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  1. Contain Clutter with These Modern Wall Hooks
    Product Reviews

    Contain Clutter with These Modern Wall Hooks

    Picture your garment-strewn home, with coats tossed over the sofa’s arm, scarves slung over side chairs, and handbags hidden who-knows-where. Consider the aesthetic anguish and the daily...

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    photos by: Justin Fantl
    03.03.11

  2. Modern Cutlery
    Product Reviews

    Modern Cutlery

    The meal itself may be the main event, but your tender victuals aren't much of an attraction without a means to make their way from plate to mouth. Utensils that sit in your hand just so will turn...

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    photos by: Peter Belanger
    01.30.11

  3. Wooden Home Blends in with Maine Landscape
    Houses We Love

    Wooden Home Blends in with Maine Landscape

    In coastal New England, an artist turns a wooded property into a haven for creating and living.

    written by: Justin Ellis
    photos by: Trent Bell
    07.15.14

  4. 13 Modern Salt and Pepper Shakers
    Product Reviews

    13 Modern Salt and Pepper Shakers

    Dear Dwell: I've been looking for modern salt-and-pepper shakers, but all I've found are tchotchkes and diner-style pillars. What do you recommend? —Cheryl LeGasse, San Francisco, Calif...

    photos by: Dwight Eschliman
    01.25.09

  5. How Green Construction is Significantly Cutting Emissions
    Green

    How Green Construction is Significantly Cutting Emissions

    Edward Mazria of Architecture 2030 talks to Dwell about the success (and upcoming explosion) of green construction.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    07.10.14

  6. Modern Home Joins a Storied Site on the Pacific Ocean
    House Tours

    Modern Home Joins a Storied Site on the Pacific Ocean

    A new home at Sea Ranch, a half-century-old enclave of rugged modernist houses on the Northern California coast, captures the spirit of its surroundings.

    written by: Fred A. Bernstein
    photos by: Mark Mahaney
    07.08.14

  7. Products and Furniture at Dwell on Design
    Product

    Products and Furniture at Dwell on Design

    Onstage and on the show floor at Dwell on Design, held in Los Angeles June 20-22, talented designers will display and discuss their latest furniture and product offerings. Upstart designers will...

    written by: Sarah Amandolare
    05.27.14

  8. The Design Community that Defines New York City
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    The Design Community that Defines New York City

    A biennial at New York's MAD Museum, open through October 12, 2014, explores the rich design community of New York City—a group whose creations set the tone of the ever-shifting city. "It’s...

    written by: Allie Weiss
    07.24.14

  9. Dan Formosa of Smart Design
    Dwell on Design

    Dan Formosa of Smart Design

    Dwell on Design speaker Dan Formosa is accustomed to swimming against the current. When he co-founded the consulting firm Smart Design nearly 35 years ago, design was typically an afterthought, and...

    06.21.13

  10. Streamline Your Home Office with These Products
    Product Reviews

    Streamline Your Home Office with These Products

    Now that handheld screens have replaced messy stacks of paper, the new home office can be a minimalist cocoon of productivity and inspiration.

    written by: Alexander George
    07.10.14

  11. Elegant Milan Home of Designer Gae Aulenti
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    Elegant Milan Home of Designer Gae Aulenti

    Designer-architect Gae Aulenti lived in Milan until her death in 2012 at age 84. Photographer Leslie Williamson got an exclusive peek at Aulenti’s furniture-stuffed flat for her new book, Modern...

    written by: Leslie Williamson
    06.10.14

  12. Playful Artist-Designed Notebooks
    Product

    Playful Artist-Designed Notebooks

    Plumb is a new line of notebooks designed and illustrated by contemporary artists. For the fall 2014 collection, artists Jason Polan, Nathaniel Russell, and Linda Geary created eclectic journals...

    07.22.14

  13. Instant Building Inspiration Around the World
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    Instant Building Inspiration Around the World

    The World Architecture Festival, taking place October 1-3, 2014, in Singapore, recently announced the shortlist for its awards program. Click through the slideshow for 10 of the most inspiring...

    written by: Allie Weiss
    07.29.14

  14. Bright Modern Laundry Room We'd Actually Like to Spend Time In
    Rooms We Love

    Bright Modern Laundry Room We'd Actually Like to Spend Time In

    Often, we cleanse our duds in a wasteland of half-forgotten detergent bottles and dryer-sheet-detritus. But one creative couple in Boston’s South End have reimagined their laundry room as a sanctuary.

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    photos by: Eric Roth
    07.29.14

  15. Tree House Retreat Made of Repurposed Materials
    Green

    Tree House Retreat Made of Repurposed Materials

    An artist crafts a sustainable tree house in the Puerto Rican tropics as an inventive take on the exhibition space.

    written by: Rob Colvin
    07.30.14

  16. Design Icon: 9 Buildings by Louis Kahn
    Profiles

    Design Icon: 9 Buildings by Louis Kahn

    In crafting classic forms with presence and weight, this American architect recalled a more monumental era.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    07.16.14

  17. Colorful Textiles We Love for Floors or Tables
    Product

    Colorful Textiles We Love for Floors or Tables

    When it comes to versatile textiles, designer Sandy Chilewich's eponymous studio creates innovative products for both domestic and industrial settings. Originally introduced to the international...

    written by: Marianne Colahan
    07.29.14

  18. Sneak Peek: New Whitney Museum Building Designed by Renzo Piano
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    Sneak Peek: New Whitney Museum Building Designed by Renzo Piano

    For our third #ModernMonday Twitter chat with DesignMilk, the Whitney Museum of Art's new building project manager, Bill Maloney, joined us to talk about the museum's new structure in New York City...

    written by: Allie Weiss
    07.31.14

  19. Smart Kitchen Scale Is The New Food Journal
    Product Reviews

    Smart Kitchen Scale Is The New Food Journal

    If the glut of fitness trackers available on the market is any indication, measurements and numbers motivate people. That fact works well for activity and movement, which can be easily monitored...

    written by: Alexander George
    07.22.14

  20. 5 Modern Ceiling Fans
    Product

    5 Modern Ceiling Fans

    Founded in 1997 by industrial designer Ron Rezek, Modern Fan Company designs and manufactures ceiling fans for modern interiors. Fans are available with or without lights, and are ideal for high...

    written by: Marianne Colahan
    07.31.14

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