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Coolest Homes for Artists & Art Collectors

We at Dwell are always on the lookout for unique homes that express the personality of their occupants—and it's no wonder some of the most unique and memorable residences we've featured in recent years belong to artists and art collectors, who embrace the quirky and the unconventional. Here's a peek at some of our favorite homes designed around the display and making-of art, from a famous conceptual artist's industrial-inspired rowhouse in New York City to a street art collector's shipping crate-filled loft in San Francisco.
March 7, 2012
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Floating Landscape Made of Net

I recently came across Numen's creative interactive installations, a mix between art and design, on the landscape architecture blog Landezine. These are the same guys who strung up an alien-like web of packing tape in Melbourne's Federation Square last year. Their most recent project, Net, is a series of flexible nets suspended in the air, connected at various points to create an undulating and disorienting landscape. Or, as the designers call it, a "community hammock."
March 5, 2012
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Friday Finds 03.02.12

If you've ever received a string of unnecessary emails, had a cup of coffee that's too hot, or wondered who designed the hot new issue of Spin, scroll through our Friday Finds.
March 2, 2012
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A Zero-Energy Community: Part 10

Project Manager Brad Liljequist chronicles the building of zHome, a ten-unit townhome in Issaquah, Washington—the first multifamily zero-energy community in the United States. Part 10: Designing for Disassembly Note from Brad Liljequist: Patti Southard has been involved in zHome since its beginning in 2006 and has helped inspire and leverage its core goal of market transformation in myriad ways. This is her second guest installment of the zHome blog, written with Kinley Diller.
February 19, 2012
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Dwell Eds Talk at USF Feb. 15

On February 15th my fellow Deputy Editor Jaime Gillin and I will take the stage at the University of San Francisco's Xavier Chapel to kick off the school's Department of Architecture and Public Design and SFAIA 2012 Spring Lecture Series. This year the theme is the "Edges of the Profession," and Jaime and I will give our two cents about the intersection of design and the media. Our talk is free and open to the public and kicks off at 7:00 PM at Xavier Chapel in Fromm Hall at USF. We'd love to see you there naturally, though if you can't make our talk there are a slew of others that look great. One of Dwell's favorite designers Stanley Saitowitz talks on April 18th and San Francisco Chronicle Urban Design Critic John King talks on May 2nd. And tell us in the comments section what you want to know about that slippery spot where the media meets architecture.
February 14, 2012
Hotel Fasano Boa Vista in Brazil

Hotel Fasano Boa Vista, Brazil

Just a few months ago, Fasano Hotels opened a sprawling property in Sao Paolo, Brazil, that highlights the natural beauty of the area. It's so easily accessible from the city that guests are shocked at how quickly they are transported into what seems like a different world—a world surrounded by lakes, preserved forestry, and stunning gardens that flow seamlessly into the Fasano Boa Vista. The man behind the hotel’s strong structure and bold design is one of Brazil’s most renowned architects, Isay Weinfeld. With this project, his goal was to create a hotel that looked and felt as wondrous and peaceful as the nature that envelops it.
February 7, 2012
Kex Hostel in Reykjavik, Iceland

Kex Hostel, Reykjavik

Any traveler who’s been drawn to the magical desolation and unique energy of Iceland and its people knows that finding interesting places to stay has been quite a challenge. Last May this all changed thanks to Kex Hostel, a new hostel concept that was an instant hit with locals and tourists alike. There are 16 bunk-bedded dorm rooms—and if you aren’t a 20-something backpacker anymore you can stay in one of sixteen private rooms, two of which have a private bath.
January 31, 2012
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Lakeside House in Texas

Architect J.C. Schmeil of Merzbau Design Collective recently completed this 4-bedroom, 4-bath house on Lake Austin in Texas, designed for a couple with three young children. "The design of the new residence resulted from a single, bold gesture: the bisection of the sloping site with a 14-foot high concrete retaining wall," says Schmeil. "The retaining wall appears as an interior finish on the ground floor, registering the passage of the day through a constant play of light and shadow."
January 19, 2012
Madrid-based Luis Urculo's studio

12 Questions for Luis Urculo

I've long been intrigued by the overlap of design, art, and architecture, and one of the most interesting practitioners working in that realm today is Madrid-based Luis Urculo, whose works tread—and test—the boundaries between the mediums. This Friday, "Jet Lag," Urculo's first solo show in the United States, opens at San Francisco's The Popular Workshop.
January 18, 2012
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