#RealEstatePorn: Say Hello To My Big House! The “Scarface” Mansion Can Be Yours For $35 Million!


It seems that Tony Montana’s Miami mansion in Scarface was really in Santa Barbara. Yes, shocker –Hollywood lied to you. It's made to look over the top tacky onscreen but the real mansion was designed by the architect Grosvenor Goodhue in 1906 and is the pinnacle of extravagant elegance. This four-bedroom, 10,000 square foot home fit for a Cuban ... See the Rest

#ArchitecturePorn: The Menil Collection Unveils Their New Drawing Institute In Houston

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I'm from Houston originally and one of the best things about the city, is the Menil Collection, one of my favorite museums. The building designed by Renzo Piano, is part of a series of structures in a residential neighborhood in a 30-acre complex designed by David Chipperfield Architects, that includes Piano’s Cy Twombly Gallery, the Dan Flavin ... See the Rest

#RealEstatePorn: Updated Mid-Century Modern In Palm Springs


As I sit in my cozy converted barn in upstate New York, I look outside to see a foot of snow on the ground. I'm lucky to have this place (plus a tiny apartment in NY's Meatpacking District) but I do fantasize about trading it all in – and it would be hard to beat this place in Palm Spring for relaxed, elegant living. Built in 1969, it now belongs ... See the Rest

#RealEstatePorn: A Colorful Curated Condo In Chelsea


Bradford Shellhammer just launched his new online shopping site, Bezar, featuring feel-good, design-minded accessories. And from the looks of it here, he practices what he preaches. Refinery 29 visited recently to take stock of the highly-curated interiors of Bradford and his banker husband Georgi Balinov. Everywhere you look is color, with ... See the Rest

#RealEstatePorn: This 200 Year-Old House Is Not What You’d Imagine Inside


This 200-year-old stone house in Linescio, Switzerland looks like ruin outside, yes? It IS, more or less until you go inside where a spacious modern interior has been "inserted". The Swiss firm of Buchner Bründler Architekten renovated the centuries-old building into a summer home that boasts a clean and minimalist light-filled interior. Since it ... See the Rest

#RealEstatePorn: Black Desert House Is Stunning!

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The desert is always a stark setting for any modern architecture to stand out but Black Desert House was conceived to disappear as a mere shadow cast across the boulders. Situated in Yucca Valley, it offers the ultimate desert experience –immersion into the timelessness of the California desert panorama. From the looks of these pictures here, it’s ... See the Rest

#SteelMasters: John Chamberlain & Jean Prouvé At Gagosian


Gagosian New York, along with with Galerie Patrick Seguin in Paris, just opened a dual show worthy of a museum with works by American artist John Chamberlain and French architect and designer Jean Prouvé. These two twentieth century innovators have used metal to a new potential in their respective fields –art and design. Large- and small-scale ... See the Rest

Mathu Andersen’s Musings: Being Awake in the Architecture


I was talking with my lovely friend last night about being conscious in the banality of day to day living. The practice of mindfulness and ease in each moment. And she said something that has completely captivated me. ... See the Rest