from the editor

  • do diligence

    Not long ago, I made my obligatory pilgrimage to the NAHB's International Builders' Show. I've been going to the trade show for about 16 years now—since it was the plain old Homebuilders' Show—so I've seen some trends come and go. And I've seen attendance steadily rise until, most recently and for...


home front

  • perspective: basic training

    Sergio Palleroni is the founder of BaSiC, an intiative that brings faculty and students together to work on design/build projects for low-income clients all over the globe, drawing in collaborators from other schools, nations, and disciplines. One of its most high-profile undertakings is the...

  • smart work

    The partners at KieranTimberlake Associates greeted the news that they'd won The American Institute of Architects' 2008 AIA Architecture Firm Award with a double dose of elation and humility.


green piece

  • rock star

    The environmental arguments against owning a second (or third) home seem irrefutable. An extra house perforce consumes extra building resources and operating energy, not to mention the fossil fuels used for transportation to and from the beach, mountains, or countryside. But the flip side of this...


green pieces

  • Super Saver, a Web site launched by the Dutch firm 2012 Architects, invites all creative types to submit projects that turn trash-bound materials into functional art.


k+b studio


  • tech meets tradition

    Floor-to-ceiling windows along two walls are the first hint that this master bathroom remodel was designed for an adventurous person. The client, say architects Stuart Cohen, FAIA, and Julie Hacker, AIA, is a “very interesting guy who owns a telecommunications company and collects English Arts &...



  • structured whimsy

    Architects Stuart Cohen, FAIA, and Julie Hacker, AIA, are known for their elegant, timeless designs. And nowhere is their talent more finely expressed than in the kitchen, where they filter a deep knowledge and affinity for classical details through a subtly modern lens.



  • a different model

    Imagine you're about to graduate from architecture school when the economy is struggling, much as it is now. You're part of a close-knit group of master's program colleagues disaffected by the idea of an internship at a big firm and looking for a way to bridge academic camaraderie and practice...


architects' choice

  • architects' choice

    This is our ninth year of talking with talented residential practitioners about the products and materials they admire most. This is the architect's art: envisioning a world of fresh possibilities in that old, reliable products catalog.

  • discreet charm

    Nandinee Phookan Architect: Häfele’s Hawa top-hung sliding door hardware.

  • raging pull

    EFM Design: Leather architectural pulls designed for Spinneybeck.

  • british turn

    Taylor Smyth Architects: Gira door handle by British designer Jasper Morrison.

  • avante garde

    Blip Design: Avante garage doors from Clopay Building Products.

  • happy days

    Alterstudio Architects: Happy D. sinks from Duravit.

  • pivotal move

    E. Cobb Architects: RIXSON’s top and bottom pivot hinges.

  • gessi work

    XTEN Architecture: Rettangolo line of faucets and tub fillers from Gessi.

  • outside in

    Sprocket Design-Build: Hinkley Lighting’s 6-inch-by-16-inch Atlantis wall sconce.

  • cheat sheet

    Bercy Chen Studio: Regal Plastics acrylic sheeting in a variety of colors, sizes, and textures.

  • recess time

    Studio A: Lacava’s Twin Set semi-recessed sink.

  • fast track

    Kuth/Ranieri Architects: Miele convection steam oven.

  • nom de lume

    EFM Design: Zincalume corrugated metal.

  • tara firma

    EFM Design: Dornbracht’s Tara Classic faucets by Sieger Design.

  • elements of tile

    EFM Design: Appiani’s Anthologhia tile mini pieces.

  • valli high

    EFM Design: Door levers and cabinet pulls from Italian manufacturer Valli&Valli.

  • dark victory

    Taylor Smyth Architects: Titanium/zinc alloy cladding from VM ZINC.

  • set in stone

    Taylor Smyth Architects: Ciot’s resinset river stones.

  • pack mentality

    Kuth/Ranieri Architects: The 36-inch rangetop from Wolf Appliance.

  • above it all

    Kuth/Ranieri Architects: RSA Lighting’s COMBOLIGHT is a recessed multilamp fixture for a variety of applications.

