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Renovation

A Renovated Tribeca Loft with a Modern Aesthetic

To revamp their loft in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood, a family enlisted Matthew Miller of StudioLAB. Their goal: turn the dreary loft into a modern space that offers ample room for their...
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Product Reviews

20 Things to See at ICFF 2014 and NYC Design Week

Consult our guide to the most happening design events and installations during ICFF 2014, including related fairs like WantedDesign, Sight Unseen OFFSITE, and IntroNY.
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We Recommend

Alessi Taps Experimental Designers for WantedDesign 2014

The Alessi Design Lab exhibit will showcase the work of promising young designers at the 2014 WantedDesign conference in New York.
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Outdoor

SLO Architecture's Dwell Vision Award–Winning Design

Our inaugural award for design innovation goes to a firm whose architectural orb is lean, green, and buoyant.
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Event Spotlight

The Museum of Modern Art: Frank Lloyd Wright Exhibition

In February 2014, MoMA presents Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal, an exhibition that explores Wright’s exploration of the new American city in the 1920s and 30s.
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In The Modern World

Q&A with Landscape Architect Thomas Woltz

Nelson Byrd Woltz carves out a vertical garden for a New York City residence and, in the process, creates a nest for its human and avian inhabitants.
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House Tours

Eye in the Sky: Urban Apartment Overlooking NYC's The High Line

An apartment overlooking the High Line in New York City captures views of a constantly changing urban landscape.
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Houses We Love

A Renovated Tribeca Loft with Skylight

American history lives on in a family’s Tribeca, New York, loft after a renovation by a couple of enterprising architects.
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Houses We Love

A Family-Friendly New York City Apartment

Designer Suchi Reddy crafts a family-friendly New York City apartment.
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2013 New York Landscape Architects Design Awards

Here in New York, spring has sprung at last, so there couldn’t be a more appropriate time to celebrate accomplishments in landscape architecture. A show currently running at the Center for...
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MoMA Design Store Windows: littleBits by Ayah Bdeir

“Electronics are beautiful,” says engineer and artist Ayah Bdeir. Through May 12, the windows of the MoMA Design Stores in New York City will feature hypnotic, delightful kinetic sculptures crafted...
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A Mondrian-Inspired NYC Apartment

Taking cues from Piet Mondrian's iconic Broadway Boogie Woogie painting, architect and critic Joseph Giovannini recasts a New York City studio apartment.
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Celebrating 100 Years of Grand Central Station

In celebration of Grand Central's one-hundredth anniversary this month, W. W. Norton has reissued the incredible photographic tribute Grand Central: Gateway to a Million Lives, by John Belle and...
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Small Space Living by LifeEdited

For aesthetically beautiful minimalist, modern, and sleek design, less really can be more.
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Event Spotlight

Dwell & DDG Holiday Party at 345meatpacking

This Monday, Dwell co-hosted a holiday celebration of design at DDG's newly unveiled 345meatpacking condoplex in New York City. The 37-unit condo building was shrouded in a Yayoi Kusama covering...
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Event Spotlight

Designers and Book Fair 2012

The first-ever Designers and Book Fair was held last weekend at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. The two-day fair featured 35 publishers and around 1,500 books ranging in...
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Event Spotlight

The Space Beside the Skate Park

Architecture for Humanity installed a pop up in New York City for two weeks, creating an unlikely plaza next to a skate park and underneath the Manhattan Bridge. Called The Urban Web, it's a sensory...
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Latest

The Ballet's Crown Jewels

New York City Ballet goers will be treated to a healthy dose of design this season. The NYCB commissioned three New York–based studios to create seating areas for the Promenade level of the David H....
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Event Spotlight

Designing Retail Spaces at City Modern

In the final City Modern panel, a talented group of architects and designers met at the Flexform showroom in Manhattan to discuss retail design. The panelists spoke on their efforts to translate...
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House Tours

Space-Saving Wood-Paneled Apartment in Manhattan

Faced with the challenge of a diminutive New York apartment in desperate need of a refresh, architect Tim Seggerman went straight to his toolbox to craft a Nakashima-inspired interior.
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Event Spotlight

