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From Phone to Stone: Coastermatic

Instagram has created a vibrant social platform for sharing images and simply allowing millions of people to create photographs that are often more visually appealing than those typically made with a standard point-and-shoot or phone camera. A new service, Coastermatic, lets you take these previously ephemeral images and turn them into stone coasters, in sets of four.
August 2, 2012
Lisa and Emily White of Layer

Material Explorations with L.A. Firm Layer

Situated at the cross-section of architecture, art, and installation, Los Angeles–based architectural practice Layer has consistently managed to delight and surprise. Complex yet not intimidating, their work has graced experimental spaces and museums alike across Southern California, engaging visitors to see the space they inhabit in a new light. Founded in 2009 by Emily White and Lisa Little—both graduates of Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc)—Layer is unusual in that two women head up the firm, but according to the two, that only makes the venture more interesting. We chatted with White and Little to ask about their beginnings, unique challenges and what else we can look forward to from the firm.
July 31, 2012
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Nani Marquina's 25th Anniversary

Spanish rug and textile designer Nani Marquina, whose idyllic Ibiza weekend house we featured in Dwell's July/August 2012 "Designers at Home" issue, recently marked her company's 25th anniversary. To celebrate, she and her staff carried more than 60 rugs out to Virreina Square in Barcelona's Gracia district to watch the public interact with them.
July 31, 2012
Modern colorful living room with Philippe Xerri chairs and Tunisian rug

Rug Designer Nani Marquina's Serene Home in Ibiza

In a quiet corner of the famed Spanish party island, rug designer Nani Marquina and photographer Albert Font have carved out a serene, site-sensitive home.
July 31, 2012
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Preview 'Another Side of Ibiza'

Spanish rug designer Nani Marquina's island retreat is a feature story in our July/August "Designers at Home" issue (available on newsstands now). The structure has humble origins—it was built 150 years ago for a peasant farmer—and the architects tasked with its restoration, José Antonio Martínez Lapeña and Elías Torres, opted to keep the structure as close to the original as possible. For example, the rustic original ceiling crafted from sabina wood was removed, sanitized, restored, and fitted back in place. The home is a netural palette of whitewashed walls and earth-toned floors; however, Marquina and her husband, photographer Albert Font, brought vibrant textiles and contemporary design pieces into the mix, infusing the historic home with the present day. Check dwell.com Tuesday, July 30, to read the full story.
July 30, 2012
Felt-maker Paula Leen handling felt fabrics

Sneak Peek: 'A World Apart'

Our July/August 2012 issue, on newsstands now, turns the spotlight on designers' own homes across the globe. One of my favorite projects in the issue is Paula Leen and Kees Middendorp's home in the northern Dutch province of Friesland, which I visited last winter and profiled in the magazine in "A World Apart." Leen, a felt-maker, and Middendorp, the town of Akkrum's harbormaster, showed me around their marina-side home, which they'd lived in for 16 years as renters before getting the opportunity to buy and renovate it. The resulting space has an aesthetic that is strongly influenced by their surroundings—all gray and black and white, "the colors of Friesland," as Leen puts it. It's filled with Leen's handmade felt pieces, salvaged vintage furniture, and custom iron fixtures, including an 11-foot-long kitchen island and a staircase that connects the upstairs living space with the downstairs workshop. Check dwell.com Sunday to read the full story. In the meantime, here's a sneak peek and some choice quotes from Leen.
July 28, 2012
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Kaleido Trays by HAY

One of our favorite finds from Stockholm Design Week was HAY's Kaleido tray. We're not sure what we like most—the array of sizes, the palette of unexpected colors, or the way that one can arrange them a la Tangrams. Sweden's Clara Von Zweigbergk designed the collection, which can be used in virtually every room of the house. Available at the Dwell Store ($18–$78).
July 27, 2012
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Top Design Boards on Pinterest

For designers, artists, and virtual hoarders, Pinterest is the perfect website for whiling away hours. The site allows users to curate images on virtual inspiration boards organized by subjects the user chooses. Users, referred to as "pinners," can share boards and images with others. In the past two-and-a-half years, Pinterest has grown from a small start-up to bustling online destination. Although occasionally abused by an inordinate amount of images of baby animal memes and wedding dresses, it has become a valuable resource for inspiration and new products. We investigated the popular pinners in modern architecture and design and picked some of our favorites to share with you.
July 18, 2012
Porches Inn in North Adams, Massachusetts

Porches Inn, North Adams, Massachusetts

In 1985, the Sprague Electric Mill in North Adams, Massachusetts, closed down. Like many similar western Massachusetts towns supporting heavy industry, North Adams relied on its factories to provide the jobs and sense of community that are at the core of a thriving city. While cultural attractions in nearby Williamstown and Great Barrington had kept the youth and creative classes hovering in the area, the town itself was in danger of falling off the map.
July 17, 2012
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