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Despite new owners and a newly designed roof, the House of Earth + Light remains a modern monument to the elements.

Love's Labors Found

Though the obstacles they faced were formidable, this couple’s perserverance brought them closer together and made their dream home a reality.
April 30, 2009
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Piet Hein Eek

Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek is best known for his intricately composed scrap wood furniture—each piece a one-of-a-kind creation that merges artisan handcraft with skilled design processes. But while his use of reclaimed materials has been widely recognized in the recent wave of sustainable design fandom, Eek has been working with scrap since well before the green boom, and his motivation arises as much from an obsession with time as a concern for resources. Dwell travelled to Eek's homespun factory and workshop in Geldrop, The Netherlands, to discuss, among other things, his childhood design projects, his opinion of mass production, and the intentionally inefficient process behind his scrapwood collections.
April 30, 2009
Fresh out of architecture school and faced with a life-altering challenge, Uni design group realized their most important project might be their own home.

New Beginnings

Uni, an international group of designers in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is riding out a self-professed renovation high that never seems to cease.
April 21, 2009
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Container Cinema

As part of the cultural countdown to the winter Olympics in Vancouver 2010, media art group Springboard—a trio composed of architect Robert Duke, designers Keith Doyle and Iain Sinclair, and artistic directors Nicole Mion and Evann Seibens—created containR, a traveling art film house.
March 23, 2009
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The Relief Chair and Fashioning Felt

At first glance I thought this chair was made from the rather hard and inhospitable charcoal-colored packing material that often surrounds new electronics inside shipping boxes. But upon closer inspection I discovered (to my delight) that the chair is made of felt.
March 11, 2009
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Ring Around the Lounger

While the papa-san chair adds little to an interior besides nostalgic references to college crashpads, it's still a comfortable place to curl up. Designer Camilla Hounsell Halvorsen, a recent graduate of the Oslo National Academy of Arts, made a chair that turns the tiltable bowl-shape of the papa-san style into something worthy of a well-considered room.
March 5, 2009

Pleats-Pleats Sofa

In accordance with the old saying, March has come in like a lion from coast to coast. If we're lucky, by the end of the month, we'll be ready for lawn chairs and lemonade (or at least some spring cleaning). Among the new designs emerging in time for fair weather is the Pleats-Pleats Sofa by Imaginary office.
March 3, 2009
At designer Rocio Romero’s growing rural prefab complex, a main house rests in a hollow down the gravel drive, and a smaller "Fish Camp" feels like a weekend getaway.

All You Need Is LV

In the most unlikely of places—rural Missouri—Rocio Romero has designed and built a prefab empire.
February 19, 2009
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Taking His Own Advice

When Greg Reitz was ten years old, he was already so worried about the state of the planet that, without prompting from his parents, he spent his allowance to join Greenpeace.
February 1, 2009