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  1. Red Accents For the Modern Home
    A Great Idea

    Red Accents For the Modern Home

    From a scarlet hanging light fixture to a crimson vintage Moroccan rag rug, we take another glance at nine modern residences that incorporate the brilliant color into their home. For more colorful...

    written by: Jami Smith
    02.03.14

  2. Mason Jar French Press
    Product Reviews

    Mason Jar French Press

    Portland, Oregon, has long been famous for its DIY culture and fussy foodies. Bucket, a Portland-based design firm founded by Bryan Kappa and Rob Story, has found the perfect synthesis of Stumptown...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    05.20.13

  3. A Colorful, Custom-Built Guesthouse in London
    House Tours

    A Colorful, Custom-Built Guesthouse in London

    Thanks to designers Nina Tolstrup and Jack Mama, an aging workshop in London’s once-gritty Bethnal Green is reborn as a colorful, custom-built guesthouse.

    written by: Iain Aitch
    photos by: Ben Anders
    11.05.12

  4. 7 Towers We Love
    Houses We Love

    7 Towers We Love

    Modernism scales to new heights with these structures, all of which found unique ways to touch the sky.

    written by: Jacqueline Leahy
    04.11.14

  5. Color Story: Orange
    Houses We Love

    Color Story: Orange

    The fact that no other word in the English language rhymes with orange also extends to the color's unrivaled ability to up the ante of any home. Here, Dwell's favorite homes featuring orange hues...

    10.12.12

  6. 10 Design Tumblrs We Love
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    10 Design Tumblrs We Love

    Spend blissful hours recharging your creative battery with these ten Tumblrs we've put together to make you feel inspired, keep you up-to-date, and occasionally say...WTF.

    written by: Olivia Martin
    12.14.12

  7. Structural Panels
    Design 101

    Structural Panels

    Bees have always been admired for their industrious nature and intricate honeycomb architecture; Charles Darwin called the honeycomb “absolutely perfect” as a feat of engineering, symmetry, and...

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Hunter Freeman
    01.31.09

  8. Imaginary Artist Houses (And Their Dwell Counterparts)
    We Recommend

    Imaginary Artist Houses (And Their Dwell Counterparts)

    Federico Babina's Archist City imagines what artist's own houses might look like—and while the resulting architecture is only imaginary, we've rounded up a few Dwell homes that fit the bill.

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    03.21.14

  9. Designer Spotlight: Vera & Kyte
    Profiles

    Designer Spotlight: Vera & Kyte

    Two young Norwegian designers combine Scandinavian tradition with postmodern playfulness.

    written by: Dora Sapunar
    04.12.14

  10. To Be or Not to Be... Licensed
    Design 101

    To Be or Not to Be... Licensed

    In the United States, it’s illegal to call yourself an architect unless you have been licensed by a state—a process requiring a degree in architecture, years of apprenticeship, and a...

    written by: Hope Reeves
    05.27.09

  11. Music By Design
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    Music By Design

    Last night the Red Bull Music Academy opened the doors of their new home in New York to a diverse crowd ranging from skateboard toting music lovers to architect Steven Holl. As if the allure of 38...

    written by: Sara Carpenter
    05.14.13

  12. Events this Weekend: 1.14-17
    Week in Review

    Events this Weekend: 1.14-17

    This long weekend sees two exhibition openings and two closings worth checking out: a look at Iannis Xenakis's work and the changing understanding of "landscape" in New York, Daniel...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    01.14.10

  13. 7 Vintage Design Picks from Etsy
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    7 Vintage Design Picks from Etsy

    While trawling Etsy for to find some vintage collectibles, these items stood out for their affordability and good looks. So in the event that you can't scour through flea markets and antique stores...

    written by: Diana Budds
    08.19.12

  14. Design Icon: Walter Gropius
    Profiles

    Design Icon: Walter Gropius

    Alongside Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright, German architect Walter Gropius was a foundational figure in modern architecture design. Best-known as the founder of the German art school...

    written by: Jacqueline Leahy
    04.19.14

  15. Dwell Green Gift Guide: Part Two
    Product

    Dwell Green Gift Guide: Part Two

    From a geometric container-housed candle to portable planters, take a look at the next accompaniment to yesterday's offering of green design-minded gifts.

    04.24.13

  16. Landscapes of Quarantine
    Event Spotlight

    Landscapes of Quarantine

    In the fall and winter of 2009/2010, Future Plural (the combined forces for former Dwell senior editor and BLDGBLOG author Geoff Manaugh and Edible Geography author Nicola Twilley) held a...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    03.17.10

  17. Lumen on the Horizon
    --The Future of

    Lumen on the Horizon

    There’s a light at the end of the tunnel; this trio of design luminaries tells us precisely how it will work.

    written by: Patrick Di Justo
    08.26.10

  18. Future Classics, Circa 2050?
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    Future Classics, Circa 2050?

    It's something every designer, design writer, and design collector wonders constantly: Will this piece of furniture I made/ hailed in print/ bought still be in vogue in ten (or fifty) years' time?...

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    09.02.12

  19. Kirei Instead of Wood?
    Product

    Kirei Instead of Wood?

    Among the ever-expanding sea of wood alternatives, Kirei -- the Japanese character signifying 'beautiful' or 'clean' -- makes some unique materials that can replace your typical (and potentially ...

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    09.28.09

  20. Mold It, Cast It
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    Mold It, Cast It

    From the first copper frog cast in Mesopotamia, molding and casting has progressed a long way in the realm of architecture and design since 3200 BC. Here's a roundup of some of our favorite recent...

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    04.27.10

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