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Before interviewing any designers, Amy and I practiced by interviewing each other. We were never sure if that episode would ever make it to air, but we decided it might be fun for you to learn a little more about us. In this extra special episode, internally nicknamed “The First Pancake,” you’ll learn how the Design Milk brand came to be, how I grew up in furniture stores, and how I’m using art as therapy to work through issues of perfectionism. And Amy tells me why she d

With a client that requested the feel of Tom Ford and Halston with the concept of a nook and a cocoon, Messana O’Rorke turned this 1960’s NYC apartment into a sleek residence for entertaining. Located in Chelsea, the apartment was designed with a dramatic palette of rich black and greys that are carried through each room to create a cohesive interior. The floor was made from a reclaimed oak fence that was stained dark and laid out in a chevron pattern. The walls are paint

New York City-based Space Exploration reimagined a three-story, split level home in Montauk, New York owned by a young family. The Montauk Beach House sits atop a densely wooded bluff surrounded by greenery and features views of Fort Pond and Fort Pond Bay. The flipped floor plan design has an open kitchen and living room situated on the top floor where all the socializing takes place. The main living area benefits from a large skylight and sliding glass doors that flood the space wi

Last week, I mentioned that we were launching a podcast called Clever, and shared with you our preview episode. Clever is hosted by myself alongside my friend, designer Amy Devers, and it’s about design. Well, actually, it’s about designers, too. We all live and work in the built world, and every object, system and environment in the built world has been designed, we we wanted a place where we could have a candid and revealing conversation with one of these super-smart peo

We can’t even believe it but this year is our 10th year of Design Milk. In Internet years, I think that’s about 150. We would not be here if it wasn’t for you, our awesome readers and followers; we’re still growing and going strong. That’s why we’d love for you to come celebrate with us! Our friends at Blu Dot are throwing a birthday bash for us on Saturday 5/14. There will be milk, cookies, new furnishings by Blu Dot, a photo booth by MVS Studio, a

Located outside of Montréal in Chertsey, the Lake Jasper House was designed to accommodate one person, a large group, or a family as the clients were looking for a welcoming and relaxed space. Hiring Architecturama to make it happen, their goal was “to have a present, living and enthusiastic architecture that engages the senses.” Instead of completely blending in with the landscape, the cube-shaped, white cedar clad house got a vibrant design detail – diagonal aqua

In the Sydney suburb of Glebe, an old cowshed was partially preserved and brought back to life by Carterwilliamson Architects to become a modern house with plenty of original character. The Cowshed House was a simple structure that sat on a small plot of land with roads on three sides. The positioning of the shed (hugging the southern end of the property) allowed for a private, north facing courtyard that essentially expanded the interior. The open floor plan allows each room to flow

Every building has a story, and the architectural photography can tell that dramatic and unique tale… if done well. And no one does it better than Dutch architectural photographer Iwan Baan. NOWNESS turns the camera lens around on Baan in a short film by director Rasmus Daniel Taun, documenting the photographer’s process as he captures chilly views of the breathtaking Harbin Opera House in China, designed by Beijing-based MAD architects. WATCH: /iframe> More on

In the High House, one of these things is not like the other – the front and the back of the house, that is. This Fitzroy North, Melbourne, Australia home went through a major renovation by Dan Gayfer Design who tailored the house for a young family. The front of the house fits in with the surrounding homes in the neighborhood, while the back alludes to the modern interior. The lot spans only five meters (or approx. 16 feet) wide and the homeowners didn’t want to compromi

Suspended above the ground amongst a sea of trees, Casa nel Bosco (House in the woods) is a simple guest house designed by Officina29 Architetti in Sassari, Italy. What could have been just a boring, orthogonal structure is actually quite enticing with its large windows and the way it sits perfectly within the forest of mature oak trees. Raised, winding walkways gradually lead visitors to the front door through the woodsy landscape. Amazingly enough, not one tree had to be cut down t

Hello! I’ve been keeping a big secret for many, many months now and I’m finally ready to shout it from the rooftops! WE ARE LAUNCHING A PODCAST!!!!! The podcast is called Clever, and it’s about design. Well, actually, it’s about designers, too. Sure, they’re visionaries, problem-solvers, critical thinkers, rebels and aesthetes, but above all, they’re human. Design is universal. We all live and work in the built world, and every object, system and en

For the past 25 years, Alan Maskin has worked at Olson Kundig heading the building and master planning of projects focused on museums, installations, exhibits, and public projects. Currently, as a principal and an owner of the Seattle-based firm, he’s working on the design of multiple master planning studies for California museums, a rooftop park in Korea, and two public attractions. You may also remember that Maskin’s science-fiction story recently won the 3rd Blank Space

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