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Simple beach house exterior in New Zealand

The Most Popular Homes in Dwell: 21-40

A few months ago we presented the 20 most popular homes ever to appear in Dwell. Here we share the long-awaited second installment, numbers 21 through 40.
January 14, 2013
Modern Abalone House by David Bryan with living roof

Rana Creek: The Design Firm Bringing Architecture to Life

In a nursery off the coast of Monterey, California, Rana Creek raises millions of plants each year. From there, many will be raised again, off their grids of soil and up onto roofs and walls, providing the living skins for architectural projects dotting the West, and now New York, Canada, and China. The team’s commitment to intelligent ecological design and restoration has produced a lineup of big projects by big names, from William McDonough to Renzo Piano to César Pelli. Look for the people who engineered and vegetated the Mediterranean roof atop the Gap headquarters, or the undulating shoulders caught mid-shrug above the California Academy of Sciences, or the 5.4-acre park planned for San Francisco’s Transbay Transit Center. You’ll find Rana Creek.
January 7, 2013
a new leaf

A Clever Window Treatment: Bus Graphics

From an unlikely source comes a clever privacy solution for a pair of prefabbed town houses in Los Angeles.
January 7, 2013
Vintage brass chandelier

Buying Vintage Modern Furniture on Craigslist

One intrepid writer goes on the hunt for quality, authentic vintage modern furniture on Craigslist, with humorous (and happy) results.
January 7, 2013
Aesop San Francisco store

San Francisco's New Aesop Shop

We recently got the chance to pop into the new Aesop shop in San Francisco, a charming little boutique that opened December 20th. Located on the shopper's paradise of Fillmore Street in Pacific Heights, the cork-and-pine shop cuts an understated figure when compared to flashy retail outlets like Jonathan Adler or Marc Jacobs down the block. That's par for the course with Aesop, a brand of Melbourne-based cosmetics and body products. Over the last decade, the company has built up a clutch of fantastic retail spaces done by an enviable array of architects. An Aesop interior tends to emphasize one material—corrugated cardboard, pine boxes, a giant sink—making it, not the rows of creams and balms, the star. In San Francisco, the first Aesop shop on the West Coast, the star is a welter of pine boxes jutting out from one wall designed by NADAAA, a Boston firm that also did an Aesop store in Manhattan. About this time last year we had a long chat with Aesop founder Dennis Paphitis about what drives the design culture at his company, how he thinks about interior space, and what precisely he means by "exaggerated minimalism."
December 31, 2012

State of America Print Series by Julian Montague, an online purveyor of both original and historic reproduction prints and photographs, recently commissioned the State of America graphic print series by artist Julian Montague. The collection of official various symbols of the 50 United States is both weird and wonderful: There are the usual suspects one might expect (leaves, amphibia, fruits, birds, still more fruits, still more birds), but then there are a wasp, potato, shark teeth, and a trilobite, too. (That last would be Pennsylvania's.) And who knew Connecticut goes in for the mantis, while Iowa favors a catfish? Click through to see a selection of these bright, modern prints.
December 31, 2012

To Live and Build in Palm Springs

We were recently in Palm Springs soaking up the sun and the majesty of the town's mid-century design. But we also made a point of ferreting out some of the best contemporary architecture in a city that can feel, at times, like a modernist museum. Architect Sean Lockyer gave us a tour of a few of his projects, houses across the Coachella Valley that continue on in the great post-war tradition of desert modernism. Here he shares his ideas about what makes for great contemporary design and what it means to build in a vintage paradise. 
December 24, 2012

Keep Calma

At their Buenos Aires shop, a couple reissues classic Argentine designs—and moves the regional furniture design field forward, one “simple object” at a time.
December 22, 2012
Simple modern design prefab home

The Year in Review: Dwell's Top 12 Homes of 2012

2012 is coming to a close, and to celebrate a year in modern architecture, we've collected our 12 favorite stories, one for each month. Click through for a dose of design inspiration.
December 20, 2012