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Architecture + Interiors

New York Dreaming: Dean Di Simone’s Soho Loft

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
New York Dreaming: Dean Di Simone’s Soho Loft

New Yorkers may rarely be able to articulate the fantasy of urban living that the city promises, but they know it when they see it—and there’s plenty to see in Dean Di Simone’s Soho loft. A member of the creative agency VSA Partners, De Simone makes do with the kind — Continue reading

Federico Babina Remakes Art as Architecture

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics
Federico Babina Remakes Art as Architecture

  Does an architect always view the world through the lens of a built structure? It may be safe to assume some do—like Italian architect and illustrator Federico Babina, who has conceived of a series of illustrations in which iconic two-dimensional works by famous artists morph into 3-dimensional works of — Continue reading

New Knoll Manhattan Showroom Honored by AIA

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Furniture + Lighting
New Knoll Manhattan Showroom Honored by AIA

New Yorkers aren’t the only ones besotted with Knoll’s sumptuous new presence in midtown Manhattan. The American Institute of Architects has noticed, too, bestowing its 2014 Institute Honor Awards for Interior Architecture upon Architecture Research Office, the New York City firm tasked with turning 50,000 square feet on the corner — Continue reading

Mumbai’s New International Airport by SOM Architects

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Mumbai’s New International Airport by SOM Architects

“We designed an airport that is intimately connected to its surroundings. By subtly incorporating regional patterns and textures at all scales, Terminal 2 resonates with a sense of place and serves as a spectacular symbol for India and Mumbai.” We’ll forgive the venerable New York architectural firm SOM (Skidmore, Owings — Continue reading

Richard Neutra, In Living Color

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Richard Neutra, In Living Color

Architecture buffs curious about what it may actually feel like to live inside a Richard Neutra-designed home can steal a voyeuristic thrill via photographer Jason Madara’s lush visual essay on this southern California Neutra house—images that illustrate exactly why Neutra’s Mid-Century sensibilities continue to beguile a half century later. All — Continue reading

Spring Flowers: 2Modern Wallpapers, Blooming

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Modern Decor + Objects
Spring Flowers: 2Modern Wallpapers, Blooming

Never mind winter. Spring looms, and why wait for outdoor blooms when a slew of indoor blossoms will do so nicely. Our selection of flowery wallpaper includes temporary options, like new arrivals from Tempaper, which are so easy to apply and remove, you won’t feel hemmed in by an irrevocable — Continue reading

An Australian Beach House that Echoes Sydney’s Opera House

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An Australian Beach House that Echoes Sydney’s Opera House

“I spent a year of weekends drawing the Opera House and realized that the continuity and rhythm of the podium is what makes the sails float and dance…The same strategy is used in this house,” explains Australian architect Alexander Symes, who, along G+V Architecture, conceived of this jaw-dropper of a — Continue reading

Indiana’s Letter-Perfect Bicycle Racks

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics, Local + Travel
Indiana’s Letter-Perfect Bicycle Racks

Suffice it to say that when the great graphic designer, Paul Rand, created a visual identity for the city of Columbus, Indiana, back in 1973, he wasn’t imagining how terrific his ‘dancing C’ would look as a public bicycle rack. But kudos to Columbus for its practical and symbolic application — Continue reading

Scandinavian Minimalism from Denmark’s Menu

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Scandinavian Minimalism from Denmark’s Menu

Followers of Minimalism as esthetic religion always have a host of Scandinavian design studios to look to for inspiration. Denmark’s Muuto, HAY, Normann Copenhagen and Norm Architects are but a few of the contemporary furniture and product design makers currently carrying on the tradition of clean-formed, well crafted home goods, — Continue reading

A New York Landmark Updated by Shigeru Ban

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A New York Landmark Updated by Shigeru Ban

The Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, whose most innovative work has been directed toward temporary housing for disaster victims, will be leaving a permanent mark on a landmark New York City building. The 132-year-old Cast Iron House, a downtown Manhattan building with a breathtakingly ornate cast iron facade, will soon have — Continue reading

Outside Rotterdam, a Möbius Strip Staircase

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Outside Rotterdam, a Möbius Strip Staircase

