The Custom Furniture Business: Creating Beautiful and Timeless Designs
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More people are interested in buying locally made products than ever before. You can capitalize on many consumers’ return to local shopping by emphasizing that all components of your furniture are made in the United States, or in your town or area. The same applies to handmade goods. Individuals who are tired of mass-produced goods are often the same people who are interested in buying locally. Given this climate, it is a good time to start a handmade furniture business.

Like a floating hill of stone

Earlier this year, London’s Serpentine Gallery announced that Japanese architect Junya Ishigami would design its annual summer pavilion. Renderings of Ishigami’s design struck a brooding chord: Thin poles propped up a canopy made from Cumbrian slate that seemed to rise from the ground like a giant rock.

Now Ishigami’s billowing rock mass has been brought to life—albeit with a few fabrication concessions along the way. The Guardian reports that Ishigami’s vision for “something between a building and a landscape” encountered some logistical roadblocks during the rapid construction process (the firm also took some heat in March for employing unpaid interns, but ultimately agreed to only use paid workers for the project as ordered by the Serpentine Gallery.)

The architect, who is known for his sinuous, perspective-bending designs, envisioned a streak of slate that hovered delicately above an array of thin columns, allowing the area underneath to open into a spacious abyss.

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Serpentine Pavilion 2019 Designed by Junya Ishigami, Serpentine Gallery, London (21 June – 6 October 2019), © Junya Ishigami + Associates.
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This <a class="ql-link" href="https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/25671493?source_impression_id=p3_1561041093_kfIUz%2BH3VRaXY7ma" target="_blank">treehouse</a> in San Jose, California, boasts gorgeous views of Silicon Valley and includes a bathroom, kitchenette, and beds for four. Rates are <a class="ql-link" href="https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/25671493?source_impression_id=p3_1561041093_kfIUz%2BH3VRaXY7ma" target="_blank">$350 per night</a>.

Take your vacation to new heights

If you love staying in architecturally interesting places on vacation, there’s no shortage of intriguing rentals. In the past, we’ve rounded up amazing geodesic domes, funky yurts, alluring A-frames, and lakeside charmers. Today, we turn our focus to something a bit more whimsical: treehouses.

In childhood, treehouses are roughly built hideaways perched in large oak or maple trees where kids gather to giggle and let their imaginations run wild. The treehouses listed here, in contrast, have bathrooms, fully built-out bedrooms, running water, and twinkling lights. But even though these treehouses are all grown up, they haven’t lost their magic.

Treehouses offer a new perspective on travel, tucked high into the canopy with verdant views. We’ve rounded 12 of our favorites that you can rent here in the U.S.

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Treehouse in a Vineyard Overlooking Monterrey Bay, California

Details: This one-bedroom, one-bath treehouse is built into giant Douglas Fir trees on Lago Lomita Vineyards with a view of Monterey Bay. A ladder leads to a 400-square-foot platform with a queen bed, electricity, and a full bath, and the treehouse is only one hour...

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The Seattle-based e-commerce company Amazon is often making headlines, from their controversial competition for a new headquarters to their upcoming annual sale, Prime Day. In a world of fast delivery and endless choice, it seems that Amazon sells almost everything—including this geodesic dome garden house.

In the past, the internet went wild when they discovered a shipping container house and a $7,000 tiny house available on Amazon. The latest find—the Garden Dome Igloo—is a 12-foot dome made from non-corrosive, recyclable PVC and PA6 materials.

The structure is inspired by architect and engineer Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic domes. Part kit-house and all retro, the domes flourished with the counterculture and “return to the land” movement of the 1960s and 1970s. The interlocking triangles have been making a comeback lately, both as off-the-grid vacation homes and as popular fodder for social media sites like Instagram.

Now, the phenomenon has made it to Amazon with a 107-foot base and a max height of 7 feet 2 inches, making it big enough for most people to stand upright. According to the Garden Dome Igloo’s description, the design maximizes...

Or let’s be real, is it the other way around?

The world’s most Instagrammable pizza restaurant recently opened in London, and there are no red checkered tabled cloths or grease stains in sight. No, with its all-pink-everything interior and perfectly contrasting green accent walls, Humble Pizza is anything but a humble place to grab a slice.

Not that we mind.

Round pink cafe tablesChieh Huang and Alexey Kostikov

The restaurant, designed by London firm Child Studio, is gorgeously detailed. The architects explain that the interior is inspired by the “Formica cafes” that were opened by Italian immigrants post World War II.

“We have long been attracted to the cinematic quality of London’s ‘Formica cafes’—the duality of modernist design language and the playful, almost cartoonish spirit,” said the architects. “This project aims to create a contemporary version of this unique typology.”

Round cafe tablesChieh Huang and Alexey Kostikov

Like its predecessors, Humble Pizza makes good use of Formica. The designers worked with the original Formica factory to develop a candy-hued pink version thats clad the space wall-to-wall. The pink is accented by cherry wood details, pops of dark green, and neon signs that...

The Hancock Shaker Village preserves the craftsmanship and way of life of the utopian spiritual sect, which is known for its minimal and utilitarian furniture.

The Shakers valued honesty, simplicity, and utility

You’ve probably sat in, or at least seen, a Shaker chair before. It’s a simple and elegant wood design composed of turned posts, a ladder back, square woven seat, and four legs with dowels between them. It’s light enough to easily move around, and even hang on a wall peg for storage.

