Flashback to the early 1900s: After trying to woo an opera singer, but having to abide by the strict moral code of a woman entering a man's bedroom, William Lawrence Murphy invented the Murphy Bed, a bed that is attached at one side to store against a wall or inside of a closet or cabinet. With this clever invention, he was able to convert his bedroom into a parlor, which then allowed Murphy to entertain his guests (and get the girl?). Jet back to the modern world where these space-saving folding saviors have been a go-to fixture in small living areas across the globe. Click on the slideshow to view our five fold-down bed finds sourced from the Dwell archives.
Graphic and information designer José Guízar, a New York transplant by way of Mexico, started The Windows of New York, a weekly illustrated series about, yes, the windows of New York. Part ode to architecture and part "self-challenge to never stop looking up," Guizar translates the city's fenestration into simple, charming works of art. From SoHo to the Upper East Side, click through the slideshow to see the rest of the windows.
Calling all film and design buffs! The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is currently showing the first U.S. retrospective of master director Stanley Kubrick's prolific 45-year life and career in film. We suggest visiting the exhibition for yourself, up close and personal, but if you're somehow unable to make the trip before June 3, 2013, click on through for our tour.
POOL is a design studio based in Paris and founded in late 2010 by Léa Padovani and Sébastien Kieffer, whose goal is to "explore associations between objects, architecture and images." They are known for their use of sharp geometric shapes, line, and ornate simplicity. Their work has been shown at numerous exhibitions such as the Fiera, Biennale Internationale de Ceramique of Vallauris, and the International Furniture Fair. Click through to see a bevy of their completed projects thus far.
Whether housed inside a tightly packed apartment or an iconic mid-century abode, an interior space usually needs that special something to complete the room. In this round, we take a look at eight standout furniture pieces that range from custom-designed angular benches to a scaly chaise lounge.