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A sideboard by Takuhiro Shinomoto at his house in Venice holds an array of treasured belongings.

82 Mom and Pop Restore The owners of L.A.’s Tortoise General Store bring a Japanese sensibility to the remodeling of their Venice abode. TEXT

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90 The Model Home Combining prefab and on-site building, actor Will Arnett finally creates the house of his dreams above the canyons of Beverly Hills. TEXT

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100 Agricultural Revolution In the woods of Bavaria, a dilapidated dairy farm is reborn as a multigenerational residence and vacationers’ rental. TEXT

Julie Lasky PHOTOS

108 The Villa People An architect in Auckland, New Zealand, devises a twist on the local typology for his family’s new dwelling. TEXT

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departments 15 Editor’s Letter 18 Community

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74 Off the Grid

Our special section focuses on outdoor living, with a round-up of our favorite products for the garden, patio, beach, and beyond, plus landscaping tips from experts across the country. An essay explores the uncertain future of building in disaster-prone areas, and Nice Mod celebrates a water park in San Antonio that makes outdoor fun accessible to children with disabilities.

In the desert north of Joshua Tree National Park, a pair of tiny rustic cabins proclaim their energy independence. TEXT BY

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134 Sourcing

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62 Small Spaces

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A design duo helps a New York attorney maximize his apartment on Union Square.

A landscape architect curates a native-plant mix for a meadow circling a house in the Hudson Valley.

136 One Last Thing Jonathan Adler recounts the tale of an oddly lovable sculpture.

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Recycled shipping containers form the bulk of an ecoconscious family’s home in the hills of Santa Barbara.

Design legend Ruth Adler Schnee talks about her sevendecade career and the work she continues to do today.

An expansive rear addition to a 19th-century cottage makes room for a growing family in a coastal British town.

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New Horizons

Every year, when the weather gets warm and new buds start to sprout, Dwell steps outside the home and dedicates a few pages to the unbuilt environment and the natural world. The Outdoor section is usually a place for celebration, full of bright ideas for green thumbs, immersive landscape environments, and roundups of products that maximize seasonal recreation. But this time, things feel different. On the heels of last J62CkDG:4:@FD9FCC:42?62?5H:=5ƎC6D62D@?DO:EkD hard to enjoy the outdoors with the same carefree abandon. From the rolling hills of Northern California to the rainforest of Puerto Rico, nature no longer feels like a place to retreat, but a force to retreat from. Of course, this is not a new phenomenon. Scientists have been warning us for years that climate change would lead to worse and more frequent natural disasters—one reason we’re adamant that responsible architecture consider :ED 42C3@? 7@@EAC:?E 2D 2 ƎCDE AC:@C:EJYJ6E :? 2017, the reality of rising tides and climbing temperatures became intensely personal for mil=:@?D@7>6C:42?D7@CE96ƎCDEE:>6N In Dwell’s own backyard, our beloved wine country in Sonoma, Napa, and Lake counties 6IA6C:6?465 EC28:4 ƎC6D =2DE 72==N .2<:?8 FA E@ E96D>6==@7D>@<6:?&4E@36C2?5D66:?8E96ƎC6 engines race northward are memories etched in my mind. Can architecture solve all of these problems? Of course not, but we can pitch in and use smart design to build with resilience. This year, in addition to showcasing the latest alfresco furnishings and offering regional gardening advice, the Outdoor section (p. 27) includes an essay on the challenges of knowing where 6I24E=J:E:DD276E@3F:=5N.6kC62=D@AC@F5E@AC6Dent a house made largely of recycled shipping containers in Santa Barbara (p. 54), an off-the-grid homestead in Joshua Tree (p. 74), and a property on a meadow in New York where the landscape architect strived to use native species (p. 116). As each of these examples illustrate, every individual can play a part.

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There are many houses that reek of $$$ that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessarily have that â&#x20AC;&#x153;itâ&#x20AC;? factor. The Lake Forest house in March/April seems to combine a big budget with a sense of balance.

Clockwise from top left: The Desert House, outside Palm Springs; Eva Kowalow in her renovated home in Lake Forest, Illinois; the reconstructed terrace house in an inner suburb of Sydney.

From Dwell.com Absolutely LOVE the rebuilt row house in Sydney (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Room to Grow,â&#x20AC;? March/ April). This is my dream home!! ĢT\){{)$${T

A quick perusal of March/ April showed another issue of wonderful houses, BUT . . . on pages 90 to 93, there are photos of The Desert House [â&#x20AC;&#x153;Palm Springs and Beyondâ&#x20AC;?]. OMG! Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never seen anything like this that didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exist only on paper or as a model. Two wonderful spreads and . . . nothing more!?! No story, no interior shots? What a tease! We truly hope that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll feature this amazing piece of architecture in a later article. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Bob Fisher and Carol Hassen

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The Desert House is a one-of-a-kind place, a triumphant oddball even by the standards of its quirky, visionary creator, Kendrick Bangs Kellogg. While we could easily have spent a dozen pages on it, the area is such an architectural cornucopia, we had to move briskly to cover even a sliver of it. Perhaps one day weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll do a feature on the property; in the meantime, you can find many other photos of The Desert House online.

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The Lake Forest house (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Double Vision,â&#x20AC;? March/ April) is a faithful and tasteful restoration. Job well done! Ģ;Da[aq);;)\{)

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The Slow hotel is the brainchild of George Gorrow, the designer behind streetwear label Ksubi, and his wife, Cisco, a model. Together, they collaborated with GFAB Architects to create a stunning work of what E96J42==jEC@A:42=3CFE2=:D>Ol2DEJ=656Ǝ?653J?2E:G6 woods contrasting with industrial elements. Each C@@>762EFC6DƏ@@CWE@W46:=:?8H:?5@HDO=@42=4C27ED and furniture, and lots of indoor greenery. The couple’s art collection and background music from rock podcast )6G6C36C2E:@?)25:@6=6G2E6E962=EW:D=2?5G:36N

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While it may seem like magic compared to the grind of regular construction, having a home delivered comes with its own headaches.

The greatest challenges in the process can be the coordination between the factory and the site work. The building costs from the factory don’t include costs such as the demolition of existing structures; electrical, sewer, and plumbing connections; and foundations. Plus, the state permits and inspects the buildings in the factory, but the local building departments provide permits for the site work—and the buildings must comply with both. Jennifer Siegal, designer (“Such Great Heights,” December 2016)

In many communities with restrictive zoning and/or stringent neighborhood architectural design guidelines, it can be hard to gain the needed approvals. Often, prefab or modular structures are difficult in that we generally cannot “adjust” the design in order to respond to any particular local zoning or design guidelines. Additionally, it can be difficult to adjust the building orientation and configuration to meet the needs of difficult site conditions like hillsides and slopes. Josh Blumer, architect (“The Container Score,” p. 54)

They have come a long way in recent years, but old attitudes still prevail, even in the approval process. Gilian Pinette

I tried to order a prefab and was told they couldn’t get it down our road. Sadly had to abandon the idea. Ellen Wayte

the factory (now out of business) wouldn’t do. They would only work with existing suppliers, so to get the fixtures, kitchen, and flooring we wanted, there was so much finishing after the delivery. It felt like we could have built it on-site and had a very similar experience. Would I do it again? Maybe. Zach M 22

For this issue, architecture writer and author Julie Lasky covered a farmstead in Bavaria that predates modern prefab (p. 100), but she’s written extensively about the subject for The New York Times and others. “The hardest part about prefab may be the

very thing that makes it attractive: the more or less sudden appearance of a complete structure on your property,” she says. “It is not a pair of slacks ordered from Bloomingdale’s. If you decide it’s really not for you, you can't print out a mailing label and return it.”

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Everything Is Illuminated Drenched in daylight, an 1890s Brooklyn townhouse is born anew. TEXT BY

Architect Allison Reeves was renovating a townhome in Red Hook when she discovered that the existing redbrick facade was falling apart. With contractor John Fasano, she put in a new exterior of dark bricks, punctuated by a slanted pane of glass by Bieber Windows (right). A new roof supports a deck as well as the home’s mechanicals, which the residents opted to move out of harm’s way after Hurricane Sandy flooded other homes in the area. The master suite features a vintage pendant by Flos and a bed from West Elm (above).

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The residents furnished the interior themselves, even hand-picking the exposed reclaimed beams from a barn in Pennsylvania. The dining table and shelving unit are 1970s vintage and the sofa is from West Elm (left). The height of the top level varies from around nine to 12 feet. Next to the steel-and-wood staircase, which leads to the roof, a patch of glass flooring (below left) lets sunlight filter down to the bedrooms. The downstairs garden space (below right) offers another outdoor escape.

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“Before construction, we removed every finish and covering to expose the layers beneath. It was almost like an archaeological exercise.” Allison Reeves, architect

When Joe and Ali Pivar purchased their 1890s townhouse in Red Hook in late 2012, their realtor told them they got the last good deal in the transitioning Brooklyn neighborhood. But like all good deals, it came with a downside. The house, unaltered since the ’70s, was a warren of small, windowless rooms, serviced by ancient utilities. A gut job was needed, which Joe largely took on himself. By the time the couple met their architect, Allison Reeves of ardesign, through friends, the house had been hollowed to a shell. “Whenever there was an option between something

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the ceiling to almost 12 feet in the front half of the house. The heightened volume provides space for a large glass bulkhead above the stairs. Additional light funnels in through an oversized, angled box window that takes the place of two existing windows in the new dark gray brick facade. The suffusion of light in the <:E496?W=:G:?8W5:?:?82C62Ə@HD5@H? to the bedroom level through a patch of 8=2DDƏ@@C:?82?52?@A6?DE2:C42D6N 44@C5:?8E@=:Pj+96365C@@>Ə@@C:D so naturally well lit during the day that we don’t need to turn on the lights.” 25


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Send no flowers. Not when you can order a potted plant instead. With big-box stores like Home Depot moving greenery online, and local players like The Sill, Bloomscape, and Lulaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Garden growing nationally, the nursery now comes to you. But if your heart is set on a flower, then at least skip cut stems and send a living bulb. When theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in season, Terrain can deliver an unsprouted blue grape hyacinth, like this one, right to any door.

