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    Tuscon-based architect Rick Joy grew up in Maine, where he studied music and worked as a carpenter before going to architecture school at the University of Arizona. Joy has earned a reputation as a master of desert rammed-earth construction (Steven Holl calls his work "transcendent moments of space, light, and matter" in Rick Joy: Desert Works). For this project in the Green Mountains of Vermont, Joy departed from his usual vocabulary and created a gable-roofed, steel-framed cedar-shingle-and-stone house and barn. The traditional "stone-ender walls" are made from bedrock salvaged from the bottom of Lake Champlain, engineered by Olde World Masonry. Among the green features Joy incorporated in the design are a wind tower, solar panels, geothermal heating, and a hydropower feature, all of which means the clients will be "selling electricity back to the power company very soon," Joy says.

    N.B. For more details on the project, read Suzanne Stephens' excellent writeup at Architectural Record. Photographs by Jean-Luc Laloux.

     


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  • 08/13/10--07:30: Lighting: Arco Floor Lamp
  • The Arco Floor Lamp, a modern design classic created in 1962 by the Castiglioni brothers for Flos, manages to be both sleek (the chrome arch has an elegant reach of eight feet) and rustic (the marble base has a rough-hewn quality) and comes with a marble base shown below; investment-priced at $2,696 from DWR.

    Arco Floor Lamps at Remodelista

    Arco Floor Lamps at Remodelista


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    Discovered via Moco Loco: Barcelona designer Marti Guixe's streamlined Pool Sink for Italian bathware company Azzurro; a square bathroom sink with built-in teak shelves for soaps and an oversized clothespin towel holder, made of stainless steel coated with white or light gray epoxy. Go to Azzurro for more information.


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    Makoto Koizumo of Koizumi Studio was inspired by river stones when he designed the Tetu Cast Iron Doorstop, which is made of Nambu cast iron (a material first used in the middle of the 17th century in northern Japan).

    Tetu Cast Iron Door Stoppers at Remodelista

    Tetu Cast Iron Door Stoppers at Remodelista

    Above: The Tetu Door Stopper is 90 by 80 by 45mm; CA$65 at Mjolk. In the US, the Tetu Door Stopper is available through Emmo Home for $65.


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    Working with local architect Xavier Leibar of Leibar & Seigneurin, famed Gascon chef Arnaud Daguin and his wife, Véronique, transformed an 18th century stone and timber farmhouse into a modern gastronomic temple in 2006. In 2007, Hegia became the first guesthouse in Michelin history to win a star; we think the interiors are equally noteworthy. The five rooms feature oak floors, baths with Boffi fixtures, hand-forged iron windows, and a distinct minimalist vibe.

    Here's what Tatler magazine says: "The Hermès lot are mad about Hegia, as is Karl Lagerfeld. The point of the thing is the evening feast. Daguin cooks up a storm in front of you using whatever produce he finds in the market that morning. Mid-conversation, he wrests knives from the steel wall, then chops, concocts and feeds the open oven. All this to the sounds of Stan Getz. Innovative, expressive, sublime, this is a hit of the unique – and the perfect break for the adventurous foodie." Go to Hegia for more information.


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    Minimalists take note: British architect John Pawson is the current artist-in-residence at the Cape Cod Modern House Trust (see Hotels, Lodging & Restaurants: Kugel/Gips House in Wellfleet) and will be speaking about his work on Saturday evening, August 21, at the Wellfleet Public Library. For more information and tickets, go to the Cape Cod Modern House Trust. The lecture is the first in a week of architectural events in Wellfleet, including a modern house tour and a film night; for the full lineup, go to the CCMHT Summer Events Schedule. Shown below, images of Pawson's iconic residence in London, pared down to the essentials.

    John Pawson: Plain Space by Allison Morris at Remodelista

    Above: Plain Space, by Alison Morris (Phaidon), is available for pre-order at Amazon for $47.25.


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  • 08/16/10--06:40: High/Low: Wooden Spoon Set
  • Every well-appointed kitchen needs one: a set of wooden spoons and paddles. When cared for properly (periodic applications of mineral oil), the spoons can last a lifetime.

    Above: Canadian inventor and designer Tom Littledeer is known for his beautifully carved kitchen tools with fluid shapes inspired by canoe paddles. The five-piece Littledeer Cooking Utensil Set, handcrafted from solid North American maple, is $99.95 at Williams-Sonoma.

    Above: Designed by Johanna Jelinek, the three-piece oiled beech, chrome-tipped Senior set of utensils is $2.99 at Ikea.


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    New from Portland-based Pigeon Toe Ceramics: Ceramic Disc String Lights featuring ten hand-thrown porcelain shades with glazed interiors in the color of your choice (shown below in citrus); measuring 11 feet long (the bulbs are spaced every 12 inches). While the lights are suitable for outdoor use, I wouldn't hesitate to use them indoors. The Ceramic Disc String Lights are $164 directly from Pigeon Toe Ceramics.

