th Century Astley Castle in Warwickshire, England. In singling out the project for “demonstrating creativity, preservation and conservation,” the Royal Institute of British Architects — Continue reading

New Modular Seating at MOMA

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Furniture + Lighting
New Modular Seating at MOMA

“Most museum seating is linear or forward facing, usually towards the walls where the artwork is hung,” says American designer Richard Shemtov, who countered with UNITY, a wavy, modular seating system created for the Museum of Modern Art’s 10,000 daily visitors. Shemtov, founder of New York’s contemporary furniture studio, Dune—and — Continue reading

Dutch Treat: The UN North Delegates’ Lounge

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Furniture + Lighting
Dutch Treat: The UN North Delegates’ Lounge

A two-year project to refurbish the North Delagates’ Lounge at the UN Headquarters in New York—a vast meeting space for the leaders and representatives of the United Nations—has been completed, with the results making a splash this week. A Dutch creative team—headed by furniture designer Hella Jongerius, and including architectural — Continue reading

The Stendig Calendar, 2014 Edition

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics, Modern Decor + Objects
The Stendig Calendar, 2014 Edition

If it’s not too early to start thinking about 2014, it may only be because the Stendig Calendar lies in waiting, a fresh new year’s worth of days in tow. Massimo Vignelli’s 1966 design for the now-defunct furniture company Stendig (we think it may be time for a Vignelli Calendar — Continue reading

Schooled in Modernism: Amsterdam’s Student Hotel

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Schooled in Modernism: Amsterdam’s Student Hotel

If this is what student housing looks like, enroll us in school immediately! Amsterdam’s The Student Hotel has opened to great fanfare, and no wonder. The 700+ room facility offers students and interns fully-furnished accommodations for rental on a monthly basis, chock-full of appealing amenities no college dorm could hope — Continue reading

Autumn in New York: City Modern Returns

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Modern Decor + Objects
Autumn in New York: City Modern Returns

Dwell and New York Magazine are back with the 2nd installment of City Modern, a week-long (Sept 27-Oct 4) series of events focused on the contemporary New York design scene. Panel discussions with Paola Antonelli and Jonathan Adler are among the highlights, as is a tour of some of the — Continue reading

Snapshots from Helsinki Design Week

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Furniture + Lighting, Modern Decor + Objects
Snapshots from Helsinki Design Week

Our week in Helsinki kicked of today, and if you haven’t been following us on Instagram, we’ve put together a collection of snapshots from our busy first day at Helsinki Design Week and elsewhere in the city. Stay tuned for more, and be sure to follow our Instagram account for — Continue reading

In Tokyo, A Building Dressed in Glass and Perforated Metal

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
In Tokyo, A Building Dressed in Glass and Perforated Metal

How does an architect combat an unattractive building site with uninspiring views? By employing a “double skin” comprised of glass and perforated aluminum, that’s how. Japanese architect Yoshihiro Amano did just that, with his beguilingly decorative Dear Ginza, an office building in Tokyo’s Ginza district. “Considering the views from the — Continue reading

RIBA’s 2013 Lubetkin Prize Shortlist

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
RIBA’s 2013 Lubetkin Prize Shortlist

Earlier this summer, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) announced their 2013 International Award Winners for architectural excellence. Showcasing a list of imaginative, dramatic and green designs, the awards provide exciting insight into where the future of global architecture lies—and forecast the eventual winner of the Lubetkin Prize, an — Continue reading

A Croatian Cottage, Extended With Glass

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
A Croatian Cottage, Extended With Glass

A traditional, straw-roofed cottage in Zagorje, Croatia, has been given a visually compelling contemporary spin, thanks to a glass cube extension and imaginatively-designed glass door. Croatian architectural firm PROARCH, intent on preserving the essence of the local architectural vernacular, replaced the original straw roof with one that extends out over — Continue reading

Mid Century Magic Fom a 21st Century Collector

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Modern Decor + Objects
Mid Century Magic Fom a 21st Century Collector

We can’t think of a more inspiring (and inspired) note on which to kick off the week than with these ravishing images from Modern Findings, a personal blog featuring a heart-stoppingly curated collection of Mid-Century Modern furniture and sundries. Aside from the astonishing range of time-honored gems presented in this — Continue reading