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Think Smaller

Homes Under 1,000 Sq. Ft.

June 2009, Vol. 09 Issue 07,

Extended Content


  • Q&A with Adam Kalkin


  • William Krisel
  • Q&A with Adam Kalkin


A Narrow Victory

Living small is par for the course in New York City, but accommodating a family of four in under 700 square feet rarely looks as effortless as in this storage-smart renovation.


Compound Addition

A pair of environmentally attuned architects combined adjoining properties in a Los Angeles canyon to house their modernist menagerie.


Orchard Jam

The McKenzie residence sits within the grid of a commercial apple orchard, its roof and upper parts floating above the trees to echo the surrounding hills. Although its steel cladding is suggestive…


William Krisel

Palm Springs architect William Krisel entered the arena of architecture in the boom times that followed World War II and left in 1979 when the profession became “too uptight” as a…


Q&A with Adam Kalkin

In the In the Modern World section of our June 2009 issue, I reviewed artist-architect Adam Kalkin’s new monograph, Quik Build: Adam Kalkin's ABC of Container Architecture. The book is a…

Square Meal


Great Britain has never had a reputation for great food—it is, after all, the nation where a dish called mushy peas is purportedly a good thing. But designer-cum-restaurant- entrepreneur…

My House

Built-In Style

In Oakland, California, two designers transformed a 100-year-old barn into a (very) cozy home of their own by redefining the functionality of walls and windowsills.

Off the Grid

Pole Star

By creatively manipulating the angles and levels of exterior surfaces on this modest Polish country house, architect Peter Kuczia achieved exceptionally high solar exposure, increasing its capacity…

Dwell Reports

Closet Cases

Our homes generally celebrate design you can see, but throw open the closet doors and behold a new frontier. These five closet systems not only make getting dressed easier and folding laundry more…


Fjord Focus

As Jarmund/Vigsnæs’s growing crop of small, smart houses have garnered increasing attention, their equally prolific civic works have them poised to be Norway’s next big export.


101 Airports

Modern air travel is about far more than merely making it from point A to point B. The journey is the destination, and we take a look at airport design and how terminals are evolving: which…


Waste Opportunity

While the Western world forgets its waste with a flush, 2.6 billion people don’t even have toilets. Virginia Gardiner ventures to the World Toilet Summit in search of sanitation’s…

Design Finder

Design by Numbers

Simon Alderson and Tony Cunninham of London–based high designer purveyors twentytwentyone talk kitsch versus collectible and the integrity of good design.

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