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Coastal Contemporary: 10 Modern Seaside Homes

A home by the sea doesn't have to mean Cape Cod or cottage. As these 10 properties show, coastal living can be modern, chic, and totally contemporary.
May 11, 2015
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Designer Harry Bertoia's Unusual Sound-Making Sculptures

Renowned designer Harry Bertoia (1915–1978) dedicated the latter part of his career to creating metal sound sculptures called Sonambients. Made from naval brass and beryllium, they emit unique tones when activated—some like breathy chimes, others akin to a throaty roar. Bertoia created recordings of the sculptures in the 1970s, and they’re now reissued in honor of his centenary in March 2015. The 11-piece set of LPs or CDs also feature the original cover art; take a look in the slideshow.
May 10, 2015
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14 Must-Own Modern Home Accessories Made in America

Our annual celebration of American design includes a selection of locally made home accessories. Take a look at our new favorite domestic finds, from mirrors to planters.
May 10, 2015

Porsche and Heath Ceramics Talk Timeless Design in a New Video

Porsche visits the studio of legendary American maker Heath Ceramics to discuss what makes its pottery so enduring. Watch a video with owners Catherine Bailey and Robin Petravic to see how Heath continues its commitment to “good design that works its way into your life" nearly seven decades after opening its doors.
May 10, 2015
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Midcentury Gem in Canada Saved from the Wrecking Ball

A 1940s lake house was given new life and an open-plan update thanks to architect Alain Carle.
May 9, 2015
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Energy Storage Expert Jim Kelly Brings Renewables to Railroads

Jim Kelly first began pondering the possibilities and limitations of renewables as a senior vice president of transmission and distribution for Southern California Edison. After 38 years with the state’s second-largest utility, he was named CEO of Advanced Rail Energy Storage, or ARES, which developed a system that draws energy from the grid to run weighted rail cars up an incline. When demand spikes, the cars roll downhill and a regenerative braking system generates electricity that is dispatched back to the grid. On the basis of its quarter-scale test facility in California’s Tehachapi Mountains, ARES received its first commercial commission, in 2014, to deliver reliable, renewable energy to Southern California from Nevada by 2017.
May 9, 2015
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Editor's Picks: 7 Inspiring Examples of American Design

Dwell editor-in-chief Amanda Dameron talks us through Dwell's May 2015 issue.
May 9, 2015
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8 of the Coolest Things We Saw at BKLYN DESIGNS

The latest of edition of NYCxDesign kicked off today with the opening of BKLYN DESIGNS, a celebration of the borough's creative economy that runs through May 10 at Greenpoint's Brooklyn Expo Center.
May 8, 2015