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All About Japanese Soaking Tubs

For centuries, Japanese enjoyed the country’s thousands of outdoor hot springs, so it’s no surprise deep soaking became popular indoors, too. Relaxing in steaming neck-high water marks the end of each day for many families, a custom catching on in the West as homeowners ask their architects for spa features such as soaking tubs and wet-proofed floors to maximize bathroom space and create a haven for relaxation. Tubs are traditionally made of Hinoki - used for centuries to build Shinto temples. Its American cousin is Port Orford Cedar, and both woods are prized for their antiseptic properties – sushi chefs use them for chopping boards. Both also release a wonderful lemon ginger scent in a cloud of relaxing steam as the tub fills. Hinoki oil is a staple of aromatherapy and some people say it helps congestion and asthma. Other popular woods are sweet-smelling Alaskan Yellow Cedar and Western Red Cedar, as well as sustainably-harvested teak, a dark wood with a neutral scent.
February 5, 2013
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On the Scene at Stockholm Design Week 2013

In the middle of the cold and dark winter, the Swedes hold their annual Stockholm Design Week, drawing exhibitors and visitors from Europe and other parts of the world. We met with a mix of established producers and new talents on the opening day, when design studios all over Stockholm welcomed international media to see their brand new pieces. While the much-debated topic among the country’s design crowd is the slightly existential question “What is Swedish design?”, one thing is certain: It is definitely alive.
February 5, 2013
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Mails Woodwork

Ryan Mails's passion for woodworking started before he was ten years old. "When I was eight, I begged for a first pocket-knife and carved a model of the Mary-Rose, the English warship that sank in 1545," he says. The North Carolina–based craftsman began his studio, Mails Woodwork, about four years ago and produces pieces that celebrate traditional furniture-making methods. Through pursuing a career in academia Mails began to track the early architecture of the south. He also had the good fortune to apprentice with a relative who was a master of architectural wood working. "I learned to use the sorts of tools they had used, and fell in the love with a way of working wood that was visceral and ultimately dependent on the body and a sharp edge," says Mails. This led him to devote his time to craft. Below, we share four of his designs that reflect a modern sensibility with time-tested building techniques.
February 5, 2013
Voussoir Cloud installation by San Francisco firm IwamotoScott Architecture

I Spy an Installation

The Dwell team sees scads of exhibits, pop-ups, and installations on our journeys both physical and digital, every week, from all over the globe. We're inspired by the power of such creative displays to surprise, create wonder, and sometimes simply amuse. Here are a few recent favorite installations. Look for more of our finds soon!
February 4, 2013
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A Traditional Shingle-Clad Home in Connecticut

A creative twist on the traditional shingle clads a Connecticut home.
February 4, 2013
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6 Sunlit Rooms We Love

There's nothing like waking up on a lazy Sunday morning, grabbing a cup of coffee and your favorite reading material, and heading to the sunniest room in the house to sip and relax in the natural light. The homeowners featured here have made architectural design decisions to create just such light-filled spaces in their homes. Click through for design inspiration or simply to daydream about that perfect Sunday morning in the sun.
February 4, 2013
Colorful ceramic Vases

Little Shirley Vases by Material Good

Lauren Burman began making Little Shirley vases a few years ago in honor of her grandmother, Shirley Larson, who was battling cancer. Now she and a team of nine other people hand make the petite ceramic accent pieces in her Seattle studio. The versatile design (use it as a bud vase or scent diffuser) comes in a spectrum of 36 colors and Burman donates 10 percent of her profits to community organizations. To learn more about the product, visit material-good.com and purchase them online here.
February 4, 2013
<h2><a href="http://www.dwell.com/articles/little-field-of-flowers.html
">Little Field of Flowers</a></h2><p></p>Take a passage to India with Barcelona-based rug designer Nani Marquina as weavers transform a Tord Boontje sketch by warp and weft into a blo

Process This

We love to break down the intricate steps that go into making our favorite furniture, products, prefabs and more. Increase your industrial-manufacturing IQ with this slideshow showcasing our favorite Process articles from the past.
February 1, 2013
French designer Jacques Adnet (1904–1984) was particularly well known for his deft incorporation of leather elements into his furniture pieces. This rack, created sometime in the 1950s, is constructed of patinated wrought iron and delicately stitched red

Vintage Magazine Racks

Your stash of yet-to-be-perused periodicals can stack up quicker than you think. Take a cue from this gallery of vintage magazine racks, crafted by mid-century furniture designers.
February 1, 2013
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