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The Modern THAI House

Thanks to Tuttle Publishing I had the pleasure of uncovering some of Thailand’s most beautiful houses. The wonderful book “The Modern THAI House” by Robert Powell aroused my curiosity to explore how today’s young architects deal with various challenges such as sustainability, natural cooling, cultural tradition, and the unique climate of Southeast Asia.

This book is a large hardcover (224 pages) depicting 25 amazing projects in the vicinity of Bangkok, Phuket and Chiangmai, featuring detailed plans and photos of amazing houses surrounded by lush tropical vegetation, water features, and magnificent sea views. Continue reading

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Colletto Bed: A Nest to Sleep In

I’ve always felt a little unprotected in a bed. Childhood fears of monsters have held intact into adulthood, I’ll admit it. So I always have covers on my feet, but even this doesn’t seem to be a sufficient defense. Perhaps not designed with my childhood neurosis in mind, nevertheless, the Colletto Bed is the most interesting (and protective) place in which to sleep that I’ve seen. Continue reading

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The Iceberg

When you think of waterfront apartments, you may imagine high rises that steal the show from every one behind them. Or perhaps images of quaint cottages come to mind. In this former container port of Aarhus, Denmark, the Iceberg apartment complex is neither of those. Yet it gives views to every resident of its 208 apartments without compromising future buildings and views. Continue reading

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Hokka: A Delicious Box of Chocolates…

The location of this apartment renovation is in the 11th arrondissement of Paris, a neighborhood filled with fashionable cafes, boutiques and galleries. The design team at Septembre was hired to spearhead this remodel. This 75 sq.m apartment reminds me of a lovely box of chocolates, each room has a distinct flavor and texture. As we enter, it is evident that the design aesthetic was to fulfill the homeowner’s quest for individuality. Continue reading

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A Contemporary Photographer’s Loft

This photographer’s loft, located in a former manufacturing plant on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, provides a seamlessly divided space for this homeowner’s commercial and residential requirements. The project team of Michael Chen and Kari Anderson has created a carefully edited and purpose driven abode. Michael Chen is a master at creating cleverly hidden storage spaces that are both aesthetically pleasing and functional. Continue reading

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Terrace House Renovation

Nothing enlivens a home like natural light. Combine that with more elbow room and you have an enlightened transformation. This Melbourne terrace house received just that and more. Designed by Sanders & King, what began as a project to improve the main living areas expanded in to additions of a bedroom and bathroom as well. Even the main bedroom suite repurposed a verandah in to an office and bath. Continue reading

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All-In-One Bunk Bed: Step Outside the Box

What happens when two innovative and inspiring designers decide to re-invent the iconic bunk bed? The result is a delicious modern perch that makes you sit up and take notice. Continue reading

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House in Takamatsu

This diminutive home of just under 80 sq.m. houses a multi-generational family in modern yet ages-old Japanese clarity. A small and simple rectangular box wrapped in charred wood, is deceptive in the feeling of spaciousness that is hidden within. The entrance facades angles slightly back, to avoid crowding the street. A singular opening nearly touches the corner. It’s a covered entrance pocket with storage as well. The white coating makes it pop against the ebony siding. Continue reading

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Lix 3D Pen: Creating in Midair

If financial analysts want to write about the next economic bubble, they should look to the 3D printing world. Because 3D printers are on everybody’s mind. But a 3D printing pen is still a little novel. The Lix 3D Pen is like a potential sculpture garden within a tool that fits in your hand. It uses a tiny filament to create three-dimensional pieces of art as if you were sketching in midair. Continue reading

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Annedal Apartment

I’ve arrived, unwillingly, at the point where I’ll accept stunning compositions of tone and texture and materials as a relatively acceptable replacement for color. Here’s a case to support my point, this monochromatic apartment in Stockholm, Annedal specifically. Continue reading