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  1. And the Pursuit of Happiness
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    And the Pursuit of Happiness

    Not so long ago I had a chance to talk with illustrator Maira Kalman when she came to San Francisco for the launch of a retrospective of her work at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. Though we...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    11.15.10

  2. Outside the Box: Cardboard Design
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    Outside the Box: Cardboard Design

    Cardboard has fully wiggled out of its boxy stereotype (Frank Gehry's 1971 Wiggle Chair is early evidence) and today plays a role in everything from packaging and product design to furniture and...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    11.25.10

  3. Handcrafted Modern: At Home with Midcentury Designers
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    Handcrafted Modern: At Home with Midcentury Designers

    In Handcrafted Modern, photographer Leslie Williamson captured precisely these quiet moments in the homes of designers whose work we know well, from Albert Frey to Wharton Esherick. Modern design...

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    12.24.10

  4. An Architect's Pop-Up Book
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    An Architect's Pop-Up Book

    One of the perks of being a Dwell editor are the various fun surprises that appear in the mail—newly published books, the occasional small product, even the random staple gun (yes, really)....

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    02.15.11

  5. Beer: The Designs of Drinking
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    Beer: The Designs of Drinking

    Wine labels have recently received acclaim for their more astute designs so its high time beer branders were awarded the same salute. A new coffee table-topper from Chronicle Books, Beer: A Genuine...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    01.20.11

  6. New York Stories
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    New York Stories

    Holly Hotchner knows New York. Here, the born-and-bred Manhattanite—and director of the Museum of Arts and Design—shares her picks for books that symbolize the spirit of her city.

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    02.19.11

  7. Greece's Atlantis Books
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    Greece's Atlantis Books

    In light of our Independent Bookstores Across America map, I've recently been inspired by the unique story of Atlantis Books, which is across the big pond in Santorini, Greece. The original idea...

    written by: Meredith MacKenzie
    03.21.11

  8. "Sustainism": the New Modernism?
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    "Sustainism": the New Modernism?

    Honestly, when the book Sustainism is the New Modernism: A Cultural Manifesto for the Sustainist Era (D.A.P. / Distributed Art Publishers, New York) first crossed my desk, I wasn't sure how to...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    04.04.11

  9. Usefulness in Small Things
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    Usefulness in Small Things

    I've always been a firm believer that some of the most interesting design is found in the objects we use everyday. As much as I do love those specific objects meant to be perched on mantles or be...

    written by: Diana Budds
    03.25.11

  10. Print Workshop
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    Print Workshop

    A blank canvas can really get the blood pumping. For some, the sight is a beacon. For others, it can be intimidating. Christine Schmidt, founder and creative force behind San Francisco–based...

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    photos by: Peter Belanger
    03.27.11

  11. The Century of Modern Design
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    The Century of Modern Design

    Of the myriad books on modernism—some more enlightening than others—The Century of Modern Design (Flammarion) will likely prove to be an important one. Culled from the Liliane and David...

    written by: Erika Heet
    04.13.11

  12. Pulled by Mike Perry
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    Pulled by Mike Perry

    Illustrator Mike Perry has long been a favorite at Dwell (just take a glance at his long list of contributions to the magazine). In his new book, Pulled: A Catalog of Screen Printing, Perry opens...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    04.26.11

  13. Artists' Handmade Houses
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    Artists' Handmade Houses

    Ever wonder what an artist's home would look like if he or she were the mind behind it? This month, Abrams has published a stunning new coffee table book that peeks inside the abodes of 13 well...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.05.11

  14. Beer Craft: A Guide to Homebrew
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    Beer Craft: A Guide to Homebrew

    William Bostwick and Jessi Rymill's new book Beer Craft: A Simple Guide to Making Great Beer is like Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything—just for homebrew hobbyists. In the book, the writer...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.19.11

  15. Danny Seo's "Upcycling"
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    Danny Seo's "Upcycling"

    In a new book out this August, upcycling ace Danny Seo guides readers through the craft of taking trash and everyday objects and transforming them into "better, brighter, and cooler things....

    written by: Diana Budds
    06.02.11

  16. Beach Reading
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    Beach Reading

    Looking for a little light literature to while away the hours? We suggest a quartet of (fictional) titles for the design minded.

    written by: Heather Wagner
    06.14.11

  17. Bookshelf Basics
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    Bookshelf Basics

    Classic or contemporary, these titles are guaranteed to appeal to burgeoning bookworms of the modernist sort.

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    07.29.11

  18. Favorite Play! Spaces
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    Favorite Play! Spaces

    We love to play and love places that celebrate our inner, creative, kidlike selves—we dedicated our July/August 2011 issue to the subjects of families, kids, and play after all. The editors...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    07.28.11

  19. Future Beauty
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    Future Beauty

    Because the September 2011 issue is dedicated to the influence of Japanese design (architecture, craft, and industrial design primarily), we'd be utterly remiss if we didn't give a nod to the...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    08.03.11

  20. City Notes: San Francisco
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    City Notes: San Francisco

    A very unusual guide book came across my desk last week. And though City Notes: San Francisco by Jesse Coburn from Terry Warner Press is certainly a beautiful object (dig the clean design by Martin...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    08.09.11

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