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7 Modern Mezzanines

Mezzanines are, by definition, in-between spaces—neither here, nor there; neither upstairs nor down. But mezzanines needn't be wasted space. Here, from Dwell's archives, are seven examples of creative designs for the mezzanine—a lofty perch on which one can sleep, read, work, or merely observe.
December 17, 2013
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Modern Vacation Homes

Christmas vacation is right around the corner and that has got us all pining for a fabulous vacation getaway home. Here, we take a look at seven enviable escapes from the beach to the mountains.
December 17, 2013
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Ray Eames 101

In honor of the 101st birthday of Ray Eames last weekend (Happy birthday, Ray!), we present a look back at our past coverage of the design legend.
December 17, 2013
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How To: The Modern Kitchen

No matter how cozy your living room or den, the kitchen is usually the heart of a home. Whether you use yours to mimic Nigella or zap a TV dinner, you'll find helpful how-tos and insightful predictions in our kitchen design primer.
December 17, 2013
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9 Historical Prefab Projects

We showcase a timeline of nine prefab architecture projects from the 20th century. To see how contemporary designers are using the building technique, pick up a copy of our annual prefab issue on newsstands.
December 17, 2013
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7 Modern Designs Featuring Exposed Beams

Whether sleek and finished or rustic and aged there is something so romantic about exposed beams. Here, we take a look at a variety of designs from hotels to restaurants to homes featuring the architectural detail.
December 16, 2013
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7 Modern Multipurpose Rooms

The great room—a combined living, dining, and cooking space—is one of architecture's great equalizers. People often want to be together without being sequestered into separate rooms for socializing and food preparation. This is particularly true of a cook who would rather chat with guests while he entertains than be hidden behind a closed door. Here, from Dwell's archives, are seven comfortable, modern great rooms that live up to the name.
December 16, 2013
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2013 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Art Lover

Shopping for the consummate art lover in your life can be a challenge, so we took inspiration from a few of the 20th century's best artworks and paired them with their modern-day gift doppelgängers.
December 16, 2013

Airbnb Launches Every Traveler Deserves a Home

San Francisco–based Airbnb provides a unique hospitality experience for worldly and local travelers alike that allow them to connect to the location and culture of the neighborhood they are visiting. The community marketplace has launched a new campaign called "Every Traveler Deserves a Home," which celebrates a traveler’s journey as told through the migration of the world’s ultimate travelers: birds.
December 16, 2013
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