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Updated: 2017-03-22T16:36:32-04:00


Small space furniture: 11 smart buys for tiny apartments


Pieces for the living room, kitchen, bedroom, and beyond As urban dwellers brace for shrinking apartments nationwide, making the most of every square foot becomes paramount. While we love sharing stories of fancy custom touches that instantly transform tiny apartments into radically efficient spaces, there’s no doubt that just one piece of clever, readymade furniture can make a difference in your home, whether that’s adding storage where it seems impossible to do so or adding extra functionality to a standard item. Below, check out our picks for the best small-space furniture buys that don’t skimp on style, spanning pieces for the living room, kitchen, bedroom, and beyond. World Market, Wood Accordion Wall Storage, $29.99 Every bit of space counts in a small apartment, so definitely make the most of that entryway. This folding wall storage solution offers 16 hooks for everything you want to hang. Hayneedle, Turner Lift Top Coffee Table, $137.98 This top of this clean-lined coffee table lifts up to reveal a storage chamber, perfect for stashing away knick knacks or books when guests are around. (If you’re careful to not exert too much pressure, the lift-top can also serve as a makeshift dining table for TV dinners.) CB2, 3-Piece Peekaboo Acrylic Nesting Table Set, $199.00 Whether used in the living room or by a bed, these transparent nesting tables add extra counter space while avoiding visual clutter. Bookniture, Field Brown Edition, $86 Now you see it, now you don’t: this clever stool/nightstand/sidetable closes into a "book" that you can tuck away on a shelf. Anglepoise, Type 75 Mini Floor Lamp, $250 A scaled-down version of the classic British design, this floor lamp can hold a wide range of positions, making for a clean, flexible addition to any small space. Kohl’s, Winsome Space Saver 3-pc. Dining Set, $224.99 Are you a small-apartment dweller who mostly eats out and rarely entertains? This compact, hideaway dining setup may just be perfect. Ikea, RÅSKOG Utility Cart, $29.99 Like the bar cart’s more practical cousin, this compact utility cart has an adjustable middle section for different storage needs. Overstock, Kaysa White Aluminum Modern Bar Stools, $207.98 (Set of 2) These slim, stackable stools are safe for indoor-outdoor use, so take advantage of that teeny tiny patio if you’re ever so lucky to have one. AllModern, Orange22 Minimal Floating Desk, $417.99 Add a desk to any wall, slide-out compartment included. Akron Street, Alta Clothes Rack, $189.00 For when your new apartment doesn’t come with a closet. Womp. Urban Outfitters, Border Storage Platform Bed, $1,169 A gorgeous Queen-size bed is pretty indulgent for a small apartment, but this one comes with built-in storage on both sides so you don’t have to feel too bad about it. [...]

Frank Lloyd Wright, furniture designer


The architect’s early interior work helped develop his idea for homes as total works of art Ever the confident architect, it’s not surprising that Frank Lloyd Wright thought he knew better when it came to interior furnishings. As Wright’s history of custom furniture and built-ins—seating and storage “built into” the walls of his buildings—suggests, he felt his design schemes would be marred by cheap, mismatched commercial pieces. To create total works of art, artists needed total control (which Wright, who consistently spent entire Sundays afternoons rearranging the living room, according to one of his sons, freely exercised). “The most truly satisfactory apartments are those in which most or all of the furniture is built in as part of the original scheme considering the whole as an integral unit,” he wrote in 1894. As a young architect working out of offices in downtown Chicago, fresh from his stint with Louis Sullivan’s firm, Wright was already thinking about buildings as total works of art, where every element, from the exterior shell to the interior, was connected. Throughout his career, his furniture design was inexorably linked with his greater philosophies about design and architecture: His archives would eventually contain more than 300 sketches of different chair designs. Courtesy of Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. Photographer: James Caulfield Living room of Frank Lloyd Wright’s home in Oak Park. That belief steered him toward interiors and furniture, which he began to collect early on. He obtained pieces from estate sales in Oak Park and other nearby Chicago suburbs and bought pieces at Marshall Field’s, the famous downtown retail giant. Even before he had the success and salary to sink great amounts of money into furnishings, he was all about the idea of surrounding himself with beautiful objects. “Designing furniture was a logical step to realize his vision for the new American home,” says David Bagnall, curator and director of interpretation for the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. Wright would tell you that his ideas sprang fully formed from his mind, results of his own creative genius. But according to Bagnall, the architect’s early furniture designs, integrated within his Prairie-style masterpieces, were reflective of his ability to synthesize; to take disparate influences and reconstitute them as his own unique creation. Wright, he says, was a master interpreter. Absorbing the lessons found in international magazines, Japanese crafts, and the Arts and Crafts movement, Wright designed pieces that seemed both similar and singular. His high-back chairs, for instance, have a passing resemblance to the work of Scottish architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh, but Bagnall attributes this to both designers drawing from similar influences. “I don’t think Wright was looking at one specific person or idea,” he says. “He was drawing on all these resources to shape his ideas.” Wright’s first experiments with interior design can be found in his home and studio in Oak Park, Illinois, built in 1889, where he began working on built-ins (he would later move his practice there, in 1898, as he racked up more private commissions). He would transform this Shingle-style home into a early testing ground for the Prairie style, especially the studio, an 1898 addition that came during an apex of early experimentation. Many of these pieces—such as benches in the living rooms—seemed to grow out of the walls, appearing as much architectural as decorative. A few years later, in 1893, he began designing his own furniture, occasionally working with his assistant, Marion Mahony. He started contracting with several furniture makers in Chicago and Milwaukee during his early Prairie period, since the area was then a center of furniture manufacturing. He would work quite closely with these fabricators, since Wright’s designs were so forward-thinking and atypical, and required close supervision. His exacting attitude toward c[...]

