Author: Craig Allen (page 1 of 6)

Taking It Slow in Home Design

You’ve probably heard of the Slow Food movement, the trend that emphasizes traditional dishes and encourages the cultivating of food plants that are native to their particular region. It’s the opposite of fast food, in other words. This has in turn helped spawn a small, but growing similar movement applied to architecture– the Slow Home movement. It’s […]

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We Get in Touch With the Inner Child in Our Kids' Room Designs

So much attention in the world of interior design is devoted to the grownups. It’s certainly gratifying to create an elegant living room, a showcase dining room, or an impressive corporate reception area. But it’s also so enjoyable getting in touch with the child within to create fun and functional kids’ rooms. Below is a […]

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Google Hires Ingenhoven to Build Cutting Edge Green Headquarters

Construction is expected to begin next year on what is being touted at the most environmentally friendly building in the world. It’s an expansion of Google’s corporate headquarters in Mount View, California. German firm Ingenhoven Architects won the competition for the project. Google has never built its own space, instead renting or purchasing existing offices. […]

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The Double Edged Sword of Historic Preservation

Here in New England, historic preservation is practically a religion. Virtually every city, town and hamlet has established guidelines for preserving homes and buildings that have more than average historic significance. Of course, New England has had lots of time to accumulate a history– at least by American standards. Now it seems Californians– in the […]

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The Shrinking American Home: Right Sizing, Not Down Sizing

Ever since the end of the Second World War, rising prosperity in America has prompted desires for ever larger homes. But that trend appears to have turned the other direction with size of the average American home becoming smaller. This comes from the white paper, The Small Spaces Trend, commissioned by Kleber and Associates. The average […]

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Winners of Barbie Dream Home Design Competition Named

The results are in, and Barbie presumably will soon break ground on her new dream house. The design submitted by Ting Li and Maja Paklar has been named the winner of the Architect Barbie Dream House Design Competition. We are especially thrilled about this here at Leslie Saul & Associates because Ting Li was an […]

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New Trends in Residential Architecture: Honesty, Modesty and Efficiency

In the distant past, a reasonably dry cave was the favorite dwelling of the day. Mud huts were “in” for a while, followed by the split level ranch home. Since then, though, there haven’t been any major developments in home design. At least until now. It may be too early to declare a full-scale revolution […]

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Corporate Design: Don't be So Down on the Cubicle

We find the workplace fascinating here at Leslie Saul & Associates. More precisely, we find the space in which people work of great interest, so it’s no wonder it’s a big part of our architectural and interior design practice. The much maligned office cubicle has become a regular part of the workplace landscape. To many, […]

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The Shrinking Office: Designing a Work Space that Liberates

Back in the day, the vice president of a moderately sized company could count on getting at minimum a 12×15 office. These days, he (or she!) might have to be satisfied merely having four walls and a door. Office size is on the way out as a way of determining relative corporate clout. In fact, […]

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Vote for Architect Barbie's Dream Home

The biggest news in architecture this summer has been word that Barbie has joined the industry. Despite her small physical stature, the fashion doll must certainly be the highest profile architect in the business these days, as any six-year-old girl will tell you. We’ve been following Barbie’s new professional life, including the competition to design a […]

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