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Marlboro, VT: High Performance House with Vapor-Open Walls and Roof

by bob from Vermont Architect - Robert Swinburne  (other blog) — Jul 22, 2014 01:17 AM
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Kent and I have worked together a bunch in the past and we are working on a project currently. This is a lovely little project that illustrates how using a few very high performance products can allow us to reconsider … Continue reading →

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Ceramic Funnel Flower Pot

by Holly from GBlog » DESIGN  (design blog) — Jul 22, 2014 01:12 AM
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Designed by Martín Azúa and made by Marc Vidal, the Manantial is a ceramic flower pot in the shape of a funnel. The large planting vessel is held within a wooden base, above a little bowl that collects excess water. The handsome, considered design brings a sense of serenity to one’s home garden. More...

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Table of Contents: Urban Escape

by Remodelista Team from Remodelista  (design blog) — Jul 22, 2014 01:12 AM
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Staying in town while everyone else packs up? There's a lot to be said for summer in the city: Rules loosen, breezy cafes beckon, and it feels like there are more hours in the day—which means there's time to take in the spectacle. Join us this week as we present tips for urban living, heat-wave edition. Above: The summeriest restaurant in New York? Have a look at The Musket Room, in Nolita . Photograph by Emily Andrews . Monday   Above: In today's  Designer Visit , we drop in on the cheery Red Hook, Brooklyn, apartment of ceramicist Michele Michael of Elephant Ceramics. Here's a look at Michael's signature cheese boards. Tuesday Above: Where to slot in a desk when space is tight? In this week's 10 Favorites , Julie presents inspired niche workspaces. This black-and-white version is in Stockholm. Wednesday Above: Crucial for summer in the city: an effective (and good-looking) table fan—and a desk fan, too. We present our retro and modern picks in  10 Easy Pieces . Thursday Above: In Thursday's Hotels & Lodging feature, Meredith leads us to a Berlin factory turned urban campground hotel. Look no further for your dream 1970s East German camper. (Berlin, by the way, seems to lead the pack in novelty overnight digs: See The Urban Rental: Berlin's Most Aquatic Accommodation .) Friday Above: Trying to solve the window treatment riddle? Unobtrusive, sun-filtering roller blinds are the architects' choice—and the subject of this week's Remodeling 101 . Take a look at Gardenista —they're also in the midst of an urban escape. And all week, both sites will be presenting work by the Remodelista and Gardenista 2014 Considered Design Awards finalists. Have you  voted ? More Stories from Remodelista The New Dutch Modernism New Paris Style: A Mother and Daughter Afloat Time to Vote: The 2014 Remodelista Considered Design Awards

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A Ceramicist at Home in the City

by Julie Carlson from Remodelista  (design blog) — Jul 22, 2014 01:12 AM
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Michele Michael of Elephant Ceramics takes us on a tour of her cheery Red Hook, Brooklyn, apartment, with a recently remodeled kitchen and appealing splashes of color. A couple of years ago, Michael and her husband, children's book author and illustrator Patrick Moore, decided their kitchen needed an overhaul. "We cook all the time, and we needed more counter space and more storage," Michael says. They reconfigured the space to create an open floor plan with a freestanding work counter; Moore, who is a skilled carpenter, designed and built the cabinetry using marine-grade plywood with a white laminate. Throughout the apartment, Michael's own organically shaped ceramics with painterly glazes add dashes of color and texture. Photography by Philip Ficks . Above: Michael keeps it easy: midcentury George Nelson pendant lights , white subway tiles, and Pure White CaesarStone countertops. For a primer on subway tile patterns, see our recent Remodeling 101 post. Above: A collection of Michael's own ceramics, including her signature glazed stoneware cheese boards, animates a corner of the kitchen.  T o learn more about her ceramics and to join the mailing list, go to   Elephant Ceramics . Above: The kitchen is small but very functional; the floors are blue Moroccan tile from Imports from Marrakesh . Above: Dashes of color enliven the white interiors. The Cherry Checker Canvas Pillow ($140) is from Hable Construction. A collection of Michael's own ceramics is displayed on the glass coffee table. The jewel-toned, brilliant blue Moroccan Beni M'Guild Carpet is from Breuckelen Berber. Above: A collection of pottery and glassware on a midcentury sideboard. The painting is by Heather Chontos . Michael custom-ordered the Eames lounger in blue leather from Hive Modern. Above: A bear figurine adds a note of levity to the tableau; the small white vase at left is by Elephant Ceramics; the striped vases at right are by Paula Greif . Above: Red, white, and blue in the bedroom. For more of Michele Michael's home, see A Terrace Garden in Red Hook—Roses Included.   For more color inspiration, see more than a thousand images of Blue Rooms in our Photo Gallery. N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on July 23, 2012, as part of our Summer in the City issue. More Stories from Remodelista Vote for the Best Living/Dining Space in the Remodelista Considered Design Awards: Professional Category Weekend Spotlight: Combining Two New York Studio Apartments History and Modern Glam in The Hague