Like this chair, all Shaker furniture is symbolic of the values of the utopian spiritual sect that designed it and gave the style its name—values that are overdue for a comeback today.

“Shakers are a model of sustainability—environmentally, economically, and socially,” says Sarah Margolis-Pineo, a curator at the Hancock Shaker Village, a former Shaker Village in Massachusetts that’s now a museum. “They created communities that were fully self-sustaining and existing beside the world, as they called it. There’s value in the legacy of these autonomous utopian spaces now.”

In 1787, members of a religious group known as The United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing—who became known as the “Shakers” for worship rituals that involved trembling, whirling, and shaking—fled persecution in England for freedom in the Americas. Led by Mother...

Easy, breezy, beautiful

If you’re a midcentury lover dreaming of a lake getaway, this three-bedroom, two-bath home might be your answer. Located on the eastern shores of Lake Michigan in Coloma, Michigan, the glass-and-brick gem was designed by Chicago architect Winston Elting in 1956.

The home is currently on its third owner, and the 2,000-square-foot structure has been meticulously restored with authenticity in mind. The interior is lined with redwood walls and tongue-and-groove ceilings, while a brick fireplace and walls add contrast. Like many midcentury homes, the exterior walls facing the street are nondescript, creating privacy for the floor-to-ceiling glass walls that open onto views of the lake.

A central courtyard provides an airy feeling for the bedrooms, and the bathrooms integrate the same brick and wood motif found in the main living rooms.

Outside, a patio stretches the length of the house and a larger section provides ample space for dining and entertaining with an outdoor fireplace. The 2.3-acre lot boasts a long paved driveway and parking area, trees, and a trail down to the beach.

Itchin’ for a midcentury lake home? 5980 Beechwood Drive is on the market...

The Coven in Minneapolis, a female-focused coworking space and “hive mind” that can help freelancers weather the storms of working for themselves.

Measuring the impact of The Wing, WeWork, the Coven, and other spaces selling a better workspace

As coworking continues to grow and expand—industry giant WeWork is in the midst of planning for an IPO and social clubs like The Wing double as work and networking spaces—selling community has become a big business.

By definition, the appeal of coworking is about community, something more personal than the office cubicle, and less haphazard than a table at a coffee shop. As Curbed’s Diana Budds wrote, “coworking spaces have always emphasized ‘community’ wielding the word in an ambiguous and increasingly meaningless way to hint at an informal camaraderie.”

But increasingly, these for-profit enterprises—which, in many cases, are charging significant membership fees in excess of $200 a month, often a large expense for those most in need of inclusive spaces—are trying to tap into the value of truly building more diverse, equitable, and uplifting communities. Community is something that everybody can claim. But can these new office spaces, especially ones with an implicitly feminist mission, actually improve access to opportunity and upward mobility by tackling the inequality uncovered...

The Muji Porcelain Toothbrush Stand (<a class="ql-link" href="https://www.amazon.com/Muji-White-Porcelain-Tooth-Brush/dp/B00ICIGGI2" target="_blank">$7.02</a>) is a simple, helpful tool that makes a hotel bathroom feel a bit more like home.

Must-have creature comforts for the road

Travel season is upon us, with millions of Americans hitting the road to visit friends, family, and new destinations. And while we love exploring beautiful places near and far, leaving home can come with some uncomfortable compromises.

Subpar hotels or Airbnbs can have scarce counter space, faulty mirrors, shoddy curtains, and plenty of street noise. Fortunately, we’ve done the dirty work of figuring out which must-have travel products should make it into your bag on vacation.

For everyone who pines for the creature comforts of home, here are our favorite travel accessories that help you feel cozy, no matter how far you go.

Packing

Keep things organized and tidy with these helpful packing items, below.

Hygiene and cosmetics

Little things can go a long way, like a simple toothbrush stand, mirror, or the right soap bar to remove stains.

On the go

The best vacations have the right balance of relaxation and activity, and these products keep you charged up and on the move.

Sleeping

The hardest part about leaving home is foregoing your favorite sleeping comforts. The right sleep mask, humidifier, and noise machine can help....

Growing Islands harness natural wave forces to build underwater sand buffers

As our environmental prognosis grows increasingly grim, designers have started to think about ways to mitigate what feels like an an inevitable crash course with nature. Cities along the coast, in particular, have begun considering drastic measures for preventing themselves from flooding and sinking altogether. The latest of those ideas comes from the Self-Assembly Lab at MIT and the Maldivian organization Invena.

Together, they’ve developed a wild idea called “Growing Islands” that aims to create a system of underwater sand structures that can help protect islands and coastal cities from the impacts of climate change like rising sea levels and extreme weather.

As the Architect’s Newspaper reports, the project makes use of ramps that are partially submerged off the coast of an island. As water passes over the ramps it creates turbulence and drags sand over the ramp where it’s deposited in the space between the structure and the beach. Over time, the sand deposit will grow into a sand bar that helps rebuild the beach and buffer the land from bad weather.

Infographic showing sand accumulating around rampMIT Self-Assembly Lab

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Please note that some of the links above and below are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you. All opinions are my own. Source At this time of the year many people start to focus on their gardens. Yet if you’re stuck inside, staring through the window at the cascading rain don’t fret....

