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Kwiecinski and the architects at Centrala followed one rule when putting together the Hardbox: No panel could be the same color or shape, nor could they alter design details like moldings or keyholes.

Handled With Care

In Warsaw, Poland, a resident breathes new life into an old apartment by dismantling, then reassembling, his late grandmother's hodgepodge of wooden furniture and creates a self-contained do-it-all solution that puts the "apart" in apartment. Story by Audrey Tempelsman.
February 6, 2013
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All About Japanese Soaking Tubs

For centuries, Japanese enjoyed the country’s thousands of outdoor hot springs, so it’s no surprise deep soaking became popular indoors, too. Relaxing in steaming neck-high water marks the end of each day for many families, a custom catching on in the West as homeowners ask their architects for spa features such as soaking tubs and wet-proofed floors to maximize bathroom space and create a haven for relaxation. Tubs are traditionally made of Hinoki - used for centuries to build Shinto temples. Its American cousin is Port Orford Cedar, and both woods are prized for their antiseptic properties – sushi chefs use them for chopping boards. Both also release a wonderful lemon ginger scent in a cloud of relaxing steam as the tub fills. Hinoki oil is a staple of aromatherapy and some people say it helps congestion and asthma. Other popular woods are sweet-smelling Alaskan Yellow Cedar and Western Red Cedar, as well as sustainably-harvested teak, a dark wood with a neutral scent.
February 5, 2013
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6 Great Appliances for Small Kitchens

The world is shrinking, dear readers, and it doesn't show any signs of stopping. With the latest micro-apartments going up in San Francisco as we speak, the need for space-saving product design seems to be the only thing getting bigger. Click through the first of our small space series for six clever and chic space-saving kitchen appliances.
February 5, 2013
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Open Kitchen Shelving Ideas That Work

When done right, open kitchen shelving is a storage approach that's both visually attractive and highly functional—favorite pieces and tools are elevated to display status, and everything is within easy reach. When done wrong, an open storage plan can quickly make for a cluttered mess. The trick is all in the clever use of space. Here, six kitchens with open shelving solutions that work.
February 5, 2013
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Modern Family at Dwell on Design

With considering the ever-expanding children's market in the modern design realm, the plethora of visitors, tiny people, and exhibitors at The Modern Family Zone at Dwell on Design was not surprising in the least. Sponsored by Benjamin Moore Paints and Vitra, the Modern Family area featured artists and furniture manufacturers, as well as Play-Doh and finger-paint makers. Photos by Alexis Tjian, Ashley Schoenknecht and Kristen Terry.
February 4, 2013
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A Traditional Shingle-Clad Home in Connecticut

A creative twist on the traditional shingle clads a Connecticut home.
February 4, 2013
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Roof There It Is

As the legendary American impresario Sol Hurok once said, "The sky's the limit if you have a roof over your head.” Here we highlight eight of the best roofs from California to Poland, straight from the Dwell archives.
February 4, 2013
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A Stacked Cabin for a Steep Slope

A steeply sloped site in the Wisconsin forest, plus an equally steep budget, led architect Brian Johnsen to reinvent the archetypal cabin for a sturdy vacation home.
February 2, 2013
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More Closet Cases

In our June 2009 Dwell Reports we rounded up five closet systems and called on organizing expert Standolyn Roberston to help us sift through the drawers, shelves, and hooks that ease the struggle of keeping your closet clean. In this online extra, we present photos of the five systems we reviewed in the magazine plus three more that caught our eyes.
February 1, 2013
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