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  1. Design-Build Explained
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    Design-Build Explained

    How does design-build affect the project? the process? the client? Here, the principals of five thriving design-build firms weigh in

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    02.27.09

  2. Designer's Block
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    Designer's Block

    While some of Joe Columbo’s designs have proven the test of time (Alitalia still uses his plastic flatware), others were simply ahead of their time.

    written by: Sam Grawe
    01.30.09

  3. Dining In, Dining Out
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    Dining In, Dining Out

    Once while dining at a minimal-chic German restaurant in San Francisco, my date marveled at the elegant simplicity of the mid-century-modern salt and pepper shakers on our table.

    written by: Heather Bradley
    photos by: Robert Schlatter
    05.28.09

  4. Dwell How-To: Buy and Sell Your Dream Home
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    Dwell How-To: Buy and Sell Your Dream Home

    Combing the Dwell archives for our best, all-time tips on buying and selling your own modern abode.

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    07.24.13

  5. Edit Your Life
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    Edit Your Life

    Good Small Spaces start with Good Small Occupants. Now, it could be that you’re one of the few who are hardwired to live compactly. But the rest of us need to sharpen our metaphorical red...

    written by: Dan Maginn
    11.17.12

  6. Emiliano Godoy on Knitted Pieces
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    Emiliano Godoy on Knitted Pieces

    I am really interested in pieces made using vegetable-based, biodegradable materials.

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    01.31.09

  7. Design 101

    Energy Retrofit: The Now House Project

    It may be simpler to build a zero-energy home from scratch than to retrofit an existing structure, but buildings constructed in the 20th century are generally the most in need of upgrades for...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    01.01.09

  8. Exhibiting Interest
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    Exhibiting Interest

    Get your information from curators, professors of contemporary art, critics, and other collectors through your local arts organizations, newspapers, and art schools.

    written by: Natasha Boas
    02.01.09

  9. Exploring the Solar Systems
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    Exploring the Solar Systems

    For the past 30 years, we’ve been teased with the promise of plentiful solar energy. But for most of us, nerdy solar calculators and watches are as close as we get to realizing this promise....

    written by: James Nestor
    02.02.09

  10. Face Off: Looking Good on the Outside
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    Face Off: Looking Good on the Outside

    The husband-and-wife architecture team Halpert & Ruiz know that if a house’s face 
is pretty from the outside and views are good from within, as a landlord you will have an easier time...

    written by: Shonquis Moreno
    02.26.09

  11. FAQs About Art
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    FAQs About Art

    Once you’ve purchased a piece, you’ll need to get it home and onto your wall.

    written by: Natasha Boas
    02.01.09

  12. Fire in the Home 101
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    Fire in the Home 101

    Taming fire was humankind’s first and most critical step toward its mastery of the material world. About 400,000 years ago, our ancestors learned to harness the flame, setting us on the...

    written by: Patrick Di Justo
    04.11.12

  13. Five Questions About Working With Architects
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    Five Questions About Working With Architects

    The idea of building or renovating your home can be daunting. Design schemes flood your brain as you stare at an empty lot or cramped kitchen. How can you best translate those visions into reality?...

    written by: Andrew Wagner
    05.27.09

  14. Fond of You
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    Fond of You

    The love of my life can prepare entire meals using only a sharp knife and a cast-iron pan. It’s a useful skill, but if you want to know the truth, I find his attitude a little annoying.

    written by: Deborah Baldwin
    photos by: Robert Schlatter
    05.28.09

  15. For All Mankind
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    For All Mankind

    The future of universal design is what’s in store for us collectively. Here’s the heads-up.

    02.09.10

  16. Foreclosure
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    Foreclosure

    The popular myth is that foreclosures can provoke ire in sellers and bad karma for buyers, but this is rarely the case.

    written by: James Nestor
    01.27.09

  17. From Meals to Ideals
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    From Meals to Ideals

    The American kitchen is a complicated affair.

    written by: Katrina Heron
    01.30.09

  18. Fuseproject
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    Fuseproject

    In the San Francisco offices of Yves Béhar’s industrial design and branding firm, the work environment 
suits the work.

    written by: Sarah Rich
    01.28.09

  19. Get the Right Light
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    Get the Right Light

    Daylight is the lifeblood of a Good Small Space. Start the process of getting the light right by better understanding the nature of the light-emitting gas ball that we call the sun.

    written by: Dan Maginn
    11.17.12

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