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Color 101: Created from Color

There are endless choices to be made in the world of color, as anyone who has tried to paint a room plain white knows. Even more variation is introduced when materials, use, and application are all considered, as illustrated by the work shown here by five designers who were asked to show how they’re currently using color.
February 2, 2009
In Los Angeles, a technology entrepreneur turned residential developer introduces a new line of modern, LEED-certified prefab houses.

LEEDing the Way

One day last April there was great excitement on Highland Avenue, a quiet, hilly street (on which this writer happens to live) of Craftsman bungalows and 1960s apartment buildings in the Ocean Park neighborhood of Santa Monica, California.
February 1, 2009
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Architect Series Dimmers

The right lighting can bring warmth and atmosphere to any room.
January 31, 2009
We lay down the eco-friendly options in wall-to-wall carpet.

Eco-Friendly Carpeting

Dear Dwell: I'm not into the hard modernism of concrete floors: I miss the cushy carpet of my youth. Are there eco-friendly options for wall-to-wall? —Craig Dewey, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
January 28, 2009
Let sleeping dogs lie—in their own beds.

Dog Beds

Dear Dwell: Our dog is spending more time in bed than my husband; I think its time to get her one of her own. Can you recommend designs that a pampered pup will enjoy? —Ella Zupen, San Diego, California
January 26, 2009
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Little Field of Flowers

Nanimarquina—In 1987, Barcelona-based designer Nani Marquina established a textile and rug design studio. Since 1993, the company’s designs have been manufactured in northern India. Marquina has devoted her career to promoting sustainable ethics in production. Her definition of “sustainable” applies both to materials (her rugs are mostly biodegradable, and one, Bicicleta, is made from recycled bike inner tubes) and to fair labor and trade practices. In 2006, Nanimarquina introduced Little Field of Flowers, the first rug by Netherlands-born, England-trained, France-based Tord Boontje.
January 25, 2009
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Coral and Tusk - A Chat With Designer Stephanie Housley

Coral and Tusk’s sweet, mostly seafaring motifs are inspired by designer Stephanie Housley’s intrigue with the mysteries of the deep; many of the hand-drawn tableaus depict enchanting undersea scenes featuring buried treasure, hungry whales, and messages in bottles on pillows, t-shirts, pouches, and more.
January 18, 2009
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Escape From New York

It was no exodus, of course, but when Kathleen Triem quit her job at a Manhattan design firm in July 1996, her associates were thunderstruck. Triem had decided to practice architecture in the more leisurely atmosphere of upstate New York and, as her colleagues saw it, she was shooting herself in the foot. One man went so far as to say that she’d be back in TriBeCa before you could say “Poughkeepsie.”
January 16, 2009
Gretchen Rice and Kevin Farnham moved into the renovated Victorian in 2005. They were surprised to find a mid-century home—albeit a renovation—in their neighborhood.

Mid-Century Mash-Up

Although postwar California modernism is generally associated with Southern California, the Bay Area’s own tradition has begun in recent years to be more widely acknowledged, and its surviving treasures have gained an appreciative audience. San Francisco’s modernists were faced with the issue of building within a firmly established stylistic tradition—think bay windows and gingerbread. Henry Hill’s 1947 renovation of a 1908 Victorian tucked away on an alley in historic Russian Hill provides a remarkable response to the dilemma.
January 16, 2009