Lake Flato-designed award-winning desert home on the market for $2.7M


The 2009-built residence is located in Scottsdale, Arizona San Antonio-based architecture firm Lake|Flato is known for designing some spectacular residences like this lakeside retreat and this desert dwelling—in addition to building the “best damn barns in the country,” according to actor Tommy Lee Jones. Now a home that was built in 2009 and won an AIA San Antonio Merit Award has come on the market in Scottsdale, Arizona, and it’s a sight to behold. An example of “modernist regionalism,” per the listing, the nearly-4,000-square-foot three-bedroom features the practice’s signature glass expanses and steel roof overhangs that highlight the surrounding landscape and usher the outdoors in. Configured as a series of private and public courtyards, the property incorporates earth-colored stucco, weathered steel frames, large pivot windows, and extra-high ceilings. Interiors are simple and clean with wood-paneled ceilings, polished concrete and end wood flooring, and built-in storage and furniture. Sited on the 15th fairway of the Geronimo Golf Course in Desert Mountain, the home offers plenty of outdoor entertaining opportunities through multiple patios, a fire pit, and a steel-wrapped infinity pool. 9943 East Chiricahua Pass is offered at $2.695 million. Via: The Spaces, AZ Architecture [...]

8 best consoles under $400


Put a TV on it Whether we like to admit it or not, television is a huge part of many of our daily routines. And while the way we watch TV has changed dramatically changed over the past few years, whether it’s through standard cable packages or on our laptops and mobile devices, the best way to enjoy a prestige HBO show or the latest episode of "The Bachelorette"—and certainly a Very Important Sporting Event—is on a big screen. To accommodate said screen and all its various accoutrements, you’ll need a media console or stand that complements the rest of your interior design scheme. To assist you with this task, we’ve picked out a selection of eight affordable pieces in a variety of styles—all for less than $400. West Elm West Elm, Maggie Media Console, $319 The cubbies, tapered legs, and recessed top make this media console a stylish choice for midcentury modern mavens. Pier 1, Morgan Collection Smoke Blue 63" TV Stand, $379.98 This ladder-style stand is ideal for framing a wall-mounted screen with shelf space for game consoles, cable boxes, BluRay players, and other clunky black rectangles. All Modern All Modern, TV Stand, $364.99 Rooted in midcentury modern styling, this console makes for an attractive living room storage solution, with three drawers and an interior shelf. Comes in an “acorn” (pictured) or a darker “walnut” finish. Overstock, Renate Media Console by I Love Living, $324.99 Made of solid wood and metal, this simple, rustic yet modern TV stand would transition nicely as bookshelf when you finally bring yourself to give the boob tube the heave-ho. Overstock Overstock, Astro Media Center, $244.99 With exposed storage space framed by a soft trapezoid silhouette, this media center is ideal to stage vignettes of personal treasures from adventures far away from the TV. Target, Windham TV Stand by Threshold, $183.99 Cute and cottage-y, the Windham features a pair of paned glass doors, paneled sides, and a fresh teal finish that will brighten up your already cozy living space. Ikea, RAMSÄTRA TV Unit, $239 Clean-lined, thin-edged, and bright, this all-white TV stand features ample storage possibilities and a sleek silhouette, making it an unobtrusive choice for your spotless living room. Walmart, Corner Glass Console by Walker Edison, $134 There’s something oddly cool and high-tech about this shiny, space-saving glass-and-metal corner console that calls to mind the 1980s new wave scene. [...]

