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February 22, 2013
It was short week for many of us, but was it ever a busy one. In case you missed some of this week's most popular reads, here's a roundup at a glance! Enjoy a dose of design from Dwell—and have a great weekend.

Architecture firm Olson Kundig is known for designing homes that allow residents to be as integrated or removed from nature as they'd like to be. For example, a writer's retreat in Washington features shutters that fold down to reveal floor-to-ceiling glass walls; an office building boasts massive hand-cranked doors; and Idaho house's pièce de résistance is a retractable glass wall. Photographs can capture the various states of flux, but this stop-motion video by Kevin Scott of Röllerhaus Pictureworks and Design Co. and Seattle-based composer Joshua Kohl of the Shadowboxx house on Washington's San Juan Islands show just how amazingly adaptable Olson Kundig's designs can be—kind of like kinetic sculptures built for living.

Originally appeared in A Stop Motion Video of a Shape-Shifting House
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We were saddened to report that products and furniture designer James Irvine has passed. One of the most prominent English industrial designers, Irvine attended the Royal College of Art in London; after his graduation in 1984, he began his career at Olivetti, where he worked under the direction of Michele de Lucchi and Ettore Sottsass.

Originally appeared in In Memoriam: James Irvine
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Moleskine Notebook in White

Moleskine has debuted a new white notebook in its online store. Inspired by the concept of a black canvas, as well as icons like the Beatles' The White Album, Le Corbusier’s white blocks, and Malevich’s pivotal White on White canvases, this fresh twist on the classic 192 acid-free page notebook is sure to be an instant classic.

Originally appeared in Great White
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Wilson house exterior backyard

Set amongst lush greenery, these six houses break from standard suburbia and make friendly neighbors with nature.

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Eric Laignel
Originally appeared in One With Nature
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There is something about the clean lines and pale wood of quintessential Scandinavian design that makes it so appealing. To bring the style into your own abode, check out some of these modern Northern interiors that nail the look.

Originally appeared in 7 Slammin’ Scandinavian Interiors
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Modern pool house in Los Angeles California

Just three weeks before their wedding, Jason Greenman and Jeanne Williams purchased their home in September of 2000. Having set their hopes on a mid-century modern home nestled in the Hollywood Hills, they decided to take a gander around Hancock Park at the suggestion of their real estate agent. Stumbling upon an airy, open house, they popped in—and despite the home’s fixer-upper status—were sold.

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Originally appeared in Modern Undercover
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"We wanted something lively for the house, something spectacular but not vulgar," says Bériault of the blue hue of the modest 1,690-square-foot house.

We've been rounding up our favorite homes region by region (check out our picks for New England) and today we turn our attention to our neighbors in the great white north. We frequently hop over the Canadian border when reporting for Dwell, and with towns like Toronto and Edmonton on the rise, there's no shortage of great homes cropping up. Check out these five modern homes by the snow, from maritime Quebec to rugged Alberta.

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Originally appeared in Blue in the Facade
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shadowboxx roof

Architecture firm Olson Kundig is known for designing homes that allow residents to be as integrated or removed from nature as they'd like to be. For example, a writer's retreat in Washington features shutters that fold down to reveal floor-to-ceiling glass walls; an office building boasts massive hand-cranked doors; and Idaho house's pièce de résistance is a retractable glass wall. Photographs can capture the various states of flux, but this stop-motion video by Kevin Scott of Röllerhaus Pictureworks and Design Co. and Seattle-based composer Joshua Kohl of the Shadowboxx house on Washington's San Juan Islands show just how amazingly adaptable Olson Kundig's designs can be—kind of like kinetic sculptures built for living.

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