A writer for national and international publications, J. Michael Welton edits architectsandartisans.com. He’s also the author of Drawing from Practice: Architects and the Meaning of Freehand (Routledge Press, 2015). Reporting on this minimal North Carolina home for the May 2015 issue, he discovered ample evidence of modern and traditional Raleigh homes living side-by-side, gracefully.
Favorite American architect: “Jefferson, for making Palladio the American standard of greatness, and Sullivan, for creating an original American architecture.”
Born in upstate New York and based in Brooklyn, Christopher Testani has been featured in VICE, Bon Appetit, Travel & Leisure, and GQ, among other publications. For this issue, he shot a mind-bending farmhouse addition as well as a green-roofed prairie escape in Wisconsin. “The location and light were gorgeous,” he says of the latter. “As the sun started to set, the owners opened a nice bottle of wine and we enjoyed talking and watching the evening turn to dusk.”
Favorite midcentury design classic: “Curt Teich postcards.”
The first time Joanne Furio interviewed Scott Croyle was back in 2008 for a story about products he helped create. “I was curious to see how his aesthetic would translate in his home," she says. Now, she covers the overhaul of his storage-savvy home. “The design is so sublime, it’s practically invisible.” In addition to writing for Dwell, she contributes to San Francisco and the Believer.
Favorite midcentury design classic: “Eero Saarinen’s marble-topped Tulip table.”
For the past few years, Doug Moore, a newspaper reporter, and his husband fixated their attention on a modern house they built on forgotten land in St. Louis, Missouri. Moore, an avid traveler, ventured to Wisconsin to cover a sculptural grasslands retreat. “I knew it was the residents’ weekend getaway so I was stoked when they invited me into Madison to see where they nested, in an old church,” he says. “It was a wonderful juxtaposition—two worlds 45 minutes apart.”
Favorite city in the United States for architecture: “Chicago, see it from the river.”
Hailing from the Great Plains of the Midwest with a stretch in the Empire State, photographer Aaron Wojack now calls San Francisco home. When he is not on assignment you’ll find him following his camera around the West, exploring the region’s endless habitats and cultural enclaves. For this issue, he shot a meticulous renovation in San Francisco's Glen Park neigborhood.
Favorite work of architecture in the United States: “The 1968 Elrod House by John Lautner. I watched a lot of James Bond when I was young. It was in Diamonds are Forever.”