Fred A. Bernstein

Fred Bernstein has degrees in architecture (from Princeton University) and law (from NYU) and writes about both subjects. He lives in New York City and has two sons.


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A Makeover Too Far

The conspicuous consumption of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Published in Dwell, October 29, 2006

Modern and Sustainable, on the Mississippi

A house in Memphis cuts it carbon footprint (albeit with offsets)

Published in Dwell, October 2000

Double Time

The last time Blake Trabulsi and Allison Orr had a party at their house in Austin, Texas, it lasted until 5 a.m. Observes Trabulsi: “People are so comfortable here, they never want to leave.”

Published in Dwell, January 15, 2009

Light Box

For Tad Beck, making a home out of a stolid, windowless warehouse meant opening it up from the inside out

Published in Dwell, January 15, 2009

Universal Appeal

When David Carmel decided to propose to Kirsten Axelsen, he was at home in Manhattan and she was in Ethiopia, working to eliminate trachoma (the world’s leading cause of preventable blindness). No problem: David flew 7,000 miles to pop the question at a restaurant in Addis Ababa. A year and a trip to the altar later, the Carmels now live in a Chelsea apartment that’s designed in part to make it easy for David to get around in a wheelchair; a diving accident eight years ago left him paralyzed from the waist down

Published in Dwell, January 16, 2009

Stripped Ease

All of the money Barbara Hill poured into remodeling her 1960s condo in Houston was spent taking things out—and she couldn’t be happier


Published in Dwell, January 17, 2009

The Hill Bathroom

When designer Barbara Hill decided to renovate her 1960s condo in Houston, Texas, she stripped the bathroom down to its bare bones and saw beauty in the blemishes

Published in Dwell, October 10, 2009

Color 101: Hueless

Most modernists find color as attractive as traditional Tudors. Fred Bernstein, a resolute lover of neutrals, attempts to expand his horizon of hues

Published in Dwell, February 2, 2009