Curbed - All Love where you live 2020-02-18T12:00:00-05:00 2020-02-18T12:00:00-05:00 2020-02-18T12:00:00-05:00 ’70s time capsule comes with shocking green interior <img alt="Foyer with green spiral staircase and carpet. " src="" /> <small>Nancy Maranan / Berkshire Hathaway</small> <p>Imagine being this committed to a color scheme </p> <p id="ZwggxS">As far as <a href="">monochromatic interiors</a> go, this <a rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank">condo for sale in a 1970s development</a> in Ramona, California, really pushes the limits. “MUST love green or bring your paint brush,” the listing correctly advises, as nearly every inch of the 1,800-square-foot abode is swathed in Kermit the Frog green. </p> <p id="SVVFNT">“Everything is vintage—even the magazine on the coffee table is 30 years old,” agent <a >Nancy Maranan</a> told <a rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank"></a>. “It’s a true time capsule.”</p> <p id="3sEYiW">A solid green carpet covers the entire home, including treads of the floating spiral staircase (which, yes, also sports a lime railing.) Meanwhile, green patterned wallpaper ranging from the geometric to the floral fill all vertical surfaces (sometimes matching the bedding!), interrupted only by walls of glass looking out to golf course surroundings. </p> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="Living room with a set of sofas surrounding a square coffee table and white-tiled fireplace. " data-mask-text="false" src=""> <cite>Nancy Maranan / Berkshire Hathaway</cite> </figure> <p id="FYe6JY">The kitchen, of course, also stays on theme with a green slab of an island, green cabinet trimming, and an avocado-hued wall clock. A few pops of beige or white in the sofas, curtains, tables, and dining cabinet—plus the blank ceilings—offer some much needed contrast. </p> <p id="lgBMDu">Want to own a slice of peak ’70s style? This three-bedroom home just <a rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank">hit the market</a> for $375,000. </p> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="Green countertops in kitchen. " data-mask-text="false" src=""> <cite>Nancy Maranan / Berkshire Hathaway</cite> </figure> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="Living room with a green patterned walls, solid green carpet, and beige sofa and coffee table. " data-mask-text="false" src=""> <cite>Nancy Maranan / Berkshire Hathaway</cite> </figure> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="A floral green pattern covers the walls and bedding of a bedroom, which also has a solid green carpet. " data-mask-text="false" src=""> <cite>Nancy Maranan / Berkshire Hathaway</cite> </figure> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="A bedroom with a solid green carpet and blue-green patterned wallpaper with matching bedding. " data-mask-text="false" src=""> <cite>Nancy Maranan / Berkshire Hathaway</cite> </figure> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="A room with solid green carpet and patterned green wallpaper. A solid green armchair sits next to a green and dark blue patterned sofa. " data-mask-text="false" src=""> <cite>Nancy Maranan / Berkshire Hathaway</cite> </figure> <aside id="mRyGL0"><div data-anthem-component="newsletter" data-anthem-component-data='{"slug":"curbed_national"}'></div></aside> Liz Stinson 2020-02-18T11:38:34-05:00 2020-02-18T11:38:34-05:00 Elegant Colonial Revival home asks $425K <img alt="An exterior view of a white Colonial Revival style home. There are three stories with dormer windows, ionic columns, a Palladian window, and a curved porch. " src="" /> <small>Photos by Jask Visual courtesy of Emma Kostka</small> <p>Set on two acres of forests in Wisconsin</p> <p id="6a5mlm">If you’ve been dreaming of an elegant Georgian Revival-style home, check out <a >this five-bedroom, four-bath beauty</a> in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. Located just under two hours east of Minneapolis, the 5,656-square-foot home was constructed in 1906 for the owner of a tailoring and drapery establishment. </p> <div class="c-float-right"><div id="aUZkQR"><div data-anthem-component="aside:2265443"></div></div></div> <p id="MCNxKn">Reportedly modeled after the home of the president of the Philadelphia Mint, the elaborate, hip-roofed house features a Palladian window on the second story facade and a curved open porch with Ionic columns. It all makes for an impressive first impression, while inside the original oak and yellow birch woodwork offers plenty of detail to ogle. </p> <p id="BIJ6ir">Other perks include multiple chandeliers, a grand foyer, bay windows, and elegant fireplaces. The home also sits on a wooded two-acre lot, features a partially finished office above the three-car garage, and boasts a pool for summertime fun. Love what you see? <a >1211 Westwood Court is on the market now for $424,999</a>. </p> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="A foyer has a wooden staircase leading to the left, wood floors, and a chandelier hanging from the center. " data-mask-text="false" src=""> <figcaption>The grand foyer features intricate woodworking and a chandelier. </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="A large living room has multiple couches, rugs, a fireplace, and wood floors. " data-mask-text="false" src=""> <figcaption>An elaborate fireplace is the focal point of the living room.</figcaption> </figure> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="A bay window area has wooden benches, wood trim, a coffee table, and pillows. " data-mask-text="false" src=""> <figcaption>Built-in benches and wood trim make for a soothing spot to sunbathe. </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="A bedroom with cream bed, rug, chandelier, and wood-trimmed windows." data-mask-text="false" src=""> <figcaption>Wood-trimmed windows on the second floor.</figcaption> </figure> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="A white three-car garage has a driveway leading up to it and dormer windows. " data-mask-text="false" src=""> <figcaption>A partially finished office lives above the three-story garage. </figcaption> </figure> Megan Barber 2020-02-18T09:30:00-05:00 2020-02-18T09:30:00-05:00 The candle quagmire <img alt="A mustard-colored chair sits in the corner of a room next to a tall, skinny lamp. To the right is a bookshelf, to the left is a small bedside reading lamp, a stack of books, and a candle in a glass jar." src="" /> <small>A <a class="ql-link" target="_blank">Coil + Drift</a> candle in <a class="ql-link" target="_blank">the home of the company’s founder</a>, John Sorensen-Jolink. | Photo by&nbsp;<a class="ql-link" target="_blank">Read McKendree</a></small> <p>I’ve sniffed out some tough truths about burning smell-goods at home</p> <div id="IlMnoz"><center><img src=""></center></div> <h3 id="T7qpt6"><em>Turns out not every aspect of the self-care movement is actually good for you. I’ve sniffed out some tough truths about burning smell-goods at home—though truly, it’s all relative—and have a few recommendations for your inside air. Oh and, come see me talk at Modernism Week this Friday! Info below. —Mercedes</em></h3> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt=" " data-mask-text="false" src=""> </figure> <h3 id="4XR8F5">Burn one?