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  1. Houston, Texas
    City Guide

    Houston, Texas

    Texas is known for propagating a "bigger is better" attitude. But even in Houston—the state’s oil and energy epicenter— residents are starting to understand the...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.06.09

  2. Q&A with Autograph Creative Directors
    Interviews

    Q&A with Autograph Creative Directors

    Donerik Dela Cruz and Aaron Pou describe their business as a “design start-up in challenging times,” but since launching Autograph, a brand consulting, art direction, and graphic design...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.05.09

  3. Simrin Nature Coasters

    Simrin Nature Coasters

    While their hand-drawn graphics may depict the most delicate of dandelions, these vinyl coasters from Brooklyn-based Simrin can withstand beading from any beverage you choose.

    $44.00

  4. Touring Switzerland: Final Day
    Travel Reports

    Touring Switzerland: Final Day

    Waking up, despite the early hour, was a joy in sunny Lausanne. Finally, after days of rain, I could look onto spectacular Lake Geneva as I hurried through my breakfast. We were up and out in the...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    05.05.09

  5. Apples from Asphalt
    Outdoor

    Apples from Asphalt

    Mobile City Farmstead is bringing a little bit of the heartland into the big city, one vacant lot at a time.

    05.04.09

  6. Design for the Public
    Profiles

    Design for the Public

    Public Architecture forges ahead into uncharted territory, and creates a model for fitting pro bono work into the daily practice of every firm.  

    written by: Ann Wilson
    photos by: Emily Nathan
    05.04.09

  7. The Lowest Utility Bill on the Block
    Green

    The Lowest Utility Bill on the Block

    Hybridization is hit or miss (i.e., the jackalope). But this Houston home combines two housing types to create a conscientious alternative.

    written by: Sam Grawe
    photos by: Misty Keasler
    05.04.09

  8. Bunny Scooter

    Bunny Scooter

    Why rock like a horse when you can roll like a rabbit? This birch plywood bunny from Roebuck Studio comes flat-packed for easy shipment, with slotted pieces for easy assembly, and a sweet, simple...

    $240.00

  9. Bamboo Bicycle

    Bamboo Bicycle

    One weekend is all it takes to fabricate a bike frame from bamboo— a renewable and performance-positive material growing right in our backyard— assemble the components, and roll away with a custom...

    $1000.00

  10. Marek Gut Commode
    Product

    Marek Gut Commode

    Though we already ran our weekly round-up of finds from the Web, I couldn't help spotlighting this retrofuturistic piece of furniture by Polish designer Marek Gut. The so-called Commode (we'd...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    05.01.09

  11. Park(ing) Day Website
    Post

    Park(ing) Day Website

    ReBar is a San Francisco based architectural activists who create work "situated in the domains of environmental installation, urbanism and absurdity." They're perhaps best known as the...

    05.01.09

  12. Friday Finds 5.1.09
    Week in Review

    Friday Finds 5.1.09

    It's hard to believe it's May already—the months are flying by. This week at Dwell we've been pulling together our September 2009 "Apartments" issue and looking ahead to later fall...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    05.01.09

  13. Tait Modern
    Green

    Tait Modern

    When building a second home, most people don’t consider traveling farther than upstate. But the Taits built theirs 30 hours away on the coast of Tasmania.

    written by: Catherine Franklin
    photos by: Peter Hyatt
    04.30.09

  14. Castles Made of Sand
    Profiles

    Castles Made of Sand

    Iranian architect Nader Kahlili fashions affordable, easily assembled housing out of sandbags and concrete for a surprsingly striking result.

    written by: Marc Kristal
    04.30.09

  15. Hella Jongerius Crafts Camper
    Post

    Hella Jongerius Crafts Camper

    Of the many brilliant designers featured in Gary Hustwit's product design documentary, Objectified (which Dwell was privileged to preview last week), I was particularly excited to get some behind...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    04.30.09

  16. Black, Red, and Green All Over
    Green

    Black, Red, and Green All Over

    A dramatic house in Australia drew its architectural inspiration from Mies van der Rohe but got its color from fresh tomato sauce.

    written by: Catherine Franklin
    photos by: Peter Hyatt
    04.30.09

  17. Touring Switzerland: Day 4
    Travel Reports

    Touring Switzerland: Day 4

    The morning weather in Madiswil at the Hotel Baeren was gloomy at best. Rain fell sideways as our driver Herr Muster helped us load up the van. We’d been told that sunnier skies awaited us in...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    04.30.09

  18. Low-Tech Utopia
    Green

    Low-Tech Utopia

    People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones, which probably isn't an issue when the glass house is a commune.

    written by: Femke Bijlsma
    photos by: Alessio Guarino
    04.30.09

  19. Piet Hein Eek
    Profiles

    Piet Hein Eek

    Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek is best known for his intricately composed scrap wood furniture—each piece a one-of-a-kind creation that merges artisan handcraft with skilled design processes....

    written by: Sam Grawe
    04.30.09

  20. Bamboo Desk Clock

    Bamboo Desk Clock

    Keep your hours, minutes, and seconds in perfectly pixellated order with this bamboo clock designed by Yusuke Tsujita, which offers a checkerboard glimpse at the beautiful grain of the wood.

    $88.00

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