Emerging Designers at City Modern

Tuesday night, Jerry Helling, the president and creative director of Bernhardt Design, and Wendy Goodman, New York magazine's design editor, hosted a panel of young designers and entrepreneurs at the...
Dwell and New York Magazine City Modern Design Through the Ages
Event Spotlight

'Design through the Ages' Kicks off City Modern

City Modern—Dwell and New York Magazine's collaborative week-long collection of talks, studio and home tours showcasing New York architecture and design—began Monday evening with the opening of...
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Goodbye, Cubicle: An Office Designed for Collaboration

In an age where offices come with ping pong tables and private conference rooms are built with transparent glass walls, the company building management company WeWork seeks to create something even...
Bard Graduate Center founder and director Susan Weber
Interviews

In the Material World: Susan Weber

Long before Peggy Guggenheim bought her first Jackson Pollock, the Wittlesbach Dukes of Bavaria were snapping up antiquities. Before Philip Johnson’s Glass House or even modernism, the movement,...
Architect Winka Dubbledam
Interviews

Moments with Winka

Award-winning designer Winka Dubbeldam is the principal of leading design firm Archi-Tectonics, NYC, a Professor of Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, and—while widely considered to be a...
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Event Spotlight

MoMA's 'Toy Story'

MoMA’s Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900-2000 may be the world’s most engrossing toy box. Sadly, you can’t play with the 500+ items on exhibit July 29 through November 5, 2012, but to...
Modern textile designer Dorothy Cosonas, creative director of Knoll
Profiles

Knoll's Dorothy Cosonas: Fashion-Forward Textile Design

Those pink interiors of the 1950s can be traced—not to a prescient interior designer—but the fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli, who introduced a war-weary world to a hue she dubbed "shocking pink"...
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Event Spotlight

Re-envisioning Harlem's Waterfront

Manhattan has 32 miles of accessible waterfront, and traditionally these spaces have acted as gateways for the comings and goings of its inhabitants. The river portals have largely brought food and...
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Natasha Jen

Pentagram’s newest partner adopts a spatial approach to graphic design and building brand identities that go way beyond logos. 
Jill Lerner illustration by Jonathan Puckey

Jill Lerner

Managing principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, FAIA
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Elisa Orlanski Ours

This fixer brings a varied background in academia, architecture, and construction to her management role at one of New York City’s blue-chip development firms. 
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Mojgan Hariri and Gisue Hariri

The Iran-born sisters blaze a bold path for self-employed architects: Design everything in sight.
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Eva Franch i Gilabert

New York’s seminal downtown architecture gallery heralds a Catalonia-born academic, firebrand, and force of nature as its director.
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House Tours

LGBT Synagogue in New York by ARO

One week ago, as New Yorkers celebrated Pride Week, Architecture Research Office (ARO) announced its plans for a new synagogue, built for the 40-year-old LGBT religious institution Congregation Beit...
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Rewind

Modernist Jewelry by Margaret De Patta

Under the tutelage of a Bauhaus master, Margaret De Patta trailblazed the American studio jewelry movement with wearable art.
Architect Pedro Gadanho
Interviews

In Living Color

Architect Pedro Gadanho brings a body of hypercolorful work and a curiosity for the world stage to his new position as MoMA’s curator for contemporary architecture.
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Renovation

University Place Apartment

After a young couple purchased an apartment in New York City's Greenwich Village, they turned to Matthew Miller of local firm StudioLAB to rescue its dark, closed-off interiors. The 800-square-foot...
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Hotels

The NoMad Hotel, New York

One block away from the scene-making New York outpost of the Ace Hotel, in a district mostly known for its wholesale garment industry, is a Beaux Arts showstopper anchoring the corner of Broadway and...
Phillipe Starck Emeco Broom Chair ICFF Multiple Production award
Travel Reports

ICFF 2012: Editors' Awards

Though there are hundreds of exhibitors at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), a select few were called out for their exceptional wares by a panel of judges who name the Editors'...
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Profiles

