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  1. Before You Renovate
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    Before You Renovate

    Finding the perfect home sometimes means creating it. Renovation can require as much effort in the planning as in the execution so you’ll need some patience—and you should arm yourself...

    written by: Shonquis Moreno
    10.03.09

  2. Modern Love
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    Modern Love

    Single mod-loving gal seeks North Jersey split-level for a match made in Hoboken.

    written by: Dave Weinstein
    09.23.09

  3. 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

  4. That's So 04
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    That's So 04

    When it comes to creating a sense of community, cozying up to your neighbor proves that density rules.

    written by: Dave Weinstein
    09.23.09

  5. Lowering the Bar
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    Lowering the Bar

    A modernist facade can't keep some developments from suffering from that very American malady: sprawl.

    written by: Dave Weinstein
    09.23.09

  6. Like a Rock
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    Like a Rock

    When it comes to great product design, the material is often the message. Matuse’s wetsuits prove why.

    written by: James Nestor
    08.12.09

  7. Best Buy
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    Best Buy

    Good design isn’t inextricably wed to a high price tag. These classic designs run the gamut of types and prices. 

    written by: James Nestor
    08.12.09

  8. Buyer Beware
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    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

  9. An Introduction to Product Design
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    An Introduction to Product Design

    Last night I went to a corner liquor store to buy some toothpaste. While the beer and candy aisles of the store were heavily trafficked, the back “household goods” section was not. And...

    written by: James Nestor
    08.12.09

  10. 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

  11. Books You Should Read
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    Books You Should Read

    The Champ Phaidon Design Classics: 001–999. Phaidon Press, 2006 This quintessential collection of 999 product designs in three thigh-numbing volumes explores product design from the late 16...

    written by: James Nestor
    08.12.09

  12. Words You Should Know
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    Words You Should Know

    Charrette: An intense period of design activity in which a group collaborates to work out a solution to a specific design problem. It’s like a workshop, but sounds either more important or...

    written by: James Nestor
    08.12.09

  13. 101 Product Design
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    101 Product Design

    We’re surrounded by legions of products, most of them unremittingly lousy. What separates the good from the bad from the ugly? Take out your well-designed pencils for Product Design 101.

    written by: James Nestor
    08.11.09

  14. 101 Home Cooking
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    101 Home Cooking

    How did such a simple act become so complex? Dwell analyzes how to cut, cook, and enjoy your food - and the plate it;s served on.

    written by: Sam Grawe
    photos by: Robert Schlatter
    05.28.09

  15. Yummy Interiors
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    Yummy Interiors

    These designers believe that dining out definitely shouldn’t make you feel like you’re staying in.

    written by: Ken Scrudato
    photos by: Robert Schlatter
    05.28.09

  16. A Square Meal
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    A Square Meal

    So many recipes leave so much to chance, and that is why I love the waffle iron.

    written by: Sam Grawe
    photos by: Robert Schlatter
    05.28.09

  17. 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

  18. Iron Chef
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    Iron Chef

    The entire town of Solomonville, Arizona, heard their bickering, even through the thick walls of their adobe house, and they say that when my great-grandfather left my great-grandmother and lit out...

    written by: Susan Guerrero
    photos by: Robert Schlatter
    05.28.09

  19. Coffee Talk
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    Coffee Talk

    I love coffee. It’s coffee shops I have a problem with. Whenever someone suggests we “grab coffee and catch up,” I instinctively shudder and suggest instead a nice cocktail or...

    written by: Heather Bradley
    photos by: Robert Schlatter
    05.28.09

  20. 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

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