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Modern Mud Homes: A New Take on Building in Ghana

A design contest wants Ghanaians to envision modern homes hewn from the material beneath their feet.
October 27, 2014
"Less but Better" by Dieter Rams and "Pantone on Fashion: A Century in Color Design" by Leatrice Eiseman and E.P. Cutler

5 Must-Read Books On Color

New releases on the wonderful world of color—or a palate-cleansing lack thereof.
October 25, 2014
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Painting the Modern World: Color-Saturated Design and Architecture

We dive into the wonderful world of color in Dwell's October 2014 issue, delving into how designers, architects, artists, hotels, companies, and educators saturate their surroundings.
October 25, 2014
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Sneak Peek of Neri & Hu's Home Concept for IMM Cologne 2015

Every year at IMM Cologne, the Das Haus installation gives a designer free reign to re-conceptualize the home in a large-scale installation. This year, Shanghai-based architecture firm Neri & Hu, run by principals Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu, will bring their concept to Cologne. We recently got a glimpse of the design while it was still in progress in Shanghai, and spoke with the designers about their vision. Here, get a sneak peek of the concept and our conversation. We'll be on the ground in Cologne in January to report on the completed design—stay tuned!
October 24, 2014
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Marimekko Unveils Sea-Inspired Collection

Marimekko's spring/summer 2015 collection is the first line by Finnish artist and designer Kustaa Saksi. The characteristically bright array takes on an under-the-sea theme, and features variations of two prints—one inspired by sea anemones and the other by sea grass.
October 24, 2014
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Midcentury Modern Homes of Palm Springs Under Moonlight

The striking midcentury homes of Palm Springs are well-documented in photographs, books, and films. But simply by capturing the houses at night, Melbourne-based photographer Tom Blachford casts them in a whole new light—literally. In his shots, only moonlight illuminates the homes, which were designed by William Krisel and Dan Palmer in the period between 1955 and 1965. Recently displayed in an exhibition at Modern Times in Melbourne, the prints are also for sale.
October 24, 2014
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Inviting Kitchen Built on a Tight Budget

In Austin, Texas, architect Sean Guess forges an inventive industrial kitchen for a cost-conscious couple.
October 24, 2014
The stainless steel Zoku Iced Coffee Maker.

This Mug Makes Iced Coffee in Under 5 Minutes

There are plenty of commuter mugs that are insulated to keep coffee and tea hot, but there are few options for making home iced coffee from a fresh-brewed pot. The Zoku takes a hot 11 ounces of coffee and quickly chills it within the mug for a cold cup. Available for $30.
October 24, 2014
4 Furtif kitchen knives of varying length and size.

Cutting-Edge Knife Requires Sharpening Once Every 25 Years

Since the purpose of a chef’s knife hasn’t changed much in the last century, the design hasn’t really evolved either. Still, one given flaw is that almost all knives, with any amount of use, eventually require sharpening. That means home cooks will either make do with a dull knife, try to sharpen it themselves with a stone, or find a professional to rehabilitate the blade. Furtif manufactures its knives from a sophisticated material that requires sharpening once every 25 years. Available for $138.
October 24, 2014
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