I grew up in back deck territory (aka the suburbs of North America), where every house had a sunny expanse of wooden decking in the back, and some at the front, as well. It's where we ate dinner every day from May through September, let our laundry air-dry, hosted busy BBQs and enjoyed solitary summer breakfasts.
I live in the heart of the city, but I often feel my heart longs for a quiet cabin in the woods to work from, the mechanical intrusion of traffic replaced by the hushed sighs of trees. Diogene, a minimalist cabin studio designed by Renzo Piano and RPBW for Vitra, was designed with this romantic notion in mind, furnished in Vitra style...
One of my favorite things about summer in London (besides the approximately 10 days of sunshine we're blessed with) is checking out the pavilion at the Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park. The contemporary art gallery, next to the park's Serpentine lake, has had a different architect design a temporary structure every year since 2000.
Dwell on Design just wrapped, and I was lucky enough to attend the Dwell East Side home tours. I picked up my tickets and map and started in Silver Lake at a prefab architectural duplex and ended at an extensive ranch home in La Canada Flintridge. You never know which home on the tour you are going to fall in love with most and call your favorite — yes, I did have a favorite!
Think of where you live right now. Does it suit your lifestyle? Is it the place you feel and do your best? Is it energy efficient? Then consider human-sized nests, like the one above by Porky Hefer. In creating these woven structures, the artist (architect?) mimics the familiar, age-old natural structures created by and for birds.
To me, Japan seems like a magical, mystical place where all of my design dreams have come true. I'm sure I'm overestimating it, but everything I see in design blogs or magazines makes want to save my pennies and travel to Japan for a week or two of flawless design.
Tucked away within attics, or at the top of high ceilings, lofted offices provide just enough privacy while still being connected to the rest of the home. From the tiniest desks nestled in at the top of a landing to expansive studies open to living rooms below, these office lofts make work look fun.