Novel to Know: 'Barclay Butera: Sitting on the Coast'

17 Dec

Novel to Know: 'Barclay Butera: Sitting on the Coast'

‘The aesthetic of seaside homes reflect a magical alchemy between the native and the exotic, the traditional as well as the whimsical, the mysterious and the recognizable.” — Barclay Butera Butera captures this magical alchemy in his new book, Living on the Coast (Gibbs Smith, 2012) and reveals how to make it. He divides beachfront […]
15 Dec

Locate Your Architectural Design

The house you choose to stay in is an outward expression of your own personality. So it’s important to choose the right architectural design. A proper home design should fit you like a glove, so presuming that you’re Audrey Hepburn, because only she can pull off wearing gloves. And these gloves are resting on the […]
11 Dec

Layout Icons: Joseph Eichler

Joseph Eichler (1900–1974) made modernist architectural background as a real estate developer and builder who has daring artistic and social ideals for America’s postwar subdivisions. Though he never held a hammer, he achieved his unwavering wish to create stylish, practical and reasonably priced housing that advocated social acceptance. Inspired by the progressive architecture of this […]
7 Dec

Steel Connections Make Strong Impression

Anybody who appreciates modern architecture certainly appreciates exposed steel links, be they steel or steel to some other material. The material’s strength makes it perfect as a structural element in a variety of ways. Welding, bolting, bending and other fastenings and manipulations offer metal joints lots of character. This report concentrates on those links, looking […]
3 Dec

12-Step App for Architecture

Welcome to our weekly meeting for those suffering from an architecture addiction. It’s taken a while for us to come to terms with our addictions. But we are here today, publicly standing facing the group requesting one another’s perception, asking for patience as we work through this, requesting assistance. I see a new face in […]
29 Nov

Istanbul Apartment Does a Double Take

Divided right down the center in style and purpose, this joint Turkish apartment is a distinctive combination of contemporary and traditional styles, and private and public spaces. The owners, a middle-age couple, bought two apartment units to combine them into a single space. Designer Neslihan Pekcan of all Pebbledesign was faced with the challenge of […]
24 Nov

Creative Open-Concept Home in Toronto

When performers Claudia Bader and Martin Tavares first walked with a property available in downtown Toronto, they didn’t give it a second glance. It turned out to be a run-down boardinghouse for seven pupils, and a neglectful landlord had enabled the building to fall apart. But Bader’s husband, Timothy Mitanidis, saw the possibility. Bader, Mitanidis […]
20 Nov

Renovation Detail: The Tapered Craftsman Column

I am almost embarrassed to admit that we bought our house because it has a front porch with square-tapered Craftsman columns. Though they’re wrapped in aluminum and have seen better days, their proportions are so perfect, they make me weak in the knees. Craftsman design columns are fine, historic and simple in design. Critical in […]
17 Nov

Fuse Box Takes Cover

The fuse box is located near the top of the listing of awkward but essential home features. It’s ugly, it’s bulky, and it seems impossible to conceal. And it ought to be readily accessible, of course. It can be tough to think of a solution that keeps it tucked away but still handy. Cathy Zaeske […]
15 Nov

Great Color Combination: A Black and Green Palette

We’ve had some rainy days in the last couple of weeks in Los Angeles. In my hometown of Pasadena, there are lots of coastal roads of magnificent camphor trees. I’m constantly reminded of just how much I like green and black collectively while driving down those streets after a fantastic rain. Camphor trees, especially in […]