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7 Behind-the-Scenes Party Essentials

Forget the poinsettias and buckets of wine; these are the holiday essentials you actually need for a successful soiree.
November 21, 2013
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Music for the Modern World

We are always interested in people who are doing things never-before-done and pushing the boundaries of sustainability and innovation. Blackbird Guitars, a small San-Francisco based maker, has been creating high performance, light weight instruments built for the road out of carbon fiber since 2005 and while we love the modern design of these sleek black beauties it's the release of Clara, the world's first natural-fiber ukulele, that has us really excited. Everyone loves the rich full sound of classic wood instruments but they are subject humidity and water warping. Founder Joe Luttwak and Director of Operations Paul Janowski at Blackbird are making history with a bio-composite concert ukulele that stands up against some of the best wood instruments and will also stand the tests of time and the elements Dwell was invited to attend Clara's release party for a demonstration of the making process and live performances by local Bay Area musicians Madeline Tasquin, Maria Marshall and Roem Baur.
November 21, 2013
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A Modern Energy-Efficient House in Los Altos

Calling upon midcentury modern archetypes, Curt Cline of Modern House Architects designed a residence in Los Altos, California, built with Passive House principles in mind.
November 21, 2013
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7 Small Spaces Under 400-Square-Feet

Embracing small spaces requires maximizing functionality and minimizing material objects. Here are seven of the tiniest houses featured in Dwell, all under 400-square-feet.
November 21, 2013
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2013 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Student

The life of a student may differ slightly from what you remember as a pupil, but even with so much technology in play, organization and great desk supplies go a long way towards success. After all, good design is an appropriate gift for any age, or any grade level.
November 21, 2013
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Top 10 Houses on Dwell This Week

As the weekend slowly draws to a near, we've gathered up ten of our most clicked on homes on Dwell this week for your perusal.
November 21, 2013
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K.C. Cool: 7 Striking Designs in Kansas City, Missouri

It's easy to overlook Kansas City, Missouri. Located squarely in the nation's center, it is better known for its barbecue and bebop than as an incubator for creative design and architecture. But the city's image is evolving. The opening in 2011 of the visually striking Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, desiged by Moshe Safdie, helped the city stake out a new reputation as a culturally vibrant metropolis, and a cohort of daringly inventive local architects are designing and renovating homes in visually striking ways. Today, we take a look at seven noteworthy Kansas City projects from Dwell's archives.
November 21, 2013
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Small Space Holiday Cocktail Party

We love a challenge and we're here to prove that hosting a holiday cocktail party in a small space is not only doable but can be totally chic as well. Here, we take a look at a variety of space-saving and moveable bar set-ups as well as the stylish bar accessories you'll need to mix all those holiday cocktails for your friends and loved ones.
November 20, 2013
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Tightly Squeezed Modern Architecture

When space is an issue building up is a solution few designers dare to do. Here are 7 homes that successfully solve spatial challenges of city living by expanding upwards.
November 20, 2013
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