Design Ideas

A Great Idea

Convertible Home Bar Transforms Tiny Apartment

Architect Michael Chen of New York firm Normal Projects masterminds the ultimate bar for a compact Chelsea apartment.



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Design 101

8 Creative Bedside Tables

Reimagined, repurposed, and recycled, the following 8 cool solutions for your bedside should get you thinking beyond boring tables.
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In The Modern World

French Architect Brings Brilliant Color to Tokyo

A French architect makes her saturated mark on Tokyo’s streetscape.
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How To

Designing with Eero Saarinen's Tulip Dining Set

Eero Saarinen's fiberglass-and-aluminum Tulip table and chairs, designed in 1950s for Knoll, were among the futuristic furnishings found in the 1960s classic Star Trek series.
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Architect Matthew Hufft

Matthew Hufft is the principal and founder of Hufft Projects and the fabrication stuido MAKE, both young Kansas City, Missouri, firms that we've been keeping an eye on here at Dwell.
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Design 101

Lotusan Paint

Product design that takes cues from nature, known as biomimicry, has produced a num-
ber of ingenious and popular products we use every day.
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A Great Idea

An Afternoon with Michael Mundy

Michael Mundy emailed me out of the blue a few weeks back. He wanted to shoot my apartment for a project he was working on called An Afternoon With.
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A Great Idea

Lite-Brite Grows Up: Flatpack Paper Lamp

This flat-packed, laser-stitched lamp shade invites endless customizations.
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How To

Alessi 9090: Polish

Alessi uses two types of 18/10 stainless steel (the number refers to the chromium-to-nickel ratio): 2B, with a carbon content of 0.2 percent, is more malleable and less shiny than BA, which has 0.4…



Mobility and Design (Play)

Video Exclusive: Mobility & Design

There’s an evolution toward purpose-driven design, combining thoughtful vision with today’s real needs.  How will we be powering the cars of tomorrow?