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From Britain’s city gardening experts Boskke (the name means “little forest” in Old English) comes the Sky planter (from $64), an inverted hanging holder made of stoneware ceramic that doesn’t eat up any floor space.

A timeworn interior design trick for enhancing a small area, which works equally well outdoors, is simply to add a rug. The chevron-patterned soft plastic Sapmi rug ($597) by Brita Sweden is a durable, eye-pleasing option.

For urbanites who long to see wildlife, the Midcentury Birdhouse ($120) from The MoMA Design Store might help attract exotic winged visitors— or just pigeons. The handmade, poplar-clad aviary can be wallmounted or hung.

With its base tucked beneath a lounge, the Alizé Offset low table by Fermob ($347) is a space-efficient and convenient surface for holding refreshments or reading. The aluminum-frame piece is available in a multitude of colors.

There are almost as many names for Nyssa sylvatica (tupelo, black tupelo, black gum, sour gum, beetlebung, pepperidge) as there are reasons to love it. The deciduous tree naturally appears in wet spots, but it’s happy in almost any soils that can hold some moisture. The tree’s branches grow perpendicular to the tall, straight trunk, and its tiny twigs give it a witchy quality, especially in winter. Its leaves and flowers bloom at the same time, all lime green. In the fall, they go from shiny dark green to purple and then blazing red. Bees love the flowers; birds love the fleshy fruit. Squirrels, raccoons, and possums nest in the cavities left when the limbs fall off, which they have a way of doing. Deer eat most of the young seedlings as they sprout, but those that make it live longer than any other non-clonal flowering plant in eastern North America: more than 650 years.

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All-weather furniture isn’t always comfy, which is why good pillows are essential. CB2’s Be Who We Are pillow ($60) has a textured knit pattern that screams “indoors only,” but can survive outside thanks to a water-repellent finish.

Available in a few showy colors, soon to include this blueberryish hue, Offi’s Low Rider lounge ($399) is made entirely of recyclable, rotationalmolded, low-density polyethylene. A drainage hole helps it withstand nasty weather.

With a 16-foot-long swagged cord, the Hoist pendant (from $590, with steel shade) can hang from a covered area and reach faraway outlets with ease. Meyer Davis created the light for fellow New Yorkers Rich Brilliant Willing.

The Hatch module chaise ($6,082), designed by Michael Vanderbyl for Janus et Cie, is inspired by classic sailing yachts. The powder-coated aluminum frame comes in white or silver and pairs with a teak seat and back.

Some would describe New Orleans as hot and humid. I tend to think of it as a liquid landscape, existing on the precipice of gulf, river, lake, groundwater, and atmospheric precipitation. The cathedral of live oak trees in New Orleans is astounding. I love the plethora of species that live symbiotically with the oaks, especially the resurrection fern (Pleopeltis polypodioides). To me, the resurrection fern is more than a symbol of resilience; it models a biomimetic solution for the future. It acts as a living sponge that intercepts rainfall where it lands, going from dry dormancy to green lushness within hours of a rain event. This is what our cities must become—not concrete-laden watershed superhighways, but networks of “green infrastructure” capable of adapting to variable climatic conditions and modulating the pollutants and flooding in our urban environments.

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For Gorp Connoisseurs… who summit the selfie spot on foot or in an Airstream.

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From Diabla for Gandiablasco comes La Siesta ($120), a 1.2-liter bottle inspired by Spain’s traditional porous clay water jug, or botijo. The terracotta container is too fragile for heavy-duty hikes, but for a wilderness picnic? Perfect.

For cooks who swear by cast-iron pans but loathe the idea of lugging one in a backpack, Best Made Co.’s Field #8 skillet ($100) is just four and a half pounds. That places it in stainless steel’s weight class. Plus, it’s made in the USA.

Stuffed with responsibly sourced 800fill duck down, the Sueño bag ($350) by Cotopaxi is a toasty mummy-style sleeper that weighs less than three pounds. At 82 inches long, with a large foot box, it’s plenty roomy, too.

With side pockets for bottles and loops to attach travel bags, the Y-Pack by Colorado’s Topo Designs ($79) is ready to hit the Rockies. Alternatively, if hiking a Palo Alto tech campus is more your thing, it’s sized for most 15-inch laptops.

For a Midwestern state, Oklahoma has a very diverse climate, ranging from arid plains to subtropical forests and mountains. Our weather is famously erratic, as noted by favorite son Will Rogers, who, sending up Mark Twain, said, “If you don’t like the weather in Oklahoma, wait a minute and it will change.” Plants must adapt to heat, drought, and cold, as well as a wide range of soil conditions. We have a large palette of native grasses, wildflowers, trees, and shrubs to choose from, but one of my favorites is the possum haw (Ilex decidua). This deciduous holly has shiny leaves and an outstanding display of vibrant pea-size red berries in winter. It’s best used as a shorter clumping shrub or tree, or to create screens and hedges. The Possum Haw is also great for attracting wildlife, especially cardinals.

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Landscape architect, professor of landscape architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago

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A cheese tray is instantly outdoor-ready when the utensils are teak. These spreaders from Terrain ($32 for a set of four) are handcrafted in Thailand; their shape is uniform, but variations in the wood’s grain make each piece unique.

Run by husband-andwife team Ted Vadakan and Angie Myung, L.A.–based Poketo offers up its Cotton Denim Apron ($38), a two-pocket smock that’s large enough to protect your clothes from even the messiest barbecue.

The enamel 3-Pint Jug from Falcon ($47) is available in five colors, including the British company’s signature white with blue rim and basic black. It’s great for keeping drinks cold, but also works nicely as a tabletop vase.

Nardi’s lightweight stackable chairs make it easy to keep extra seating around for big parties. The Net Relax 327 ($186) can double as a dining or lounge chair, comes in six UV-resistant colors, and has an optional cushion.

American witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) is a fallblooming understory species common throughout the temperate forests of the eastern United States, including in Chicago, where I live. It has a subtle woodland presence compared to dogwood, redbud, viburnum, or magnolia, whose spring flowers or bracts provide more substantial visual punch. Witch hazel is a rare fall blooming shrub, with small strands of lemon-yellow flowers that drift across the lower canopy of woodlands. These flowers occupy the stems at the same time as the previous year’s seed capsules, or nutlets. In the summer, its distinctively large, bright green oblong leaves with deeply incised veins are valuable in gardens for shifts of foliage scale and texture. Few plants reward close inspection of fine details like the American witch hazel.

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Landscape designer, Wittman Estes Architecture + Landscape, Seattle

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For Garden-to-Table Types… who give away their homegrown zucchini just to rub it in.

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One look at CaneLine’s indigo Soft Baskets (from $425) is enough to justify the splurge. They’re made of high-quality PP, so they’re UV-resistant, anti-bacterial, and non-allergenic. Oh, and they’re great for holding tools or plants.

Barebones Living’s copper-accented steel Pruners ($30), which draw inspiration from traditional Japanese garden shears, are strong, easy to handle, and economical— basically, the last pair of pruners you’ll ever need to buy.

In addition to its cool shape, the Globe watering can by Tools Design for Eva Solo ($59) has an offset hole for easy filling, an easy-to-grip handle, and a dual-function spout that changes from jet to spray. Best of all, it’s drip-free.

Ergonomically designed for women by English food writer and gardener Sophie Conran, the Ultimate Tool Set from Williams Sonoma ($250 for nine items) features polished steel heads, brass fittings, and solid beech wood handles.

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As a result, our native flora includes large numbers of both coniferous and broadleaf evergreens. One of our best broadleaf evergreens is the native salal (Gaultheria shallon). I love it for its pearly flowers, reddish new growth, and dusky blue berries, which can be used in jams and preserves. This shrub has great visual adaptability and is equally attractive in a woodland setting, a modern landscape, and a Japanese-influenced Northwest garden. I suggest generous swathes of salal for projects needing native re-vegetation.

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Travel bag designer Eddie Harrop widens her scope with the Beacher tote ($425), made exclusively for e-tailer Moda Operandi. Featuring a large, open design, the canvasand-leather bag can hold all your summer reading and more.

A quick shake or double-tap, customizable through the Beoplay app, brings Bang & Olufsen’s renowned sound quality out of the Beoplay P2 Bluetooth speaker ($169). The frame is water and dirt resistant—great for seaside excursions.

Better known for its hyper-colorful clothing, Missoni also has a home division, which recently released the terry velour Viviette towel ($252) in one of its recognizable striped motifs. This is one towel you won’t lose at the beach.

Made of Skagerak’s own durable Barriere fabric and galvanized steel, the Lise sunchair ($389) is a portable seat that’s made to last. Designed by Danish duo Lise and Hans Isbrand, it comes in black or blue, solid or striped.

The ironically named teddy bear cholla cactus (Cylindropuntia bigelovii) is far from cuddly. In fact, it makes a formidable bouncer when planted in the garden. This obstinate opuntioid enjoys very wide distribution throughout the American Southwest and prefers environments that are hostile to humans. It’s so nasty that even the toughest shoe rubbers are no match for its barbed spines. On a mature plant (five to nine feet tall), the old growth turns black, while its new growth is a bluish-green color with white translucent spines that glow in the sun. Yellow-green flowers come out in May and June. Notwithstanding having features at odds with our general well-being, these many-pronged monsters seduce, like sirens with a silent song. Tie me to the mast of my Jeep and turn it off the road. I want to go into the teddy bears.

