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Modern World
Smart devices are integrated into every product or process you can think of, from ordering groceries to turning on the air-conditioning before you come back to your place. But too often aesthetics are an after-thought. Not for us. No matter what kind
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Breaking the Mold
Just a few years after getting married and settling down in Palm Springs, California, Keith Jordan and Aamer Mumtaz found themselves dreaming of the Bay Area. “We’re both urban people, and we wanted to live in a city again,” Aamer says. “There’s just
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Contributors
Writer “Occult Following,” p. 62 During the pandemic, Madeleine Davies, previously an editor at Eater and Jezebel, swapped New York City for New Orleans to pursue a master’s degree in historic preservation at Tulane. This issue saw her taking a break
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Japan’s Dwindling “Signboard” Buildings
From the Ashes. After Japan’s devastating 1923 Great Kantō Earthquake, which triggered fires that destroyed thousands of buildings in and around Tokyo and caused an estimated death toll of 140,000, the government rebuilt the capital with a heavy emph
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Editor-in-Chief William Hanley Executive Editor Kate Dries Managing Editor Jack Balderrama Morley Senior Design Editor Mike Chino Senior Home Guide Editor Megan Reynolds Culture Editor Sarah Buder News Editor Duncan Nielsen Style Editor Julia Stevens
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Divine Interventions
Back in 2021, recently vaccinated but not yet dining indoors, I came across a listing for a house in New Orleans. It looked like a typical shotgun from the late 19th century, a wooden box with some gingerbread filigree. But it was huge, as if someone
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Comments
I am frankly bewildered and disturbed by the decision to have a feature article on a Philip Johnson house [“The Next Chapter: A Philip Johnson house in upstate New York grapples with the architect’s legacy and looks to the future.” November/December
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Occult Following
John Cameron Mitchell has always been drawn to religious iconography, largely inspired by his late mother, who would travel the world seeking out visions of the Virgin Mary. “She said she had messages for us,” John says, looking up at his favorite Ma
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Sourcing
42 Great Minds Cookfox Architects cookfox.com Structural engineering by WSP wsp.com Landscape installation by Heyhoe Garden Design and Summerhill heyhoegardendesign.com summerhilllandscapes.com Lighting from Ketra ketra.com Interior venetian plaster
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Display Case
Meghan Lavery and Daniel King are such design aficionados that they don’t always part with what they find for Home Union, their midcentury-focused furniture store in Brooklyn. So in 2021, following their decision to keep a wool Cassina Soriana sofa,
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Strike-Through Shelves
Love open shelves but not across a window! @mightyqtn The next home-owner is going to fix that ASAP. @janicehillinger I hate that I love it. @okaygardener Shelving across a window is energy-blocking to me, though I can see how it would look fire in a
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Pas de Deux
Eva Claessens’s decision to buy and restore a dilapidated 10th-century building in a tiny French village started with a dream. In the spring of 2020, the Belgian-born artist woke up with a vivid image of a home in Provence and took it as a fait accom
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Great Minds
In 2000, after being urged by a friend to look at homes in Snedens Landing, a neighborhood in the hamlet of Palisades, New York, that’s filled with historic residences, architect Rick Cook and his wife, Ellen, toured a four-bedroom built in the early
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The Dumb Reality of the Smart Home
I recently got one of those fancy ice makers that make that great crunchy pellet ice, like you get in drinks at Sonic. This was a splurge; I already own not one but several ice trays that are perfectly capable of making ice. But I wanted the great cr
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Hiding In Plain Sight
It’s a pleasant May night in Todos Santos, Mexico, as most are this time of year in coastal Baja California Sur. In the courtyard at chef Ernesto Kut Gomez’s tucked-away home toward the edge of the historic downtown, he and his assistant are preparin
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Up Around the Bend
“We’re not really adventure people,” says Caroline Burke, but only after she and her husband, Riley Haakon, have been explaining for almost an hour how they’ve been hauling a vintage trailer across the U.S. and down dusty Baja roads for several month
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One Last Thing
When I left corporate fashion in 2010, I made a trip to South India to see if there was a way to work directly with weavers where my ancestors are from, in Telangana. Their craft heritage has become devalued because people want things faster and chea
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Nifemi Marcus-Bello
In 2023, Nifemi Marcus-Bello remade the moon. At Design Miami last December he showed a series of seating and sculpture made from rough, sand-cast aluminum. The pieces evoked celestial forms but also, as he notes, traced the path of materials migrati
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Editor-in-Chief William Hanley Executive Editor Kate Dries Managing Editor Jack Balderrama Morley Senior Design Editor Mike Chino Senior Home Guide Editor Megan Reynolds Culture Editor Sarah Buder News Editor Duncan Nielsen Style Editor Julia Stevens
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America Today
What to do with a Philip Johnson house? A titan of the 20th century, he designed era-defining structures all over the country and shaped how Americans understand modernism and postmodernism from his decades-long tenure in the Museum of Modern Art’s a
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A Retro Revelation
In December 2017, Paul Savidge and Dan Macey were staying at a hotel for a wedding in Reading, one and a half hours northwest of their home in Philadelphia. Once outside the nuptial festivities, they were met with a bleak winter weekend, and the coup
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Just Add Color
When architect Dan Brunn designed the Bridge House, his home and studio in Hancock Park, Los Angeles, in 2019, he envisioned it as an ever-evolving, gallery-like space that celebrates natural materials, the surrounding landscape, and his love for col
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Bookcase Study
DESIGNER Spot Lab LOCATION Brooklyn, New York You know a renovation is getting serious when you have to buy a commercial building to get a space large enough to make the custom millwork. That was what Tessa French and Zeb Burge, the couple behind des
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A Timeline of America’s Carpet Crazes
As millions of families moved into newconstruction houses during the post-WWII building boom, they were ready to splurge on decor. Recent advances in production technology made it possible for tufted nylon to replace woven wool as the dominant carpet
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Modern Farmhouse
Farmhouse belongs on a farm. @hjbarnhart Great for Waco. Not for every suburb in America. It’s the new tract home. @mengelen1 I love modern, and I love a farmhouse, but why must they exist together? Julia Stevens, style editor Classics are classic fo
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Who Owns Frank Lloyd Wright’s Legacy? It’s Complicated
In the mid-1960s, Americans decided it was time to preserve their past. That’s when federal protective status was first granted to historic districts, including Charleston’s in South Carolina and the Vieux Carré in New Orleans, and in 1966, the Natio
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The 20th Century Now
SAN JUAN ISLANDS, WASHINGTON LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA WYOMISSING, PENNSYLVANIA ■
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Modern World
Levi’s 501 jeans. Eames chairs. Two turntables and a microphone. The best American innovations have influenced generations. Here, we celebrate enduring design and new work that embodies the spirit of its forebears. People have been sewing cloth onto
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One Of A Kind
Nestled into a hillside in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Mount Washington, this 1961 post-and-beam home is a classic, simple, midcentury fusion of wood and glass. But as architect Sonya Lee began renovating it, the bittersweet story of the home’s o
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Sourcing
48 Happily Ever After McLennan Design mclennan-design.com Cabinetry by Space Theory spacetheory.com 48 Womb chair from Knoll knoll.com 50 Cabinets from Space Theory; walnut table and chairs from Danger dangerbainbridge.com; refrigerator and kettle fr
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