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  1. 8 Surprising Uses for Cinder Blocks
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    8 Surprising Uses for Cinder Blocks

    Cement blocks, commonly used to strengthen and insulate a building, are usually covered up. Left bare, they can also offer a minimalist variation on the traditional red brick theme.

    08.26.14

  2. LEGO Blocks Made from Chocolate
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    LEGO Blocks Made from Chocolate

    File under fantasy materials: LEGO-like blocks made from chocolate. In a Willy Wonka-esque move, designer Akihiro Mizuuchi has created a comestible that can be used to construct edible models....

    written by: Diana Budds
    08.15.14

  3. Reimagined Mobile Dwellings
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    Reimagined Mobile Dwellings

    Ever thought about packing your home on truck trailer? Four architects reimagined the mobile dwelling for an exhibition at Omaha's Kaneko museum. The results, all prefab and all totally...

    written by: Allie Weiss
    08.13.14

  4. 9 Modern Mobile Dwellings
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    9 Modern Mobile Dwellings

    From renovated Airstreams to futuristic cars, these roaming residences represent the past, present, and future of mobile living.

    07.10.14

  5. Circular Affordable Housing Prototype
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    Circular Affordable Housing Prototype

    Inside the shell of the Oyster House prototype lies a new shape for affordable housing.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    06.27.14

  6. Lighting Up Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House
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    Lighting Up Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House

    Two Chicago multimedia artists want to flip the switch on a Mies masterpiece to create an immersive experience.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    05.27.14

  7. Incredible Modernist Architecture From Latvia
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    Incredible Modernist Architecture From Latvia

    An exhibition at the Venice Biennale showcases the Baltic state’s unique post-war styles and structures.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    05.21.14

  8.  Shape: Doodles for Design Learning
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    Shape: Doodles for Design Learning

    A cartoon created by the Dublin City Council aims to get kids to question and shape their environment.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    04.30.14

  9. Glass Sculptures Use Magazines as Art
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    Glass Sculptures Use Magazines as Art

    Brooklyn-based contemporary artist Dustin Yellin places the pages of Dwell at the core of his transparent works.

    written by: Rob Colvin
    04.15.14

  10. How to Shop for Marble
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    How to Shop for Marble

    There's no denying the appeal of marble in the home—it's one of the most prized materials in kitchens and baths. To shed some light on the buying process, we interviewed expert Arthur Moloian,...

    written by: Diana Budds
    01.15.14

  11. 8 Modern Carports
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    8 Modern Carports

    Though it's sometimes looked down upon as a dowdy counterpart to its enclosed cousin, the garage, the carport is a functional and—as these examples from Dwell's archives suggest—often elegant touch...

    written by: William Lamb
    01.02.14

  12. A Prefab Housing Concept in South Africa
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    A Prefab Housing Concept in South Africa

    It took 11 years of traversing through three different countries for Eric Bigot to develop his Zenkaya prefab housing concept. Designed to bring peace of mind to impoverished South Africans, the...

    written by: Christopher Bright
    photos by: Dook
    11.05.13

  13. Imaginative Playgrounds by Monstrum
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    Imaginative Playgrounds by Monstrum

    Designers often talk about the importance of play, emphasizing its power to create creative breakthroughs. Design firm Monstrum, based in Denmark, took that idea one step further and decided to...

    written by: Johanna Björk
    09.09.13

  14. 14 Creative Solutions for Book Display and Storage
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    14 Creative Solutions for Book Display and Storage

    We've all had that moment, when we either need to purge our books, box them up and stick them in storage, or do something about creating more space for them. To follow, clever fixes—some familiar,...

    written by: Erika Heet
    08.14.13

  15. 5 Chalkboard Walls in Kitchens and Kids' Rooms
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    5 Chalkboard Walls in Kitchens and Kids' Rooms

    A coat of chalkboard paint on the wall adds a fun and useful accent to any room in the house, from a spot to scribble in kids' rooms to a keeper of to-do lists in the kitchen.

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    08.09.13

  16. Designing for Kids: 5 Rooms That Put the Fun in Functional
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    Designing for Kids: 5 Rooms That Put the Fun in Functional

    For a youthful perspective on design's playful potential, look no farther than this slideshow. These five rooms put the fun back in functional.

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    08.08.13

  17. Kickstarter of the Week: Food Huggers
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    Kickstarter of the Week: Food Huggers

    A pair of industrial designers mines their prospective audience to drum up funding for a simple yet genius kitchen product.

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    07.09.13

  18. Design Made from Recycled Books
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    Design Made from Recycled Books

    On Saturday June 29, 2013, designer Brian Gennett will show his work at Chung King Studio in Los Angeles for Chinatown Design Night. "I am a designer of interiors and objects, based in Los Angeles,...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    06.27.13

  19. A Super-Recycled House in the Netherlands
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    A Super-Recycled House in the Netherlands

    In the eastern Netherlands, resourceful recyclers Superuse Studios have built a house almost entirely out of locally-sourced scrap, from old billboards to broken umbrellas. Here's a look at how...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    photos by: Mark Seelen
    06.07.13

  20. Family House with a Secret Room
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    Family House with a Secret Room

    This house on Lake Wenatchee in Washington was designed to be "cozy for two and comfortable for a crowd," as architect John DeForest puts it—thanks in part to a hidden media room.

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    05.03.13

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