</h3> <p id="zDQNG8">I recently had occasion to talk to an anesthesiologist about weed. Very quickly this doctor emphasized the superiority of edibles, noting that anything you smoke (even if you’re not incinerating it) is doing damage to your lungs. Product side note: I usually prefer <em>not</em> to incinerate, and I use my <a >Pax II</a>—in special-edition rose gold—for that, since it cooks dry marijuana flowers at a high temperature without burning. Yes, it is technically vaping, but I hate vape culture, so I refuse to own the term. (Also, I live in California, so it’s totally legal for me to tell you all this.)</p> <p id="s9bS4A">After the anesthesiologist conversation, I remembered advice about not burning things in the house during my pregnancy nor with a baby. <em>What was this all about? Had my years of home vibe cultivation vis-a-vis palo santo been doing more damage than I thought?</em>, I wondered in a Carrie Bradshaw manner.</p> <p id="xNTgtX">So I did what we all do: I googled it—and took my editor’s eye to a bevy of links. I hate to break it to you, but it turns out that yes, <a >burning literally anything indoors is bad for your lungs</a>. </p> <p id="eonbCO">But depending on what you burn, and how often and under what conditions you burn it, the damage done could also be negligible (<a >CTRL+F birthday cake</a>). Of course, we’re talking about putting particulate matter in your lungs, so you could argue that <em>anything</em> is too much, especially for those with <a >asthma and environmental allergies</a>. </p> <p id="xHJkh9">For context, many of us live in <a >places where the outdoor air quality</a> is still unhealthy, and in fact the mere act of <a rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank">making Thanksgiving dinner</a> can put volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into our home’s air. (FYI: That <a rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank"><em>New Yorker</em> article</a> is my top reading rec on indoor air quality.) What is an information-hungry lover of home vibes to do?</p> <p id="zMRV2k">As with other far-too-complex topics where there is almost no scientific research, I have not really made a clear decision on my path forward, though I have started avoiding burning my palo santo. And I’m grateful for my air purifier—more on that later.</p> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="Two skinny white candles are positioned on each side of a vase of flowers in front of a stone wall." data-mask-text="false" src=""> <cite>Photo by&nbsp;<a class="ql-link" target="_blank">Chris Mottalini</a></cite> <figcaption>Tapered candles in a <a class="ql-link" href="" target="_blank">House Calls tour</a> of an upstate New York home.</figcaption> </figure> <p id="Gz53wk"><strong>Not all wax is created equal—or is it?</strong></p> <p id="sHBGNo">Let’s talk candles. Another hard truth I’m gonna lay on you is that paraffin—the cheapest and most commonly used candle wax—is a petroleum byproduct. Am I saying that you may be burning, in your house, a byproduct of the thing that, when burned (in say, cars) is wreaking havoc on our planet? <a >I am saying that, yes</a>.</p> <p id="oJuquC">The National Candle Association <a >claims</a> there’s no difference between paraffin and other waxes, but <a >this university research</a> revealed that paraffin emits “alkans, alkenes and toluene, all reported to cause harmful effects to humans.” Note that this oft-cited research was done in a small, enclosed environment—and it’s the only one available on the internet. If you are burning paraffin candles in your house every day, without good ventilation, probably stop doing that. Same goes for burning <a >incense</a>. </p> <p id="pzyPj3">The only recommendation the candle association folks <em>do</em> give to reduce soot from candles is to trim your wicks properly. Which, that is real—do trim your wicks (cotton is arguably the best material for them) to 1/4 or 1/8 inch, and <a >keep your candles away from drafty windows</a>. The other optimal conditions for burning anything in your house are: do it infrequently, and ensure you have good ventilation. </p> <p id="h8KsIv">Beeswax is generally cited to be the best wax for air quality, though I cannot find a single scientific resource to prove that; this self-described <a >toxic exposure expert</a> is as close as I’ve come. I’ve been acting for years like that is verified information, though, and have bought and liked <a >these tapers from Amazon</a>, $30 for a dozen, though I’m newly interested in what Philly’s beeswax-only <a >Mithras Candle</a> is doing. I love their <a >drippy pillars</a> ($36-$68, “preferred by scribes and dwarves of the mountain”—hell yeah), but I’m leaning toward the more design-forward <a >Seshet pyramid candle</a> ($16-$21). </p> <p id="7ufCoC">Okay, so maybe skip paraffin. And beeswax is best, maybe. But what about scented soy, which is what many of the on-trend candles these days are made with? </p> <p id="7HJ5TT">People may have a myriad of issues with soy, including that it might be grown using pesticides, or that it might be genetically modified. Or that the market for soy is messing up local economies, or that it’s grown in place of trees in a rainforest. The world is complex, and I don’t even know how we’d find a clear path here. Considering it’s vegetable-based, it does seem like a soy candle is probably fine to burn (maybe better than paraffin), especially, again, in the optimal conditions. So that you know, the next soy candle I buy will be from Richmond, Virginia-based <a >Na Nin</a>. </p> <p id="4AJdcO"><strong>50 scents: Smell rich or die trying</strong></p> <p id="1wPYDQ">Regarding scents, the whole-living crowd says that synthetic fragrances are worse (in all situations, not just candle situations) and essential oils (read: plant-derived) are better. Yet again, the science isn’t clear on this.</p> <p id="ifSRAH">A note on status candles: They exist, and <a >have for a while</a>—and I’ll direct you to <a >the Strategist</a> for intel on the latest crop. Unrelated: These <a >incense papers</a> seem very cool, and I’ve been told they’re very nice.</p> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="Several small items are positioned on top of a glass surface, including a mail holder, a pair of sunglasses, a candle in a brown jar, two wooden sticks, a spray bottle, and two matchboxes." data-mask-text="false" src=""> <cite><a class="ql-link" target="_blank">Mercedes Kraus</a></cite> <figcaption>We’ve really slowed down on buying things that burn, but, left to right: incense I won’t name because it’s only okay; however, <a class="ql-link" target="_blank">Shoyeido</a> has a lowkey cult following—and a line of <a class="ql-link" target="_blank">low-smoke incense</a>, $19 for 150 sticks; <a class="ql-link" target="_blank">Luna Sundara palo santo</a>, $13 for eight to 15 sticks; P.F. Candle Co. candle in <a class="ql-link" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a>, $20 (it’s a bit perfumey for me; I prefer <a class="ql-link" target="_blank">Golden Coast</a>, $20); Root and Resin <a class="ql-link" target="_blank">Clearing Smudge Mist</a>, $25 for a 2-ounce. bottle.</figcaption> </figure> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt=" " data-mask-text="false" src=""> </figure> <h3 id="DL5gVS">Clearing the air</h3> <p id="JRaxIL">News about the <a >hugely positive impact of air filters</a> installed in some Los Angeles schools caught my attention recently. That article linked to another, which linked to multiple studies connecting <a >higher cognition with better air quality</a>. So that has given the whole particulate matter matter new significance for me.