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How to Take a Dwell Photo with Photographer Matthew Williams

Dwell architecture and interiors photographer Matthew Williams offers his expert opinion on how to frame a shot and the best time of day for a photograph.
November 24, 2014
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A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Ai Weiwei's Sobering Alcatraz Exhibition

Dwell visits the Chinese artist's most recent offering and chats with the show's organizer.
November 10, 2014
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Roman and Williams Bring the Badlands to New York City Restaurant Scene

The duo behind renowned New York City studio Roman and Williams give Dwell a first look at the interior they designed for Upland, a new restaurant from Chef Justin Smillie and acclaimed restaurateur Stephen Starr.
October 30, 2014
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Retooling Manufacturing in Detroit

Manufacturing and the history of Detroit go hand in hand—from heavy industry to automotive to personal accessories and more. There's a belief that one can get anything fabricated in the city and in 2012, researchers at the University of Michigan embarked on a study called Re: Tool-Kit for Detroit to discover if that was true.
September 21, 2014
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Renovation Tips from American Dream Builders' Nate Berkus

In addition to designing spaces and collections (like this one for Target), Nate Berkus hosts the NBC reality design competition series, American Dream Builders, which airs its two-hour season finale this Sunday, May 25, 2014. Every episode features two teams of designers who tackle a complete renovation project that pushes their creative boundaries. Berkus, along with landscape architect Eddie George and interior design expert Monica Pedersen, choose the winner, and the losing group is then forced to eliminate one member. In Sunday’s finale episode, the remaining competitors, Lukas Machnik and Jay Riordan, will battle it out. (Read our Q&A With Machnik here!) Pulling inspiration from the show, Berkus shares advice for homeowners considering renovations, whether it’s small fixes or more involved projects.
May 22, 2014
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Richard Meier on Designing With Marble

Notable for his commanding buildings clad in bright white aluminum, architect Richard Meier, who recently celebrated 50 years in the industry has become increasingly comfortable working with stone. It was his work on the Getty center in Los Angeles—for which he hand-picked, quarried, and "guillotined" 1.2 million square feet of beige travertine into one of the most recognizable institutional facades in the world—that made his name synonymous with stone. In this extended interview from our Materials Sourcebook special issue, he gives us the inside track on travertine, granite, and beyond.
March 28, 2014
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Q&A with Bravo House Flipper Jeff Lewis

House flipper and paint color specialist Jeff Lewis on his hit Bravo television show, working with Home Depot, and his appearance at Dwell on Design
March 26, 2014
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Behind the Scenes: Grand Budapest Hotel

Production designer Adam Stockhausen on crafting dream accommodations for Wes Anderson’s 2014 film, Grand Budapest Hotel.
March 5, 2014
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A Conversation with Designer Tom Dixon

Last week I had a chance to sit down with Tom Dixon in San Francisco. He was talking at Arkitektura as part of a vision set out by Arkitektura Assembly to create a community around design in San Francisco. Tom looked dashing—and very British—in a perfectly yellow sweater and a quirky tailored wool suit. Tom's year is off to a strong start—he was recently awarded Designer of the Year at Maison & Objet 2014, he is working on a 350-room hotel in London, and he has just published a comprehensive book on his own work called Dixonary (Violette Editions, 2013). But most of all, Dixon seems quite focused on creating a singular vision for his brand through lighting, furniture, and, increasingly, accessories. In his presentation, Tom discussed his frustration with Chinese manufacturers, knock-offs, and his belief that computer-aided manufacturing may eventually outsmart this blight on the industry.
March 3, 2014
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