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5 Donald Judd-Inspired Designs in Modern Homes

While he vehemently disavowed the label of "minimalism," Donald Judd led the way for spreading that aesthetic movement. His artworks emphasize craft, materials, and simple geometries while rejecting any attempt at conventional artistic representation or categorization: he insisted his pieces were not sculpture as they were actually fabricated by skilled craftsmen (with Judd just supplying the design). Judd did design some furniture though he distinguished these functional products from his art. See how these architects and clients were inspired by his work!
September 25, 2015
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5 Steel Staircases

Steel stairs lend these modern homes industrial charm.
September 25, 2015
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When Designers Produce Furniture for their Own Homes

Whether it's an architect designing a few pieces or a pro filling their home with their products, we've assembled seven homes were the designer created their furniture.
September 24, 2015

On the Bench: 9 Great Seating Ideas For the Home

These homes make use of the elongated, communal bench in a variety of interior spaces, from the dining room to the kitchen and living room.
September 23, 2015
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The Architect of New York City's Rockaway Boardwalk Reveals Her Public-Project Tips at Dwell on Design NY

After Hurricane Sandy destroyed the Rockaway boardwalk, Claire Weisz of architecture firm WXY imagined a new public space for New York City. At Dwell on Design New York, she'll share her tips for creating work in the public realm.
September 23, 2015
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5 Ways to Use Concrete in the Bathroom

These modern bathrooms prove concrete can work in every corner of the house, and in surprisingly versatile ways.
September 22, 2015
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8 Uses for Douglas Fir in the Modern Home

Found in everything from structural timbers to decorative accents, Douglas fir is a nearly-omnipresent material in North American architecture. Fir is a fixture of building past and present: it's frequently salvaged from old structures even as it's cultivated across Canada and the U.S. See its diverse application in these contemporary residences!
September 22, 2015
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Collector's Choice: 5 Decorating Tips From Furniture Aficionados

Take a tip (or five) from true enthusiasts with this tour of our favorite design collectors' homes.
September 21, 2015