</p> <p id="kgpwX9">That’s partly why I feel so lucky that we were given a great air purifier last fall when local wildfires made the air in Los Angeles really bad. Here’s a <a >roundup of eight air purifiers</a>—ours is the Coway purifier on this list, which is also the <a >Wirecutter’s top pick</a>. It’s quiet, it’s minimal, and Judd can pull up on it without hurting himself.</p> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt=" " data-mask-text="false" src=""> </figure> <h3 id="GjERWK">Cross-country shameless plugs</h3> <p id="VoQi5K">Hey, are you going to Modernism Week? Cool, me too. I’m speaking about the connection between midcentury legend Alexander Girard and (you won’t see this coming) the Museum of Ice Cream. Will I talk about restaurant interiors? Immersion and designed environments? Gathering in public—and Stonehenge? Yes! <a >Info and tickets here</a>. If you attend, come say hi.</p> <p id="Kot9nw">”Where we choose to live matters, and it’s possible to find a home, and contribute to a community, while being conscious of our own roles in building more equitable cities. We’re here to show you how.” This week, Curbed editors across the country weighed in on <a href="">where to live in 2020</a>.</p> <p id="yeYuLy">In New York, we’ve just launched <a >The Neighborhood</a>, a three-part event series that explores the power, problems, and potential of New York City real estate today. The first event is sold out, so run, don’t walk, for tickets to the second (on the outsized impact of megadevelopments) and third (on what it means to build a more equitable city). <a >They’re available on Tuesday</a>.</p> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt=" " data-mask-text="false" src=""> </figure> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt=" " data-mask-text="false" src=""> </figure> <p id="wys0nY"><em>A few headlines that didn’t make the cut: Burning in, not down, the house. Burn, baby, burn—wait, don’t, though. Call me Duncan Sheik because I am barely breathing. Up in smoke. Where there’s smoke, there’s—it’s not great. The truth about candles and dogs. (Don’t) let me stand next to your fire.</em></p> <h3 id="hVq1Qp"> <a >Sign up now</a> to get Editor’s Notes directly in your inbox before everyone else. Every other week, you’ll hear from Curbed interim Editor-in-Chief Mercedes Kraus as she shares her latest observations, intel, advice, and shopping recommendations.</h3> <div id="lyaKIM"> <form id="subForm" class="js-cm-form" action="" method="post" data-id="92D4C54F0FEC16E5ADC2B1904DE9ED1A0FF8E19D000032EA15F068B03CFC6E4B0EB815CDBA0AF167F0748FF436456B1F327ADFF253322068EFF3B327A4A87B47"> <p> <label for="fieldEmail">Your email address</label> <br> <input id="fieldEmail" name="cm-ydgirk-ydgirk" type="email" class="js-cm-email-input" required=""> </p> <p> <button class="js-cm-submit-button" type="submit">Subscribe</button> </p> </form> <script type="text/javascript" src=""></script> </div> <p id="aRoaEe"></p> Mercedes Kraus 2020-02-18T08:00:00-05:00 2020-02-18T08:00:00-05:00 Dying malls want a second chance at life <img alt="An expansive water park, one of the main features of a newly opened mega-mall in New Jersey." src="" /> <small>The Dream Works Water park at the American Dream mall located in East Rutherford, New Jersey on December 19, 2019. | AFP via Getty Images</small> <p>As Americans increasingly shop online and stay at home, can malls find new community appeal?</p> <p id="gyuAHM">Les Sandler has seen the future of the American mall, and it involves blacklight mini golf courses, archery tag (foam-tipped arrows, don’t worry), and <a >interactive batting cages</a>.</p> <p id="RXIYgl">Sandler and his son <a >Jonah</a> run Scene75, a Dayton, Ohio–based company that’s found a niche in the new retail economy renovating old warehouses and big box stores to create massive entertainment centers. Since launching in 2009, their company has transformed furniture warehouses, former Kmarts, and other retail real estate into family-friendly venues filled with attractions and games. </p> <p id="KFgSNt">The company’s newest location, which <a >opened last October at the Tuttle Crossing Mall in Columbus, Ohio</a>, converted a former Macy’s store into a 224,000-square-foot indoor entertainment center filled with go-karts, arcade games, and rides. The chain’s existing locations in Cincinnati, Dayton, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh welcome roughly 250,000 to 500,000 visitors a year per location, Sandler says, and Scene75 is looking to expand, weighing several new sites across the Midwest. </p> <p id="t3IVIg">“Mall developers are trying to use entertainment and restaurants as the new anchor tenants,” says Randy White, CEO of <a >White Hutchinson Leisure &amp; Learning Group</a>, a consulting firm focused on location-based entertainment. “Today, it’s about real-life socialization. Potential shoppers can have all the digital entertainment experiences at home.”</p> <h4 id="rDefUA">An entertainment renaissance </h4> <p id="BLhbPN">For years, analysts have talked about the <a >retail apocalypse,</a> and how in an e-commerce age, the future of malls would be around an <a >experience economy</a>: <a >food halls</a>, <a >“fitness clusters” of gyms and spas</a>, programming, and other events that give online shoppers a reason to show up in person in their communities. Many commercial landlords and mall owners have responded, introducing <a >pop-up shops and events</a>, <a >yoga classes,</a> and other means of attracting foot traffic such as standbys like <a rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank">Sears, Pier 1, Kmart, Walgreens, and Macy’s locations</a>. </p> <div id="cLjLEt"><div style="left: 0; width: 100%; height: 0; position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%;"><iframe src="" style="border: 0; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; position: absolute;" allowfullscreen="" scrolling="no" allow="encrypted-media; accelerometer; gyroscope; picture-in-picture"></iframe></div></div> <p id="vM0znK">But the growth of companies like Scene75 signifies something different, as the very idea of malls as gathering places seems nostalgic in an increasingly online age. Americans aren’t just shopping at home, they’re more likely to stay at home, period. From 2000 to 2017, out-of-home entertainment spending dropped 3 percent, according to U.S. Department of Labor consumer spending data, while spending on audiovisual equipment and services rose 6 percent and spending on cellular phone equipment and services shot up 534 percent.</p> <p id="PL0CqE">“Entertainment is a zero-sum game,” says Nick Egelanian, president of <a >retail consultancy SiteWorks</a>. In fact, he says, “the amount Americans spend to go out is actually <a >going down</a>, because they’re staying home more.”</p> <p id="xMMuqt">Faced with the challenges of drawing crowds and ringing up sales, <a >malls across the country</a> aren’t just adding new experiences as an added attraction, they’re giving over large swaths of space to entertainment companies and expecting them to become the main draws. This includes expansive family entertainment centers, destination experiences such as the new <a >American Dream Mall in New Jersey</a> (which includes an ice rink and indoor ski slope), and experimental installations by art collectives such as <a >Santa Fe-based Meow Wolf</a>. Meant to be a recreation of Main Street, malls are quickly becoming, in part, theater districts for entertainment. </p> <p id="dLsbE9">As Egelanian says, mall owners are moving beyond basic “101-level” entertainment options to attract larger, more complex entertainment venues that can attract repeat customers.