Modest Modern Shopping List

By David A. Greene / Published by Dwell
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Next month, Chad Ludeman, president of the firm PostGreen, will move into the first completed 100K House, an infill development he and his team built in the New Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. As the name suggests, the goal of the project was to spend just $100,000 to build a modern, green, 1000-square-foot home. Ludeman and his wife, Courtney, will be the guinea pigs in an experiment they've blogged and photographed in great detail from the earliest planning phases all the way through construction. The results look promising indeed, and we'll be featuring photos of the Ludemans' home when it's ready.

In the meantime, Chad has posted a wishlist of affordable modern furniture for his affordable modern home. The result is a curated round-up of the most attractive and functional items from the forest of knotty pine that is Ikea; and select plastic, wood, and metal offerings from more upscale places like Blu Dot and Offi. Chad's list is something that doesn't really exist elsewhere: It's like having a personal furniture shopper with an eye toward budget, longevity, and enduring design. If you're on the hunt for a shortlist of inspiring interior, check it out.



David A. Greene


Dave has contributed to Dwell since its inception. He's a CalArts dropout, a former art critic for The New Yorker, and a producer of comedies on TV. He lives in, and writes from, Los Angeles.

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