9 best lamps under $150


Step into the light Lighting is the fastest way to change a room’s mood. Having options beyond overheads—and the earth’s rotation—is essential for transforming a space from productive to cozy, or quieting playtime in favor of movie time. Lamps do double duty as decorative accents, too, and are an easy way to bring your 2017 tastes into a room of furniture you picked in 2007. (You know how people say accessories are the easiest way to update an outfit? The hardworking lamp is your living room's best accessory.) Big or small, lamps don’t have to be costly to look good and do their job. Case in point, everything you’ll find here is under $150—with options starting at $25—fit for bedrooms, living rooms, dens, and desks. CB2 CB2, Ada II White Table Lamp, $69.95 All white and a little mod, this swan-like table lamp features a lacquered resin tulip base and a linen drum shade that add a swinging touch to any room. 1-800 Lighting 1-800 Lighting, Adesso 4016 Duet 62 Inch Floor Lamp, $130 This pleasingly symmetrical floor lamp stands a handsome 62 inches and has the option to illuminate one or two bulbs by way of individual pull chain. Ikea, PS 2017, $39.99 This little one has a cute, friendly shape that would look great on a desk, side table, even mounted on a wall. Direct its swivel head in any direction to shine a cozy, ambient light on just about anything. Target Target, Geometric Metal Table Lamp, $25 A familiar shape, whittled down to its stylized bones. Urban Outfitters, Marcin Ombre Table Lamp, $69 With a pearly, ombré base made from ceramic and a textured fabric shade, this table lamp calls to mind a romantic sunset in the southwest. A+R, JWDA Concrete Lamp, $150 This lamp by Danish brand Menu combines a sturdy concrete base and an elongated, oblong glass lantern to create a unique silhouette accented by a silver knob. The dark grey and steel version (pictured) is available at A+R for exactly $150. If you’re feeling slightly spendier, you can also snag the lamp in light gray and brass for $185. Joseph & Co. Joseph & Co. Furniture, Hardwood Tripod Table Lamp, $139 Looking for something with a modern-rustic vibe? This offering—from Etsy shop Joseph & Co. Furniture—is made of kiln-dried solid walnut. The linen shade pictured here isn’t included, but inexpensive shades are a dime a dozen. AllModern AllModern, Arquer Arched Floor Lamp, $84.99 An arched lamp instantly imbues a room with midcentury modern flare, and this copper one is no exception. A bulbous metal shade and an elegant solid marble base go a long way for not-too-much money. West Elm West Elm, Globe Table Lamp, $129 The milky white finish of this globe lamp diffuses light for a soft glow; ideal for nightstands and before-bed reading. [...]

This eco-friendly house in France cost under $200K to build



Greenhouse design inspired its translucent panels

Building a budget-friendly and environmentally-friendly house is a difficult feat. It’s one thing to build a large house for under $130K, but this low energy, greenhouse-inspired French house takes it one step further.

BRUT architects designed and built this environmentally friendly house, dubbed ‘PEN.DU’, for a mere €165,000 (~$180,000). It’s located on a large plot of land in northwestern France.

The design of the house aims for maximum energy efficiency and passive solar heat gain. The facade, which is completely clad in translucent panels, exposes the structure’s timber frame and hides the straw bale insulation. It’s built using bio-sourced materials and large windows maximize solar gain and ventilation. Rainfall collected on the roof is stored and reused.

It was also conceived as an ‘experimental greenhouse’ with its pitched roof and relatively spacious interiors. Since the house is meant to be for a young family, the architects included swings, netting, and a climbing wall.


Via: Designboom

The 13 best furniture stores in the U.S.


From midcentury stunners to vintage gems, here’s where to shop in America There are so many furniture and decor options in U.S. cities, it can be hard to know where to begin. Sure, big-box retailers like West Elm—and, of course, Ikea—offer great value and online ordering, but where should you head when you want to see a gorgeous showroom or try a special piece in person? Luckily, Curbed city editors have you covered: From antique stores in Detroit to a steel and wood furniture manufacturer in Philadelphia, we’ve rounded up the 13 most unique and interesting furniture and decor stores in the United States. And because narrowing a list to a mere baker’s dozen is nearly impossible, we’ve also provided links to maps of dozens of other top-notch stores in each city. Now get shopping! Max Touhey The Herman Miller flagship in New York City. ↑ The Herman Miller flagship in New York City From Curbed New York: Herman Miller opened its first North American retail hub in a historic Park Avenue building last year, and the bi-level space is bright, open, and inviting, with different spaces dedicated to the different functions of everyday life—sleeping, dining, working, and so on. The store itself is like catnip for fans of midcentury modern furniture, with all of the classics well-represented (Eames recliners, Nelson marshmallow sofas, and the like), along with cool decor pieces. Need more New York City recommendations? We’ve got 30 other furniture stores, over here. Chris Patey Consort ↑ Consort in Los Angeles From Curbed LA: Founded by interior designers Mat Sanders and Brandon Quattrone, this boutique is little bit Italian modern and a little bit Miami Vice, but with a globally-inspired bent. Here, find printed pillows by Shilo Engelbrecht and sleek bedsheets by Parachute alongside brass bar carts, furniture by celebrity interior designer Estee Stanley, and playful handmade ceramics by Lux/Eros, to name just a few. Check out 27 other furniture stores in Los Angeles, this way. A post shared by Arturo Gonzalez (@thekoolaidman) on Mar 20, 2017 at 3:38pm PDT Want more Niemeyer? Tour two more of his unbuilt designs this way. Via: ArchDaily, MDR, LVZ [...]