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Snow Proofed Hillside Family Home in Austria

Most homeowners would avoid living within striking distance of an avalanche, but Marcell Strolz and Uli Alber embrace Alpine extremes. They built a house that could weather even the fiercest storm. 
December 30, 2009
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Home Furnishings: Mag-Neato

For almost a decade Dwell has printed countless examples of new furniture designs, but with a handful of exceptions, little has been offered—–to us or to you—–in the way of truly new ideas about what furniture could be or do. Digital technology and material innovation have pushed the forms and qualities of modern furniture into unexplored realms; however, the industry is still dominated by a staple diet of types: chairs, sofas, tables, and storage. Arguing against the creation of new chair designs would be like debating the need for new novels. That notwithstanding, we still wondered what furniture could be without imposing any constraints on the designer. To find out, we turned to hometown superheroes Council—–the San Francisco furniture-design company founded by Derek Chen and winner of the 2009 ICFF Editors Award for furniture.
December 16, 2009
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The Sheep Who Made Your Pouf

The stream of amazing projects that emerge from students at Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands is never-ending. This week I've come across one from an alum of the school who has spent the last few years producing work related to the output and lifecycle of livestock. Christien Meindertsma spent a summer in a village in Wales, shearing sheep and knitting with their wool—one article or product per animal. The resulting collection became a brand called Flocks, the ongoing product of which is the Urchin Pouf.
December 10, 2009
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Narrow Modernist Three-Story Home in Toronto

Facing tight building codes and an even tighter space, Karen White and David MacNaughtan needed an architect who could turn lemons into lemonade. Donald Chong devised a refreshing solution.
December 1, 2009
Somewhere between Knight Rider’s KITT and your living room lives ATNMBL, Mike and Maaike’s concept for a driverless car.

Driving: Joy Ride

San Francisco–based design team Mike and Maaike wave goodbye to the driver's seat with their concept car, the ATNMBL (the "autonomobile"). Consider it a high-tech living room on wheels.
November 16, 2009
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Table Linens by Commune Design

In my online wanderings this week I've come across a totally lovely set of table linens from Los Angeles–based Commune Design. They are made of 100% linen hand-dyed in LA by Matteo, and I think what appeals to me about these napkins, placemats and tablecloths is how masculine they are. The somewhat rough linen, contrast stitching and subtly geometric pattern manage to feel at once refined, unfussy and just a tick manly, as though you'd find them in some sophisticated farmhouse.
November 3, 2009
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Monika Järg's Wooden Carpets

While wood floors are generally more elegant than carpeting, rugs and textiles can bring warmth and texture to otherwise hard and hollow spaces. Estonian designer Monika Järg has a novel approach to integrating wood and textile: she threads wool rope through planks of wood to create sparse "carpets" in simple patterns on the floor.
October 29, 2009
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The Frozen Fountain

Though some might say that you can’t buy good taste, Cok de Rooy has built a career out of doing just that. He refined his design sensibilities as a buyer for big brands like Liberty of London, and in 1992, he and his business partner, Dick Dankers, opened the Frozen Fountain in Amsterdam. Today the Dutch design shop is renowned for showcasing both homegrown and international talents, hosting twice-yearly exhibitions, and rotating original art and prototypes among its curated wares for purchase.
October 19, 2009
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Mid-City Modern

In the heart of Atlanta, Shawn Moseley worked closely with designer Scott Ball to design and build his new house not ten minutes from downtown.
September 23, 2009