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  1. Hidden in Plain View
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    Hidden in Plain View

    A digitally fabricated design in London boasts secret compartments for coralling the trappings of a modern workspace.

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: James Day
    06.28.12

  2. A Mies van der Rohe-Inspired Cottage in Johannesburg
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    A Mies van der Rohe-Inspired Cottage in Johannesburg

    A floating wall on a Johannesburg cottage draws inspiration from 
local mining moguls and Mies van der Rohe.

    written by: Olivia Martin
    04.10.13

  3. A Fly-Down Warning Device, and Other Hilarious Smart Tech Ideas from an Artist
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    A Fly-Down Warning Device, and Other Hilarious Smart Tech Ideas from an Artist

    British artist and designer Dominic Wilcox illustrates inventive—and admittedly outlandish—ways technology can potentially streamline our lives.

    written by: Diana Budds
    07.18.15

  4. 15 Years Already? Dwell Founder Lara Deam Discusses Dwell's Exciting Future
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    15 Years Already? Dwell Founder Lara Deam Discusses Dwell's Exciting Future

    Dwell’s founder shares her thoughts on celebrating the magazine’s anniversary by reflecting on the very first issue.

    written by: Lara Deam
    photos by: Jamie Chung
    09.27.15

  5. Longtime American Manufacturer Gets Literal with a Metal Map of the United States
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    Longtime American Manufacturer Gets Literal with a Metal Map of the United States

    A family-owned metal screen fabricator in Portland, Oregon, proudly displays its bona fides in a graphic map.

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: Dan Saelinger
    04.15.15

  6. In a San Francisco Workshop, Kids Take on Carpentry with Mini Chisels and Saws
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    In a San Francisco Workshop, Kids Take on Carpentry with Mini Chisels and Saws

    A San Francisco woodworking studio for kids a both carpentry skills and an appreciation for design thinking.

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    photos by: Aaron Wojack
    01.16.16

  7. Insulated Weekend Cabin in South Africa
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    Insulated Weekend Cabin in South Africa

    Eight years after construction began, this lakeside weekend home 80 miles outside Johannesburg, South Africa, received the long-awaited finishing touch that makes it an eye-catching thermal wonder.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    10.31.12

  8. Host and Hostess Gifts

    Host and Hostess Gifts

    Dwell founder Lara Deam: I just recently finished my own remodel, so I've been thinking a lot about finishing touches to make my house feel like home. Here are a few favorite items that I would...

    written by: Lara Deam
    12.02.09

  9. Hide and Eat
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    Hide and Eat

    In Manhattan, where space is the ultimate luxury, a clever design workaround makes a dining table disappear after supper.

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    02.28.12

  10. A View To A Hill
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    A View To A Hill

    Seven floors up, in an unassuming office building just shy of Chinatown, Dwell's San Francisco headquarters look out over the city we are happy to call home. Though the notorious fog drifts by on...

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    photos by: Peter Belanger
    05.07.11

  11. Dutch Military Bunker Becomes Tiny Vacation Home
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    Dutch Military Bunker Becomes Tiny Vacation Home

    A Belgian architecture firm transforms a 140-square-foot Dutch military structure into a modern-day vacation retreat.

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: Tim Van de Velde
    09.10.14

  12. Marmol Radziner: Homesite Delivery
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    Marmol Radziner: Homesite Delivery

    After completion at the factory, each home is shrink-wrapped and loaded onto a truck for direct site delivery.

    01.01.09

  13. Lego Island
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    Lego Island

    Step back, Jacobsen, Utzon, Kjaerholm, Wegner, and all you other great Danes. When it comes to Danish design domination, the unrivaled champ is undoubtedly the almighty plastic brick—Lego.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Céline Clanet
    03.19.10

  14. Shedded Bliss
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    Shedded Bliss

    A prefabricated shed sited on a Finnish island provides a perfect summer getaway.

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    12.19.11

  15. Backyard Retreat
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    Backyard Retreat

    When sustainable building advisor Megan Lea set out to build a backyard retreat, she knew that reclaimed materials would figure prominently into the design. What resulted is a polychrome of...

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: Uwe Schneider
    12.06.11

  16. Marmol Radziner Prefab
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    Marmol Radziner Prefab

    Amid the industrial expanse of Vernon, California, Marmol Radziner Prefab’s factory-built homes are pieced together in a process akin to the assembly lines made famous by Henry Ford.

    written by: Jessica Hundley
    03.16.09

  17. Lighting Up
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    Lighting Up

    A dim Toronto Tudor gets an airy new look, thanks to a top-level remodel and some bright ideas.

    written by: Alex Bozikovic
    01.25.12

  18. Magnetic Walls, and Storage Made Sexy
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    Magnetic Walls, and Storage Made Sexy

    When architects Hayes and James Slade of Slade Architecture renovated a three-story brownstone in Brooklyn for Ricky Kenig, the owner of the New York City's ubiquitous Ricky's NYC stores, and his...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    11.17.10

  19. Brighten the Corners
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    Brighten the Corners

    When Jeff Taylor and Alex Miller designed the Pull House in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, they took “form follows function” one step further: Form describes function.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Gregory Cherin
    12.01.10

  20. Wood-Clad Seaside Retreat in India
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    Wood-Clad Seaside Retreat in India

    It’s hard to believe that this idyllic house sited in a coastal coconut grove in Nandgaon, India, is a mere hour’s drive from bustling Mumbai.

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    06.07.11

  21. Inexpensive Gabled Garden Shed in Belgium
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    Inexpensive Gabled Garden Shed in Belgium

    Using workaday materials, architect Indra Janda creatively constructs a backyard retreat that looks opaque during the day and glows at night.

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: Tim Van de Velde
    04.01.14

  22. Brilliant Color Fields Made of Thread
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    Brilliant Color Fields Made of Thread

    Kansas City–based artist Anne Lindberg uses architecture as a framework for drawing in space.

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    photos by: Derek Porter
    07.31.14

  23. Small, Green, and Mighty: Hurricane-Proof Prefab
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    Small, Green, and Mighty: Hurricane-Proof Prefab

    A new prefab company represents the future of low-impact affordable housing.

    written by: Diana Budds
    12.10.14

  24. A Serene Nakashima Bathroom Survives
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    A Serene Nakashima Bathroom Survives

    George Nakashima’s sublime Japanese-style bathroom endures at his rural estate.

    written by: Diana Budds
    03.22.15

  25. '60s Rock Superstar Micky Dolenz Creates Handmade Furniture with His Daughter's Help
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    '60s Rock Superstar Micky Dolenz Creates Handmade Furniture with His Daughter's Help

    When it comes to furniture design, the Monkee and his youngest daughter keep it in the family. Georgia and Micky Dolenz will discuss their design collaboration at

    written by: William Lamb
    03.23.15

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