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  1. coolcapitals Cool Case Finalists
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    coolcapitals Cool Case Finalists

    coolcapitals.com and Dwell teamed up for the second year in a row to bring you a "cool" design competition! We asked for smart-phone cover designs that represent and fuse the unique...

    written by: Ralston O'Neill
    08.24.10

  2. The Youngest Guns Contest
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    The Youngest Guns Contest

    Once again, we're jostling our way into the hallowed halls of academia to ask for images of student-created work.

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    12.20.11

  3. 'Woodstock Trees' by Sebastian Mariscal
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    'Woodstock Trees' by Sebastian Mariscal

    We here at Dwell are big fans of Sebastian Mariscal's work; we've featured his projects in the magazine several times over the years (see here and here) and have an amazing house he designed in...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    07.04.11

  4. Supplant Your Lawn
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    Supplant Your Lawn

    It’s both water-wise and 
wallet-wise to consider alternatives to a grassy lawn. As 
more homeowners reach this conclusion, inventive designers are finding new ways to achieve beautiful,...

    written by: Amber Bravo
    02.21.10

  5. Shipping Container Retail Design
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    Shipping Container Retail Design

    I wish I could see this cool new pop-up shop in person, but alas, it's in Manhattan and only until October 31. It's the first (albeit temporary) retail store for fashion designer Richard Chai, set...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    10.22.10

  6. 10 clever storage ideas for the bathroom
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    10 clever storage ideas for the bathroom

    Flummoxed by the ever-present need for storage in the bathroom? Here are 10 ways to stash all your bath supplies in a modern way.

    written by: Erika Heet
    04.07.14

  7. Winner: Coolcapitals Cool Case Contest
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    Winner: Coolcapitals Cool Case Contest

    This was a tough one! After much deliberation, our judges are excited to announce the grand-prize winner of the Coolcapitals Cool Case competition.

    written by: Amanda Dameron
    09.01.10

  8. Playhaus Design Competition is Coming Soon!
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    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

  9. Vintage Design on a Dime
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    Vintage Design on a Dime

    We profiled The Vintage Bazaar, a pop-up market in Chicago started by Libby Alexander and Katherine Raz, as our October 2011 Design Finder. Here, Libby welcomes us into her home where she shares...

    written by: Libby Alexander
    10.28.11

  10. Water Wise Finalists
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    Water Wise Finalists

    We are very pleased to present this gallery dedicated to our talented top finalists in our Water Wise competition, sponsored by Kohler. All the creative solutions made for a very difficult decision...

    written by: Amanda Dameron
    07.19.10

  11. A Tree Grows in the Dogpatch
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    A Tree Grows in the Dogpatch

    Located in the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco, Treehouse Gallery is part of a movement of contemporary artistic practice that reconsiders the gallery space as a place for community dialogue...

    written by: Meredith MacKenzie
    04.11.11

  12. Architectural Virtual Reality
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    Architectural Virtual Reality

    Last year we posted a video that architect Sebastian Mariscal shared with us; a cinematic architectural rendering that takes viewers on a virtual tour of a project he designed in Woodstock, New...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    01.14.12

  13. Bar, Desk, NewYorker
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    Bar, Desk, NewYorker

    The NewYorker is a savvy bit of furniture by designer Jen Turner that is at once a desk and a bar. We featured it in the November 2011 issue's 101 story on renting and here we present the fine bit...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    10.06.11

  14. Winner: Color Me Impressed, Round 1
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    Winner: Color Me Impressed, Round 1

    Join us in congratulating Cara Veeder for her submission, Josef Albers' Dinner Party! Designer's Statement: Josef Albers, in his unique approach to color, always begins the paintings in his Homag...

    written by: Ralston O'Neill
    08.28.10

  15. A Prefab Housing Concept in South Africa
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    A Prefab Housing Concept in South Africa

    It took 11 years of traversing through three different countries for Eric Bigot to develop his Zenkaya prefab housing concept. Designed to bring peace of mind to impoverished South Africans, the...

    written by: Christopher Bright
    photos by: Dook
    11.05.13

  16. Introducing SEMIHandmade
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    Introducing SEMIHandmade

    Eight years ago John McDonald had never picked up a woodworking tool in his life. An aspiring screenwriter in Los Angeles with a day job waiting tables, the frustrated 34 year old decided to try...

    written by: Laure Joliet
    11.04.10

  17. MAIK's Experimental Danish Design
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    MAIK's Experimental Danish Design

    Pronounced "make," MAIK is an experimental Danish design brand founded in 2009 by Andreas Sachse and Rune Rex. I spotted it when I was in Copenhagen last fall and although it was closed, I was able...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    04.02.12

  18. Inventables: Materials Database
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    Inventables: Materials Database

    Zach Kaplan is looking out for the little guys. In 2002, he launched Inventables, an extensive library of high-tech materials from manufacturers and innovators like Dupont and 3Form. The initial...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    01.11.11

  19. Japan Relief: Designs to Inspire
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    Japan Relief: Designs to Inspire

    One of the most devastating crises to hit Japan in over 60 years, the March earthquake and tsunami left the country shocked, traumatized and distressed. Though the disaster was horrific,...

    written by: Kelly Cooper
    08.09.11

  20. Seinfood Posters
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    Seinfood Posters

    No Soup for You, the marble rye, Junior Mints in the operating theater, Kenny Roger's chicken, Mackinaw peaches, the big salad. Seinfeld never skimped on the food jokes, and a new show of 20 prints...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    02.28.12

  21. 8 Modern Carports
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    8 Modern Carports

    Though it's sometimes looked down upon as a dowdy counterpart to its enclosed cousin, the garage, the carport is a functional and—as these examples from Dwell's archives suggest—often elegant touch...

    written by: William Lamb
    01.02.14

  22. And the Water Wise Winners Are...
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    And the Water Wise Winners Are...

    We teamed up with Kohler in hot pursuit of a common enemy—the water hog—and we asked you to submit your water-saving solutions for a “Water Wise” future. The submissions...

    written by: Ralston O'Neill
    06.27.10

  23. Yerba Buena Street Life Plan
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    Yerba Buena Street Life Plan

    Recently in San Francisco, the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District and CMG Landscape Architecture unveiled the Yerba Buena Street Life Plan. The plan is meant to serve as a master plan for the...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Miyoko Ohtake
    08.08.11

  24. Smart Storage Solutions for the Modern Home
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    Smart Storage Solutions for the Modern Home

    Here are nine residences from the Dwell archives that apply the philosophy of "less is more" by stealthily hiding unnecessary clutter and creating smart storage solutions for various rooms in the...

    written by: Jami Smith
    01.29.14

  25. 5 Luxurious All-White Bathrooms
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    5 Luxurious All-White Bathrooms

    White traditionally signifies purity and cleanliness—and where better to send that signal than in the bathroom? Take inspiration from these five luxurious, all-white rooms.

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    09.01.13

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