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8 Ways to Design With Tubular-Steel Furniture

What do Marcel Breuer's Cesca chair, Eileen Gray's Bibendum chair, and Charles Pollock's CP Lounge have in common? It's all in the material: tubular steel. "I considered such polished and curved lines not only symbolic of our modern technology but actually to be technology," Breuer said. While wood patinas and leather cracks and ages, slick industrial steel is capable of retaining its just-new luster for decades (with a quick polish, of course). Herewith, eight examples of how to incorporate tubular steel pieces into your modern abode.
March 20, 2015
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Material Inspiration for Your Next Kitchen Island

Marble isn't the be-all and end-all of kitchen materials. Consider all your options when planning your next island.
March 17, 2015
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How to Achieve a Mature Bachelor Pad

No neon beer signs in sight. These five bachelor pads are clean, sophisticated, and, frankly, dashing.
March 13, 2015
“When I first thought of moving to Harlem, I looked at a map,” says Ryall. “The island’s about 210 blocks long, I’m near 110th Street—I thought, ‘It’s right in the center of Manhattan.’”

5 Light-Filled NYC Homes

Accessing natural light in a city hemmed in by row houses and skyscrapers requires getting creative. These five sun-soaked New York homes are designed with maximum exposure in mind.
March 12, 2015
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7 Creative Ways to Use Statement Textiles at Home

Vibrant upholstery, vintage carpets, and vivid curtains are some of the ways textiles can instill a distinctive personality into a space. One of the more easy-to-change items in a home—as compared to paint or architectural elements—textiles make the room.
March 6, 2015
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7 Tips for Planting a Green Roof

Quit daydreaming about owning a rooftop garden and get down to brass tacks. These seven green roofing tips will provide all the inspiration you need.
March 4, 2015
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7 Ways to Design with Heath Tiles

For over half a century, California's Heath Ceramics has been turning out coarse, colorful stoneware tiles. We've shared our love for Heath's artistry before through our Dwell Patterns collaboration. Now, we celebrate seven homes that integrate Heath's lovingly-crafted tiles into their kitchens and bathrooms.
February 26, 2015
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How to Design with Mahogany

Every variety of wood has its own personality. Rich yet restrained, mahogany is a soothing presence. Here's how seven modern homes put it to use.
February 20, 2015
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5 Modern Takes on the Bay Window

The bay window can be the stuffiest of portals to the outside world, but not when the roomy floor space it creates inside is used to great effect, or when its exterior shape takes a decidedly contemporary bent.
February 12, 2015