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  1. Introducing SEMIHandmade
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    Introducing SEMIHandmade

    Eight years ago John McDonald had never picked up a woodworking tool in his life. An aspiring screenwriter in Los Angeles with a day job waiting tables, the frustrated 34 year old decided to try...

    written by: Laure Joliet
    11.04.10

  2. Adam Silverman of Heath Ceramics
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    Adam Silverman of Heath Ceramics

    The artist and potter, and now Studio Director at Heath Ceramics in Los Angeles, talks with Dwell about his work and inspiration, as well as the personal odyssey that took him from architecture to...

    written by: Laure Joliet
    10.12.09

  3. LA's Restored Overlook Park
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    LA's Restored Overlook Park

    This week LA unveiled its newest park, a 50-acre greenspace that sits 500 feet above the city just southwest of Downtown, on a plot of land that was historically part of the Baldwin Hills oil...

    written by: Laure Joliet
    04.29.09

  4. Robin Wilson Green Cabinets
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    Robin Wilson Green Cabinets

    At this point it's hard to take the term "eco-friendly" at face value. Greenwashing has, unfortunately, become a marketing gimmick as strong as some companies' sincere goal to be...

    written by: Laure Joliet
    04.12.09

  5. On Greener Turf
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    On Greener Turf

    With new laws limiting water consumption in many places, it shouldn't be a surprise that drought-tolerant and native landscaping is continuing to flourish, replacing expansive and expensive lawns. ...

    written by: Laure Joliet
    03.30.09

  6. Paperfold Lamps
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    Paperfold Lamps

    Architects are notorious for being sticklers for detail. Often, and in the best cases, this leads to beautifully uncomplicated structures and well thought out product design.

    written by: Laure Joliet
    03.17.09

  7. Domestic Construction
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    Domestic Construction

    Brooklyn design duo Domestic Construction have been hard at work turning found objects, fabric and paint into imaginative installations, one-of-a-kind fashion, and repurposed interior design.

    written by: Laure Joliet
    03.14.09

  8. Formosa 1140: Density in LA
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    Formosa 1140: Density in LA

    Although it's not a 'green' space specifically, the new Formosa 1140 building in West Hollywood, by Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects (LOHA), embraces community living and gives back some public green to...

    written by: Laure Joliet
    03.13.09

  9. Islands of LA
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    Islands of LA

    On my commute last week I noticed a sign posted on a traffic island declaring the narrow grassy strip an 'Island of LA Nat'l Park.' Intrigued, I took a look on the internet and found that for the...

    written by: Laure Joliet
    03.10.09

  10. Pleats-Pleats Sofa
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    Pleats-Pleats Sofa

    In accordance with the old saying, March has come in like a lion from coast to coast. If we're lucky, by the end of the month, we'll be ready for lawn chairs and lemonade (or at least some spring...

    written by: Laure Joliet
    03.03.09

  11. Modernica's 20th Anniversary Eames Chair
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    Modernica's 20th Anniversary Eames Chair

    In honor of Modernica's 20th anniversary, the company is releasing a new iteration on the classic mid-century fiberglass shell chair originally designed by the Eameses.

    written by: Laure Joliet
    02.25.09

  12. Ferm Living Washable Wallpaper
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    Ferm Living Washable Wallpaper

    Living with kids and living in style can often feel like a catch-22.  If it isn't the clutter of all the stuff that seems to tag along with them then it's the messes that inevitably get made...

    written by: Laure Joliet
    02.25.09

  13. New Marimekko Spring Line
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    New Marimekko Spring Line

    The famed Finnish textile brand Marimekko, renowned for simple, bright prints (and owing their original popularity in the US to Jackie Kennedy's Marimekko shift dresses in the 60's) has released...

    written by: Laure Joliet
    02.17.09

  14. Cable Camouflage
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    Cable Camouflage

    Now that laptops and iPods have become like extra appendages for most of us, tangled cords and unsightly nests of cables are a constant problem.  Even with the myriad systems for keeping them...

    written by: Laure Joliet
    02.06.09

  15. 8 Questions For Tina Roth Eisenberg
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    8 Questions For Tina Roth Eisenberg

    Tina Roth Eisenberg runs a successful graphic design company but is perhaps better known as the author behind the design centric blog, SwissMiss.  The self described Swiss designer gone NYC...

    written by: Laure Joliet
    02.04.09

  16. Angela Adams and The Birds and The Bees
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    Angela Adams and The Birds and The Bees

    Angela Adams is largely known for her bold textile design, but more recently she's expanded her line to include clean-edged modern furniture.

    written by: Laure Joliet
    01.17.09

  17. Modern Correspondence
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    Modern Correspondence

    If one of your New Year's resolutions was to keep in better touch with family and friends, consider doing it in style the old fashioned way (you know—with paper, a pen, and an actual stamp?).

    written by: Laure Joliet
    01.12.09

  18. Compost Modern
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    Compost Modern

    With the new year comes new resolutions and a general resolve to do better. Perhaps at the top of many of our lists is the question of how to live more responsibly. This February's conference,...

    written by: Laure Joliet
    12.31.08

  19. Leah Evans Textiles
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    Leah Evans Textiles

    Leah Evans is in the business of quilt-making. But seeing as how her creations feature aerial photography, maps, and satellite imagery, they are definitely not your grandmother's quilts.

    written by: Laure Joliet
    12.25.08

  20. A Very Eames Christmas
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    A Very Eames Christmas

    Even if you can't pony up the cash to buy a living room full of iconic furniture by Charles and Ray Eames doesn't mean that there aren't some Eames-related stocking stuffers to splurge on.

    written by: Laure Joliet
    12.17.08

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