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Image by PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay Interested in something different for your home, perhaps something you never knew existed? Check out these mind blowing designs which could really add new life to your home! Aquarium Bed Frame When you look at designs such as an underwater themed restaurant in Dubai, it seems like this kind of...

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Ella's Blush Dresser

If looking through magazines, loading your Pinterest board and watching makeover programs is your idea of heaven, then interior design is one of your guilty pleasures. I know that it is mine! There are so many ways in which you can enhance your home and even if you don’t have a huge budget to work...

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Natural Cleaning Solutions

Image via Unsplash Whether you’re a neat freak whose idea of heaven is Marie Kondo-ing your sock drawer on a Saturday evening or someone who loathes household chores and does the bare minimum, there’s no denying that when the tidying up, putting away and cleaning is done, we feel better. That hard-to-explain feeling of lightness...

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The second episode of “Nice Try!” explores the Indian government’s attempt to create a town as a work of art—and the iconic furniture that was made for it.

In 2016, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian invited Architectural Digest into their Calabasas mansion. As is expected of most celebrity houses, it was filled with very nice—and very expensive—items. The chairs in their office and dining room fetch tens of thousands of dollars whenever they appear in auctions today, but their provenance has much humbler origins: They were once so ordinary and so ubiquitous that they were once more valuable as firewood.

How the chairs ended up as status symbols is a saga that began in post-partition India and ends in marauding art dealers and a battle over who gets to own cultural history.

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In 1947, India became an independent country after hundreds of years of colonial occupation and rule. While it was a celebratory time, it was also an incredibly difficult and often violent transition, which displaced over 10 million people based on religious and ethnic lines....

In the first installment of our summer series, Curbed’s architecture critic re-reads A Field Guide to American Houses

If you visit the Architectural History best-seller list on Amazon, you will notice Virginia Savage McAlester’s A Field Guide to American Houses is almost always near the top. Displaced briefly by a Bauhaus anniversary or a famous architect’s death, it always bobs up again. I’ve owned the book for years, first in its original 1984 edition, then the chunky 2015 paperback revision, but I haven’t dipped into it too often. But seeing the book beat my own sales and those of my friends week after week made me curious, not to mention jealous: Why so popular?

It only took me two chapters to figure it out. Virginia McAlester tells you exactly what you need to know about your neighborhood.

If you had the arm strength to carry the Field Guide everywhere (or bought the e-book), you could walk down any street in America and identify the style, age, and component parts of each and every home you pass. Her most enthusiastic readers are preservationists, or wannabe preservationists, trying to quantify just what it is that makes a place so different, so special. Her wider...

Including a “sensory cube” that teaches tactile skills like the relationship between shapes, sizes, and weights

At this school in Bangkok, Thailand, every surface is a learning experience. The Pattaya Redemptorist School For the Blind enrolls students with varying levels of vision ability. Its goal is to help teach those students how to read and navigate the world around them.

The school enlisted Bangkok design studio Creative Crews to transform the building into a tactile experience where walls and floors become spaces for play and learning. Designed around the “pre-braille curriculum,” which helps young children develop tactile awareness and prepare for reading and writing braille, the school’s new additions include several perforated and magnetized walls onto which objects can be inserted and attached.

Kids playing with pegs on wallCreative Crews
Colorful wall pegs in boxesCreative Crews

The tactile surfaces are in effect a white board, where kids can feel different types of “learning pins” including geometric shaped blocks and animal pegs. In the main classroom, the designers made all four walls and the floor into a “sensory cube” that students follow like a curriculum, where they learn tactile skills like the relationship...

A cleverly efficient use of 200 square feet

When architect Takeshi Hosaka and his wife left their home in Yokohama, Japan, for Tokyo, they traded one tiny home for an even tinier home. Their new abode, a compact 204-square-foot nook called Love2House, is an exercise in seeing just how much space you can squeeze out of hardly any space at all.

The single-story house is sandwiched between two buildings, but despite its constrained footprint, Hosaka designed the space with a clear layout that separates the living room, kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom.

Living room with concrete wallsPhoto: Koji Fujii Nacasa and Partners
Light casting down concrete wallsPhoto: Koji Fujii Nacasa and Partners
Bedroom separated by concrete wallPhoto: Koji Fujii Nacasa and Partners
Skylights in roofPhoto: Koji Fujii Nacasa and Partners

A high ceiling slants toward two skylights and makes the concrete interior feel spacious. The cleverly designed roof helps to diffuse light into the space, which won’t receive direct sunlight from its two main windows for three months out of the year.

“In the winter, the two skylights effectively bring soft sunlight into the house and in the summer the house is filled with brilliant sunshine like in a tropical country,” Hosaka tells Dezeen.

The house has plenty...

Family dinners, backyard chickens, and unrequited love defined my years at a Brooklyn commune

In my mid-20s, I lived in a commune in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn; every night, I would bike home over the Manhattan Bridge, exhausted from my job at a vegan juice bar, hoping for the same thing: that there’d be a gleam of light in the basement window of our four-story brownstone. The window closest to the stairs, with a ragged white curtain hanging behind the bars. That shine meant my roommate Jamie (whose name I’ve changed) was home; if Jamie was home, there was a chance I might see him, smell his cologne in the hall, maybe catch him on the stoop smoking a cigarette. We might talk, laugh, or drink until we forgot ourselves and kissed. That was our pattern for about half a year before things completely unraveled.

