Thursday, March 21st, 2013

A Range of A-Frames


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As a kid, A-frame houses always fascinated me; we’d look for them on family road trips like we looked for punch buggies and Alaska license plates. It was probably this awesome Fisher Price A-Frame; it was quite a contemporary  step up from the barn and more relaxing than the airplane:

Below is the house that launched a thousand A-frames, designed by architect Andrew Geller in Long Island NY and built in 1955. It’s known as the Reese house and is responsible for the surge in A-frame popularity in the fifties through the seventies. If you’re looking to extend your break from work right now, be sure to read this article by Alastair Gordon and check out more stunning shots of Geller’s work.

It was this super cool A-frame in ReadyMade magazine several years ago that recaptured my imagination, in fact, I’m pretty sure I blogged about it at the time.

These cool A-frames on the beach in Texas sure beat the heck out of a crumbling motel:

A-frames also inspired groovy ads and prints that have big time retro appeal today, like this one from SVPPLY:

If you’re really going for a kitschy look, check out this tall narrow A-frame outhouse:

I don’t know what I love more, the genius new addition on this classic A-frame in Belgium or the way the Panton Chairs look on its deck. See more of this addition by dmvA Architects over at i.d.

Finally, designers are using the the original A-frame silhouette as inspiration for incredible new architecture, like this one located in the Pyrenees, designed by Cadaval & Solà-Morales:

Finding fab a-frames is so easy on the internet that I thought we should have a little collection to admire. We’ll keep collecting them in our new A-frame Pinterest board. If you have any you’d like to share, please shoot us a link in the Comments section.


Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

A Quick Peek at Some Architecture Around the World


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This week I couldn’t stop seeking out architecture all over the world – I must be itching to take a trip or something.

UTAH: It started domestic; though the places I looked at did not look like they could possibly be in the same country as Atlanta! I was virtually transported west, via Wendell Burnette’s site and I immediately decided to start saving every penny for a trip to the Amangiri Spa they designed:

CANADA: Since the first time I saw them, I’ve never forgotten the the six poetic cabins designed by Saunders Architects on the Fogo Islands (off the coast of Newfoundland). The cabins interact with this sublime landscape:

Nothing inside detracts from or competes with the views:

SPAIN: All that dry air got me thinking of Spain, and I stumbled onto Abaton Architects’ site. This villa in Extremadura juxtaposes worn historic stones on it facade with crisp white walls inside:

While the vernacular architecture this resembles would likely be filled with dark cozy rooms, this home has large glass openings that let in all the natural light and give the spectacular expansive views their due:

Part of it disappears right into the hillside, making this bedroom nice and tucked in on one side, very open to nature on the other:

VIETNAM: Architect Vo Trong Nghia’s bamboo dome made the blog rounds and I thought it as time for a revisit, especially since we didn’t have Pinterest then.

Where have you traveled to look at architecture this week? Are there any dream sites on your list you recommend we check out? Let us know in the comments section!


Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Win Tickets to The Venice Modern Home Tour


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Are you a modern and contemporary architecture fan in the L.A. area with some time to burn on February 18th? Let us know in the comments section, as we’ll be randomly picking a commentor to receive two tickets to the tour, a $60 value (tickets are $30 each in advance; $40 on the day of the tour). In case you don’t win, you can purchase tickets here.

There are nine stunning homes to explore. Just to tempt you even more, I’m going to give you a sneak peek into one of the two Hover Houses on the tour. It was designed by Glen Irani Architects, whose Hover Houses have spread all over L.A.

The Hover Houses are built on lots that are a mere 30′ x 95′. They fit in architecture and artist studios,  room for a family of four and guest quarters.

In order to make that footprint work, the house has to hover over the pool.

Oh, and all of those workstations roll, so the space can easily transform into a living room after the workday is over.

The house has wonderful views and some fabulous iconic mid-century modern furniture to lounge on and enjoy.

From this angle with this lighting, it has a Mondrian look to it.

If you’ve ever taken a stroll along the canals in Venice Beach and wanted to get a glimpse inside of some of these homes, this tour is for you. It starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday morning and ends at 6 p.m. To learn more visit

Images by Julius Shulman


Friday, November 18th, 2011

Design Around the Web This Week


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How was your week everyone? More importantly, what have you been clicking on around the web. Here are a few posts that caught our eyes around the web this week.

1. To die for home in San Francisco:

Photo: Winnie Wintemeyer for The Wall Street Journal

2. Great holiday decorating ideas from Real Simple: This article shows us some ways to keep things simple, easy to assemble and beautiful during the holidays, though here at Design Public, most of us still love paper turkeys too!

image by Ditte Isager for Real Simple

3. VisuaLingual goes to the Biltmore Estate: Wowza! $59 for a tour during the time when everything was upended for Christmas at the Biltmore preparations, and the price only goes up from there? Whatever, seeing this place and its Frederick Law Olmsted-designed grounds is still on my bucket list

Photo property of VisuaLingual

4. Oversized Load! The New York Times takes a look at  how houses get moved. Preserving a home and moving it is so much better than tearing it down; while you can pick up such houses for a song, moving them is another story!

photo by Caroline Yang for The New York Times

5. I can’t believe I had to discover this blog via Oprah magazine: Slaughterhouse 90210. The blog matches literary quotes with the likes of Snooki, Brenda Walsh and George Bluth and it is absolutely hilarious. Not so much a design site, my mind reels with ideas about how to turn these into mixed media creations for my walls.

image from via slaughterhouse90210

What clicks were you enjoying around the web this week? Let us know in the comments section!


Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Cape Cod Modern


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This week an exciting show will be opening at The Provincetown Art Association and Museum. If you’re in town to, oh, I don’t know, go see Varla Jean Merman (sooooo funny), get there a little early so you can stop by and admire the show about the unique modern architecture on the Cape titled “Cape/Modern: The Architecture of Survival and Celebration .” The show is curated by Mark Hammer, an architect and expert on this regional style, whom I had the pleasure of interviewing awhile back.