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  1. Plan of Steel
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    Plan of Steel

    The Blue Sky prototype home tiptoes gracefully across the desert landscape just north of Joshua Tree National Park. Nestled amid piñon and juniper trees and outcroppings of boulders, the...

    written by: Brendan Newnam
    photos by: Misha Gravenor
    03.07.10

  2. Designed In-House
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    Designed In-House

    Mill Valley, California, might not be a hotbed of modernism, but it was here, ten years ago, that Dwell came into the world alongside founder Lara Hedberg Deam’s first home—now...

    written by: Sam Grawe
    photos by: Dustin Aksland
    09.07.10

  3. The Great Compression
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    The Great Compression

    In Auckland, New Zealand, architect Michael O’Sullivan and his partner Melissa Schollum braved a miniscule budget, withering looks from friends, and nasty nail-gun injuries to design and...

    written by: Jeremy Hansen
    photos by: Patrick Reynolds
    04.13.10

  4. Green Cottage Getaway in Maine
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    Green Cottage Getaway in Maine

    On an island 20 miles off the coast of Maine, a writer, with the help of his daughter, built not only a room but an entire green getaway of his own.

    written by: Amber Bravo
    photos by: Eirik Johnson
    11.22.10

  5. Project Runaway
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    Project Runaway

    Driven by the death of several appliances, a San Francisco family finds that a spanking new kitchen delivers a good dose of domestic harmony along with the excuse to execute a complete home makeover.

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    02.05.10

  6. Mod Men
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    Mod Men

    Todd Goddard and Andrew Mandolene have a spring in their step since completing their restoration of the near-derelict 1957 home of architect Arthur Witthoefft, who says, “I can’t get...

    written by: Marc Kristal
    photos by: Jason Schmidt
    01.20.10

  7. Chef's Table
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    Chef's Table

    When these full-time foodies renovated their Chicago condo, getting the kitchen right meant finding the right kitchen island. Editor-in-chief Sam Grawe invites himself over to sample the fruits of...

    written by: Sam Grawe
    photos by: Matthew Williams
    02.03.10

  8. Fertile Grounds
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    Fertile Grounds

    Nestled in an apple grove in Sebastopol, California, the Orchard House is a rural idyll. And with the voracious design appetites of a family of gastronomically inclined clients, this concrete...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    photos by: Dave Lauridsen
    02.26.10

  9. A Modern Coastal Home in Stinson Beach
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    A Modern Coastal Home in Stinson Beach

    For all the joys of beachfront living, it’s not without its risks. But with some smart design and sound engineering, this small coastal house stands tall against the threat of rising tides.

    written by: Sarah Rich
    photos by: Mathew Scott
    03.11.10

  10. Startin' Spartan
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    Startin' Spartan

    When Jay Atherton and Cy Keener met in grad school at the University of California, Berkeley, they discovered in each other a rare constellation of common interests: minimalist architecture, rock...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    photos by: Ye Rin Mok
    11.22.10

  11. Hide and Sleep
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    Hide and Sleep

    With the classic Murphy bed as muse, Japanese architect Toshihiko Suzuki transformed a standard Airstream into a versatile small wonder.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    04.06.10

  12. A Lot to Love
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    A Lot to Love

    In a leafy residential area a few miles from downtown Kansas City, Missouri, an enterprising architect saw opportunity where others saw trouble. He took a sloping, triangular lot and designed a new...

    written by: Georgina Gustin
    photos by: Mike Sinclair
    02.12.10

  13. Contemporary Nordic Town House
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    Contemporary Nordic Town House

    With their light, white house that owes equal debts to its Nordic surroundings and to the Japanese provenance of its architects, a pair of design-minded art lovers are boldly making their mark on...

    written by: Jane Szita
    photos by: Mark Seelen
    07.19.10

  14. Composite Index
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    Composite Index

    Corporate high-flyers and admitted neat freaks Bruce Thatcher and Kirsty Leighton couldn’t handle the chaos anymore. With two small boys and demanding jobs (he works in hedge funds, she&rsquo...

    written by: Nicola Twilley
    photos by: Matthew Williams
    01.11.10

  15. Shelf Life
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    Shelf Life

    Though he appears to live alone, this graphically inclined Parisian commissioned an apartment that deftly houses his many roommates—scores of beloved comics—as well.

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    photos by: Céline Clanet
    01.04.10

  16. A Fine Vintage
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    A Fine Vintage

    At age 34, Philip M. Isaacson commissioned architect F. Frederick Bruck to design a home for him and his wife. That was 1959. Five decades later, he still lives 
in his ideal home—and very...

    photos by: Eric Roth
    09.15.10

  17. Bringing It All Back Home
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    Bringing It All Back Home

    Relying on local materials, local craftsmen, and the land her family has farmed for over two centuries, a New Yorker rediscovers her Midwestern roots.

    written by: William Lamb
    photos by: Kyoko Hamada
    02.08.10

  18. The First LEED for Homes–Rated House in Utah
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    The First LEED for Homes–Rated House in Utah

    In the land of large mountain lodge wannabes, two California natives tuck Utah’s first LEED for Homes–rated house onto the side of Emigration Canyon.  

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    photos by: Dustin Aksland
    07.01.10

  19. The Manhattan Transformation
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    The Manhattan Transformation

    As head of retail development and legal counsel leasing for American Apparel, Michael Pozner spends a lot of time sorting out the details when a new venue is chosen for the brand’s purposes....

    written by: Marc Kristal
    photos by: Raimund Koch
    11.04.10

  20. A Rational Approach
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    A Rational Approach

    Typography guru Erik Spiekermann and his wife, designer Susanna Dulkinys, hate 
clutter. That’s why they love the supersleek Berlin domicile they constructed to have 
just the right lines...

    written by: Sally McGrane
    photos by: Pia Ulin
    06.28.10

  21. Striking Angular Cottage in Connecticut
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    Striking Angular Cottage in Connecticut

    What happens when the guest house becomes home? Retired couple Suzanne and Brooks Kelley found out when a pair of brainy New Haven architects breathed new architectural life into the property they...

    written by: William Lamb
    photos by: Mark Mahaney
    07.28.10

  22. Free City Shop, Los Angeles
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    Free City Shop, Los Angeles

    Nina Garduno recently opened her shop Free City—a mix between an actual store and a design commune–on Highland Avenue in Hollywood. She started the company in 2002, inspired by her ...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    11.01.10

  23. Jakarta, Indonesia
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    Jakarta, Indonesia

    In the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, Ahmad Djuhara is on a one-man crusade to blow away the conservative cobwebs of the city’s dowdy suburban architecture.

    written by: Simon Pitchforth
    photos by: Matthew Williams
    05.14.10

  24. Knotty by Nature
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    Knotty by Nature

    In snowy Sweden, where pine planks and the democratic design incubator Ikea reign supreme, a local architect pays homage to his patrimony, making a small, slatty home feel like a rather big deal....

    written by: Grant Gibson
    photos by: Pia Ulin
    04.03.10

  25. Kid Tested, Mothers Approved
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    Kid Tested, Mothers Approved

    A long house on Long Island, this prefab could get to its site peaceably only by traveling in pieces. Designed by Resolution: 4 Architecture as a holiday retreat for a family of six, this...

    written by: William Lamb
    photos by: João Canziani
    03.17.10

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