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  1. Birdhouses
    Product Reviews

    Birdhouses

    Dear Dwell: We'd like to get a modern-looking birdhouse. Which ones will look best in our backyard? —Erik Edwards, St. Louis, Missouri

    written by: Christopher Bright
    photos by: Peter Belanger
    01.01.09

  2. Brooms
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    Brooms

    Dear Dwell: I'm tired of my old generic broom. Are there any specialized products on the market that are both hip and functional? —Edward Charles, Austin, Texas

    written by: Christopher Bright
    photos by: Peter Belanger
    01.26.09

  3. Pure and Symbol
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    Pure and Symbol

    Steeped in the past but firmly grounded in the present, the designs of Satyendra Pakhalé merge futuristic shapes with centuries-old crafting techniques.

    written by: Jane Szita
    photos by: Adam Broomberg
    01.26.09

  4. Air Purifiers
    Product Reviews

    Air Purifiers

    Dear Dwell, I've been hearing a lot about air purifiers lately. Are they really helpful, and are there any that won't stick out like a sore thumb in my living room? Dee Koufax, Minnetonka, M...

    written by: Christopher Bright
    photos by: Peter Belanger
    01.26.09

  5. Trash Bins
    Product Reviews

    Trash Bins

    Dear Dwell, I pride myself on recycling each week, but I'm unhappy with the unorganized mess of bottles and cans in my kitchen. Are there any attractive options for trash bins that integrate re...

    written by: Christopher Bright
    photos by: Hunter Freeman
    03.03.09

  6. Cable Organizers
    Product Reviews

    Cable Organizers

    Dear Dwell, I've recently renovated my home office. While I could not be happier with the results, I cannot find an elegant solution for organizing the mess of cords behind my desk. Do you have a...

    written by: William Lamb
    photos by: Aya Brackett
    03.03.09

  7. Making the Future
    Design 101

    Making the Future

    We live in a manufactured world. But is it some kind of utopia, full of iPods, Swiffers, and pre-cut fruit? Or is it a proverbial hell on earth, physically destroying half the planet while eating...

    written by: Andrew Blum
    01.31.09

  8. A Three-Factory Tour
    Design 101

    A Three-Factory Tour

    Inside vast concrete buildings all over the world, gizmos and gears (assisted by human hands, of course) assemble everything from enormous plasma TVs to endless rolls of colorful fabric to high-end...

    written by: Sam Grawe
    01.31.09

  9. LG Factory Tour
    Design 101

    LG Factory Tour

    It is an overcast morning in Gumi. Contrary to a name that evokes cute rainbows of fruit flavor, the view from the hotel window consists of a salvage yard, a river with wide, sandy banks, and a...

    written by: Sam Grawe
    01.31.09

  10. Chris Kabel on The Shady Lace Parasol
    Design 101

    Chris Kabel on The Shady Lace Parasol

    In early 2003 Droog Design invited me and several other Dutch designers to collaborate with the local industries around Lille to design products for the Lille 2004 Cultural Capital of Europe ...

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    01.31.09

  11. Emiliano Godoy on Knitted Pieces
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    Emiliano Godoy on Knitted Pieces

    I am really interested in pieces made using vegetable-based, biodegradable materials.

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    01.31.09

  12. A Note on Our Expert: John Sencion
    A Note on Our Expert

    A Note on Our Expert: John Sencion

    John Sencion is “cocaptain” of Flight 001, the travel store that is every frequent flyer’s jet dream.

    02.26.09

  13. A Note on Our Expert

    A Note on Our Expert: Susumu Ueda

    Executive chef Susumu Ueda was born in the United States and raised in Japan and has lived everywhere from Belgrade to Athens.

    01.01.09

  14. Rest Easy: 3 Eco-friendly Mattresses
    Product Reviews

    Rest Easy: 3 Eco-friendly Mattresses

    As the ill effects of many a mattress become crystal-clear, never before has the saying “You snooze, you lose” held more weight. Thankfully, there are some great options out there that...

    written by: Shonquis Moreno
    photos by: Dean Kaufman
    02.04.09

  15. A Note on Our Expert

    A Note on Our Expert: Arshad Chowdury

    Arshad Chowdhury is the cofounder of MetroNaps, the first company to provide midday napping facilities in the form of handsome fiberglass pods (shown opposite).

    01.01.09

  16. A Note on Our Expert

    A Note on Our Expert: Peter Stathis

    Peter Stathis is the principal of a leading collaborative design venture, Virtual Studio, which specializes in consumer products, and has worked with Arstecnica, KnollStudio, Nambé, and OXO.

    01.01.09

  17. A Note on Our Expert

    A Note on Our Expert: Daniel Patterson

    Daniel Patterson is the owner and executive chef of Coi Restaurant in San Francisco. Coi, which means “tranquil” in archaic French, is just that: a quiet refuge amid the flamboyant flash of strip...

    01.01.09

  18. Design Junkie
    Profiles

    Design Junkie

    "I guess from a young age I collected things that interested me—picked up bizarre things from the street, put them in boxes, or took them to my room."

    written by: Michael Grozik
    03.04.09

  19. Miele Self-Opening Dishwasher
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    Miele Self-Opening Dishwasher

    Miele's new La Perla series dishwashers (available in late fall 2008) have an automatic door opening and closing system that aids in air-drying your sparkling-clean dishes, saving energy used by...

    written by: David A. Greene
    09.08.08

  20. Modern Memo Board
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    Modern Memo Board

    No matter how hard I try to live a life that's clutter free, it seems there's not really a way to eliminate the need for a place to tack things up where I can see them.

    written by: Laure Joliet
    09.17.08

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