Every city suburb should be so lucky as Carnisselande, the Rotterdam suburb for which NEXT Architects have built a mammoth piece of public art that also serves as lookout point. Situated on a hill, the giant Corten steel staircase, from which Carnisselande visitors are offered an unobstructed view of the — Continue reading

Having Words: H&M’s Summer 2014 Catalog

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Having Words: H&M’s Summer 2014 Catalog

H&M Home has released its Spring and Summer 2014 catalog, and it’s clear that the Swedish clothing retailer has quite a lot to say—literally. Across bed linen and candles, shower curtains and children’s decor, words and phrases and numbers and letters abound. Vintage signage, newspaper copy, stenciled numbers, emblems and — Continue reading

Stockholm Furniture Fair: Ginkgo Acoustic Panels

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Stockholm Furniture Fair: Ginkgo Acoustic Panels

It’s safe to say that sound-absorbing panels have come a long way from the clunky, brooding eyesores of yesteryear. At this week’s Stockholm Furniture Fair, Swedish company Blå Stationent will unveil Ginkgo, an artful sound-absorbing system comprised of distinctively shaped individual panels made from hot-pressed 100% polyester felt. The Ginkgo — Continue reading

Palm Trees & Color: Ravishing São Paulo Home Renovation

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Palm Trees & Color: Ravishing São Paulo Home Renovation

As if the very fact of January weren’t enough reason to be tropical dreaming, along comes this blissfully beautiful home renovation by Brazilian architect Guilherme Torres, who transformed a tired 1970′s São Paulo house into a breezy, color saturated contemporary home for a couple and their young children—proving that, when — Continue reading

Sweet Storage for Modernist Pack Rats

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Sweet Storage for Modernist Pack Rats

Modernists may be quick to espouse the virtues of less being more, but the truth is that acquisitiveness is as much an affliction of self-described minimalists as anyone else. The key, it seems, is not in how much is acquired as how artfully those acquisitions are organized. This Northern California — Continue reading

In Hawaii, Craig Steely’s ‘Reductive Architecture’

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In Hawaii, Craig Steely’s ‘Reductive Architecture’

A housing project on the Big Island of Hawaii—labeled Lavaflow—has given San Francisco-based architect Craig Steely an ideal backdrop against which to practice his self-described brand of “reductive architecture,” distinguished by few materials and simple, clean forms. With their linear, horizontal profiles, flat roofs, and vast expanses of glass, Lavaflow — Continue reading

Mikkel Frost’s Architectural “Toons”

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics
Mikkel Frost’s Architectural “Toons”

Danish architect Mikkel Frost doesn’t believe in resting on his laurels. In the aftermath of a completed project, Frost, who heads the architectural firm CEBRA, has created a post-project ritual which itself has turned into a project. “Sometimes when we’ve finished a project I sit down and draw a cartoonish — Continue reading

Victor Enrich’s Photographic Mind

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics
Victor Enrich’s Photographic Mind

For a dose of architectural Surrealism, one need go no further than the image manipulations of Barcelona-born photographer Victor Enrich. Here, Enrich, who has a wickedly sharp mind for visual trickery, turns his camera on the NH Deutscher Kaiser Hotel in Munich, a relatively ordinary-looking hotel, which, via Enrich’s brand — Continue reading

In a Swedish Home, Floor to Ceiling Style

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In a Swedish Home, Floor to Ceiling Style

It’s one thing to be the contemporary-minded occupants of a home replete with ornate period details—who doesn’t enjoy a study in contrasts?—but imagine having hit the jackpot? The owners of this Malmo, Sweden, apartment most definitely can—having found a jaw-dropping apartment chock-full of scene-stealing ornamentation. Talk about getting the floor-to-ceiling — Continue reading

Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec Simplify Versailles

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Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec Simplify Versailles

How does an artist address the grandeur of the Château de Versailles? By keeping it simple, it turns out. Designing brothers Erwan and Ronan Bouroullec have created a permanent installation at the 18th Century French palace, comprised of 800 Swarovski crystal modules threaded over a stainless steel, LED-studded skeleton—a design — Continue reading