Category Archives: Interior Design

Zen Retreating: Marin County’s Green Gulch Farm and Zen Temple

Green Gulch FarmLooking for a quiet retreat but not quite ready to commit to a monastic life of daily 5 am meditation? Green Gulch Farm is one of three sites owned by the San Francisco Zen Center. Nestled in a valley in the Marin Headlands, Green Gulch is about 30 minutes from San Francisco but feels much more remote.

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Age-Appropriate: Fitting A Business Into Chicago’s Historic Monadnock Building

Chicago’s Monadnock Building is an anomaly; at 16 stories, it’s the tallest masonry structure in the world, but it was completed after similarly-sized steel frame buildings like the nearby Reliance Building. Continue reading Age-Appropriate: Fitting A Business Into Chicago’s Historic Monadnock Building

Muji Minimalist Tiny House Goes On Sale in Japan for $27k

Muji Tiny Hut

Muji, everyone’s favorite brand-that-is-no-brand, debuted a new tiny house — a really tiny house, at that — for sale in Japan. Measuring in at 9 square meters (less than 100 square feet), the Muji Hut is expected to retail for about $27,000 USD.

Unlike many tiny house designs, the Muji Hut sits on a concrete slab, making it significantly less portable than its more common wheeled brethren. No plumbing or bathing facilities are shown or mentioned, and no plans have been announced for selling the hut outside of Japan.

While it looks more like a backyard studio than an actual dwelling, the design is elegant and cozy and could be a good starting point for a real usable little home. Maybe stitch three or four together with a courtyard in the middle for a tiny urban villa?

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The Cords Are Alright

Cord management, cord shmanagement… these designs celebrate the electrical infrastructure of our daily lives.

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Gino Sarfatti, Model 2097 30 (1958)

http://www.dwr.com

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Achille Castiglioni, Toio Lamp (1962)

http://www.midcenturyhome.com/achille-castiglioni-toio-lamp/

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Amsterdam Interior

https://www.flickr.com/photos/artifice/albums/72157629136502768/with/2143851572/

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Form Us With Love, Cord Lamp  (2007)

http://www.moderndesigninterior.com/2015/01/cord-modern-minimal-floor-lamp-with.html

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Panto Beam, Verner Panton (1998)

http://eblefurnishing.com

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Parentesi Lamp, Achille Castiglioni (1971)

http://www.coffeeklatch.be/en/interview/2015-05/56/stef-bakker

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Sherwood Tube Amplifier

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This 1960 or 1961 Sherwood tube stereo amp is 64 watts per channel – very powerful for a tube amp. It is detailed and spacious, whether listening online, to a CD or vinyl. It was designed and built in Chicago in a factory on North California Street.