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  1. Dwell on Design Preview: Tom Kundig Collection
    Dwell on Design

    Dwell on Design Preview: Tom Kundig Collection

    We're huge fans of architect Tom Kundig's work here at Dwell, so we'll surely be stopping by his booth—D7—at Dwell on Design this weekend. Among the hundreds of other exhibitors, from solar panels...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    06.17.13

  2. Transit Maps We Love
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    Transit Maps We Love

    Certainly you could opt for a postcard of your favorite city’s key landmarks, but that doesn’t tell you all that much about the city’s culture does it? For a graphical element...

    written by: Tim Newcomb
    06.15.12

  3. 5 Ways to Utilize Lighting as Art
    We Recommend

    5 Ways to Utilize Lighting as Art

    An inexpensive and subtle way to add a flourish to any room—make your lighting double as a design statement.

    written by: Olivia Martin
    08.17.13

  4. 9 DIY Home Automation Gadgets for 2013
    Product Reviews

    9 DIY Home Automation Gadgets for 2013

    Home automation is an incredible way to simplify the life of a homeowner. By automating all of your technologies, you can not only make your life easier, but you can save yourself a lot of money...

    written by: David Glenn
    05.30.13

  5. 101 Landscape
    Design 101

    101 Landscape

    Garden design is only a fraction of the landscaping tradition. Residential or commercial it's a balance fo aesthetics and function that makes for sucess, and we take a look into (and upon) the field.

    written by: Amber Bravo
    05.26.09

  6. 10 New and Upcoming Gadgets You'll Want in Your Kitchen
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    10 New and Upcoming Gadgets You'll Want in Your Kitchen

    The kitchen of the future just arrived a few minutes ago, and it’s brought some pretty interesting new gadgets along with it. Here’s a list of 10 new and upcoming tools for kitchen use that you won...

    written by: David Glenn
    03.06.13

  7. Measure Your Life
    Design 101

    Measure Your Life

    With less stuff, you’ll need fewer square feet to jam it into. But how small is too small?

    written by: Dan Maginn
    11.17.12

  8. Q&A with Typeface Designer Matthew Carter
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    Q&A with Typeface Designer Matthew Carter

    When Matthew Carter finished high school in England in the 1950s, he moved to the Netherlands for a year; he’s been working with typography ever since. "This was supposed to be an interlude before...

    written by: Rebecca L. Weber
    03.19.13

  9. Finding My Latent Energy Use
    A Great Idea

    Finding My Latent Energy Use

    If you're anything like me, it drives you nuts when a light is left on in a room you—nor anyone in your household—is in. How sinful is it though? I ran through my apartment with a...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    01.25.11

  10. An Unlikely Marriage
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    An Unlikely Marriage

    We can’t get enough of new design brand House of Rym, an improbable artistic combination of Tunisian craftsmanship and Swedish aesthetics. In October 2011, Tunisian entrepreneurs Rym Tounsi and...

    written by: Olivia Martin
    01.28.13

  11. Sushi chef Susumu Ueda Reviews 6 Energy-Efficient Refrigerators
    Product Reviews

    Sushi chef Susumu Ueda Reviews 6 Energy-Efficient Refrigerators

    The refrigerator in your kitchen may be humming a pricey song—to the tune of hundreds of dollars and thousands of kilowatts a year. Even a ten-year-old model uses twice the energy of a new...

    photos by: Brad Hines
    02.03.09

  12. At Ground Zero Bedrock, the 9/11 Museum Prepares for Visitors
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    At Ground Zero Bedrock, the 9/11 Museum Prepares for Visitors

    The architects and exhibition designers behind the National September 11 Memorial Museum offer a behind-the-scenes look before it opens next week.

    written by: William Lamb
    05.14.14

  13. 7 Minimalist Living Rooms
    Rooms We Love

    7 Minimalist Living Rooms

    Uncluttered and pared back to the fewest of items, these seven living rooms make minimalism shine.

    written by: Diana Budds
    12.18.13

  14. 7 Snug Fireplaces for Winter
    A Great Idea

    7 Snug Fireplaces for Winter

    Cozy up with modern fireplaces for all kinds of spaces.

    written by: Olivia Martin
    12.03.13

  15. 7 Ways to Design with Poul Henningsen
    Design 101

    7 Ways to Design with Poul Henningsen

    Danish designer Poul Henningsen had us at the Artichoke lamp, its 72 leaves bursting forth from it like fireworks. Henningsen's other lamps hang in many modern interiors around the world—we thought...

    written by: Erika Heet
    10.29.13

  16. Wendell Castle's Volumes
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    Wendell Castle's Volumes

    Published to coincide with designer, artist, and visionary Wendell Castle's 80th birthday at the end of 2012, writer Alastair Gordon's biographical monograph of Castle's work is a juicy read, full...

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    02.06.13

  17. The Golden State: 5 Great Homes in California Part Two
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    The Golden State: 5 Great Homes in California Part Two

    From a sleek Eichler-inspired prefab in Emeryville to a barnhouse-turned family home in Oakland, we highlight five more of our favorite abodes from the west coast. Click here to view our previous...

    written by: Eujin Rhee
    07.15.13

  18. Well Pruned
    --Done Right

    Well Pruned

    There is such a variety of well-executed residential landscape designs, it is difficult (and arbitrary) to cite one as being superlative. However, each of the following projects deals well with a...

    written by: Amber Bravo
    05.26.09

  19. 8 Ways to Decorate with Herman Miller Furniture
    House Tours

    8 Ways to Decorate with Herman Miller Furniture

    Herman Miller is the Michigan-based manufacturer of all things modern—along with Knoll, and a handful of other companies, one of the grandparents of American modernism.

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    10.02.13

  20. Shine On
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    Shine On

    From a witty golden keychain to a sleek, reimagined classic steel coffee pot, prepare to get distracted by these eight seriously shiny products.

    written by: Eujin Rhee
    02.07.13

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