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  1. How to Build a Natural Playscape
    Outdoor

    How to Build a Natural Playscape

    In honor of our family themed July/August issue, we've invited guest writer Paige Johnson, who spearheads the blog Playscapes, to share her perspective on some of the most innovative contemporary...

    written by: Paige Johnson
    07.26.11

  2. Marimekko's Iconic Patterns
    Product

    Marimekko's Iconic Patterns

    It's hard not to adore (and lust after) Marimekko's fabrics. In the early 1950s, as Finland continued its slow ­recovery from World War II, textile designer Armi Ratia seized the opportunity to...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    07.26.11

  3. Modern Meets Historic in Denmark
    House Tours

    Modern Meets Historic in Denmark

    This conference center, designed by the Amsterdam-based firm SeARCH, is an extension of a 14th-century Danish farm and building. Designed for Novo Nordisk a/s, the biggest insulin producer in the...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    07.25.11

  4. Helsinki Ink
    How To

    Helsinki Ink

    Step inside Marimekko’s printing factory for a look at how its iconic textiles come to life.

    written by: Katja Lindroos
    photos by: Alex Subrizi
    07.22.11

  5. Honorable Mentions from World Views
    Post

    Honorable Mentions from World Views

    In our World Views contest, we teamed up with Blurb and challenged our readers to share their view of the modern world. You heard our call and we were incredibly impressed by the hundreds of...

    written by: Ralston O'Neill
    07.22.11

  6. Family Matters
    House Tours

    Family Matters

    The open spaces and transparency of modern architecture turn out to be extremely useful when there’s a house full of relatives.

    written by: Lydia Lee
    photos by: Justin Fantl
    07.18.11

  7. Playgrounds Worth A Trip
    Outdoor

    Playgrounds Worth A Trip

    In honor of our family themed July/August issue, we've invited guest writer Paige Johnson, who spearheads the blog Playscapes, to share her perspective on some of the most innovative contemporary...

    written by: Paige Johnson
    07.18.11

  8. Hollywood Renovation: Week 11
    Renovation

    Hollywood Renovation: Week 11

    When you have a small footprint and you need more space, sometimes the only place to go is up. Our downstairs space is only 750 square feet and accommodates both living and working, so space is at...

    written by: Linda Taalman
    07.17.11

  9. Renegade Jewelry (and more!)
    Travel Reports

    Renegade Jewelry (and more!)

    The ever-awesome Renegade Craft Fair touched down at Fort Mason in San Francisco last weekend, and the place was predictably chock-full of handcrafted brilliance. Walking through the aisles, I ...

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    photos by: Jordan Kushins
    07.16.11

  10. Sydney's Surprising Opera House
    Travel Reports

    Sydney's Surprising Opera House

    The Sydney Opera House is more amazing—and surprising—in person than any photo could convey. Earlier this month, I headed to the Southern Hemisphere for a vacation in Sydney and Cairns,...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Miyoko Ohtake
    07.14.11

  11. Powell St. Parklet
    Outdoor

    Powell St. Parklet

    San Francisco's thriving Pavement to Parks initiative—dozens of street parking spaces have been transformed into small, hardscaped parks the city over—arrived on center stage Wednesday....

    written by: Aaron Britt
    07.14.11

  12. Building the Maxon House: Week 19
    Renovation

    Building the Maxon House: Week 19

    One of the cool side effects of hiring a fantastic architecture firm is you get the expertise of not only the architect and project manager but the collective wisdom of the entire group. Olson...

    written by: Lou Maxon
    07.13.11

  13. Roaming through Renegade
    Travel Reports

    Roaming through Renegade

    This past Sunday, I hopped aboard the 43 to check out the Renegade Craft Fair at Fort Mason. I come from a familly that sews, builds, crochets, embroiders, prints, and throws (as in pottery), but I...

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: Diana Budds
    07.12.11

  14. Barcelona's La Formiga d'Or
    House Tours

    Barcelona's La Formiga d'Or

    La Formiga d'Or, an offshoot of Happy Books, is a curious little shop uniquely located in the cloister of the Cathedral of Barcelona. The selection of items includes books on religion to touristy...

    written by: Genevieve Gladson
    07.11.11

  15. An Introduction to Modern Playscapes
    Outdoor

    An Introduction to Modern Playscapes

    In honor of our family themed July/August issue, we've invited guest writer Paige Johnson, who spearheads the blog Playscapes, to share her perspective on some of the most innovative contemporary...

    written by: Paige Johnson
    07.11.11

  16. A BoConcept Makeover
    A Great Idea

    A BoConcept Makeover

    When we moved into an Edwardian apartment in San Francisco's Mission District four years ago, we trucked in our furniture, set the pieces where we thought they made sense, and haven't changed much...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    07.11.11

  17. Matali Crasset's Hi Matic Hotel
    Hotels

    Matali Crasset's Hi Matic Hotel

    In Paris's 11th Arrondissement, the Bastille district, French design maven Matali Crasset has composed delightfully unique and über contemporary design hotel for weary travelers to lay their...

    written by: Diana Budds
    07.07.11

  18. Building the Maxon House: Week 18
    Renovation

    Building the Maxon House: Week 18

    In our latest Backstory series, Seattleite Lou Maxon recounts the thrills and trials of ditching the suburbs, buying property, and designing and building a modern house...

    written by: Lou Maxon
    07.06.11

  19. Play's the Thing
    My House

    Play's the Thing

    With ingenuity and plenty of elbow grease, architect John Tong turned an old Toronto dairy into the ultimate family clubhouse.

    written by: Alex Bozikovic
    photos by: Christopher Wahl
    07.04.11

  20. New from OXO
    Product

    New from OXO

    OXO has always been one of our favorite product companies: it has been at the forefront of universal design and seamlessly integrates function into the form of all its products. Here we spotlight...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    06.30.11

  21. Building the Maxon House: Week 17
    Renovation

    Building the Maxon House: Week 17

    In our latest Backstory series, Seattleite Lou Maxon recounts the thrills and trials of ditching the suburbs, buying property, and designing and building a modern house with...

    written by: Lou Maxon
    06.29.11

  22. Borrego Springs: McKenzie Residence
    Dwell on Design

    Borrego Springs: McKenzie Residence

    This spring, I had the chance to visit the tiny town of Borrego Springs in the middle of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in San Diego County, California. I was so taken with the place and...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    06.29.11

  23. Jabba the Hutt Pillow
    Home Work

    Jabba the Hutt Pillow

    You’d be hard pressed to find someone—in this or any other galaxy, no matter how far, far away—who is not a fan of Star Wars, and the insta-classic from 1977 is now a franchise...

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    06.28.11

  24. Highlights from Dwell on Design 2011
    Dwell on Design

    Highlights from Dwell on Design 2011

    Temperatures were sweltering in L.A. over the weekend, but the 20,000 plus attendees at our sixth annual Dwell on Design conference—who took to the Convention Center in droves—were able...

    written by: Diana Budds
    06.28.11

  25. Amsterdam Retail Therapy
    Travel Reports

    Amsterdam Retail Therapy

    On a drizzly afternoon in Holland's capital city, I took to the streets, armed with a map, a copy of a great little guide book, Amsterdam Made by Hand, and absolutely no problem getting lost along...

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    photos by: Jordan Kushins
    06.27.11

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