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  1. 5 Modern Saunas
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    5 Modern Saunas

    A stint in a sauna rumored to have myriad benefits from the social and heath standpoints and if you've considered building one of your own, here are five examples from the Dwell archive. For more...

    written by: Diana Budds
    08.08.13

  2. 7 Houses with Creative Courtyards
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    7 Houses with Creative Courtyards

    For outdoor dining or a private place to lounge in the sun, nothing beats a courtyard. Here are seven such spaces.

    written by: Diana Budds
    11.11.13

  3. 8 Modern Picnic-Style Tables
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    8 Modern Picnic-Style Tables

    Picnic tables. They work well inside or out, and they conjure happy memories of lazy summertime afternoons spent with friends and family. They're also simple and not fussy, and they allow for clear...

    written by: William Lamb
    12.19.13

  4. A Second Look at Japanese Soaking Tubs
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    A Second Look at Japanese Soaking Tubs

    For centuries, the Japanese have enjoyed a relaxing ritual of steaming in neck-high water at the end of each day. Like other aspects of Japanese design, this simple yet harmonious custom has become...

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    11.26.13

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Design Detail: More Modern Bridges
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    Design Detail: More Modern Bridges

    Footbridges can join an older structures to a new additions, or close a gulf between a house and the street. And when good design is part of the mix, they can add a decorative touch. Following this...

    written by: William Lamb
    02.03.14

  8. Dwell Holiday Giveaway 2010
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    Dwell Holiday Giveaway 2010

    Are you checking the Dwell Holiday Giveaway daily? There are 13 days left and plenty more prizes coming down the pike. Keep entering for a chance to win the giveaway of the day.

    written by: Ralston O'Neill
    12.13.10

  9. Inside This Modern Tower Is an Idyllic One-Man Sauna
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    Inside This Modern Tower Is an Idyllic One-Man Sauna

    Münster-based firm Modulorbeat recently built a one-man sauna on an abandoned steel factory site as part of a year-long festival exploring the economic uncertainty of the region surrounding Bochum,...

    written by: Nadja Sayej
    10.23.14

  10. 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

  11. Smart Solutions for Small Vacation Homes
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    Smart Solutions for Small Vacation Homes

    It can be a challenge to achieve a feeling of coziness without making a space seem cluttered. But spatial restrictions sometimes produce the most creative solutions.

    written by: Dora Sapunar
    04.23.14

  12. 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

  13. 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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