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Amsterdam is a city defined by diametric forces: land vs. water, preservation vs. progress, art vs. commerce, high vs. low culture. In between these opposing forces, the most populous city in the Netherlands finds itself enjoying a renaissance as an international art and design hub, bustling with activity…but never too hurriedly so. For Dutch citizens in Amsterdam embody a convivial spirit referred to as gezellig –  in essence the pursuit and appreciation of creating a pleasing




His Möbius shoe shot him to fame in 2003 and Rem D. Koolhaas became widely known as the designer of the first high heel that crossed over from fashion design to industrial design. He was a heartbroken architecture student when he first drew the shoe on a piece of paper a few years earlier. Whether the girl who left him was the inspiration for the feminine object or whether it was his childhood obsession with sneakers, his drawing did not come from a fascination with fashion, but from




The UP Studio was hired when a family of four longed to build a pool cabana that favored the style of their neo-traditional house in Sands Point, New York. After learning that type of design wouldn’t meet their requirements, they asked the firm to create a modern pool house that wouldn’t obstruct views of the Long Island Sound or other part of the family’s property. Free Float consists of zero columns, instead utilizing a cantilevered steel overhang for sun protecti




Architect Theodore Kerlidis landed his role as Director of Melbourne-based k20 Architecture in 2001 when he launched the firm with Anthony Uahwatanasakul. His Greek parents moved to Australia in the 1960s where he found his architecture calling after discovering 1950s designs. That love led him to study architecture at Melbourne University where he earned his degree in 1995. He spent time getting experience under his belt at other practices before founding k20. With special attention




When a couple in Seattle decided to pare down and simplify their lifestyle, they hired Suyama Peterson Deguchi to design a minimalist house that still felt like home but without all of the excess. The Junsei House offers the homeowners a retreat from the hustle of everyday life with its tree-filled surroundings. Wanting to respect the landscape, they built a modest home with a minimal footprint that doesn’t try to overtake its surroundings. All of the existing trees were left u




New York-based Smiros & Smiros Architects had worked with this client four times before being hired to complete this penthouse apartment in Miami Beach, Florida. On the shores of South Beach, this project spans an entire floor of the building, along with rooftop terraces that boast 360 degree, jaw-dropping views of the ocean and the city. The contemporary interior features light wood floors, smooth white ceilings, and floor-to-ceiling windows that frame the view like artwork on t




Since our little refresh last year, I’ve been wanting to update our daily and weekly email newsletters. Our daily email blasts you fresh design every weekday, and our weekly newsletter shares the most popular posts from the prior week. If you don’t get one of these newsletters, you’re missing out! Subscribe to the weekly or daily: #mc_embed_signup{background:#fff; clear:left; font:14px Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; width:810px;} /* Add your own MailChimp form style




Located in Vancouver’s West Point Grey neighborhood, the Folded House was designed by Scott Posno Design for a working couple whose sons had grown up and moved out. The empty nesters wanted to replace their aging family home with a modern one that would work with their personal and professional lives as they moved forward. The new two-story residence spans 2,800 square feet with the main living areas on the ground level, while the three bedrooms were located on the second floor




Grid is a minimal residence located in Tokyo, Japan, designed by APOLLO Architects & Associates. The client, an avid art collector, wanted a new home with museum-like qualities that would take advantage of his collection. While the neighborhood surrounding the site is quiet, the architects still wanted to keep noise to a minimum; as a result the architects proposed a single-story reinforced concrete structure. Similar to the exterior, the interior features a monochromatic color s




Hi DM readers. Today is International Women’s Day and we’re joining the Women’s March, women and allies around the world for a one-day demonstration of economic solidarity—the #DayWithoutAWoman—in the name of equity, justice and the human rights of women and all gender-oppressed people. As a woman-owned and primarily women-run business, Design Milk is taking the day off. We will see you back here tomorrow, when we continue our regularly scheduled design awesomeness.




Maciej Kawecki, owner of Brandburg Studio, hired mode:lina™ after finding the perfect apartment in Poznań, Poland to become his new place to both live and work. With just 38 square meters (approx. 398 square feet) to work with, every component had to serve many functions for his office and life, along with incorporating a “hiding room” for the owner’s six-year-old son. Besides offering the function that he needed, Kawecki wanted a space that looked professional enou




No. 4 House is what we jokingly call a ‘house mullet.’ From the front it appears to be your typical semi-detached, 19th century Victorian, but from the back, it’s completely modern with a brand-new addition. Along with the addition, the two-story, Hawthorn, Australia residence was renovated by Bryant Alsop to open the interior up for a more modern layout, as well as bringing in more daylight. Considering the modest lot size, they were able to give the home four bed



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