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  1. Accessibility in the Modern Home
    House Tours

    Accessibility in the Modern Home

    A frequent query sent into Dwell Letters is about accessibility and universal design in modern houses. Here, we've gathered a few stories from past issues that show how architects and designers...

    written by: Diana Budds
    08.08.13

  2. Vinyl Sliding
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    Vinyl Sliding

    Jack White believes the best way to introduce a new generation to the allure of albums is to bring the music to them—–in the Rolling Record Store, a custom converted delivery truck. ...

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    photos by: Jo McCaughey
    09.28.11

  3. 5 Unique Home Floors
    House Tours

    5 Unique Home Floors

    Don’t overlook things underfoot; these five floors are an integral part of their homes' design.

    written by: Olivia Martin
    08.22.13

  4. 3 Tips for Mid-Century Modern Collectors
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    3 Tips for Mid-Century Modern Collectors

    One of the great pleasures of visiting the McKenzie Residence in our September 2012 story "Borrego Springs Eternal," is owner Stacey Chapman Paton's collection of mid-century furniture...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    08.20.12

  5. 6 Illuminating Reading Lamps
    Product Reviews

    6 Illuminating Reading Lamps

    If your manuscript is far from being illuminated, it’s time to drop the task at hand and find a new lamp to read by.

    written by: Shonquis Moreno
    03.18.09

  6. Pinterest Board of the Day: Modern Design for Kids
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    Pinterest Board of the Day: Modern Design for Kids

    Who says good design is just for us grown-ups? Plucked straight from the Dwell Pinterest board dedicated to modern design for kids, take a peek inside to see our top picks for the mini modernist.

    written by: Eujin Rhee
    03.25.13

  7. QuaDror Unveiled at Design Indaba
    A Great Idea

    QuaDror Unveiled at Design Indaba

    In its simplest version, QuaDror looks like a child's wooden puzzle. Dror Benshetrit aligns four L-shaped blocks, and effortlessly shifts them from a few flat planes into an elegant structure. It...

    written by: Rebecca L. Weber
    02.28.11

  8. Christien Meindertsma: Act Local
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    Christien Meindertsma: Act Local

    Since graduating from Design Academy Eindhoven in 2003, Rotterdam-based Christine Meinderstma has carved a niche for herself exploring the stories of ordinary objects. Take her book PIG (2007),...

    written by: Jane Szita
    08.02.12

  9. Frolla Armchair by Skitsch
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    Frolla Armchair by Skitsch

    Beanbag chairs are mainstays in most family rooms, dens, and children's rooms and it's no wonder since they're casual, comfortable, and easy to move. Italian design company Skitsch just launched...

    written by: Diana Budds
    07.10.12

  10. Handled With Care
    My House

    Handled With Care

    In Warsaw, Poland, a resident breathes new life into an old apartment by dismantling, then reassembling, his late grandmother's hodgepodge of wooden furniture and creates a self-contained do-it-all...

    02.06.13

  11. Young Designers on Display in Milan
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    Young Designers on Display in Milan

    It's no secret that during the annual Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan, one of our favorite stops is SaloneSatellite, the portion of the fair devoted to young designers under the age of 35...

    written by: Amanda Dameron
    09.19.13

  12. Virtuous Cycles: The Bike Design Project
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    Virtuous Cycles: The Bike Design Project

    A design competition with five teams, fives cities, and one urban utility bike for the masses.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    04.11.14

  13. And the Playhaus Winner Is...
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    And the Playhaus Winner Is...

    We joined James Hardie in the sandbox and tasked Dwellers to wow us with renderings of fantastical funhouses for the mini design enthusiasts in the making. Whether inspired by Bauhaus or Versailles...

    written by: Ralston O'Neill
    03.16.12

  14. Emerging Voices Lecture Series: graciastudio & SO – IL
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    Emerging Voices Lecture Series: graciastudio & SO – IL

    Last Thursday, the Architectural League hosted the first in a series of lectures from the recipients of the 2013 Emerging Voices program. Selected for the promise they have shown in forging unique...

    written by: Sara Carpenter
    03.12.13

  15. The Modern Renovated Home of Glee Star Jayma Mays
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    The Modern Renovated Home of Glee Star Jayma Mays

    Armed with a keen eye for design and a yen for vintage furniture shopping, Glee star Jayma Mays and actor Adam Campbell revitalize a formerly jumbled Los Angeles house.

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: Floto + Warner
    06.05.13

  16. Bogobrush: A Green and Socially Minded Toothbrush
    Product Reviews

    Bogobrush: A Green and Socially Minded Toothbrush

    Look and feel good with the Bogobrush. Beautifully designed and ecologically sound, the company will send the same high-quality brush to someone in need when purchased through their website. To...

    written by: Eujin Rhee
    07.10.13

  17. Building the Maxon House: Week 26
    Renovation

    Building the Maxon House: Week 26

    In our latest Backstory series, Seattleite Lou Maxon recounts the thrills and trials of ditching the suburbs, buying property, and designing and building a modern...

    written by: Lou Maxon
    09.07.11

  18. Fall Design Trend: Comfortable Kitchens
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    Fall Design Trend: Comfortable Kitchens

    Kitchens are the heart of the home and no one likes a cold barren heart or kitchen—especially as the air gets chilly and thoughts of family holidays approach. Our third Fall design trend (see Warm...

    written by: Megan Hamaker
    09.16.13

  19. LinePosters
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    LinePosters

    With offices in San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles, Dwell can't help but be proud of the transit advancements and accessibility in the cities where we work. Graphic designer Cayla Ferari and...

    written by: Megan Hamaker
    02.21.13

  20. A Modern Mother's Day
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    A Modern Mother's Day

    Once a year just doesn't seem like enough to honor and thank the mothers of the world, but since the official day is coming up, we thought we'd help you out with some great ideas to make this...

    written by: Megan Hamaker
    04.29.13

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