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ILLUSTRATION: PETER OUMANSKI

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From Tornado Alley to the burning West, from the saturated South to the nor’easterprone North, natural disasters are bearing down on the U.S. with alarming regularity. But these natural disasters are disastrous only because we are in their path. With the bill for 2017’s hurricanes, wildfires, and other catastrophic weather events hitting $306 billion in damages, perhaps it’s time to reset our expectations about how and where we build. On the East Coast, “there is no conceivable way to get around the fact that eventually we will have to retreat,” says Orrin Pilkey, professor emeritus of geology at Duke University and coauthor of The Rising Sea. “Sea levels will rise at least three feet in this century,” he says, citing a majority consensus among the scientific community. Under these circumstances—

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hurricanes or no—cities like Miami and Charleston are gone. Republican Rep. Mark Sanford, whose district includes part of Charleston, isn’t ready to order the U-Hauls quite yet. “Where there is no man-made investment, let nature take its course,” he says. But it becomes more complicated when facing the prospect of “substantial levels of public and private investment” being lost, he adds. Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson of Miami wants solutions to sea level rise now: “Among the many legislative and policy options available, such as elevating roads and expanding the construction of dykes, we should discuss a managed coastline retreat,” she says. How that could happen is a key question. Says Sanford: “What you can’t do is say, ‘I’m going to save my beach house at all costs, and I’m going to use your money to do so.’” Taxpayers are footing much of the bill to help California, Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and other places recover from 2017’s fury. But questions are growing louder as to why they are paying to save homes from recurrent wildfires and rebuild condos that flood year after year. “The question is the degree of repetition,” says Sanford. But deciding where to restrict building isn’t easy: Almost 40 percent of the country live in counties prone to coastal flooding, and a third of all housing developments are adjacent to combustible wildlands, including 60 percent of new housing. In the West, the question of repetition is becoming more

pressing. Sonoma County’s 2017 Tubbs fire burned thousands of homes built on the ashes of a community destroyed by the Hanley fire in 1964. “People thought, ‘Oh, there are really nice views here—we’ll rebuild,’” says Bill Stewart of UC Berkeley’s Center for Fire Research and Outreach. David Ropeik, author of How Risky Is It, Really?, says, “If there’s a benefit to living in a place, we downplay or ignore the risk.” From natural beauty to family history to the financial hardships of resettling, there are many reasons people refuse to leave their communities. “Even if one has the option to move, there are disincentives,” says Ropeik, “We lose the empowerment of familiarity. Familiarity means control, comfort.” If giving up on coastal cities and keeping California development out of forestland isn’t likely to happen any time soon, we could start by building smarter and stronger. According to a study of three federal agencies by the National Institute of Building Sciences, every $1 the state invests in disaster mitigation saves $6 in future costs. “If our taxes are not being spent to mitigate risk, they’re being wasted,” says James Whittle of the American Insurance Association. Experts also agree that we need to start pricing in the risk of where we live. While the FEMA-managed National Flood Insurance Program currently offers protection to homeowners in flood zones, its $25 billion debt is not sustainable. “I’ve warned people on the coast to watch out for escalating federal flood insurance prices,” says Sanford. In California, Stewart has already seen private insurance policies cancelled after wildfires, in some cases forcing the state to step in. Whittle says, “If the rates don’t reflect risk, somebody is paying. The question is, who is that somebody?”

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River Boat Adventure

Visitors to Morgan’s Inspiration Island can enjoy five fully accessible water-play areas and a riverboat ride.

Bubbling geysers and spraying palm trees surround a junglethemed tree house with a large tipping water bucket. There’s also a kids-only water fort.

This easy-to-access boat ride twists and turns through a jungle setting complete with animatronic hippos, alligators, and other animals.

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“Experts are good, but we wanted to hear from the people who were going to use the park.” Gordon Hartman, founder

Rainbow Reef

Calypso Cove

Hang 10 Harbor

Shipwreck Island

Guests sensitive to cold can enjoy Rainbow Reef’s heatedwater splash pad, with geysers, a spouting purple octopus, and six squirting sea horses.

The interactive musical forest features tree frogs, a xylophone, and mushroom “drums,” along with trees and mushrooms overflowing with water.

Figures of a boy surfer and his dog perch atop a spout that continuously sprays water as squirting surfboards and palm trees join spinning umbrellas.

A pirate ship with water cannons and a double slide is topped by a huge bucket that fills slowly before tipping water onto the splash pad below.

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Paint by Numbers: The sibling owners of Portola perfect a limewash that gives walls the rich character of aged plaster.

Drawn to lime paint’s natural qualities and subtle variations, Portola owners Casey and Jamie Davis, along with manufacturer David Sibbrel, experimented for almost 10 years before coming up with a limewash they would put their name on.

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Watch Casey and Jamie Davis matching colors by eye or brushing their signature Lime Wash across stucco by hand, and you’re reminded of the way painters have adorned walls for generations. The California-born brothers have continued

that tradition, bringing a craftsman’s spirit to the highly pigmented, ecofriendly products they’ve been making in Los Angeles for nearly two decades. The seeds of what would become Portola Paints & Glazes were planted in 1998,

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The Davises use zero-VOC pigments to hand-tint Portola’s Lime Wash. “We pull inspiration from nature and historical colors, but we also create shades that are new and fresh,” says Jamie. Adds Casey, “We do custom colormatching by eye, the way painters used to do it. It’s kind of a lost art.”

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process LIME WASH From powdered lime to organic tints, the Davis brothers outline how they make their signature wall coating.

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The lime powder is mixed with de-ionized water at the factory to form a paste—a process called “slaking”— and then transferred to a drum, topped off with water, sealed, and left to cure for at least two months.

when Casey, then a high school senior, and the boys’ father, contractor Jim Davis, drove to LAX to pick up a shipment of lime that would eventually be used to cover the exterior of a house Jim was building. The clients wanted a home that resembled an old building in the South of France, and limewash brushed directly onto raw stucco would give it instant character, while weathering over time to a soft patina. Using lime for wall applications has a long heritage in Europe, Latin America, 2?56=D6H96C6O3FE!:>H2D?kED2E:DƎ65 with the products available in the U.S., so he’d tracked down a source in Australia. The lime came as a powder and had to be mixed on-site. Longevity was not its strong suit. Says Casey: “You could paint H:E9:EO3FEH:E9:?276H52JDYƎG6>2IY that bucket would turn into cement.” As Jim mastered the product’s idiosyncrasies, he talked with his sons about making a limewash for the American market. “It needed to be like paint, so you could buy it, take it home, and not open it for a week, and it would still be usable,” Casey says. 50

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So began a nearly 10-year odyssey to develop a ready-to-use limewash, along with a dedicated primer that would enable the product to adhere both to drywall and previously painted surfaces. Jim recruited local paint manufacturer David Sibbrel to help them create a wash that merged oldand new-world techniques. While they were experimenting, Casey and Jamie honed their eye for color and began tinting paints with as many as seven organic pigments to give depth and complexity to a single shade. In 2001, they launched Portola, named for the 18th-century Spanish explorer Gaspar de Portolá, and introduced Roman Clay plaster, which they followed with low-VOC, water-based satin and gloss enamels. But producing a uniform and long-lasting limewash eluded them, in part because of lime’s reactive nature. Finally, they hit upon a combination of ingredients and steps that produced the quality and Ǝ?:D9E96Jk56?G:D:@?65J62CD367@C6N “Lime paint from Europe doesn’t work the same and it’s not as consistent,” says

Sibbrel, who mixes lime powder into a paste that has to cure for at least two months before it can be blended into their proprietary formula. “Portola’s wash is easier for painters and lasts longer in the can.” Today, Portola’s zero-VOC Lime Wash can be found on the walls of the Carmel and San Juan Capistrano missions as well as on a LEED Platinum home in Southern California. Vicky Charles, former designer for London’s SoHo House, even brought it to Europe, where local limewashes are more common, for the SoHo Farmhouse in Oxfordshire. Though they perfected their formula eight or nine years ago, Jamie and Casey still personally test each batch and brush out color cards by hand. They admit that they could probably streamline their testing process, but for them, attention to detail is everything. “The human element is an important piece of the puzzle,” says Jamie. “We’re interested in creating a particular feeling with our products. That doesn’t really make sense in science, but for us, it’s hugely important.”

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Once the slaked lime has been aged, Cruz Garcia pours it into steel mixing drums, where it’s combined with de-ionized water and natural binders. The batches are relatively small, averaging 200 to 300 gallons.

After it’s mixed, each batch of Lime Wash undergoes quality control tests at the factory. A worker checks for “hide”—how well the paint covers—by brushing it onto preprinted cards. The pH is also assessed.

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A viscometer is used to determine thickness. Approved samples are then sent to the Portola showroom, where test tints are added and the wash is brushed onto boards to check for coverage and quality.

Once the Davis brothers approve the samples, batches of untinted Lime Wash are canned and labeled at the factory. The cans are then sent to the showroom, where all Lime Wash tinting is done.

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Portola offers 60 shades of Lime Wash as well as custom blends. “El Coyoté” (steps 7 through 10) is mixed with three zero-VOC tints: red oxide, yellow oxide, and carbon black.

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The tints for “El Coyoté”—a hue inspired by small towns across Latin America that Casey and Jamie Davis have visited—are blended with a drill mixer or agitated with a paint shaker to disperse solids.

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As “El Coyoté” is blended with a drill mixer, the colorants combine to form a complex terra-cotta shade. “The paint appears deeper and richer when it’s wet,” Jamie explains. “As it dries, the lime blooms through the surface, creating highs and lows as well as depth.”

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The Container Score )ĚǗÓƆĔĚŜŜĚļû¶ŇļƙĚļÓſƆñļÇļÓǘ purpose as a home in Santa Barbara.

Passersby seeing its parged gray plaster facade would have no clue that the second story of Bret and Dani Stone’s home is made mostly of shipping containers. A crane stacked the units on top of the

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concrete-and-steel superstructure in a single day in late 2016. Architects Clay Aurell and Josh Blumer, veterans of the medium, sourced the recycled boxes from cor10 Studios.

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The home that architects Clay Aurell and Josh Blumer, of AB Design Studio, devised for Bret and Dani Stone on a sloping site in the foothills of Santa Barbara, California, is nothing short of a triplethreat: It’s largely prefabricated; it incorporates recycled material; and it presents as an elegant display of modernism. Indeed, the house has an impressive list of attributes, but its most compelling ele>6?E:DE96FD6@7ƎG6D9:AA:?84@?E2:?ers. “We’ve been designing with shipping containers for a very long time,” Aurell says. “For us, it’s about going back to the modernist movement and identifying exactly what people need to be comfortable, without adding a bunch of square 7@@E2862?5ƏF77Nl EkD2=D@23@FE244@>plishing that authenticity in the most

On the other side of the entry gate, the containers’ raw corrugated shells are exposed (above) and topped with a gravel-ballasted roof that juts past the envelope to limit solar gain. The bedrooms and bathrooms are housed

within the 40-by-8-foot boxes (below right), separated by a skylit corridor (below). A 14 Series pendant by Omer Arbel for Bocci hangs in the stairwell. The desk at the window was designed by the architects.

