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  1. Tips and Tricks for Bringing Color Into the Kitchen
    A Great Idea

    Tips and Tricks for Bringing Color Into the Kitchen

    Whether a bold accent wall or a strip of red-hued plexiglass, a strategic infusion of color makes a kitchen pop. Here, five inspiring tips and tricks from some of Dwell's favorite kitchens.

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    08.15.13

  2. A Lakeside Prefab in New Jersey
    My House

    A Lakeside Prefab in New Jersey

    A New Zealand expat and her son use their prefabricated lakeside New Jersey retreat as an outdoorsy counterpoint to city life.

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    photos by: Mark Mahaney
    12.20.12

  3. Design Made from Recycled Books
    A Great Idea

    Design Made from Recycled Books

    On Saturday June 29, 2013, designer Brian Gennett will show his work at Chung King Studio in Los Angeles for Chinatown Design Night. "I am a designer of interiors and objects, based in Los Angeles,...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    06.27.13

  4. Life in Space: Email from the ISS
    Interviews

    Life in Space: Email from the ISS

    For our December/January 2010 The Future issue, we asked science fiction writer Bruce Sterling to pen a piece describing The Future of Space Living. In addition to taking us on a step-by-step tour...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    11.24.09

  5. Swedish Designer Focus: Monica Förster
    Profiles

    Swedish Designer Focus: Monica Förster

    Monica Förster takes a hands-on approach to furniture design. In her Stockholm studio, she whips up a flurry of tiny paper models—”3-D sketches”—that rival their full...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    photos by: Felix Odell
    04.06.11

  6. A Zero-Energy Community: Part 4
    Renovation

    A Zero-Energy Community: Part 4

    Project Manager Brad Liljequist chronicles the building of the zHome, a ten-unit townhome in Issaquah, Washington—the first multifamily zero-energy community in the United States. Part 4: A...

    written by: Brad Liljequist
    10.26.11

  7. Pallotta TeamWorks Headquaters
    Design 101

    Pallotta TeamWorks Headquaters

    Inside a 47,000-square-foot warehouse, Clive Wilkinson built a veritable campus for Pallotta TeamWorks, a national charity-events company.

    written by: Sarah Rich
    01.28.09

  8. Coop Dreams
    Outdoor

    Coop Dreams

    Switching coasts from Brooklyn to Portland gave architects Mitchell Snyder and Shelley Martin a new set of unexpected clients: three young hens.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: John Clark
    10.18.10

  9. Furniture Finds at ICFF
    Product Reviews

    Furniture Finds at ICFF

    A few of our editors were in New York this week for the 2009 International Contemporary Furniture Fair—here are a couple pieces that turned their heads. Stay tuned for updates!

    written by: Dwell Staff
    02.06.13

  10. Text Appeal
    Shops

    Text Appeal

    Will Robison and Jacob Krupnick believe that transforming basic transactions into “retail experiments” will change the rapport we have with what we buy. Subports launched in late 2009...

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    photos by: Anna Wolf
    11.24.10

  11. Joel Turkel on the Future of Prefab
    --The Future of

    Joel Turkel on the Future of Prefab

    The future of prefab is an increasingly nonarchitectural problem.

    written by: Joel Turkel
    10.03.09

  12. Roaming through Renegade
    Travel Reports

    Roaming through Renegade

    This past Sunday, I hopped aboard the 43 to check out the Renegade Craft Fair at Fort Mason. I come from a familly that sews, builds, crochets, embroiders, prints, and throws (as in pottery), but I...

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: Diana Budds
    07.12.11

  13. Drumming Up Design
    Green

    Drumming Up Design

    Brotherly love takes many forms; in the case of Rob and Eric Brill, it’s a shared passion for modernism. Rob, the younger of the two and a rock musician, recently completed the second of two live...

    written by: Frances Anderton
    photos by: Noah Webb
    01.25.09

  14. Well Thawed Out
    Green

    Well Thawed Out

    At the end of 2000, Tryggvi Thorsteinsson and Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdóttir, Icelandic natives and partners in the Santa Monica–based design firm Minarc, bought what was essentially a teardown in the...

    written by: Kathryn Harris
    photos by: Raif Seeburger
    02.01.09

  15. Building a Zero-Energy Community: Part 9
    Renovation

    Building a Zero-Energy Community: Part 9

    Project Manager Brad Liljequist chronicles the building of zHome, a ten-unit townhome in Issaquah, Washington—the first multifamily zero-energy community in the United States. Part 9:...

    written by: Brad Liljequist
    01.26.12

  16. At Home in the Zone
    Design 101

    At Home in the Zone

    Sustainability doesn’t have to mean monasticism and darkness—with this zone-by-zone guide to the domestic world you know best, going green can be both more efficient and fun.

    written by: Dan Maginn
    05.12.09

  17. Modern Cookware, Old and New
    Product

    Modern Cookware, Old and New

    One of the best parts of working at Dwell is the neverending onslaught of modern home goods we get to see, from dishtowels to doorknobs to desktop speakers. And after wrapping up September's...

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    09.07.12

  18. Magic Carpet Ride, Courtesy of Swedish Brand Oyyo
    Post

    Magic Carpet Ride, Courtesy of Swedish Brand Oyyo

    Lina Zedig and Marcus Åhrén founded their design studio Oyyo in Stockholm in late 2011. Since then, they've been ramping up for Oyyo's first collection, a series of six dhurrie rugs woven from...

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    02.13.13

  19. Hotels We Love: El Cosmico Hotel in Marfa, Texas
    Outdoor

    Hotels We Love: El Cosmico Hotel in Marfa, Texas

    Offering herbal workshops, and playing host to the Trans-Pecos festival, El Cosmico is a hotel that's engaged with the community. Guests stay close to the land, experiencing it in their teepees,...

    written by: Jacqueline Leahy
    photos by: Nick Simonite
    02.25.14

  20. Catch A Wave
    Finishing Touch

    Catch A Wave

    An undulating wall made from over 40,000 dowels adds a dose of awe to a Massachusetts loft.

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: John Horner
    01.24.13

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