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.

     

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...

     

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...

     

green pieces

  • green pieces

    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...

     
  • Green Pieces

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

     
  • green pieces

    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).

     

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.

     

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.

     

practice

  • 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.

     

profiles

  • 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.

     

projects

  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     

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.

     
  • solid opening

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

     
  • Log Off

    Swatt Architects: In lieu of traditional wood or gas fireplaces, Swatt chooses Spark Modern Fires' Fire Ribbon, which can be outfitted with glass, lava rocks, or basalt stone.

     

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...

     

products

new material

  • Modern Medley

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

     
  • Good Outlet

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

     
  • Edwardian Dandy

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

     
  • 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.

     
  • Keys to the Castle

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

     
  • 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.

     

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.

     

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