“From the street, the home looks like a pretty ƆƙļÇſÇŇǝĘŇļĘŇǝÇÓƆĚûļŬƩƙƆǞŇƩƆƙÓŜ ƙĔſŇƩûĔƙĔÓûƙÓÂǞŇƩÓ¶ŇķÓǘſÓƙĔƙƙĔÓſÓ is something more to it.” JOSH BLUMER, ARCHITECT

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6?G:C@?>6?E2==J67Ǝ4:6?EH2JA@DD:3=6N “Working with shipping containers is a huge opportunity in terms of sustainable building practices,” Blumer says. “Any time you recycle, it’s one less group of trees chopped down or landscape altered.” Bret chose AB Design Studio for exactly that sensibility. As an environmental lawyer, he’s an ideal client for a shipping container home. “I wanted something that speaks to my principles,” he says. “I don’t like wasting anything. I wanted to build something that was repurposed out of an otherwise useful product.” Aurell and Blumer’s design began with the concept of using the containers to hold only the sleeping areas and baths for the couple and their two children. They placed

four containers on top of a pavilion-like construction made of glass, steel, and concrete that they created as the lower level of the house. “They were craned in the way you’d crane in the modules of a traditional prefab,” Aurell says. +96ƎCDEƏ@@COH9:499@=5DE96<:E496?O the dining area, and an expansive living room, is laid out in an open plan and 762EFC6D2Ǝ7E9OW7@@EW=@?8O4@?E2:?6C that was converted into a large pantry. For furnishings, interior designer Sarah McFadden gravitated toward rich textures and curved silhouettes. “The architecture is so linear and has mostly right angles, so it was important to bring in warmth,” she says. The communal area ties to the landscape via glass walls, two of which slide

The site-built lower level, erected by Barber Builders, connects to the terrace via corner glass pocket doors (top). The patio furniture is from CB2 (above). For the open-plan first floor, interior designer Sarah McFadden paired a round Mexican olive wood table by Taracea with Nuvola chairs covered in ash gray leather (left). A half-sized container, painted in Smoke Embers by Benjamin Moore, serves as a pantry/scullery.

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open to join interior space to the pool terrace and the lush canyon beyond. While the south facade is open to the natural surroundings, the front containers are covered in gray plaster on the street side. “We oriented the house so it would be heated and cooled passively,” Blumer says. “But the plaster also helps to insulate the metal from the intense heat of the western sun.” Bret increased the home’s sustainability even more with rooftop solar panels. The Stones’ residence has a grand BF2=:EJO3FE:EkD=6DDE92?O DBF2C6766EN “We scaled this house down from what the clients originally wanted,” Aurell says. j&?46H65:5OH6H6C623=6E@Ǝ8FC6 out how to integrate the containers into a modernist design. That was a goal, for the containers to be part of the experience and not just covered up.”

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Pegged for Greatness New storage, clever furniture, and lots of pegboards help a New York attorney get organized.

When Dan Franklin purchased a onebedroom, 710-square-foot apartment conveniently situated on the southeast corner of Manhattan’s Union Square, he knew right away that he wanted to renovate. “This is the exact location I wanted to be in, but I thought it could do more,” he explains. The old apartment’s inadequacies would be familiar to anyone who’s ever lived in a big city. In the original layout, the bedroom faced the entryway, offering little barrier between public and private, and a long living room culminated in a cramped galley kitchen. 62

Adjustable pegboards (above) help lawyer Dan Franklin manage his compact apartment in downtown Manhattan. In his office (top),

formerly a closet, the pegs can be rearranged to hang shelving. The Executive Chair is by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller.

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The apartment features portable battery-powered light-up pegs that can be docked in a wall and used as sconces.

StudioKCA designed a heightadjustable, expandable table for Dan to host get-togethers (above and top). The dining chairs and

stools are from Crate & Barrel, the Solo sofa is by Antonio Citterio for B&B Italia, and the paper lantern is by Isamu Noguchi.

2?kDĆ&#x17D;CDE:?DE:?4EH2DE@86EDE2CE65 on the transformation before moving in, but his sister convinced him to hold off. j.9J5@?kEJ@F=:G6E96C6Ć&#x17D;CDE2?5D669@H you like the apartment?â&#x20AC;? she suggested. He took her advice, settled in, and spent 14 months getting to know the placeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s idiosyncrasies. By the end, he had a clearer picture of what he wanted. At the top of his list were an open kitchen for 6?E6CE2:?:?82?52?@7Ć&#x17D;46E92E964@F=5 easily close off. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a lawyer, so Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got D@>6AC:G:=68652?54@?Ć&#x17D;56?E:2=DEF77 lying around,â&#x20AC;? he says. Most of all, a yearplus of stashing his bike in a corner and eating dinner on a folding table taught him that he needed more multifunctional furniture and better storage. Around this time, a friend introduced Dan to Lesley Chang and Jason Klimoski of StudioKCA, a Brooklyn-based practice known for designing a cloud-shaped pavilion made out of recycled materials on Governors Island and other imaginative installations around the city. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our goal was to create a more permanent home 7@C2?O3FE<66AD@>6D6?D6@72Ć?6I:3=6O adjustable feel,â&#x20AC;? says Chang. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Things that pegged together or folded out felt right.â&#x20AC;?

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even a portable set that lights up like Ć?2D9=:89EDFD:?8=:E9:F>32EE6C:6DN Klimoski and Chang also erected a new wall between the front door and bedroom for privacy, while removing the walls that cut off the kitchen from the rest of the unit and installing a concrete countertop that offers space to do work, creates room for undercounter storage, and conceals an AC unit. In the adjacent living/dining area, now open to the kitchen, a coffee table designed by Klimoski can be raised and expanded to seat up to eight.

The time Dan spent in the subpar apartment isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t an experience he relishes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At dinner parties, it was like, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Alright, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to go disappear for twenty minutes while I put something in the oven,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? he recalls. Even so, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s glad he waited. When he bought the unit, adding storage wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even a priority for him, J6E3JE96E:>6E96JĆ&#x17D;?:D965E96C6>@56=O Klimoski estimates they doubled its capacity. Now Dan confesses, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m already thinking, where am I going to put the latest kitchen tool that I saw on TV?â&#x20AC;?

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backsplash plays up the feeling of space. In the foyer, StudioKCA turned a closet into a valet area (right). The bench is upholstered in fabric by Knoll.

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Brilliant color is a hallmark of your aesthetic. Where does your love of color come from? My mother, Marie, studied calligraphy at the Weimar Bauhaus and with Hans Hofmann. When we lived in Dusseldorf, my parents’ Bauhaus friend, the painter Paul Klee, was persuaded to come to the Academy. He moved into our neighborhood. He moved into my life!

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In 1939, you resettled in Detroit and went on to study at the Rhode Island School of Design. In 1945, you were one RIWKHƣUVWZRPHQKLUHGLQWKHRIƣFHRI Raymond Loewy, famous for his designs for Coca Cola, Lucky Strike, and Exxon. How did you get that job? By winning the Condé Nast Prix de Paris competition. At that time, winners were

Still working at 95, the trailblazing ÓƙſŇĚƙÇÓƆĚûļÓſſÓõÓ¶ƙƆŇļƙĔÓĚķŜŇſƙļƙ ļķÓƆƆĔÓżƆĪļŇǘļàyſĚûĔƙÂ AĭÓÓÂķÓƆÂĭÇÓſàļÇƙĔÓÓųƩĭĭǞ ĚķŜŇſƙļƙ¶ſÓÓſƆĔÓżƆĭÓÇŬ

Inspiration comes from “all around us,” says Ruth Adler Schnee, “from stones to logs to leaves to snowflakes.” A sampling of her

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Ruth Adler Schnee’s design journey spans the birth and resurgence of midcentury modernism. Born in Frankfurt in 1923, she comes from an intellectual Jewish family that escaped Nazism and settled in Detroit shortly after Kristallnacht. She trained in architectural design at several prestigious schools before launching a career in textiles, creating fabrics distinguished by vivid colors and abstract shapes. In Detroit she collaborated with such masters as Minoru Yamasaki, Eero Saarinen, Alexander Girard, Paul Rudolph, and Frank Lloyd Wright and promoted modern design at Adler-Schnee, the studio and housewares store she opened with her husband in 1949. After seven decades of work and numerous awards, the nonagenarian shows no signs of slowing. She continues to design for KnollTextiles and Anzea, and this winter she gave a lecture in Palm Springs on modernism’s ongoing evolution.

left: Lamplights (1950), Nosegay (1950), Strings and Things (1954), and the MoMA award–winning Seedy Weeds (1953).

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Clockwise from bottom left: Adler Schnee’s husband and business partner, Edward Schnee, with the silkscreen for her pattern Germination (1948), which was influenced by the earth formations

<RXEHFDPHRQHRIWKHƣUVWZRPHQWR receive an MFA degree in architectural design from Cranbrook. Eliel Saarinen was the director at that time. What was it like to study under him? EH2DG6CJ5:7Ǝ4F=E2EƎCDEN H2D?@E prepared for it. There was no direction. I was deposited into a studio and was told, “Create.” Eliel Saarinen believed that “art and design cannot be taught—they must

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they saw on their honeymoon in Arizona; the finished fabric in a blue colorway; the designer in her studio with Slits and Slats (1947); a Strata Echo drapery panel from the home of architect Louis Redstone.

be learned.” However, once I realized there were no limitations except those posed by myself, I produced. It was exhilarating to watch my work unfold. How did you get started in textile design? In 1946, I won the Chicago Tribune “Better Homes for Better Living” competition to design a contemporary house and <:E496?N 4@F=5?kEƎ?5E6IE:=6D7@CE96 large glass areas of the house I’d designed, so I resorted to creating my own, with abstract shapes in bold colors. An archiE64EFC2=ƎC>D2H>JH@C<N+96J82G6>62 deposit to supply window coverings for their projects. It set me on a new career path. My husband, Eddie, named my designs as they came off my drafting board and we did the silkscreen printing in our garage.