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5 Favorites: Fuss-Free Ice Cream Makers

by Janet Hall from Remodelista  (design blog) — Jul 22, 2014 01:12 AM
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Forget the ice and the rock salt; it's easier than ever to churn a batch of homemade ice cream with a new wave of fully automatic ice cream makers. Automatic ice cream makers fall into two categories: those with built-in refrigerator compressors and those with pre-freeze bowls. The compressor ice cream makers have built-in refrigeration units that enable you to churn ice cream with no advance chilling of the parts or the mix. They're fast (usually 30 minutes or less) and can make multiple batches. The cost of convenience is the weight—many of the compressor machines approach 40 pounds. The pre-freeze models are more affordable, but require the bowl (insulated with a special liquid) to be frozen before use, and multiple batches require multiple frozen bowls. Here are good options in both categories—plus one for traditionalists. Refrigerator Compressor Models Above: Leave it to the Italians to create the elegant Musso Lussino Ice Cream Maker with all-stainless steel construction. Fully automatic and timer controlled, the machine shuts off automatically when the ice cream is ready. Comes with a 1.5-quart bowl and a one-year warranty; $699 at Amazon. Above: The Cuisinart ICE-100 Ice Cream and Gelato Maker has a 1.5-quart bowl and an LCD touchpad display. It creates ice cream in approximately 60 minutes. Reviewed well for results, but is said to be louder than other options; $269.99 at Amazon. Above: The DeLonghi GM6000 Gelato Maker gets high marks and is known to be especially quiet. The bowl, paddle, and lid are dishwasher safe; $280.59 at Amazon. Pre-Freeze Bowl Models Above: The Cuisinart Stainless-Steel Ice Cream Maker is a simple pre-freeze canister model with a generous two-quart capacity; $89.99 at Williams-Sonoma. Above: The Cuisinart Classic Ice Cream Maker with Extra Freezer Bowl offers simple one-switch operation and a 1.5-quart capacity; $89.95 at Williams-Sonoma. The basic  Cuisinart Classic Ice Cream Maker , available in several colors, is $59.95 at Sur La Table. Above: Turn your KitchenAid mixer into an ice cream maker with the KitchenAid Stand Mixer Ice Cream Maker Attachment . The double-insulated bowl has a two-quart capacity and requires 24-hour pre-freezing; $74.99 at Amazon. The Classic Above: White Mountain Appalachian Series Hand-Crank Ice Cream Maker features a wooden bucket, stainless steel canister with lid, and a cast-iron dasher (paddle); $169.58 for the four-quart size at Amazon. To complete your summer kitchen, h ave a look at  13 Modern Outdoor Kitchens  and 10 Easy Pieces: Drinks Dispensers .  And for  Barbecue Grills   and  Portable Grills , see Gardenista's picks. N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on August 14, 2012, as part of our Kitchen Week issue. More Stories from Remodelista GE Monogram: A Professional-Quality Range for Inspired Home Cooking Vote for the Best Kitchen in the Remodelista Considered Design Awards: Amateur Category Trend Alert: 9 Kitchens with Brass Accents

