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  1. A Note on Our Expert

    A Note on Our Expert: Susumu Ueda

    Executive chef Susumu Ueda was born in the United States and raised in Japan and has lived everywhere from Belgrade to Athens.

    01.01.09

  2. Thibault’s Follies
    Outdoor

    Thibault’s Follies

    Quebec City architect Pierre Thibault has designed three Habitats Légers, or Light Habitats­—small structures installed in the landscape and meant as creative retreats. The first...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    02.04.09

  3. A Note on Our Expert

    A Note on Our Expert: Steve Reczkowski

    Steve Reczkowski has been a fine-art photographer for 15 years and finds working in a photo lab a most convenient occupation for supporting himself and his art.

    01.01.09

  4. A Note on Our Expert

    A Note on Our Expert: Tony Espinoza

    Tony Espinoza is the man behind San Francisco Soundworks, a full-service multiroom recording studio that’s putting the city back on the map as one of the top places to hit the charts.

    01.01.09

  5. Ich Bin Ein Mulcher
    Outdoor

    Ich Bin Ein Mulcher

    When, at cocktail parties, the conversation turns from the fleeting news of the day to the subject of sublime beauty, Dan Maginn often find himself smiling, for soon, he will speak of mulch.

    written by: Dan Maginn
    02.04.09

  6. Rest Easy: 3 Eco-friendly Mattresses
    Product Reviews

    Rest Easy: 3 Eco-friendly Mattresses

    As the ill effects of many a mattress become crystal-clear, never before has the saying “You snooze, you lose” held more weight. Thankfully, there are some great options out there that...

    written by: Shonquis Moreno
    photos by: Dean Kaufman
    02.04.09

  7. A Note on Our Expert

    A Note on Our Expert: Arshad Chowdury

    Arshad Chowdhury is the cofounder of MetroNaps, the first company to provide midday napping facilities in the form of handsome fiberglass pods (shown opposite).

    01.01.09

  8. A Note on Our Expert

    A Note on Our Expert: Peter Stathis

    Peter Stathis is the principal of a leading collaborative design venture, Virtual Studio, which specializes in consumer products, and has worked with Arstecnica, KnollStudio, Nambé, and OXO.

    01.01.09

  9. A Note on Our Expert

    A Note on Our Expert: Daniel Patterson

    Daniel Patterson is the owner and executive chef of Coi Restaurant in San Francisco. Coi, which means “tranquil” in archaic French, is just that: a quiet refuge amid the flamboyant flash of strip...

    01.01.09

  10. 101 Prefab
    Design 101

    101 Prefab

    Everything you wanted to know about prefab but were afraid to ask! We've tapped the brain behind popular web resource FabPreFab to explain the birds and bees of manufactured housing.

    written by: Michael Sylvester
    04.16.09

  11. 101 Architectural Movements
    Design 101

    101 Architectural Movements

    Which comes first, the movement or the manifesto? From Arts and Crafts to eco-design, a 7-step guide to design movements.

    written by: Barry Katz
    02.22.09

  12. 101: Kitchens
    Design 101

    101: Kitchens

    From IKEA-mania and back to the farm, we wonder if the perfect kitchen might be an oxymoron.

    written by: Sam Grawe
    02.22.09

  13. 101 Home Buying / Selling
    Design 101

    101 Home Buying / Selling

    You—yes, YOU—can buy (or sell) your own home. Here's how.

    written by: Heather Wagner
    02.22.09

  14. Rebuilt This CIty!
    Profiles

    Rebuilt This CIty!

    The tiny staff at the San Francisco affiliate of Rebuilding Together coordinates and works on the rehabilitation of more than 20 homes and roughly the same number of nonprofit facilities on one...

    written by: Christopher Bright
    02.25.09

  15. Tree's Company
    Profiles

    Tree's Company

    Greening Los Angeles has long been Andy Lipkis’s dream. Greening his nonprofit’s Hollywood Hills campus is now a reality.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    02.25.09

  16. Sample's Example
    Profiles

    Sample's Example

    “I’ve had my share of so-called glamorous architecture and I found it more boring than this. You can only do so much to an office building. Here, no matter how tedious the job is from a...

    04.01.09

  17. Pooling Our Resources
    Profiles

    Pooling Our Resources

    After disappearing almost 70 years ago, the New York floating pool is making a comeback.

    written by: Tim McKeough
    02.25.09

  18. From Commune to Commonplace
    Profiles

    From Commune to Commonplace

    Tired of carting supplies back and forth from Ukiah to the commune where he lived in Northern California, John Schaeffer decided to start selling environmentally friendly wares himself.

    written by: Christopher Bright
    photos by: Gabriela Hasbun
    02.25.09

  19. 101 Being Green
    Design 101

    101 Being Green

    Even for sustainability's greatest proponents, going green isn't necessarily a walk in the park. Dwell explores what it takes to be truly environmental.

    written by: James Nestor
    02.25.10

  20. Public Defender
    Profiles

    Public Defender

    Zoe Ryan has written art and design articles and books, helped curate shows at the MoMA and the Victoria and Albert Museum, and, most spectacularly, brought new life to the Van Alen Institute, New...

    written by: Shonquis Moreno
    photos by: Adam Friedberg
    02.25.09

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