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  1. HomePolish: Design for the Masses
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    HomePolish: Design for the Masses

    Professional designers at rates even those with a modest budget can afford—sounds too good to be true. Yet that is exactly what young New York startup HomePolish has been doing across the city for...

    written by: Sara Carpenter
    06.12.13

  2. 3M's Iridescent Dichroic Film
    A Great Idea

    3M's Iridescent Dichroic Film

    The blue morpho butterfly’s wings are covered with layers of microscopic scales set at slightly different angles, so that when light hits the insect, its wings appear to change color along a...

    written by: Diana Budds
    10.20.14

  3. Amazing Modern Backyard Office
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    Amazing Modern Backyard Office

    When it comes to DIY ingenuity, we applaud Scott Dorman of Marietta, Georgia, for designing, overseeing, and erecting a modern office/shed that makes a striking addition to his backyard. Click...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    05.03.13

  4. Ingenious New Building Method Replaces Concrete Block with Rammed Earth
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    Ingenious New Building Method Replaces Concrete Block with Rammed Earth

    A new spin on rammed-earth construction aims to bring the method to the masses.

    written by: Zahid Sardar
    photos by: Ian Allen
    10.20.14

  5. Pitched-Roof Family Home on an Amsterdam Canal
    House Tours

    Pitched-Roof Family Home on an Amsterdam Canal

    A family’s house outside the hustle of Amsterdam makes the most of local materials and forms.

    written by: Jane Szita
    photos by: Tim Van de Velde
    10.23.14

  6. Jens Risom's Block Island Family Retreat
    Renovation

    Jens Risom's Block Island Family Retreat

    Designer Jens Risom returns to his 1967 prefab off the coast of Rhode Island, readying it for his family's next generation.

    written by: Amanda Dameron
    photos by: Floto + Warner
    12.24.12

  7. Look to the Lustron
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    Look to the Lustron

    As MoMA's “Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling” comes to a close (on Oct. 20), let's give props to the ugly duckling of the prefab bunch, the Lustron House.

    written by: David A. Greene
    10.12.08

  8. Postcards from the Edge of Design
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    Postcards from the Edge of Design

    An email is nice and a letter is better, but for those whose epistolary habits begin and end with the postcard, an overlooked book from 2008 is for them.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    01.23.09

  9. Modest Modern Shopping List
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    Modest Modern Shopping List

    Next month, Chad Ludeman, president of the firm PostGreen, will move into the first completed 100K House, an infill development he and his team built in the New Kensington neighborhood of...

    written by: David A. Greene
    02.05.09

  10. Finding the Perfect Yellow Shade for NYC Taxi Cabs
    In The Modern World

    Finding the Perfect Yellow Shade for NYC Taxi Cabs

    New York’s newest taxi design proposes a dressed-up version of the classic yellow cab with a standardized hue.

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    10.23.14

  11. Green Home in La Jolla Blends Indoors and Outdoors
    Houses We Love

    Green Home in La Jolla Blends Indoors and Outdoors

    The Noorens fell in love with San Diego and the surrounding area during a surf vacation several years ago, and made it their mission to return for good. When they finally returned in 2009, they...

    written by: Emily Shapiro
    10.22.14

  12. Every Room is a Different Hue in This Bright Manhattan Hotel
    In The Modern World

    Every Room is a Different Hue in This Bright Manhattan Hotel

    A Manhattan hotel uses color to create an immersive experience that brings together art, architecture, and interior design.

    written by: Dora Sapunar
    photos by: Eric Striffler
    10.23.14

  13. A Modern Show House in Lima, Peru
    Renovation

    A Modern Show House in Lima, Peru

    Tom Dixon helps transform an aging mansion as part of the Casa Cor Peru design event.

    written by: Terra Hall
    10.22.14

  14. Minimal Home Recreates Nature in the Heart of Amsterdam
    Houses We Love

    Minimal Home Recreates Nature in the Heart of Amsterdam

    Amsterdam’s de Pijp neighborhood, which means “the pipe,” gets its name from the low, narrow homes that dot the area. When architect Jaspar Jansen and his colleagues at i29 Interior Architects were...

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    10.23.14

  15. The Future of Housing
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    The Future of Housing

    Is biologically based architecture the next big thing? Architect Mitchell Joachim thinks so. He proffers radical ways to rethink the science of structures.

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: Dorothy Hong
    05.20.12

  16. 10 Modern Cat Shelters
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    10 Modern Cat Shelters

    In Los Angeles, a fundraiser celebrates modern architecture for felines.

    written by: William Lamb
    09.19.14

  17. How to Optimize Acoustics at Home
    How To

    How to Optimize Acoustics at Home

    You've shelled out for a top-of-the line sound system or sleek, modern speakers, but are you getting the best listening experience at home? If you haven't thought about how your furnishings affect...

    written by: Diana Budds
    10.23.14

  18. The Power of Paint
    Profiles

    The Power of Paint

    Students are redesigning their environment under the guidance of Publicolor, a nonprofit organization founded in 1996 by industrial designer Ruth Lande Shuman.

    written by: Shonquis Moreno
    photos by: Adam Friedberg
    02.26.09

  19. Sheila Hicks's Sunbrella Color Riot in Paris
    Profiles

    Sheila Hicks's Sunbrella Color Riot in Paris

    Sheila Hicks creates textile art ranging from minuscule to monumental, and has made her name subverting craft techniques into a unique modern vision.

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    10.07.14

  20. Using Color for Good: Q&A with Designer Ruth Lande Shuman
    In The Modern World

    Using Color for Good: Q&A with Designer Ruth Lande Shuman

    Industrial designer Ruth Lande Shuman, who founded the nonprofit Publicolor, expounds on color’s emotional value.

    10.23.14

  21. Ceramics Artist to Know: Matthias Kaiser
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    Ceramics Artist to Know: Matthias Kaiser

    Vienna-based potter Matthias Kaiser blends Japanese ceramics technique with quirky modernism.

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    10.23.14

  22. Wireless Speaker That Levitates
    Product Reviews

    Wireless Speaker That Levitates

    In a marketplace crowded with wireless speakers, the Om/One has a design edge that makes it stand out. The latest product from Oakland-based Om Audio is a Bluetooth-enabled speaker built into a...

    written by: Alexander George
    10.23.14

  23. Painting the Modern World: Color-Saturated Design and Architecture
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    Painting the Modern World: Color-Saturated Design and Architecture

    We dive into the wonderful world of color in Dwell's October 2014 issue, delving into how designers, architects, artists, hotels, companies, and educators saturate their surroundings.

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    10.25.14

  24. Improved Noise-Canceling Headphones by Bose
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    Improved Noise-Canceling Headphones by Bose

    For over 20 years, Bose headphones have set the standard in noise-canceling technology. Their latest product, the QuietComfort 25, promises a purer listening experience by reducing the infamous ...

    written by: Alexander George
    10.24.14

  25. Philippe Starck Dreams Up Super Green Prefab System
    A Great Idea

    Philippe Starck Dreams Up Super Green Prefab System

    The famed designer on how his modular living system offers a new, greener take on housing.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    10.27.14

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