</p> <p id="fAKuhU">But as the industry turns to entertainment as a way to save the shopping centers that have traditionally served as focal points for many cities and towns, Egelanian believes this concept can’t be a long-term solution for more than a relatively small number of malls. </p> <p id="iWBa71">“The A or B-plus level malls will survive,” White adds. “The rest will turn into Amazon distribution centers or other uses. We’ve always had too many square feet of retail, and now it’s insane.”</p> <p id="NrjgWO">White is especially bearish about the future of these kinds of family entertainment venues. It’s simple demographics: the <a >percentage of households with kids continues to decline</a>. </p> <p id="zYzVIm">“The adults are the ones who spend the money, and they want to go to venues that suit their taste, so that’s the market to chase,” he says. “The family market is on the decline.”</p> <h4 id="t2zlLR">Can existing mall designs be repurposed? </h4> <p id="fxvlT9">To understand why mall operators see large-scale entertainment as a potential solution, it’s important to go back to the way malls were originally designed, says Egelanian. In a bid to <a >replicate Main Street America</a>, early mall designers laid out these new shopping centers with large anchor tenants to draw in large numbers of shoppers, and small “streets” of specialty stores in between that would benefit from the foot traffic. This is known as the <a >dumbbell model</a>. </p> <p id="m0Pqs7">But over the last few decades, as department stores have collapsed, the model has fractured. Egelanian says just the 200 or so highest-tier malls of the roughly 1,000 currently operating will be left when the current wave of contraction and changes in consumer behavior are complete. </p> <p id="VCEAeU">“A mall is a body with a circulatory system,” says Egelanian. “If it’s only getting blood in one section, say the torso and not the head or the feet, it’s going to die.” </p> <div class="p-fullbleed-block"> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="A former mall space converted into an entertainment center." data-mask-text="false" src=""> <cite>Courtesy Scene75</cite> <figcaption>Inside Scene75’s location in Columbus, Ohio, formerly a Macy’s at the Tuttle Crossing Mall.</figcaption> </figure> </div> <p id="6Vztyc">Mall owners hoping to stem the slide into irrelevance are employing three main strategies, he says. The first is simply opening up the empty space to any entertainment venue that can fill it, such as an amusement park. He sees most of these as being underfunded, under-capitalized, and just not done very well—attempts to reuse space on the cheap that aren’t sustainable, and not the highest and best use of the property. </p> <p id="Wly8Ct">The second option is when landlords seek out quality, national chains with name recognition, such as <a >Andretti Go Karting</a> (five locations in the U.S.) or <a rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank">Legoland Discovery Centers</a> (13 malls across the U.S.) or the <a >Crayola Experience</a> (five locations). They’re attempting to sustain the mall with upscale entertainment options as a magnet. This strategy has seen mixed results; the new tenants often bring in traffic, but it’s not always shopping traffic. </p> <p id="uE8VcT">A number of new companies and concepts use this type of strategy. Esports are being courted as a new way to make malls relevant. (Pharrell Williams is co-investor in a project in <a >Virginia Beach</a> looking to include a 2,000- to 3,000-seat arena for live video game competitions.) <a >Allied Esports signed a partnership with Brookfield and Simon</a>, two of the nation’s largest mall operators, and plans to open up dozens of regional video game arenas across the country in the next five to six years, says CEO Frank Ng. <a >The Void</a>, a VR entertainment concept, just signed a deal with mall operator Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (URW) to open 25 new locations in malls in the U.S. and Europe by 2022. Chains like Topgolf have, according to White, successfully reinvented the driving range and found ways to bring in non-golfers. </p> <p id="abftOR">Then there’s the wave of immersive pop-up museums, such as the <a href="">Museum of Ice Cream,</a> or <a >Candytopia</a>. White says these types of temporary events have proven successful in the short-term, but he doesn’t see them as sustainable anchors in the long-term. Cycling through pop-ups requires set-up costs and extra promotion, and they don’t draw repeat traffic. </p> <p id="8YCihs">“The visitors that flock to these limited-time events are looking for new things all the time,” he says. “Once you post about it, there’s no value to post again, or visit.” </p> <p id="oFWqxO">Egelenian’s third example is making entertainment part of the strategic core of the entire mall. His best example is American Dream, the three-million-square-foot New Jersey mall and entertainment center that just opened outside of New York City. The space, when it’s fully up and running later this year, will be split evenly between entertainment options and shopping, at stores ranging from outlet-type shops to high-end brands such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Hermes.</p> <p id="ktE4Fj">Egelanian considers American Dream an experiment, one fellow operators and developers will be closely watching. </p> <p id="blJ5EX">“The big question is, if you have that much entertainment, will it drive much retail sale?” he says. “We won’t know for another six months.” </p> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="A hallway with installations and video games inside Meow Wolf’s House of Eternal Returns. " data-mask-text="false" src=""> <cite>Courtesy Meow Wolf</cite> <figcaption>The interior of the House of Eternal Return, the first project by arts collective Meow Wolf, located inside a converted bowling alley in Santa Fe, New Mexico.</figcaption> </figure> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="A site map of the Area 15 entertainment center and mall, set to open in Las Vegas later this year. " data-mask-text="false" src=""> <cite>Courtesy of Meow Wolf</cite> <figcaption>Meow Wolf will be one of the main draws at Area 15, an “experience shopping mall” opening in las Vegas this year. </figcaption> </figure> <h4 id="qZZjV2">Malls-as-entertainment arrive as consumers are staying home</h4> <p id="WHxVnz">Both White and Egelanian believe that the shrinking of the retail footprint across the country means that eventually, only high-end shopping centers serving the affluent will survive in a form we currently identify as a mall. In many ways, they’ll also be entertainment-based, though the entertainment will be upscale food and beverage options.</p> <p id="1hUgLw">They also think that the entertainment companies trying to fill the void, both in terms of actual physical real estate and the leisure time of the public, will soon be faced with a situation where too much available real estate leads to too many competitors and not enough customers. </p> <p id="gom7t4">Sandler believes family-oriented entertainment venues can still prosper, and be long-term, consistent anchors.</p> <p id="08qqMI">“We’re proud of our model, and want to attract a community that isn’t just passing through, but one that returns,” he says. “We’re a family business that can have 20, 30, or 40 birthday parties a week.”</p> <p id="CaLMwF">A big question, from a property owner perspective, is how many of these venues a metro area can support. Naveen Jaggi, president of retail advisory services for JLL, compares it to the food hall trend.