  • easy slider

    Kuth/Ranieri Architects: Quantum’s Euroglide lift-and-slide door system.

  • sod fellows

    Studio A: Green roof waterproofing systems from Soprema.

  • lasting planks

    Studio A: Smith & Fong’s Plyboo planks.

  • all that glass

    Studio A: Glass tiles from Waterworks.

  • stock broker

    Bercy Chen Studio: US Lumber Brokers Birch plywood cladding.

  • true tone

    Bercy Chen Studio: Oldcastle Glass gray-tinted architectural glass for increased energy efficiency.

  • rocky mountain dry

    Sprocket Design-Build: Wood/resin panels from Prodema.

  • commanding presence

    Sprocket Design-Build: Concrete with color admixture from Davis Colors.

  • design riga

    XTEN Architecture: Riga Form birch plywood overlaid with a phenol film.

  • bar glass

    XTEN Architecture: Ford-Brady glass tiles in a straight bar design.

  • the outsider

    E. Cobb Architects: Western red cedar cladding.

  • revealing look

    E. Cobb Architects: Base reveals from Gordon’s Interior Specialties Division.

  • hard sell

    Alterstudio Architects: CaesarStone quartz surfacing.

  • good parma

    Alterstudio Architects: Parma faucets from Danze.

  • chroma therapy

    Alterstudio Architects: Chroma by 3form is a transparent polyresin plastic surfacing.

  • big idea

    Blip Design: Cembonit panels from Cement Board Fabricators.

  • right lyte

    Blip Design: Stonco Roughlyte industrial fixture from Genlyte.

  • counter move

    Blip Design: PaperStone’s Certified Series countertops.

  • clandestine arrangements

    Nandinee Phookan Architect: Poliform USA closet systems.

  • german curves

    Nandinee Phookan Architect: FSB’s 1058 handle.

  • enduring design

    Nandinee Phookan Architect: Architect Arne Jacobsen faucet designs for Vola.


doctor spec

  • a bright future

    Buried in an energy bill signed into law by President Bush last December was a little-noticed provision that phases out incandescent light bulbs over the next four to 12 years in favor of more energy-efficient technology.



  • home green home

    ECOHOME magazine, residential architect's newest sister publication, will provide housing industry professionals(architects, remodelers, and builders) with comprehensive information on the latest green products and technologies.

  • Material Wealth

    The ReUse People, a nonprofit that reclaims and resells reusable building materials, has opened a new recycling center and retail showroom in Los Angeles.


new material

  • big beauty

    Large-format tile collection's basic model measures nearly 3 feet square, and the largest is almost 3 feet wide and 4 feet tall.

  • snack size

    Stainless steel 15-inch-wide refrigerator drawers—touted by the manufacturer as the world's first—are well-suited for lofts, wet bars, master suites, and any compact space.

  • clean silhouette

    Protruding a mere ½ inch from the ceiling, smoke alarm from Kidde delivers innovative technology, via an ionization sensor, in a stylish package.

  • show hide

    Turnstyle Designs feature drum-dyed, bridle leather-wrapped door levers and pulls.

  • finding emo

    Using a CMYK ink-jet printing process, a Spanish tile manufacturer can produce a full-bleed transfer of photo-quality images on porcelain tile, allowing homeowners to transform their walls or floors into their favorite photograph or drawing.

  • added plus

    The new +Wardrobe Collection from cabinet guru Poggenpohl features sixty closet system finishes and can be fabricated to fit spaces of any size.

  • copper tone

    CopperPlus combines the strength, light weight, and affordability of a stainless steel core with real copper that will patina naturally as it ages.



  • substance

    The first time Paul Mankins, FAIA, LEED AP, saw his firm's future office space, he couldn't believe his luck. The former 1920s car dealership in Des Moines, Iowa, had 15-foot ceilings, beautifully preserved wood trusses, exposed brick walls, and views in three directions.


Other Articles

  • front line

    Bulthaup, maker of sleek kitchen cabinet systems, has added a four-burner gas cooktop to its offerings.