Robinson Crusoe sets up his new home in a cave on a desert island and finds that by means of a chair and table, some shelves and hooks his situation looks a lot brighter.
“Location, architectural style, and decoration make a language—one Wharton could read and write fluently.”
Metropolis magazine associate editor Avinash Rajagopal on the most comforting shade of pastel blue known to mankind.
Artist Elizabeth Demaray sets out to solve a severe housing shortage among the hermit crab population of North Eastern America.
Architecture critic Alexandra Lange extolls on Edith Wharton’s fluency as a decorator and architect of the domestic milieu
“By pointing to things my respondents had deemed meaningful enough to dwell with, I was often able to make them reconsider the import and strangeness of their everyday domestic surroundings.”
After researching the roles of policy and design in the failures of public housing, Erin Routson compiled a hip-hop playlist/audio tour guide which reframes New York’s most notorious housing projects as sites of creative production.
A primer on micro-apartments and compact living in New York City.
“At the first sight of MDRS, the dissonance between the white dot of the habitat on the red and brown field of the desert is profound. For a while I’m transfixed at the image of a capsule that seems to have fallen out of the sky.”
Crew journalist Mike Neal arrives at his home for the next two weeks—the Mars Desert Research Station Habitat in the Utah desert—and confronts the architecture of desolation he finds there.
Katya Mezhibovskaya visits the apartments of young New Yorkers to find cultural meaning in their possessions and domestic arrangements.
The New York Times columnist Constance Rosenblum explores the distinctive habitats of New Yorkers.
“When a hermit crab that has grown too large for its current home locates a new one, it determines the structure’s suitability via a process called fondling. During this activity, the hermit crab will explore the shell’s surface and its internal volume-to-weight ratio by rolling the shell over and gently rocking it back and forth.”
Author Jun’ichirō Tanizaki expounds on the importance of darkness in Japanese interiors in adding texture, depth, and subtle beauty to the life within.
“Both Rosenbaum’s affable, burly, tattooed persona and his sensual, maximalist vocabulary speak to a broad spectrum of Brazilians—from ladies who lunch and shop on Óscar Freire, São Paulo’s most expensive street, to the masses who watch him on TV. In eclectic, vibrant mash-ups of color, texture and materials, he takes the glamour of fashion to the masses and brings the inventiveness and complexity of Brazilian popular culture to the elite. Lowbrow regional folk art and craft elements are thrown together with highbrow design references in such disparate things as a six-reais vinyl table-cloth, a Vogue magazine editorial, or celebrity chef Alex Attala’s Dalva e Dito restaurant.”
Zachary Sachs conjures a (fateful) day in the life of his childhood home on Rockwood Street, Dallas.
R/GA Executive Creative Director David Womack weighs up survival versus comfort as he assembles a home-away-from-home in his backpack.
Meg Farmer finds human traces of Donald Judd all but erased in the renovation (and museumification) of his house at 101 Spring Street, New York.
On a research trip to Brazil, Frederico Duarte discovers that Marcel Rosenblum, with his massively popular “Lar Doce Lar” (Home Sweet Home) TV show, a local “Extreme Makeover” in which he and host Luciano Huck go around the country redecorating—and often rebuilding—poor families’ homes, exerts a more real and powerful influence on Brazilian culture than such celebrated design exports as the Campana brothers.
The smallest living space featured in the book Tiny Houses by Mimi Zeiger
Katya Mezhibovskaya considers the 2002 Stephen Daldry film, The Hours, as a study of interiors and interiorities.
Hallucinating, in death throes from cancer and kidney failure, an old man sees the walls around him begin to collapse, as he returns in his mind to his impoverished childhood in the backwoods of Maine.
“This was a very different kind of shopping for me, and I have to say I was enjoying it. It had a raw, life-or-death edge to it that I rarely experience, even at sales. What I was putting together, to borrow Le Corbusier’s phrase, was a machine for living. And not just living in some milk-fed suburban idyll, but living in a particularly rugged swatch of twenty-first century ecosystem on the brink of catastrophic collapse.” —David Womack
Sleeping on a tatami mattress, which could be endlessly repositioned, allowed Justin Zhuang to turn his childhood bedroom into a space of possibilities.
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