Prefab Now

November 2006,
Vol. 07
Issue 01
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High Style, Flexible Design
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Outback Staked House

A few years ago, while working with the indigenous communities of remote Arnhem Land, in Australia’s Northern Territory, architect Sue Harper became passionate about prefab.

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Desert Utopia

With this elegant steel prototype, Marmol Radziner and Associates launch a new prefab venture with the goal of bringing their modern design sensibilities to a broader market.

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All You Need Is LV

In the most unlikely of places—rural Missouri—Rocio Romero has designed and built a prefab empire.

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Living Las Vegas

They say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but once you leave, you may have trouble banishing Sin City from your mind.

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Drawer Organizers

Dear Dwell, My junk drawer is out of control. Can you help me find a way to get it closed? —Lisa Scofield, Palo Alto, California

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LEEDing the Way

One day last April there was great excitement on Highland Avenue, a quiet, hilly street (on which this writer happens to live) of Craftsman bungalows and 1960s apartment buildings in the Ocean Park…

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Garden Apartment

Botanist Patrick Blanc has been bringing the wilds of the rainforests to Parisian walls for over 30 years, most recently at the Jean Nouvel–designed Quai Branly museum.

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Not Just Another Plant in the Wall

“Technically it’s a cinch,” Patrick Blanc says, and with a wave of the hand ticks off the ingredients needed to build a plant wall: ten-millimeter-thick waterproof PVC slabs covered…

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Future Building

Resembling in form and function ancestors such as Jean Prouvé’s prefab Tropical House, Architect Fred Friedmeyer’s prefab structures harmonize, as much as possible, with…

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101 Bathrooms

Contemplating the proverbial "throne" the world over, Virginia Gardiner wonders why modernism hasn't caught on the to the john. Also bathroom swag on parade.

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101 Bathrooms: Cultural Commod(e)ity

In 1937, as the modern movement in Europe 
faced the stifling rise of fascism, the leftist French 
Union des Artistes Modernes hosted a pavilion at the Paris World’s Fair that presented, among other…

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101 Bathrooms: Glass

No longer stuck in the ’50s pink- or yellow-tiled rut, today bath fixtures come in a wide variety of materials. For those who enjoy visibility (and Windex), glass is a clear choice.

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101 Bathrooms: Wood

Wood has been used for centuries to submerge bathing beauties, but most people still think of it only for cabinets, furniture, and floors.

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101 Bathrooms: Ceramic

Long considered to be the standard bathroom material, ceramic is no longer boring. New shapes and colors help redefine what was once only basic bisque or beige.

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101 Bathrooms: Plastic

The same qualities that make plastic so prized by designers—malleability, translucency, vibrancy—also make for one-of-a-kind pieces to place in your bathroom

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101 Bathrooms: Metal

An easy conduit for hot and cold water alike, metal assumes a multiplicity of contemporary shapes, from globular showerheads to rectilinear radiators.