Exclusive Tour of MAD Architects’ Stunning New Residential Design

In the world of architecture, like with writers and artists, there’s a proverbial baton that’s passed from one generation of virtuosos to the next. Examples abound: Toni Morrison and Ta-Nehisi Coates, Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat, Zaha Hadid and Ma Yansong. Indeed, it’s with Yansong’s latest project—the verdant Gardenhouse, a residential design in the heart of Los Angeles—that the young Chinese architect has secured his status of progressing the practice of architecture from one era into the next.

Ma Yansong, 45 and founder of MAD architects, has become China’s most exciting young architect. For years he’s been compared to his mentor, the late Zaha Hadid. And for good reason. His bold, free-formed, futuristic designs stand out—as if a spaceship parked in a suburban neighborhood. In many ways Yansong, like Hadid before him, is showing us the future of design. “My goal with Gardenhouse is to introduce a new and

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Tour Broadway Star Heather Headley’s Perfect Private Escape

“I got played,” jokes Tony winner Heather Headley of the coach house her husband, retired New York Jets player Brian Musso, suggested they build next to their home in the suburbs of Chicago. The 2,100-square-foot structure was originally meant to be a recording studio, a gift from Musso to Headley, and a place where the actress and singer, who stars in Netflix’s Sweet Magnolias, could get creative.

“That’s how it started,” she says, “and then Brian went to, ‘I’ll get an office and then maybe I’ll do a movie theater in the basement so I can watch my golf.’ I was like, ‘I thought this was my space!’”

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In the end, the three-floor structure, which is just steps from their main house, is filled with personal touches that represent them both, from the exposed wooden beams they bought from Alabama (where Musso’s father played college football, #22) to Headley’s

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Woman’s bizarre home tour has TikTok users completely captivated

You might collect a few things — maybe memorabilia from your favorite sports team or stuffed animals or stamps or something of the like. But one TikTok user’s mom is a collector of collections.

Maya Goosmann shared a TikTok video of things in her family home that “don’t make any sense,” and it’s confusing to say the least.


my mom likes to collect things ##fyp##foryoupage##musicmatters##MakeMomSmile

♬ 아무노래(Any song) – kozico0914

Notable items include a giant red ball with eyes that tower over a corner of the home — and roughly “a million” tinier versions littered all over shelves and other surfaces.

Credit: TikTok / gooseberryy

Goosmann told In The Know her mom became obsessed with the mascot, whose name is Pinnie, when she saw him on billboards in Austria.

“She reached out to the company and they started sending her a bunch of stuffed Pinnies and

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Tour the Whimsical Bangkok Home of a World-Renowned Hotel Designer

Whimsical, wild, and wacky are but a few words that most aptly describe Bill Bensley’s unique design aesthetic and the exceptional hotels born from it. Credited with upping the ante on Southeast Asia’s hospitality design, he is one of the most intriguing artists in the field today. For the past 27 years, he and his husband’s Bangkok home, Baan Botanica, has been the canvas for his next five-star hotel, restaurant, garden, or spa. “Our house is constantly under renovation and I’m constantly experimenting with new things,” says Bensley. “If we screw up at home, that’s fine, but if we screw up with our clients and with our hotels, that’s no good.”

<div class="caption"> A whimsical entrance to Bensley’s Bangkok bungalow. </div>

A whimsical entrance to Bensley’s Bangkok bungalow.

Originally from California, Bill has called Asia home since 1984 when he lived in Singapore and Hong Kong before moving to Bangkok and setting up Bensley, a full-service hospitality design atelier

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