Author: Jenn Thornton

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Fall House by Fougeron Architecture Along Big Sur

For Fall House, a modern design featuring a dramatic cantilever and commanding views on the south coast of Big Sur, Fougeron Architecture used “the forces of na...Read More

Craig Steely’s Innovative Lavaflow Architecture in Hawaii

Craig Steely is a native of California but has found a certain flow in Hawaii. He works in both places, but Hawaii is where the architect placed his ambitious L...Read More

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Brutalist Architecture is the New Art Deco

In a great many places art deco, the use of raw concrete is thought incredibly chic. A double trough-style sink, an expanse of floor, polished open shelving in ...Read More

From Mountain to Shore Resorts

Season, by the Shore With spectacular vistas of the Pacific, Hotel Casa del Mar—a jewel of the Southern California coast—blends a glamorous past as a 1920s beac...Read More

Legendary Photographer Sally Mann

While the world embraces a retouched reality, there’s Sally Mann to remind us all of just how striking unaltered can be. In the paean of contemporary artists, t...Read More

Great American Train Stations

With transportation taking a surreally futuristic turn—commercial flights to the moon, driver-less cars—the thought of rail travel offers a certain comfort once...Read More

Dorothy Draper The Duchess of Bold Creates Modern Baroque

For America’s original tastemaker Dorothy Draper, drab just wouldn’t do. Give the lady a big print, some chintz and stripes, a Baroque detail. And cast about so...Read More

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Classical Design with Southern California Kick

Like many designers, Emily Ruddo straddles two worlds—born to one, a resident of another, she is pulled between “the pink sunsets of L.A. and the green grassy f...Read More


Minimalist Mexican “Boutique Hotel”

It’s a ramble of dirt road that brings one to a place of intention called Casa Tiny, a Boutique Hotel. A modern variation of Thoreau’s 18th-century experiment i...Read More

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Classic American-Made Modern Design Heath Ceramics

Since industrial artist Edith Heath and her husband Brian founded quintessential California pottery Heath Ceramics in 1948, the company has been a defining forc...Read More

Continuing Its Legacy of Creative Collaboration, Knoll Rethinks Bauhaus-Inspired Design

Old School, New Modern Continuing Its Legacy of Creative Collaboration, Knoll Rethinks Classic Bauhaus-inspired Design The move to unify art, craft and industry...Read More

KAA Design Takes on Infinity Pools & Spas Along The Strand

KAA Design rethinks a mainstay of local outdoor living for a contemporarily conceived oceanfront abode on The Strand In Southern California, the pool is a summe...Read More

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