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A gallery of well-designed pop-up shops

12 Great Pop-Up Shops

An experiential alternative to staid brick-and-mortar stores, pop-up shops are like the food trucks of retail—nimble, creative, and fleeting. Pioneered by L.A. marketing firm Vacant at the turn of the millennium, the concept has evolved from being a catalyst for limited-edition retail launches to housing everything from book stores and salons to restaurants. The low barrier to entry and high commercial vacancy rate can lead to structures in which the location and goods outshine the design. But many retailers have created limited-time outlets that make an impression that lasts much longer than the lease. Here are some of Dwell’s favorite examples of the trend.
June 28, 2014
it takes a village exterior close up suqare

6 Tiny Texas Spaces

Texas is famous for supersized everything, but these six buildings are daringly diminutive.
June 27, 2014
Renovation of Ground Cafe at Yale University's Becton School by Bentel and Bentel Architects incorporates neon color in contrast to concrete and walnut paneling.

4 Award-Winning Small Spaces

The results of the American Institute of Architects' 11th annual Small Project Awards are in—and Dwell has the scoop on the smartest spaces under 1,000 square feet.
June 27, 2014
circular logic oyster house living room

Circular Affordable Housing Prototype

Inside the shell of the Oyster House prototype lies a new shape for affordable housing.
June 27, 2014
image 7 east terrace aerial mockup

Frank Gehry Unveils Master Plan for Philadelphia Museum of Art

Working almost entirely within the landmark museum building's shell, Gehry devises a plan to add 78,000 square feet of new gallery space.
June 26, 2014
Utah home exterior patio with sliding glass doors

Modern Across America: Salt Lake City

In our Modern Across America issue, we spotlighted five American cities with design scenes worth watching. Despite its geographical separation from mid-century hotbeds such as Chicago and Southern California, Salt Lake City has long been connected to modernism in the United States. Here are some of our favorite Salt Lake City projects from the Dwell archives.
June 26, 2014
The facade of the Farley Studio presents a clean, minimalist space–a stark contrast to the colorful clutter of the painting studio hidden behind corrugated-metal walls at the back of the house.

Modern Across America: Dallas, Texas

In our Modern Across America issue, we spotlighted five American cities with design scenes worth watching. Dallas's oversized image can sometimes eclipse the city’s architecture landscape, which features the work of many forward-thinking planners and visionaries. Here are some of our favorite of the city's projects from the Dwell archives.
June 26, 2014
boling house dining room

Modern Across America: Cincinnati, Ohio

In our Modern Across America issue, we spotlighted five American cities with design scenes worth watching. Once commonly referred to as the “Paris of America” due to its significant architectural projects, this 19th-century boomtown is experiencing a 21st-century design boom. Here are some of our favorite Cincinnati projects from the Dwell archives.
June 26, 2014
Charleston renovation kitchen interior with wood table and hanging light fixtures

Modern Across America: Charleston, South Carolina

In our Modern Across America issue, we spotlighted five American cities with design scenes worth watching. Known in part for its well-preserved architecture, Charleston is making a new name for itself as a modern craft and design hub. Here are some of our favorite of the city's projects from the Dwell archives.
June 26, 2014
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