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i will admit that these townhomes are not high end. they make no claim to be. they are entry-level homes located in area of town where the "craftsman" and "san francisco" style townhomes so prevalent in seattle would be utterly out of place. in other words, they are anything, but "cookie cutter." These townhomes are sensitive to their surroundings. They are responsive to the area they are located in. i have been by them, and they do not stand out in an unseemly way. they seem to draw inspiration from some of the 1960s - 1970s commercial spaces adjacent to them. i think the developers should be applauded for this effort.
these circumstances are a world apart from the "loft" homes built in the middle of the desert outside of las vegas pictured in the article. the developers of these loft mcmansions appear to have simply cashed in on a trend without regard context. this distinction is entirely relevant and is where your claim of similarity is weak.
[In point of fact, Georgetown is hardly a neighborhood without services. i imagine many people are attracted to the area b/c it is so close to downtown (15min by bus) and near to so many places of employment: boeing, amazon.com, starbucks HQ, are all located in 3-5 miles. it is also within walking distance to Seattle's Safeco Field and Qwest Field, as well concert venues. it is on this point that mrgreen is uninformed.]

Pb Elemental
7/12/07 01:17 PM

I think a distinction can be drawn between the "soft lofts" described in the article mrgreen referenced and the town homes that are the topic of this post. while new construction, these homes are in seattle's industrial area. they are surrounded by scrap steel suppliers, a concrete plant, lumber yards, warehouses, shipping terminals, train yards, a crane rental outfit and so on. it is Gatsby's "sea of ashes". in this context, they are appropriate and responsive to their location in a way the loft-style tract homes covered in the Times article are not. accordingly, the comparsion is weak and uninformed.

Pb Elemental
7/12/07 06:52 AM

How about AT Seattle? There is a rapidly growing urban population. In fact, Seattle just surpassed DC in terms of population size and is only a few 1000 shy of Boston. There is definitely a real interest in art and design, evidenced by the national success of local stores like www.velocityartanddesign.com, our newly expanded downtown art museum, and our nationally acclaimed sculpture park.

Urban Population Explosion: More Apartment Therapy?
6/29/07 10:53 AM


above is the link to the somewhat similar bamboo product i mentioned.

Again, zebrawood products, including zebrawood veener are most commonly derived from a species of tree that is listed as CRITICALLY ENDANGERED in their native West African habitat by the IUCN. It would be grossly irresponsible to buy any zebrawood product without knowing exactly where it was harvested from.

(critically endangered is the step just below "extinct in the wild," so it's kind of a big deal)

Good Questions: Where Can I Find Zebrawood Tables?
6/25/07 03:05 PM

the trees that "zebrawood" is harvested from are native to West Africa and are endangered. I would strongly discourage you from buying any product made of "zebrawood." This includes veneered products (like the Room and Board tables and the cabinets pictured). Instead, I would consider a sustainably harvested (Forest Service Certified) wood native to North America.

If you are really set on the zebrawood look, i believe there is a bamboo product available as a veneer or as cabinetry-grade piece of plywood with a somwhat similar tiger stripe pattern.

Good Questions: Where Can I Find Zebrawood Tables?
6/25/07 12:54 PM

is it the rolly table also from DWR? http://www.dwr.com/productdetail.cfm?id=8688

Good Question: Veet Commericial Furniture ID?
6/20/07 12:25 PM

smart looking, but not especially inventive. looks like a cross between a Wegner folding chair and Risom lounge chair.

May NY Design Meetup: Jason Culler
5/22/07 11:10 AM

this is certainly a cozy, comfortable, little place. i appreciate that the aesthetic isn't co-opted from the pages of a catalogue or magazine. it is a sort of everyman's apartment--pedestrian and coarse. it is average in the best possible sense.

Northwest Finalist #1: Delight's Cozy Nest for Three
5/14/07 02:32 PM

i love the exposed ceiling and the large windows. the layout is also nice, and the colors work. however the decor feels impersonal to me. i don't see a strong sense of personal style. i see only a generous furniture budget and DWR catalogue.

Midwest Semi-Finalist #1: Michael and Mindy's Urban Modern
5/14/07 12:09 PM