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  1. Ahead of Its Class
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    Ahead of Its Class

    “How do you make a piece of architecture about architecture?” Mack Scogin asks. “That’s a heavy-duty objective.” Nevertheless, his firm, Mack Scogin Merrill Elam...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Ian Allen
    04.06.11

  2. On the Level
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    On the Level

    Judged by contemporary design standards, the typical postwar suburban split-level house has little to recommend it. Usually spotted in a tract with dozens of similarly shaped units, the classic...

    written by: Carolann Rule
    photos by: João Canziani
    01.16.09

  3. Glazed Old Fashioned
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    Glazed Old Fashioned

    On a shady street just off the main drag of Melbourne, Australia’s hippest inner suburb, a pair of creative types and their two kids have made a bright, cheery home by renovating an 1860s...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Stephen Oxenbury
    07.22.10

  4. Aerial Modernism
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    Aerial Modernism

    Some of the most famous modern buildings are now preserved as public landmarks, which anyone can visit and tour. Others remain private, viewed only through architectural photography and magazine...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    01.20.10

  5. Test-Case Scenario
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    Test-Case Scenario

    Beating out a host of competitors, one Danish family left their home behind (it’s just down the road, really) to camp out for a year in an Active House, a green-home prototype with all the...

    written by: Cathy Strongman
    photos by: Jens Passoth
    06.15.10

  6. A Pilgrimage to Zumthor's Chapel
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    A Pilgrimage to Zumthor's Chapel

    I recently made a Peter Zumthor pilgrimage to Switzerland, where many of his seminal works sit within a 40 mile radius one another in the northeastern part of the country. An architectural journey...

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    photos by: Tiffany Chu
    10.05.10

  7. Price-Wise Design: 10 Affordable Houses From Around the Globe
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    Price-Wise Design: 10 Affordable Houses From Around the Globe

    Proving that creative problem solving can add more gusto to a project than a large budget, these 10 houses show that cost-consciousness reaps big rewards.

    written by: Diana Budds
    01.13.14

  8. A Modern, Energy-Efficient Smart Home
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    A Modern, Energy-Efficient Smart Home

    The University of California, Davis, and automaker Honda team up on a concept that explores energy efficiency and emerging green technology in a residential context.

    written by: Diana Budds
    07.01.14

  9. Tallinn, Estonia
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    Tallinn, Estonia

    Since the fall of the USSR, Tallinn has managed to look unblinkingly to the future while still retaining vital elements of its past. A hotbed of northern art and design encircling a UNESCO World...

    written by: Jeanine Barone
    photos by: Jens Passoth
    11.09.09

  10. LA-ab and LSU
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    LA-ab and LSU

    I'm headed to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to have a look at a house for a feature in the October issue. While I'm there I'm quite excited to be stopping in to chat with a class of graduate students in...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    04.28.10

  11. Living in Laos
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    Living in Laos

    In August 2008 I moved with my family to Laos for a year. We wanted to give our children—and ourselves—a break from American, or Western culture, and experience something new and...

    written by: Marc Henrich
    photos by: Marc Henrich
    10.26.10

  12. On the Fence
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    On the Fence

    This “landscaped outdoor room” near Farrar Pond, Massachusetts, uses simple construction to create complex effects.

    written by: Michael Grozik
    photos by: Charles Mayer
    02.04.09

  13. Yard Sale Photographs
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    Yard Sale Photographs

    Yard Sale Photographs, a new book of photography by Adam Bartos, revels in the everyday castoffs and outmoded bric-a-brac that lard the average American garage sale. With a cover that apes a second...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    03.13.09

  14. 7 Modern Nightstand Options
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    7 Modern Nightstand Options

    Once a locker for a midnight loo, the bedside table has taken on a far sweeter function—and a score of forms for holding big dreams, and small specs, till the morning light.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    01.04.10

  15. LivingColors Lamps by Philips
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    LivingColors Lamps by Philips

    Editor-in-chief Sam Grawe offers his San Francisco apartment as a staging ground for a couple LivingColors lamps, and we asked associate photo editor Alexis Tjian to set up a few color-saturated...

    written by: Amanda Dameron
    photos by: Alexis Tjian
    03.15.10

  16. ICFF 2010: From the Show Floor
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    ICFF 2010: From the Show Floor

    With so much going on at ICFF, what with the rows and rows of booths set up with eye candy galore, it's hard not to walk around in a daze. Somehow amidst the hubbub we were able to capture a few...

    written by: Amanda Dameron
    05.17.10

  17. 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

  18. Seattle, Part One
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    Seattle, Part One

    Seattle did nothing to cast away its stereotype as the country's wettest city earlier this week. I traveled north from our Dwell headquarters in San Francisco to visit a house that will be featured...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Miyoko Ohtake
    10.27.10

  19. Cool Chicken House
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    Cool Chicken House

    Who doesn't love a chicken run? This cool coop is by David Rosen, an Associate Producer at CBS News in New York. His goal, in addition to sheltering four egg-laying hens, was to design a...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    12.23.10

  20. Miller House in Columbus, Indiana by Eero Saarinen
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    Miller House in Columbus, Indiana by Eero Saarinen

    Eero Saarinen’s legendary Miller House opened to the public in May 2011 for the first time. Leslie Williamson gives us an intimate tour of this Columbus, Indiana, treasure.  

    written by: Leslie Williamson
    05.02.11

  21. Marimekko's Iconic Patterns
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    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

  22. Design Shop Visit: Mjölk in Toronto
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    Design Shop Visit: Mjölk in Toronto

    This Canadian duo searches out top Scandinavian and Japanese designs and brings their best finds back to this Toronto shop.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Christopher Wahl
    07.27.11

  23. Refurbishing A Lane Coffee Table
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    Refurbishing A Lane Coffee Table

    I purchased this table months ago from a thrift store in Chicago. It was a mistake. As you can see from the before photo, it's more of a project than it is a table. And I swore to myself I would ...

    written by: Katherine Raz
    09.23.11

  24. Rock the Boat
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    Rock the Boat

    New Zealand architect Davor Popadich invoked nautical sheds in his unconventional design for his family’s home on Auckland’s North Shore.

    written by: Jeremy Hansen
    photos by: Simon Devitt
    02.05.12

  25. Cabin Fever
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    Cabin Fever

    Built-ins abound in this renovation of a 1970s lodge perched high in the French Alps. H2O Architectes devised a plan to increase livable space while leaving the structure intact. What results is a...

    written by: Diana Budds
    10.22.12

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