Dwell's Favorite Home Design Ideas and Photos

The studio's original wooden beams were left intact.
Bedroom with a view.
In keeping with Viks’s design, the living room remains on the second floor. A bright yellow artwork by Ken’ichiro Taniguchi complements the Bend Sofa by Patricia Urquiola for B&B Italia. The Random pendant lights are by Bertjan Pot for Moooi, the Yo-Yo coffee table is by Emanuele Zenere, and the Maltino Rug is by Linie Design. The hardwood flooring is from the Admiration line by Mirage.
Last year, Tahquitz Plaza, a business complex Kaptur designed in the 1970s, underwent a restoration, which he helped oversee.
Its cast-concrete roof slabs evoke any number of desert sights—the fronds of a palm, the faces of stones, even the armored plates of an armadillo.
Donald Wexler arrived in Palm Springs in 1952 after a stint at Richard Neutra’s office in Los Angeles eager to build on a large scale with steel—hence the prefab Steel Development Houses.
galley kitchen looking west
The interior design is characterized by restraint. Wood complements leather and concrete for a modern, natural-looking building that blend together with its lush surroundings.
Windows and skylights from the eastern façade bring in an abundance of light throughout the day.
Japanese "tansu" stairs with storage compartments underneath.
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The minimalist interiors showcase the simple material palette.
To help keep costs at bay, the dark exterior siding and feature staircase were constructed of fir plywood.
The staircase is constructed of laminated 3/4" plywood sheets, and all of the components are interlocking using mortise and tenon joints instead of fasteners.
The stylish staircase provides a strong focus for the open-plan interior, and was constructed out of fir plywood by Duerksen himself.
The footprint of the home was configured to accommodate all of the existing trees without risking damage to their roots. An exception was made for a tree which sat in the middle of the property which was showing signs of decay. A dense Canadian Maple, the tree was milled and repurposed as the central island/dining room table—also built by Duerksen himself—and is now located only 10 feet from its original location.
Duerksen now runs his own architecture firm out of the home.
A cooktop and refrigerator from Gaggenau, Bulthaup cabinets, a Miele oven, and an Asko dishwasher outfit the all-white kitchen, which is located on the entry-level floor.
The living room, office, and kitchen are sunken into the concrete floor, providing delineation in the open plan.

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For the kitchen, architect Ivan Priatman selected an oven, hood, and cooktop from Teka and a Samsung refrigerator. While the table is his own design, the bar stools and chairs are from Informa.
A pool and outdoor lounge area that's shaded by trees.
A bedroom that looks out to canyon views.
Throughout the site, the original bolders that have been left untouched are evident as the home engulfs them into its design.
The main room opens to the quad through a large pivoting garage door.
Installation started at 11 a.m. and the second floor was stacked by 3 p.m. later that same day.
The client, Beau Neilson (daughter of Australian art patrons Judith & Kerr Neilson) and her husband, Jeffrey Simpson were looking for an elegant and comfortable residence and their brief displayed a clear understanding of lifestyle, architecture, and design.
The simple and stylish dining set complements the dark kitchen.
Horizontal slabs of bluestone and vertical hardwood slats on the exterior of the house.
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A wood-clad garage sits adjacent to the home.
A sinuous ramp links public space to the private space.
The wooden steps a sense of warmth to the simple, minimalist interiors.
A bathroom leads out to one of the roof terraces.
Surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows on all sides, the material palette for the unit includes contemporary industrial touches such as iron, glass, and wood.
Inspired by modern Japanese minimalism, Hong Kong practice JAAK demolished the walls of this two-bedroom apartment and remodelled it into a studio with an
The chef's kitchen.
Constructed predominantly with locally quarried stone, steel, poured concrete floors and a turf roof, the horizontal outline of the property harmonizes beautifully with its rugged natural surroundings. The house also has an outdoor terrace with a pool and fireplace, where you can enjoy a cup of tea and take in plenty of fresh air.sd
Deck overlooking Little Round Bay
Landside Elevation
The kitchen and dining room connect to the courtyard for a breezy, indoor/outdoor environment.
Structural engineering firm Robert Silman Associates was key in helping the couple execute their design, particularly the cantilevered standing-seam aluminum roof.
Open shelves and sleek cupboards line one wall of the living room. The floor-to-ceiling glass door leads to the exterior courtyard, which is bounded by the perforated brick wall.
In the combined kitchen and dining room, a skylight lets in lots of sunlight, and the table overlooks the courtyard.

Dwell's favorite photos of modern homes and design ideas. From midcentury gems, prefabricated units, and eye-opening renovations, to shipping container construction and custom trailers and campers, these projects display the best from Dwell Magazine and submitted by the Dwell community. Here, you'll find ideas for every room in the house, whether it be kitchen, bath, bedroom, living, or dining—and beyond.