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One of the biggest challenges in remodeling a kitchen is improving the layout — as well as the flow into the adjoining rooms — to better meet the demands of today’s lifestyle. At this year’s DC Design House, Nadia Subaran of Aidan...
Designers Get Creative in a D.C. Show House
The 2014 DC Design House was built in 1929 and originally owned by the founder of the city’s Madison Hotel, Marshall B. Coyne. Its three levels, including six bedrooms and five full baths, provided an ample canvas and an array of challenges for the...
Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism
Spurred by good economic times and the desire for new aesthetics not associated with World War I or II, midcentury Americans embraced modern design. According to a new exhibition set to open at San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum, the movement...
Design Lessons From Tiny Homes
There are small spaces, and then there are microspaces. The architects and designers who show at the MicroDwell exhibition specialize in the latter. Architect Lynne Reynolds’ Lean2 home is just...
Standouts From the 2014 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show
An oven you can control from your smart phone. Cabinet drawers that automatically avoid collisions. Countertops that look like alligator skin. These were some of the offerings on view in February at the Las Vegas Convention Center, where the 2014...
What to See and Do During Modernism Week in Palm Springs
Nestled in the desert two hours east of Los Angeles, Palm Springs used to be the haunt of Hollywood stars seeking sun and seclusion. Now this desert oasis is an epicenter for midcentury modern architecture and design, and the home of Modernism...
20 Innovative Dollhouses for a Good Cause
Architect James Ramsey and artist Lara Apponyi’s dollhouse might not attract too much visual attention; it is void of color and has only one floor. But that’s because it’s not meant for someone who can see. It’s meant for a child who...
Who Will Create the Iconic Furniture of Tomorrow?
Ask people about their favorite piece of contemporary furniture, and odds are that you'll get some very similar answers: the Eames Molded Plywood Chair, the Bertoia Diamond Chair, the Saarinen Tulip Table or the Mies Barcelona Chair, for starters....
Who Invented the Coat Hanger, and Other Household Mysteries Solved
Look around you. Notice any objects whose designs changed the world? No, not your phone. Or your computer. Look closer. You probably use these objects every day but never really stop to think about what life would...
Treasure Hunting at Texas' First Monday Trade Days
First Monday Trade Days began as a local horse and produce trade event more than 150 years ago, but has now developed into a shopper's paradise spanning 100 acres. More than 6,000 vendors offer everything from home furnishings and antique collectibles...
10 Bathroom Standouts From Italy's Big Expo
I spent some time recently at Italy's biggest international expo for ceramics and bathroom furnishings, the annual CERSAIE, in Bologna. Multinational companies use it as an opportunity to show off their newest products....
A Film Festival Explores Buildings and the Lives They Touch
The fifth annual Architecture & Design Film Festival returns to New York City this month (October 16-20 at Tribeca Cinema), screening 25 short and feature-length films exploring the relationship between architecture...
On Show: Weird, Wondrous Science Meets Design
I'm no numbers cruncher, but with the world's population projected to grow nearly 30 percent, to 9.1 billion people, in 25 years, I do have a few burning questions. Like, will there be enough world to go around? How much can we reasonably ask of this...
On Show: The Greatest Invention of Our Time
One of the world's most vital creations is one, I think, we often take for granted. Can you guess what it is? Did a lightbulb go off in your head? Good! Because a world without electrical lighting would be a very different and dark place. For...
Tile Goes High Tech at Italy's Big Expo
More than 900 companies from 33 countries around the world descend on Bologna, Italy, every year to showcase their ceramics and bathroom products at the CERSAIE, the International Exhibition of Ceramic...
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