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  1. 7 Modern Stereo Setups
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    7 Modern Stereo Setups

    Is there such a thing as "home" without music? Whether it's classical or hip-hop, country-and-western shuffle or white-blazer soft-rock, it would sound fantastic coming out of one of these stylish...

    written by: William Lamb
    12.19.13

  2. 8 Modern Carports
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    8 Modern Carports

    Though it's sometimes looked down upon as a dowdy counterpart to its enclosed cousin, the garage, the carport is a functional and—as these examples from Dwell's archives suggest—often elegant touch...

    written by: William Lamb
    01.02.14

  3. The Bicycle Rack Reimagined
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    The Bicycle Rack Reimagined

    In Philadelphia, a competition challenges designers to rethink the bicycle rack.

    written by: William Lamb
    04.08.14

  4. Design Detail: More Modern Bridges
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    Design Detail: More Modern Bridges

    Footbridges can join an older structures to a new additions, or close a gulf between a house and the street. And when good design is part of the mix, they can add a decorative touch. Following this...

    written by: William Lamb
    02.03.14

  5. The Parking Garage: The Next Frontier in Adaptive Reuse?
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    The Parking Garage: The Next Frontier in Adaptive Reuse?

    With tiny housing units, students at the Savannah College of Art and Design stake out a new future for the urban parking garage.

    written by: William Lamb
    04.11.14

  6. 7 Modern Mezzanines
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    7 Modern Mezzanines

    Mezzanines are, by definition, in-between spaces—neither here, nor there; neither upstairs nor down. But mezzanines needn't be wasted space. Here, from Dwell's archives, are seven examples of...

    written by: William Lamb
    12.17.13

  7. Old and New: Antiques in the Modern World
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    Old and New: Antiques in the Modern World

    Who says antique furnishings have no place in a contemporary living space? Smart design can bring old and new elements together, making for modern spaces that bask in the warmth that vintage...

    written by: William Lamb
    01.17.14

  8. 8 Modern Picnic-Style Tables
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    8 Modern Picnic-Style Tables

    Picnic tables. They work well inside or out, and they conjure happy memories of lazy summertime afternoons spent with friends and family. They're also simple and not fussy, and they allow for clear...

    written by: William Lamb
    12.19.13

  9. Library Style: 6 Looks at Books in the Modern World
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    Library Style: 6 Looks at Books in the Modern World

    In the Kindle era, it's possible to do away with ink-on-paper books in the name of decluttering. And yet there's something about those old volumes that, for many of us, helps make a house a home....

    written by: William Lamb
    11.30.13

  10. 7 Uses of Perforated Metal
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    7 Uses of Perforated Metal

    A laser cutter or water-jet cutter can add a whimsical, decorative flourish to virtually any space. Here, from Dwell's archives, are seven creative uses of perforated metal.

    written by: William Lamb
    01.27.14

  11. 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

  12. Jet Set: 8 Modern Airport Designs
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    Jet Set: 8 Modern Airport Designs

    Flying—as 3.55 million Americans are expected to do this Thanksgiving weekend, according to projections by AAA—can be an unpleasant slog. But it doesn't have to be. Here are eight airports whose...

    written by: William Lamb
    11.28.14

  13. Passivhaus Institut Crosses Million-Square-Meter Threshold
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    Passivhaus Institut Crosses Million-Square-Meter Threshold

    The Passivhaus Institut in Darnstadt, Germany, announced today that a million square meters of interior space—or nearly 10.8 million square feet—have been certified as having met the passive house...

    written by: William Lamb
    12.09.14

  14. 7 Creative Uses of Mosaic Tile
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    7 Creative Uses of Mosaic Tile

    Whether in the shower, on a kitchen wall, or simply on the backsplash above the cooktop, mosaic tile can lend both a dash of color and a light personal touch to a space with relatively little fuss....

    written by: William Lamb
    01.13.15

  15. A Modern Trailer is an Experiment in Small-Space Living
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    A Modern Trailer is an Experiment in Small-Space Living

    In Canada's Yukon Territory, a college instructor builds a lightweight, efficient 97-square-foot mobile dwelling.

    written by: William Lamb
    01.22.15

  16. 8 Clever Uses of Curtains
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    8 Clever Uses of Curtains

    The right window dressing can turn virtually any room into a beautiful space. Here are some examples of deftly deployed drapes and curtains.

    written by: William Lamb
    02.03.15

  17. 7 Stunning Waterfront Structures
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    7 Stunning Waterfront Structures

    The best architecture takes full advantage of a setting without upstaging it. Here are seven buildings that make the most of their waterfront perch.

    written by: William Lamb
    03.02.15

  18. 8 Dazzling Double-Height Spaces
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    8 Dazzling Double-Height Spaces

    A double-height space can really open a house up, as seen in these examples from Dwell's archives.

    written by: William Lamb
    03.03.15

  19. With Input from Alessi, Students Put a Modern Spin on the Standing Desk
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    With Input from Alessi, Students Put a Modern Spin on the Standing Desk

    Design students from the University of Pennsylvania traveled to Italy in January to present their winning prototype, Kabu, to Alessi President Alberto Alessi.

    written by: William Lamb
    02.26.15

  20. 6 Clever Room Dividers that Double as Storage Space
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    6 Clever Room Dividers that Double as Storage Space

    Partitioning small spaces may seem counterintuitive, but when combined with storage solutions, room dividers can make compact homes feel bigger and more multifunctional.

    06.10.14

  21. 9 Modern Mobile Dwellings
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    9 Modern Mobile Dwellings

    From renovated Airstreams to futuristic cars, these roaming residences represent the past, present, and future of mobile living.

    07.10.14

  22. 8 Surprising Uses for Cinder Blocks
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    8 Surprising Uses for Cinder Blocks

    Cement blocks, commonly used to strengthen and insulate a building, are usually covered up. Left bare, they can also offer a minimalist variation on the traditional red brick theme.

    08.26.14

  23. Reaction Housing's Affordable Portable Launches at SXSW
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    Reaction Housing's Affordable Portable Launches at SXSW

    Inspired by a coffee cup, the EXO portable housing prototype can make a difference for those in need.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    03.10.14

  24. Incipit: Milan’s New Lab for Designers
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    Incipit: Milan’s New Lab for Designers

    A studio, a lab, and a business—Incipit aims to be all three, but, most importantly, a new way to support young craftspeople.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    02.28.14

  25. Lite-Brite Grows Up: Flatpack Paper Lamp
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    Lite-Brite Grows Up: Flatpack Paper Lamp

    This flat-packed, laser-stitched lamp shade invites endless customizations.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    03.27.14

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