But a light was no guarantee that any of that would happen—often, the light would appear, but Jamie wouldn’t, no matter how many hours I spent just upstairs from him in our enormous kitchen. My 12 other roommates would come in and out, make their meals, sit around to shoot the shit, split 40s, and he’d make no appearance the entire night, not even on Mondays, our sacred family dinner...

Fun ideas for every type of dad

Father’s Day is coming up quick on Sunday, June 16, and now’s the time to order the perfect gift for your one-of-a-kind dad. But while the internet—read: quick, cheap shipping—makes shopping easier than ever, it can also leave you drowning in a sea of subpar options.

If you’re faced with shopping paralysis due to too many options, Curbed has you covered. We’ve searched our favorite brands to find picks that are both practical and cool. Of course, not all dads are similar, so we’ve broken up our picks into categories that can help you narrow it down. From the dad who wants to transform his house into a smart home to the grandpa who loves music or the outdoors, here are 22 top-notch gift ideas for Father’s Day.

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For the tech-minded father

For the outdoorsy dad

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Located in Weston, Connecticut

Internationally-renowned architect Richard Neutra helped to define modernism in the mid-twentieth century, living and building for most of his life in Southern California. He did, however, design a few homes on the East Coast, like this five-bedroom, three-bath home in Weston, Connecticut, that’s on the market for the first time.

Known as the Corwin House, it’s one of only two properties designed by Neutra remaining in Connecticut, and it’s being sold by the original owner, Betty Corwin. Corwin and her husband reached out to Neutra in 1955 after being dissatisfied with their first architect, and tasked the iconic architect to build the structure on 4.3 acres perched above the Saugatuck River.

The home boasts a plethora of original features like bright yellow St. Charles cabinetry, a blue door framed by windows, and walls of glass looking out into the forest beyond. The kitchen is enclosed by windows in a boxy shape, and the home includes a wood-paneled dining area that adds coziness. Built-in furniture and cabinetry can be found throughout, and a brick-inlay fireplace forms a focal point in the living room.

25 Huckleberry Lane is on the market...

The artworks are part of a pop-up exhibition at Taliesin West

Frank Lloyd Wright, who would have celebrated his 152nd birthday tomorrow, is more than an architect—he’s a lifestyle brand; he’s an aesthetic; and he’s now the inspiration for some cool new posters.

The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation partnered with Spoke Art Gallery to curate a pop-up exhibition called “Frank Lloyd Wright: Timeless” that will show in the architect’s Taliesin West home on June 15 and 16.

Poster of Frank Lloyd Wright architectureArtwork by Alison King courtesy Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
Poster featuring FallingwaterArtwork by Francois Schulten courtesy Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

The exhibition will feature original artwork from more than a dozen artists who have depicted Wright’s buildings in the style of Works Progress Administration travel posters from the 1930s.

In one poster, artist Alison King renders Taliesin West in cutout form with a call to action: “Experience Fellowship at Taliesin West.” In another Rory Kurtz illustrates Taliesin East awash in twilight. The bold, graphic images features will all be screen-printed and for sale with prices starting at $50.

Taliesin East illustratedArtwork by Rory Kurtz courtesy Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
Poster of Frank Lloyd Wright buildingcourtesy Frank Lloyd Wright...

HBO’s miniseries <em>Chernobyl </em>went to extraordinary lengths to create an authentic vision of the Soviet world in 1986, the backdrop to the infamous nuclear disaster.

HBO’s hit about the 1986 disaster is “more realistic than anything Russians would have ever made about themselves”

Already hailed as the “feel-bad” hit of the early summer, the new miniseries Chernobyl has become the highest-rated series in history on IMDB—high praise for such dark, uncompromising work about a deadly catastrophe.

The joint HBO/Sky production recounts in grim detail the April 26, 1986 explosion of reactor number 4 at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, an environmental disaster that devastated the surrounding region and helped accelerate the decline of the Soviet Union. The botched reaction to the crisis, and the nuclear and personal fallout from the mounting tragedy, is seen mostly through the eyes of chemist Valery Legasov (Jared Harris), Soviet Deputy Prime Minister Boris Shcherbina (Stellan Skarsgård), and whistleblower nuclear physicist Ulana Khomyuk (Emily Watson).

In addition to excellent performances and immersive storytelling, what has truly captivated viewers is the ability to gain a palpable sense of what life was like in the Soviet Union. A viral Twitter thread by a Russian who grew up in the Soviet Union praised the show as a work of art “more...

The ramp of Brasilia’s National Museum, deigned by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer.

Brasilia is reconciling its historic identity with the realities of contemporary life

“Don’t bother visiting Brasilia if you’ve already formed an opinion and have preconceived ideas,’’ the city’s urban designer Lucio Costa once wrote. “Stay where you are. Let them say what they want, Brasilia is a miracle.”

By many measures, Brasilia, the capital city of Brazil, is a miracle. Built from the ground up at breakneck speed between 1956 and 1961, the year it was inaugurated, it’s filled with beautiful, sculptural, and symbolic buildings by Oscar Niemeyer—a true master of design—and majestic avenues that stretch far as the eye can see.

