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This $25M Bel Air spec house boasts $6,000 toilets and a $60K bathtub

A pretty sweet pool, too<p>In this day and age of $100- and $250- million spec houses, it’s <i>so</i> surprising to see one in a good neighborhood like Bel Air for under $30 million.<p>This gleaming mansion measures about 12,600-square-foot and features French oak floors and, according to listing agents Aaron …

Living Rooms

The Real Difference Between Google And Apple

Google and Apple are both hyper-successful companies, but chart their patents, and they have completely different innovation signatures.<p>Steve Jobs has been granted 347 patents in the past decade, many awarded posthumously. By contrast, Google’s Sergey Brin and Larry Page only have a combined 27 …

This Hotel Asked Some Of The World’s Top Architects To Design Rooms

You can sleep in rooms designed by Pritzker Prize winners like Peter Zumthor, Thom Mayne, and Tadao Ando.<p>As archaeological fragments have shown, hot springs around the alpine town of Vals, Switzerland, have lured visitors since the Bronze Age. Fast forward a few thousand years, and today’s tourists …

The self-contained mobile prefab Coodo lets you live anywhere in the world

What if you could make your home anywhere in the world without sacrificing creature comforts? Meet Coodo, an eco-friendly mobile home that promises …

7 dramatic home library ideas

Yes, please<p>When you can’t visit grand libraries with stunning architecture whenever you want, the next best thing might be a spectacular display of books right at home. Indeed, for bibliophiles with a design bent, building a home library might mean ditching generic bookshelves for clever built-in …

Architecture

This $9.5 Million Home Includes a Private Floating Meditation Den

It's the ultimate for modern-design lovers<p>If you're a fan of architect Toshiko Mori, you'll love this Zen Colorado retreat. Situated on 2.5 acres, the $9.5 million, 10,000-square-foot home boasts indoor-outdoor living spaces that highlight the surrounding natural beauty. With four bedrooms and …

Natural Beauty

Azman Architects adds cherry-wood partitions and zigzag-patterned carpet to Barbican flat

Azman Architects has overhauled a one-bedroom apartment in London's Barbican Estate, adding cherry-wood sliding doors, Missoni-inspired carpet and …

Walking on Water: 7 Floating Hotels

While many resorts and hotels can boast waterfront views and oceanside proximity, the architecture in this collection sits virtually on top of the aquatic bodies surrounding it. These lodgings offer the seclusion and wonder often associated with the ocean. However, this connotation of the sublime …

How to Create a Stunning Gallery Wall With Your Own Photos

If the idea of building a gallery wall exhausts you, we have that in common. The entire process — from collecting and framing the art to executing the installation — felt overwhelming when I attempted it on my own. It wasn't until Simply Framed asked me to try its new Print & Frame service that I …

Framing

Tour the world’s greenest home in Bend, Oregon

The Desert Rain house generates more power than it uses and recycles all its own water<p>Running a building off rain and sunlight sounds like an ecological fantasy. But the Desert Rain House, situated on the high, dry desert of Bend, Oregon, has managed to achieve a standard for sustainability that no …

Wastewater

19th-century West Village townhouse wants $12.5M after an eco-friendly renovation

The 19th-century row house on Bedford Street was gutted and reborn<p>You wouldn’t be able to tell by looking at the listings photos, but the townhouse at 4 Bedford Street in the West Village is quite the neighborhood grande dame. It was originally a three-story house constructed in 1829, but a fourth …

Cozy Family Home Artistically Blends Modern And Traditional

Every family has its own idea of how a perfect home should be like. For a family from Switzerland, the perfect home was designed by wohgelmuth & …

Interior Design

Jon Bon Jovi’s Former New York City Apartment Is Back on the Market for $38 Million

You'll be living on a prayer<p>Though Jon Bon Jovi is known as a Jersey boy, his former pied-à-terre is located in New York's SoHo neighborhood. And now it's back on the market for $38 million. Previously listed for $42 million, and then again for slightly below the current asking price, the place is …

New York City

Austin Maynard Architects restores a beach shack in their crusade against McMansions

Austin Maynard Architects is taking a stand against McMansions. Tired of seeing Australia’s handsome old shacks demolished to make way for less …

A Modern Beachfront House in São Sebastião, Brazil

Studio Arthur Casas were hired by a previous clients’ friends who wanted to build a house right next door on a narrow beachfront property in São Sebastião, Brazil.<p>Casa EK has its own look and feel as to distinguish itself from their friend’s house next door. There were many challenges that came up …

1940s modernist gem in Brazil gets gorgeous restoration and expansion

An oasis in the middle of the city<p>This modernist gem in São Paulo, Brazil was originally designed in the late 1940s by Zenon Lotufo and recently underwent a ravishing renovation that includes an upper addition. With pristine white surfaces accented by luxuriant wood in parts, and windows covered in …

Architecture

A Public Library That’s Nicer Than The Fanciest Tech Offices

Books are scant, but there are plenty of reading nooks, comfy furniture, and a rooftop garden.<p>Libraries are like the Madonnas of the architectural world–changing, evolving, and morphing with the times. Now they’re in the midst of a technological reinvention. And as they shed their physical media …

Discuss: Steel, Glass, Concrete, Wood—Do You Have a Preference?

It's the battle of the building materials.<p>For any project, building materials have a bearing on costs, structure, sustainability, durability, and aesthetics—to name but a few factors. From wood-clad homes that recede into the surrounding forest to glass cabins that provide 360-degree views, the end …

22 Modern Prefab Companies That Every Homebuyer Can Rely On

To put it simply, prefab homes are fabulous. Quick to construct and easy to love, prefabs have historically been a favorite throughout the design community.<p>We believe that working with a company that you trust is imperative when building your dream home. Take a look at 22 top-tier, reliable prefab …

Shipping container transforms with walls of glass in Argentina

From industrial to rustic<p>Fans of Philip Johnson’s Glass House take note: As it turns out, you too can have <i>something</i> like the modernist icon if you get a shipping container, paint it black, and replace the corrugated steel with sleek walls of glass. How’s the above example for inspiration?<p>Designed …

Architecture

This Overlooked Space in Your Home Deserves Attention

Hallways—those oft neglected strips of space that connect one room to another—may perform an important function, but, especially if you live in a …

A beautiful home in progress

The facade of the home is where its real personality lies. It is the look of the facade, which creates that first impression. The challenging part …

Mecanoo offers fly-through preview of Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Washington DC

Mecanoo has unveiled the final designs for the modernisation of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Washington DC with a new fly-through …

The Best No-Damage Renter-Friendly Trick for Displaying Art

(Image credit: Chris Patey for My Domaine)<p>As a renter who loves art, it can be hard for me to commit to hanging anything. What if I put something up, …

bracket design studio completes concrete villa 131

<b>iranian architect s</b><b>hervin hosseini of bracket design studio has recently completed the concrete-cast villa 131 in urban isfahan, iran.</b> the city …

Kitchen Flooring Ideas That Are Unforgettable

The floor may not be the first thing you think of when planning your new kitchen — but that doesn't mean a floor can't make or break a kitchen. Here …

How to design your forever home - that will last for your lifetime

With its open-plan living spaces, level flooring surfaces between inside and out, walk-in wetrooms and generous kitchen with minimal handle-free units, Jacqui Lait and Peter Jones’s house possesses the desirable design features that anyone would put on their wishlist if they were commissioning an …