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Into the Woods at Maison & Objet 2012

As a reaction to throw-away culture in the years following the recession, we have seen age-old woodworking techniques such as cabinetry and parquetry become the focus of high-profile design projects. At Maison & Objet we saw this long-term design movement continue to develop as designers find new ways of working with this durable, fundamental, and essential material to create contemporary design.
September 21, 2012
Expandable Kiosk furniture by h2o Architectes

Expandable Kiosk

Paris firm h2o Architectes recently completed the renovation of an art house cinema, which includes an ingenious puzzle-like furniture feature in its 430-square-foot lobby.
September 20, 2012
Olio crib set in Sticks.

The Modern Baby: Part Three

After Utah-based nursery furnishing company Oilo garnered praise in The Modern Baby: Part One, co-founder Annalisa Thomas offered to share her favorite nursery products and tips as well. Of course, Dwell was eager to pick her brain about the latest in nursery décor.  Thomas and her mother, designer Dorte Anderson, founded Oilo with mothers in mind. After becoming a parent, Thomas sought products that she could enjoy during the many hours she would be spending in the nursery with her children. “When Oilo first started we didn't see very many hip baby and nursery products out there, but in the past few years we’ve seen more and more. Parents are tired of animals and clowns for kids. They want modern, functional items for their baby and in the nursery,” says Thomas.  Click through the slideshow to see Thomas’s five favorite picks from Oilo
September 20, 2012
Stoneware slip clay objects by Hanna Dis Whitehead

Iceland's New Spark

Iceland’s fondness for innovation and design is no secret. What is surprising, however, is that the capital city lacked a proper gallery showcasing product design until recently. Sigríður Sigurjónsdóttir, a professor of product design at the Iceland Academy of Arts, saw an opportunity and opened Spark Design Space. Spark, which houses design projects created by local Icelandic artists, hosts a new exhibition every two months. Sigríður opened the space to share some of her student’s work as well as other Icelandic designers. “There are a couple other galleries in Reykjavik, but they focus on fine art. This is the first gallery to dedicated to design,” she said.
September 19, 2012
Modern green home clad in straw-bale with photovoltaic panels

Green Zero-Energy Family Home in Santa Cruz

How an unfussy, nearly zero-energy family home in Santa Cruz, California, wound up with hay bales in the walls, a state-of-the-art heat pump system, and six very happy residents.
September 17, 2012
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Reader DIY: A Modern Granite Grill

We love hearing stories about how our magazine and website have inspired readers to tackle their own modern design projects, at any scale—whether it be a full-blown house or, as featured on the Letters page of our July/August issue, a combination magazine rack and end table made from repurposed issues of Dwell. So we were excited to receive photos of this BBQ grill, sent in by Luciano Marques.
September 13, 2012
Building a Urban Electric Company lighting fixture

Homeland Ingenuity

How do American companies maintain handcrafted detail while producing fast enough—and in large enough quantities—to satisfy profit margins and consumers accustomed to instant gratification?
September 11, 2012
Modern dining room with white Bellini chairs and wood dining table

Modern Bright Family Home Renovation in Washington, DC

One family’s effort to “smuggle a modern house into a historic district” in Washington, DC, results in a brightly transformed space made for family life.
September 10, 2012
Yee Residence in Carmel, California

Preview "The Modern Family" Video

If you've enjoyed our previous videos—including behind-the-scenes looks at unconventional residences in New York City and San Francisco and our recent spotlight on the preservation of a railway depot in small-town Iowa—then be sure to check dwell.com on September 12, when we'll unveil our latest video, Part One in our new two-part series "The Modern Family," sponsored by Mercedes-Benz.
September 7, 2012
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