Mining Modernity

Danish designer Søren Rose debuted eight pieces of his Park Avenue furniture collection for De La Espada at the London Design Festival last year, and though the line is for sale its origins are...
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Event Spotlight

Rehousing the American Dream at MoMA

By current estimates, close to 11 million American homeowners are in serious distress, owing more on their homes than the homes themselves are worth. Foreclosure rates have been elevated since the...
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Finishing Touch

Hide and Eat

In Manhattan, where space is the ultimate luxury, a clever design workaround makes a dining table disappear after supper.
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Event Spotlight

The Met's Moroccan Court

In reaching out to Moroccan architect Adil Naji and his network of artisans to develop the new Moroccan Court, the Metropolitan Museum of Art developed a fascinating permanent installation that...
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House Tours

Tunnel Vision

To maximize every square inch in this Manhattan apartment, LOT-EK knocked down walls, added dozens of recycled doors, and built in a bevy of secret compartments.
All photographs by Brett W. Messenger. © 2011 The Museum of Modern Art.
Event Spotlight

"Foreclosed" Open Studio at PS1

Back in May, New York’s Museum of Modern Art kicked off a nearly yearlong series of presentations, workshops, and public symposia on the topic of America’s ongoing foreclosure crisis. Out of this...
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Interviews

An Afternoon with Milton Glaser

Meeting design legend Milton Glaser was one of those classic moments that can only happen in New York City. I was having lunch with Alan Heller—the man behind the furniture manufacturing company...
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Essay

You Are Where You Live

The ads in the real estate section of the Sunday New York Times are a barometer of perceived need: what we think about when we are at our hungriest, our most grasping, our most insecure. Like the...
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My House

Stow Aways

How do you squeeze maximum functionality out of minimal space? Rosa and Robert Garneau make it happen with multipurpose furniture, a hydraulic Murphy bed, and secret compartments galore.
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House Tours

Five Boroughs in 48 Hours

When Dwell proposed that I undertake a design writing variant of Supermarket Sweep—visiting five projects in five boroughs in two days—I had a single thought: Why me?
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House Tours

Queens

The 84-block trip south to Times Square is surprisingly speedy. But when I transfer to the 7 for the journey to Flushing–Main Street, its final stop, time slows. The train becomes elevated after...
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House Tours

Bronx

Two hours later, revivified by a pair of conga players’ exuberant performance on the 2 train, I hustle out at the corner of Third Avenue and East 149th in the South Bronx, once an international...
“When I first thought of moving to Harlem, I looked at a map,” says Ryall. “The island’s about 210 blocks long, I’m near 110th Street—I thought, ‘It’s right in the center of Manhattan.’”
House Tours

Manhattan

Like many white people of a certain age, I first visited Harlem by mistake. I took the wrong subway and barely got out of the station: First one guy, then another, tried to shove me down the stairs...
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Brooklyn

Twenty-nine years after Robert Moses’s death, the mixed legacy of New York’s über–urban planner remains inescapable. I feel it acutely when, after a long ride on the F that loops me into Brooklyn and...
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House Tours

All Together Now

When Svetlin Krastev and Dessi Nikolova had their second child, they saw two options: Go broke buying a bigger apartment, or renovate their existing 620-square-foot home.
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My House

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. But, he...
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My House

Fine Dine-ing

Interior and furniture designer Nick Dine—son of pop artist Jim Dine—has a love-hate relationship with his 2,000-square-foot Hudson Square condo loft. A long rectangle, it was born a stable. The...
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Event Spotlight

Palladio and His Legacy

Next month the Morgan Library and Museum presents a rare opportunity to see original drawings from one of the most influential classical architects in history, Andrea Palladio. Principles of...
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My House

Village People

Amidst the pedestrian-friendly maze of leafy streets in New York City’s West Village, LOT-EK, a firm whose designs focus on the creative reuse of industrial materials, inserted a gut-renovated and...
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--The Future of

Play: Electric Slide

A group of Columbia University students have a good time reinventing the playground as a place to harness all that youthful energy.  
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House Tours

