Step Inside America’s Best Independent Design Shops

Independent design shops are hubs for creative communities. Here, we celebrate some of our favorites across the United States. Want to see your favorite shop on our list? Send us an email! Northeast Betsu | Philadelphia, PA At this former carpet mill in the Kensington neighborhood, owner Laura Weiszer curates a lively mix of vintage… Continue reading Step Inside America’s Best Independent Design Shops

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In Melbourne, a Retiree Couple’s Weatherboard Cottage Gets a Luminous Extension

Roam Architects designs an airy addition with a timber roof, a two-way fireplace, and generous glazing that connects it to the backyard. Seven years after buying a century-old home in Melbourne’s Inner West suburbs, the owners—a couple returning to the area after retiring from their careers in Sydney—had one last job to finish before moving… Continue reading In Melbourne, a Retiree Couple’s Weatherboard Cottage Gets a Luminous Extension

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A Punched-Up Brooklyn Townhouse Holds Three New Condos Starting at $1.2M

Overlay Office turns an 1899 building in South Slope into bright, two-bedroom units that have plenty of graphic flair. Walking along a row of turn-of-the-century townhouses on Seventh Avenue in South Slope, Brooklyn, you might think: One of these homes is not like the others. The ground floor of 460 Seventh Avenue, previously altered by… Continue reading A Punched-Up Brooklyn Townhouse Holds Three New Condos Starting at $1.2M

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A Lisbon Apartment Building Is Brought Back to Life With Tidy, Light-Filled Interiors

On a narrow, winding street sits the Escadinhas Building, which has been newly restored with a blend of sleek finishes by local firm Aurora Arquitectos. Situated on a roughly 860-square-foot plot in Mouraria, the Moorish Quarter of Lisbon, the 1920 Escadinhas Building spills onto a charming cobbled street at its front, and captures views across… Continue reading A Lisbon Apartment Building Is Brought Back to Life With Tidy, Light-Filled Interiors

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Before & After: An Old Corner Store Becomes the Ultimate Live/Work Space for Two Portland Filmmakers

Minarik Architecture rewrites the narrative of a former neighborhood store, turning it into a film production studio and a welcoming home. As filmmakers, Anna Sandilands and Ewan McNicol’s life revolves around telling stories, whether it’s for high profile commercial clients like Airbnb, or in the making of documentaries via their production company, Lucid, Inc. So… Continue reading Before & After: An Old Corner Store Becomes the Ultimate Live/Work Space for Two Portland Filmmakers

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America’s Best Independent Design Shops: Stranger & Co.

For her store in Edina, Minnesota, founder Maura Doyle seeks out brands led by women and people of color, immigrants, and LGBTQIA+ folks. Maura Doyle has Marcel Breuer to thank for her obsession with form and function. The owner of Stranger & Co. grew up near the hulking concrete church Breuer designed for Saint John’s… Continue reading America’s Best Independent Design Shops: Stranger & Co.

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A Folding Wall Lends Versatility to an Instagram-Ready Apartment in Hong Kong

Bean Buro brings Japanese and French influences to a fresh, light-filled home for a lifestyle influencer and her young family. Lifestyle influencer Laura Tsang and her husband, Juvan Wong, chose their high-rise apartment in Hong Kong for the views. “It’s not easy to find green space in an urban jungle,” says Laura, “and this property… Continue reading A Folding Wall Lends Versatility to an Instagram-Ready Apartment in Hong Kong

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A Biophilic Home in Vietnam Impresses With a Hollow-Brick “Breathing Wall”

Abundant greenery, ample skylights, and a partial glass roof round out a multigenerational home by CTA | Creative Architects. When Hong Anh approached CTA| Creative Architects to design a home on a lush plot just steps from the Dong Nai river in Bien Hoa, Vietnam, his only aesthetic requirement for the residence was that it… Continue reading A Biophilic Home in Vietnam Impresses With a Hollow-Brick “Breathing Wall”

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