A Fresh Start

February 2015,
Vol. 15
Issue 02
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Amazing renovations in São Paulo, Montreal, and Los Angeles
Attic remodel features bamboo flooring and built-in cabinets.

Amazing Transformation of a Musty Attic Into a Luminous Loft

In Seattle, an architect transforms a cramped space into a flexible family gathering spot.

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Can You Believe This House Used to be a Dilapidated Toolshed?

An architect and an interior designer put the tools to the test for this impressive renovation.

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You Won't Believe That These Incredible Modern Buildings are Chapels and Synagogues

Following the advent of modernism, sacred architecture continues to reinvent religious expression.

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This Hillside Home Exchanges Walls for Bookshelves

And views of the wildlife aren't bad either.

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L.A. Renovation Respects Midcentury Bones (While Adding Some Flair)

A couple return their A. Quincy Jones house in Los Angeles to its former glory—and add some soul of their own.

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1920s Bungalow Plus Modern Addition Equals Perfect Austin Home

A couple planning for an investment property in Austin ended up with a home that was too terrific to let go.

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These Need-to-Own Neutral Tiles Are the Opposite of Boring

From a line inspired by the architectural works of Robert A.M. Stern to rich metallic tiles and colors that evoke the city of London, this crop of neutrals is anything but drab.

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Geometric Tile That Comes in 64 Hues Will Satisfy Your Decorating Dreams

Italian tile company 41zero42 knows that when it comes to color, options reign supreme.

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French Architect Odile Decq Designs Captivating Museums, Yachts, and Fruit Bowls

The award-winning French architect and urban planner discusses the joy of designing across many platforms.

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5 Smart Home Materials You Need to Know About

Andrew Dent, the vice president of Library and Materials Research at Material ConneXion, shares his top five picks for products with new applications in the home.

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Rojkind Arquitectos is Transforming Mexico City, One Whimsical Building at a Time

A firm with a daring sense of creativity puts its stamp on Mexico City.

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This is How You Grow a Garden in the Sky

A pair of architects help a client carve out an oasis of calm amid São Paulo’s bustle.

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How to Integrate Smart Lighting into Your Home

The firm OneButton specializes in creating custom technology solutions for spaces ranging from offices to residences. Designer Katherine Boorman tackles connected lighting at home.

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5 Brilliantly Hued Surface Materials

New surface materials present kaleidoscopic hues and bold options for the color obsessed.

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Meet The Faces Behind Our Renovation Issue

Our February 2015 issue spotlights renovation projects across the world, from São Paulo to Austin. These six writers and photographers helped tell the stories behind the amazing transformations.

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Copenhagen Expat Crafts Scandinavian-Inspired Apartment (with Sauna!) in Montreal

A clever design team brings a dash of Scandinavian style to a Danish executive’s flat in a renovated Montreal triplex.

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Material ConneXion Library Has Over 7,500 Innovative Materials

Andrew Dent, a scientist and the vice president of Library and Materials Research at Material ConneXion, shares intel on the advancements impacting residential design.

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These Transformations Show Why Challenging Renovations Are Worth It

Dwell editor-in-chief Amanda Dameron talks us through Dwell's February 2015 issue.