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  1. Bold Color, Small Space: The Min Loft

    Bold Color, Small Space: The Min Loft

    Craig and Jean Min, owners of LA Mill coffee boutique in Los Angeles, share their story of using a vibrant palette to enliven their temporary home—a 950-square-foot downtown loft apartment...

    07.29.09

  2. The Future of Driving

    The Future of Driving

    San Francisco–based industrial designers Mike Simonian and Maaike Evers sit down with Dwell's Editor-in-Chief, Sam Grawe, to talk about their thoughts on the future of transportation.

    10.20.09

  3. Bradford Shellhammer

    Bradford Shellhammer

    For the last installment of our series, Bold Color, Small Space, New York–based design lover and writer Bradford Shellhammer welcomes Dwell to his raucous 800-square-foot apartment, which is...

    11.17.09

  4. Beneath the Surface: Life+ Exhibit

    Beneath the Surface: Life+ Exhibit

    In this video series we explore the myriad uses of Corian®. We kicked things off with a visit to Philadelphia University, where a group of intrepid industrial design students challenged their...

    01.24.11

  5. Into the Fold

    Into the Fold

    Senior Editor Aaron Britt hits the streets of San Francisco with a colorful array of Flux chairs—foldable, origami-style perches created by Dutch designer Douwe Jacobs. Directed by Nathan Cozzolino.

    03.22.11

  6. The Bathroom Reinvented: Hyphae

    The Bathroom Reinvented: Hyphae

    Ecologist Brent Bucknum, principal of Hyphae Design Lab in Oakland, California, shares the ABC's of re-routing a home's waste water (greywater) to sustainably irrigate gardens and other green...

    07.22.09

  7. The Full Spectrum: Herman Miller

    The Full Spectrum: Herman Miller

    In the final installment of our video series on color theory, senior editor Aaron Britt heads to Zeeland, Michigan, to tour Herman Miller's headquarters and get the skinny on color and material...

    09.13.10

  8. Design Icon: Michael Graves

    Design Icon: Michael Graves

    Dwell visits renowned architect and designer Michael Graves at his home in Princeton, New Jersey, to discuss his thoughts on his career, his practice, and universal design.

    04.12.12

  9. Dieter Rams: Less but Better

    Dieter Rams: Less but Better

    We spoke one-on-one with industrial design pioneer Dieter Rams at a retrospective of his work now on view at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. In his 40 years at the German company Braun,...

    11.07.11

  10. As You Light It: Leni Schwendinger

    As You Light It: Leni Schwendinger

    In our second installment of our series on lighting design we venture to Manhattan to see "lighting urbanist" Leni Schwendinger. From the terminals of Port Authority to the brights lights of Time...

    12.03.10

  11. The Wabi House

    The Wabi House

    Go behind the scenes of the photo shoot for "The Hidden Fortress," a feature story in our September 2011 issue that covers the Wabi House, a Japanese-inspired design in Carlsbad, California, by...

    08.03.11

  12. Video: Emerging Designer: Louise Campbell

    Video: Emerging Designer: Louise Campbell

    The Danish designer Louise Campbell has animated Royal Copenhagen and other traditional brands with a playful, experimental spirit.

    02.15.09

  13. The Future of Play

    The Future of Play

    For an article on the future of playground design, appearing in the December/January 2009 "Future" issue, artists Mike Perry and Jim Stoten not only collaborated on the illustration that...

    11.30.09

  14. Universal Design: Public Restrooms

    Universal Design: Public Restrooms

    In the first video of a two-part series, New York–based firm Smart Design examines the intersection between Universal Design principles and the limitations of public bathrooms.

    01.27.10

  15. As You Light It: Roll & Hill

    As You Light It: Roll & Hill

    For our third and last installment of our series on lighting design, we trek to Brooklyn for a round table discussion about the power of illumination with the creative minds behind Roll & Hill.

    12.31.10

  16. Dwell Color Palette: Palette Three

    Dwell Color Palette: Palette Three

    Using Le Corbusier's 1931 classic, Polychromie Architecturale, as her inspiration, Dwell founder Lara Deam presents her third custom-created color palette using hues from Ralph Lauren Paint.

    10.14.09

  17. Coming Home

    Coming Home

    Famed photographer Bruce Weber branches out into the world of video with this fun-filled romp for Dedon's new outdoor collection.

    03.24.10

  18. Dwell on Design 2011

    Dwell on Design 2011

    Join us behind the scenes of Dwell on Design where 21,000 attendees gathered at the Los Angeles Convention center to discover the latest innovations in modern design.

    10.05.11

  19. Video: Emerging Designer: Jason Miller

    Video: Emerging Designer: Jason Miller

    The first subject in our emerging designers series, Jason Miller draws on threadbare bits of Americana, serving up something entirely new with a sly, subversive spin.

    02.26.09

  20. Dwell Color Palette: Palette Two

    Dwell Color Palette: Palette Two

    Rich brown meets a delicate trio of neutrals in this grouping created by Dwell founder Lara Hedberg Deam. The result is a quietly sophisticated range of hues suited for any modern interior.

    07.08.09

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