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  1. Asylum by Christopher Payne
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    Asylum by Christopher Payne

    I got an advanced proof of Asylum: Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals by architect and photographer Christopher Payne  some time ago. But not until I really glimpsed...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    10.01.09

  2. Ramayana by Sanjay Patel
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    Ramayana by Sanjay Patel

    My favorite book as a kid was unquestionably D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths. I took it out of every branch of the Sacramento library, renewed it a hundred times and basically absorbed every...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    03.09.10

  3. Q&A with Adam Kalkin
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    Q&A with Adam Kalkin

    In the In the Modern World section of our June 2009 issue, I reviewed artist-architect Adam Kalkin’s new monograph, Quik Build: Adam Kalkin's ABC of Container Architecture. The book is a...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.15.09

  4. Beauty in Decay
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    Beauty in Decay

    In the beginning of Beauty in Decay: The Art of Urban Exploration, collaborators Jeremy Gibbs ("RomanyWG") and Patrick Potter posit that "the strange thing is not that Urban...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    11.09.10

  5. V&A Pattern Series II
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    V&A Pattern Series II

    Last year, the Victoria and Albert Museum dug into its archives of decorative textile patterns and published its first set of pattern books. Next week, the London museum will release the second set...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.25.10

  6. The Small Stakes: Music Posters
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    The Small Stakes: Music Posters

    Graphic design rarely gets better than when it's put to music and put through a screen. And few create concert posters better than Jason Munn. In a new release published this year by Chronicle...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    06.07.10

  7. Beer: The Designs of Drinking
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    Beer: The Designs of Drinking

    Wine labels have recently received acclaim for their more astute designs so its high time beer branders were awarded the same salute. A new coffee table-topper from Chronicle Books, Beer: A Genuine...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    01.20.11

  8. Beer Craft: A Guide to Homebrew
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    Beer Craft: A Guide to Homebrew

    William Bostwick and Jessi Rymill's new book Beer Craft: A Simple Guide to Making Great Beer is like Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything—just for homebrew hobbyists. In the book, the writer...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.19.11

  9. I Swear to Good You are God at This
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    I Swear to Good You are God at This

    Finding design inspiration online is as easy as pointing and clicking but there's something special about the feel of bound paper. Design and creative consulting company Holiday Matinee founder...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    02.17.10

  10. Artists' Handmade Houses
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    Artists' Handmade Houses

    Ever wonder what an artist's home would look like if he or she were the mind behind it? This month, Abrams has published a stunning new coffee table book that peeks inside the abodes of 13 well...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.05.11

  11. Miami Modern Metropolis
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    Miami Modern Metropolis

    Aaron Britt: Having been to Miami several times now, most recently for Design Miami and Art Basel Miami Beach just last month, I've grown increasingly fond of the place. Equal parts pleasure center...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    01.14.10

  12. A Look Inside V&A Pattern
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    A Look Inside V&A Pattern

    London's Victoria and Albert Museum has opened up its extensive archives and published the fantastic V&A Pattern volumes. The first four hardcover editions in the series are William Morris,...

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    01.30.10

  13. Paris Versus New York
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    Paris Versus New York

    It's rare that a series of visual puns has much of a shelf life, but Paris Versus New York, a punchy book of illustrations comparing and contrasting the two cities from Vahram Muratyan merits...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    01.06.12

  14. More Favorite Play! Spaces
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    More Favorite Play! Spaces

    Our September 2011 issue is about to hit newsstands, but we're not finished celebrating play (the theme of our July/August 2011 issue). Earlier this week we featured five fantastic projects from...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    08.01.11

  15. Dwell Book Lists for Any Occasion
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    Dwell Book Lists for Any Occasion

    The Dwell office and all of the editors’ homes are filled with books, from architecture classics to the newest covers, and some we keep around for fun. Here are four reading lists for our fellow...

    written by: Olivia Martin
    07.25.13

  16. Small-Scale Architecture Around the World
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    Small-Scale Architecture Around the World

    Philip Jodidio's new book visits innovative projects across the globe, investigating the ingenuity of small-scale design.

    written by: Jacqueline Leahy
    04.25.14

  17. Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec: Works
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    Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec: Works

    Design fans, get ready to add a hot new monograph to the bookshelf—Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec: Works by Anniia Koivu is out from Phaidon Press this month. A handsome, large-format tome,...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    05.10.12

  18. The Story of De Stijl
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    The Story of De Stijl

    The threads of turn-of-the-20th century radicalism in the arts and design have by now pretty much been woven into one broad yarn: capital-M Modernism. But the new book The Story of De Stijl:...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    11.22.11

  19. Beneath the Streets: Photos of New York’s Secret Underground
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    Beneath the Streets: Photos of New York’s Secret Underground

    A new book opens the door to a subterranean New York only seen by transit workers and graffiti artist.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    05.21.14

  20. The History of the Modern Workspace
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    The History of the Modern Workspace

    Power dynamics, economic upheaval, and design thinking: cubicles aren’t just a Dilbert punch line.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    04.20.14

  21. Movie Posters of Soy Cuba
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    Movie Posters of Soy Cuba

    If movie posters are essentially advertisements to get you into the theater, the Hollywood versions splashed with matinee-idol close-ups and 100-point typefaces, then the moody, highly graphic...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    10.06.11

  22. Designs on Film by Cathy Whitlock
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    Designs on Film by Cathy Whitlock

    Newly released by Harper Collins, Designs on Film: A Century of Hollywod Art Direction is a compendium of images celebrating iconic interiors and architecture. Interior designer and...

    written by: Amanda Dameron
    12.13.10

  23. American Trademarks
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    American Trademarks

    Eric Baker and Tyler Blik are a pair of noted graphic and identity designers, though perhaps their greatest legacy in American design will come not from their work as designers, but as design...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    03.02.10

  24. Reveal: Studio Gang Architects
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    Reveal: Studio Gang Architects

    At Dwell we've long been fans of the Chicago architecture firm Studio Gang Architects. Headed up by the nation's fastest rising female architect Jeanne Gang, the company is responsible not just for...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    03.31.11

  25. Cityscapes: SF's Buildings
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    Cityscapes: SF's Buildings

    The San Francisco Chronicle boasts one of our nation's best architecture critics in John King. We happy citizens of the City by the Bay look out for his column in each Tuesday's paper, though his...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    05.12.11

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