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  1. 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

  2. Young Guns 2014
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    Young Guns 2014

    Our 2014 class of rising talent includes designers from Bulgaria, South Korea, Portugal, and beyond. This year's installment shows that global design is more accessible than ever before, thanks to...

    written by: Dwell Staff
    04.17.14

  3. Young Designers
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    Young Designers

    Branching out and doing your own thing is a brave and bold move at any time and any age. That said, the 21 visionaries we profile here—–designers 
of interiors, graphics, architecture,...

    written by: Dwell Staff
    12.15.10

  4. Words You Should Know: Building Codes
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    Words You Should Know: Building Codes

    Arm yourself with the vocabulary needed to navigate the world of building codes.

    written by: Dan Maginn
    09.29.11

  5. Words You Should Know for Restaurants
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    Words You Should Know for Restaurants

    Listed below are some useful words for the experienced diner.

    written by: Bethan Ryder
    07.19.11

  6. Words You Should Know
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    Words You Should Know

    Bid: How much the contractor will charge to build the house. Different than “estimate.” (“Bid” is to “estimate” as “getting wife flowers” is to ...

    written by: Dan Maginn
    01.25.10

  7. 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

  8. Why Is Joe Frowning?
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    Why Is Joe Frowning?

    So you’ve brought home a bumbling new contractor who’ll turn your Ritz into a wreck. How to avoid it? Read on.

    written by: Dan Maginn
    01.25.10

  9. Why Is Jane Smiling?
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    Why Is Jane Smiling?

    So you’ve brought home an ebullient new contractor to turn your wreck into the Ritz. How to do it? Read on.

    written by: Dan Maginn
    01.25.10

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. Vitra
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    Vitra

    The conventional version of the
open-plan office is now regarded as a failure.

    written by: Jürgen Dürrbaum
    01.28.09

  13. Visible Touch
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    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

  14. Universal Design: Sense and Sensibility
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    Universal Design: Sense and Sensibility

    The CD player that Naoto Fukasawa designed for the Japanese manufacturer Muji is as simple as it looks and about as simple as it gets. It’s a square box, mounted on the wall, reminiscent of a...

    02.09.10

  15. Un'Introduzione al Disegno Italiano
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    Un'Introduzione al Disegno Italiano

    From Marble to mobili, Italy has been a, if not the, design mecca for the last century. Here's why.

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    06.15.11

  16. Tools of the Trade
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    Tools of the Trade

    Design-build practices invest considerable time in setting up shop and tremendous capital in tools. Three basic categories of shop work dominate almost every project: cutting, assembly, and...

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    02.27.09

  17. 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

  18. The Ungreening of America
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    The Ungreening of America

    We asked Charles Birnbaum to point us to five unique landscapes that we can still take a peek at. He explains: “I’ve chosen places that are either at risk or lesser known. They don’t resemble...

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    02.27.09

  19. The People's Park
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    The People's Park

    An amorphous profession, landscape architecture embraces everything from civic plazas, highways, and landfill reclamations to the front lawn. Here we profile two practitioners, Walter Hood and...

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    02.27.09

  20. The Farm Project
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    The Farm Project

    For the Farm Project, Mike Meiré abandoned the idea of the hyper-designed kitchen in favor of one where life—of all manners—happens.

    01.30.09

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