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Furniture Makes It Modern

September 2015,
Vol. 15
Issue 08
dwell september 2015 cover
Homes in Paris, Copenhagen, and England
retro active english countryside living room

Quirky 1970s House in the English Countryside Showcases an Amazing Modern Furniture Collection

A British design pioneer transforms a 1970s bachelor pad an hour outside London into a stylish furniture laboratory.

unsung modernist percival lafer brazilian furniture mp 071 fiberglass chair

This Brazilian Modernist You Should Know About Designed Countless Classic Chairs

Despite a rise to prominence in the 1970s, pioneering designer Percival Lafer has remained a best-kept secret for collectors of midcentury Brazilian furniture.

french fix paris apartment nicolas roche bobois dining room luxus lamp warren platner table chairs rosewood glass cabinet soriano luceplan pendants

This Petite Paris Apartment is a Vintage Furniture–Filled Delight

An eccentric and eclectic Paris apartment reflects a lifetime of thoughtful collecting—and a considered eye.

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Rising Designer Tamer Nakişçi Sets Up Shop Following a Win at ICFF

On the tails of a winning tabletop design, an emerging Turkish talent looks to the future to establish his own brand.

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These Classic Pieces of Furniture Are Getting 2015 Reboots

Back in production this year, these classic reissues prove good taste has no expiration date.

Copenhagen renovation attic with Eames chairs.

A Cramped Attic Became a Sunny Dining Room in this Renovation of a Copenhagen Tudor

A furniture designer carves out a modern family home in a renovated 1925 structure on the outskirts of Copenhagen.

michael young portrait

Michael Young on Why Now Is a Good Time to Be in Design

The prolific Hong Kong designer muses on how major brand collaborations are accelerating innovation.

Geometric, powder-coated steel mirrors by Jonathan Nesci

These Picture-Perfect Mirrors are Made for the Selfie Era

Whether wall-mounted, freestanding, or handheld, these adventurous sculptural shapes and accents have us reflecting upon the traditional looking glass.

family affair backyard addition portrait

One Family's Backyard Becomes Their Own Tiny Retreat

In coastal Massachusetts, a resourceful couple and their equally enterprising children use reclaimed materials to create a versatile 168-square-foot backyard building.

erwan bouroullec portrait

Product Designer Erwan Bouroullec on the Magic of Wrought Iron

The French designer provides food for thought on the new wrought-iron collection he and his brother, Ronan, designed for Magis.

super sonic beatwoven dreamelody patterns

This Awesome Software Converts the Music of the Beatles and Queen Into Textile Patterns

British designer Nadia-Anne Ricketts spins sound waves into graphic textiles.

made for measure peter opsvik portrait

How the Iconic Tripp Trapp High Chair Came to Life

Peter Opsvik, a longtime specialist of ergonomics, reflects on his 1972 Tripp Trapp chair.

energy 360 solar state

As the Cost of Panels Plummets, Energy Utilities Rethink Solar

Tech breakthroughs are bringing solar power to the people, and upsetting electric utilities' business models.

Modern home with solar roof panels by Sharp

An Energy Expert Explains How Solar Power Could De-Carbonize the Grid at Basically No Cost

Hal Harvey, the head of clean energy think tank, Energy Innovation, shares his vision for the future of solar power.

at your discretion self made seat campeggi

Clever Furniture That Adapts to Your Needs at a Moment's Notice

Flexible and interchangeable, these shape-shifting designs can be used in varying configurations.

playing with fire andi kovel portland designer glass eue studio

Designer Andi Kovel Breaks the Mold in Glassmaking

In her Portland studio, designer Andi Kovel of Esque Studios transforms molten glass into colorful creations—including a new foray into lighting.

home security panic rooms illustration

Inside the Modern Safe Room: How Homeowners Today Are Fortifying Their Houses Against Burglars, Terrorists, and Hurricanes

If a family’s home is their castle, as the saying goes, some homeowners have begun to take that sentiment quite literally.

MP-041 series designed by Percival Lafer in 1965

Editor's Picks: 7 Irresistible, Modern Furnishings

Dwell editor-in-chief Amanda Dameron talks us through Dwell's

Gaffco Ballistics safe room illustration

An Architectural Introduction to Safe Room Design

You’re a single parent with a young child or a wealthy businessperson with a very public profile, and you’re concerned about recent developments in the news.

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