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K.C. Cool: 7 Striking Designs in Kansas City, Missouri

It's easy to overlook Kansas City, Missouri. Located squarely in the nation's center, it is better known for its barbecue and bebop than as an incubator for creative design and architecture. But the city's image is evolving. The opening in 2011 of the visually striking Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, desiged by Moshe Safdie, helped the city stake out a new reputation as a culturally vibrant metropolis, and a cohort of daringly inventive local architects are designing and renovating homes in visually striking ways. Today, we take a look at seven noteworthy Kansas City projects from Dwell's archives.
November 21, 2013
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Acoustics in Architecture

We share our favorite essays, homes, and products devoted to exploring and celebrating music in the modern world.
November 5, 2013
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The Real Cost of Rip-Offs

Knockoff furnishings may be cheap, but for the design industry, they come with a heavy price.
May 22, 2012
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Monobloc Blues

The secret history of a plastic classic that doesn’t sit quite right.
February 21, 2012
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Inspiration Nation

Writer Lisa Katayama sees innovation triumphing over tragedy in Japan in the wake of the Sendai earthquake.
August 18, 2011
LC2 armchair by Le Corbusier for Cassina

Hands Off the Icons

 “What would Hans Wegner say?” I tweeted upon seeing a citrus-tinged Wishbone chair on Design*Sponge. “Anyone else hate recolored classics too? They had paint in 1950; he chose not to use it.”
September 21, 2010
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Jason Pontius on Blog Themes

Recently I had the idea of asking a well-placed, well-respected web designer who understands the vagaries of design, branding, and getting information across, to have a look at the themes on offer from Blogger, WordPress, and Tumblr, and decide which ones he thinks work best. I got so much wonderful information from Jason Pontius, founder and head honcho of the Oakland, CA–based design firm White Whale, that I'm going to reproduce it in its entirety. Jason's firm has done all manner of web design, though they seem to have hit their stride working for colleges. They've done the websites for Middlebury, Kenyon, Wheaton, Lewis and Clark, the University of San Francisco, and UC Berkeley's Boalt School of Law. Here's what Jason has to say.
July 12, 2010