</p> <p id="lBLGeb">“Six years ago, we had 30 or 40 food halls across the country,” he says. “We predict that by 2024, there will be roughly 450. There’s certainly a risk at that point of being overbuilt, leading to cannibalization.”</p> <p id="zA9TVT">Maybe the future of mall real estate, and the way to get people out of their houses, is something much more radical. Meow Wolf, an arts collective-turned-business in Santa Fe, became famous in 2016 when it transformed an old bowling alley into a massive DIY arts installation filled with neon plants, secret rooms, spider-like statues, and non-linear storytelling called the House of Eternal Return. It gave the grassroots creative collective the backing to form a business that employs more than 400 people, one that will soon take a step forward into a more commercial realm when it joins other tenants at Area 15, a shopping center opening in Las Vegas. Their contribution to the project—which also includes a 32-foot-high volcano made of bamboo—is a yet-to-be unveiled “experience shopping mall.”</p> <p id="iZuiQE">Meow Wolf has been getting attention from malls and commercial property owners for years, according to collective member and executive creative director Corvas Brinkerhoff. They see expansion into these types of real estate projects as a perfect pathway for tapping into the desires of a new generation of consumers who are thought to value experience over buying and collecting stuff. </p> <p id="AWPHlo">Focused on promoting art and culture, Meow Wolf will soon be part of a new wave of immersive businesses that will benefit from this influx of new space, says Brinkerhoff, when it opens in Area 15, as well as forthcoming projects in Denver and Phoenix. Malls may not be retail playgrounds anymore; maybe these new businesses can help redefine malls and their role as common social spaces.</p> <p id="q0yshr">“You see this consumer behavior moving online, as well as all this retail real estate becoming available,” he says. “What are we going to do with this space, when we don’t need to sell things in person? We think there’s still value in this space, and Meow Wolf is kind of a perfect fit.” </p> <aside id="nft5LP"><div data-anthem-component="newsletter" data-anthem-component-data='{"slug":"curbed_national"}'></div></aside><p id="cqOFmw"> </p> Patrick Sisson 2020-02-14T14:00:00-05:00 2020-02-14T14:00:00-05:00 Isamu Noguchi’s fascinating quest to design the perfect ashtray <img alt="" src="" /> <small>Courtesy the Noguchi Museum</small> <p>The midcentury artist’s failed attempt to create a universal tabletop accessory tells a deep story about how he perceived the power of sculpture</p> <p id="KQcq9i">In the 1950s, smoking was still considered glamorous<strong>,</strong> and ashtrays were mainstays inside American homes and universal accessories on tabletops. In some ways, ashtrays are also a perfect design object—aside from the unhealthy habits associated with them, of course—as they’re small-scale manifestos of the people who created<strong> </strong>them. And for midcentury sculptor and designer Isamu Noguchi, an ashtray was a possible big break. </p> <p id="rEJ47T">“He wanted to get rich by making ‘this silly little trinket,’ as he called it,” says Dakin Hart, curator of <a ><em>The Sculptor and the Ashtray</em></a>, a new exhibition at the Noguchi Museum, in New York City, on view through August 23. </p> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="A magazine layout showing a portrait of Isamu Noguchi, in profile, collaged with an image of his abstract sculptures" data-mask-text="false" src=""> <cite>Courtesy the Noguchi Museum</cite> <figcaption>A never-published magazine article from the 1940s details how Noguchi translated his ideas about sculpture into domestic objects.</figcaption> </figure> <p id="G6pJ4e">Before Noguchi found success with his <a >paper Akari lanterns</a>, before his coffee table became <a >an icon of midcentury design</a>, and before his <a href="">monumental parks</a> and <a >playscapes</a> became beloved public spaces, he was a struggling artist trying to make ends meet while doggedly pursuing his true life’s work: redefining what sculpture is and exploring how it can mediate the relationships people have with the world around them. To Noguchi, all environments could be considered sculpture.</p> <p id="G4AFyC">Noguchi took a rigorous approach to his work, whether it was <a >set designs for Martha Graham</a> or <a href="">conceptual landscapes</a>, and was deeply obsessed with the craft and technology of fabrication. <a href="">His work on ashtrays</a>—humble objects familiar to and used by many—presents an accessible and relatable avenue to understand his worldview. </p> <p id="3jvp5i">“We are really trying hard not to celebrate smoking,” Hart quipped during a walkthrough of the exhibition. “What we’re doing is celebrating Noguchi’s incredibly expansive idea of what sculpture was, which, at the time, was revolutionary and very different. Noguchi really wanted to cover the full spectrum of sculpture affecting life, and we have the most quotidian end of the spectrum with the ashtray.” </p> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="An image of nine plaster ashtray prototypes with different asymmetrical, oval shapes" data-mask-text="false" src=""> <cite>Courtesy the Noguchi Museum</cite> <figcaption>Noguchi explored different biomorphic forms for one of his ashtray designs. This photograph shows how he progressed to the final shape, located in the bottom right corner.</figcaption> </figure> <p id="PnSh4J">Like much of Noguchi’s work, the two ashtrays he designed—a biomorphic glass bowl and an industrial-looking metal version—were never produced. Curators at the Noguchi Museum discovered the designs while digitizing the artist’s vast personal archive for <a >publication<strong> </strong>to a publicly accessible website</a> in November 2019. They came across research for the designs, photography of prototypes, personal correspondence in which Noguchi<strong> </strong>talked about the project, and patent drawings. But the real find was <a >an unpublished magazine article</a> from about 1944 explaining his creative approach: “Sculpture is no good if it’s just put into a gallery<strong>,</strong>” he said in the story. “It must be part of daily living.”</p> <p id="wMSxf4">“[Noguchi’s] interest was in shaping civic life,” Hart says. “That’s what he was really inspired by, and he saw sculpture as a tool for how to do that. ... Even though he demeaned [the ashtray] with the phrase of ‘silly little trinket,’ he was thinking about how to shape the ritual of togetherness through the ashtray. It’s a modern hearth.”</p> <p id="uJhQsP"> </p> <div class="c-float-left"> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="A patent drawing showing a grid of bullet-shaped pegs" data-mask-text="false" src=""> <cite>Courtesy the Noguchi Museum</cite> <figcaption>Noguchi filed a patent for his ashtray design, which was to feature raised bullet-shaped pegs upon which lit cigarettes could rest and could be used extinguish butts.