The year is 1962 and architectural duo Krisel & Palmer are completing the design for a brand new condominium in the desert paradise of Palm Springs. With its butterfly roofline, horizontal orientation, and patterned cinderblock cladding, Canyon View Estates was quintessentially midcentury in design. But, for the time, this was no ordinary condominium. Made to feel more like single-family homes than stacked vacation units, the properties at Canyon View reinvented condo living and helped put Palm Springs on the map as the midcentury modern capital of the world. Fast forward
Photo via John Varvatos Man cave. The very words strike fear into the design conscious among us, conjuring up visions of bulky pleather recliners with cup holders, the scent of stale beer, walls lined in garish sports memorabilia. But there’s a whole other class of man caves out there, ones with James Bond tech swagger, sumptuous seating and serious style. Settle in with some single malt and artisanal jerky, these are our picks for the world’s sickest man caves. Rugged Yet Refined A good man cave needs to start with comfy
When we heard that Queen Bey and Jay were about to add two little ones to their musically royal family, we dropped everything and started designing our dream spaces for the little ones. We had James Tabb tackle creating a look that’s all Beyonce, while Kimberly Winthrop imagined a space that’s all Jay-Z. Check out the designs and tell us where you fall. Are you Team Bey or Team Jay? Their Sister’s Nursery Although they haven’t released images of daughter Blue Ivy’s nursery, we do know that Bey purchased one badass crib for her.
Calling all minimalists: Get ready to meet your interior design match. We tapped designer Ashley Bussell to put together a style board for our dream modern home. Afraid your modern home could end up looking too sterile? Bussell proves that minimalism can be maximally inviting. “I wanted to create a space that was rooted in the minimal, streamlined ideals of modernism, but also include pieces that are both bold and exciting.” If you’re looking for a balance between the stark simplicity of modernism, mixed with the eclectic aesthetic that’s all over Instagram, then these rooms will
Photo via Hunter Fans It’s officially the dog days of summer, people! Our makeup is melting, our hair is frizzy and our clothes are more than a little rumpled. And to add insult to injury, the one thing standing between us and sweet, cool relief also happens to be one of the world’s ugliest decor items in the world. Fans! Why must an item of such functional beauty be such a design eye sore? Who can save us? Well, it turns out more than a few designers are on the case. We
Photo of John Robshaw’s house by Patrick Cline An empty wall. It fills us with equal parts anticipation and dread, especially if we’re on a budget. While we all love a gallery wall, the cost of purchasing and framing that many pieces of art can add up quickly. Thankfully we’ve learned quite a few ways to trick out a big space on a small budget. These are our tips for finding statement art that won’t break the bank. Try Engineering Prints Even at big box retailers, a large scale art print can cost
You heard us correctly. Everyone’s favorite affordable furniture giant is making moves to the museum. But this isn’t just any exhibition. The IKEA Museum, which opened June 30 in Älmhult, Sweden, traces the company’s successful history in home décor with seven decades’ worth of designs on display. The main exhibition gives visitors the inside scoop on the story behind the Swedish furniture powerhouse, as well as an exclusive look at some of its best-selling products through the ages—get ready to see the iconic Klippan sofa in all its retro glory.
Do you like being able to find good quality, good looking furniture at decent prices? You can thank Charles Eames for that. What about having a comfortable place to sit at the airport? Eames pioneered that, too. In honor of the legendary architect and designer’s birthday, we’re taking a look at how his vision to “bring the most of the best to the greatest number of people for the least,” enhanced the way we live. 1. He invented a molding machine that made mass-production possible. Hello affordable furniture! Before the
Big cities tend to get all of the design cred. But this summer, we’re taking the path less traveled and singing the praises of small towns across America. From the nouveau nautical style of the Pacific Northwest to the hippie mystique of California, the bayou boutiques of Louisiana to the arty prepsters of Massachusetts, there’s a world of inspiration on the backroads and byways of the US-of-A. So next time you put in that PTO request, consider trading in the crowded metropolis for a quieter, quainter experience. Because these 12 towns are
It takes a lot of trust to invite an interior designer into your home, to let them express who you are and how you’re going to live in your space. But Estee Stanley has had the ultimate training: styling celebrities. “Picking out a couch for someone is nothing compared to seeing them in their underwear,” Stanley says. After dressing everyone from Jessica Biel to the Olsen twins, Penelope Cruz to Justin Timberlake, Stanley began helping clients design their homes as well. “Interior designers are like DJs, remixing our own style to