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  1. Dwell's Innovate It! Winners Announced
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    Dwell's Innovate It! Winners Announced

    Phase II of Dwell's Innovate it! design competition has ended. Many Innovators from the Dwell community answered the call and submitted their redesigns for the three problem objects we chose...

    written by: Keven Matsuzaka
    06.17.09

  2. Yves Behar in Conversation
    Dwell on Design

    Yves Behar in Conversation

    Among other great sessions at Dwell on Design, we're looking forward to a conversation with designer extraordinaire, Yves Behar. Known for numerous wildly successful products, from the first $100...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    06.17.09

  3. Made for the Shade
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    Made for the Shade

    The rusted red corrugated-steel canopy that covers Jim Austin’s home at Rimrock Ranch is visually striking in its desert surroundings

    written by: Nate Berg
    06.17.09

  4. Windproofing
    Green

    Windproofing

    To keep the shade structure from taking flight during high winds, engineers had to make sure the supporting foundation was strong enough to withstand a 100-year windstorm.

    written by: Nate Berg
    06.17.09

  5. Dunkin' Danish
    Outdoor

    Dunkin' Danish

    The thought of stripping down for a communal skinny dip in a salty strait might make Americans a bit squeamish, but in Denmark, it’s the stuff that can save a city.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    06.17.09

  6. Buffalo Basics at 153 Eaton Street
    Profiles

    Buffalo Basics at 153 Eaton Street

    It may be hard to believe, but Buffalo, New York, was once a pinnacle of high-tech innovation, even dubbed the City of Light for being one of the first electrified towns in America. But today, with...

    written by: Dwell Staff
    06.17.09

  7. Operation Desert Shed
    Green

    Operation Desert Shed

    Architect Lloyd Russell’s design for this desert getaway passively mitigates the elements with a utilitarian solution, turning a modest modern retreat into a hardy, region-appropriate home.

    written by: Nate Berg
    06.17.09

  8. Wonderwall Inc.
    Interviews

    Wonderwall Inc.

    At the opposite end of the spectrum from North American big-box stores are the conceptually driven and exquisitely realized retail designs of Masamichi Katayama.

    06.17.09

  9. Preview: Design and the Media
    Dwell on Design

    Preview: Design and the Media

    Want to see your work in print—or pixels? It's all in the pitch. The Design and the Media panel at Dwell on Design, taking place on Friday June 26, will look at what it takes to craft an idea...

    written by: Alissa Walker
    06.17.09

  10. The Office for Lost Objects
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    The Office for Lost Objects

    A couple of months ago when I judged a furniture competition sponsored by Design Within Reach, I was lured by a chair design from a young studio out of Madison, Wisconsin, called The Office for...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    06.16.09

  11. 5 Modern Home Ice Cream Makers
    Product Reviews

    5 Modern Home Ice Cream Makers

    For homemade ice cream! Whether you favor Kumquat-Poppy Seed or plain Vanilla, a home ice-cream maker lets you effortlessly craft a scoop that's made to order.

    written by: Sarah Rich
    photos by: Laurie Frankel
    06.16.09

  12. Chatting with Mick Hodgson
    Dwell on Design

    Chatting with Mick Hodgson

    I met graphic designer Mick Hodgson of Santa Monica design office Ph.D at a party in San Francisco some months back. He's a dapper Brit with an easy way about him, and I’m quite excited to...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    06.16.09

  13. San Francisco Design Week
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    San Francisco Design Week

    San Francisco is a hotbed for design, spanning the disciplines of art, architecture, graphic design, illustration, and more. Today, the AIGA San Francisco kicks off San Francisco Design Week with a...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    06.15.09

  14. Steel and Magnolias
    Green

    Steel and Magnolias

    What sort of house might a man with the title “recycling coordinator” live in?

    written by: Andrew Yang
    photos by: Chad Holder
    06.14.09

  15. Kogod Courtyard at the Smithsonian
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    Kogod Courtyard at the Smithsonian

    The Smithsonian's Kogod Courtyard, built in 2007 as a modern complement to the nineteenth-century museum's Greek Revival–style architecture, is an oasis in downtown Washington, DC.

    written by: Rachael Grad
    06.13.09

  16. Keiko Shinomoto at DOD
    Dwell on Design

    Keiko Shinomoto at DOD

    With Dwell on Design just two weeks away, I've been keeping busy keeping in touch with panelists. I'm excited that Keiko Shinomoto, co-owner of Tortoise and Tortoise General Store, will be joining...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    06.13.09

  17. Friday Finds 6.12.09
    Week in Review

    Friday Finds 6.12.09

    Would a car-free suburb foster carefree living? This week's picks from around the Web look at a planned community in California that aims to ditch driving, a skate park in Uganda, a backwoods...

    06.12.09

  18. George Nelson Criss Cross Bubble Lamps
    Product of the Day

    George Nelson Criss Cross Bubble Lamps

    I like my pendant lamps grouped together or in a bundle, which is why I'm excited about the recent reissue of a trio of George Nelson's Criss Cross Bubble Lamps by Los Angeles-based modern...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    06.10.09

  19. Dwell's Sweetest Contest Ever
    Dwell on Design

    Dwell's Sweetest Contest Ever

    Hey Dwell readers: Remember Coolhaus? They're the new architect-owned ice cream truck that's been driving around LA from sweet tooth to sweet tooth delivering ice cream sandwiches named after...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    06.10.09

  20. Foodjects: Design and Cuisine in Spain
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    Foodjects: Design and Cuisine in Spain

    The Spain-USA Foundation is organizing cultural events in Washington, DC all summer. The latest is "FOODJECTS: Design and the new Cuisine in Spain," an exhibition of over 100 kitchen...

    written by: Rachael Grad
    06.10.09

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