L Bath

L Bath

Here are recent photos of the new bath at the L house in Mountain View. It came out nice and sweet!    

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L Kitchen

L Kitchen

Here are fresh photos of the now completed L kitchen and dining room:       All photos above by Indivar Sivanathan.  

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CASE STUDY HOUSE 8 – THE EAMES HOUSE – a visit

CASE STUDY HOUSE 8 – THE EAMES HOUSE – a visit

While in Los Angeles recently, we visited the Eames House in Pacific Palisades. Talented, prolific, Charles and Ray Eames, are among the most important American designers of the 20th. Century. Their home, overlooking Santa Monica Bay across a meadow,  designed with...

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To Define A Wonderful Work of Architecture

"... a pleasing overall form; consistency in use of materials; care in details; sensible scale and proportions; an overall coherence; and, above all, habitability." From the essay "Origins, Evolutions, and Ironies" by Donald Canty to be found in the book "The Sea...

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Buildings I Like – Barns!

Buildings I Like – Barns!

We recently volunteered to help fabricate and assemble a beautiful timberframe barn at UC Santa Cruz, recreating the Cowell Ranch hay barn. Slated to become a center for sustainability programs, properly maintained this 'new' barn should last hundreds of years -...

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SOUL

SOUL

I recently read two books I can recommend:  The Soul of a Tree by George Nakashima and its companion Nature Form & Spirit by his daughter Mira Nakashima. They chronicle his compelling life and work exploring the nexus between craft, design and finding the...

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CRAFT AND MODERN ARCHITECTURE

There is a nice entry available at Houzz  titled: Design Workshop: 10 Reasons to Put Craft Into Modern Architecture.   This article sits square with me. No craft - less heart - soul quite hard to find.   Talk to me about your next project....

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A REFRESHED MID-CENTURY MODERN KITCHEN

A REFRESHED MID-CENTURY MODERN KITCHEN

Sometimes, in remodel designs, it is best to keep things simple. Do small things to affect utility,  flow and aesthetics.  For this mid-century modern, for all their noted openness, the kitchen was closed off from the public, living areas.   Hard...

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AERO

AERO

Designed for the gala fundraiser for the Architecture and Design Museum of Los Angeles held this past June, celebrating surf culture,  West of West  created aero - an experimental surf craft rooted in surfboard design history sculpturally anticipating a...

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NEW PHOTOS – STL – KITCHEN

NEW PHOTOS – STL – KITCHEN

Of particular note: the beautiful vertical grain fir cabinets were made by the owner. All photos © Indivar Sivanathan For floor plan and further details see Heeschen Project under Work

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