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The Body in Blue: Laxmi Hussain’s London Home and Studio Showcase Her Figural Art

As a girl, Laxmi Hussain loved spending afternoons drawing in her father’s corner store in St. John’s Wood, London: “I used to spread my paper and pens on top of the ice cream fridges looking out the window.” She went on to earn a degree in architecture, where her love of drawing continued—”when I was studying, we had to do most of our work by hand; it was before programs like CAD were the norm.” She’s now a mother of three, and when her oldest child, now, was still in pre-school, she rediscovered art through him: “the more he drew,…


The BS* + Beer Show: Essential Building Science Book Club Discussion

This episode of the BS* + Beer show centers around Jacob Racusin’s book Essential Building Science: Understanding Energy and Moisture in High Performance House Design. He shares his motivation for writing it, and acknowledges some of its shortcomings. He sums up his reasoning behind a whole-systems approach, and makes the point that the motivation behind greener building doesn’t need to be the eco-warrior’s fight. Making a good living, building for durability, ensuring occupant health and comfort, and myriad other reasons for using some of the solutions laid out in the book will move us all toward better, more thoughtful construction—and…


Current Obsessions: Spring in the City

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Outdoor Project: Five Tips for Creating an Ideal At-Home Retreat, from Rejuvenation

These days, we’re spending a great deal of time at home: Not only are we working from home and relaxing there in the evenings, too, we’re also hosting small, distanced gatherings in our outdoor spaces and planning staycations. Which means that as spring turns into summer and the days get warmer, it’s the ideal time to transform your patio, deck, garden, or even your entire yard into a serene lounge space that’s perfect as a quiet weekend escape and ready-made for fresh-air visits. Think about setting up your outdoor living space much like you would when planning your interiors. Here…


A New At-Home Showroom Concept in the West Village, Featuring the Next Wave of Design

French-born, NYC-based architect Olivier Garcé emailed us recently to let us know about his “pandemic lockdown project,” an apartment-as-gallery collaboration with furniture designer Ian Felton. “Amid the uncertainty that came with the pandemic, we wanted to assemble works by a group of friends, gallerists, and fellow creatives,” according to Garcé, the former director of French architect Pierre Yovanovitch’s NY office. The location? Garcé’s own light-flooded third-floor apartment in a West Village prewar brownstone, which he shares with his partner, Clio Dimofski, director of interior design at Pierre Yovanovitch (and their new baby, Zoë). “We usually look to art fairs, gallery…


Passive House Institute Plans Online Conference

Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS) has organized a four-day online program in April that will focus on mechanical systems for low-load buildings. “For some time we’ve honed best practices for envelopes, but mechanicals are still wonky, one-off solutions,” PHIUS Communications Director Michael Knezovich said in an email. “On one hand, we need to share and learn from what’s worked. On the other, we need to demonstrate to manufacturers that the market is there for systems tailored to low-load buildings to provide more off-the-shelf solutions.” HVAC equipment for tight, high-efficiency homes can be a problem for designers. Much of the equipment…

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