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  1. Low-Tech Utopia
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    Low-Tech Utopia

    People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones, which probably isn't an issue when the glass house is a commune.

    written by: Femke Bijlsma
    photos by: Alessio Guarino
    04.30.09

  2. Off the Beaten Path
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    Off the Beaten Path

    A dramatic departure from your typical cabin on the lake, this unique retreat adds shades of black to a tiny island awash with local color.

    written by: Eric Lawlor
    photos by: Chad Holder
    04.30.09

  3. Piet Hein Eek
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    Piet Hein Eek

    Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek is best known for his intricately composed scrap wood furniture—each piece a one-of-a-kind creation that merges artisan handcraft with skilled design processes....

    written by: Sam Grawe
    04.30.09

  4. Touring Switzerland: Day 3
    Travel Reports

    Touring Switzerland: Day 3

    Things commenced this morning under the gray skies again, though this time, instead of nattering about Zurich, we were off to the rural byways of Langenthal, a quaint little town reputed for its...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    04.29.09

  5. LA's Restored Overlook Park
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    LA's Restored Overlook Park

    This week LA unveiled its newest park, a 50-acre greenspace that sits 500 feet above the city just southwest of Downtown, on a plot of land that was historically part of the Baldwin Hills oil...

    written by: Laure Joliet
    04.29.09

  6. From Stockholm, With Love
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    From Stockholm, With Love

    The problem with loving all things Scandinavian is that for those of us in the United States, the objects of our affection are at least 4,000 miles away. While some larger companies make...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    04.29.09

  7. Carte Blanche Prints

    Carte Blanche Prints

    For those looking for stunning photography prints at an accessible price point, have no fear. Founded by Frenchwoman Gwen Lafage, Carte Blanche, located on Valencia Street in San Francisco, offers...

    $69.00

  8. Crinkle Cup by Rob Brandt

    Crinkle Cup by Rob Brandt

    Who says Dixie cups are only for drinking beverages in your college days? This ceramic cup first made its debut in 1975 by Netherlands ceramicist Rob Brandt. Wouldn’t it be nice if these...

    $14.00

  9. Illusion Table

    Illusion Table

    Designed in 2005 by Danish designer John Brauer, the Illusion table is made out of 3mm-thick acrylic. It gives the impression that there is a tablecloth over a desk.

    $275.00

  10. Tank Books

    Tank Books

    Much like Olympia Le-Tan’s book-clutches, these awesome cigarette books pay homage to classic stories. Cleverly disguised as cigarette packs (right down to the flip-flop top with foil...

    $88.00

  11. Cup by Eeva Jokinen

    Cup by Eeva Jokinen

    No, your tea will not leak out of what appears to be holes in the surface of this cup—it just looks like it will. This optical illusion can be either nerve-wracking or beautiful, or both....

  12. Kuro Cube

    Kuro Cube

    Oftentimes, a cardboard box of baking soda in the refrigerator just doesn’t seem to be doing enough to eliminate smells. Cue in this neat little guy. The Kuro Cube is a combination of oak and...

    $16.00

  13. VDC Washer Apron-Dress

    VDC Washer Apron-Dress

    Those Parisians sure do know a thing or two about style, don’t they? Time after time, they prove that classics outlast any trends or fads. They keep things simple over at VDC, offering...

    $194.00

  14. Nasomatto Fragrances

    Nasomatto Fragrances

    This line of perfumes created by Alessandro Gualtieri (who has also concocted scents for fashion houses such as Helmut Lang and Valentino) is meant for those who want a distinctive and unique ...

    $108.00

  15. Handbags by Olympia Le-Tan

    Handbags by Olympia Le-Tan

    Handbags and clutches that look like books—does a better combination exist? Each handmade-felt book-clutch is based on famous covers of lit classics, such as Moby Dick and Cather in the Rye....

  16. Duggan McDonnell Tests 4 Blenders
    Product Reviews

    Duggan McDonnell Tests 4 Blenders

    A good blender can turn almost any mischievous mixture into a delicious treat. We put four to the test in search of the best.

    written by: Andrew Wagner
    photos by: Peter Belanger
    04.28.09

  17. Go With the Flow
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    Go With the Flow

    Along the ever-expanding coastline of Hawaii’s Big Island, an architect and his family exchange fast-paced city life for a different kind of flow—the geological kind.

    written by: Sam Grawe
    photos by: Linny Morris
    04.28.09

  18. Inclined to Relax
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    Inclined to Relax

    Hidden on a hill overlooking Australia’s Pittwater Bay, Rob Brown’s design for the James-Robertson house happily opens itself (and its occupants) to all that Mother Nature can dish out.

    written by: Davina Jackson
    photos by: Richard Powers
    04.28.09

  19. Touring Switzerland: Day 2
    Travel Reports

    Touring Switzerland: Day 2

    The sunny weather we enjoyed yesterday has evaporated, and once-sunny Zurich is rainy and gray. After checking out of Hotel Greulich we started our busy program by heading over to Pro Helvetia, a...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    04.28.09

  20. Don't Forget to Vote for Dwell!
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    Don't Forget to Vote for Dwell!

    Only two days remain to cast a vote in the People's Voice election for the 2009 Webby Awards. Dwell is proud to be nominated in two categories—Magazine and Lifestyle, and honored to be in the...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    04.28.09

  21. Touring Switzerland: Day 1
    Travel Reports

    Touring Switzerland: Day 1

    I got into Zurich around 9:00 AM on Sunday, rather wiped out from my flight from San Francisco via Newark. Fading, but anxious to get out and see the town, I called up Zurich-based architect Felix...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    04.28.09

  22. Michelle Kaufmann Book Reading
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    Michelle Kaufmann Book Reading

    These days, it's a common saying that recessions breed creativity. To Michelle Kaufmann, this means creating solutions for affordable, green living. Kaufmann found her calling after she and her...

    written by: Ilana Diamond
    04.27.09

  23. The Exhibitionists
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    The Exhibitionists

    In Los Angeles, Materials & Applications puts design theory into open-to-the-public practice.http://dwell-stage.pingv.net/node/17158/edit?destination=admin/content%3Ffield_legacycontentid_value...

    written by: Chris Rubin
    04.27.09

  24. Mark Frauenfelder Reviews 6 Modern Laptop Bags
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    Mark Frauenfelder Reviews 6 Modern Laptop Bags

    For computing commuters, laptop bags are not just about fashion. Here are a few that protect as well as they serve your style and your hardware.

    written by: Amber Bravo
    photos by: Dave Lauridsen
    04.27.09

  25. Pursuing Perfection
    House Tours

    Pursuing Perfection

    Resuscitating a classic can be time-consuming and pricey, but when it comes to the rehabilitation of neglected masterpieces, one Connecticut couple finds it’s worth every minute and cent.

    written by: Marc Kristal
    photos by: Mark Seelen
    04.27.09

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