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  1. Modernist Rural Getaway in Poland
    Green

    Modernist Rural Getaway in Poland

    In southwest Poland, architect Robert Konieczny, of KWK Promes, raises the roof—with sod intact—on Jacek Perkowski’s modernist rural getaway.

    written by: James Nestor
    09.13.09

  2. Houston, We've Solved a Problem
    Green

    Houston, We've Solved a Problem

    A bird flying over Houston, Texas, sees only a sprawling canopy of trees. It seems the perfect nesting place for creatures both avian and human alike; unfortunately, the green ends at the tree line...

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Jack Thompson
    01.25.09

  3. Modern Furniture Fit for a Classic Eichler
    My House

    Modern Furniture Fit for a Classic Eichler

    Seeking a modern shell for their mid-century pieces, a pair of collectors found a relatively untouched Eichler in San Rafael, California—and a built-in excuse to acquire more furniture.

    written by: Erika Heet
    photos by: Drew Kelly
    05.17.13

  4. Modern Wall Clocks
    Post

    Modern Wall Clocks

    We’ve started a new year and entered a new era of strained economics, so now more than ever is the time to be on top of things—which got me thinking recently about modern wall clocks.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    01.19.09

  5. Pleats-Pleats Sofa
    Post

    Pleats-Pleats Sofa

    In accordance with the old saying, March has come in like a lion from coast to coast. If we're lucky, by the end of the month, we'll be ready for lawn chairs and lemonade (or at least some spring...

    written by: Laure Joliet
    03.03.09

  6. Q&A With Faythe Levine
    Profiles

    Q&A With Faythe Levine

    After a sold-out, standing-room only viewing of the new Handmade Nation movie in San Francisco, I got in touch with director Faythe Levine (author of a book by the same name) to discuss the...

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    04.14.09

  7. Cardenio Petrucci on Kitchens of the Future
    --The Future of

    Cardenio Petrucci on Kitchens of the Future

    Cardenio Petrucci has seen the kitchen assume increasing prominence, to the point where it’s akin to a piece of fine furniture.  

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    04.16.09

  8. Piet Hein Eek
    Profiles

    Piet Hein Eek

    Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek is best known for his intricately composed scrap wood furniture—each piece a one-of-a-kind creation that merges artisan handcraft with skilled design processes....

    written by: Sam Grawe
    04.30.09

  9. The High Line Opens
    Post

    The High Line Opens

    Amidst much anticipated celebration, the High Line on the west side of Manhattan has finally opened. A formerly-abandoned 1930s elevated rail structure, the High Line has been transformed over the...

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    06.09.09

  10. coolcapitals Competition
    Dwell on Design

    coolcapitals Competition

    Over the course of Dwell on Design this weekend, a series of graphic design competitions are being staged on the exhibition floor.  Come by the Design Technology Zone to participate or watch...

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    06.28.09

  11. Reburbia Design Competition
    Post

    Reburbia Design Competition

    With the current housing crisis, the sub-prime mortgage meltdown, and rising energy costs, the future of suburbia looks bleak. That's why Dwell and Inhabitat are throwing down the gauntlet: Help us...

    written by: Amanda Dameron
    07.08.09

  12. Fascinating Risom
    Profiles

    Fascinating Risom

    Jens Risom is enjoying his place in the canon of mid-century furniture designers while also distinguishing himself as a great contemporary designer. At 93, he shows no sign of putting down the...

    written by: Amber Bravo
    08.04.09

  13. The New Old Commodore Hotel
    Hotels

    The New Old Commodore Hotel

    The Commodore Hotel in Astoria, Oregon (population 10,000) is not exactly conveniently located, tucked away near the ocean's edge at the mouth of the Columbia River. But the mysterious tale of the...

    written by: Charlotte West
    08.17.09

  14. Run by the Sun
    Green

    Run by the Sun

    In Holland, being green is not a choice, it's a governmentally enforced obligation. Architects Han van Zweiten and Gregory Kiss's project makes a case for obeying the law.  

    written by: Amara Holstein
    11.09.09

  15. Heading to Mexico City
    Travel Reports

    Heading to Mexico City

    I'm headed to Mexico City tomorrow—I've never been—and I wanted to reach out to the Dwell community to get an inside track on what I should see and where I should go. At...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    11.17.10

  16. Craig Newick's Chanukah Houses
    House Tours

    Craig Newick's Chanukah Houses

    Earlier today architect Craig Newick sent me a note with a little one-off Chanukah project he did for his wife and I couldn't resist sharing it. He made a menorah of houses, eight small models...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    12.08.10

  17. Code Natural Kitchen by Snaidero
    Food

    Code Natural Kitchen by Snaidero

    Kitchen systems are a lot like prefab housing: they're designed to be modular but they're endlessly customizable—not that that's a bad thing. The advantage of choosing a kitchen system or a...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    12.23.10

  18. SF Creative Mornings Kicks Off
    Event Spotlight

    SF Creative Mornings Kicks Off

    Friday morning in San Francisco saw not only torrential rain and spots of hail but the kick off of its own monthly CreativeMornings chapter. Dubbed a "free breakfast lecture series, for...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    02.28.11

  19. Building the Maxon House: Week 16
    Renovation

    Building the Maxon House: Week 16

    In our latest Backstory series, Seattleite Lou Maxon recounts the thrills and trials of ditching the suburbs, buying property, and designing and building a modern house with...

    written by: Lou Maxon
    06.15.11

  20. Refurbishing A Lane Coffee Table
    Renovation

    Refurbishing A Lane Coffee Table

    I purchased this table months ago from a thrift store in Chicago. It was a mistake. As you can see from the before photo, it's more of a project than it is a table. And I swore to myself I would ...

    written by: Katherine Raz
    09.23.11

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