June 2008 Table of Contents

From the Editor
from the editor remembering judy

I've worked in magazine journalism for 25 years now. I was in my early 20s when I started, and so was nearly everyone else I worked with at the time. Read more

Home Front
stamp of approval home front stamp of approval

Charles and Ray Eames focused their considerable talents on creating well-designed products with practical, real-world applications. So it only seems fitting that, starting June 17, images of the mid-20th-century pair and their work will appear on a pane of 16 commemorative stamps from the United States Postal Service. Read more

Green Piece
green piece chance encounter

Being your own developer, designer, and builder offers the freedom to align your creativity and your beliefs with your business. But there's no doubt you also take on all the risk. Pb Elemental Architecture decided to play its game of chance with this 6,000-square-foot lot located in a sketchy neighborhood and on a busy road. Read more

guiltless gourmet green pieces guiltless gourmet

Sleek, strong, and sustainable describe the flexible kitchen systems from Bazzèo. Customizable cabinets, drawers, and storage pieces are crafted from rapidly renewable and recycled materials, including wheatboard, aluminum, stainless steel, and certified woods finished with wood veneers, aluminum or laminate panels, and low- to no-emission lacquers. Read more

EcoRock Solid green pieces EcoRock Solid

ecorock solid - Like concrete and glass, drywall has high embodied energy, says Steve Weiss, of Sunnyvale, Calif.-based drywall manufacturer Serious Materials. Read more

pure substitute green pieces pure substitute

Pure Substitute - Bamboo-based building products are commonplace, but only offerings from San Francisco-based Smith & Fong boast certification by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Read more

K+B Studio
K + B Studio / Bath breathing room

Warm and gentle aren't usually the first words that come to mind when talking about contemporary architecture. But those are exactly the descriptors New York City-based architects Katherine Chia, AIA, and Arjun Desai hope to hear when people see their work. Read more

K + B Studio / Kitchen test kitchen

The kitchen is the first space potential clients see as they walk through the foyer to stairs for the second-story studio, so the couple made it the heart of their architectural laboratory. A serene, seemingly simple layout conceals numerous bells and whistles. Read more

watch your step

In the past year and a half, Edward Mazria's 2030 manifesto has taken on a momentum of its own. Until recently, the 67-year-old architect was a principal in the successful Santa Fe, N.M., practice of Mazria Riskin Odems and lecturing about global warming on the side. Read more

articulating the minimal articulating the minimal

Brian Messana, AIA, and Toby O'Rorke, RIBA have been practicing the art of minimalism since opening for business in 1996. They've developed a keen eye for the calming qualities of space and light, and a reputation for quiet, nuanced innovation. Read more

inside story the great divide

To add walls or not to add walls? That was the question Elizabeth Whittaker, Assoc. AIA, faced when renovating this Boston loft. Her client wanted to keep the wide-open spaces and exposed terra-cotta brick ceiling, but he was looking for a modicum of organization and privacy. Glass was the solution. Read more

guiding light inside story guiding light

The problem of bringing natural light into spaces that lack it has vexed architects for centuries. Katherine Chia, AIA, and Arjun Desai came up with a smart, modern alternative when designing the conversion of this New York City loft from a commercial warehouse space to a residential one. Read more

second take inside story second take

When San Francisco-based architect Craig Steely and his artist wife, Cathy Liu, bought this early 1900s Victorian building 14 years ago, it retained few original details. Read more

Architects' Choice
Lighten up Architects' Choice Lighten up

Swatt Architects: Concreteworks Studio's concrete countertops and bathtubs are embedded with fiber optics that are invisible during the day and glow at night. Read more

solid opening Architects' Choice solid opening

Swatt Architects: To promote "continuity from interior to exterior," Swatt specs large aluminum openings from Fleetwood, as he did on this home. Read more

Doctor Spec
thanks, but no tanks doctor spec thanks, but no tanks

The Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) is a HUD-funded program whose goal, in part, is improving the energy efficiency of houses. So when PATH decided to build its first concept home to showcase its mission, it picked the best building technologies available, including insulated concrete forms, metal roofing, and spray foam insulation. For hot water needs, PATH rejected a traditional heater in favor of an on-demand tankless system. Read more

Modern Medley New Material Modern Medley

Franke has combined work surfaces of tempered glass with stainless steel bowls for hip, easy-to-clean kitchen sinks. Read more

Good Outlet new material Good Outlet

The shower drain need not be an afterthought. With California Faucets' StyleDrain, it becomes yet another opportunity for design expression. Read more

Edwardian Dandy New Material Edwardian Dandy

English luxury brand Czech & Speake created the Edwardian Furniture Collection to complement its period bath faucets and accessories of similar design. Read more

Kao Facto new material Kao Facto

Add illuminated drama to walls or ceilings with the Kao light sculpture. Designed by Bruno Houssin for Artemide, the aluminum fixture has linear forms that cast an ambient glow projecting about 1½ inches from its mounted surface. Read more

Keys to the Castle new material Keys to the Castle

Julia Morgan's iconic architecture for the renowned Hearst estate inspired Sóko's Hearst Castle Collection of hardware. Read more

House Speaker New Material House Speaker

Acoustic Ceiling Products Onsia concealed-speaker system generates sound through the stimulation of the entire panel surface, creating hundreds of simultaneous nonlinear vibrations that, in effect, turn an entire wall into a sound source. Read more

studio d'arc architects workspace studio d'arc architects

Gerard Damiani, AIA, NCARB, and Debbie Battistone wanted their new live/work locale to embrace Pittsburgh's urban fabric. So they scouted for an empty lot close to downtown, eventually settling on one with a view of the city. Read more

Other Articles
perspective perspective: school of thought

news from the leading edge of residential design. Read more

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