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Where do your ideas come from? Design is everywhere—leaves, 4:EJD42A6DOD?@HƏ2<6DN+9C625DH2D inspired by my sewing basket, and .:C6H@C<D3JE96ƎC6A=246E@@=D D2H on a visit to Alexander Calder’s studio. 6C>:?2E:@?56C:G657C@>E96DEC2E:Ǝ65 forms of the earth and sky, which I saw on our honeymoon to Arizona. You once stated that courage is a key factor in the creative process. What did you mean by that? The blank sheet of paper is daunting. The process of creating a new design can take as long as two years to complete to

A drawing for Seedpods (2000), one of more than 30 new or reissued designs by Adler Schnee for Anzea since 1994 (top). Sketches from 2015 show works in progress at her home studio outside Detroit

my satisfaction. I can’t put it into words, but I know when a design is done. It “sings.” Your work entered a new phase of appreciation in the 1990s, resulting in reissues by Unika Vaev, Anzea, and Knoll. What gives your work such a timeless quality? I believe that good design is the art of problem-solving. One has to create an

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(above). Adler Schnee also designs for KnollTextiles and continues to create interiors for private clients. In 2015 she received the Kresge Foundation’s Eminent Artist award for lifetime achievement.

aesthetic unity of pattern, color, and texture and to address human needs. If that has been accomplished, it will never go out of style. I’m still creating new designs for Anzea and Knoll, as well as interior architecture commissions for private clients. How do you feel about the popularity of midcentury modern design today? I’m happy to have lived long enough to witness its resurgence, but there should be more emphasis on its history and preservation. During my career in Detroit, I worked with the masters. To my great chagrin, I’m the only one around to tell the tales. You were celebrated at a symposium during Palm Springs’ 2018 Modernism Week, titled “Legendary Women of Design.” How does it feel to be considered a design legend? The most gratifying thing is that my work speaks to people today.

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CRANBROOK ARCHIVES (SEEDPODS); JULIE PINCUS/THE KRESGE FOUNDATION (SKETCHES)

From 1949 to 1976, your store in Detroit, Adler-Schnee, showcased the latest modern furnishings and housewares. You worked behind the scenes on your textile and interior architecture designs, while your husband handled the business side. What was that like? It was a true partnership. Eddie had an economics degree from Yale and spent 9@FCD@?E96D2=6DƏ@@CO6IA=2:?:?8E96 simplicity of modern design to anyone who came in to listen. But it was not a rose garden. My designs did not sell. We persevered because we were totally committed to our dream. When we visited our friends, Charles and Ray Eames, in California, Charlie told us, “Don’t worry. If it is well designed, it will sell.” But 965:5?kEE6==FD:EH@F=5E2<6Ǝ7EJJ62CDR


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Picturesque Views Connect a Family to the Outdoors in British Columbia A family builds their dream home on a pine tree-covered hill, capturing views of Canada’s shimmering Okanagan Lake. Shannon and her husband Cory were home shopping in the lake-side city of Kelowna, BC, which is on the eastern shore of Okanagan Lake. Nearly 13 years ago, Cory was playing hockey in the NHL and Shannon was pregnant with their irst child when they happened upon a house that they would later overturn to build something more in line with their minimal aesthetic. “The property itself was absolutely stunning, situated right on the lake,” says Shannon, “but the house wasn’t what we were looking for.” With a growing family on the way, they immediately snatched up the property and held onto it until they could build their dream home on the lot and reside in Canada permanently, once Cory left the NHL. “I had 10 years to design the perfect home for our family,” says Shannon. During that time, she was a police oicer in downtown

Edmonton, while Cory was constantly training and traveling from city to city. Having been a family that was always moving around, they wanted comfort—a space where they could entertain their family and friends. “We wanted tons of light and the most amount of glass we could manage,” says Shannon. Installing Kolbe’s VistaLuxe® Collection windows and doors throughout allowed them to create a social atmosphere with scenic views. “Having large glass doors that slide open to the outside pool deck makes it easy for everyone to enjoy the outside from most parts of the home,” says Shannon. The oversized VistaLuxe Collection windows allow the boundary between inside and outside to evaporate, creating a minimalist design that is intricately connected to the outdoors.


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Joshua Tree Unplugged Evoking the past and future, a high-desert outpost powers itself . Naturally rusted steel sheathes the cabins that Malek Alqadi built on a 1954 homestead outside Joshua Tree National Park. “I loved the idea of stitching the existing structure back together, reinforcing it, and giving it life again without compromising the beautiful setting it’s in,” he says.

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Surrounded by boulders and twisted yuccas, two cabins in the Mojave Desert stand like Monopoly houses, their steel D:5:?8H62E96C65E@2E2H?JƎ?:D9NFE behind the simple gabled forms lies a complex network that enables them to @A6C2E6H9@==J@77E968C:5N Their creator, architectural designer Malek Alqadi, has been fascinated with sustainable living since his days as an F?56C8C25F2E62C49:E64EFC6DEF56?EN Later, while working on high-end homes

7@C2D>2==ƎC>:?#@D?86=6DOE96 idea of an “off-grid architectural experi>6?El3682??288:?82E9:>N Alqadi’s concept for a green getaway took shape when he and Hillary Flur, his childhood best friend from Florida, visited Joshua Tree, about two hours east of Los ?86=6DO2?5H6C6E2<6?H:E9E962C62N!FDE north of the nearly 800,000-acre Joshua Tree National Park, they bought a ramshackle, single-story house built in 1954— a vestige of the 1938 Small Tract Act,

Raw plywood contrasts with dark plaster in the 460-square-foot main cabin, whose communal space encompasses an efficient living/ dining area and kitchen (left). The sofa and dining chairs are from IKEA. The solar refrigerator is from EcoSolarCool. A ladder leads to the loft (top), where a solar-powered skylight from Velux is fitted with a rain sensor. The washroom (above) features a sink from Kraus and a faucet by Delta Faucet.

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Alqadi topped the second cabin, which houses a water tank and the site’s mechanicals, with a northfacing deck for sunbathing and sleeping under the stars. In addition to a heated bed, it includes a bioethanol fireplace and a projector

for watching movies on the back wall. A custom cover fits over the opening when rain is expected. Instead of installing rooftop solar panels, Alqadi and his friend and partner in the venture, Hillary Flur, built a “solar tree” to provide energy.

“We dug a seven-foot hole to reinforce the solar tree. There was no way we were climbing up twenty feet to put panels on the roof in the desert sun in the middle of summer.” MALEK ALQADI, ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNER

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and a soaking tub (right), both part of the property’s gray-water system. A ladder affixed to the side of the smaller cabin leads to the stargazing portal. Electromagnetic shutters are operated via an iPad.

which deeded parcels of federal land :?E962=:7@C?:256D6CEN Amid the stark terrain, Alqadi conceived 2>@56C?W52J7@==JH:E92AFCA@D6Nj EkD about allowing people to experience susE2:?23:=:EJOl966IA=2:?DNj 255652>6?:ties and technologies, like Wi-Fi, to stay connected, but you have the option to 4@>A=6E6=J5:D4@??64E2?56?;@J?2EFC6Nl Alqadi salvaged the building’s slab and skeleton and incorporated them into a new DECF4EFC6E92EC2:D6DE96@C:8:?2=C@@Ə:?6 to accommodate a living/dining area and kitchen, a sleeping loft, and a bathroom 2?5H6EC@@>N+96A:E4965C@@75@6D>@C6 than increase livable space; it enables hot 2:CE@G6?EE9C@F89D@=2CWA@H6C65D<J=:89EDN Across a deck with a soaking tub and an outdoor shower, a smaller version of the main cabin holds battery banks, inverters, and other equipment, as well as a 2,600gallon water tank that’s replenished every D:IE@6:89EH66<DN “We could have dug a well,” explains Alqadi, “but there was no promise we’d Ǝ?5H2E6CN*@ DA6?E>J>@?6J@? something we could rely on—using the DF?2D@FCFE:=:EJ4@>A2?JNl Thanks to the freestanding photovoltaic power generator, or “solar tree,” which Alqadi and Flur assembled mostly

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Keiko and Taku Shinomoto have filled their Southern California home with furniture by Taku and pieces by some of the artists and craftspeople whose work they also showcase at their Tortoise shops and showroom. The couple worked

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Keiko and Takuhiro Shinomoto have been sharing their passion for Japanese home goods ever since they arrived in Los Angeles from Tokyo in 2003. Opened the same year, their Tortoise General Store, soon to move from Venice to Mar Vista, has grown into a destination for everything from Hasami porcelain to Japanese woodworking classes and art exhibitions. So itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s little surprise that when the couple got the chance to buy their 1940s rental home in Venice and decided to remodel, they looked to Japan for inspirationâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; DA64:Ć&#x17D;42==JE@+@<J@OE@E96 C6D:56?46 of Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice Kameki Tsuchiura and to the 1970s home of Keikoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s aunt and uncle. Both feature clean lines and multilevel, open-plan interiors. The Shinomotos wanted the same heightened volume and minimalist aesthetic for their own home, so they reached out to Ken Tanaka, a Tokyo native and licensed Japanese architect who had C6=@42E65E@E96,N*NE@H@C<:?E96@7Ć&#x17D;46 of A. Quincy Jones Associates before establishing his own practice in L.A. in 1990. He had met the Shinomotos at their shop while working on stores for Patagonia, and the trio had discovered a shared design philosophy.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;We loved Kenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ideas,â&#x20AC;? says Keiko. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He understood Takuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s aesthetic, which is all about simplicity.â&#x20AC;? Before moving to the States, the couple had worked for Tokyo home and lifestyle brand IdĂŠeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Taku as an in-house furniture designer and director, and Keiko as a store managerâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but the focus on consumerism left them disillusioned. They quit their jobs and traveled around Japan, exploring the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rich folk and craft traditions. Their path, they said, was like that of a tortoiseâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;slow and steady. After Taku won the lottery for permanent resident status in the U.S., the couple considered settling in New York, but on a visit to L.A., they fell in love with the climate and the lifestyle. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We saw dolphins ;F>A:?82E6C>@D262492?5E96Ć?@Hers and blue sky, and we thought, this is the place to start,â&#x20AC;? Keiko recalls. Having a place of their own meant they could realize their vision for a â&#x20AC;&#x153;timeless and modernâ&#x20AC;? residence. They discussed with Tanaka how they could rework the 900-square-foot house and expand the livable space for themselves and their young son, Eugene. Tanaka considered the options for the compact site and designed a remodel that stretched the footprint

White walls and concrete floors provide a pareddown setting for Takuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oak furniture (above and below right). The kitchen cabinets, designed by Taku and built by Osamu Hironaga, hold dishes from Takuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hasami porcelain line (below left), which is produced in Nagasaki. Sliders open to a deck and beyond to a 1960s Airstream (opposite) once owned by sculptor Alma Allen in Joshua Tree. The couple use it for guests.

