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2012

Light & Energy

Cover of Dwell's residential architecture and lighting design issue
Brilliant Ideas for the Modern Home
April 2012,
Vol. 12
Issue 05.
LED lighting technology in the Morgan Library New York

Illuminated Texts

Personally wired by Thomas Edison, J. Pierpont Morgan’s home was the first electrified residence in New York. A recent LED retrofit delivers the library into a new age.
DIY design home in Kauai

Grateful Shed

A family discovers the joys of DIY design—and muddy feet—in their home made up of distinct pods that blends harmoniously with its surroundings in the rainy mountains of Kauai.
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Light-Filled Family Home Renovation in Copenhagen

In a former fishermen’s cottage outside Copenhagen, a young family has carved out a cozy, light-filled home.
modern courtyard house with custom rain screen

Modern Courtyard House with Custom Rain Screen

This courtyard house on the edge of the Berkshires offers both grand vistas and plenty of privacy, thanks to its custom rain screen.
Energy Solar Decathlon show home solar panels

About Face

Solar panels have a reputation as being unsightly, but this U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon show home sheds the stereotype that photovoltaic arrays are eyesores.
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Sixteen Ways of Looking at a Bedouin Tent

Architect, systems designer, Cradle to Cradle founder, and sustainability guru William McDonough talks entropy, Walker Evans, paper houses, and “buildings like trees” with science writer…
green home in Seoul, South Korea

Modern Green Concept House in South Korea

The E+ Green Home, a concept house located an hour outside Seoul, not only points the way to a greener South Korea, it may well be the most sustainable house in the country.
mid-century designer Joe Colombo Kartell chair reissue

Back to the Future

The legacy of mid-century designer Joe Colombo is underscored with a reissue of his plywood 4801 chair, now appearing for the first time in plastic from Italian furniture company Kartell.
modern office space Eames lounge chair

A Renovated Farmhouse in Northern Italy

A couple in northern Italy trade a cramped flat for a renovated farmhouse in the country.
modern urban commute cycling products

Bike Brigade

We’ve long known about the environmental and health benefits of biking, but the demands of savvy urban cyclists aren’t the same as those of weekend warriors.
cedar and larch Japanese house with garden

Back to Nature

A one-of-a-kind house on a Japanese island blurs the indoor-outdoor divide.
use of fire and energy in the home

Fire in the Home 101

Taming fire was humankind’s first and most critical step toward its mastery of the material world.
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