</figcaption> </figure> </div> <p id="4DlZEL">Noguchi began his ashtray project by questioning what a really good one would be in terms of shape, materials, and use. He started with the requirements first: big enough to hold lots of cigarette butts, enough space to rest multiple cigarettes without them rolling off, something to extinguish the cigarettes, and a design that looked good—then began exploring forms that would meet the criteria. He ended up with an asymmetric, shallow hand-blown glass bowl with a small lip around the edge. </p> <p id="lbJIqP">“Then Noguchi basically called it garbage because, he said, in the end it just sort of looks like every other ashtray, and he was displeased by that,” Hart explains. “So he sort of flipped and decided to go completely the other way and produce something that’s much more industrial. As he said: If you don’t take advantage of America’s capacity for mass manufacture and industrial manufacturing, you’re missing the trick.”</p> <p id="w10vDT">The second “perfect” ashtray Noguchi<strong> </strong>designed was square-shaped<strong> </strong>and made from metal. It came in two parts: a holder and a removable bottom with raised pegs that looked like bullets. Smokers could rest their cigarettes on top of the pegs and when they were done, they could stick them vertically between the pegs<strong> </strong>to extinguish them, or tamp them on the top of the pegs.</p> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt=" " data-mask-text="false" src=""> <figcaption>For the exhibition, the museum recreated a table setting from the sculptor’s studio, which included two ashtrays he regularly used.</figcaption> </figure> <p id="m4hBUa">“He wrote to Buckminster Fuller asking if he could have permission to call it the ‘dymaxion ashtray,’ which is so totally wonderful and goofy,” Hart says. “The concept of dymaxion was all about dynamic efficiencies and he felt like he had nailed it with this ashtray.”</p> <p id="NfEKey">Noguchi tried for several years to get a manufacturer to produce his ideas, but never found one. Even though he designed his ashtray specifically for industrial production, manufacturers thought<strong> </strong>it was too complex to make.</p> <p id="WiizpF">“The irony is—and this is sort of an ongoing story of Noguchi—that he designs something for mass manufacture, but he wasn’t willing to do what it would take to make it mass manufacturable,” Hart says. “He would have had to simplify it in ways that he didn’t want to. He ran up against the fact that he hadn’t made efficiently producible designs, even if the work was the most efficient-to-use design imaginable [to him].”</p> <p id="kpRYXz">Before this exhibition, Noguchi’s ashtray ideas lived only<strong> </strong>on paper. The sculptor’s archive only included photographs and drawings of the ashtrays he made and the museum decided to fabricate models based on them so visitors to the museum could see a realized version of the designs. </p> <p id="S2eH6h">“Between these two ashtrays, you get this incredible view of the sort of bipolar universe in his mind of the natural and handcrafted, and the industrially produced and manufactured, the technical and the more intuitive,” Hart says. “Noguchi absolutely is in the synthesis of those two things. Those two states, those two ways of thinking.” </p> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="A 3D printed ashtray" data-mask-text="false" src=""> <cite>Courtesy the Noguchi Museum</cite> <figcaption>Working from patents Noguchi filed for his idealized ashtray, the Noguchi Museum created a 3D-printed model of what the product would have looked like.</figcaption> </figure> <p id="fQOihl">But what did the sculptor himself use to ash? A simple clamshell he likely found on a Long Island beach and the <a >Cubo tray from Italian designer Bruno Munari</a>, both of which appear in archival photographs of Noguchi in his Long Island City studio.</p> <p id="PxZpGu">“I think [Munari’s design] outdoes Noguchi’s—if his [had ever been]<strong> </strong>produced,” Hart says, holding up the simple red, plastic cube with a metal insert that slides out to discard ashes. “This is actually an incredibly simple and efficient design for cleaning. And it’s still produced today.”</p> <aside id="kL6ZA5"><div data-anthem-component="newsletter" data-anthem-component-data='{"slug":"curbed_national"}'></div></aside> Diana Budds 2020-02-14T12:30:00-05:00 2020-02-14T12:30:00-05:00 The 5 best midcentury modern homes for sale right now <img alt="A white midcentury modern house with a low-slung roof sits in front of a turquoise pool at dusk." src="" /> <small><a class="ql-link" target="_blank">Craig Bernardi Photography</a></small> <p>Splendid homes worth ogling </p> <p id="GG01YM">In our <a href="">House of the Day column</a>, we cover a plethora of gorgeous homes, from elegant Gilded Age mansions to show-stopping new builds. But time and time again, some of our favorite homes for sale are of the midcentury variety. </p> <p id="k9KkBE">They range in style and authenticity; some homes built in the 1950s and 1960s have been tastefully updated, while others are time capsules for the midcentury purist. We also write about midcentury modern homes from around the country—not just in ultra-hip epicenters like Palm Springs—and at all price points. Whether you’re on the hunt for a new pad or just like to window shop, here are five swoon-worthy midcentury homes on the market to check out right now. </p> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="A midcentury modern house in white with dark brown trim. The house is surrounded by greenery and has a pool." data-mask-text="false" src=""> <cite>Photos by Austin Eterno</cite> </figure> <h4 id="J9rX45"> <a href="">A Connecticut home by a Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice</a> </h4> <p id="tUhDyA"><strong>Price:</strong> $625,000</p> <p id="2adZjo"><strong>Details:</strong> <a >This five-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath home</a> in Weston, Connecticut, was designed and built in 1965 by architect Allan Gelbin. Gelbin was an apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin East in Spring Green, Wisconsin, from 1949 to 1953, before establishing his own practice in 1957 in Connecticut.</p> <p id="oyESRZ">The focal point of the design is an expansive living room and dining room that features a stone fireplace. Clerestory windows let in light, while wooden ceiling panels and built-in bookshelves add coziness. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows showcase a wraparound deck and views of the 2.25-acre property, and the master suite also offers panoramic views and access to a terrace. You can see more photos, <a href="">this way</a>. </p> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="A living rom has a leather couch on a bright red rug in front of a corner brick fireplace." data-mask-text="false" src=""> <cite>TK Images, courtesy of Robert Searcy</cite> </figure> <h4 id="zV7Cyv"><a href="">A cute ranch in Houston</a></h4> <p id="qoXt44"><strong>Price:</strong> $219,900</p> <p id="CSfU8f"><strong>Details:</strong> Built in 1957 in Houston, Texas, <a >this three-bedroom, two-bath ranch</a> is located in the <a >Glenbrook Valley Historic District</a>, a planned community with the city’s largest and most intact neighborhood of ranch and midcentury modern homes.