California Dreams

September 2008,
Vol. 08
Issue 09
California Dreaming September 2008 Dwell Cover
Homes Across the Golden State
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Oakland Aesthetics

Perfectly content in San Francisco, the Pfeiffers couldn't help falling in love with a charming mid-century house, across the Bay in Oakland, with stunning views, plenty of trees, and a murky past.

love seats

Celebrity matchmaker Patti Stanger reviews 5 love seats

No piece of furniture has more aptly paved the way to connubial bliss than the love seat.

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Double the Pleasure

These twin sun-drenched San Diego abodes prove that two decks are better than one.

kappe house living room view from above

Ray Kappe-Designed Multilevel House in Los Angeles

Los Angeles architect Ray Kappe built a multilevel house for his family back in 1967, and the results still resonate today.

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The Green Lagoon

From the deck of this waterfront house, the scenery is abuzz with Northern California wildlife–but there's not a utility bill in sight.

1234 howard street house courtyard

Aluminum Clad Residential Units in San Francisco

It may not be to Queen Anne's tastes, but 1234 Howard is true to its context.

muennig partington point house exterior

Coastal Commissions

Taking cues from the flora, fauna, and rocky cliffs of Big Sur, California, Mickey Muennig's brand of organic architecture doesn't stop with the terrain.

magis steelwood chair factory

Steelwood Chair

Magis—The Steelwood chair from Magis is a product of experience—the suppliers who punch the sheet metal for the back, which adroitly supports four legs and a beech wood seat, are among…

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On the Fence

This “landscaped outdoor room” near Farrar Pond, Massachusetts, uses simple construction to create complex effects.

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Julian Darley

It might seem that the Post Carbon Institute casts too wide a net.

slow food cooking utensils

Slow Food Nation

When Carlo Petrini spoke out against the opening of a McDonald’s restaurant in his native Rome, he couldn’t have guessed that he’d be heard around the world.