     


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    Craig Olsen, proprietor of Canoe in Portland, Oregon, sent us images of a new coatrack by local designer William Ullman, made of solid reclaimed walnut. Olsen says, "The modular design can be added to and arranged in various configurations—I especially like the optional tray for keys, sunglasses, and other items." The coatrack will retail for about $500; contact Canoe for more information.


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    Spotted on David Mellor Design's Online Shop, a new collection of subtly textured white glaze stoneware by Dutch-born potter Charlotte Storrs. Created at her garden pottery in Culham, Oxfordshire, Storrs' functional stoneware pieces are intended for daily use. Storrs incorporates akebia vine, imported from Japan, in several of her designs (she was inspired by visits to Japanese potters) and favors muted, natural glazes. Go to Charlotte Storrs Stoneware for more information.

    Above: Charlotte Storrs Large Fruit Bowl; £72.

    Above: Charlotte Storrs Spoon Pot; £32.


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    In the late 1930s, a group of émigré European Modernists—Marcel Breuer, Serge Chermayeff, Walter Gropius, and Eero Saarinan—began to build summer homes on the Outer Cape Cod, mostly in Wellfleet. "Though humble in budget, materials, and environmental impact, the Outer Cape’s Modern houses manage to be manifestos of their designers' philosophy and way of living, close to nature, immersed in art, and seeking community," according to the Cape Cod Modern House Trust. Painter James Lechay (1907–2001) moved in the same circles; his house remains one of the best examples of modest Bauhaus architecture in town (it's also for rent seasonally; go to We Need a Vacation for information). For more photos, see Architect Visit: Midcentury Modern in Wellfleet by Hayden Walling; to read more about Hayden Walling, go to the CCMHT. 

    Create the low-key, modernist Outer Cape look with the following elements:

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    Modernica Case Study Sofa at Remodelista

    Above: Modernica Case Study Sofa; $1,698 at Modernica.

    Pello Chair at RemodelistaMil Floor Light at Remodelista

    Above L: Pello Chair; $49.99 at Ikea. Above R: Mil Floor Light; $24.99.

    Celeste Round New Zealand Shag Wool Rug at Remodelista

    Above: Celeste Round New Zealand Shag Wool Rug (six feet in diameter); $599 at Crate and Barrel.

    Above: Driftwood Birds by Osamu Harihara; $120 to $330 at Tortoise in Los Angeles; contact Tortoise directly for information.

     George Nelson Ball Lamp at Remodelista

    Above R: George Nelson Ball Lamp; $269 at YLighting.

    Scissor Tables at Remodelista

    Above: The adjustable Scissor Table is available from SF architect John Randolph adjusts from 18 to 30 inches in height.

    Thin Stripe Ceramic Lamp at Remodelista

    Above: Thin Stripe Ceramic Lamp with linen/cotton shade; $149 at West Elm.


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    Printed on plasticized art paper, wall charts from the Scandinavian Fishing Year Book work swimmingly well as summer-house wall art.

    Above: The Whales Poster features 33 of the most common whale and dolphin species worldwide and measures 70 by 100 cm; €9.52.

    Above: The Edible Mollusks and Crustaceans Poster illustrates 75 species from all over the world and measures 70 by 100 cm; €9.52.


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    A favorite new product from Alessi's 2010 line: the Fat Tray Box Container, a finely detailed storage box with a lid that can be used as a tray. Made of bamboo, the Fat Tray Box Container measures 19.8 inches wide by 5 inches high by 15.8 inches deep; $146 at Alessi online.

    Fat Tray Box Container at Remodelista


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    One of my new favorite shops on the east end of Long Island is the General Home Store in East Hampton, a homeware emporium with a casual hardware store appeal. Discreetly located facing the parking lot in town, the shop is a venture of long-time business partners Ira Statfeld and Bonnie Krupinski, who also own three restaurants in town that are outfitted with fixtures and fittings gathered on trips around the globe. Local architect James D'Auria has created a straightforward, minimalist interior lined with sleek wood and metal shelving. The floor-to-ceiling shelves are densely packed with a carefully curated selection of homewares, including dishes and accessories from Pullivuyt, Bodum, Alessi, Revol, and Astier de Villatte. Some of our favorite linens from Society Limonta and Jan de Luz are also well represented, along with a vast selection of hurricane lanterns and candles. The General Home Store is located at 100 Park Place in East Hampton; the phone number is (631) 324-9400.

     


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    The Nautical Flag Banner is a 12-foot, 4.5-inch length of rope and toggle (allowing you to create your own flag configuration) including nine cotton flags of nautically correct designs; $29 at Land of Nod.

    Nodical Nautical Flag Banner at Remodelista


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    When I lived in London, I developed a fondness for door levers, which can be operated by children, elbows, and slippery hands. Plus, well-designed ones add an architectural sophistication to interiors. Here are ten favorites. N.B.: See 10 Easy Pieces: Black-Handled Door Levers for more ideas.

    Above: Top-of-the-line Nanz architectural hardware offers clean lines and impeccable craftsmanship. The Nanz Door Lever 2096, shown above, is a favorite; for pricing information, contact the Nanz Showrooms in NY, Chicago, LA, or CT. 