</p> <p id="Kr3azl">The 1,844-square-foot house sits on a large lot and its current owners have worked hard to maintain the home’s authenticity. You enter the home through a light pink entryway before walking into an open living space. The vaulted living room features a corner fireplace and floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open onto the patio. The original kitchen boasts a vintage cooktop, loads of cabinet space, and easy access to the dining room with a bay window. Don’t miss the vintage bathrooms, <a href="">over here</a>. </p> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="A white midcentury modern house with a low-slung roof sits in front of a turquoise pool at dusk." data-mask-text="false" src=""> <cite><a class="ql-link" target="_blank">Craig Bernardi Photography</a></cite> </figure> <h4 id="VfO0b8"> <a href="">Renovated midcentury modern in Palm Springs</a> </h4> <p id="rvmbii"><strong>Price:</strong> $875,000</p> <p id="Aze8si"><strong>Details:</strong> Love midcentury style but also want a move-in ready home? Check out <a >this three-bedroom, two-bath house</a> in Palm Springs, California. Built in 1958 by Alexander Construction Co. and designed by <a >William Krisel</a>, the home shows off all of Krisel’s trademark features: a low-slung roof, floor-to-ceiling glass windows, and indoor-outdoor living.</p> <p id="Bk6zfO">At 1,269 square feet, the home is modestly sized yet lives large on a corner lot wrapped in hedges. A 2018 remodel took the house down to its studs to add polished concrete floors, quartz countertops, teak cabinets, all new appliances, and Milgard thermally improved aluminum doors and windows. The spacious pool and spa outside is new, too. <a href="">See more, this way</a>. </p> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="An A-frame living roof features white ceilings with exposed brown beams, red couches, and wood floors." data-mask-text="false" src=""> <cite>Photos by Kylie Fitts, courtesy of milehimodern</cite> </figure> <h4 id="isKHvV"><a href="">A 1956 triangle home in Denver</a></h4> <p id="b3DGzt"><strong>Price:</strong> $799,500</p> <p id="iSqlVb"><strong>Details:</strong> If you’re into midcentury A-frames, get a look at <a >this cute three-bedroom, three-bath version</a> in Denver, Colorado. Designed by architects Frenchie Gratts and Ed Warner in 1956, the 1,987-square-foot house is part of Denver’s Lynwood neighborhood, which contains a collection of midcentury homes meant to be informal and affordable. </p> <p id="UpwIgI">To build the homes—which were originally constructed for less than $15,000 per house—the builder-architect team drew inspiration from <a href="">Joseph Eichler</a>’s West Coast A-frames. Like Eichler’s designs, this house features exposed beams, vaulted ceilings, and floor-to-ceiling windows in the living room to create an indoor-outdoor feel. </p> <p id="mnGEb5">Original mahogany built-ins and hardwood floors add warmth, and the pitched roof creates stunning triangle windows. The galley kitchen has been updated, and the backyard looks perfect for entertaining with a courtyard, pergola, water feature, and spacious yard on an almost 11,000-square-foot lot. Looking for more photos? <a href="">We’ve got you covered</a>. </p> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="An exterior view of the house shows an outdoor dining set in the foreground, and the A-frame house in the background." data-mask-text="false" src=""> <cite>Michael Hirsch for Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty</cite> </figure> <h4 id="Vzz3Rd"> <a href="">Dazzling A-frame in Pennsylvania</a> </h4> <p id="dZJymB"><strong>Price:</strong> $3,495,000</p> <p id="57Sj31"><strong>Details:</strong> Midcentury modern homes might be known for their butterfly roofs, but the style also popularized the Swiss Miss A-frame. And while you might expect A-frames in mountain towns or midcentury hotbeds like California, check out <a >this three-bedroom, four-bath home</a> in New Hope, Pennsylvania. Built in 1958 by noted midcentury architect Jules Gregory, the low-lying home is bifurcated by a steep, dramatic A-frame roof that rises straight from the ground. </p> <p id="mOc3vg">Inside, the A-frame creates a dramatic double-height living room with floor-to-ceiling windows that look out onto the 1.42-acre property. Recent renovations brought a more contemporary feel to the space; gloss-black hardwood floors contrast with white walls, beams, and counters. Other perks include a 16-foot kitchen island, large closets, and a rear patio with bar, BBQ, fire pit, and pool. See the interiors, <a href="">over here</a>. </p> <aside id="2otFhd"><div data-anthem-component="newsletter" data-anthem-component-data='{"slug":"curbed_national"}'></div></aside><p id="0eZ453"></p> <p id="JMZUIk"></p> <p id="L0u4Eq"></p> Megan Barber 2020-02-14T11:30:00-05:00 2020-02-14T11:30:00-05:00 You can now stream PBS’s new documentary on legendary architect Paul Williams <img alt="A building featuring pale gree nand pink facade." src="" /> <small>Williams designed the Crescent Wing addition to the Beverly Hills Hotel, as well as the iconic signage seen here. | Shutterstock</small> <p>Get a closer look at the life and career of the “Architect to the Stars” </p> <p id="cx4qyT">As the first certified African American architect to work on the West Coast, <a >Paul Revere Williams</a> made a massive mark on Southern California, designing nearly 3,000 buildings, including in neighborhoods he wasn’t allowed to live in at the time. </p> <p id="K6HFuI">Williams’s pioneering legacy has garnered some much-deserved attention since his death in 1980. in 2017, he became the <a href="">first black architect to receive</a> the AIA Gold Medal, the American Institute of Architects’s highest honor. And this Black History Month, Williams is getting his star turn as the subject of the new PBS documentary, <a ><em>Hollywood’s Architect: The Paul R. Williams Story</em></a>.</p> <div class="c-float-right"> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="Four men hovering over a small architectural model." data-mask-text="false" src=""> <cite>PBS</cite> <figcaption>A screenshot from the documentary. </figcaption> </figure> </div> <p id="rwXUAP">The hour-long documentary chronicles Williams’s storied life as well as his prolific career spanning over five decades. The late architect’s fingerprints can be found on hotels, schools, office buildings, the iconic space-age <a >Theme Building</a> at Los Angeles International Airport, and, as underscored by the film’s title, many a <a >glamorous</a> <a >residence</a> for Hollywood legends like Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, and Lucille Ball. </p> <p id="ksDX3R">The documentary is airing this month on PBS, but you can now stream it for free online <a >here</a>.</p> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="Two white arches hover over an elevated round hub centered on a blue cylinder." data-mask-text="false" src=""> <cite>Getty Images</cite> <figcaption>Williams worked on the iconic Theme Building at Los Angeles International Airport.</figcaption> </figure> <aside id="rbxD0K"><div data-anthem-component="readmore" data-anthem-component-data='{"stories":[{"title":"Paul Revere Williams is the first African American to receive the AIA Gold Medal","url":""},{"title":"Chasing Paul Williams, the first certified black architect west of the Mississippi","url":""},{"title":"Meet the black architect who designed Duke University 37 years before he could have attended it","url":""}]}'></div></aside><p id="tLwrNi"></p> Liz Stinson 2020-02-14T10:30:00-05:00 2020-02-14T10:30:00-05:00 These luxury prefabs are going fully off-grid <img alt="Single-story house with a garage and covered entrance." src="" /> <small>Dvele</small> <p>Dvele homes will now come with a new thermal enevelop, solar power, and a backup battery system </p> <p id="K5iHeH">High-end prefab home builder <a >Dvele</a> just got a little more high-tech—and eco-conscious. The San Diego-based company, which is known for its luxury prefab designs, announced this week that it would start exclusively building fully self-powered homes going forward. </p> <p id="9aQEU4">Since its founding in 2017, Dvele has branded itself as a sustainable option in the prefab space, but its new initiative takes it a step further with homes that run entirely on solar power and stored energy. Dvele’s models are similar to other <a href="">eco-minded prefab homes</a> in that a major focus is to limit the amount of wasted energy produced in the first place.