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“Unlike those ‘honest’ modernists, I didn’t want to be honest. That myth of honesty or the so-called ‘morality’ of functionalism led to the loss of architecture’s ability to be playful and joyful, or to be usefully deceptive about scale and materiality.”

— Architect Alison Brooks in this week’s Q&A
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A Shadowy Artist's Studio in the French Countryside

A Shadowy Artist’s Studio in the French Countryside

A black rubber membrane gives way to light-soaked interiors, where slanted, solar panel-esque windows illuminate an inspiring creative live-work space.
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Alison Brooks Is Out to Bring Beauty into People’s Lives  

Alison Brooks Is Out to Bring Beauty into People’s Lives

The London-based architect elaborates on her approach to design — from choreographing movement to finding light in cloudy London.
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Ménard Dworkind and Studio MHA Design focus Zendesk’s new Montreal HQ around a dynamic mix of social spaces.
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Local Shikumen-style architecture informs Keiji Ashizawa’s latest café for Blue Bottle Coffee, featuring custom furnishings by Karimoku Case Study.
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OMA’s new collection for Unifor finds the middle ground between stuffy cubicles and Googleplex amusement park.
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