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  • Blog Post: Spectacular Architecture and Design via Venice Beach, California

    Regardless of which coast or state, beach towns are most notable for their laid-back character and the rejuvenating time we spend there. It's somewhere we like to escape for an hour, a day or a weekend while we calmly listen to the ocean, maybe do some boutique shopping or have a casual picnic. Venice...
  • Blog Post: Chad Oppenheim Takes Sustainable Architecture to Wadi Rum

    I had the incredible opportunity to listen the magnificent architect Chad Oppenheim speak at Sustainability Stage at Dwell on Design this past weekend. I was completely blown away by him and could not get the images of his upcoming project in Wadi Rum out of my head so I had to share it with you! Is...
  • Blog Post: Dutch Architecture + Efficient Design

    Image from Dwell In Holland, being green is not a choice, it's a governmentally enforced obligation. The government requires a certain level of energy efficiency in all new construction. These condos, designed by architects Han van Zweiten and Gregory Kissare, are a beautiful example. These...
  • Blog Post: 387 Square Foot Prefab Home in Portugal

    Responding to the modern dream for clean sophisticated design and bright open spaces. The Mima House is a 387 square foot prefabricated house in Portugal. Designed by Mima Architects , it has a modular structure and can be divided into rooms with a grid of removable partitions. Each side of internal...
  • Blog Post: Modern Gingerbread Houses: Iconic Modern Museums

    Images from Architect Magazine In time for the holiday, settle in and enjoy some sweet pics of some of the world's iconic museums. Fashioned out of candy and gingerbread, these houses of art were created by Caitlin Levin and photographed by Henry Hargreaves. Pictured above is Frank Lloyd Wright's...
  • Blog Post: Modern Island Retreat Integrates Seamlessly with Landscape

    What isn't there to love about this beautiful island retreat located on the New Zealand Island of Waiheke? This home designed by Fearon Hay Architects with interiors by Penny Hay takes my breath and my words away. New Zealand is one of the most picturesque places in the world, so being able to capture...
  • Blog Post: Modern Home Design at 840 Square Feet

    This eco-chic "4 Corners House", designed by Finnish architects Avanto Architects, uses its black exterior to blend in with the thick forest that surrounds it. At only 840 square feet, each corner of this tiny home features a view through glass walls. The exterior is dramatic, contrasting with...
  • Blog Post: Sustainable Building: Passive House Design

    It's not always bad to be passive, especially when it comes to sustainable building. Passive Houses are starting to stack up worldwide and this means good things for widespread, dramatic impact on energy conservation. You might be wondering what is a Passive House ? Well, this level of sustainable...
  • Blog Post: Cool + Collected 1.21

    Cool + Collected is our regular Friday post covering modern lifestyle topics from around the globe. You'll find everything from design icon biographies to modern art, photography and architectural surprises. And of course modern design! +One thing we love is beautiful photography and nobody knows...
  • Blog Post: Modern Barn Renovation: Rustic Design Style

    The challenge: Renovating an old Spanish barn into a modern home with rustic design style. The outcome: Success! Large barn doors provide extra large windows for every room. The modern interior is a stark contrast to the exterior, making it the perfect pair. Modern dining tables are always...
  • Blog Post: Mid-Century Modern Homes

    Design makes everything better. At least that's the thinking that informs why so much of the modern world appears to be "designed." In architecture and home decorating, mid-century modern homes offered an egalitarian opportunity to apply design thinking to the masses. In the 1940s-50s...
  • Blog Post: Design Icon: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

    This week we celebrate the birthday of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe , "father of modern architecture." In observance of his brilliance, let's take a look at his most notable accomplishments. Crown Hall (above), located in Chicago, was completed in 1956 during Mies's tenure as director...
  • Blog Post: New Year Resolutions for 2013

    Every year, people around the globe start the year with a series of resolutions, and it's no different around here. The following are five things topping our 2013 to-do list: 1. See Someplace New It seems like there’s a cultural or architectural treasure springing up in every city...
  • Blog Post: Modern Stairway Design

    Yes, stairs can get you from one level to the next, but that's not all the modern stairway design can do! They can be more like sculptural works of art when architects think outside the box, which can make going from one level to the next so much more fun! Whether you choose wood (above), steel,...
  • Blog Post: Portable Beach House Design: Permanant Summer

    Why not hold on to Summer as long as possible and just follow it?! This portable beach house design will let you do just that! Designed by Crosson, Clarke, Carnachan Architects , this home was made to rest within the coastal erosion zone, where all buildings must be removable. So, the "hut"...
  • Blog Post: Modern Homes from the Silver Screen

    Image from Federico Babina's Archicine Series Barcelona-based architect and designer Federico Babina has been steadily making headlines over the last year by creating playful architecture and design themed illustrations. The latest is a series of posters illustrating iconic works of architecture...
  • Blog Post: Linda Taalman's Dwell Magazine Cover: Purdy Devis House

    I hope you all enjoyed my Dwell On Design recap yesterday... Stay tuned for more Dwell fun from Annie and Brent! But first, I just had to show you a little more from the home featured on the Dwell July/August cover, designed by Linda Taalman . I feel like a bit of a design geek showing off my autographed...
  • Blog Post: Modernist Dream Home For Sale

    Image from Curbly Mid-century modern dream home for sale in Los Angeles. What do you do when you love modern design and the perfect home goes on the market for $1.4M? Well, you dream design it of course... The A-frame architecture and ceiling-high windows create the perfect opportunity to not...
  • Blog Post: Urban Gardens: Designed for the City

    Spring has sprung and for some of you so has your green thumb! For many urban planners, rooftop gardens are a high priority. Not only for their decorative impact, but for their environmental impact as well. Roof gardens can reduce the overall heat absorption of the builiding drastically which in turn...
  • Blog Post: Modern Cabins - Small Space Summer Homes

    Vacation homes were once only for the rich, but modern cabins are packing big design into small footprints...and small price tags. As originally reported in the Los Angeles Times , students at the Woodbury University School of Architecture have proven that - with a simple storage shed, a $1,500 build...
  • Blog Post: Modern Architecture: Light Catcher House in Japan

    This house in Japan, designed by Kazuhiko Kishimoto literally catches light. The home is built around a beautiful courtyard that provides natural light for the entire house, inside and out. Simple dining table and chairs keep the decor minimal and modern. The bar style of the kitchen seating...
  • Blog Post: Dwell on Design: Ideas For Better Living

    Design (and designers for that matter) is often categorized in terms of project size, as either small--a single LED light bulb for instance--or large, such as infrastructure planning for an entire metropolitan region. What's lost in this simplified categorization is the shared goal of all good design...
  • Blog Post: Room With a View: Modern San Francisco Home

    This modern San Francisco home has a newly added room with a view, making you wonder what the street possibly did without this modern addition.... And that's saying a lot, considering it's a really pretty San Francisco street. The modern structure fits in well with the neighboring homes, but...
  • Blog Post: Nano Homes For Small Spaces Lovers

    There's an extreme side of everything, and small spaces are no exception. Enter the nano house. Technically speaking, a nano house is 500 square feet and under, but there are more than a few out there that measure less than 200 square feet. And they teach a surprising lesson. The trick to living...
  • Blog Post: Dwell on Design: Westside Home Tours

    Dwell on Design, America's largest design event, is back in Southern California at the Los Angeles Convention Center beginning today. However, a series of events and tours has been taking place over the past week; we were fortunate to attend the Westside home tours last weekend to see five exceptional...

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