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Finding high-quality simply-designed home fixtures is harder than you might think. For this reason, Belgian architect Eve van Dyck’s lighting line Zangra has become a cult favorite among European design buffs. Now her clean and simple pieces will finally be available stateside. Remodelista tipped us off to the newly North America–compatible porcelain and glass fixtures, and we’re excited to spread the word.

Source: Remodelista

dog-playing-with-toysFor some homeowners, the most important family members are their pets. Today, pet-ownership is at an all-time high due in part to many Americans delaying getting married and having children.

In the U.S., 68% of households included at least one pet in 2012, up from 62% in 2010 according to American Pet Products Association. Spending is also hitting highs with $53.33 billion spent on pets in 2012, up from $41.2 billion five years prior.

As a result homeowners are turning to architects, builders and interior designers to help them add special spaces and rooms for their pets. This includes everything from dog spas and grooming centers to pet-size furniture. Many of these design-conscious pet-owners want to integrate their pet spaces and items to flow with the design aesthetics of the house. Thus pet built-ins and cabinetry that blend with the rest of the home are being widely adopted.

Designer Melanie Charlton is working on an eating and dressing station for a client with two small dogs. There will be a room to hold the dogs’ coats and leashes, and offer a changing-table-height surface for dressing them. Charlton adds that, “Over the past five years we’ve really seen a jump in the level of cabinetry in certain rooms that the dogs live in”.

Condominium and apartment developers are also adding amenities for pets when constructing new buildings. A condo complex under construction in Coconut Grove, Florida, that is across the street from a 12-acre park found out through focus groups that many prospective buyers are pet-owners. As a result they dedicated a section of the building to include a dog spa with a shower and a separate platform for pet grooming.

A challenge that pet-owners face can be whether or no the pet will like the space they had custom built for it. Homeowner Beth Wright, didn’t want to clutter her newly remodeled house with a bulky dog crate, so she designed a cabinet/alcove for her dog. She even took the dog shopping with her to help pick out the cabinetry. In case the dog rejected the space, she thought it could be used as a storage area, but luckily the dog ended up loving it.

In the end, to many, accommodating space in their house for pets is not much different than designing a house with kids in mind.

Source: WSJ

Photo: GJW Titmuss 

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In New Canaan, Connecticut stands a beautiful house with windows as walls. The Glass House is the most notable work of American Architect Philip Johnson who designed and built it along with many other structures in 1949. The house is a National Trust Historic Site preserved as an interpretation of modern architecture, landscape and art.

The Glass House is a little less than 1,800 square feet with a cylindrical brick service core housing a bathroom and hearth. The rest of the house is 360 degree views out the glass windows surrounding the exterior. Johnson chose the land and the location of the house because of his superstitions. He believed that by building his house on the shelf of a hill it would bring good spirits, as they will be intrigued by the hill. Johnson continued to build structures on his 49 acres of land as architectural essays. He even built a guest house, which he deliberately designed to be less than comfortable since he rarely had guests over and didn’t want them to stay more than a couple days. In 2005 Johnson passed away in his sleep at the Glass House. The house is open to visitors for tours around the entire property from May through November.

Sources: NY Times & The Philip Johnson Glass House

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Library House, Shinichi Ogawa & Associates.

Today avant-garde houses are a regular sight in Japan. In a recent article on ArchDaily, Tokyo architect Alastair Townsend explains a little bit about Japan and its famous bizarre residential architecture.

According to Townsend, Japanese homes are mostly designed by young architects and often appear to show that anything is possible, from balconies with no handrails to homes with no windows. As it turns out, Japan is the country with the most registered architects per capita––a possible explanation for why each architect tries harder to stand out from the crowd.

An unconventional home requires an unconventional client, one who is willing to take risks in regards to design aesthetics. Though you might think these bold homes are built primarily for wealthy clients, most of them are actually small middle class homes.

In the US and Europe, deviating from the norm when it comes to residential architecture can jeopardize a home’s value. If you plan to sell in the future, it is risky to build an eccentric home; however, the logic is opposite in Japan as their homes depreciate like consumer goods and they don’t expect to sell.

After 30 years, a typical home in Japan generally loses all of its value and is demolished to build a new home. In fact, despite a shrinking population, home building remains steady; though the population is only one third of that in the US, the number of new homes built each year is comparable.

Since properties don’t hold value and homes are demolished and rebuilt, Japanese clients have the freedom to build homes that are personal expressions of their lifestyle and tastes. Neighbors also have little say in what is built next door, giving architects no risk to designing bizarre homes for their clients.

Check out the slideshow below for more photos of unique Japanese homes:

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Source: ArchDaily

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79095 Tom Fazio Lane North, La Quinta, CA

Noted architect Guy Dreier is not known for his conventional designs (the L.A. Times once described a Dreier house as resembling “a wayward space station”), and this Coachella Valley home is no exception.

From the moment you enter––on the glass bridge, mind you––it is clear that Dreier has a flair for the dramatic. Measuring 8,346 square feet, this 5 bedroom, 5.5 bathroom home features a custom contemporary fireplace, wet bar and formal dining complete with suspended buffet, and a towering breakfast room that shares a fireplace with the gourmet kitchen. Oh, and let’s not forget the custom pool, waterways, waterfall, and lagoon… Because I think we can all agree that a house is not a home unless it comes equipped with a lagoon.

For golf enthusiasts, however, I imagine this home’s best attribute is its proximity to Tom Fazio designed golf course the Quarry, ranked by Golf Digest as one of America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses. With an outdoor fireplace, custom fire pit, and grilling station, this home is perfect for outdoor entertaining while enjoying views from the 16th hole.

79095 Tom Fazio Lane North is listed by Valerie Neuman of HOM Sotheby’s International and is on the market for $3,995,000.

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