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“The house has no fussy details and doesn’t make a big statement.” Ken Ta n a k a , a rc h i t e c t u r a l d e s i g n er

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our idea was a timeless design, like a Neutra house.â&#x20AC;? Keiko Shinomoto, resident

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is a collection of candlesticks, prototypes for Tortoise that will be manufactured in Hokkaido. The simple wood treads on the open-riser staircase complement the unfinished ceiling beams.

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D=:89E=JO@A6?65E968C@F?5Ə@@CO2?5 255652D64@?5Ə@@C7@C365C@@>D2?5 2D>2==E9:C5WƏ@@CDA2467@CEC25:E:@?2= Japanese bathing. Rooftop solar panels handle energy needs. +96>2:?Ə@@C:D2?2:CJO5@F3=6W96:89E expanse that contains the living/dining area and the kitchen. Floor-to-ceiling glass sliders open wide to the front and rear yards, where contractor Danny Nakao took care to preserve the existing trees. ?@7Ǝ46e8F6DEC@@>O=2F?5CJOA2?ECJO2?5 bathroom are tucked out of view behind a sliding door. “I call it the See-Through House,” Tanaka explains. “It’s not big—just F?56CO DBF2C6766EY3FEE96766=:?8 is big. Every room is the right scale.” Taku, who cites artist Donald Judd and Sea Ranch as inspirations, was adamant that the home be modest in aesthetic as well as size. “I didn’t want to use gorgeous

materials, but standard, simple, and local ones—not just from here but from the whole West Coast,” he says. Tanaka responded by incorporating no-frills materials like concrete, plywood, and pine. The cedar shingles on the exteC:@CH:==H62E96CE@2D:=G6CJƎ?:D9N The spaces offer an understated backdrop for Taku’s simply crafted oak furnishings—seating, tables, beds, cabinets, and built-ins—along with pieces the couple have collected over the years. There are porcelain and stoneware vessels by Shio Kusaka and Adam Silverman, paintings by Nobuko Tsuchiura and Jonas Wood, and a mobile by Shigeki Fujishiro. An open staircase along the southwest wall leads to a bridge wide enough to dou3=62D2D:EE:?8eC625:?82C622?5@FEƎEE65 by Taku with a long bench and cabinets. It ends at the private quarters—a bedroom

for Eugene, where Taku designed a built-in bunk/playhouse; the master bedroom; and a bathroom in between. To bring natural light into the rooms, Tanaka added hatch windows that overlook the main space 36=@HN+96E9:C5Ə@@C9@=5D2D>2==564< and Tanaka’s version of a Japanese bath, with a place to shower before soaking in a tub with a view of the sky. Out back, he transformed the garage into a plywood-paneled guesthouse. Next to it, a mid-1960s Airstream purchased on eBay offers additional guest quarters. .:E9E963C66K6Ə@2E:?8E9C@F89E96 open doors and the sound of Eugene playing with his friends upstairs, there’s a feeling of great serenity contained H:E9:?2=:>:E65DA246Nj+96>2:?Ə@@C is so open and spacious that people think, ‘Huge house,’” says Taku. “They imagine it’s much bigger. But it’s a modest place.”

A scalloped bench by Alma Allen rests at the foot of the bed in the master bedroom (near right), which is illuminated in part by one of two hatched windows (far right) that Tanaka modeled after those he had seen in Japanese tea houses. Taku designed built-in storage for Eugene’s room (opposite, top left), along with a shingled playhouse/ bunkbed (opposite, top right). Pieces by Taku furnish the guest room, which Tanaka converted from the old garage, incorporating straightforward, unfinished materials like plywood (opposite, bottom right).

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Intrigued by the “smart, simple things” being done with modular housing, Will Arnett tapped architect Suchi Reddy and prefab company LivingHomes to design a house that merges

the best of on-site and factory construction. The Arrested Development and LEGO Movie actor’s new home, completed in 2017, faces down a verdant canyon in Beverly Hills.

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Scrolling through Will Arnett’s IMDb credits evokes the varied architectural styles of Greater Los Angeles in rapid succession. There’s the Venice bungalow that 36=@?8DE@9:D492C24E6C9:A:?E96%6EƏ:I show Flaked; the terra-cotta-tiled model home in Orange County that Gob Bluth commandeers in Arrested Development; E962CEWƎ==65@2D:D@?29:==H96C6@!24< Horseman, the anthropomorphic former TV dad in the animated series of the same name, looks out over the city. In real life, if Will’s home, slotted into a secluded dell in Beverly Hills, resembles 2?J@79:D492C24E6CDkO:EkD@!24<kDOH:E9:ED similarly stacked volumes and a pool that backs up right to the edge of a dangerously steep slope. But there’s an important distinction: The actor’s 3,975-square-foot DE66=W7C2>69@FD6OƎ?:D965=2DEJ62CO:D2 custom prefab, its stylistic origins traceable back to his childhood in Canada. “Growing up in Toronto, we had these great ravines, and there was one house in particular that was very modern, with a lot of glass,” he says. “I remember people saying, ‘That place looks weird.’ And I remember being like, it’s not weird, it’s rad.”

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Since the early 2000s, when his acting career took off, Will has lived in multiple houses on both coasts, with few constants. &?66I46AE:@?:D2C49:E64E*F49:)655JOE96 longtime collaborator whom he credits H:E9C6Ǝ?:?89:D>@56C?:DE:?DE:?4EDNj ? a lot of ways, she educated me,” he says. @C?:?D@FE962DE ?5:2O)655JAFCDF65 architecture in Chennai and Detroit before 6DE23=:D9:?896CAC24E:46O)655J>256 Design, in New York in 2002. Soon after, she met Will through a client at Saturday Night Live. While some might have been intimidated at meeting a breakout sitcom DE2CO)655JC6>6>36CD36:?8>@C6 impressed by Will’s raw understanding of architecture. “He’s the kind of person who knows how deep in the ground his piles are,” she says. For his part, Will shared )655JkD23D@CAE:@?H:E94=62?56D:8? H2C>653JA=FD9E6IEFC6D2?5Ə2EWH@G6? rugs. He soon asked her to remodel his apartment in Greenwich Village, followed some years later by another project, and then another. “You have to know your DF3;64EOl)655JDEC6DD6DNj&?6@7E96 things I like about Will is that he’s always interested in big ideas.”

Near the front door, charred oak treads float on a blackened steel stringer to the master suite and on to the roof (below left and right). The String pendants are by Michael Anastassiades. Like the guest wing, the glass enclosure for the staircase was built on-site by VRB Construction. In the living area (above and opposite), Mori pendants by Rich Brilliant Willing hang above an Erased Heritage rug by Jan Kath. Porcelain panels by Neolith cover the cabinet.

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Maximizing enjoyment of the view, a Sartoriale tub by Carlo Colombo with built-in shelving is placed against a floor-to-ceiling window in the master bath (opposite). “The light is so different here from in New York,” says Reddy,

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who is opening an L.A. office later this year. “There, it has so much blue in it. Here, it has much more orange.” A vintage El Monte lamp from Lawson-Fenning is paired with an Eames lounge in Will’s room.

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In 2015, the big idea that had a hold on Will’s attention was prefab. “Through the years I’d seen it get better and better, especially in Europe and South America,” he says. Separated from his wife, actor and comedian Amy Poehler, he was preparing to build a new home from scratch in Los Angeles, envisioning a place where he could spend time with their two boys and recharge between long days on set and 72CWƏF?8AC6DD;F?<6EDN@:?8>@5F=2CO96 hoped, would help simplify the process. )655JH2D:?F32H96?D96C646:G65 the call of duty: Come to California and imbue the project with their shared sensibility. Will had already picked both the place, a three-quarter-acre lot on the side of a lush hill, and the manufacturer, a high-end prefab company in Santa Monica 96

42==65#:G:?8@>6DN@C96CƎCDE8C@F?5W up build with her longest-running client, )655J;@:?652?6?D6>3=642DEE92E762tured LivingHomes director of design Amy Sims and project manager Sean Hennigan, local landscape designer Michael Fiore, and an army of contractors, specialists, and engineers. The L-shaped dwelling they created is no catalog-order kit house. About a third was built on-site, including a glass staircase tower and a guest wing (featuring a recording booth where Will—the voice of LEGO Batman and other characters—can ply his trademark baritone). Even the pre723D64E:@?O4@?D:DE:?8@7D:I>@5F=6D4@?taining four bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, a kitchen/dining area, and a living room, was heavily customized.

“When the company started out, we thought we’d sell homes like iPhones,” recalls LivingHomes CEO Steve Glenn. But they soon realized that mishmash zoning codes and clients’ particular tastes made a @?6WD:K6WƎEDW2==2AAC@249F?C62=:DE:4N@C Will, LivingHomes completely reimagined :ED)">@56=Y256D:8?@C:8:?2E653J =686?52CJ* WC44@7@F?56C)2J"2AA6Y 5@H?D:K:?8E96Ə@@CA=2?3JA6C46?EO among other changes. On installation day in September 2016, Will took his kids out of school and invited his parents to town to watch as the 12-foot-wide modules were craned into place. “These lots allow for eight- to tenthousand-square-foot houses, but I didn’t want it to look ostentatious,” the actor 6IA=2:?DN%@C5:596H2?EE96DECF4EFC6

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The modules’ steel beams are painted Folkstone 6005 by Sherwin-Williams, while the walls are Decorator’s White by Benjamin Moore. Vitsœ shelving by Dieter Rams holds books and curios (opposite, left). The kitchen’s dark-stained oak millwork (opposite, right) and Corian-and-steel countertops (above) were made by Ernestomeda.

The appliances are by Miele and the Cojo stools are by Thomas Hayes. In the dining area (below), Mantis chairs by Les Ateliers Courbet and a banquette upholstered in Holly Hunt fabric surround a live-edge maple table by Camilla House. The custom pendant is by Lambert & Fils and the Pivot sconces are by Apparatus.

