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  1. The Wrong Impression
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    The Wrong Impression

    Going for the hand touch isn’t exactly foolproof. An easy way to miss: embossed wall coverings. Lincrusta was originally invented in 1877 as a kind of textile-linoleum hybrid by linoleum...

    04.27.10

  2. The Dwell Guide to Kitchen Design
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    The Dwell Guide to Kitchen Design

    Is your kitchen too drab? Feeling the pinch of cramped cooking quarters? Appliances dating from the stone age? We've got you covered. To coincide with our Rooms We Love special issue now on...

    written by: Diana Budds
    11.14.13

  3. Peter Fehrentz’s 7 Tips for Transforming A Small Space
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    Peter Fehrentz’s 7 Tips for Transforming A Small Space

    Previously featured in our November issue, Small Spaces Big Ideas, Dwell toured the inside of Peter Fehrentz's recently renovated 646-square-foot apartment in Berlin. With many clever space-saving...

    written by: Jami Smith
    11.27.13

  4. Design Icon: 10 Buildings by Marcel Breuer
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    Design Icon: 10 Buildings by Marcel Breuer

    The Bauhaus designer’s modern vision helped post-war American building see the future.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    04.14.14

  5. 8 Ideas for Designing Breakfast
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    8 Ideas for Designing Breakfast

    Breakfast: the most important meal of the day! Here's how to do it right, from architectural dining nooks to gadgets geared towards making your morning pour as painless as possible.

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    12.12.13

  6. 6 Ways to Design with Marc Newson
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    6 Ways to Design with Marc Newson

    Can’t afford to drop $2 million on a Marc Newson Lockheed Lounge? Relax, for to follow is a study of rooms from the pages of Dwell that incorporate a range of designs by the modern industrial master.

    written by: Erika Heet
    09.21.13

  7. Product Developments
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    Product Developments

    We asked three product designers from three different fields what the future holds. Oddly, none of them mentioned crystal balls.

    written by: James Nestor
    08.12.09

  8. 101 Manufacturing
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    101 Manufacturing

    Manufacturing from conception to production and reproduction.

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    02.25.09

  9. 8 Spiral Staircases
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    8 Spiral Staircases

    Somewhere between the Villa Savoye and shag-carpeted condos in Mammoth, the spiral staircase lost its way. Architects have brought it back in as an efficient, space-saving way of getting from here...

    written by: Erika Heet
    12.18.13

  10. 101 Bathrooms: Wood
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    101 Bathrooms: Wood

    Wood has been used for centuries to submerge bathing beauties, but most people still think of it only for cabinets, furniture, and floors. A new outpouring of innovative wood-based design, from...

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    01.01.09

  11. 101 Bathrooms: Cultural Commod(e)ity
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    101 Bathrooms: Cultural Commod(e)ity

    In 1937, as the modern movement in Europe 
faced the stifling rise of fascism, the leftist French 
Union des Artistes Modernes hosted a pavilion at the Paris World’s Fair that presented, among...

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    02.26.09

  12. Waste Opportunity
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    Waste Opportunity

    While the Western world forgets its waste with a flush, 2.6 billion people don’t even have toilets. Virginia Gardiner ventures to the World Toilet Summit in search of sanitation’s future.

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    05.13.09

  13. Wall of Shame
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    Wall of Shame

    It started out as a great idea: Do away with wet-plaster wall construction, which required multiple workers taking days or weeks to plaster a house (and weeks or months for the plaster to set). So,...

    03.26.10

  14. Probate Sale
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    Probate Sale

    When the owner of a home dies without a will or trust to allocate their estate, the property goes into probate.

    written by: James Nestor
    01.27.09

  15. 6 Ways to Add Throw Pillows
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    6 Ways to Add Throw Pillows

    They haven’t always been in design favor, but throw pillows, when done right, can add warmth, color, and texture to a room like nothing else can. Six designers show us how.

    written by: Erika Heet
    09.11.13

  16. The Dwell Guide to Smart Design in Tiny Spaces
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    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

  17. Design at Work
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    Design at Work

    With wi-fi and a laptop, the world is your office. No matter where you tackle your to-do list, good desk accessories are essential. The cubicle may soon be passé, but a perfect pen is perennially...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    photos by: Peter Belanger
    01.28.09

  18. An Introduction to Modern Real Estate
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    An Introduction to Modern Real Estate

    Though the market has rarely looked worse, our primer on the past, present, and future of modern real estate gives you the inside track on why modern homes are always a good investment.

    written by: Dave Weinstein
    09.23.09

  19. In the Nick of Time
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    In the Nick of Time

    Though contractors are unusually deft with tools, accidents do happen. SawStop puts an end to that.

    written by: Dan Maginn
    01.25.10

  20. Intelligent Design
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    Intelligent Design

    The future of the office is about 
providing a balanced response to 
the environment and the person 
in the office—–or at home, in the park, 
on a plane, or wherever the “office” happens to be.

    written by: Bill Fritts
    01.28.09

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