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  1. Bulthaup's B2 Kitchen System
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    Bulthaup's B2 Kitchen System

    With its updated version of the old walk-in hearth, Bulthaup deconstructs the kitchen into a freestanding system fit for a modern ascetic.

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    04.16.09

  2. Supplant Your Lawn
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    Supplant Your Lawn

    It’s both water-wise and 
wallet-wise to consider alternatives to a grassy lawn. As 
more homeowners reach this conclusion, inventive designers are finding new ways to achieve beautiful,...

    written by: Amber Bravo
    02.21.10

  3. And the Water Wise Winners Are...
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    And the Water Wise Winners Are...

    We teamed up with Kohler in hot pursuit of a common enemy—the water hog—and we asked you to submit your water-saving solutions for a “Water Wise” future. The submissions...

    written by: Ralston O'Neill
    06.27.10

  4. Electric Sandwich
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    Electric Sandwich

    So you’ve finally made the move from incandescent to CFLs only to learn that you’re well behind the LED wave. Get ready to switch again.

    written by: Patrick Di Justo
    08.26.10

  5. Shipping Container Retail Design
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    Shipping Container Retail Design

    I wish I could see this cool new pop-up shop in person, but alas, it's in Manhattan and only until October 31. It's the first (albeit temporary) retail store for fashion designer Richard Chai, set...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    10.22.10

  6. 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

  7. Bemz's Bright Idea
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    Bemz's Bright Idea

    Last week I met with Lesley Pennington, a Canadian living in Sweden who in 2004 launched Bemz, one of the cleverest companies I've heard of recently. Bemz makes affordable custom-order slipcovers...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    11.30.10

  8. On Loan
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    On Loan

    An interest-free government loan to buy contemporary art? Someone tell Fannie Mae.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    12.30.10

  9. Inventables: Materials Database
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    Inventables: Materials Database

    Zach Kaplan is looking out for the little guys. In 2002, he launched Inventables, an extensive library of high-tech materials from manufacturers and innovators like Dupont and 3Form. The initial...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    01.11.11

  10. Finding My Latent Energy Use
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    Finding My Latent Energy Use

    If you're anything like me, it drives you nuts when a light is left on in a room you—nor anyone in your household—is in. How sinful is it though? I ran through my apartment with a...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    01.25.11

  11. Pup Tent!
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    Pup Tent!

    Last year, the AIA Small Project Award went to what is most likely the smallest house ever to win the award: the Pup Tent by the New York-based firm Slade Architecture. Made from a single four-by...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    02.03.11

  12. 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

  13. Honey Pie Natural Shampoo Bar
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    Honey Pie Natural Shampoo Bar

    I made a glorious discovery in the shower last night: shampoo in bar form. I'm in Toronto serving on the curatorial committee for the third Twenty+Change design exhibition and publication and...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    03.11.11

  14. Modern Sharecropping
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    Modern Sharecropping

    For every well-tended backyard garden there’s another gone to seed, and for every happy horticulturalist noodling with the begonias out front there’s a cooped-up apartment dweller...

    written by: Sara Carnochan
    03.15.11

  15. A Tree Grows in the Dogpatch
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    A Tree Grows in the Dogpatch

    Located in the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco, Treehouse Gallery is part of a movement of contemporary artistic practice that reconsiders the gallery space as a place for community dialogue...

    written by: Meredith MacKenzie
    04.11.11

  16. 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

  17. New Danish Designs for UN HQ
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    New Danish Designs for UN HQ

    Sixty years ago, Danish architect Finn Juhl designed the interior of the Trusteeship Council Chamber at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. The space is undergoing a major restoration...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    06.13.11

  18. Playhaus Design Competition is Coming Soon!
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    Playhaus Design Competition is Coming Soon!

    We're getting our hands dirty and joining James Hardie in the sandbox for our upcoming design competition, Playhaus. Your mission—should you choose to accept the challenge—is to wow us...

    written by: Dwell Staff
    07.01.11

  19. A BoConcept Makeover
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    A BoConcept Makeover

    When we moved into an Edwardian apartment in San Francisco's Mission District four years ago, we trucked in our furniture, set the pieces where we thought they made sense, and haven't changed much...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    07.11.11

  20. Yerba Buena Street Life Plan
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    Yerba Buena Street Life Plan

    Recently in San Francisco, the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District and CMG Landscape Architecture unveiled the Yerba Buena Street Life Plan. The plan is meant to serve as a master plan for the...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Miyoko Ohtake
    08.08.11

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