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Primers: Remembering Donald Wexler, the Inventor of Palm Springs Modernism

Architect Donald Wexler (left) with a client. Although Donald Wexler was raised and educated in Minneapolis, he probably wouldn't want you to know that. It was at the behest of bon vivant socialite William Cody that Wexler begrudgingly decamped to...

Curbed Features: Inside 1930s Designer Dorothy Draper's Riotously Colorful World

Dorothy Draper's signature black and white floor, shown here at the Greenbriar. All Greenbriar images courtesy of the Greenbriar. A century ago, your average Upper East Side society matron was not expected to do a great deal more with...

Adventures in Architecture: Seashells Clad an Art Complex Pavilion and It's Rather Nice

Perhaps you know architect Sou Fujimoto as the designer of the ethereal 2013 Serpentine Pavilion? Well, the celebrated Japanese architect has been up to even more design hijinks, this time designing a satellite arts complex called Mirrored Gardens for...

Are you Building “for Consumers”?

Are you actually, TRULY, building your product for consumers, or is that just a facade you put up for the general public? I’d argue virtually zero companies/products built in this industry are truly being built for consumers. To do it?...Show More Summary

Curbed NOLA: $1.25M Gets You a Charming Victorian in New Orleans

While the listing for this grand Victorian in Uptown doesn't have many pictures, you can check out this 2013 home tour The Times-Picayune did when its former owners, lawyer Herb Larson and musician Julianne Nice, lived there. You'll see...

Curbed NY: Explore the TWA Terminal, a Pristine Time Capsule From 1962

Photo by Max Touhey Right now, a team of digital scanning whizzes is back in their Florida lab, making a digital 3D model of the TWA Flight Center. Last week, while the staff and their equipment were hard at work...

Who Wants to Buy a Prison in Upstate New York?

A shuttered prison near Saratoga Springs, New York is for sale, raising questions like: what makes this place more terrifying, the fact that it was a prison or the fact that before it was a prison it was a...

Rad Restorations: Muhammad Ali's Childhood Home Being Restored and Turned Into a Museum

Photo collage includes home photo from WDRB The former childhood home of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, currently a vacant, dilapidated building on Grand Avenue in Louisville, is in the process of being restored by a group of boxing fans....

Carte Blanche: Swedish Loft Offers the Most Fanciful 'Stairway to Heaven'

All photos via Alvhem File this under: impractical home design features that are tempting anyway. Located in a historic building in Gothenburg, Sweden, this 635-square-foot loft can probably stay bright enough through the darkest of winters, thanks to a 65-square-foot...

Curbed Seattle: Adorable Seattle Houseboat Looks Like a Cottage on the Lake

It's amazing what can be done with a bit, or a lot, of wood. You can even float a house on it. Case in point: this darling two-bedroom houseboat on the market for $750,000 in Seattle's Eastlake neighborhood. Inside,...

This Is a Really Poor Stair Traffic Strategy

Look, we admire Utah Valley University for trying to come up with a way to make their staircases (well, one particular staircase) more orderly with what design you trust refers to as "smart stairs." But these are not smart...

Time Is Running Out to Save the Real Life House From Up

Seattle's famous Edith Macefield House, also know as the real life version of the house from the Pixar movie Up, is probably a goner. The mother-daughter duo who recently purchased the stubborn structure are not going to be able...

Rad Restorations: We Cater for Pleasure: How the Restoration of Dreamland Amusement Park Hopes to Save a British Seaside Town

Riders on the Chair-o-plane Waveswinger during the re-opening weekend of Dreamland Amusement Park. Photo by Marc Sethi. "The first weekend felt like a festival." It's 5 a.m. on a weekday, and British designer Wayne Hemingway (MBE) is already awake, ready...

Conversions: Historic Barcelona Market Gets a Smart Modern Retrofit

All photos by Adrià Goula via Designboom The term "supermarket" doesn't begin to describe the recently revamped "El Ninot" market in the heart of Barcelona. mateo arquitectura, who helmed the redesign, kept the basilica-like interior intact while digging out two...

Globe Trotting: Your Inner Child Wants to Attend This Beautiful French School

All photos courtesy of Jean-François Schmit via ArchDaily Where were schools like this when we were growing up? Jean-François Schmit Architectes have designed a school" in Paris that's very nature-oriented, with large swathes of green-space and a zen garden...

Curbed Seattle: Edith Macefield House Plans Dashed, New Owners Donating Structure & Selling Land

Damn. According to a press release from broker Paul Thomas, not even a sale to a well-meaning mother & daughter duo will keep the Edith Macefield House from going "Up" to heaven. Despite beating out 37 other offers for...

Curbed Atlanta: Now Updated, Palatial Fred Briggs House in Atlanta Wants $4M

Once called Atlanta's "most spectacular" modern home (but not to be confused with the "most well-known modern home in Buckhead"), this 1982 compound by renowned Laguna Beach architect Fredd Briggs is back on the market. It's been gussied up...

Homeward Bound: Part II: The Barn That Got Away

Welcome to Curbed's original series Homeward Bound, in which long-affirmed city dweller and design journalist Karrie Jacobs documents her process as a first-time home builder. Jacobs, a professional observer of the man-made landscape, was the founding editor of Dwell magazine...

House of the Day: Live the Simple Life at This Modern Gable House in Vermont Asking $8.75M

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: Woodstock,...

One of History's Sparkliest Homes Will Be Reconstructed in Sheboygan

What's the most inspired you've ever been by a song? Take that feeling, multiply it by one billion, and you will still not even come close to understanding how inspired artist Loy Bowlin was by Glen Campbell's 1975 song...

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