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  1. Cable Organizers
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    Cable Organizers

    Dear Dwell, I've recently renovated my home office. While I could not be happier with the results, I cannot find an elegant solution for organizing the mess of cords behind my desk. Do you have a...

    written by: William Lamb
    photos by: Aya Brackett
    03.03.09

  2. Camp Counsel
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    Camp Counsel

    Architecture professor Laura Terry and her students spent a summer designing and creating new facilities for young campers with physical and developmental disabilities.

    written by: William Lamb
    02.25.09

  3. Teaching by Example
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    Teaching by Example

    When the Charlottesville Waldorf School bought 13 undeveloped acres outside Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2002, the idea was simply to build a permanent home for the school’s 130 students,...

    written by: William Lamb
    04.13.09

  4. Trading Shingles for Shrubs
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    Trading Shingles for Shrubs

    Dwell explores the extensive reasons why the grass is intensely greener when it's on the roof.

    written by: William Lamb
    04.21.09

  5. Pod Space Prefab Garden Sheds
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    Pod Space Prefab Garden Sheds

    Two years ago, Ben Lord surveyed the garden sheds on the market in his native England and didn’t like what he saw. Cookie-cutter designs and drab interiors dominated even as habits were...

    written by: William Lamb
    09.16.09

  6. Contest Spotlights Four Innovative Sustainable Building Materials
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    Contest Spotlights Four Innovative Sustainable Building Materials

    The first annual Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge heralds four innovative, sustainable building materials.

    written by: William Lamb
    11.18.13

  7. K.C. Cool: 7 Striking Designs in Kansas City, Missouri
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    K.C. Cool: 7 Striking Designs in Kansas City, Missouri

    It's easy to overlook Kansas City, Missouri. Located squarely in the nation's center, it is better known for its barbecue and bebop than as an incubator for creative design and architecture. But...

    written by: William Lamb
    11.21.13

  8. Indianapolis Museum Unveils New Contemporary Design Galleries
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    Indianapolis Museum Unveils New Contemporary Design Galleries

    Fans of contemporary design in the Midwest—as well as those planning a visit, or merely passing through—have much to celebrate with the opening in late November of the refurbished and expanded...

    written by: William Lamb
    12.02.13

  9. Empire State of Modern: 7 Upstate New York Houses
    Houses We Love

    Empire State of Modern: 7 Upstate New York Houses

    Where does Upstate New York begin? Ask a New York City dweller and they are likely to tell you that "Upstate" means anything north of the Cross-Westchester Expressway. Wherever its southern...

    written by: William Lamb
    12.11.13

  10. 7 Modern Multipurpose Rooms
    Rooms We Love

    7 Modern Multipurpose Rooms

    The great room—a combined living, dining, and cooking space—is one of architecture's great equalizers. People often want to be together without being sequestered into separate rooms for socializing...

    written by: William Lamb
    12.16.13

  11. 7 Modern Stereo Setups
    A Great Idea

    7 Modern Stereo Setups

    Is there such a thing as "home" without music? Whether it's classical or hip-hop, country-and-western shuffle or white-blazer soft-rock, it would sound fantastic coming out of one of these stylish...

    written by: William Lamb
    12.19.13

  12. 8 Modern Carports
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    8 Modern Carports

    Though it's sometimes looked down upon as a dowdy counterpart to its enclosed cousin, the garage, the carport is a functional and—as these examples from Dwell's archives suggest—often elegant touch...

    written by: William Lamb
    01.02.14

  13. 8 Modern Fences
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    8 Modern Fences

    They say that good fences make good neighbors, but it's equally true that good fences make for good design. Here, from Dwell's archives, are eight examples of fences that enhance the aesthetic...

    written by: William Lamb
    01.06.14

  14. Exhibit Brings Midcentury California Design to Massachusetts
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    Exhibit Brings Midcentury California Design to Massachusetts

    An exhibition coming to coastal Massachusetts in March explores California's evolution as an incubator of progressive midcentury design.

    written by: William Lamb
    02.05.14

  15. Nendo and BoConcept Collaborate on a New Line of Furniture
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    Nendo and BoConcept Collaborate on a New Line of Furniture

    A new line of furniture by BoConcept and Nendo marries Danish functionality with Japanese whimsy.

    written by: William Lamb
    02.07.14

  16. Modern Landscape Designer Breaks New Ground
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    Modern Landscape Designer Breaks New Ground

    With a wild approach, award-winning designer Margie Ruddick pushes the boundaries of landscaping.

    written by: William Lamb
    photos by: Cait Oppermann
    03.05.14

  17. Knauf and Brown
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    Knauf and Brown

    Calen Knauf and Conrad Brown are simpatico in a way that only best friends can be, which is fitting because their Vancouver-based design studio, Knauf and Brown, has its roots in the bonds the two...

    written by: William Lamb
    04.03.14

  18. Yong Jeong
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    Yong Jeong

    Based in Seoul, Yong Jeong is a recent art school graduate whose inventive and boldly colorful industrial designs owe a debt to the South Korean designer Joongho Choi. Jeong’s One table calendar is...

    written by: William Lamb
    04.03.14

  19. Marina Dragomirova
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    Marina Dragomirova

    Marina Dragomirova studied graphic and interior design in her native Bulgaria before decamping for London, where she landed in the products-design program at the Royal College of Art and interned...

    written by: William Lamb
    04.03.14

  20. A Gathering Spot and Emergency Resource for New York's Community Gardens
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    A Gathering Spot and Emergency Resource for New York's Community Gardens

    In a community garden in the Bronx, a structure will serve as a shelter for recreation, and as a sustainable power source in an emergency.

    written by: William Lamb
    05.09.14

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