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  1. Free City Shop, Los Angeles
    Shops

    Free City Shop, Los Angeles

    Nina Garduno recently opened her shop Free City—a mix between an actual store and a design commune–on Highland Avenue in Hollywood. She started the company in 2002, inspired by her ...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    11.01.10

  2. Innovate It! Submit Your Entries
    Post

    Innovate It! Submit Your Entries

    Calling all designers, inventors, and people who are tired of wrestling with unwieldy ironing boards! Just nine days remain to send in your submissions for Dwell's Innovate It! design...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    05.18.09

  3. Stumptown Rock
    Green

    Stumptown Rock

    Even before construction was complete, the Stump House was turning heads. When its green-minded future owners learned of its shining environmental résumé, they knew they’d found...

    written by: Brian Libby
    photos by: John Clark
    03.04.09

  4. Scrap House
    Green

    Scrap House

    "Repurpose, refurbish, recycle" was the guiding principle for a metals broker in Ontario who harnessed his passion for–and knowledge of–industrial materials to create a new...

    written by: Alex Bozikovic
    photos by: Lorne Bridgman
    01.14.09

  5. Terunobu Fujimori
    Profiles

    Terunobu Fujimori

    A modern eccentric with an architectural sensibility drawn from ancient Japanese traditions, Terunobu Fujimori designs projects that are exercises in playful experimentation and sophisticated craft.

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    photos by: Adam Friedberg
    04.14.09

  6. From Brown to Green
    Green

    From Brown to Green

    Toronto designers Peter Fleming and Debbie Adams found a polluted lot and a run-down building­—and saw fertile ground for a unique, eco-minded new home.

    written by: Alex Bozikovic
    photos by: Lorne Bridgman
    04.12.10

  7. A Pantone Hotel for the Color-Obsessed
    Hotels

    A Pantone Hotel for the Color-Obsessed

    Pantone has been on a licensing kick for a while now—witness the Pantone chip mugs, messenger bags, cufflinks—but they recently unveiled their most ambitious project to date: the...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    11.15.10

  8. Q&A with Illustrious California Architect William Krisel
    Interviews

    Q&A with Illustrious California Architect William Krisel

    Palm Springs architect William Krisel entered the arena of architecture in the boom times that followed World War II and left in 1979 when the profession became “too uptight” as a...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.13.09

  9. Project FROG's 21st Century Buildings
    Post

    Project FROG's 21st Century Buildings

    If FEMA didn't drum up enough of a bad reputation with its immediate response to Hurricane Katrina, the nails certainly went into the coffin as word spread of the abominable conditions inside the...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    04.01.09

  10. Andrea Cochran Landscapes
    Post

    Andrea Cochran Landscapes

    Just like modern homes often bring the outside in, San Francisco landscape architect Andrea Cochran’s exterior designs extend the modern aesthetic from indoors to the outdoors. A new book by...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    03.06.09

  11. Jaime Salm Reviews 15 Energy-efficient LED Lights
    Product Reviews

    Jaime Salm Reviews 15 Energy-efficient LED Lights

    Forever replacing bulbs might fast become an act of the past as long-lasting, energy-efficient light-emitting diodes (LEDs) make their way into the marketplace.

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    12.27.09

  12. The Real Good Experiment
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    The Real Good Experiment

    In early November, Minnesota–based furniture and design company Blu Dot dropped 25 Real Good Chairs on the streets of Manhattan to see what would happen. Thus began the Real Good Experiment.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    12.29.09

  13. An Attic Studio in Stockholm
    House Tours

    An Attic Studio in Stockholm

    In a 495-square-foot attic in the Söder neighborhood of Stockholm, interior designer Jimmy Schonning—a local celebrity for his role in the Swedish TV shows "Finally at Home"...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    01.13.11

  14. Urban Hardwoods Furniture
    Product

    Urban Hardwoods Furniture

    Now that "salvage" has as many connotations with environmental sensitivity, creativity, and resourcefulness as with the need to scrimp and save, showrooms formerly reserved for brand new...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    03.24.09

  15. Venezuela's Eco Cabanas
    Post

    Venezuela's Eco Cabanas

    An architectural idealist, Kristofer Nonn answered an online job posting for an ecological builder in Venezuela. The result of his short tenure in the country is two elegantly simple housing shelters.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    08.18.09

  16. On Your Mark, Get Sett
    Interviews

    On Your Mark, Get Sett

    Austin-based modern prefab designer Kimber Reed wants you to space out.

    08.15.12

  17. By the Book
    Finishing Touch

    By the Book

    This modern log cabin from architecture students at Auburn University was designed to be completed for $20,000—an admirable solution for the down-at-heel looking to put down roots.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    09.02.09

  18. Bach to Basics
    Green

    Bach to Basics

    On New Zealand’s Great Barrier Island, two architects designed a petite holiday home that takes care of its own water, electricity, and sewage needs.

    written by: Jeremy Hansen
    photos by: Patrick Reynolds
    02.28.09

  19. Modern Recycled House in the Netherlands
    House Tours

    Modern Recycled House in the Netherlands

    In the eastern Netherlands, resourceful recyclers 2012Architects have built a house almost entirely out of locally sourced scrap, from old billboards to broken umbrellas.

    written by: Jane Szita
    photos by: Mark Seelen
    01.17.11

  20. Richard Schulman's Photographs
    Interviews

    Richard Schulman's Photographs

    Last week I talked to photographer Richard Schulman about his career photographing legends of the architecture and art worlds. This week Richard pulled 21 images from his impressive catalog to...

    photos by: Richard Schulman
    04.20.10

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