</p> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="View from kitchen looking out through floor to ceiling windows." data-mask-text="false" src=""> <cite>Dvele</cite> </figure> <p id="t4GZ52">To do that, Dvele developed a new building envelope with a thermal barrier that ensures any heating or cooling produced in the house stays in the house. The company claims its homes utilize 84 percent less energy per square foot to operate than a traditionally built home, which means running totally on solar power is actually achievable. All new Dvele homes will come with solar panels plus a backup battery system to hold any extra energy generated. </p> <p id="ZpceeL">Off-grid capability is a way for Dvele to distinguish itself in the increasingly crowded prefab industry—and to get ahead of local regulations. California, no stranger to <a >mass power outages</a>, passed a state building code in 2018 that requires all new homes from 2020 onward to have rooftop solar, the first rule of its kind in the country.</p> <p id="9VYEdN">Dvele recently showed off its first self-powered model in Ventura, California—you can check out its full line of self-powered prefabs <a >here</a>.</p> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="Open plan dining room and kitchen. There’s a table with six chairs." data-mask-text="false" src=""> <cite>Dvele</cite> </figure> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="Living room with built-in shelving flanking a mounted TV. " data-mask-text="false" src=""> <cite>Dvele</cite> </figure> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="White-walled room with a bed and two side tables. " data-mask-text="false" src=""> <cite>Dvele</cite> </figure> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="Outdoor patio with white and gray seating, overlooking hills." data-mask-text="false" src=""> <cite>Dvele</cite> </figure> <aside id="GVqjKX"><div data-anthem-component="newsletter" data-anthem-component-data='{"slug":"curbed_national"}'></div></aside> Liz Stinson 2020-02-14T09:30:00-05:00 2020-02-14T09:30:00-05:00 Converted carriage house in Seattle asks $2M <img alt="A gray carriage house sits on a sloping street surrounded by green trees. " src="" /> <small>Photos by Angie Miller</small> <p>A 1913 structure remodeled by award-winning Seattle-area architect&nbsp;George Suyama</p> <p id="9HiEDx">We often cover real estate that began life as one thing before transforming into something else. These home conversions, whether they started as <a href="">shipping containers</a>, <a href="">churches</a>, or <a href="">barns</a>, catch our eye for their uniqueness and style. Take <a >this three-bedroom, three-bath home</a> in Seattle’s Denny Blaine neighborhood. </p> <div class="c-float-right"><div id="TM2cUs"><div data-anthem-component="aside:2265443"></div></div></div> <p id="DPdoUm">The structure is a 1913 carriage house remodeled by award-winning Seattle-area architect <a >George Suyama</a>. Suyama is known for his <a >serene</a> <a >designs</a>—including the much-shared <a href="">Junsei House</a>—that often feature a central atrium as the focal point. In this 3,106-square-foot house the architect added a steel staircase at the entryway that leads to a living area with vaulted skylight ceiling. </p> <p id="olfesL">The main living areas cluster around the airy atrium with built-in bookcases, a gas fireplace, and a chef’s kitchen. French doors off of the living room open to a spacious deck for entertaining, and a second family room off of the master offers privacy. The bedrooms are modest in size, but a master bathroom features marble with dual vanities, a soaking tub, and walk-in shower. Love what you see? <a >205 40th Avenue E is on the market now</a>. </p> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="A black steel staircase rises from a hallway on a first floor to the second floor. " data-mask-text="false" src=""> <figcaption>A steel staircase rises from the first floor to the second. </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="The second story of a house features a vaulted ceiling with skylight in the center. The living areas are organized around the atrium. " data-mask-text="false" src=""> <figcaption>The stairway leads to a living area with an airy vaulted skylight ceiling. </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="A dining room has a patterned rug, seating for six, and built-in bookcases along one wall. " data-mask-text="false" src=""> <figcaption>A spacious dining room features built-in bookcases and an arched window. </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="A long kitchen with skylights features wood cabinets, a dark black marbled counter, and wood floors. " data-mask-text="false" src=""> <figcaption>The chef’s kitchen benefits from more skylights to brighten things up. </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="A small white bed sits on a raised wooden floor with an arched window to its left. Doors to a bathroom and closet are on the right. " data-mask-text="false" src=""> <figcaption>The bedrooms are modest in size, but the master features a large closet off to the right. </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="A large bathroom has dark gray tiles, a long counter with two sinks, gold mirrors, and a white bathtub. " data-mask-text="false" src=""> <figcaption>A spacious master bath features dual vanities and a freestanding tub.</figcaption> </figure> Megan Barber 2020-02-13T17:55:27-05:00 2020-02-13T17:55:27-05:00 How to shop the wicker obsession <img alt="Wooden TV stand with woven panels in the front." src="" /> <small>Target</small> <p>Rattan and cane and seagrass, oh my!</p> <p id="pqqBSz">The thought of wicker furniture might first conjure up basic patio sets, but these days, home goods made from woven plant materials are stylishly incorporated all over the home. </p> <p id="tv7KyP">As our recent <a href="">On Trend</a> story explains, <a href="">furniture and decor woven from natural fibers like rattan and cane</a> are more fashionable than ever, their natural warmth and airy feel offering an antidote to the sharp, opaque modernism of plastic and metal. </p> <div class="c-float-right"><aside id="dOtXtz"><div data-anthem-component="readmore" data-anthem-component-data='{"stories":[{"title":"Cane furniture is back—but it never really left","url":""},{"title":"My ‘closet’ chair is the lazy person’s ideal storage","url":""}]}'></div></aside></div> <p id="tA3UQA">Author Rachel del Valle <a href="">writes</a>: “Cane, which can be woven into virtually anything, is a material that complements: It makes a room look better, more pulled together, more thoughtful than a simpler, denser material would.” </p> <p id="k0Rt98">Ready to bring the joy of wicker into your home? Keep scrolling for over a dozen superb picks, from chairs and rugs to planters and baskets.</p> <hr class="p-entry-hr" id="KwC5SH"> <h4 id="vk7xmi">Furniture</h4> <p id="eiNWSs">Cane and rattan are readily found in all kinds of chairs, where they’re woven into breezy seat and back panels (which <a href="">can be replaced</a> when broken). 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