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Faces of Freedom

South Asia is a region known for producing beautiful handmade rugs which are sold all over the world. What many people don't know or consider when admiring these exquisite pieces is that most of them are made by young children under exploitative and inhumane labor conditions.   This year at Dwell on Design in Los Angeles, we're looking forward to hosting a special touring exhibition called Faces of Freedom, which aims to raise awareness about child labor in the carpet industry through photographs taken in the carpet factories and weaving facilities of South Asia.
May 7, 2009
Modern modular prefab home in Minnesota designed by Charlie Lazor

How to Play FlatPak

Intelligent, appealing, and affordable, Charlie Lazor’s user-friendly FlatPak just might be the project that revolutionizes the prefab industry.
May 1, 2009
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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Paul Donald

When we peruse the carefully curated products in a great design shop, one of the most intriguing discoveries—more than any one particular object or accessory—is the entrepreneur behind the business. In our May 2009 issue we've premiered a new section of the magazine called Design Finder where we chat with one of our favorite store owners about how they were seduced into retail, how they select their inventory, what they’re currently longing for, and more.  For our first iteration, we spoke with Paul Donald, the founder of Branch, an online purveyor of modern green products. Donald, a former graphic designer in the magazine industry, launched the company in 2005 after discovering a dearth of stores in which he could consciously consume. Here, we present the extended interview with Donald.
April 27, 2009
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Killspencer Bags

I came across a handsome group of weekender and messenger bags by Killspencer last week in my online meanderings. I learned from the website—the only place you can buy a bag—that they are designed and made in Los Angeles, but only after talking with head bag man Spencer Nikosey did I learn that the company is less than a month old, and debuted at his senior show at Art Center College of Design in LA.
March 17, 2009
Holin Hills is not only an anomaly in neo-classicist Washington, D.C.; it's a model for integrative suburban development.

Community of Vision

A mere eight miles from Mount Vernon, George Washington’s Georgian neoclassical plantation home, and just nine miles south of Old Town Alexandria, the colonial bastion that provides much inspiration for Northern Virginia’s epidemic of multimillion-dollar neo-colonial McMansions, sits Hollin Hills, one of the country’s most progressive housing developments.
March 16, 2009
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Oakland Aesthetics

Perfectly content in San Francisco, the Pfeiffers couldn't help falling in love with a charming mid-century house, across the Bay in Oakland, with stunning views, plenty of trees, and a murky past.
March 16, 2009
Barerock is a low-impact retreat with few citified comforts apart from the large reflective windows salvaged from two Toronto office towers.

Eco-Friendly Rustic Cabin Retreat in Canada

With windows recycled from a Toronto skyscraper, Barerock is both rustic cabin and high-tech, eco-friendly retreat.
March 14, 2009

PLUG's Jungle Research Station

When veterinary doctor Taranjit Kaur, her husband and molecular biologist Dr. Jatinder Singh, and their three year old daughter Simran set out to live and do research for a year in the remote Mahale Mountain National Park in western Tanzania, they knew they would need a home that could do some serious architectural and scientific heavy lifting.
March 9, 2009