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GE Monogram: A Professional-Quality Range for Inspired Home Cooking

by Remodelista Team from Remodelista  (design blog) — Jul 22, 2014 01:12 AM
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Anyone who loves to cook knows it's easier to turn out professional-quality food when using professional-quality tools. Enter GE Monogram's Dual-Fuel Professional Range. Above: The GE Monogram 48-inch Dual-Fuel Professional Range includes four burners, a ceramic infrared grill, and a stainless steel and aluminum-clad griddle, as well as a large-capacity convection oven; MSRP $10,499*. Looking for something smaller? The 36-inch Dual Fuel Professional Range is MSRP $7,799*. Above L: The range is clad in stainless steel with smoothly finished edges and heavy-duty knobs. Above R: LED lights are large and easy to read, ideal for monitoring temperatures and cooking times at a glance. Above: The range provides heat with precision: whether stir frying vegetables or simmering a delicate sauce, these burners can maintain an ultra-low 140-degree simmer or rapidly bring food to a boil.   Above: Entertainers take note: both the 36-inch and 48-inch versions have a caterer's oven that can accommodate three full-sized sheet trays. The larger model, shown above, has an additional everyday oven for 9-by-13-inch dishes, ideal for casseroles, cakes, and brownies.  Above L: Reversible burner grates are flat on one side for regular pots and pans and contoured on the other to cradle woks. Above R: The ceramic grill has grooves that create sear marks; flip it over for a grate with rounded edges for more delicate foods. Above L: An aluminum and stainless steel griddle delivers powerful heat quickly and evenly. Above R: When the grill and griddle are not in use, the included bamboo cutting board creates extra prep space.  *Resellers unilaterally establish their own resale prices and margin requirements. More Stories from Remodelista 5 Favorites: Fuss-Free Ice Cream Makers Vote for the Best Kitchen in the Remodelista Considered Design Awards: Amateur Category Trend Alert: 9 Kitchens with Brass Accents

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Vote for the Best Living/Dining Space in the Remodelista Considered Design Awards: Professional Category

by Meredith Swinehart from Remodelista  (design blog) — Jul 22, 2014 01:12 AM
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Our judges have selected the finalists, now you choose the winners. Vote for the finalists in each of 17 Considered Design Awards categories, on both Remodelista and Gardenista . You can vote once a day in each category, now through August 8. In the Best Living/Dining Space/Professional category, our five finalists are Alberto Marcos AMPS Architecture & Design, Massim Design Studio, Adrian-Hanson Design, Vaquero Architects, and Brian Paquette Interiors. Project 1 Alberto Marcos AMPS Architecture & Design | UK and Madrid | Sacha House Design Statement: A former drawing studio in Madrid was turned into a residence for an architect, a children's furniture editor, and their three little girls. Chosen by: Guest judge and New York Magazine design editor Wendy Goodman , who said the project "looks like a house for a young family and I love that. It's open and easy, and the architecture and interiors work together in an elegant, modern way."   Project 2 Massim Design Studio | Brooklyn, NY | Tiffany Place House Design Statement: This unusual property, a modest three-story single-family house, is quietly set back from the street in Brooklyn's family-friendly Cobble Hill neighborhood. Nestled among a multitude of oversize, converted residential factory buildings, the house is an urban oasis. Our use of exposed steel detailing and a muted palette with infrequent punctuations of color—for example, the red stair rail—was inspired by the property’s proximity to the working docklands of the East River and its industrial landscape, as well as by the owner’s desire for a simple, durable solution. The design draws inspiration from the colorful and industrial history of the area, balanced with the modern needs of a family home. Chosen by: Remodelista editor in chief Julie Carlson, who said: "I love the crisp, geometric exposed steel detailing, and the clever under-stair storage cabinets and wine rack. Genius." Above: Living room viewed from dining room. Above: Reconfigured stair and interior balcony, dining room below. Above: A detail of the under-stair built-ins.   Project 3 Adrian-Hanson Design | Napa, CA | Napa Valley House Design Statement: "We set out to create a relaxing indoor/outdoor living, dining, and cooking space that is luxurious, functional, and brings the sweeping views of the valley into the house. Modern elements are combined with upcycled wood from an old lodge. We created simple lines, used light strategically, and layered soothing grays and whites, textures and organic elements." Chosen by: Wendy Goodman, who said of the project: "I love it because the indoor/outdoor aspect of this residence is so organic and seamless. The hidden kitchen is heaven, one of the best I have seen, and the 'chill room' is a room I would love to chill in!" Above: View into the living area—Charles chaise from B&B Italia, petrified wood tables, moss decoration, and over the mantel a Cameroon headdress in white. Above: View into the kitchen and dining area from the living section—the kitchen is completely hidden in the back wall. Above: Adjoining "chill room" with huge lounger, picture window, and rowdy boys. Above: View into the living room and out to the valley. In this shot you can see steel plates on the exterior, antique Italian mirrors, and modern Scandinavian artwork.   Project 4 Vaquero Architects | Madrid | Arrando House Design Statement: "This apartment is in a building dating back to the first half of the last century with original floors and molding. We merged two levels into a single flat revolving around a main courtyard for a family of four." Chosen by: Julie Carlson, who said: "I love the mix of midcentury pieces, the striped rug, the walls of books; the interiors are casual and eclectic, and it looks like interesting people live here. I'd love to drop in for a drink."   Project 5  Brian Paquette Interiors | Seattle, WA | Tree House Design Statement: "My own home, filled with treasures from travel and pieces by the makers and designers I truly love."  Chosen by: Julie Carlson, who said: "This space has an elevated first-apartment feel; I like the way Brian has mixed reasonably priced new pieces—the Blu Dot Strut table, for instance—with vintage furniture and lighting from local artisans Iacoli & McAllister, whose Frame Light illuminates the dining room table." Vote daily, now through August 8, on both Remodelista and Gardenista. Winners will be announced August 9.   More Stories from Remodelista A Ceramicist at Home in the City Weekend Spotlight: Combining Two New York Studio Apartments History and Modern Glam in The Hague