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Light streams into the master suite’s dressing room through glass panes by Western Window Systems. Clothes are stored in cabinets by Molteni&C; a rustic antique bench from Amber Interiors offers a place to suit up. As in the rest of the house, the fir flooring is by Dinesen. “Having worked with Will so much, I know he responds to a very calm and cool palette of beiges and grays,” says Reddy.

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Evoking shou sugi ban, the cedar exterior has a Benjamin Moore Arborcoat stain (above). Steel-andwood trellises provide relief from the sun. Abutting the canyon, the narrow backyard has just enough space for a pool, a terrace, and a handful of Ninix loungers by Royal Botania (below). â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sitting out there, having dinner with all the doors openâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all I really want,â&#x20AC;? says Will.

to spoil the olive-and-eucalyptus-treedotted site, which is why the cedar facade 92D23=24<DE2:?Nj+9652C<6IE6C:@C>2<6D the green-blue tone of the landscape stand @FE362FE:7F==JOl)655JD2JDN For the same reason, the interior is cov6C65:?DF>AEF@FDJ6EDF35F65Ć&#x17D;?:D96DN '2=6Ć&#x17D;CĆ?@@C:?8:>A@CE657C@>6?>2C< and a charcoal-colored Turkish runner greet visitors in the foyer. A few steps farther in, the double-height living area, composed of two stacked modules, houses a huge cabinet thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plastered in thin black porcelain panels. Around the corner, the walls in the sunken playroom are clad :?E6IEFC6542DEA2A6CE92E=@@<D=:<6C2<65 concrete. Willâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s girlfriend, Elizabeth Law, who happens to be an interior designer, lent her eye for art, picking works by Tom Hammick and Matthew Porter. The muted, almost Nordic palette directs the focus outward. Seen through E968C@F?5Ć?@@CkD6IA2?D:G68=2DDH2==DO@C studied from the master bedroomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s balcony, the view down the canyon is a

constant presence. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The house itself just melts away,â&#x20AC;? Will says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re really appreciating is the view and the light.â&#x20AC;? +92E:?5@@Ce@FE5@@CĆ?F:5:EJY36:?823=6 to watch his kids splash in the pool one minute and jet inside to the recording booth to log lines for a movie E96?6IEY may be what the busy actor enjoys most. C@>DE2CEE@Ć&#x17D;?:D9OE96AC@;64EE@@< more than two years, longer than an offthe-rack prefab might have, but hardly an eternity considering the challenges. $:I:?8@?WD:E62?5724E@CJ3F:=5:?8:D?@ A:4?:4OD2JD)655JPj0@FkC632D:42==JE2<:?8 on two sets of problems and solving them both.â&#x20AC;? Other factors, like site prep and approvals, tacked on time, too, but not the client. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Will travels a lot, but he made this his top priority,â&#x20AC;? says LivingHomesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Sims, who adds that the entire team took part in weekly calls. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like working on a movie @C2D9@HOl.:==6IA=2:?DNj+96C62C62== these different departments and everyone is doing their job. In this case, everyone did their job really well.â&#x20AC;?

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Business analyst Reinhold Windorfer returned to his parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 19th-century dairy farm with some 21st-century ideas about how to turn a profit: Sell the cows, overhaul the crumbling farmhouse, and open a pair of vacation rentals for travelers to come visit. Studio fĂźr Architektur Bernd Vordermeier was brought in to design the apartments, as well as new living spaces for Reinhold and his wife, Verena, and his parents.

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Reinhold Windorfer grew up on a dairy farm in the village of Moosham in southern Germany. Agriculture was in his blood, but not his future. After college he became an analyst in Munich, evaluating corporations’ sustainability cred. He and his wife, Verena Windorfer-Bogner, visited his parents at the homestead on weekends. The 50-acre property, which has been in Reinhold’s family for seven generations, includes an 1840s farmhouse, a barn, a =2?5>2C<WAC@E64E659FEH:E92H@@5WƎC65 bread oven, and other outbuildings around a central courtyard. All of it was crumbling. “My wife and I decided we had to do something,” says Reinhold. “We felt that responsibility in a good way.” Rather than restore what had been, Reinhold proposed a new design and business, based on the growing popularity of farm stays: Convert part of the home into a pair of vacation rentals, offering tourists a chance to experience the same simple pleasures that had drawn him back to the countryside after eight years in the city. 102

With his parents’ blessing, they closed the dairy operation and sold the cows. Working with Bernd Vordermeier, an architect who owns a studio in the area with his wife, Andrea, they transformed the three-story house into separate living quarters for themselves and the elder Windorfers. They also carved out a home @7Ǝ46H96C6)6:?9@=54@F=5H@C< remotely and two 430-square-foot rental units to supplement the farm’s income from selling timber and hay. An end of the building was sliced away and replaced with a tower-like plastercoated structure that cuts through the original gable. A pair of huge, asymmetrically positioned windows, one jutting D=:89E=J23@G6E96C@@Ə:?6O8:G6D2>@56C? appearance to the tower’s exterior and Ə@@5DE96H9:E6WH2==65:?E6C:@CH:E9=:89EN A similarly framed aperture marks the house’s traditional facade, replacing an old window that had rotted. The tower encloses a new main entry 2?52Ə@2E:?8DE2:C42D6@7DACF46N+96

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The couple’s private kitchen is covered in an easy-toclean, water-repellent matte surface called Fenix (opposite). The floating spruce staircase (left) is housed in a new tower-like volume, which, from the outside (right), hints at the minimalist transformation within. The second-floor vacation suite (below) has a convertible Softline sofa and cardboard stools from Stange Design. The storage unit is clad in black MDF.

G242E:@?2A2CE>6?ED2C6@?E96ƎCDE2?5 D64@?5Ə@@CDOH9:=6)6:?9@=52?5-6C6?2 @44FAJE96E9:C5N)6:?9@=5kD@7Ǝ462?59:D parents’ apartment are at the back of the building, with a separate entrance. The architect designed wood cubes in the center of both rentals to house bathrooms, closets, wires, and ductwork. In doing so, they freed the perimeter walls to serve up views through casement windows of the hills and spruces at the edge of the Bavarian Forest. All the Ə@@C3@2C5DH6C6>:==65@?WD:E67C@> trees from those same woods and were left untreated. “It works best if it is just wood,” Andrea Vordermeier says. In Reinhold and Verena’s spacious unit under the red-tiled roof, vintage posts and beams, golden and grainy, are exposed against the white sheetrock of the walls. Skylights bring in the sun. +967FC?:D9:?8D2C6Ə6I:3=62?5>2?J are bespoke. The vacation units’ beds and cubes were made by local carpenter Martin Bernauer. The sofas that convert to beds

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Sunlight streams into Reinhold and Verena’s loft through Velux skylights in the pitched roof. Reinhold fastened hairpin legs to an old table to create a desk, pairing it with a bentwood chair.

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Carpenter Martin Bernauer built custom beds for the vacation suites (left). In each unit, the architects placed storage and a bathroom in a self-contained wood cube in the middle of the space (above). In the loft, the bathroom is located against an exterior wall (opposite). The faucet is by Hansa and the towel rack is by Kommod.

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organization that fosters cultural and social connections among the three countries that converge in the area—Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic—manages most of the couple’s rental business, which comes from online bookings. They E@@<:?E96:CƎCDE8F6DED=2DEDF>>6CO2?5 the reviews so far have been laudatory.

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“As design and architecture lovers, it was a very special pleasure for us to spend a weekend in Moosham 13,” one guest wrote, referring to the house by its address. “The beautiful long dining table, E96962E@7E96ƎC6A=246:?E96324<ground, and the coziness of the purist design incredibly delighted us.”

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for extra guests are by Softline. A table in E96ƎCDEWƏ@@CF?:E42>67C@>2?E9W century Benedictine monastery that had 6G@=G65:?E@2AF3N)6:?9@=5C6Ǝ?:D965 the piece and fashioned the glass lights that dangle from the ceiling. He also built the desk in his own apartment from an old table and new hairpin legs. The couple lavished particular attention on their kitchen. Built by another local carpenter, Christoph Wagner, it is large, gray (black was rejected as too extreme), and practical, with an island covered in stainless steel. “It is really a working kitchen,” Reinhold says. “We cook every day there because there are no takeaways around.” (They also grow many of their own vegetables.) The Bora Professional stove was selected because it has an integrated extractor; there was no need for a hood punching through the ceiling, which would have spoiled the room’s airy look. EƎCDEOE964@FA=6A=2??65E@4@??64E the front half of the farmhouse, accessed by the tower, with the back half containing Reinhold’s workspace and his parents’ apartment. But they discovered the dividing wall had been built with granite boulders up to one and a half feet in diameter. To remove them would bring structural disaster. Or, as Reinhold explains, “The house was telling us, no, we don’t do that.” -6C6?2OH9@H@C<D7@C2?@?AC@ƎE


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AN AUCKLAND ARCHITECT SWITCHES UP THE FORMULA ON THE VICTORIAN VILLAS THAT POPULATE HIS NEIGHBORHOOD.

