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A Stylish Budget Hostel in Mexico City

Grupo Habita is known for its high-design Mexican hotels, but the firm's new hostel Downtown Beds, near Mexico City's main plaza, offers a radical sense of style for the budget traveler.
January 9, 2013
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San Francisco's New Aesop Shop

We recently got the chance to pop into the new Aesop shop in San Francisco, a charming little boutique that opened December 20th. Located on the shopper's paradise of Fillmore Street in Pacific Heights, the cork-and-pine shop cuts an understated figure when compared to flashy retail outlets like Jonathan Adler or Marc Jacobs down the block. That's par for the course with Aesop, a brand of Melbourne-based cosmetics and body products. Over the last decade, the company has built up a clutch of fantastic retail spaces done by an enviable array of architects. An Aesop interior tends to emphasize one material—corrugated cardboard, pine boxes, a giant sink—making it, not the rows of creams and balms, the star. In San Francisco, the first Aesop shop on the West Coast, the star is a welter of pine boxes jutting out from one wall designed by NADAAA, a Boston firm that also did an Aesop store in Manhattan. About this time last year we had a long chat with Aesop founder Dennis Paphitis about what drives the design culture at his company, how he thinks about interior space, and what precisely he means by "exaggerated minimalism."
December 31, 2012
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Keep Calma

At their Buenos Aires shop, a couple reissues classic Argentine designs—and moves the regional furniture design field forward, one “simple object” at a time.
December 22, 2012
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Slumber Party

The latest trend in hotel design is none other than bunk beds. Building on the February 2013 issue's Hotel Register on Mexico City hostel Downtown Beds, we've searched high and low to find new destinations featuring those nostalgic summer-camp throwbacks. In this slideshow, see the Freehand in Miami Beach, Florida; the Basecamp Hotel in South Lake Tahoe, California; and more.
December 21, 2012
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Holiday Gift Picks from Mociun

Caitlin Mociun has been a Brooklyn design fixture since graduating from RISD with a BFA in textile design. Her Bauhaus-inspired clothing collections put her on the map, but she's now focusing on modern jewelry design, as well as curating and selling other craft-based work from her storefront in Williamsburg. We spoke with Caitlin to get her picks for a holiday gifting, as well as some insight on why her designs are hard to knock off (a perennial issue we've covered here at Dwell).
December 17, 2012
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Dwell Holiday Gift Guide: For the One Who's Got It All

This year, Dwell's holiday gift guide takes the dread out of shopping for that one person on your list who seems to have everything (we all have one). These unique and distinctive picks will please even the most discerning recipient.
December 4, 2012
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Dwell Holiday Gift Guide: Tech

From cool new toys to the cases that protect them, Dwell's technology gift guide includes something fun and functional for everyone.
December 4, 2012
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Dwell Holiday Gift Guide: Travel

Ready, jet-set, go: our favorite gifts for that globe trotter on your shopping list will make traveling a breeze this holiday season.
December 3, 2012
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Dwell Holiday Gift Guide: For Him

With nary a necktie in sight, this year's gift guide for men offers something distinctive for every guy on your list, from the sartorialist to the grilling enthusiast to the classic car aficionado and the whisky lover. (We admit, there is a bowtie.)
December 2, 2012
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