Renovate It!

June 2008,
Vol. 08
Issue 07
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Modern Homes With Old Bones
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Hive Minded

Openshop|Studio’s design for a hivelike structure in the middle of a Brooklyn loft creates a chrysalis of comfort for a couple and their baby.

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5 Toasters Tested by San Francisco's Tartine Bakery

Any way you slice it, toast makes the most of any loaf. But which of these worthy appliances will make toast of the competition?

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Architecture Tour: Madrid, Spain

Architect and designer Andrés Jaque takes us on a tour of pre-modern Madrid, highlighting the spaces where progressive design is breaking the mold.

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Boston Translation

Boston's rich history is potently infused into its dense, bustling neighborhoods, where the same brick walls that once contained cobbler shops now house Internet startups.

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Taylor Made

Architect Piers Taylor's renovation of an old gameskeeper's cottage, complete with a castellated roof and sweeping meadow below, is an exercise in dramatic modernization, one that takes advantage of…

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Vertical Challenge

In the lofty Amsterdam apartment of Texas-born Hunter Hindman and Shelby Carr, mid-century modern mixes freely with contemporary Dutch design in a setting transposed from the 17th century.

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Mission Statement

A house that survived the Great Quake and the intervening decades is reborn after a serious intervention by a modernist architect.

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Dean's List

When Architect Qingyun Ma became dean of architecture at the University of Southern California in January 2007, he came to the job with a uniquely exciting body of built work behind him.

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Mademoiselle Pillow

Looolo—When we think about products and their life cycles, textiles aren’t the first things that come to mind. But what went into your shirt?

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A Garage Converted Modern Playroom

It could have been a Sheetrock box, but as the house’s most frequently used point of entry, it deserved the same architectural respect.

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Learnings from Nantucket

I am looking at my favorite photograph of my summer house in Nantucket. It is not a particularly pretty picture. It was taken on a cloudy and gray day.