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  1. Good Clean Fun
    Outdoor

    Good Clean Fun

    Far from pandering to the whine of youth, this urban play garden fosters thoughtful interaction in a protected setting within the bustle of San Francisco.

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    photos by: Marion Brenner
    07.07.11

  2. Propellor Design's Furrow Parkade
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    Propellor Design's Furrow Parkade

    While scanning the new products at one of my favorite design retail sites, Supermarket, I found a pendant lamp that I'm now coveting. Propellor Design's Furrow Parkade light is made from laminated...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    10.27.08

  3. Nate Berkus's One Two Punch
    Books

    Nate Berkus's One Two Punch

    Nate Berkus fans will have plenty to take in this month as the designer just released a book and a Target collaboration, both in stores now. ...

    written by: Sara Carpenter
    10.24.12

  4. An Award-Winning Landscape Design in Portland
    Outdoor

    An Award-Winning Landscape Design in Portland

    Portland, Oregon–based studio Mayer/Reed won a 2013 Honor Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects for its work on Bud Clark Commons, a supportive housing project in the city's Pearl...

    written by: Diana Budds
    12.13.13

  5. Tightly Squeezed Modern Architecture
    A Great Idea

    Tightly Squeezed Modern Architecture

    When space is an issue building up is a solution few designers dare to do. Here are 7 homes that successfully solve spatial challenges of city living by expanding upwards.

    written by: Jami Smith
    11.20.13

  6. 10 Ways to Use Benches
    A Great Idea

    10 Ways to Use Benches

    "Warming the bench" takes on new meaning when used as a feature in modern homes. From patio perches to living room seats, the versatile piece of furniture is a welcome addition in the 10 residences...

    written by: Diana Budds
    09.10.13

  7. Last Chance: Lessons from Modernism
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    Last Chance: Lessons from Modernism

    Modern-minded New Yorkers have just a few more days to swing by Cooper Union’s Lessons From Modernism: Environmental Design Considerations in 20th Century Architecture, 1925-70 exhibition at the...

    written by: Sara Carpenter
    03.20.13

  8. Thread Wrapping Machine by Anton Alvarez
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    Thread Wrapping Machine by Anton Alvarez

    The Thread Wrapping Machine by Swedish-Chilean designer Anton Alvarez is a tool to join different types of material with only a glue-coated thread to bond it. No screws or nails are used to join...

    04.08.13

  9. Barbara Bestor's Colorful Modern Home in Silver Lake
    House Tours

    Barbara Bestor's Colorful Modern Home in Silver Lake

    We first documented the ten-month renovation of Los Angeles-based architect Barbara Bestor's 1950s bungalow here, but gather your things and get ready to soak in some sun rays yet again by visiting...

    written by: Eujin Rhee
    photos by: Dabito
    08.22.13

  10. 5 Great Rooms from New Dutch Apartment Huys in New York City
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    5 Great Rooms from New Dutch Apartment Huys in New York City

    Dutch designer Piet Boon's first major multi-residential project in the US arrives at 404 Park Avenue South, and Dwell has an exclusive sneak peek.

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    photos by: Paul Barbera
    07.25.13

  11. Furniture by Color: Purple
    Product Reviews

    Furniture by Color: Purple

    Because of its vibrancy, purple can be a difficult color to work into an everyday space. But whether, woven into a throw or set upon a side table, it can be a regal accent, adding richness and...

    written by: Jacqueline Leahy
    03.31.14

  12. 12 Apartment Rental Design Tips
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    12 Apartment Rental Design Tips

    Apartment residents know all too well about decorating restrictions, but interior designer Nicole Sassaman comes to the rescue, offering up twelve useful tips for sprucing up an apartment rental,...

    written by: Nicole Sassaman
    04.03.13

  13. 7 Nightstands and Bedside Tables
    A Great Idea

    7 Nightstands and Bedside Tables

    Be it a perch for an alarm clock, reading lamp, or glass of water, the nightstand is a furniture staple in the bedroom. Here we show seven options.

    written by: Diana Budds
    08.14.13

  14. Dutch Designer Focus: Hella Jongerius
    Profiles

    Dutch Designer Focus: Hella Jongerius

    In her Berlin studio, rogue Dutch designer Hella Jongerius creates colorful, covetable objects that meld the handmade and the mass-produced in surprising new ways.

    written by: Jane Szita
    photos by: Oliver Mark
    06.20.11

  15. 10 Light-Filled Kitchens
    Rooms We Love

    10 Light-Filled Kitchens

    A bright kitchen can transform a home and energize its residents as much as the day's first cup of coffee.

    written by: Jacqueline Leahy
    04.08.14

  16. The Alessi 9090
    How To

    The Alessi 9090

    Alessi—In the 1970s, Alessi invested $300,000 to develop its first cooking appliance: a stovetop espresso maker by Richard Sapper. The northern Italian family business had made stainless...

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    photos by: Alex Subrizi
    02.26.09

  17. Brooklyn Design Studio Wins Annual Times Square Heart Competition
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    Brooklyn Design Studio Wins Annual Times Square Heart Competition

    A heart-shaped network of zigzagging tubes aims to connect strangers in Times Square this Valentine's Day.

    written by: William Lamb
    01.03.14

  18. Queens
    House Tours

    Queens

    The 84-block trip south to Times Square is surprisingly speedy. But when I transfer to the 7 for the journey to Flushing–Main Street, its final stop, time slows. The train becomes elevated...

    written by: Marc Kristal
    photos by: Jake Stangel
    02.14.11

  19. Blogger Focus: Trend Forecast
    In The Modern World

    Blogger Focus: Trend Forecast

    We asked some of our favorite bloggers what they see in the near future for interiors, graphic design, travel, and more.

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    08.11.13

  20. 6 Australian Homes from the Design Files
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    6 Australian Homes from the Design Files

    Lucy Feagins has been curating stylish Australian interiors for her site, the Design Files, since 2008. We recently featured her favorite local discoveries in our September 2013 issue and...

    written by: Diana Budds
    09.16.13

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