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A Dramatic San Francisco Living Room

"A fallacy about modernism is that every space should be light,” says San Francisco architect Abigail Turin about her Pacific Heights home. “I don’t need every space in my house to be bright and cheerful.” In the living room, Turin went for the somber paint 4320J from Les Couleurs Suisse to get the dark effect. She adds a bit of light to the space thanks to a pair of Charles sofas by Antonio Citterio for B&B Italia, an Extra Big floor lamp by Marcel Wanders for Cappellini, and an Arco lamp by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for Flos. A Fogg rug by Gunilla Lagerhem Ullberg for Kasthall grounds things in a neutral shade, but Turin goes back to black with the Smoke arm chair by Maarten Bass for Moooi. Check out more of this traditional 1925 San Francisco home with a contemporary twist here.
March 4, 2013
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April 'Outdoor' Issue Preview

We get our hands dirty with 9 homes that celebrate the great outdoors and nearly 50 new backyard furniture ideas for spring. From living roofs to natural pools, we cover all of your outdoor, or indoor-outdoor needs. Plus, don’t miss our exclusive interview with landscape designer Maya Lin, and a tour of Brooklyn’s first certified Passive House. Find it on newsstands now or order a digital edition. And, enjoy a sneak peek here!
March 1, 2013
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Plant a Green Roof: Feed 70 Chickens and Lower Your Bills

If you live in a large metro like we do, odds are you see mostly bleak-hued buildings. Lots and lots of buildings. One thing we don’t see enough of? Greenery. Of any sort, really. (Unless you count the dog park, or rather, the patch of brown grass down the street.) We’re so nature-deprived we’d welcome the sight of some weeds.
March 1, 2013

Week in Review: 7 Great Reads You Might Have Missed

Here are the top seven stories on Dwell that you might have missed this week—from architecture blogs we love to Dwell on the Simpsons to our top recommendations for installing sliding doors in your home
March 1, 2013
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Standing Room Only: The Vignelli Subway Map

This Tuesday, we hopped a train for Brooklyn Heights. Destination: The New York Transit Museum, where a talk about the historic Vignelli subway map was being held. If you haven’t yet been, take note—the door can be hard to spot at first. (Cleverly, it’s a subway entrance.) Upon entry, we were met with a standing room only crowd. Waiting for the panel to start, the audience had already noticed the museum’s last-minute booking coup—the man himself, Massimo Vignelli hadn’t been billed for the event, but would now be participating. It was a pleasant surprise, as most anytime Mr. Vignelli speaks, a sound bite is born.
March 1, 2013

Q&A With 9/11 Memorial Architect Michael Arad

In March 2013, Dwell had the pleasure of touring the World Trade Center Memorial with lead architect Michael Arad. Arad was awarded the commission for his design "Reflecting Absence" in 2004 and worked closely with LMDC and families of the victims to arrive at the present design. With Work and Play as its theme, the eight acre site acts as an urban room allowing visitors and locals to gather while honoring the victims and celebrating life. Until construction is completed, tickets must be reserved in advance at National September 11 Memorial Memorial & Museum.
March 1, 2013
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Artist Spotlight: Mark Rothko

Mark Rothko, apparent muse to Fall 2013 runway shows, has entered into the current design conversation in a major way (Nail polish company Butter London has even created a manicure style after his paintings). Famous for his color pairing and graphic, yet soft color blocking, we learn more about the artist and his work. Associated with the New York School group of painters in the 1940s, his work is characterized by its shapes, colors, depth of hue, and scale. His classic painting style, a series of stacked rectangles for which he would become best known, emerged in the early 1950s. He explored other themes such as surreally rendering of the anxiety over WWII, and then total abstraction of shape, but continued to return to his initial rectangular shapes. For more artist spotlights, see our exclusive video on minimalist sculptor Carl Andre.
February 28, 2013
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Bring in the Green

The Pantone color for 2013 may be emerald, but we are excited about another continuing trend in a different shade of green: The living wall. Also known as green walls or vertical gardens, these beautiful and functional living works of art are more accessible then ever. Here we present four ways to incorporate garden greens into the home.
February 28, 2013
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Mid-Century Makeup: The Fontenell in Palm Springs

A mid-century oasis in the desert, The Fontenell, was built in the late '50s for the family of makeup and cosmetics icon Max Factor. Seeking a place his family could relax together, seven fully-equipped bungalows in fashionable Palm Springs fit the bill. A mid-century Melrose Place of sorts, the compound circles a courtyard equipped with a triangular pool. The setup allowed for easy family gatherings, but also enabled an easy escape to privacy if needed. With the San Jacinto and Santa Rosa mountains providing a breathtaking backdrop, the rooms have been completely restored to their mid-century glory, with carefully selected furnishings and accents. The very colorful kitchens (in pink, yellow, or turquoise) contain original cabinetry, countertops, and appliances—including rarely seen eye-height refrigerator and iceboxes. Surrounded by a plethora of mid-century touches, it’s not hard to imagine The Fontenell playing host to many a martini-strewn after-party following a night of dancing at the iconic Chi Chi Club back in the day.
February 28, 2013