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  1. Prefab, Proven
    House Tours

    Prefab, Proven

    In January 2003, we issued a challenge to 16 architects: Design a modern prefab home for $200,000. Here’s the story of the house that resulted from that challenge—and what we learned...

    written by: Allison Arieff
    photos by: Roger Davies
    10.19.09

  2. A Modern Coastal Home in Stinson Beach
    Green

    A Modern Coastal Home in Stinson Beach

    For all the joys of beachfront living, it’s not without its risks. But with some smart design and sound engineering, this small coastal house stands tall against the threat of rising tides.

    written by: Sarah Rich
    photos by: Mathew Scott
    03.11.10

  3. Phoyo Playhouse
    Product

    Phoyo Playhouse

    When New Zealand architect Robin Hannah’s daughter was very young in the 1970s, he devised the slot-assembly PlayHouse of Your Own (phoyo) out of sustainable pine for her and her two brothers...

    written by: Erika Heet
    06.20.10

  4. Tunnel Vision
    House Tours

    Tunnel Vision

    To maximize every square inch in this Manhattan apartment, LOT-EK knocked down walls, added dozens of recycled doors, and built in a bevy of secret compartments.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Nicholas Calcott
    11.05.11

  5. Australian Bungalow with a Modern Addition
    My House

    Australian Bungalow with a Modern Addition

    A surprisingly modern addition transforms an 1880 bungalow in Adelaide, Australia, into a spacious and sensuous abode.

    written by: Rosie Scott
    photos by: James Knowler
    01.21.12

  6. Blair Niche Project
    Houses We Love

    Blair Niche Project

    At just $167 per square foot, this high-design, low-cost barn in rural Wisconsin is an American idyll.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    02.20.12

  7. The Hunt: Modern Trash Cans
    Product Reviews

    The Hunt: Modern Trash Cans

    Litter bin, trash receptacle, garbage can—there are many ways to say it, and many poor examples of the genre. Here we find a few examples that prove finding the perfect container for your trash isn...

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    02.04.14

  8. Serra Residence Renovation
    Food

    Serra Residence Renovation

    When residents Gino and Paetra Serra decided to renovate their 1933 Italianate foursquare-plan home in Kansas City, Missouri, to accommodate their growing family, they made sure that in addition to...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    08.26.10

  9. Kind of New
    House Tours

    Kind of New

    For Brussels-based furniture designer Christiane Högner, inspiration comes less from glossy design mags than the castoffs she finds on the streets of Belgium.

    written by: Sally McGrane
    photos by: Céline Clanet
    01.12.11

  10. Tunquen Treasure
    Green

    Tunquen Treasure

    A set of solar panels, a wind-powered well, and passive sustainable strategies make living miles from municipal utilities a non-issue for this Chilean beachgoer.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Cristóbal Palma
    05.16.11

  11. Family Matters
    House Tours

    Family Matters

    The open spaces and transparency of modern architecture turn out to be extremely useful when there’s a house full of relatives.

    written by: Lydia Lee
    photos by: Justin Fantl
    07.18.11

  12. A Piece of Home
    House Tours

    A Piece of Home

    Made of hardy Scottish materials and holding a Japanese heart, this Edinburgh house shows that two architects from disparate cultures can design a home that bridges the gap.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Ben Anders
    07.27.11

  13. Storage Savvy Renovation in Emeryville
    My House

    Storage Savvy Renovation in Emeryville

    Persistence paid off for this Cali­fornia couple who worked overtime for two years to tackle their all-in-one loft renovation.

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    photos by: Drew Kelly
    10.10.11

  14. I Spy an Installation
    Post

    I Spy an Installation

    The Dwell team sees scads of exhibits, pop-ups, and installations on our journeys both physical and digital, every week, from all over the globe. We're inspired by the power of such creative...

    written by: Sara Ost
    02.04.13

  15. Product Spotlight: KAWS x Bern Watts Bicycle Helmet
    Product Reviews

    Product Spotlight: KAWS x Bern Watts Bicycle Helmet

    Brave the streets (and promote bicycle safety!) with this limited edition helmet designed by New York-based artist Brian Donnelly, better known as KAWS, for Bern Unlimited.

    04.29.13

  16. 5 Perfect Planters for Your Garden
    Outdoor

    5 Perfect Planters for Your Garden

    Generate some of your own shade this summer with lush plants and their equally attractive planters.

    written by: Olivia Martin
    07.10.13

  17. Promo Daily: Tom M Johnson
    Post

    Promo Daily: Tom M Johnson

    Today's Photographer Promotional Piece We Love and Why: Tom M Johnson

    written by: Julia Sabot
    07.19.13

  18. Stoked to Soak
    Outdoor

    Stoked to Soak

    Compelling custom solutions to off-the-shelf problems are often hard to come by. But landscape architects James A. Lord and Roderick Wyllie relished the challenge of making a standard hot tub the...

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    photos by: Jeremy Harris
    02.05.09

  19. ICFF 2010: Design Ride Manhattan
    Travel Reports

    ICFF 2010: Design Ride Manhattan

    After spending the better part of Sunday on the floor of the Javits center, at five pm, I joined a motley (but stylish) crew for the launch of Public Bikes. Organized by former Design Within...

    written by: Sam Grawe
    05.17.10

  20. Shelved By Color
    Books

    Shelved By Color

    I went to the Dwell bookcase today to look for the tome Mutations by Rem Koolhaas and others. I was following up on a note from the fact checker on a Koolhaas quote and needed that book to...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    07.23.10

  21. New Prospects
    My House

    New Prospects

    A Brooklyn architect shows what a little elbow grease, a healthy dose of naïveté, and a decade can accomplish.

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    photos by: Dustin Aksland
    08.13.11

  22. London Design Festival: Day 2
    Travel Reports

    London Design Festival: Day 2

    I spent my second day at the London Design Festival in the Shoreditch Design Triangle in East London. The neighborhood is a good deal scrappier than where I was in the west yesterday, but the...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Aaron Britt
    09.21.11

  23. Building a Prefab House
    Renovation

    Building a Prefab House

    A highlight of reporting "A Simple Plan," my story about the Marmol Radziner-designed prefab in Ukiah, California (in our December/January 2012 issue, and online here) was sitting down...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    11.24.11

  24. The Graham & Co. Lodge Hotel in the Catskills
    Hotels

    The Graham & Co. Lodge Hotel in the Catskills

    There’s a boutique hotel tucked away in Phoenicia, New York that sells bold t-shirts starkly demanding Catskills vs. the Hamptons as if to imply “Choose a side.” Besides the tri-state’s penchant...

    written by: Zinzi Edmundson
    06.27.13

  25. Rubber-Made: 8 Great Interiors and Products
    A Great Idea

    Rubber-Made: 8 Great Interiors and Products

    Modern interiors and products incorporating the humble, versatile, and flexible material that is rubber.

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    08.13.13

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