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  1. Smart Storage Solutions for the Modern Home
    A Great Idea

    Smart Storage Solutions for the Modern Home

    Here are nine residences from the Dwell archives that apply the philosophy of "less is more" by stealthily hiding unnecessary clutter and creating smart storage solutions for various rooms in the...

    written by: Jami Smith
    01.29.14

  2. 7 Uses of Perforated Metal
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    7 Uses of Perforated Metal

    A laser cutter or water-jet cutter can add a whimsical, decorative flourish to virtually any space. Here, from Dwell's archives, are seven creative uses of perforated metal.

    written by: William Lamb
    01.27.14

  3. Getting to Know Philippe Nigro
    Profiles

    Getting to Know Philippe Nigro

    French designer Philippe Nigro has lived in Milan for over 15 years, and has struck out on his own following a long tenure with Michele de Lucchi. We caught up with Nigro, the 2014 Designer of the...

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    01.27.14

  4. Designer Spotlight: Alvaro Catalán de Ocón
    In The Modern World

    Designer Spotlight: Alvaro Catalán de Ocón

    An emerging Spanish designer redefines his role by pursuing philanthropic projects with indigenous peoples in Colombia.

    written by: Suzanne Wales
    01.26.14

  5. Orange Accents For The Modern Home
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    Orange Accents For The Modern Home

    As previously looked at in Color Story: Orange, we take another glance at a selection of modern homes, which incorporate the inviting, warm, and eccentric color.

    written by: Jami Smith
    01.22.14

  6. 7 Unique Expert Perspectives on Design
    Interviews

    7 Unique Expert Perspectives on Design

    One of our greatest privileges at Dwell is discussing architecture and design with some of the most creative and innovative people in the world, here is a sampling of their thoughts on design.

    written by: Olivia Martin
    01.21.14

  7. Q&A with Japanese Architect Shigeru Ban
    Interviews

    Q&A with Japanese Architect Shigeru Ban

    The Japanese architect—and winner of the 2014 Pritzker Prize—is working with Muji on a new endeavor: using furniture as a module for prefabricated houses.

    written by: Winifred Bird
    01.19.14

  8. The Dwell Guide to Smart Design in Tiny Spaces
    Design 101

    The Dwell Guide to Smart Design in Tiny Spaces

    Tight quarters prove especially challenging. If you're at a loss on how to squeeze the most out of your small space, consider the expert advice and furniture picks that will help your bantam-sized...

    written by: Diana Budds
    01.18.14

  9. Old and New: Antiques in the Modern World
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    Old and New: Antiques in the Modern World

    Who says antique furnishings have no place in a contemporary living space? Smart design can bring old and new elements together, making for modern spaces that bask in the warmth that vintage...

    written by: William Lamb
    01.17.14

  10. How to Shop for Marble
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    How to Shop for Marble

    There's no denying the appeal of marble in the home—it's one of the most prized materials in kitchens and baths. To shed some light on the buying process, we interviewed expert Arthur Moloian,...

    written by: Diana Budds
    01.15.14

  11. The Feiz Brothers: Pursuing Clarity in Design
    Profiles

    The Feiz Brothers: Pursuing Clarity in Design

    Two Iran-born brothers—each running multidisciplinary studios, 5,000 miles apart—discuss the similarities and differences in designing like a Feiz.

    written by: Shonquis Moreno
    01.15.14

  12. Buyer Beware: A Prefab Shopper's Guide
    In The Modern World

    Buyer Beware: A Prefab Shopper's Guide

    Bay Area–based architect Michelle Kaufmann is a prefab pioneer. She started in the industry in 2003, a year and a half after Dwell’s inaugural prefab issue, just when consumer interest in...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    01.14.14

  13. 8 Space-Saving Sliding Doors
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    8 Space-Saving Sliding Doors

    In many homes, there’s not even an inch to spare, much less a few feet for an awkward swinging door. We present 8 easy ways to close off spaces when you need to, then slide your room dividers right...

    written by: Erika Heet
    01.13.14

  14. Bookshelves for All Spaces
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    Bookshelves for All Spaces

    Whether you have a large or small space, these bookshelves will fit right in.

    written by: Olivia Martin
    01.13.14

  15. 8 Ways to Design with Plywood
    How they make it

    8 Ways to Design with Plywood

    Architecture gets expensive, so these homebuilders put their creativity to work by designing with plywood. Here's how they saved a buck on materials without looking, well, cheap.

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    01.11.14

  16. Wearable Fitness Tech at CES 2014
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    Wearable Fitness Tech at CES 2014

    The wearable technology trend has gone gangbusters. At the 2014 International CES, electronic fitness trackers had a strong presence on the show floor. Here's a sampling.

    written by: Diana Budds
    01.10.14

  17. 8 Ways to Design with the Arco Lamp
    Design 101

    8 Ways to Design with the Arco Lamp

    Second only to the Eames lounge chair and ottoman, the Arco lamp by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for Flos, with its super arc, is the classic go-to piece for the modern living room. Here...

    written by: Erika Heet
    01.08.14

  18. The Making of Modern Furniture
    How they make it

    The Making of Modern Furniture

    We chat with the designers and the factories who produce some of the most iconic pieces of furniture. Plus, learn the real cost of rip-offs.

    written by: Olivia Martin
    01.07.14

  19. A Seat at the Bar
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    A Seat at the Bar

    Belly up to the bar (or kitchen island) and perch atop one of these seven modern stools.

    written by: Diana Budds
    01.07.14

  20. Material Focus: Corrugated Metal
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    Material Focus: Corrugated Metal

    Corrugated metal is a repeat offender in many modern homes. Architects love it for its affordability, availability, and durability. Here are seven creative ways to apply the material in residential...

    written by: Diana Budds
    01.06.14

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