But by just as many other measures, Brasilia is failing to embody its original ambition as a progressive city that would guarantee a good quality of life to its residents. It’s been labeled a “cautionary tale” for urban dreamers. This backlash against the city’s design is what sparked Costa’s defensive statement.

The problems Brasilia faces today include inequality, congestion, and sprawl—which are far from unique in this city and common throughout the world. They’re direct ripple effects of the utopian thinking that went into its design. It’s a...

I’m currently working on giving this old dresser a new look. My neighbor found it and brought it home. It is very orange and dated but hey – I’m also sometimes orange when I use self tanner and dated but I still deserve a makeover 🙂 The finish she has chosen is the same finish...

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Waste does not exist in nature. Everything is continually recycled, produced, consumed and decomposed. Humans created the concept of waste and we seem to be quite hopeless when it comes to managing it. Interesting fact: I was surprised to read that Canada produces more garbage per individual than any other country – you messy Canadians!...

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Pexels If there’s anything sacred to an artist, it’s the space in which they construct their masterworks. An artist without a space to exercise their talent is one who is perennially frustrated. But of course, you needn’t a space such as the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel to exercise your painting, you just need something...

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Creating French Flower Pots

Image Credit The sun is finally shining, and the winter blues have been put away! Summer is here, and with it, hopefully, relaxation and socializing. BBQ season offers up the chance to have friends and family around, and of course you’ll want to make sure that your garden is spruced up! Winter can be hard...

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I stopped by a little thrift shop last week and picked up the sweetest little desk and had to share. It was $39 so quite a deal. I’ve placed it in my dining room and have no plans on painting it or changing it at all. I likely will add a spot or two of...

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From the convention center to... the convention center

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) has approved a contract for the Boring Company to build an underground transit system which would run less than one mile near the north end of The Strip.

The Boring Company’s project—called the LVCC Loop, but referenced in documents as the “Campus Wide People Mover”—will transport passengers from one end of the city’s convention center to the other.

KTNV reported passengers will ride in a “bus-looking Tesla electric car,” that will reach speeds of 50 mph.

In March, the authority voted to move forward with the Boring Company after reviewing nine proposals ranging from monorails to gondolas. The Boring Company’s proposal was “considerably cheaper” than the other options, Steve Hill, LVCVA’s president and CEO, told Elizabeth Lopatto at The Verge.

The total cost listed on the contract is $48,675,000. The project will be paid for with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority’s general fund, which largely consists of hotel taxes. Rides will be free.

 The Boring Company
The new convention center exhibition hall, located on the northwest corner of the campus.

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Loop, a new zero-waste platform attempting to mainstream the concept of selling consumer brands in reusable packaging, is now partnering with apartment buildings.

Tenants get easy access to reusable containers, making conscious consumerism more convenient

Sustainable consumerism may soon be marketed as the next killer apartment amenity, as Brookfield Properties, a global property management firm, announced plans to partner with Loop, a new zero-waste platform attempting to mainstream the concept of selling consumer brands in reusable packaging.

Brookfield will become the first real estate partner for the new sustainability-minded business, and will soon embark on a pair of trial programs: one in its offices at Brookfield Place in Lower Manhattan, and another at One Blue Slip, a 359-unit luxury residential tower at Greenpoint Landing on the Brooklyn waterfront. By tethering the service to work or home, the partnership hope it makes it easier for more consumers to participate.

“Loop’s partnership with Brookfield will help us innovate future expansion of the Loop platform including B2B deliveries and drop-off points while offering residents the exclusive opportunity to access a limited number of spaces in the pilot program,” Loop CEO Tom Szaky said in a statement. “We are very excited to begin this partnership in New York City and...

Just one block from the ocean in La Jolla, California

Memorial Day has us dreaming of summer cookouts and lazy afternoons, so it’s fitting that today’s stand-out listing showcases indoor-outdoor living. Located just one block from the ocean in La Jolla, California, this three-bedroom, three-bathroom was built in 2014 to take advantage of the region’s sunny climate.

Designed by the San Diego-based architecture firm Architects Magnus, the home features pure white walls, expansive windows, and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors that allow access to the outdoors. The main building includes two bedrooms while a multi-functional detached unit houses the third.

The back unit was converted into a studio media room with sound insulated walls and a hydraulic aircraft hanger door. On top of the mother-in-law is a floating staircase that leads to a rooftop deck with ocean views. Other perks include an open-concept kitchen and dining area with a light blue Smeg refrigerator, Bertazzoni oven, and Bosch dishwasher.

Love what you see? 5681 Dolphin Place is on the market now for $2,750,000.

Herman Miller’s Design for Living House brochure, 1933.

How industrial designer Gilbert Rohde helped Herman Miller become America’s top producer of modern furniture

This excerpt has been adapted from Herman Miller: A Way of Living, edited by Amy Auscherman, Sam Grawe, and Leon Ransmeier.

In 1923, when Dirk Jan (D.J.) De Pree assumed control of the Michigan Star Furniture Company—and renamed it Herman Miller after his father-in-law and financial benefactor—he could hardly have foreseen the dire straits his company would be in seven short years later. The Great Depression struck at the heart of Grand Rapids’ once booming furniture business, and the Zeeland, Michigan–based producer of bedroom suites in period styles wasn’t exempt from the devastation. In 1929 Herman Miller barely managed to stay in business between increasingly infrequent orders, and De Pree as often as not went without paying himself to keep the company afloat. Facing imminent bankruptcy, the God-fearing son of Dutch Calvinists prayed to save his business and the jobs of the people he employed.

