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  1. A Surfer's Small Modern Backyard
    Outdoor

    A Surfer's Small Modern Backyard

    We've called out our outdoor furniture favorites before, but the deft use of these Loop chairs by Willy Guhl for Eternit puts them squarely on our list. Matt Jacobson and Kristopher Dukes's small...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Dave Lauridsen
    03.25.13

  2. Best Modern Desert Houses
    Outdoor

    Best Modern Desert Houses

    Few climates offer the extreme heat and extreme cold (all in one day) of the desert. Throw in the fact that they're sparsely populated, offer few municipal services, and are often in the middle of...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    03.20.13

  3. Bike Rack by Studio Tractor
    Product

    Bike Rack by Studio Tractor

    I got a note from Mike Tower of Studio Tractor Architecture the other day showing off his firm's collaboration with metalworker Peter Kirkiles, a cotter pin-inspired bike rack built in...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    10.04.09

  4. Bird Calls from Sweet Bella
    Product

    Bird Calls from Sweet Bella

    The design world, like Tippi Hedren, pecked on all sides, has fallen prey to the birds. For the past few years the crafty set has flocked in droves to our winged, feathered friends. Nary a letter...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    08.28.09

  5. Blair Niche Project
    Houses We Love

    Blair Niche Project

    At just $167 per square foot, this high-design, low-cost barn in rural Wisconsin is an American idyll.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    02.20.12

  6. Boisbuchet as a Canvas
    Outdoor

    Boisbuchet as a Canvas

    The Spanish architect, artist, and designer Luis Urculo once said, "I no longer know what an architect is and what an architect should do...." This past summer Urculo led one of the...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    01.12.12

  7. Corporate Wisdom: Laurinda Spear
    Interviews

    Corporate Wisdom: Laurinda Spear

    In our July/August issue, we take a look at 15 women leading the design world, one of whom is Laurinda Spear, cofounder of the Miami firm Arquitectonica. We spoke with her and three other women who...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    07.06.12

  8. Fawning Over Flora
    Outdoor

    Fawning Over Flora

    Flora Grubb Gardens, the hippest plant merchant in the Bay Area, takes up residence in a new building as green as it is frondescent.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Todd Hido
    02.05.09

  9. Hello from the Salton Sea
    Travel Reports

    Hello from the Salton Sea

    After my stop at Salvation Mountain, my two travel companions and I headed north on 111 to see the handful of modernist sites on the Salton Sea. The massive saline body of water is the biggest...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    04.23.11

  10. Janne Saario's Modern Skate Parks
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    Janne Saario's Modern Skate Parks

    We've reported on modern skate parks before, but rarely have we seen such a perfect marriage of skating and landscape design as the one embodied by the Finnish Janne Saario. Saario started skating...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    04.19.13

  11. Kansas City Bus Shelters
    Outdoor

    Kansas City Bus Shelters

    One of our favorite writers here at Dwell is architect Dan Maginn. And he does some pretty stellar buildings as well with his Kansas City, Missouri, firm El Dorado Inc. You can keep an eye out for...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    08.15.11

  12. L.A.'s Learning Garden
    Dwell on Design

    L.A.'s Learning Garden

    Garden master David King grew up in Kansas and picked up his green skills from his grandfather. “In my teen years it wasn't cool, but I came back to horticulture as an adult,” he says....

    written by: Aaron Britt
    05.31.11

  13. Landscape Architect Marcel Wilson
    Dwell on Design

    Landscape Architect Marcel Wilson

    The outdoors is one of our most popular topics at Dwell on Design and this year we're very happy to have urban designer and landscape architect Marcel Wilson down from San Francisco to speak. He'll...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    06.14.11

  14. Lawrence Halprin Oral History Project
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    Lawrence Halprin Oral History Project

    As a San Franciscan I'm very fortunate to live every day with the work of landscape architecture pioneer Lawrence Halprin, who passed away last October. Yesterday I was descending the towering,...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    03.17.10

  15. LEGO Greenhouse in London
    Travel Reports

    LEGO Greenhouse in London

    By now its bricks have been pulled apart, its sunflowers taken from Covent Garden's North Piazza, but from September 15 to 25, the Lego Greenhouse designed by Sebastian Bergne was one of the hits...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    10.04.11

  16. Miami: Simpson Park Hammock
    Travel Reports

    Miami: Simpson Park Hammock

    One of the best bits of design I saw in Miami, when I was there last month for Design Miami and Art Basel Miami Beach, was well off the gallery-party-hotel circuit. I'd been to Simpson Park Hammock...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    01.15.10

  17. Modern Box Home in Rural Wisconsin
    House Tours

    Modern Box Home in Rural Wisconsin

    Taking its cues from local barns and silos and the rolling Wisconsin terrain, the Field House is a kind of modern observatory for watching winter turn to spring and the great vault of the heavens.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Tom Fowlks
    06.29.13

  18. Modern Green Concept House in South Korea
    Green

    Modern Green Concept House in South Korea

    The E+ Green Home, a concept house located an hour outside Seoul, not only points the way to a greener South Korea, it may well be the most sustainable house in the country.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Sergio Pirrone
    03.25.12

  19. Modern Off-the-Grid Retreat in Oregon
    Outdoor

    Modern Off-the-Grid Retreat in Oregon

    The Watershed is an off-the-grid writer’s retreat that architect Erin Moore designed for her mother, nature writer Kathleen Dean Moore.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Gary Tarleton
    02.26.09

  20. New Trio from Stout Publishers
    Books

    New Trio from Stout Publishers

    One of the joys of coming in to Dwell every morning is passing by William Stout Architectural Books, maybe the best design bookstore I've seen. In addition to shelves and shelves of books on...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    07.15.09

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