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6 Smart Attractive Ways to Store Your Bike Indoors

Keeping your bike outside leaves it prone to theft, even if you lock it up. And if you live in a smaller space, without giant closets, a garage or a basement, then you'll need to keep your bike somewhere inside your home. Your living space doesn't need to look and feel cluttered with your two-wheeled ride standing awkwardly against the wall. Here are five smart and attractive ways to store your bike in your home.
August 29, 2013
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Modern Furniture by Glasgow Woodworker Derek Welsh

From his Glasgow studio, woodworker Derek Welsh fashions craft-oriented modern furniture and bespoke interiors projects. At designjunction, a contemporary showcase at the London Design Festival, Welsh will exhibit a series of handmade pieces rendered in natural oak with laminate accents. "Graft is a new collection of modern utility pieces that are understated and confident in their simplicity," says Welsh in a written statement. The range includes a desk, table, sideboard, low bench, and shelving. Let's have a look.
August 29, 2013
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6 Rooftop Hangouts

With forethought and engineering, a rooftop can be a very valuable bit of real estate. Here are six cool roofs that not only work overhead, but underfoot.
August 29, 2013
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Fresh Eggs: 5 Modern Chicken Coops

Talk about farm-to-table. Having your own chickens means the freshest of eggs and no further than your own backyard. Of course, you'll need a place to house your hens. Take a look at these five modern and stylish chicken coops as the first step towards your very own farm fresh eggs.
August 29, 2013
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Dwell Homes: Off the Grid Part Two

Off the Grid, a recurring feature in the Dwell issues, highlights amazing environmentally-friendly homes. See part one here.
August 29, 2013
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How New York City Developed its Wayfinding Signage

Our City Living issue, due out on newsstands September 10, focuses on design and architecture in urban locales. Here we turn our eye to the challenges of navigating a city and how graphic design can improve the experience, especially when it comes to walkability. As more cities seek to encourage multi-modal transportation—walking, biking, public transit, etc.—the need for good signage to make those activities easier becomes more and more apparent. At its simplest, wayfinding is defined as spatial problem solving—knowing where you are, where you want to go, and the best route to get there. Cartography, or mapmaking, has existed for thousands of years, tracing its roots to cave paintings, but the demands of modern cities and diverse populations call for more than a sign emblazoned with compass rose and a few street names. Today, effective urban maps require layers of information relayed in a clear, consistent, and concise manner so that anyone can quickly assess how to get from point A to point B. The New York Department of Transportation launched its WalkNYC program in the summer of 2013 to "provide a clear visual language and graphic standards that can be universally understood, encourage walking and transit usage by offering quality multi-modal information, and provide consistent information across a broad range of environments in the city." Lauded design firm Pentagram's PentaCityGroup developed the identity. We sent a few queries to Michael Bierut, a graphic designer and partner at the firm, to lean more about the program, what it means for the city's identity, and how technology does and doesn't factor into the program. "I feel strongly that one of the best things about the signs are that you don't need a smart phone to access them: they're right there on the street, as democratic as can be," he says. Read on for more.
August 29, 2013
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Promo Daily: Emilie Giboin

Today's Photographer Promotional Piece We Love and Why: Emilie Giboin
August 29, 2013
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5 Surprising Clothing Storage Solutions

Sure, clothes can go in a standard-issue dresser or closet, but where's the fun in that? Here, five unconventional and surprising approaches to clothing storage, from pegs on the walls to cubbies in the floor.
August 28, 2013
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Sustainable Living: Chicago's First Certified Passive House

Take a tour through Chicago's first Passive House built by Brandon Weiss of Weiss Building and Development LLC, with the help of architect Tom Bassett-Dilley. Part of Chicago's inaugural GreenBuilt Home Tour, which occurred in late July, the Passive House was one of 16-award winning Chicago area homes—recognized for its sustainable, practical, and affordable building practices—to be featured in the tour. Click here to view a comprehensive Q&A with Brandon Weiss, president and founder of Weiss Building and Development, as he discusses everything from what a Passive House is to tips on how to minimize losses and maximize passive gains.
August 28, 2013
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