As De Pree grasped at straws, he began to identify the underlying causes for his company’s grim financial circumstances, which he eventually codified as the “twelve evils” of...

Assorted tableware—including Ferm Living Ripple glassware recommended by Sight Unseen’s Jill Singer—in the <a class="ql-link" href="https://ny.curbed.com/2019/4/22/18485074/brooklyn-new-york-home-tour-michael-yarinsky" target="_blank">home of Brooklyn designer Michael Yarinksy</a>.

Gift ideas for every room in the home

Have one—or five—weddings coming up this year and feel a bit overwhelmed? When it comes to the gift-choosing aspect of wedding season, we can help. Our latest home shopping guide already has a host of fab kitchen and dining gifts for newlyweds, including a marble rolling pin and a ceramic water filter (an underrated wedding gift category!).

But for even more ideas (because you’re probably getting invited to another wedding as we speak), we turned to 11 designers and design experts, who shared some of their favorite wedding gifts to both give and receive. Read on.

Interviews have been edited and condensed for clarity.


“I have given the same gift to a few different people...and I like it because it’s the kind of thing you might not register for. But if the couple you’re giving it to likes to entertain, it kind of elevates any party. I mix and match the Hay serving tray and the Ferm Living Carafe Set and Glasses. I like the thought of coming out with a drinks tray at a party—it’s kind of a throwback but the super contemporary forms update it. I also think pretty much anything from Casa Shop would be a good bet—[there are always] great vases...

It’s part of a broader push by HUD to eliminate civil rights protections

Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) secretary Ben Carson testified before the Housing Financial Services Committee on Tuesday. When asked if HUD planned to change the Equal Access Rule—an Obama-era regulation that prevents discrimination against transgender people in certain HUD programs, including homeless shelters—Carson said the department had no such plans.

The next day, HUD and Carson announced their intent to do just that.

While the department hasn’t made a formal rule proposal, it has stated that it wants to change the rule so that HUD-funded homeless shelters can deny transgender applicants on religious grounds, or force them to use bathrooms and bedding areas that don’t correspond with their gender identity.

The original Equal Access Rule, which was enacted by the Obama administration in 2016, applies to housing funded by programs administered by HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD). These programs include Community Development Block Grants, HOME Investment Partnerships, Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS, the national Housing Trust Fund, and Rural...

And a range of 400 miles between charges

New technologies have transformed electric campers from a pipe dream into something that’s actually happening. We’ve seen concept campers covered in solar panels, a Winnebago-designed electric commercial RV, and new tech for an electrified trailer that makes it possible for the smallest of cars to pull it. Love campers and trailers? Come join our community group.

But here in the U.S., enthusiasm for electric campers and RVs has been dampened by the reality of long-haul travel. It’s been especially unrealistic to imagine taking an electric camper off-the-grid, where you need to travel much further than 150 miles before a charge and where four-wheel drive is preferred.

The American electric automotive startup Rivian is hoping to change these perceptions. On the heels of their 2018 debut, the company recently showed an all-electric truck camper called the R1T at Overland Expo West, the go-to annual event for off-road camping. This was the first time that an electric vehicle has shown at the overlanding event, and it caught the eyes of the crowd. With an estimated 400 mile range, this truck could revolutionize expectations in the camping...

A modern take on the tree house

Casa Flotante (“floating house”) is exactly as advertised: a gorgeous, timber home that appears to float in the surrounding forest. Mexican architecture firm Talleresque designed the sophisticated take on a treehouse in a lush Mexico City neighborhood.

The house stretches vertically into the tree canopy, like a giant, illuminated tree trunk. The frame sits on nine stilts, creating 936 square feet of living space. A floating timber staircase wraps around the outside of the house and is the main passageway for getting from level to level.

Living room doors opening onto deckPhoto: Studio Chirika via Designboom
Living room with drum set and deskPhoto: Studio Chirika via Designboom

On the ground floor, the multi-purpose living room opens out onto an expansive deck. Indoors, there’s a kitchenette, desk, and plenty of room for a drum kit. The bedroom is on the third floor, where a row of skylights offers a peek of the flora.

Wooden staircase wrapping around housePhoto: Studio Chirika via Designboom

All of the levels have large windows and platforms that open out onto the forest, making the house feel like it’s one with the trees.

Dates, deals, and tips on how to shop the sale

Memorial Day is almost here and that can only mean one thing: It’s time to shop the sales. In between cookouts and enjoying an extra day off, make sure to peruse some of the best deals on home goods of the year.

One of the top sales online will be at Wayfair and its family of brands: AllModern, Joss & Main, and Birch Lane. Running from May 22 through May 30, the sale will offer steep discounts and free shipping, making this an excellent opportunity to stock up on home decor for summer.

Wayfair provides the company’s broadest offering for all budgets, and shoppers can expect up to 80 percent off rugs, bedding, wall art, and more. AllModern is a go-to option for contemporary home decor, Joss & Main is branded as Wayfair’s home for “stylish designs,” and Birch Lane leans more traditional.

There will also be flash deals on the sites throughout the day on Monday, May 27, and AllModern is offering an extra 15 percent off on some items with the code “LETSGO.” You can take an extra 15 percent off at Birch Lane with the code “HATSOFF.”

