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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.
January 22, 2015
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A Space-Saving, Flexible Retail Design in Japan

In Tokyo, the Japanese interdisciplinary design firm Nosigner has created a space-saving retail concept for the children's shop Aeru. "The space was made to be like a living room where people could relax, rather than feel like they're in a store," says Nosigner's Mayumi Tokumoto.
January 16, 2015
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Multi-Family Development Suggests Possibilities for Urban Senior Housing

Barbara Bestor's small lot subdivision housing development in Los Angeles may present an appealing solution for the urban-dwelling aging population.
January 15, 2015
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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. Here are some creative examples from the Dwell archives.
January 13, 2015
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Live Where You Work and Work Where You Live in Boundary-Blurring Vegas Tower

An innovative design by M-Rad Studio for Tony Hsieh's Downtown Project aims to rethink the live/work concept in Las Vegas.
January 12, 2015
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Your Road Trip's New Best Friend: 44-Square-Foot Prefab Trailer

A hybrid prefab trailer harnesses principles of mobility and modernist industrial design.
January 2, 2015
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It Took Less Than a Month to Assemble this Entirely Modular Apartment Building in NYC

Winning the race to build the tallest prefab building in New York City, Gluck+ assembles 28 affordable housing units in less than a month.
December 26, 2014
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Need a Break? Unwind for an Hour in a Modern, Private Space

Breather is a concept that gives users access to well-designed private spaces in cities when they're in a pinch. Envisioned as spots to unwind or have a meeting, these compact spaces can be unlocked with a smartphone, and users are charged hourly for use. Currently installed in Montreal, San Francisco, New York, and Ottawa, Breather is the brainchild of co-founder and chief creative officer Caterina Rizzi, who oversees the design of the spaces, which feature comfortable, modern furnishings.
December 23, 2014
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IKEA Tackles Refugee Housing With Durable Prefab Shelters

The IKEA Foundation teams up with Refugee Housing Unit to create modular houses for displaced families.
December 22, 2014