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Borrego cocktails

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
Chandra Greer of Greer

To the Letter

In this digital age, invitations arrive in our inboxes and are promptly deleted. Luckily, there’s Greer, a Chicago stationery depot that’s dedicated to ink and paper created by independent designers.
August 24, 2012
Minneapolis Hyatt Hotel renovation

Hyatt Regency, Minneapolis

When Michael Suomi of Stonehill & Taylor describes the $25 million interior redesign process of the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, he calls it a "multi-part architectural narrative." Included in the story line are themes of industrial production and a broader "Made-in-America" strategy. Though materials and manufacturers were priced globally, Minnesotan options turned out to be both less expensive and more fitting, making this project a worthy prototype for designing with regional sustainability in mind. We tour the hotel to see the efforts in action.
August 23, 2012
Tokyo Kitchen on Restaurant Day

Home Cooking

What if anyone could set up a cafe or a bar in their home, serving strangers specials du jour from their own kitchens? In Finland and beyond, a grassroots movement called Restaurant Day is growing.
August 22, 2012
First Baptist Church in Columbus, Indiana designed by Harry Weese

Design Destination: Columbus, Indiana

Dwell readers and fans of NPR, unite. Public radio stations have been airing a summer travel series from NPR's Arts Desk called "Destination Art" that explores "off the beaten track" cities across North America, where listeners can tune into the theater culture of Stratford, Ontario (home to Justin Bieber), the art scene in the far-flung Texas town Marfa, and one of our personal must-sees, the architectural legacy of Columbus, Indiana. Dwell sent photographer Leslie Williamson to Columbus in 2011 to shoot the fabled Miller House, an Eero Saarinen–designed home and one of America's foremost modernist residences. Including, but not limited to, the Miller House, here's what else you shouldn't miss in this "Midwestern Mecca for architecture."
August 20, 2012
Modern interior with colorful vases

3 Tips for Mid-Century Modern Collectors

One of the great pleasures of visiting the McKenzie Residence in our September 2012 story "Borrego Springs Eternal," is owner Stacey Chapman Paton's collection of mid-century furniture and decor. Paton has always had an eye for design: "From age five I have been really into cars. You could show me a hubcap and I'd know what it's from," she reports. Though her tastes run through pottery, vintage clothing, posters, and jazz, her collector's instincts have never abated. Here are three tips from a master shopper on how to get your collection of vintage goods underway.
August 20, 2012
melamine cups and saucers

7 Vintage Design Picks from Etsy

While trawling Etsy for to find some vintage collectibles, these items stood out for their affordability and good looks. So in the event that you can't scour through flea markets and antique stores this weekend, scroll down for a look at these seven finds, all priced at just $60 or less. (If any catch your eye, be sure to check in with the seller to verify condition and provenance.)
August 19, 2012
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Friday Finds 08.17.12

Recipes, 1930s homesteader cabins, murals, and more in our round-up of the most clickable links from the week.
August 17, 2012
The Conservatorium Hotel in Amsterdam

The Conservatorium, Amsterdam

The Conservatorium is among the newest in the European crop of design hotels. Architect Piero Lissoni has added his touch to what was originally a 19th-century bank by Dutch architect Daniel Knuttel. One of the adaptive reuse plan's boldest moves includes retaining the original facade and adding a multistory glass atrium. There, guests of the hotel can take a lounging break or dine on a meal while gazing up at one of Amsterdam's historic buildings. Due to its proximity to many of the city's museums, the hoteliers also hope that the Conservatorium also strikes a chord with locals. Arresting as the public spaces of this contemporary-meets-classic hotel are, the interior boasts all the marks of luxury accommodations: restaurants, a bar, spa and wellness center, and 129 guest rooms and suites. Let's take a look inside...
August 16, 2012
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