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  1. Free City Shop, Los Angeles
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    Free City Shop, Los Angeles

    Nina Garduno recently opened her shop Free City—a mix between an actual store and a design commune–on Highland Avenue in Hollywood. She started the company in 2002, inspired by her ...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    11.01.10

  2. Girl Talk
    Essay

    Girl Talk

    The world’s most popular doll, dressed in architect’s garb: friend or foe to a profession already suffering from a pronounced gender gap?

    written by: Alexandra Lange
    06.27.12

  3. Last Minute Ideas for Kids

    Last Minute Ideas for Kids

    We are a family that loves Nerf guns, whoopee cushions and arcade prizes as much as the next one, but they always end up in the trash too soon due to their lack of longevity. After going through...

    written by: Erika Heet
    12.19.09

  4. Big Fun for Little People

    Big Fun for Little People

    One of the really fun things about having kids – or just spending a lot of time with them – is sharing the toys, books, and activities that were so much fun for you when you were young, and getting...

    written by: Jennifer McKinley
    12.07.10

  5. 7 London Products We Love

    7 London Products We Love

    The London Design Festival kicked off Saturday, and we, like the rest of the design world, is waiting with bated breath to see who shows up and what comes out of this year's events. Our own Dwell...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    09.20.11

  6. Playhaus Design Competition is Coming Soon!
    A Great Idea

    Playhaus Design Competition is Coming Soon!

    We're getting our hands dirty and joining James Hardie in the sandbox for our upcoming design competition, Playhaus. Your mission—should you choose to accept the challenge—is to wow us...

    written by: Dwell Staff
    07.01.11

  7. A Visit to HAY Copenhagen
    Travel Reports

    A Visit to HAY Copenhagen

    I just returned to the office from a trip to Copenhagen spent reporting a handful of stories for the magazine and scouting future projects. A highlight of the trip was my visit to HAY, a fantastic...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    11.15.11

  8. The Toddlers of Dwell Review 5 Modern Playhouses
    Product Reviews

    The Toddlers of Dwell Review 5 Modern Playhouses

    All it takes to play is a healthy imagination, 
but a modern playhouse adds to the fun.

    written by: Sam Grawe
    photos by: Peter Belanger
    07.15.11

  9. Park Life, San Francisco
    Travel Reports

    Park Life, San Francisco

    I was in San Francisco's Inner Richmond neighborhood a few days ago, and stopped by one of my favorite shops: Park Life, a cool and highly unconventional gallery and shop. It opened in 2006, the...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    10.19.10

  10. LEGO® Design Competition Finalists
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    LEGO® Design Competition Finalists

    Dwell joined forces with Pacific Standard Time to appeal to the architect—and child—within us all. The challenge was to construct a model of an original home inspired by iconic...

    written by: Ralston O'Neill
    05.14.12

  11. Gary

    Gary

    Meet Gary. He's a rustic, robot-esque fellow whose hemp-twined limbs and oak and pine body will withstand even the toughest playtime sessions. Swedish design team Our Children's Gorilla have...

  12. Tidy Books Box
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    Tidy Books Box

    Conceptualized by a Parisian violin maker and handmade of limewood with a water-based finish, the Tidy Books Box allows kids to select books from their covers rather than their spines.

    written by: Erika Heet
    01.01.11

  13. Alexander Girard Memory Game

    Alexander Girard Memory Game

    Alexander Girard’s designs spiced up Herman Miller’s Action Office nearly four decades ago, but today these environmental enrichment panels have a new audience to engage—your...

    $320.00

  14. Dado Cubes

    Dado Cubes

    Get your kids into the groove with Dado Cubes, a set of ten durable plastic nesting blocks that stack up to make all kinds of neat constructions. Each piece has a slit on all four sides, allowing...

    $27.50

  15. Shapemaker Wooden Toy

    Shapemaker Wooden Toy

    Kids' toys run the gamut from good-looking to garish, educational to, well, questionably useful in a young one's life. But you can never go wrong with a classic set of blocks, and millergoodman's...

    $27.50

  16. Push Pull Rolling Toy

    Push Pull Rolling Toy

    It's tough to remember all the way back when our only possessions were playthings, and everything we owned could be carted around the house with pride. Scot and Amy Herbst of Kaiku designed the...

    $165.00

  17. PushPull Rolling Toy

    PushPull Rolling Toy

    PushPull provides the perfect accompaniment for the epic trek from playroom to bedroom. The Baltic birch roller is sturdy enough to tote a teddy bear, rubber ball, The Runaway Bunny, and straggling...

    $165.00

  18. Bananagrams

    Bananagrams

    Does your pulse race at the sight of a Scrabble match in progress? Heart beat fast when Boggle is near? Is Words With Friends cutting into your real live social life? (ed note: Yes to all of the...

    $14.99

  19. The Norsk Face
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    The Norsk Face

    Marianne Lien and Lasse Altern Halvorsen opened Pur Norsk in Oslo in 2006 to seek out and promote the finest in Norweigan design. Can Pur Dansk be far behind? 

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    09.28.09

  20. Boston in Your Hands
    Travel Reports

    Boston in Your Hands

    The latest Play Date at Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art was held last weekend, to much applause and hands-on revelry in the spirit of planning. Titled 'Design a City: Boston In Your Hands'...

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    06.09.10

  21. Fine Finnish: Master Bedroom
    House Tours

    Fine Finnish: Master Bedroom

    Despite its serene appearance, the master bedroom is an active, multifunctional space. The family sits together on the bed to read and watch cartoons: Tove Jansson’s Moomin, about trolls who...

    03.07.11

  22. Product Spotlight: Streamliner Classic by Playsam
    Product Reviews

    Product Spotlight: Streamliner Classic by Playsam

    Help develop and tune your child's fine motor skills with the sleek Streamliner Classic by Scandinavian design company, Playsam. Designed by Ulf Hanses, this non-toxic lacquer painted wooden toy...

    written by: Eujin Rhee
    04.04.13

  23. Product Spotlight: 2of2 goods
    Product Reviews

    Product Spotlight: 2of2 goods

    We're smitten with the delightful world brother/sister designers, Dan and Meredith Dundin, have created with their company 2of2 goods.

    written by: Megan Hamaker
    04.10.13

  24. 5 Must-Have Green Products This Summer
    Green

    5 Must-Have Green Products This Summer

    From lounging outdoors to dancing the night away, make the most of your summer with these green, party-ready products.

    written by: Olivia Martin
    07.15.13

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