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Next Stop: DESIGN DESTINATIONS

Forget the columned entryway, the stately pillars, and the rooftop pool. The latest destinations are twisting and turning, curving and swerving everything we’ve come to expect from traditional hotel design. The result? A series of architectural adventures guaranteed to jolt the senses into a new dimension. By Alexandria Abramian Costa Rica: TREETOP DOWNWARD DOG Downward dog perched high above the treetops? That’s the concept at Origins, an ultra-boutique wellness lodge nestled within the high valley […]

Architecture, Lifestyle

Iconic OC: MCAS TUSTIN HANGARS

What are the most important buildings in OC—the most historic, architecturally significant, and the most beautiful? What built spaces and public places make us unique? These are the questions that Blue Door Magazine explores as we tour Iconic OC. The two World War II-era blimp hangars in Tustin are arguably Orange County’s most striking and superlative structures. Built in 1942-1943, they remain two of the largest freestanding wooden structures on the planet, according to the […]

Art, Design, Lifestyle

DESERT SHOWSTOPPER

An Indian Wells midcentury moves into the spotlight with a brand-new take on the showcase concept By Alexandria Abramian Desert Oasis doesn’t play by the typical showcase home rule book. For starters, the home designed by architect John Walling is not a spec project. Instead, the homeowner of the 4,350-square-foot Coachella Valley midcentury with soaring roof lines and natural rock-covered walls brought a distinctive vision for the project—one that involved design inspiration that included a […]

Lifestyle

MISSION SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO

What are the most important buildings in Orange County—the most historic, architecturally significant, and the most beautiful? What built spaces and public places make us unique? These are the questions Blue Door Magazine is exploring as we tour Iconic OC. The origin story of Orange County is set at Mission San Juan Capistrano. The Mission is a place both sacred and secular, where indigenous, Spanish, Mexican, American, and Californian people lived, built, worked, prayed, served, […]