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LA-Style Dining in London, Sunshine Included

by Christine Chang Hanway from Remodelista  (design blog) — Jul 22, 2014 01:12 AM
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Inspired by California beach cafes, Alexander Evangelou and James Waterworth of London design firm Alexander Waterworth Interiors bring their own brand of microclimate design Hally’s , a new deli in  Parsons Green, in  the heart of southwest London.  Photography by Helen Cathcart .  Above: Y ellow Tolix stools set the beach tone in the main room, where they're paired with whitewashed bricks and a bar built from  limed scaffolding boards. Above: The Carrara marble countertop is framed with wood. Above: Bright colors mixed with pastels exude a Southern Californian vibe. Above: The communal tables are also made from scaffolding boards. (For Corbin Bernsen's bedside shelves from scaffolding, see Backyard Bunkhouse, Hollywood Royal Family Edition .) Above: Open shelves fashioned from scaffolding have a pleasing informality. Above: Raw bentwood chairs have been carefully dip-dyed in pastels to add color throughout the space.  Above: Potted herbs are dotted around the room.  Above: The white-wood shiplap in the back room is a detail borrowed from beach hut design. See Expert Advice: The Enduring Appeal of Shiplap to get the look.  Above: Blue-and-white ikat and ticking fabrics bring a nautical air to the back room.  Above: Green wall lights with subtle brass details add to the warm glow. (For similar options, see 5 Favorites: Wall Lights for Less Than $125 and Cedar & Moss: A Bright New Lighting Company .) Above: A patchwork of blue-and-white tiles line the bathroom walls.  Above: The facade opens up entirely for al fresco dining; in bad weather, the large glazed openings allow light in. Two years ago   Waterworth Interiors transformed our notions about fish-and-chips shops in its design of   Kerbisher & Malt .   Planning a trip to London? See  City Guides: London  for our favorite design haunts. Below: Hally's  is in Parsons Green, in southwest London. N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on July 9, 2012, as part of our issue The Summer Bedroom .  More Stories from Remodelista Current Obsessions: Sun in the City Liberté: A Bakery with a New Aesthetic France's Oldest—and Most Esteemed—Hardware Store

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In Memoriam: Randall Stout

by Eric from PrairieMod  (design blog) — Jul 22, 2014 01:07 AM
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Mark H. sends a link to the news that Los Angeles architect and former associate of Frank Gehry, Randall Stout passed away earlier this month. Stout was an early advocate of environmentally conscious design and his own work recalled the organic forms of birds in flight and the fluidity water. Read more about his life and work here. Image via Randall Stout Architects

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In Memoriam: Olof Dahlstrand

by Eric from PrairieMod  (design blog) — Jul 22, 2014 01:07 AM
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We learn on Wright Chat that architect Olof Dahlstrand, who designed several beautiful Usonian homes and other buildings in the Carmel, California area, died early Thursday July 17, 2014. Read more about his passing here and then pick up a copy of the book, Olof Dahlstrand: The Usonians here. Image credit: Eric Luse

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