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Getting the Goods

Retro: Thanks to the folks at School-house Electric, the schoolhouse finally does rock. This Portland-based company produces fantastic retro light fixtures using century-old designs and production methods. Their hand-blown glass shades mimic vintage designs...


If writing about music is like dancing about architecture, what is writing about architecture like? Phaidon’s 10x10_2 does nothing to answer that question. A follow-up to the publisher’s popular 10x10, this mammoth book compiles...

Five Questions with … Scotty James

Scotty James knows a thing or two about making what’s old new again. General manager of Materials Unlimited — a 15,000-square-foot architectural salvage showroom in Ypsilanti — James has a degree in historic preservation...


As Colonial America’s population swelled and became more prosperous, people developed a taste for more fashionable homes. Post-medieval building styles were replaced by Georgian architecture throughout the colonies’ coastal towns beginning in the early...

Bond & Bowery

These days, you can buy a wide-collared polyester shirt from a former disco devotee in San Bernardino with nothing more than a quick click of the mouse.

Michael Thonet

Designed in 1855, Michael Thonet’s model-14 bentwood remains the world’s best-selling chair. After countless reproductions and knockoffs, it’s likely everyone, at one time or another, has sat on or owned a copy of Thonet’s...

Tour of Beauty

Detroit had yet to become “The Motor City” when Indian Village’s first homes began construction in 1895. In those days, Detroiters in horse-drawn carriages marveled at the neighborhood’s majestic homes in much the same...


Children lucky enough to have their own playhouse traditionally have had to make do with the run-of-the-mill, Hansel-and-Gretel style, gingerbread design. Well, who’s to say our children aren’t wholly contemporary and drawn to modern...

2008 Design Award Judges

Design Awards 2008 - Judges


Split-level houses — a multi-story modification of the one-floor ranch — became popular in the 1950s. Retaining the ranch’s horizontal lines, low-pitched roof, and overhanging eaves, the split-level added a two-story unit intercepted by...