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  • modern craft

    I'm spending my weekends performing a task all baby boomers dread: I'm clearing out my parents' house. It's a cavernous place packed basement to attic with books, decorative objects, and furniture.

     

home front

  • castles in the sky

    For sophisticated, affluent homeowners, the cachet of living in a space designed by a marquee-name architect is hard to resist. But until recently, the only residential work most star firms produced was the occasional custom home. And keeping up a single-

     

k+b studio

bath

  • material witness

    A conventionally rugged material like stone doesn't usually play a lead role in a contemporary palette. But Davis wanted the house to blend into, rather than dominate, the wide-open landscape.

     

kitchen

  • bluff calling

    The restaurateurs who own this Colorado home wanted a house that could absorb entertaining on a grand scale while also serving as a quiet refuge for their family of six. A 12-acre parcel of ranchland edged by sandstone bluffs gives them the peace they see

     

profiles

  • a passion for craft

    Anne Fougeron, AIA, is the kind of architect who follows her endless enthusiasm for design, and it has taken her to far-flung places. “The Pantheon is one of my favorite buildings,” she says. “I had to stop breathing when I saw it for the first time.” A v

     

projects

  • creative license

    Architects who favor a streamlined approach to design in Washington, D.C., have often felt constrained by the city's prevailing preference for traditional styles. But times are changing, just a bit, and local design pros are discovering more clients willing to push the envelope and embrace the...

     
  • my own private iowa

    Paul Mankins, FAIA, LEED AP, connected artistically with the owner of this Des Moines, Iowa, loft right from the start. In fact, his first thought about how to approach the long, narrow shell and its panoramic skyline views resonated perfectly with the ow

     
  • tranquility zone

    Most architects are lucky to find a client with a little design knowledge or background. Dion McCarthy, AIA, landed in an even better situation when creating this beach house in Ventura, Calif., for a pair of design connoisseurs. The wife, Hyon Chough, ow

     
  • desert variations

    World-class paintings and sculptures possess a constant ability to surprise. The more you look at them, the more you see; different layers and meanings reveal themselves with each viewing. This high-desert house outside Santa Fe, N.M., by San Antonio's La

     

architects' choice

  • globus trotter

    Single Speed Design: Globus Cork tiles in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes.

     
  • curve appeal

    Single Speed Design: Laminated bamboo from Smith & Fong.

     
  • rhein tone

    Single Speed Design: RHEINZINK's eponymous building material.

     

doctor spec

  • machines for really living

    a typical custom home has many purely functional pieces that become high art in the hands of deft designers (think Valli&Valli or Louis Poulsen Lighting).

     

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