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  1. Dining Within Reach in Downtown L.A.
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    Dining Within Reach in Downtown L.A.

    When you're talking design, walking design, watching design, hearing design, touching design, feeling design, experiencing design all day long, one thing's bound to happen: You're gonna get hungry...

    written by: Alissa Walker
    06.25.09

  2. Buyer Beware
    Design 101

    Buyer Beware

    Bad design can be not just unattractive but unhealthy. Steer clear of this trio of second-rate offerings.

    written by: James Nestor
    08.12.09

  3. Greg Sharp of BSB Design
    Profiles

    Greg Sharp of BSB Design

    BSB Design was established in 1966 in Des Moines, Iowa, as a small architectural firm with a grand mission statement: Every family deserves to live in an architect-designed home. Forty-plus years...

    written by: Dwell Staff
    01.07.10

  4. Visible Touch
    Design 101

    Visible Touch

    A lot of universal design feels more like a tacked-on concession to special interest groups than an intrinsic element in the design process. Now let’s suppose we flip that around. 

    02.09.10

  5. John Christakos of Blu Dot
    Interviews

    John Christakos of Blu Dot

    I have always adored Blu Dot's mission: good design at good prices. Heck, I liked them so much I even worked for them. I caught up with Blu Dot's CEO & founder John Christakos and he answered...

    05.05.10

  6. Phuc Van Dang
    Interviews

    Phuc Van Dang

    Last month artist and designer Phuc Van Dang sent me a note about our mutual love of color. That email exchange led to more, and allowed me to discover more about his varied works. I asked him a...

    05.27.10

  7. Live from the Show Floor: Taylor Stitch
    Dwell on Design

    Live from the Show Floor: Taylor Stitch

    What began as a chat over a beer about how great mid-century architects looked in their sharp shirts and bow ties has finally come to fruition: the Architect’s Shirt and Bow Tie has arrived...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Peter Williams
    06.25.10

  8. From the Floor: Brinca Dada
    Dwell on Design

    From the Floor: Brinca Dada

    The Modern Family zone has more to occupy mini modernists than a Dwell parent could ask for. One of our favorites was Brinca Dada's Emerson House dollhouse. Designed as a toy adults like to look at...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Dakota Keck
    06.27.10

  9. Works by Maira Kalman
    Profiles

    Works by Maira Kalman

    Last week painter and illustrator Maira Kalman was in San Francisco to kick off the Contemporary Jewish Museum's run of her new show Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (Of a Crazy World). I ...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    07.06.10

  10. Flemish Farmhouse Kitchen
    Finishing Touch

    Flemish Farmhouse Kitchen

    For this farmhouse in the Flemish town of Outgaarden, the Belgian architects 51N4E were charged with designing a new kitchen and adjacent storage space. They decided to split their allotted budget...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    08.02.10

  11. Wood-Paneled Interior in a San Francisco Victorian
    Finishing Touch

    Wood-Paneled Interior in a San Francisco Victorian

    The recent history of Janna Stark's San Francisco flat, located in an 1890's Victorian house, is literally burned into the wall.

    written by: Lydia Lee
    photos by: Laura Flippen
    01.18.11

  12. Communal Living on a Budget in Brooklyn
    Finishing Touch

    Communal Living on a Budget in Brooklyn

    The Miner and a Major is an experiment in communal living and fantastical form. A New York story of creativity born from hardscrabble circumstance, the project grew out of the joint imagination of...

    written by: Mimi Zeiger
    photos by: Spencer Lowell
    02.24.11

  13. The Language of Bookshops
    Three Buildings

    The Language of Bookshops

    In the latest installment of Three Buildings, a semi-regular series where I ask people from all over the creative spectrum to muse on a trio of buildings or spaces that they love, I got...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    02.23.11

  14. Merging Architecture and Fashion
    Interviews

    Merging Architecture and Fashion

    Blurred disciplinary lines are visible throughout the design world. Architects moonlight as furniture designers, artists as product designers, and it seems almost everyone has had a stint as a...

    written by: Diana Budds
    05.10.11

  15. Erica Islas on Kids' Spaces
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    Erica Islas on Kids' Spaces

    Design isn't just for adults anymore; the demand for innovative kids' spaces in on the rise. Erica Islas, founder of EMI Interior Design, has been busy creating nursery, kids, and play rooms. We're...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    06.16.11

  16. From the Show Floor: Dwell Outdoor
    Dwell on Design

    From the Show Floor: Dwell Outdoor

    Abuzz with visitors discovering and testing out all manner of sustainable alfresco products, Dwell Outdoor drew a huge crowd all day Saturday, with many filing in and out of a brand-new modern...

    written by: Erika Heet
    photos by: Tammy Vinson
    06.26.11

  17. Borrego Springs: McKenzie Residence
    Dwell on Design

    Borrego Springs: McKenzie Residence

    This spring, I had the chance to visit the tiny town of Borrego Springs in the middle of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in San Diego County, California. I was so taken with the place and...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    06.29.11

  18. Street Smart
    Interviews

    Street Smart

    Pursuing his passion for painting gave Fabian Debora a means to transcend his troubled past.

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    11.17.11

  19. Local Fundraising
    Profiles

    Local Fundraising

    Creative projects get a leg up and their word out at gatherings that serve donations with a side of social capital. Move over, Kickstarter. Across the country, philanthropy is getting personalized.

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: Vanessa Miller
    05.23.12

  20. Tom Price's Meltdown Chair
    How To

    Tom Price's Meltdown Chair

    While perusing the blogosphere today, I clicked my way to this demystifying video on British designer Tom Price's Meltdown chair. Price is a practitioner of the common-materials-cum-high-design...

    written by: Diana Budds
    11.03.11

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