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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

The 500 square meter (approx. 5381 square foot) AQH apartment in São Paulo, Brazil was designed by Coletivo Architects who were tasked with transforming a neoclassical apartment into a contemporary space. To achieve the result, they knocked walls down and reconfigured the layout so that the interior would have better flow. The homeowners wanted to live in a space where they could be living with art and nature, so the rooms are filled with designer pieces and artwork, as well as natur

Located in the city of Mumbai, the Collage House takes a unique approach with its façade. S+PS Architects collaged together recycled doors and windows as a lesson in resourcefulness and frugality creating an eye-catching patchwork of history that will last another lifetime and beyond. Throughout the design, the architects blended things old and new through various materials and elements as a way of balancing the feeling of traditional and contemporary. The delicate feel of the front

Apartamento Michigan is an apartment that was transformed by Tria Arquitetura into a cozy home without doing any major work to the existing structure. Located in São Paulo, Brazil, the 84 square meter (approx. 904 square feet) apartment has three bedrooms, one that’s used as a home office that opens up to the terrace. Through color, woodwork, and decor, the spaces was given an entirely new look and a cohesive main living area. A wooden bar separates the kitchen from the living

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