Domestic Ribbon

Armed with a masters in architecture from Columbia University and only 3 years in the field, architectural designer Alan Y. L. Chan renovated a wreck of an apartment in an early 1900s building on the...
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My House

A Mid-Century Manhattan Loft

When you're running a company out of your home, you'd better hope you've got the space to keep everything in its place. Luckily, that's not a concern for Bob Weinstein.
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House Tours

Harlem Renaissance

In her book Parisian Views, critic Shelley Rice hauntingly evokes the dislocating effects that the near-complete reconstruction of Paris in the 19th century had on its population.
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House Tours

Storage-Smart Renovation in New York City

Living small is par for the course in New York City, but accommodating a family of four in under 700 square feet rarely looks as effortless as in this storage-smart renovation.
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House Tours

One Room Fits All

New Yorkers often work, eat, sleep, and entertain in a single room. But for Milan Hughston, a renovation turned that predicament into a pleasure.
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Design 101

Clever Details Increase Property Value

Doing something unique can increase a home’s resale value.
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Design 101

Face Off: Looking Good on the Outside

The husband-and-wife architecture team Halpert & Ruiz know that if a house’s face 
is pretty from the outside and views are good from within, as a landlord you will have an easier time finding...
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Profiles

J. Abbott Miller and Ellen Lupton

"We thought design was this incredible discovery as a field, and yet no one was making it interesting. There was so much work to be done."
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Profiles

The Power of Paint

Students are redesigning their environment under the guidance of Publicolor, a nonprofit organization founded in 1996 by industrial designer Ruth Lande Shuman.
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My House

Urban Vessel

"I'm used to spending time on boats," says New York based architect and interior designer Page Goolrick, who has been sailing competitively for 15 years. "It's influenced my design. Sailing vessels...
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Profiles

Teach Your Parents Well

In May 2005, Susan Bodnar and David Schatsky asked architects Normal Projects to green their prewar apartment and their contemporary lives.
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Design 101

Space-Efficient Renovation in New York

“A strategy of extreme density was required,” says Michael Chen of Normal Projects, 
who along with partner Kari Anderson handled the renovation of this Upper West Side apartment.
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Profiles

Terra Ephemera

Whether spanning acres or encased in amorphous glass ecospheres, Paula Hayes's singular landscapes blur the boundary between art and nature—and redefine the relationship between art and beholder.
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House Tours

Row House Revival

Following the interventions of architect Matthew Baird and interior designer Janet Liles, Mo Ogrodnik’s apartment, which she shares with her husband and two children, is a resonant interlocking of...
The volume that both incorporates the single closet (accessible from the hallway) and the refrigerator (which opens into the kitchen) and serves as the bedroom floor is, says Kyu Sung Woo, “where everything comes together.”
House Tours

Big City, Little Loft

New York City is the nation’s capital of cramped quarters. But for a select lucky few, scant square footage adds up to a cozy home to call one’s own.
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My House

Village Green

This place was a filthy dump when we bought it,” says Cathryn Barmon, sipping tea in a knockoff Le Corbusier chair. “I didn’t want to go barefoot until we’d redone the floors. Mark knew it was a good...
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House Tours

Modern Rowhouse Renovation in New York

With a little faith and a lot of foresight, Keisha Martin entrusted Laura Briggs and Jonathan Knowles to revitalize a derelict rowhouse, returning it to its original splendor and then some. Martin’s...
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House Tours

Pretty Super

The super's unit was anything but in this Upper West side co-op, however architect Brad Zizmor saw potential in the apartment nobody could love. A re-imagined interior and gracious new outdoor space...
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My House

Universal Appeal

When David Carmel decided to propose to Kirsten Axelsen, he was at home in Manhattan and she was in Ethiopia, working to eliminate trachoma (the world’s leading cause of preventable blindness). No...
A century of design products by women
In The Modern World

Designing Women

Blazing a trail through the canon of design, these 25 artisans worked to make some of the modern era’s most recognizable furniture, lighting, and objects. From the sculptural pottery of Eva Zeisel...
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