    Above: The basic Emtek Tubular Stainless Steel Kiel Door Leverset; $64 at The Hardware Hut.

    Above: The Baldwin Classic Lever (5137.MR) is available in eight finishes, including satin nickel (shown); $77.72 at CSN Stores.

    Above: The Omnia Industries 368/0 Door Lever ranges from $105 to $140 for a pair, depending on finish, at Knobs and Hardware.

    Above: German company FSB offers 30 different lever designs in either stainless steel or aluminum. Architects like Jerome Buttrick of Buttrick Wong love the precision-engineered FSB 1108 Mortise Entry Set; $425 for the aluminum finish full passage set (price varies with options) at Knobs and Hardware.

    Above: Italian maker Valli & Valli's Fusital line offers one of the most extensive collections of door levers, many designed by noted architects, including Antonio Citterio's Fusital Serie Atos H 5018 Stainless Steel Door Lever; $318.75 for a passage set at American Home Plus.

    Above: The John Pawson–designed Valli & Valli Fusital H343-RP Passage Set, in satin (shown) or polished chrome, is $313.17 at Amazon.

    Above: Thomas Hoof Produkt Swiss Zinc-Die Cast Door Handles; €34 for a set of levers (above  L), €28 for the Rosettes (above: R), and €29 for the Ward Lock through Thomas Hoof directly.

    Above: The Cifial 821Techno Leverset Interior Door Handle is $89.09 at Knobs and Hardware.

    Above: UK company Turnstyle Designs offers an extensive selection of architectural door levers. We like the Barrel Solid Door Lever-S1333 ($262 for the passage set, shown above top) and the Square Door Lever and Rosette ($349 for the passage set). The  solid door levers come in four finishes (bright chrome, dark bronze, satin nickel, and polished nickel) and are available with a round or square rosette. Available through showrooms around the country; go to Turnstyle to locate a showroom.


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    Spotted at Office for Word and Image: a classic fermette (country house) surrounded by a futuristic steel wall that serves to provide privacy and frame the views of the countryside. Go to OWI to see the full suite of photographs of the project. Photography by Lindman Ake E:son.


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    Handmade in San Francisco by Héctor Pérez, the NeutraBox is a mimimalist modern mailbox "inspired by the principles of the De Stijl movement: a reduction to the essentials of form and color." Pérez, who started out crafting mail boxes for his architect friends, fashions each piece using leftover scraps of galvanized sheet metal and acrylic from larger projects. The NeutraBox (NB-1) measures 7.5 inches high, 9.9 inches wide, and 15.75 inches deep and is available in red or black. Features include a galvanized metal shell, an acrylic access door, and flexible mounting options (the box can be mounted on a post, a railing, or embedded in a wall system); $199 directly from NeutraBox.

    NeutraBox Mailbox at Remodelista
     

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    The well-priced, durable Hive Rubber Doormat is $38, measures 27.6 inches long and 15.7 inches wide, and is available for preorder at Chiasso.

     Hive Rubber Doormat at Remodelista


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    SPONSORED POST

    One of our favorite color combinations at Remodelista is gray and yellow—a pairing we never seem to get tired of (see some examples below). So we were pleased to see that CB2, our go-to source for affordable modern home furnishings, is introducing a few new pieces in the two shades.

    CB2 is hosting a creative space contest—see details below.

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    Above (from top): A European hotel photographed by Frédéric Vasseur. A dining area at Les Duves guesthouse in Belgium. A panel painted yellow animates this kitchen from the portfolio of photographer Uli Schade, via Desire to Inspire.

     Crafty Handwoven Felt Baskets at Remodelista

    Above: Felt Baskets; $12.95 to $29.95 at CB2.

    Crane Grellow Desk Lamp at Remodelista

    Above: Crane Grellow Desk Lamp; $99.99 at CB2.

    Bold Stripe Grey/Oat Pillow at Remodelista

    Above: Bold Stripe Gray/Oat Pillow; $39.95 at CB2.

    Odyssey Grellow Dining Table at Remodelista

    Above: Odyssey Grellow Dining Table, $249 at CB2.

    Announcing the CB2 The Selby Is in Your Place Contest

    CB2, with the help of photographer Todd Selby (of the fab interiors blog The Selby), is searching for the most creative space. To enter the contest, submit three photos of your most inspired living space and then campaign to get all the votes you can.

    The top 50 vote-getters will advance to the next round, which will be judged for creativity and originality by CB2 and Todd Selby. The Grand Prize winner will receive $10,000 in CB2 merchandise, a private photo shoot with Todd Selby, and will be featured on Todd's blog, TheSelby.com. Runners-up will get CB2 Shop Cards (ranging from $500 to $2,500) to splurge on furniture and accessories for their habitats. See Official Rules for details at CB2/The Selby.

    Todd Selby is a portrait/interiors/fashion photographer and illustrator. His photo site, The Selby, offers an insider’s view of creative individuals in their personal spaces, photographed with an artist’s eye for detail.


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