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  1. Low-Cost, Balloon-Formed Housing Concept for Developing Countries
    Superstructure

    Low-Cost, Balloon-Formed Housing Concept for Developing Countries

    Not many architects can say that their father invented a new way of building. Nicoló Bini, however, is adapting his dad’s 1960s air-formed Binishell concept for a new generation.

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    07.14.14

  2. Elevated 606 Park Will Transform Chicago
    Green

    Elevated 606 Park Will Transform Chicago

    A decade in the making, an unused 2.7-mile rail line is set to become Chicago's great new park.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    09.18.14

  3. 4 Fireplaces from Spark Modern Fires
    We Recommend

    4 Fireplaces from Spark Modern Fires

    There's something undeniably appealing and entrancing about the flicker of a fireplace. Whether on a roof deck or in a patio, in a cozy bedroom or expansive living area, we say flame on by...

    written by: Diana Budds
    10.06.14

  4. Restaurants and Bars by Brooklyn Studio hOmE
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    Restaurants and Bars by Brooklyn Studio hOmE

    Brooklyn design studio hOmE, run by brothers Evan and Oliver Haslegrave, is the duo behind a number of beloved restaurants, bars, and retail spaces in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Their projects are...

    written by: Allie Weiss
    10.01.14

  5. Sheila Hicks's Sunbrella Color Riot in Paris
    Profiles

    Sheila Hicks's Sunbrella Color Riot in Paris

    Sheila Hicks creates textile art ranging from minuscule to monumental, and has made her name subverting craft techniques into a unique modern vision.

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    10.07.14

  6. How To

    Mademoiselle Pillow: Prep

    Zippers, buttons, and other add-ons are rendered unnecessary by Looolo’s pillowcase closure system, which uses a tried-and-true technique: overlapping flaps on the back.

    01.01.09

  7. How To

    Mademoiselle Pillow: Pattern

    Notkin, who started her career making costume jewelry, has a knack for romantically contrasting hues and textures. In fact, her favorite part of the creative process comes before anything is made...

    01.01.09

  8. How To

    Mademoiselle Pillow: Stuff

    The fronts and backs are sewn to each other inside out and then turned right side out—“we just make sure the corners are nice,” says Notkin.

    01.01.09

  9. Friday Finds 6.17.11
    Week in Review

    Friday Finds 6.17.11

    Finds o' Friday delivered straight, no chaser. Scroll down for a look at retro Lego ads and an excerpt from Just Kids read by Patti Smith herself.

    written by: Diana Budds
    06.17.11

  10. Inside the Ford Foundation with Sheila Hicks
    Renovation

    Inside the Ford Foundation with Sheila Hicks

    Textile artist Sheila Hicks returns to New York City's Ford Foundation to replace a series of sublimely modernist wall hangings.

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    10.08.14

  11. The Future of Gardening: Drought-Resistant Plants
    Green

    The Future of Gardening: Drought-Resistant Plants

    Out of necessity, water-wise native plantings are an integral part of landscape design. We consult experts on how to acclimatize on a local and a global scale.

    written by: Erika Heet
    07.18.14

  12. Behind the Studio: A Closer Look at Brooklyn's Juniper Design
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    Behind the Studio: A Closer Look at Brooklyn's Juniper Design

    Founded in 2011 in Brooklyn, Juniper is a design and manufacturing studio. Juniper was launched by Shant Madjarian, who left a career in finance to use the tools he’d acquired as a...

    written by: Marianne Colahan
    10.08.14

  13. Dostoyevsky, Meet Mendelsund
    Interviews

    Dostoyevsky, Meet Mendelsund

    I recently picked up a copy of Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky's wonderful translation of War and Peace. I liked it so much—not nearly finished with those 1200 pages yet...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    02.03.11

  14. Design Destination: Scandinavia
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    Design Destination: Scandinavia

    From architecture to industrial design, we round up stories hearkening from the Scandinavian countries of Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Finland.

    written by: Diana Budds
    10.28.13

  15. Swedish Home Designs We Love
    Product Reviews

    Swedish Home Designs We Love

    Scandinavian design grew popular in the modern era for its simplicity and focus on minimalism. Spotlighting Sweden, Dwell looks at some of our favorite designs for the home from our friends in...

    written by: Kate Santos
    11.12.13

  16. A Scandinavian-Inspired Modern Kitchen
    Rooms We Love

    A Scandinavian-Inspired Modern Kitchen

    To celebrate the launch of American Standard's DXV line, designer Susan Serra creates a modern kitchen inspired by Nordic crafts and contemporary furniture. “Scandinavian design is my personal...

    written by: Diana Budds
    03.27.14

  17. Rediscovering Icons of Norwegian Design
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    Rediscovering Icons of Norwegian Design

    This blockbuster exhibit makes it clear that Norway shouldn’t be the lesser-known country in the world of Scandinavian design.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    05.07.14

  18. The Scandic Grand Central, Stockholm
    Hotels

    The Scandic Grand Central, Stockholm

    Greetings from Sweden! I'm traveling in Stockholm to cover the 2012 Furniture and Light Fair and my home away from home for the next few days is the Grand Central, the flagship of Swedish super...

    written by: Diana Budds
    02.05.12

  19. Modern Design and Architecture Across Denmark
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    Modern Design and Architecture Across Denmark

    In our September Designers' At Home issue, we traveled to the Copenhagen residence of Kristina May Olsen and Morten Bo Jensen—a study in the contrasts of black and white, natural and refined...

    written by: Diana Budds
    08.01.13

  20. Tokyo Designers Week: Eco Lighting
    Travel Reports

    Tokyo Designers Week: Eco Lighting

    Switching from incandescent to LED bulbs can cut the amount of electricity a lamp consumes by sixty percent or more. But with their cool-white hue and hefty price tag, getting excited about these...

    written by: Winifred Bird
    11.06.11

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