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ewing residence living room hallway

10 Creative Ways to Store Firewood

So you're fortunate enough to have a fireplace or wood-burning stove at home, but where to place fuel for the flames? Look no further than our guide on carryalls and storage for kindling.
November 4, 2014
Modern stools

How to Find the Perfect Modern Bar Stool

There’s no denying the appeal of a seat at the bar; it’s where everybody knows your name, after all. As a design element at home, it offers a more casual and space-efficient alternative to formal dining. Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch, principals of the New York design firm Roman and Williams, dispense expert advice on how to shop for a stool. Then we review the six seats that earned the Dwell seal of approval.
November 4, 2014
notion smart home sensor door

These Tiny Hubs Will Make Your Home Smart and Safe

The Notion is among the recent home security systems that uses multiple types of sensors to monitor threats like water damage or burglary. The central hub connects to Wi-Fi and draws information from separate units spread throughout the house. It will be available in July 2015.
November 3, 2014
The Ulaelu modular outdoor cooking platform.

Modular Platform Makes Outdoor Cooking a Breeze

Extend barbecue season as long as possible with the Ulaelu, a modular outdoor cooking platform that can be outfitted with every tool necessary for preparing meals outdoors. Add-ons, which include a black granite prep surface and grill, have the potential to expand the menu. Prices start at $2,000.
October 30, 2014
Dyson Humidifier.

Dyson Humidifier Will Keep Your Air Clean Using Bacteria-Killing Technology

Sir James Dyson’s team specializes in taking staid appliances and reinventing them into something functional, beautiful, and often justifiably expensive. His team’s most recent subject is a self-cleaning humidifier dubbed "Hygienic Mist." Click through the slideshow to see how it holds up. Available in the U.S. in Fall 2015.
October 29, 2014
Moonstone Midnight Scoop.

The World's First Ergonomic Ice Cream Scoop?

The ice cream scoop's basic features haven't changed much in over a century. It's design is so taken for granted, in fact, that it literally took a rocket scientist to improve upon it. Michael Chou is an aerospace engineer and the inventor behind the Midnight Scoop, an ergonomic scoop that is angled so that it requires minimal effort to use. Midnight Scoop raised almost 10 times its funding goal in a recent Kickstarter campaign and will be on the market in time for the holidays. Pre-order now for $50.
October 29, 2014
Red Velvetwire Powerslayer held in hand.

Eco-Friendly Device Charges Your Phone and Shuts Off When It's Done

Smartphones may be mobile devices, but their short battery lives mean that users need to constantly tether themselves to wall outlets. With this in mind, Velvetwire set out to design a more stylish, eco-friendly way to recharge. The Powerslayer uses a special software to ensure devices don't overdraw power, which conserves energy and protects batteries. The Museum of Modern Art Design Store and Kickstarter recently announced the Velvetwire Powerslayer would be one of the products launched by their collaboration.
October 28, 2014
The stainless steel Zoku Iced Coffee Maker.

This Mug Makes Iced Coffee in Under 5 Minutes

There are plenty of commuter mugs that are insulated to keep coffee and tea hot, but there are few options for making home iced coffee from a fresh-brewed pot. The Zoku takes a hot 11 ounces of coffee and quickly chills it within the mug for a cold cup. Available for $30.
October 24, 2014
4 Furtif kitchen knives of varying length and size.

Cutting-Edge Knife Requires Sharpening Once Every 25 Years

Since the purpose of a chef’s knife hasn’t changed much in the last century, the design hasn’t really evolved either. Still, one given flaw is that almost all knives, with any amount of use, eventually require sharpening. That means home cooks will either make do with a dull knife, try to sharpen it themselves with a stone, or find a professional to rehabilitate the blade. Furtif manufactures its knives from a sophisticated material that requires sharpening once every 25 years. Available for $138.
October 24, 2014
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