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Small World

November 2012,
Vol. 13
Issue 01
Dwell magazine cover November 2012
Living Large in 235, 900, or 2,000 Square Feet
Sustainable home with galvanized steel shed roof and siding

A Sustainably Built Home in Rural Ontario

For this rural Ontario home, building sustainably was less about high-tech gizmos than learning to truly love the land.

Modern Nakashima-inspired wooden bookshelf cabinet

Space-Saving Wood-Paneled Apartment in Manhattan

Faced with the challenge of a diminutive New York apartment in desperate need of a refresh, architect Tim Seggerman went straight to his toolbox to craft a Nakashima-inspired interior.

Marcel Wilson's backyard marshland with wooden boardwalk

Backyard Marsh in San Francisco

A landscape architect in San Francisco harnesses an underground water source to create a lush marshland in his own backyard.

Peter Bonnen and Kristian Byrge of Muuto

Scandinavian Design Focus: Muuto

Make way, Arne and Eero. Forward-looking furniture company Muuto turns the spotlight on 21st-century Scandinavian design.

Modern outdoor deck with wooden ceiling and metal fence

Malibu Canyon House with a View

Working with a limited footprint, a daunting slope, and killer views, architect Bruce Bolander went vertical with a secluded canyon house in Malibu.

Modern red-and-gray Vermont clad lakeside weekend home

Insulated Weekend Cabin in South Africa

Eight years after construction began, this lakeside weekend home 80 miles outside Johannesburg, South Africa, received the long-awaited finishing touch that makes it an eye-catching thermal wonder.

Exterior of Refuge Tonneau by Charlotte Perriand

Hideaway Cachet

A quirky mountain refuge by French designer Charlotte Perriand is an ingenious take on small-space living.

Ear illustration by Dan Winters

The World of Sound

You could call it the next frontier of architecture and design, but you have to close your eyes to “see” it. The ear inhabits a space, and captures a place, more acutely than the eye.

Modern custom-built kitchen with bright orange chairs

A Colorful, Custom-Built Guesthouse in London

Thanks to designers Nina Tolstrup and Jack Mama, an aging workshop in London’s once-gritty Bethnal Green is reborn as a colorful, custom-built guesthouse.

Philanthropist and Workshop Residence founder Ann Hatch

Maker's Mark

San Francisco philanthropist Ann Hatch has long dedicated herself to the making of artful objects.

Modern Japanese home with continuous wooden staircase

Spiral Staircase Shapes Tokyo Home

How is a 921-square-foot, 44-level house possible? Witness Tokyo architect Akihisa Hirata’s mind-bending, shape-shifting solution to small-space living.

Modern home office illustration by Arunas Kacinskas

Let's Get Small

A five-step program for those suffering from too much stuff and not enough space.

Modern small sustainable weekend home with flat roof

Sustainable Glass House in Sonoma

Two linked 1,000-square-foot pavilions are greater than a sum of their parts.

Modern open-plan kitchen and dining room with decorative cabinets

Warsaw Loft with Multifunctional Furniture

To maximize their small Warsaw loft, transatlantic designers Aleksander Novak-Zemplinski and Becky Nix handcrafted a fleet of double-duty furnishings.

Modern linden plywood and ash staircase cabinet

Top Drawer

Residents of this contemporary home in Koriyama, Japan, squeeze out every cubic inch of storage, courtesy of a centuries-old design concept.

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