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Dream Houses: A Minimalist Pad You Could Roll Right out of, Onto the Beach

Photos by Karen Fuchs Should a brisk walk from your minimally appointed, though lovely, pad to the beach be deemed too strenuous, you could make like the owners of this dwelling created by Oppenheim Architecture+Design and build your house as...

Rem Koolhaas: Smart-Home Technology Is Spying on Us

Smart-home technology—TVs and sound systems that you can control through your smartphone, automated blinds and central air systems, and the like—have become the norm in luxury residential development. But at least one person is not a fan of these...

Curbed Chicago: A Tour Through the New Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, Now Open Today

Photo by Nick Fochtman Over the last couple of years, developers in the Windy City have been a hot streak in transforming historic downtown towers into hotels, apartments and student housing, and one of the most anticipated in the latest...

To Infinity and Beyond: The Best 'grams From a Preview of One World Observatory

Photo by Asad Syrkett (@as4d) Today, Architectural Digest invited Instagrammers and media folk alike to beam up to the 100th floor of the notoriously spaceship-like One World Trade Center for a(nother) preview of the blockbuster new Old World Observatory, which...

Retrospectives: Get to Know Seymour Chwast, Graphic Design Legend

Self-portrait by Seymour Chwast from Frankfurter Allgemeine Magazin in the 1980s. All images from the Seymour Chwast Archives First off, it's pronounced "kwast." Second, if the name Seymour Chwast doesn't ring a bell—it does sound like a secondary character in...

Adventures in Interior Design: A Midcentury Home in Australia Gets a Super Fun Renovation

All photos by Eve Wilson via The Design Files Further evidence that the world is obsessed with midcentury modern design: this lovely updated 1960's home in Beaumaris, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia. Midcentury design aficionados Annie Price and Jamie Paterson...

House of the Day: This Lavish Modernist Villa in Belgium is Soirée-Ready for $10M

Have a nomination for a jaw-dropping listing that would make a mighty fine House of the Day? Get thee to the tipline and send us your suggestions. We'd love to see what you've got. All photos via Sotheby's Location: Sint-Genesius-Rode,...

Venice Art Biennale 2015: Is the Mosque Shutdown at Venice's Art Biennale a Challenge to Artistic Freedom?

Photos via Mousse Magazine From the outset, Swiss artist Christoph Büchel's installation for the 56th Venice Biennale was meant to ignite discussion and debate. "THE MOSQUE: The First Mosque in the Historic City of Venice," built inside the Santa Maria...

Party in the Back: A 1960s Bungalow Gets its Groove Back With a Mod Extension

All photos by Luuk Kramer via Dezeen Though Curbed has taken a look at inventive Australian pads where an "all business" front facade hides an architectural party in the back—usually in the form of a compact, modular, beautiful addition—the Aussies...

Curbed NY: Ultimate Brooklyn Artist's Loft, a Former Union Hall, For Sale

A painter and master of large-scale installations that The New York Times called "one of the most successful artists in the 1970s" is selling her spectacular live/work residence in Brooklyn. About a decade ago, conceptual artist Jennifer Bartlett bought...

Meet the Lady Who Charges Celebrities $200,000 to Stage Their Homes

Nightline recently ran a segment on celebrity home stager Meredith Baer as an excuse to show the insides of various actors' houses, and, in that regard, it delivered. It also delivered in terms of Baer saying things like, "...

Video Interlude: Watch a Living Mural Animate the Sydney Opera House Sails

All images via Daniel Boud No, that's not a hallucination; as part of the Vivid LIVE music and light festival in Sydney, which runs through June 8, the design firm Universal Everything was commissioned to create a light show for...

Globe Trotting : Splendid Mexican House Puts a Modern Twist on Courtyards

All photos by Onnis Luque via Designboom Over in Mexico City, architect Andrés Stebelski proves that you can enjoy gorgeous outdoors views, even if you're practically living below ground. Hidden behind a severe 20-foot-high perimeter wall, the two-story glass-enclosed dwelling...

Preservation Watch: Closing Time for the Hotel Okura, a '60s Tokyo Time Capsule

Photos of the Okura Lobby by Dana Buntrock and Hotel Okura Sometime in the next few months, the last drink will be sold in the Hotel Okura's Orchid Bar. The final patron will pay their tab and stroll out...

IKEA Gives Blessing to People Who Make It Even Harder to Put Together IKEA Furniture

Difficult-to-assemble-furniture magnate IKEA has reportedly floated the idea of an official IKEA Hack product, according to Gizmodo. IKEA Hacks, if you're unfamiliar, is a phenomenon where people take pieces of IKEA furniture and assemble them in a not-prescribed way...

Curbed NY: Previewing One World Observatory and Its Extraordinary Views

Photo by Max Touhey When One World Observatory opens its doors this Friday, May 29, the public will be treated to much more than just stunning panoramic views. From the entrance to the elevator rides to the "discovery" floor, Legend...

Curbed Chicago: Here's a First Look at the Chicago Riverwalk's New Extension

Photo via @robinko/Instagram The Chicago Riverwalk, the Windy City's popular pedestrian waterfront, will get a nine-block extension by 2016 and the first two blocks of the $100M project just made its grand debut over the Memorial Day weekend. Visitors who...

Curbed Ski: This Futuristic Ski Abode Is Anything But Square

Photo courtesy of Patkau Architects There's not a right angle in sight at this futuristic house in Whistler, British Columbia. Designed by Patkau Architects, the post-post-modern design was inspired by the property's wedge-shaped plot that barely had enough space for...

Let's List Everything Missing from Los Angeles' $500 Million Spec Mansion

Bloomberg ran a story today about real estate developer Nile Niami's Bel Air project, a spec mansion asking $500 million. The mansion will be bigger than the borderline-parodic one still being built by the Queen of Versailles, and will...

Retrospectives: A Look at British Designer Robin Day On His Centenary

Photo of Robin Day courtesy of twentytwentyone and Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation You may have missed it due to the holiday in the U.S., but yesterday would have been the 100th birthday of the famed British furniture designer Robin...

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