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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 7 Nightstands and Bedside Tables
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    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

  9. Dutch Designer Focus: Hella Jongerius
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    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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. Queens
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    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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. Sitting Pretty
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    Sitting Pretty

    These 6 seats are as aesthetically pleasing as they are well-designed.

    written by: Ivane Soyombo
    02.13.13

  17. Trend Spotting: Bare Bulbs
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    Trend Spotting: Bare Bulbs

    Lately we've noticed a resurgent love affair with the lightbulb. Whether it's unique shades acting as a glowing showcase or the bare bulbs themselves, we dig this look. Here, we've pulled together...

    written by: Megan Hamaker
    03.28.13

  18. Open Studios at City Modern
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    Open Studios at City Modern

    Thirteen Brooklyn design studios—with locations ranging from Red Hook to the Navy Yard to Bushwick, and practices varying from furniture design to brand consulting to woodworking—opened...

    written by: Emily Nonko
    10.03.12

  19. Optical Illusions in Product Design
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    Optical Illusions in Product Design

    Visual illusions in design can bring a bit of magic to your modern space. From floating lamps to two-legged tables, we've gathered a few products to deceive your eyes and heighten your curiosity.

    written by: Kate Santos
    11.11.13

  20. DIY Black Chalkboard Pegboard by Margaret Oomen
    Finishing Touch

    DIY Black Chalkboard Pegboard by Margaret Oomen

    Sometimes the pursuit of a simple accessory can result in a surprising upshot. Margaret Oomen was well into the process of reappropriating a portion of her dining room for use as a creative studio,...

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    photos by: Lorne Bridgman
    03.14.11

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