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The Best Modern Speakers

Speakers run the gamut from sculptural to stealthy, stationary to portable. These designs look as good as they sound.
September 11, 2014

Essential Tech Products for a Greener Home

Master your interior domain with devices designed to optimize light, temperature, and atmosphere.
September 11, 2014
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Must-Have Tech Products for a Modern Home Office

These accoutrements will make your home office work as hard as you do.
September 11, 2014
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August Smart Lock is Both Functional and Attractive

Smart lock systems are one of those inventions that sound like more trouble than they’re worth, but when done right, they’re a boon to anyone who shares an apartment or home, either for Airbnb or lending a beach house to visiting friends. The August Smart Lock, now available in Apple stores, is a well-designed and highly functional option.
September 4, 2014
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5 Portable Sound Devices We Love

These slim, portable speakers and radios are a convenient option for listening to your favorite tunes and podcasts. Minimally designed with clever details, these five devices from the Dwell Store add a modern touch to your audio setup.
August 22, 2014
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Prefab Passive House on San Juan Islands

When two retired teachers decided to build a new home, they knew they wanted an energy-efficient, no-stress Passive House design that would support aging in place. The resulting 1,800-square-foot house is the first Certified Passive House on the San Juan Islands in Washington, and it’s only the fourth in the state. The home, designed by Olympia-based firm The Artisans Group, has a circular floor plan that centers around a prefabricated pod that contains the kitchen and two bathrooms. In order to achieve its Passive status, the residence features an air-sealed exterior shell that provides insulation, efficient windows and doors, and a heat recovery ventilator to keep it warm in the winter. In the summer, careful window placement and shades ensure the space won't overheat.
August 14, 2014
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Smart Toothbrush Tracks Your Brushing Habits

For the people who use them regularly, fitness trackers give feedback that can be the difference between staying on the couch and getting up and going for a walk. It seems logical that the same motivation-through-metrics idea might eventually make its way to toothbrushing. When synched with the free Oral B app on an iOS or Android device, the Oral-B SmartSeries brushes connect via Bluetooth and give x-y graphs showing your brushing habits. Two models will be available: $219 for the Oral-B SmartSeries 7000 and $159 for the Oral-B SmartSeries 5000.
August 14, 2014
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Tech-Savvy Homes

We are still years away from Jetson-esque digs, but the residents of these seven homes rely on cutting-edge technology for greener, cohesive, and more comfortable homes.
August 13, 2014
In Los Angeles, a technology entrepreneur turned residential developer introduces a new line of modern, LEED-certified prefab houses.

9 Energy-Efficient Prefab Homes

Prefabrication can be used to solve anything from budget concerns to building obstacles. Packed with a range of sustainable features, these prefab homes tackle environmental issues, too.
August 7, 2014