Don’t have time to scroll through all the products? See below for a curated list of our favorite...

New projects in California and Florida sell a better life now, and a better future tomorrow

“Why not have something great that you can be proud of?” says 57-year-old developer Marshall Gobuty, who’s building and selling a community on Florida’s Gulf Coast he hopes will set a new standard in luxury living.

Hunters Point Pearl Homes & Marina, in Cortez, Florida, promises a “life well-lived” near pristine beaches just south of St. Petersburg. But in addition to great weather and a waterfront location, the big selling point of this just-completed community is sustainability.

Built in concert with Sonnen, a German firm focused on home-energy storage, and the Florida Solar Energy Center, this collection of 86 homes start at $400,000 without a boat slip and boasts an array of efficiency features like solar panels, battery storage, and smart home technology.

The sales website greets potential buyers by anticipating their pride in making a responsible choice, reminding them that “only a select few will have the opportunity to be part of this movement—a giant leap into the future of homebuilding.”

“You’re not going to compromise luxury, but you also want to do the right thing,” Gobuty...

Georgetown Gray Certainteed Shingles

One of the most essential parts of home ownership is looking after all the aspects of the home (not just the fun stuff, like decorating!). It truly is a never ending process! It’s important to stay on top of those little things that need checking on a regular monthly or yearly basis. This can become...

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Vintage Bamboo Coffee Table in White

I don’t know if you all remember, but I purchased a bamboo 1970’s coffee table last year at a thrift store. It was super cheap but I really liked the design. It did, however, really scream 1970 design! What’s the quick fix for a dated finish? Always a coat of white paint! In this case,...

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It started like this… Just an average table that someone had mod podged with a fun print. This is what caught my eye. Unfortunately, the mod podge top was dirty, stained and torn in places. Using Annie Sloan Giverny chalk paint (previous dresser painted in Giverny HERE), I applied a quick coat of paint over...

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A modern home design on Higharc, a new program being developed that allows homebuilders to customize their home designs.

Higharc hopes to make custom homes more accessible

In a customization-obsessed era, consumers have more access than ever to products that can be tailored to their specific needs. But when it comes to creating a dream house, customization still carries a prohibitively high price tag.

New home design software called Higharc aims to change that, by offering consumers a new, cost-effective way to avoid a cookie-cutter house. According to founder and CEO Marc Minor, even custom homebuilders often work from a standard set of blueprints, simply making small tweaks.

What sets this still-under-development home design program apart is its ease of use for consumers—the web app allows users to simply drag and drop rooms and select options from a drop-down menu—and its usefulness to builders and contractors.

Using an algorithm trained by architects, Higharc makes sure any alteration conforms not only to the rules of physics and good architecture, but local building codes. Higharc even spits out construction-ready blueprints.

For consumers, the ability to create real, workable designs before even talking with an architect will lower design costs and make it easier for buyers to afford...

Teachers Village in Newark.

From downpayment assistance to new developments targeting teachers

A common refrain in the conversation about the U.S. affordable housing crisis is that home prices and rents have risen considerably faster than wages. This is perhaps most true for the nation’s teachers.

According to the National Education Association, teacher salaries from the 2018-19 school year are down 4.5 percent compared to salaries from the 2009-10 school year, when adjusting for inflating. Over that same time period, the Case-Shiller National Home Price Index has risen by 43.1 percent.

This means many teachers have been forced to leave their school communities—particularly in high-cost metro areas like San Francisco and New York City—or to leave the profession altogether. Teacher strikes have swept the nation as educators demand pay commensurate with their cost of living.

While the strikes have led to better pay in a few cases, the issue has also attracted attention from a number of private entities, who’ve found ways to help teachers either purchase a home or rent an affordable apartment. Among these private groups are developers, nonprofits, and tech startups.

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Ronit Belson from the Bay Area catches her UberX driver Dan Pedrovic as UberX begins making passenger pickups at Los Angeles International Airport on January 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. LAX will be the center of a protest against Uber and Lyft by drivers complaining of low wages.

Demands for better pay come as companies hold billion-dollar IPOs.

A coalition of labor organizations and Uber and Lyft drivers participated in a global strike May 8, protesting unfair wages and exploitative pay policies from the ride-hailing giants. The action was timed to coincide with Uber’s expected blockbuster $90 billion initial public offering later this week.

Drivers in at least 10 U.S. cities took part in the strike, promoted with hashtags like #StrikeUberLyft and #AppsOffMay8, including New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, Atlanta, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles, in solidarity with strikers around the world in Melbourne and Sydney, Montreal, London and other UK cities. Most drivers planned to log off between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. local times, during the morning commute. Reports suggest the number of protesters didn’t significantly disrupt traffic or service on either app.

“We took a vote to go out on this strike as an act of solidarity,” says @bhairavi_desai, New York Taxi Workers Alliance executive director, from the #UberLyftStrike at the Charging Bull. “But also to demand that Uber and Lyft drivers should be guaranteed 80 to 85% of the...

Beddingo claims it’s the first “reinvention” of the sheet in 100 years

Making the bed is the bane of everyone’s existence. It doesn’t matter if you’re 15 or 45—getting multiple layers of fabric to sit just right is an annoyance that we haven’t engineered our way out of—yet.

