Prefab Today

April 2010,
Vol. 10
Issue 04
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Smarter, Faster, and Cheaper
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Fertile Grounds

Nestled in an apple grove in Sebastopol, California, the Orchard House is a rural idyll.

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Plan of Steel

The Blue Sky prototype home tiptoes gracefully across the desert landscape just north of Joshua Tree National Park.


Kid Tested, Mothers Approved

A long house on Long Island, this prefab could get to its site peaceably only by traveling in pieces.

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Gardening Products: Modern Portable Planter Pots

Today’s planters are smarter than ever. They breathe, they drain, and some even light up.

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Village People

Amidst the pedestrian-friendly maze of leafy streets in New York City’s West Village, LOT-EK, a firm whose designs focus on the creative reuse of industrial materials, inserted a gut-renovated…

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Rising Tides Are No Match for This Coastal Home

Thanks to some smart design and sound engineering, this small coastal house handles the waves.

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Design Shop Visit: ReForm School in Silver Lake

Business as usual for ReForm School founders Billie Lopez and Tootie Maldonado means far more than simply managing their popular Silver Lake, California, shop.

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Lego Island

Step back, Jacobsen, Utzon, Kjaerholm, Wegner, and all you other great Danes. When it comes to Danish design domination, the unrivaled champ is undoubtedly the almighty plastic brick—Lego.

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Modern Istanbul Design: Autoban

Istanbul modern? In a word, it’s Autoban. With their east-meets-west twist on mid-century classics, this young duo has jump-started their hometown’s design scene.

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An Introduction to Manufacturing

If the design world feels like an endless  parade of products, then the gnashing maws of industrial production assuredly underpin it all.

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Definitive Collections

We all know not to judge a book by its cover, or people by the company they keep.