A rainy start to the Brooklyn Home Tour—the closing event of City Modern—didn't deter those who turned out for a peek into five unique homes in Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, and Boerum Hill. After maps and passes were secured at Module R on Atlantic Avenue, each attendee discovered homes filled with innovative design solutions, unique re-imaginings of space, and wonderful uses of textures, colors and materials.
An ingenious filtration system keeps air clean through a set of cell-like modules and a network of tubes that harnesses the organic technology of plants.
As a greater awareness of design grows among the general public, more people are asking for the sleekly trued lines and surfaces offered by flush design. Working with a zero sightline can be one of the more difficult minimalist design sensibilities to achieve—however, several innovative designers have made an art of incorporating it into their work. Here are six connoisseurs making their mark in flush.
When Russian-born architect Andrei Saltykov designed his home in the UK, he put his love of the USA on the shelf.
Now that the experts have had their say, we are pleased to announce the grand prize winner of the Material Change Textile Competition. Without further ado, the design that will be put into production by Lulan Artisans is SYMPA 3, designed by Evan Polenghi! Our most heartfelt congratulations to Evan. Your stunning design won over the modern hearts of all! We wish you the very best with your Lulan debut. And, of course, a special thank you goes out to all who participated. Stay tuned to Dwell.com for more great contests in the future.
What better place for Dwell to host our SXSW Eco party than a prefab pop up at the design complex of the woman who founded the Austin Modern Home Tour? Go behind the scenes in our story and slideshow to learn more about the venue and the event.
When it comes to ecologically minded building materials, straw bales are among the kindest (they involve repurposing waste material from the grain growing industry). And lest you fear the outcome of the Three Little Pigs fairy tale, rest assured that when done correctly straw bale homes are structurally sound. Beginning with the "Gotta Bale" story from our October 2012 issue, and ending with an off the grid Bluff, Utah, project, we've rounded up five modern homes constructed from straw.
Every room in a home should reflect those living in it, and the bathroom is no exception. To create a space that would make modern design enthusiasts swoon, we've selected seven of our favorite products for the Dwell and AHAlife store that will help keep your privy in its prime.
This seven-part blog series profiles a new prefab development in San Francisco's SoMa neighborhood—a LEED Platinum-targeted building containing 23 "micro-studios". Built in a California factory in a month and assembled on-site in just four days, these 300-square-foot units are paving the path to a new approach to prefab—and to small-space city living. PART TWO: Prefab Q&A
The apartments at 38 Harriet Street in SoMa have been a long time coming. Four years ago, Patrick Kennedy, the founder and Principal of Panoramic Interests, an urban infill developer based in Berkeley, California, began developing the concept for prefab, space-efficient dwellings. When the time came to pick a construction company, Kennedy turned to Charles Pankow Builders, a business known for its innovative construction methods and high-profile projects throughout California. Here, Kennedy and Wally Naylor, Principal in Charge for the Harriet Street project, give some backstory; discuss the pros and cons of prefabrication; and predict what it will take for wider-scale adoption of factory-built buildings.