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  1. Room for Improvement
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    Room for Improvement

    A few months back, we asked for images of sad-sack living rooms in need of a good sprucing up. We requested photographic evidence and were not disappointed—–snapshots of saggy sofas,...

    01.15.11

  2. Edward Fields Iconics
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    Edward Fields Iconics

    Edward Fields—an American carpet maker whose rugs dress the floors in the Glass House, Hollyhock House, and Lever House—recently released "Iconics," a collection of eleven...

    written by: Diana Budds
    02.04.11

  3. Buffalo's "Blank Snow" Park
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    Buffalo's "Blank Snow" Park

    A few weeks ago, the possibility of snow at sea level here in the San Francisco Bay Area raised quite a stir. Will it? Won't it? Should we ready our toboggans and show shoes? Nary a flake has...

    written by: Diana Budds
    03.16.11

  4. HelioTrace Robotic Facade
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    HelioTrace Robotic Facade

    I was intrigued by a rendering featured in the latest newsletter from SOM, which came across my desk a few weeks ago. So I wrote the firm for more information. Turns out this new invention—a...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    04.11.11

  5. Methodology is Extended!
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    Methodology is Extended!

    We are excited to announce that the entry period of our Methodology upcyling competition is extended through July 24th. Make good use of the gift of time and enter your ideas now! The submissions...

    written by: Dwell Staff
    07.15.11

  6. And the World Views Winners Are...
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    And the World Views Winners Are...

    In our World Views photography competition, we teamed up with Blurb and challenged Dwellers everywhere to take a shot and share their view of the modern world. You answered our call and now,...

    written by: Ralston O'Neill
    07.15.11

  7. And the Methodology Winner Is...
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    And the Methodology Winner Is...

    Dwell and method, two arbiters of style that aim for pride of place on your shelves, dared you to defy us with your concepts for upcycling, recycling, rethinking, and deconstructing—beginning...

    written by: Ralston O'Neill
    08.11.11

  8. WasteLandscape Made of CDs
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    WasteLandscape Made of CDs

    Scrolling through Dezeen recently—always an inspiring source for cool new projects and ideas—I came upon this eye-catching installation in the “Halle d’Aubervilliers”...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    08.16.11

  9. Video: Prefab Japanese Joinery
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    Video: Prefab Japanese Joinery

    In our September 2011 Japan Style issue (now on newsstands!) we showcase a plethora of Japanese-influenced houses as well as feature the incredible craft of Japanese joinery. Here, in a video...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    08.24.11

  10. Recycled Paper Lights
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    Recycled Paper Lights

    I recently came across the work of Pia Wüstenberg, a German-born designer whose recent obsession is transforming piles of waste paper (posters, magazines) into striking pendant lights and...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    10.20.11

  11. Forecasting the Future City
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    Forecasting the Future City

    The annual TED Prize, an extension of the multimedia brand hyping rational thought and good works, pledges $100,000 each year to a person with one wish to change the world. Formally called...

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    12.07.11

  12. Chris Burden's Big City Dreams
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    Chris Burden's Big City Dreams

    Judging from the ecstatic mood, it may as well have been Christmas morning at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as Angelenos finally got a much-awaited first look at Chris Burden’s...

    written by: Carren Jao
    photos by: Carren Jao
    01.13.12

  13. Family House with a Secret Room
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    Family House with a Secret Room

    This house on Lake Wenatchee in Washington was designed to be "cozy for two and comfortable for a crowd," as architect John DeForest puts it—thanks in part to a hidden media room.

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    05.03.13

  14. A Super-Recycled House in the Netherlands
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    A Super-Recycled House in the Netherlands

    In the eastern Netherlands, resourceful recyclers Superuse Studios have built a house almost entirely out of locally-sourced scrap, from old billboards to broken umbrellas. Here's a look at how...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    photos by: Mark Seelen
    06.07.13

  15. 7 Sustainable Homes Worth Sharing
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    7 Sustainable Homes Worth Sharing

    We see a lot of “green” architecture in the Dwell office, but these seven homes don’t just borrow the buzzword, they push boundaries and challenge the idea of what sustainability really means in...

    written by: Olivia Martin
    06.13.13

  16. Design 101: Think Small
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    Design 101: Think Small

    A five-step program for those suffering from too much stuff and not enough space.

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    07.05.13

  17. 6 Color Stories for Modern Interiors
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    6 Color Stories for Modern Interiors

    We recently posted a story on ways to color accent your home. Here, we delve deeper into six of the most-popular color stories for modern interiors: white, blue, green, orange, yellow, and red....

    written by: Diana Budds
    07.23.13

  18. 8 Great Earth Homes
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    8 Great Earth Homes

    Harnessing the power of dirt, sand, soil, and earth, these projects prove that modern houses are not just made of glass and steel.

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    07.31.13

  19. Bright Idea: 5 Homes with Statement Skylights
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    Bright Idea: 5 Homes with Statement Skylights

    In these five homes, a well-placed skylight makes all the difference, flooding the interiors with light from above.

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    08.07.13

  20. Designing for Kids: 5 Rooms That Put the Fun in Functional
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    Designing for Kids: 5 Rooms That Put the Fun in Functional

    For a youthful perspective on design's playful potential, look no farther than this slideshow. These five rooms put the fun back in functional.

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    08.08.13

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