Design: Good


Trenches

“Startin’ riots with those looks,” said the person behind the counter.

“I was downtown last week,” I declared…

Photo: Graffiti on a crumbling wall, of two horses and the word 'Rubble?'

Sensory Architecture: A Seamless Experience

Today most buildings are designed in pieces, by specialists who rarely talk to one another. Architect, engineer, electrician, plumber, contractor, interior designer: each designer’s expertise is abstracted from the specific environment, and from the rest of the design.


How to Grow Big Houseplants

The light and humidity in the corner of your living room bear no resemblance to that of a West African rain forest, and you cannot fool the fiddle leaf fig tree into thinking so.

Sticker and the Giant Aloe

Magical Fairyland Patio, With Cat

From Grunge to Gorgeous

March of 2020: lockdown.

What I crave more than anything: a garden.

What I’ve got: 100 square feet of broken concrete, surrounded by a broken fence, looking onto a vacant lot which the guy down the block insists is his. (It’s not.) I’ve gotten into a guerrilla gardening war over this lot, and lost.


The ONE Biggest Mistake

You don’t have to take down a wall to see radical improvement in your interior design. Just start with the simple stuff!

Cat sitting atop a very high bookshelf, looking down with an alarmed expression.

Why Decoration Is High Art

It’s the easiest thing in the world. You don’t even have to think. Just invoke the D-word during a critique, at any fine arts academy in the world, and watch the artist crumble. “It’s decorative.” In other words: trivial, shallow, trite, banal, unintelligent, and unworthy of further consideration. (“Feminine,” […]


How Design Can Break You

A walk through a BMW showroom once gave me a nervous breakdown. I was living the dream, as an artist in San Francisco during the height of the tech boom. I had a secure job, a flourishing studio practice and a quasi-jet-setter lifestyle. My programmer boyfriend and I spent […]