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  1. The Big Easy
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    The Big Easy

    Most prefab manufacturing facilities house loads of heavy machinery, but not every design must be constructed on the factory line.

    written by: Michael Sylvester
    01.28.09

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. Remade Wasteland
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    Remade Wasteland

    As the United States moves into the post-industrial era, it’s the rare city that doesn’t find itself with too many abandoned factory-age relics and too few parks. After fits and starts...

    06.09.10

  5. Houses We Love Winner Announced
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    Houses We Love Winner Announced

    The votes have been cast, and the winner has been selected—congratulations to Zurich–based firm Nimmrichter CDA for designing an exemplary House We Love.

    written by: Amanda Dameron
    06.27.10

  6. Runners Up, Color Me Impressed Round Two
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    Runners Up, Color Me Impressed Round Two

    We loved perusing the entries from the latest round of the Glidden Paint and Dwell.com Color Me Impressed Design Competition - so we decided to post our favorites! Check out our final four. First...

    written by: Ralston O'Neill
    10.19.10

  7. 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

  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. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. Bar, Desk, NewYorker
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    Bar, Desk, NewYorker

    The NewYorker is a savvy bit of furniture by designer Jen Turner that is at once a desk and a bar. We featured it in the November 2011 issue's 101 story on renting and here we present the fine bit...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    10.06.11

  19. Hideaway Cachet
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    Hideaway Cachet

    A quirky mountain refuge by French designer Charlotte Perriand is an ingenious take on small-space living.

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    11.01.12

  20. Clever Kitchen Storage Trick
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    Clever Kitchen Storage Trick

    What to do if you want a small, minimalist kitchen—but, like any normal person, you have lots of stuff you need to stash away? In this farmhouse in Outgaarden, Belgian architects 51n4e devised a...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    04.03.13

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