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The house that Richard Naish of RTA Studio created for his family in Grey Lynn, Auckland (opposite), is a series of pavilions and courtyards designed to make the most of the narrow site

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Grey Lynn, an inner-city suburb in Auckland, New Zealand, is known for its steep terrain, tree-shaded streets, and late-19th-century timber villas, often clustered in groups of three or more by the same builder. Within this heritage residential zone now rises a newcomer: an angular, steel-roofed house that is radically different, yet subtly shares some of its neighbors’ DNA. Designed by architect Richard Naish for his own family, the house is not a single structure, but three separate two-story pavilions that march upward from the 110

street along a gentle slope, connected by a stepped hall that ascends up one side. “Essentially, a villa is a square box with a four-sided pyramid roof,” says Rich, 7@F?56C@7=@42=ƎC>)+*EF5:@Nj.6 sliced that into quarters and spread them @FEE@8:G6E969@FD6272>:=:2CC@@Ə:?6 that’s only slightly abstracted and repeats that cluster of three found in the area.” +96A2G:=:@?D624992G627@@EAC:?E@7 roughly 385 square feet and are separated by small courtyards and “garden rooms,” allowing for both excellent solar gain in winter and ample cross-ventilation during

E96H2C>6C>@?E9DN+96=2J@FE:DE96 antithesis of an open plan. Instead, it offers individual spaces for Rich and his family—his wife, Andrea, and their three 49:=5C6?286D O O2?5YE@Ǝ?5AC:G24JN)+*EF5:@@7E6?6IA=@C6DH92E):49 calls “the distributed plan,” pulling houses apart into smaller segments and taking advantage of New Zealand’s mild climate by creating interstitial outdoor spaces. +96%2:D96Dk9@FD6:D2AC:>66I2>A=6N +96ƎCDE4@FCEJ2C5=:6D36EH66?E96 <:E496?O@?E96E@AƏ@@C@7E96=@H6DE A2G:=:@?O2?5E96=:G:?8C@@>O@?E96ƎCDE

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Buffalo Construction and engineering firm HFC Group worked with Rich to build the 3,000-square-foot home. The exterior is clad in western red cedar and the roofs are black factory-painted galvanized corrugated steel. The front entrance (opposite, top right) leads to the house’s “circulation spine” (opposite, top left), a concrete-blocklined hallway that connects the pavilions. The rope door pulls (opposite, bottom left) are Rich’s creation; ample greenery in the courtyards softens the neutral material palette (opposite, bottom right).

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“A lot of people think there are three townhouses here and are surprised to see it’s just one home.”

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Rich’s wife, Andrea Hotere, is the daughter of New Zealand artist Ralph Hotere. A piece from his 1982 “Mungo” series hangs above a Hawke dining table by Simon James (opposite). The chairs are by Charles and Ray Eames for Vitra. Rich designed the pendant lights, made

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of cut plate steel paired with Edison bulbs, partly to economize. “Each unit cost about fifty dollars instead of five hundred,” he says. The island countertop material is from recycled railway sleepers and the sides are custom clear-coated steel. The appliances are by Fisher & Paykel.

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A small pool (opposite, top) is positioned at the side of the third pavilion. Stairs lead up to a lounge area and edible garden. “That spot catches the last rays of the sun, so it’s a great place for a gin and tonic at the end of the day,” says Rich. “You get this nice layered view all the way down the site and across to Grey Lynn Park.” In the ivy-covered garden on the first level (opposite, bottom left), Alice, 16, sits near “Rakaia 2,” a rock sculpture by New Zealand artist Chris Booth. The western red cedar used for the exterior and some of the interior (opposite, bottom right) is clear-coated in Dryden’s Wood Oil. The windows throughout the house are by Architectural Profiles Limited. In the master bedroom (left and far left) the high triangular window is “excellent for stargazing,” says Rich.

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Landscape architect Jamie Purinton blanketed Debbie Cooper and Dan Sternberg’s Hudson Valley property with native species. Among them are purple love grass and prairie dropseeds, which grow by the CorTen garage. “Both have wonderfully airy flowers and fall colors that connect well to steel,” says Purinton.

Maybe Dan Sternberg was half-joking when he said, “I don’t want to own a lawn mower,” but landscape architect Jamie Purinton took him seriously. After she heard his wish, she wandered the former horse pasture he had bought in the F5D@?-2==6J2?5ƎG69@FCD=2E6C42>6 324<H:E92ƎDE7F=@7=:EE=63=F6DE6>8C2DDO penstemons, goldenrods, and asters. From that moment onward, her mantra was: “Let the meadow be the star.” Dan signed on without hesitation, as he would to many of her out-there ideas. The land had been the lure for Dan and his wife, Debbie Cooper, from the moment they spied the For Sale sign while cycling through Millerton, New York, in 2012 and set off to explore the sloped 18-acre property in Spandex. There was much about the region the couple liked, including its agricultural heritage. When they approached local architects Elizabeth Demetriades and Patrick Walker of Demetriades + Walker about building a house on the land, “blending” and “harmonizing” with the rolling landscape were words repeated often. Clad in stained red cedar with an attached Cor-Ten steel garage, the three-bedroom dwelling, built in 2015, seems to melt into the hillside. Demetriades speaks of “lantern-like win5@HDl42AEFC:?8j>65:E2E:G6G:6HDNl*96 designed glass doors that slide open and disappear into pockets to erase the boundaries between inside and out. In

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Riffing on local farmhouses, architects Patrick Walker and Elizabeth Demetriades covered the 4,000-square-foot house in rough-sawn red cedar and capped it with a standing-seam galvalume roof (left). Like the windows, the large pocket doors are by Jeld-Wen (above). Alchemia chairs by Archirivolto are arranged on a deck near the courtyard, which is planted with fragrant thyme.

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For over 50 years, Stepstone, Inc., has been dedicated to providing builders, architects, and homeowners a unique and high-quality selection of pavers, stair treads, wall caps, and pool coping. Combining elegance with durability, along with ofering a wide variety of sizes, colors, and styles, Stepstone creates beautiful concrete solutions for any setting. The company’s Large Scale CalArc Pavers ofer a bold selection of sizes, ranging up to 24x60 inches. “Stepstone is the leader in the industry for large format pavers,” says Lisa, from Stepstone’s marketing team. “They’re modern, sleek, and elegant. They tend to blend in and stand out at the same time.” Stepstone’s broad and classic product line subtly elevates architecture, creating a distinguished and memorable property that may just become iconic. Visit Dwell.com for more iconic Los Angeles entryways and promenades by Stepstone.


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original rear wall connect the â&#x20AC;&#x153;snug,â&#x20AC;? or sitting room, to the new space (above). The chair was Natashaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s step-granddadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s; the 1960s pendant was found on eBay. The roofline

of the addition has a double pitch (top); a tall, slim window punctuates the side. High sand content in the mortar gives it a yellowish tint that contrasts with the bricks.

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the outdoors (above left). The table by SCAB Design and IKEA chairs were found, like most of the furnishings, via closing sales and secondhand websites. Stanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bedroom

(top) includes a vintage Habitat Skipper bed by LoĂŻck Peyron and a climbing wall designed by Natasha. Like the wall, the floors are tongueand-groove plywood throughout.

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The kitchen, previously housed in a lean-to off the back of the cottage (inset), is now part of the large open living space (below). The 1960s Hygena formica cabinets in Polyester

Pumpkin were a vintage find. The white pendants are from IKEA and the blue is from Habitat. A staircase (bottom left) leads to a bridge linking the upper wings (bottom right).

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More at Dwell.com See more before and after shots from the Margate renovation at dwell.com/cottage-industry

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Ardesign ardesignnyc.com John Fasano Contracting fasanocontracting.com Bieber Windows beiberusa.com Metal Work by Eidan Dehri 732-616-0458 24 Bed from West Elm westelm.com; pendant by Flos, vintage 25 Nelson Saucer Bubble pendant by George Nelson for Herman Miller hermanmiller.com; sofa by West Elm westelm.com 54 The Container Score AB Design Studio abdesignstudio.com Barber Builders barberbuilders.com Structural engineering by Ashley & Vance ashleyvance.com Electrical engineering by JMPE jmpe.com Greens Landscape greenslandscapedesign .com Interior design by McFadden Group mcfaddendesigngroup .com 56 14 Series pendant by Omer Arbel for Bocci bocci.ca; custom desk by AB Design Studio abdesignstudio.com 58 Patio furniture from CB2 cb2.com; Estero round dining table by Taracea taracea.com; dining chairs and barstools by Nuvola overstock.com 60 Windows by Western Window Systems westernwindowsystems .com 62 Pegged for Greatness StudioKCA studiokca.com

DSC Construction dscconstruction.us MEP engineering by IP Group ipgroupengineering .com Millwork by PHF Woodwork phfwoodwork@yahoo .com 62 Executive armchair by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller hermanmiller.com 64 Solo sofa by Antonio Citterio for B&B Italia bebitalia.com; sofa pillow fabric by Pollak pollackassociates.com; paper lantern by Isamu Noguchi noguchi.org; 354 I-Beam side table by Matthew Hilton for De La Espada delaespada.com; Bamboo Ikat rug from The Rug Company therugcompany.com; Raleigh armchair by Jeffrey Bernett and Nicholas Dodziuk for DWR dwr.com; 1930s Martini side table from Restoration Hardware restorationhardware .com; dining chairs and barstools from Crate and Barrel crateandbarrel.com; custom peg lights by Studio KCA studiokca.com 66 Concrete countertops by Concrete Works East concreteworkseast.com; Modena island hood by Zephyr zephyronline .com; bench fabric by Knoll knoll.com

kitchen faucet by Vigo vigoindustries.co; Oliver wall light by Gabriel Teixido for Carpyen ylighting.com; Stonewashed Belgian linen bedding from Restoration Hardware restorationhardware .com; sink by Kraus kraususa.com; Trinsic lavatory faucet by Delta deltafaucet.com 78-79 Askholmen table and chairs from IKEA ikea.com; bio-ethanol fireplace from Anywhere Fireplace anywherefireplace.com 80 Solar-powered fresh

74 Joshua Tree Unplugged Malek Alqadi follyfolly.com Tao Energy 760-401-6125 A&D Plastering 310-538-1577 74 Alder + Asher chair shopalderandash.com;

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Jamie Chung

More than a decade ago, a workshop in Indonesia wanted to do business producing some of my designs. To convince me, they took it upon themselves to blow up one of my small ceramic sculptures of a brogue into a giant wood sculpture and send it, unsolicited, to my office in New York. It only half worked: Our partnership never happened, but the brogue has followed me from office to office ever since. Why? Extraordinary things make an impression. That’s been the guiding principle in my work. I hope to make things that will surprise and inspire, things that people will drag with them from desk to desk, house to house. The sculpture is a reminder of the fact that something as mundane as a wingtip can be made magical through scale. I’m always looking at the stuff around me, finding inspiration in the quotidian. Nothing has to be as it seems. That pesky brogue reminds me to be surprising, to be memorable—and not to worry about putting my shoes on the table.

When designer and ceramicist Jonathan Adler received a two-foot-long sculpture of a flat-toed wingtip in the mail by surprise, he knew just the place for it.

Maximalist auteur Jonathan Adler explains the ginormous wood shoe on his desk.

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