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8 Clever Uses of Curtains

The right window dressing can turn virtually any room into a beautiful space. Here are some examples of deftly deployed drapes and curtains.
February 3, 2015
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Upcycling Cubicles into Modern Temporary Housing

Carole Nicholson of Allsteel will join us at Dwell on Design Los Angeles to discuss her innovative ReFRAME recycling initiative.
February 2, 2015
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These Amazing Vintage Signs Are a Blast from America's Past

Photographer Bill Rose walks us through Recapturist, a website dedicated to preserving the history of head-turning American signage.
January 30, 2015
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A Modern Solution for Temporary Classrooms

Los Angeles architect Christof Jantzen has conceptualized a healthy kit-of-parts design for mobile educational buildings.
January 28, 2015
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8 Innovative Ceilings That Break the Mold

In the past few months, Dwell has published a bevy of buildings sporting show-stopping and technically complicated ceilings, proving that innovative design doesn't just happen at eye level.
January 22, 2015
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A Modern Trailer is an Experiment in Small-Space Living

In Canada's Yukon Territory, a college instructor builds a lightweight, efficient 97-square-foot mobile dwelling.
January 22, 2015
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A Space-Saving, Flexible Retail Design in Japan

In Tokyo, the Japanese interdisciplinary design firm Nosigner has created a space-saving retail concept for the children's shop Aeru. "The space was made to be like a living room where people could relax, rather than feel like they're in a store," says Nosigner's Mayumi Tokumoto.
January 16, 2015
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Multi-Family Development Suggests Possibilities for Urban Senior Housing

Barbara Bestor's small lot subdivision housing development in Los Angeles may present an appealing solution for the urban-dwelling aging population.
January 15, 2015
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7 Creative Uses of Mosaic Tile

Whether in the shower, on a kitchen wall, or simply on the backsplash above the cooktop, mosaic tile can lend both a dash of color and a light personal touch to a space with relatively little fuss. Here are some creative examples from the Dwell archives.
January 13, 2015
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