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  1. Cathy Leff of the Wolfsonian
    Three Buildings

    Cathy Leff of the Wolfsonian

    I first met Cathy Leff, director of the Wolfsonian-Florida International University, three years ago when she gave me a splendid bicycle tour of Miami, Florida. We've kept in touch ever since...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    09.10.09

  2. Live From Helsinki: EcoDesign
    Travel Reports

    Live From Helsinki: EcoDesign

    At the entrance of Habitare, Finland's largest furniture and interiors expo, designer Yrjö Kukkapuro has curated an exhibition of ecologically-minded chairs. One of Finland's elder statesmen...

    written by: Sam Grawe
    09.10.09

  3. The U*Shelf System
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    The U*Shelf System

    Shelving often acts as a boring backdrop to the various vases, books, and knickknacks on display. Luckily, the U*Shelf's quirky tessellated forms are interesting enough to stand on their own.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    09.10.09

  4. Nontoxic Housecleaning Guide
    Books

    Nontoxic Housecleaning Guide

    I'll confess it now: I still buy and use all those household cleaning beasties that I know I shouldn't like Windex, Formula 409 and that scourge of bathtub rings, Soft Scrub. I know in my...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    09.09.09

  5. Alvar Aalto in Lights
    Travel Reports

    Alvar Aalto in Lights

    International Style architect Alvar Aalto is undoubtedly Finland's best-known design export, and is often cited for his mastery of natural light. Less often discussed is his role as a designer of...

    written by: Sam Grawe
    09.09.09

  6. OAN's Classroom Design Winner
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    OAN's Classroom Design Winner

    Earlier this year we wrote about Open Architecture Network's challenge to create a better classroom design that can accommodate the anticipated surge in student numbers worldwide over the next five...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    09.08.09

  7. Friday Finds 9.4.09
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    Friday Finds 9.4.09

    Our weekly round-up is short and sweet today—check out the links below to see what caught our editors' fancy as they meandered around the Web this week.

    written by: Amanda Dameron
    09.04.09

  8. Green Pocket Tiles
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    Green Pocket Tiles

    If you aspire to have a little kitchen garden for herbs and baby greens, these Green Pockets would be an elegant place to start. The small planters affix to the wall, interspersed with flat tile to...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    09.04.09

  9. DecorMaison Wallpaper
    Product

    DecorMaison Wallpaper

    In homes, restaurants and retail shops alike, it's common to see a single wall covered in loud, brightly patterned wallpaper—an easy design strategy that packs a powerful visual punch. Plenty...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    09.03.09

  10. The Urban Housing Handbook
    Books

    The Urban Housing Handbook

    The Urban Housing Handbook from Wiley Publications, a new tome from Paris-based architects Caroline Stahl and Eric Firley, is a guided tour through urban housing typologies from all over the world....

    written by: Aaron Britt
    09.03.09

  11. Arik Levy
    Interviews

    Arik Levy

    Arik Levy’s designs have been produced by a variety of big names—e15 (SH05 ARIE shelf, pictured below), Zanotta, Council, Living Divani, and Bernhardt Design, to name a few—but...

    written by: Dwell Staff
    09.02.09

  12. George Smart
    Profiles

    George Smart

    George Smart, executive director of Triangle Modernist Archive, is a modern-day Lorax for modern-designed houses. In early 2007, a quick Internet search for “Raleigh modernist architecture...

    written by: Dwell Staff
    09.02.09

  13. Design by Numbers
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    Design by Numbers

    Simon Alderson and Tony Cunninham of London–based high designer purveyors twentytwentyone talk kitsch versus collectible and the integrity of good design.

    written by: John Kachoyan
    09.02.09

  14. Big Design in Little China
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    Big Design in Little China

    In downtown Los Angeles, nonprofit worker turned design-savvy entrepreneur Willard Ford turned the historic Kim Sing Theatre into a haven for modern furniture and design, now known as Ford&...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    09.02.09

  15. HIB-System: Snap Together a House
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    HIB-System: Snap Together a House

    You may not have realized it at the time, but if you played with LEGOs a lot as a kid you were giving yourself good training for the future of housing, when you'd be able to snap together your own...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    09.02.09

  16. Portland, Maine
    City Guide

    Portland, Maine

    Portland has long been a cultural outpost in New England, a hotspot for artists and longshoreman alike who crave the sophistication of the big city (65,000 people) while still retaining a...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    09.02.09

  17. By the Book
    Finishing Touch

    By the Book

    This modern log cabin from architecture students at Auburn University was designed to be completed for $20,000—an admirable solution for the down-at-heel looking to put down roots.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    09.02.09

  18. Caroline Baumann
    Three Buildings

    Caroline Baumann

    For the next installment of Three Buildings I spoke with Acting Director of the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Caroline Baumann. I met Caroline touring around Switzerland earlier this year...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    08.31.09

  19. The Shipping Muse
    House Tours

    The Shipping Muse

    Shipping containers are ubiquitous in Houston, though unlike the four that make up this new home, they're usually filled with foreign goods rather than flourishing lives.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Jack Thompson
    08.31.09

  20. The Right Track
    House Tours

    The Right Track

    With nearly a half century of architectural experience, Peter Cohen designed this ingenious spine-and-module home for him and his wife Sally in the coastal forests just outside Ellsworth, Maine.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Mark Mahaney
    08.31.09

  21. The Brick Weave House in Chicago
    House Tours

    The Brick Weave House in Chicago

    Born as a horse stable, the Brick Weave House in Chicago is all about transportation and transparency. A clever renovation has made it the most compelling architecture on the block and home to a...

    written by: Blair Kamin
    photos by: Gregg Segal
    08.31.09

  22. The Carter School Project
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    The Carter School Project

    This summer, the Master of Architecture Program at Massachusetts College of Art and Design ran the first hands-on project in their Community Design Build program. At The Carter School, a school for...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    08.31.09

  23. 2010 Calendar from Linda and Harriett
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    2010 Calendar from Linda and Harriett

    At Dwell, we're often living in several months at once: Our October 2009 issue hits newsstands next week but we're already busy writing our articles for February 2010. So it's not surprising that...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    08.31.09

  24. Eight Questions for Graham Pullin
    Profiles

    Eight Questions for Graham Pullin

    Graham Pullin is an interaction designer who teaches at the University of Dundee in Scotland. His new book is Design Meets Disability, out next month from MIT Press. I had a chance to ask Pullin a...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    08.30.09

  25. Koji Tsutsui
    Profiles

    Koji Tsutsui

    In September 2008, architect Koji Tsutsui accepted the Ceramic Tiles of Italy award for designing a modern, white-tiled residence in Tokyo. One day later, he traded the spotlights of European...

    08.30.09

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