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Coffee Break: San Francisco’s Saint Frank

A recent addition to San Francisco's Russian Hill neighborhood, Saint Frank Coffee serves its brews in a geometrically inclined modern space by local firm Openscope Studio. Formerly a nail salon, the Spartan light-filled cafe is kitted out with custom furniture from local craftspeople and features an extra-long counter to highlight the work of its baristas. Architect Ian Dunn, who collaborated with Amanda Loper on the design, walks us through the space in this installation of our Coffee Break series. Photos by Patricia Chang.
March 6, 2014
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Call for Dwell Los Angeles Home Tour Submissions

Calling all architects: You are invited to submit a home for consideration for the 2014 Dwell Los Angeles Home Tours. Join Dwell for the dynamic weeklong celebration of modern architecture that is Dwell Design Week, the Dwell Modern Home Tours, and the country’s largest design event, Dwell on Design, June 20-22.
March 5, 2014

Mikal Hallstrup on the Design of Everyday Things

Fresh from his appearance at Design Indaba in Cape Town, Mikal Hallstrup of Designit talks about the importance of design in everyday life.
March 5, 2014
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Innovative Workspaces Across Chicago

New Zealand’s Studio Magazine goes behind the doors of Windy City design firms to see how the city's creatives work.
March 4, 2014
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Michael Murphy's Midcentury-Inspired Supersonic Series

San Francisco artist Michael Murphy’s latest series of prints, Supersonic, depicts a mod, mod world.
March 3, 2014
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The Future of Mobility

Dwell's discussion with Volvo at the Palm Springs Museum during Modernism Week touched on the past but revolved heavily around the future. Automobiles limited to combustion engine technology face an uncertain future, and automakers are looking to new technologies for both hybrid and electric models, and even further into what an automobile can be to the driver, and how the concept of driving will be redefined in the coming years. "We’re creating a whole new architecture for the car," says Anders Tylman-Mikiewicz of the Volvo Monitoring Center in Los Angeles. On the topic of moving toward the goal of having fewer cars on the road, Tylman-Mikiewicz notes, "Car sharing will make a lot of sense in the near future.” This concept, offered in "people-mover" scenarios conceptualized by the likes of Buckminster Fuller (with his Dymaxion) and architect Ray Kappe for 1970s Los Angeles, have not come to fruition, which leaves us to question why.
February 28, 2014
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Mobility and Technology

More and more, technology determines how we move. Whether we're behind the wheel of a car, perched on a bicycle seat, or hoofing it on foot, technology often makes the difference between a satisfying or infuriating trip. Techie tools and philosophical shifts, from in-car touch screens to vehicles with minds of their own, are elevating mobility to surprising heights. In the automotive sector, hybrid technology is evolving by leaps and bounds. As automotive editor and writer Paul Meyers said in our panel on the Future of Mobility during Modernism Week in Palm Springs, "Every manufacturer has a version of a hybrid, and full electric [cars] are making strides. People are working out the kinks." According to Anders Tylman-Mikiewicz of Volvo's Monitoring and Concept Center, hybrid plans were in place as early as 1992, but "the technology was not really there to create the product for the consumer." We look forward to seeing how this might translate to every other sector of mobility in the future.
February 28, 2014
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Mobility and Design

When Dwell and Volvo set out to format our discussion around the Future of Mobility at the Palm Springs Art Museum during Modernism Week last month, we studied the ways in which our cities are designed around mobility. In turn, we explored how our mobility needs affect our urban, suburban, and rural environments. In Los Angeles, for example, each and every city block, save for green space, is set on a grid around streets and freeways. Lanes extend as far as they can from the foot of the L.A. basin’s mountains to the edge of the sea (one unbuilt design from 1965 suggested a freeway extension into the Santa Monica Bay—wisely it was scrapped). However, the city is slowly undergoing changes to prepare for our mobile future, which leads us to wonder how this will affect urban architecture and design in the coming years. “We have to stop thinking in existing paradigms, and rethink new paradigms,” says architect Alvin Huang, who was joined on the panel by columnist and architecture critic Greg Goldin, Anders Tylman-Mikievich of the Volvo Monitoring and Concept Center in Los Angeles, and automotive editor and writer Paul Meyers. Huang cited the mobility systems in cities such as London, whose transportation system continues to serve as a model for more gridlocked cities.
February 28, 2014
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Heatherwick Studio at Design Indaba

Architect Thomas Heatherwick unveils plans to turn a century-old grain silo in Cape Town, South Africa, into the continent's premiere museum devoted to modern African art.
February 27, 2014