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Essential Small-Space Living Tips

In our September 2014 issue, we feature compact homes from British Columbia to Los Angeles that make the most of their compact square footage. Here, some of the featured homeowners share their tried-and-tested tips for maximizing a small space.
July 26, 2014
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Designing a Home to Accommodate Alzheimer’s

For a couple coping with Alzheimer’s, a thoughtful addition creates a comfortable, long-term solution.
July 25, 2014
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Modern Hawaii House Built on Lava Flow

Built on a Hawaiian lava flow, an architect’s first substantial house in concrete reflects its craggy surroundings.
July 25, 2014
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The Design Community that Defines New York City

A biennial at New York's MAD Museum, open through October 12, 2014, explores the rich design community of New York City—a group whose creations set the tone of the ever-shifting city. "It’s expensive to have space to produce and make one’s work in New York City," says curator Jake Yuzna. "Those who choose to come to NYC, and/or stay in NYC, fight against that tide—they strive to change the cultural landscape of the city, and through their adaptive practices, are doing it." Click through the slideshow for a look at some of the pieces on view.
July 24, 2014
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Smart Kitchen Scale Is The New Food Journal

If the glut of fitness trackers available on the market is any indication, measurements and numbers motivate people. That fact works well for activity and movement, which can be easily monitored using accelerometers, but there hasn’t yet been an elegant solution for logging food consumption, a far greater factor in overall health. We’ve been mostly limited to elegant text-input food journals, which feel tedious and imprecise next to the dynamic graphs produced by fitness trackers. The Escali kitchen scale aims to take some of the tedium out of that process. It also integrates with the UP by Jawbone system, so nutrition information collected from the scale can be used for better body tracking all around. Available for $99.95.
July 22, 2014
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Thriving Micro-Living Model

A professor takes the first step toward creating a new model for micro-living in San Diego.
July 22, 2014
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Playful Artist-Designed Notebooks

Plumb is a new line of notebooks designed and illustrated by contemporary artists. For the fall 2014 collection, artists Jason Polan, Nathaniel Russell, and Linda Geary created eclectic journals based on their artistic practices. Click through the slideshow to see the playful creations, and then check out other notebooks we love here.
July 22, 2014
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Supercooling Freezers—The Future of Refrigerators?

Manufacturers have added carbonation systems, fancy ice-makers, and video monitors to refrigerators, but the general idea of having two temperatures for the freezer and main unit have generally stayed the same for decades. Now, Mitsubishi has announced a line of refrigerators, including the MR-WX71Y and MR-WX61Y, that use a process called supercooling to chill food to three degrees below freezing. Available only in Japan, beginning August 2014, for $4,100.
July 21, 2014
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Wi-Fi Speaker System for Better Home Music Listening

Bluetooth speakers are fantastic for using outdoors or while traveling, but the wireless format compresses the data so that sound quality gets diminished. For listening to high-quality music at home, a Wi-Fi system like the one from Bluesound is ideal. The Pulse connects to a home Wi-Fi network through a multi-step process of password entries and location designations, but once it’s set up, it will remember everything. Available for $700.
July 21, 2014
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