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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
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Mirror Mirror

Since September 2012, Greek designer Panos Papanagiotou has been documenting angular architecture buildings and structures on his aptly-titled Tumblr, Mirrors. Via the iPhone, Papanagiotou shoots and edits with various apps, resulting in a fascinating study about these futuristic squares of symmetry.
February 28, 2013
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Beaux Meets New

The St. Louis Art Museum has announced the June 29th opening of its recently completed expansion, the East Building. The walls are up, the lights are on, and all that remains to be done is the lengthy process of hanging artwork. The David Chipperfield-designed building will bring together new and old as it connects to the Cass Gilbert-designed Beaux Arts building that has housed a top tier collection of art since 1904.
February 28, 2013
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Preview: Sophisticated Auckland Kitchen

Bound by Auckland, New Zealand's strict building codes, architect Michael O'Sullivan saved the flash for the inside of the Wood family home. Here's a sneak peak of the fantastic space, codesigned with interior designer Yvette Jay, coming soon to Dwell.com and currently on the newsstands in our March Interiors Issue.
February 27, 2013
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5 Top Picks for Sliding Door Hardware

At Dwell, we're always exploring ideas for making the most of mixed-use spaces with clever modifications. Installing sliding doors can make the most of any space with versatile and affordable style. Check out our five top picks for quality sliding door hardware.
February 27, 2013
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Succulents 5 Ways

We look at five fresh ways to enjoy the It plants of design aficionados: succulents.
February 27, 2013
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Tiny House Swoon

If you haven't yet acquainted yourself with the Tiny House Swoon blog, you're in for an outsized treat. At Dwell, we love showcasing how people around the world are making the most of small spaces, from urban apartments to off-the-grid getaways. (We recently devoted an entire issue to small homes.) Here are a few of our favorites from Tiny House Swoon; check them out!
February 27, 2013
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Shop Talk: 10 New Pieces from Totokaelo Art—Object

Seattle-based readers (and online shoppers with a passion for fashion) may be well aware of Totokaelo, the Capitol Hill-based purveyor of avant-garde design. Last June, founder Jill Wenger opened a designier branch of her shop, Totokaelo Art—Object, that peddles thoughtfully curated, often one-of-a-kind wares from artisans the world over. Some of them (Grain Design, Fort Standard, Robert Lewis, Doug Johnston) have appeared in Dwell, and the rest of them may yet someday. Here's a look at ten of the shop's best and newest pieces for the home.
February 27, 2013
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Stone Cold Foxes

Concrete: Franco-Swiss architect Le Corbusier utilized the material to build the famous Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp, France. The historic Tower Bridge in London contains over 70,000 tons of it. And there's even a Tumblr that exclusively features those gray beauties. From a stackable bowl to a modular home in Ecuador, here are ten buildings and objects that are only getting stronger with age.
February 27, 2013
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