So it was only a matter of time before an engineer tried his hand at improving the bedsheet. Last year, Yonatan Guy quit his day job as an electrical engineer to create Beddingo, a clever update to the basic fitted sheet that he believes will save people time and frustration every time they change their sheets.

Beddingo involves two products: an elastic strap that hugs the outside of a mattress and has a Velcro strip on the corners, and sateen cotton sheets that has its own corner Velcro to attach to the strap. Instead of wrestling with a fitted sheet, you can simply pull it taut over the corner and it will stay in place. A set of one base strap and one sheet is going for an early bird price of $69.

So far Beddingo has blown past its goal on Kickstarter, which is, if nothing else, a testament to just how much people hate changing sheets.

Located in Boise, Idaho

Located in the northern section of Boise, Idaho, this cute three-bedroom, two-bath home offers midcentury style on a spacious lot. Built in 1953, the home sits on .38 acres but backs to public lands for the feeling of a much larger yard. This also provides access to an extensive hiking and biking trail system right out the back door, a major perk of the property’s location.

Inside, the 2,954-square-foot home boasts plenty of original features, including original blond wood cabinets, red kitchen countertops, and hardware. The kitchen also boasts a helpful exterior pass-through to the patio, making entertaining a cinch. And the patio is created thanks to a large overhanging roof with a unique skylight above, making the space both protected and airy.

The living room gets plenty of light from large windows, and a wood-burning fireplace with adjacent built-ins is a focal point. A second gas fireplace in the basement creates another area to relax. Love what you see? 2816 West Hill Road is on the market now for $499,900.

A modern hideaway

MAPA, the Brazilian and Uruguayan architecture firm known for its prefab modular homes, is up to its old tricks. Which is to say, the team designed yet another stylish MiniMod house and tucked it deep into the wilderness.

The Curucaca MiniMod sits surrounded by trees in the Curucaca forest in southern Brazil. The compact house was built on short stilts to help it balance on the sloping plot of land. Its rectilinear shape has two large windows that create a sightline from one side of the house to the other.

Living room with timber walls and large windowPhoto: Leonardo Finotti
Minimalist bedroomPhoto: Leonardo Finotti

MAPA constructed the house from cross-laminated timber. Inside, the knotty timber walls give the otherwise sparse design a warm, rustic vibe. According to the designers, the home is intentionally minimalist.

“It presents itself as a primitive retreat with a contemporary reinterpretation, which more than an object aims to become an every-remote-landscape experience,” MAPA told Dezeen.

Living room with stovePhoto: Leonardo Finotti

Outside, the home’s facade is finished with dark stain to help it blend into the surrounding forest. To aid the cause even more, MAPA designed the house with a green roof, which when viewed...

The Iowa Cedar Valley Nature Trail will become part of the Great American Rail-Trail network.

The just-announced route travels 3,700 miles across 12 different states

Today, the Rails-to-Trails Conversancy (RTC), the nation’s largest trails organization, unveiled its preferred route for the Great American Rail-Trail. In the past, we’ve catalogued everything from awesome bike rides to city bike share programs, but never before has there been a trail that lets you ride across the United States.

The Great American Rail-Trail is a mega bike trail that would connect nearly 3,700 miles of rail-trail and other multi-use trails to form a path across the country from Washington, D.C. to Washington State. The preferred route of the nation’s first cross-country multi-use trail is detailed in a comprehensive report released by RTC today, and you can explore the route in an interactive map, here.

Twelve gateway trails make the route possible (you can see those, below). The route travels through 12 states and uses 1,900 miles of existing trails with more than 1,700 miles of “trail gaps”—trails that need to be developed to fully connect the route.

Fifty two percent of the path is already complete and available for public use. The largest challenge appears to be the lack of trails...

A view of Playa Punta Zicatela and its lighthouse, at left.

Love design? Skip Tulum

Puerto Escondido, a beach town in the southwestern Mexican state of Oaxaca, has long been a well-kept secret of the world’s surfing community. Most travel guides focus on the area’s immense waves and the laid-back vibes on offer in local bars and restaurants under thatch-roofed palapas.

Lately, though, it seems the secret is out: Puerto (as it’s known to locals) is welcoming a wider variety of tourists, among them design enthusiasts eager to explore the region’s burgeoning art and architecture scenes.

About a half-hour taxi ride out of town, renowned architect Alberto Kalach—the designer behind some of Mexico City’s most notable buildings, including Biblioteca Vasconcelos and the Kurimanzutto Gallery—recently finished building eight eco-villas in an ocean-front site flanked by a large, rocky cliff.

Though today the villas appear to have sprouted from the ground along with the greenery that envelops them (from afar, one can only make out their pitched wooden rooftops), not long ago the site was completely barren, stripped by aggressive agricultural practices.

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Give your business a name. Name your business something that indicates what you sell. This will come in handy later on, when you are marketing your business and want people to associate your business name with handmade furniture.
File a DBA, which stands for “doing business as,” at your local county clerk’s office. You may want to do a search to ensure that no other business in your town is operating under the same name. If you live in a large metropolitan area, a search is a necessity.
Create a line of furniture. You’ll need to have models of each piece of furniture that you intend to sell, so that customers can easily visualize what you have to offer. Add to your furniture line each year so that your stock stays fresh and on-trend.