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  1. A Prefab Housing Concept in South Africa
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    A Prefab Housing Concept in South Africa

    It took 11 years of traversing through three different countries for Eric Bigot to develop his Zenkaya prefab housing concept. Designed to bring peace of mind to impoverished South Africans, the...

    written by: Christopher Bright
    photos by: Dook
    11.05.13

  2. Karim Rashid Reviews 4 Luxury Plastic Chairs
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    Karim Rashid Reviews 4 Luxury Plastic Chairs

    I want to say one word to you. Just one word. Plastics. 

    written by: Christopher Bright
    photos by: Martien Mulder
    03.18.09

  3. Trash Bins
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    Trash Bins

    Dear Dwell, I pride myself on recycling each week, but I'm unhappy with the unorganized mess of bottles and cans in my kitchen. Are there any attractive options for trash bins that integrate re...

    written by: Christopher Bright
    photos by: Hunter Freeman
    03.03.09

  4. Drawer Organizers
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    Drawer Organizers

    Dear Dwell, My junk drawer is out of control. Can you help me find a way to get it closed? —Lisa Scofield, Palo Alto, California

    written by: Christopher Bright
    photos by: Peter Belanger
    03.03.09

  5. From Commune to Commonplace
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    From Commune to Commonplace

    Tired of carting supplies back and forth from Ukiah to the commune where he lived in Northern California, John Schaeffer decided to start selling environmentally friendly wares himself.

    written by: Christopher Bright
    photos by: Gabriela Hasbun
    02.25.09

  6. Rebuilt This CIty!
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    Rebuilt This CIty!

    The tiny staff at the San Francisco affiliate of Rebuilding Together coordinates and works on the rehabilitation of more than 20 homes and roughly the same number of nonprofit facilities on one...

    written by: Christopher Bright
    02.25.09

  7. 101 High-Tech Materials
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    101 High-Tech Materials

    Remember how the Predator had skin that made him invisible? That was cool. But these high-tech materials might be even cooler.

    written by: Christopher Bright
    photos by: Hunter Freeman
    02.24.09

  8. Structural Panels
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    Structural Panels

    Bees have always been admired for their industrious nature and intricate honeycomb architecture; Charles Darwin called the honeycomb “absolutely perfect” as a feat of engineering, symmetry, and...

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Hunter Freeman
    01.31.09

  9. Lotusan Paint
    Design 101

    Lotusan Paint

    Product design that takes cues from nature, known as biomimicry, has produced a num-
ber of ingenious and popular products we use every day.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Hunter Freeman
    01.31.09

  10. Architect Series Dimmers
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    Architect Series Dimmers

    The right lighting can bring warmth and atmosphere to any room.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Hunter Freeman
    01.31.09

  11. AgUARDIAN
    Design 101

    AgUARDIAN

    Silver has been used for centuries as an antimicrobial agent.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Hunter Freeman
    01.31.09

  12. PEC-MAT
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    PEC-MAT

    As more and more Americans are quickly discovering, the land beneath our feet is not quite as solid as we thought. Houses slip down hillsides, trees float down rivers, and whole cities disappear...

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Hunter Freeman
    01.31.09

  13. Power Plastic
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    Power Plastic

    Every hour, enough sunlight hits the earth to power the entire planet for a year. But since they’re pricey—and, let’s face it, generally unattractive—solar cells are still woefully underutilized...

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Hunter Freeman
    01.31.09

  14. Butcher Josh Epple Reviews 7 Chef's Knives
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    Butcher Josh Epple Reviews 7 Chef's Knives

    With our airwaves packed with celebrity chefs, Americans are proving to have a solid appetite for what Julia Child would call cuisine—at least on television.

    written by: Christopher Bright
    photos by: Peter Belanger
    01.28.09

  15. Magazine Racks
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    Magazine Racks

    Dear Dwell, There's nothing better than settling in to read the Sunday paper, but it's becoming difficult to enjoy with the ever-present clutter of publications getting in our way. Could you steer...

    written by: Christopher Bright
    photos by: Hunter Freeman
    01.26.09

  16. Air Purifiers
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    Air Purifiers

    Dear Dwell, I've been hearing a lot about air purifiers lately. Are they really helpful, and are there any that won't stick out like a sore thumb in my living room? Dee Koufax, Minnetonka, M...

    written by: Christopher Bright
    photos by: Peter Belanger
    01.26.09

  17. Brooms
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    Brooms

    Dear Dwell: I'm tired of my old generic broom. Are there any specialized products on the market that are both hip and functional? —Edward Charles, Austin, Texas

    written by: Christopher Bright
    photos by: Peter Belanger
    01.26.09

  18. Dog Beds
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    Dog Beds

    Dear Dwell: Our dog is spending more time in bed than my husband; I think its time to get her one of her own. Can you recommend designs that a pampered pup will enjoy? —Ella Zupen, San ...

    written by: Christopher Bright
    photos by: Stan Musilek
    01.26.09

  19. Birdhouses
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    Birdhouses

    Dear Dwell: We'd like to get a modern-looking birdhouse. Which ones will look best in our backyard? —Erik Edwards, St. Louis, Missouri

    written by: Christopher Bright
    photos by: Peter Belanger
    01.01.09

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