Top 15 Posts of All Time

15. Chain link fences as art: Unwoven light installation
American artist Soo Sunny Park took over the Rice Gallery, part of Rice University in Houston, Texas, in 2013 with a glittering, labor-intensive, abstract installation called Unwoven Light. The suspended piece consisted of 37 individual units of chain link fences arranged into a sculptural form that was about light.

14th [UPDATED] Modern house numbers
This post was created in 2006 and was so popular that we updated it in 2017 with more companies that offer modern house numbers. We looked around and found some of our favorite modern house numbers that will help you add another visual layer to the exterior of your home.

13. The rise of the backyard office
We spotted a trend over 11 years ago that resulted in more people working from home, but not just at home – in their backyard offices. Back then it was convenient to just walk through the back yard to arrive at the office and it’s even more convenient now in these COVID-19 times as more people are working part-time or full-time from home.

12. David van Alphens Modern Shed
David van Alphen joined our Deconstruction column over 10 years ago to share a fantastic modern day shed he built in his backyard for only about $ 3000 without using a kit. He walked through the process with photos and his story that might inspire you to build your own modern outdoor shed in the future.

Photo: Rob Lewis

11. The Living Cube by Till Koenneker
The designer Till Koenneker, who was born in Germany and lives in Switzerland, took matters into his own hands when he moved into a studio apartment with no storage space. He built a simple cube-like design called The Living Cube and found space for his vinyl collection, television, clothes, and shoes. Koenneker was able to install a guest bed on the cube and an urgently needed storage space inside the houses.

10. Happy pills
In 2007 the design office studio m shared their first project with us: a candy store in Barcelona called Happy Pills. Over the years, the brand has evolved, especially after it was sued by the Red Cross, which resulted in a logo tweak. All these years later, the brand is still successful with 27 stores in three countries.

9. A good time for simplicity: 12 minimalist clocks
In the age of smartphones, we no longer need watches, but maybe we want them more than ever. And in a world of information overload, non-stop notifications, and obstruction to a “more is better” culture, it is sometimes imperative to resort to minimalism when possible. We shared a dozen of our favorite minimalist watches back then.

8. Anti-theft packed lunches
This OG-Post lives and continues to grow, similar to the “mold” on these theft-proof packed lunches if it were real. Although the bags are no longer made, the idea is pretty smart considering that office refrigerators occasionally have an issue with lunch theft.

7. 10 modern prefabs that we’d like to call home
Over the years, the prefab movement continues to gain momentum as a great option for a new home. Built in much less time than a traditionally built home, and often at a lower cost, prefabricated houses offer great, modern digs in intelligently designed, often compact packages. We’ve shared 10 of our favorites from around the world for inspiration for those who want to go this trail.


6. The coolest modern day RVs, trailers and RVs
We’ve picked out some of our favorite recreational vehicles that eschew the typical aesthetics they are generally known for and focused on the modern variety that keeps popping up as people get away. We’ve researched the internet and shared some of our favorite modern day RVs, XVs, RVs, and caravans that make the perfect retreat.

5. “Tear Off” wallpaper from ZNAK
Another contribution from the early days, which is still a favorite of the readers, is about this perforated “Tear Off” wallpaper by ZNAK. While ZNAK is no longer around, its design thrives on making you wonder what else can be done to make wallpaper even better.

4. Manhattan Micro Loft by Specht Harpman Architects
It’s really hard to make 425 square feet look spacious, but Specht Harpman Architects did just that in this once awkward New York apartment on top of a six-story building. To solve the space problem, they created “living platforms” to accommodate everything an apartment needs while keeping the space open and bright.

3. 12 seats for maximum relaxation
During our 15 years we have been known for appreciating everything that has to do with napping, because napping is life. Our love of relaxation led us to look for reclining chairs or seats for a siesta, and we found 12 destined to get everyone ready for maximum relaxation.

Photo: Filip Dujardin

2. 20+ beautiful modern stairs
Walking up breathtaking stairs is part of the job so we don’t have to do anything other than document some of our favorites in one place. At that time we shared 20 but eventually started adding more and then made a follow-up post to continue the staircase love.

And the most popular post of all time is …

1. 12 houses made from shipping containers
It’s no surprise that shipping containers keep popping up in architectural projects around the world. They meet a wide range of requirements: Modern. Check. Inexpensive. Check. Environmentally friendly. Check. Easily available. Check. While many new shipping container projects have caught our attention since then, these 12 that we unveiled in 2013 are still our favorites, and clearly some of you!

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