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  1. Salone 2014 In Materials
    Travel Reports

    Salone 2014 In Materials

    We roamed Milan's galleries and the Salone del Mobile show floors (check out our recap here) hunting down the best new design pieces. Here, we turn our eye to innovative materials. From the...

    written by: Diana Budds
    04.18.14

  2. A Prefab Home on Washington's Puget Sound
    My House

    A Prefab Home on Washington's Puget Sound

    To build a home on a remote plot of land in Washington State, former Angelenos Amy Staupe and Christopher Roy commissioned Method Homes to construct a highly personalized prefab structure. "We had...

    written by: Diana Budds
    04.17.14

  3. Coffee Break: Sightglass 20th Street, San Francisco
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    Coffee Break: Sightglass 20th Street, San Francisco

    Sightglass Coffee's 20th street outpost is an archetypal San Francisco cafe—a space built to reflect the same values as the coffee sold within. The interior, masterminded by local firm Boor Bridges...

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: Matthew Millman
    04.04.14

  4. A Dramatic Viewing Platform in Tasmania
    Finishing Touch

    A Dramatic Viewing Platform in Tasmania

    Australian firm Room11 creates a viewing structure that helps visitors understand their surroundings.

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: Ben Hosking
    04.03.14

  5. Karoline Fesser
    Profiles

    Karoline Fesser

    Inquisitiveness motivates German designer Karoline Fesser, who lives and works in her hometown, just outside Cologne. “When I started to think about design, I didn’t even know the term ‘design’...

    written by: Diana Budds
    04.03.14

  6. Daniele Bortotto
    Profiles

    Daniele Bortotto

    Nomadic Italian designer Daniele Bortotto gleans inspiration from the places he visits: “I’m always on a train,” he says. Bortotto has tapped into generations of craftsmanship found in Venice and...

    written by: Diana Budds
    04.03.14

  7. Nick Ross
    Profiles

    Nick Ross

    It’s no wonder that designer Nick Ross—of the Stockholm studio that bears his name—often references historical events. For inspiration, he says, “You can’t beat a good BBC documentary. If the title...

    written by: Diana Budds
    04.03.14

  8. Tania da Cruz
    Profiles

    Tania da Cruz

    Milan-based Tania da Cruz cut her teeth in Marcel Wanders’s Amsterdam studio. “It was like living in a temporary fairy tale,” she says. Dutch whimsy factored into her early work—such as her Chia...

    written by: Diana Budds
    04.03.14

  9. 'Grant Mudford: Building' at Woodbury University
    Event Spotlight

    'Grant Mudford: Building' at Woodbury University

    Grant Mudford is the 2014 winner of the Julius Shulman Award for Excellence in Photography. To celebrate the Australian photographer's prolific body of work—which ranges from architectural to...

    written by: Diana Budds
    04.01.14

  10. Inexpensive Gabled Garden Shed in Belgium
    Finishing Touch

    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

  11. Flat Design for Kitchen Appliances
    Product Reviews

    Flat Design for Kitchen Appliances

    We've noticed a curious trend of disappearing appliances, planar sinks, and subdued surfaces. Just like the flat design that is becoming popular in technology interfaces, this kitchen is excess...

    written by: Diana Budds
    03.31.14

  12. A Scandinavian-Inspired Modern Kitchen
    Rooms We Love

    A Scandinavian-Inspired Modern Kitchen

    To celebrate the launch of American Standard's DXV line, designer Susan Serra creates a modern kitchen inspired by Nordic crafts and contemporary furniture. “Scandinavian design is my personal...

    written by: Diana Budds
    03.27.14

  13. Tiny Garden Retreat on New York's Long Island
    Outdoor

    Tiny Garden Retreat on New York's Long Island

    In New York’s Nassau County, a 125-square-foot garden retreat offers a haven from bustling contemporary life.

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: Dustin Cohen
    03.24.14

  14. 7 Vibrant and Modern Tile Accents
    A Great Idea

    7 Vibrant and Modern Tile Accents

    Festooned with color and pattern, these seven designs use tile to create striking visual effects.

    written by: Diana Budds
    03.24.14

  15. Landscape Design for All Climates
    Outdoor

    Landscape Design for All Climates

    Seven landscape architects across the United States explain how they mastermind inspired designs showcasing the best of their regions.

    written by: Diana Budds
    03.18.14

  16. 10 Olson Kundig Houses
    Houses We Love

    10 Olson Kundig Houses

    If there's one material Tom Kundig of Seattle firm Olson Kundig Architects is known for deploying in his projects, it's steel. Whether polished to a spectacular luster or left to weather with the...

    written by: Diana Budds
    03.13.14

  17. A Modern House in Elizabeth Beach, Australia
    House Tours

    A Modern House in Elizabeth Beach, Australia

    Architect Shane Blue crafts a modern home on a remote plot of land in southeastern Australia.

    written by: Diana Budds
    03.13.14

  18. Five Hexagonal Furniture and Accessory Pieces
    Product Reviews

    Five Hexagonal Furniture and Accessory Pieces

    In honor of the hexagon—the polygon du jour—we've collected five furniture pieces that will lend a geometric bent to your interiors.

    written by: Diana Budds
    03.12.14

  19. 7 Bestsellers from the Dwell Store
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    7 Bestsellers from the Dwell Store

    Since the Dwell Store launched last fall, a handful of items from the selection of furniture, accessories, lighting, and outdoor pieces have become front runners. See the full array of bestselling...

    written by: Diana Budds
    03.08.14

  20. Coffee Break: San Francisco’s Saint Frank
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    Coffee Break: San Francisco’s Saint Frank

    A recent addition to San Francisco's Russian Hill neighborhood, Saint Frank Coffee serves its brews in a geometrically inclined modern space by local firm Openscope Studio. Formerly a nail salon,...

    written by: Diana Budds
    03.06.14

  21. 7 Luminous Modern Interiors
    House Tours

    7 Luminous Modern Interiors

    Bright and light-filled, these seven homes ranging from a Los Angeles renovation to a spa-like bathroom in upstate New York are a breath of fresh air.

    written by: Diana Budds
    03.05.14

  22. 10 Cozy Modern Living Rooms
    Rooms We Love

    10 Cozy Modern Living Rooms

    A renovated concrete abode in Belgium, Jonathan Adler's quirky Shelter Island beachside retreat, and a British farmhouse are just a few projects in our collection of living rooms that showcase the...

    written by: Diana Budds
    03.03.14

  23. Michael Murphy's Midcentury-Inspired Supersonic Series
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    Michael Murphy's Midcentury-Inspired Supersonic Series

    San Francisco artist Michael Murphy’s latest series of prints, Supersonic, depicts a mod, mod world.

    written by: Diana Budds
    03.03.14

  24. Honeycombers' Design-Forward Solution to a Pesky Problem
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    Honeycombers' Design-Forward Solution to a Pesky Problem

    With Honeycombers, a salon in Menlo Park, California, designer Nicole Hollis thoughtfully deploys modern touches to create a warm, welcoming environment for a somewhat troubling service: delousing.

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: Ben Mayorga
    02.24.14

  25. Coffee Break: Peet’s Chestnut Street, San Francisco
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    Coffee Break: Peet’s Chestnut Street, San Francisco

    Bay Area coffee company Peet’s recently unveiled a new design for its San Francisco, California, flagship store. Located in an 80-year-old art deco building, the cafe is kitted out materials,...

    written by: Diana Budds
    02.21.14

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