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Best of Belgium: Three Days in Antwerp

It's hard to narrow down the highlights of a recent trip Dwell took to Belgium—a whirlwind week covering Antwerp, Ghent, and Brussels, spent meeting architects and designers, exploring neighborhoods, and scouting design shops and houses. Here are some of our favorite discoveries in Antwerp, a city that melds the medieval, Gothic, modernist, and breathtakingly contemporary with aplomb. Stay tuned for the rest of the best, including what we saw in Ghent and Brussels, posting on dwell.com later this week.
September 18, 2012
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Contempo Luggage by Biaggi

The more you travel, the more you notice a bag that tips over when you lug it onto the curb, won't fit in an overhead bin, adds unneccessary weight, and slowly but surely contributes to jetset-induced fatigue. Now consider this addition to the luggage department: the soft-sided Contempo roller bag collection from Biaggi.
September 12, 2012
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Friday Finds 09.07.12

In this chapter of Friday Finds, studio visits with Belgian designers, a controversial statement against architects, wearable art, and more.
September 7, 2012
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Modern Cookware, Old and New

One of the best parts of working at Dwell is the neverending onslaught of modern home goods we get to see, from dishtowels to doorknobs to desktop speakers. And after wrapping up September's entertaining issue, we've had kitchens on the brain. Two recent cookware introductions have especially piqued my interest: one, a Danish modern classic re-introduced to the mass market courtesy of Crate & Barrel; the other, a brand-new collection of "serving" cookware from Alessi. 
September 7, 2012
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Hot Pot by Black+Blum

Most BBQs can flame grill a burger just fine, but for the 355 or so days out of the year that it isn't in use, Black+Blum's Hot Pot one-ups its counterparts: The terra cotta cooker ($124) also doubles as an herb planter.
September 7, 2012
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Why You Should Send a Thank You Card

In the story "To the Letter" in our September 2012 issue, we visited Chandra Greer at Greer, her Chicago shop dedicated to all things paper. A purveyor of stationery, pens, pencils, and anything else you might need to keep in touch, Greer's love of the thank you note extends far beyond her financial interests. For her, sending a card is a matter of respect and a point of pride, and in this exclusive interview we hear why.
September 7, 2012
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Entertaining Tips from Dwell Contributors

It took a small army of contributing writers and photographers to bring the stories in our first-ever entertaining issue, Open House (September 2012), to life. Many are consummate hosts themselves and we polled a few to get the low down on their go-to recipes and party advice. Read on for mixology tips, an easy summer meal, and one way to set the vibe for a casual get together that involves a muted surf movie.
August 29, 2012
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Hotel Demetria, Guadalajara

“There is a saying that if you can make a business successful in Guadalajara, you can make it successful anywhere,” says Hotel Demetria owner and architect, Iván Cordero of his hometown. Sandwiched between two historic houses—Luis Barragán’s Casa Franco and Pedro Castellanos Casa Quiñones—Hotel Demetria, Cordero’s first building, is part of his larger effort to preserve Guadalajara’s architectural history and instill a sense of “social conscience in tourists and locals.”
August 29, 2012
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Cocktail Hour in Borrego Springs

In our September issue, we visited the Borrego Springs, California, home of Doug and Stacey Chapman Paton. Not only are they great collectors of mid-century art and design, but the couple also hosts the grooviest parties in town. Dab hands at the cocktail shaker, they shared with us two cocktail recipes that Stacey invented, both reliant on the fabulous citrus that grows in the nearby desert. Try this at home.
August 28, 2012
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