Modernism is a philosophical movement that arose from transformations in Western society during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Among the factors that shaped modernism were industrialization and the rapid growth of cities.

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Dive Into a Visually Stunning Book That Celebrates Modernist Architecture and its Evolution
Covering a wide range of iconic homes from Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye to Shigeru Ban’s Curtain Wall House, Phaidon's recently...
A New Book Celebrates Modernism With Futuristic Homes and Visionary Masterpieces
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Transformers of the Modern House: Albert Frey and Lina Bo Bardi at the Palm Springs Art Museum
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Alden B. Dow: The Mastermind of Midwestern Modernism
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The Opulent Beverly Hills Mansion From “The Godfather” Hits the Market
The backdrop of the film’s horse head scene was also JFK’s West Coast headquarters during his presidential campaign.
This Neutra-Inspired Tiny Home Is a Miniature Homage to Modernism
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An Insider's Guide to Palm Springs Modernism Week 2019
If you haven't already marked your calendar—now's the time. Here’s how to make the most of Palm Springs Modernism Week.
This “No Footprint” Prefab Embraces Tropical Modernism and Sustainable Design
A 1,600-square-foot home in Costa Rica takes advantage of passive cooling techniques to tread lightly on the land it sits on.
Historic Details and Playful Modernism Meet in this Stunning Barcelona Flat
Historic mosaic tiles inspired this modern renovation by Anna and Eugeni Bach.
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This Sparkling New Home Is a Perfect Remake of Classic Sarasota School Modernism
In a modernist seaside enclave, a couple calls in a pioneering architecture firm to build a new house rooted in midcentury style.
A Rock Drummer With an Eye for Modernism Tunes Up a Los Angeles Midcentury
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From Front to Back, This Toronto Home Literally Merges Heritage and Modernism
Each week, we tap into Dwell's Instagram community to bring you the most captivating design and architecture shots of the week.
10 Things You Shouldn’t Miss at Modernism Week in Palm Springs
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Consider a Move to Vienna to Snap Up This Architectural Icon of Early European Modernism
Josef Frank’s 1930 Villa Beer House, celebrated for its spatial arrangement and twisting staircase, just hit the market for...
A Set Designer’s House in Brazil Blends Colonial Architecture With Miesian Modernism
A nod to the past, the contemporary country escape by Mapa Architects is surprisingly close to São Paulo’s hustle and bustle.
Before & After: This Historic Midcentury With a Slinky Roofline Debuts at Modernism Week 2020
Once destined for destruction, the Miles Bates House—better known as the Wave House for its curvy roof—will finally open to the...
In Latin America, Modernism Began at Home
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The Inimitable Artek Stool—and 16 Other Alvar Aalto Designs to Bring Warm Modernism Into Your Home
Born February 3 in Kuortane, Finland, Alvar Aalto brought a harmonious balance of function and grace to everything he designed.
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Mayberry Meets Modernism
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The Southern California architect spun Frank Lloyd Wright’s philosophies into an iconoclastic body of work that includes the...
Knoll Inspiration: Introducing Platner Gold
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How American Modernism Came to the Mountains
After World War II, Chicago’s design elite flocked to Aspen for ski and summer holidays, galvanizing the then-sleepy alpine...
A Glass-Wrapped Extension Brings a Touch of California Modernism to This London Backyard
The addition references residences in Palm Springs with a flat roof, an indoor/outdoor scheme, and terrazzo touches.
Last Chance: Lessons from Modernism
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Modern Homes in Brazil
Brazil is a breath-taking country that has a perfect mix of nature and modern architecture.
Spruce: Eco-Modernism in the Big Easy
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Jewish Designers' Influence on Midcentury Modernism
From furniture to interiors, Jewish designers made their mark on modernist American design in the postwar years.
A Spacious William Cody Property Lists for $1.8M
Desert modernism meets brutalism in this Palm Springs home.
Modernism Through the Viewfinder: The Photography of Ezra Stoller
Stoller's images, which introduced modernism to a broader audience, anchor an exhibit of architectural photography at the...
14 Best Tropical Modern Homes That Upgrade the Island Style
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The Palace of Versailles Opens a New Hotel Where Guests Can Live Like Royalty
For the first time, the opulent French palace is welcoming overnight visitors at a renovated 17th-century guesthouse on the...
Overlook Central Park in This Opulent New York City Duplex That Asks $27.5M
Find endless luxe finishes under soaring ceilings under the design direction of Juan Pablo Molyneux.

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