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The New American Home

May 2015,
Vol. 15
Issue 05
Unexpected Modern: The Latest Houses from Knoxville to Harlem
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Minimal North Carolina Home Built for a Tech-Forward West Coast Couple

Two West Coast transplants, priced out of San Francisco, build their North Carolina dream home.

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A Mind-Bending Renovation Brings a Bold, Modern Addition to an Old Farmhouse

Self-taught designer Tom Givone continues his practice of updating 19th-century farmhouses with unexpected details and salvaged materials with his latest creation—a torqued-volume addition to an…

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The Companies That Are Keeping American Design Alive

The key to getting your hands on American-made design lies with the retailers that make it a point to highlight where their pieces originate.

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A Forgotten Insurance Building Finds New Life as a Humming High School

Following a sensitive renovation at the hands of DSH // architecture, the Larchmont Charter High School in Los Angeles settles into a midcentury gem originally designed by Welton Becket.

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Longtime American Manufacturer Gets Literal with a Metal Map of the United States

A family-owned metal screen fabricator in Portland, Oregon, proudly displays its bona fides in a graphic map.

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Here's What's Cooking in a Few of the Country's Hottest Design Incubators

Regional incubators are helping independent designers learn the basics of how to scale up and succeed—and boost the local economy.

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This Farmhouse-Style Home Gets a Clever and Geometric Update

A relaxed interior and radical roof make a home more sociable and energy-efficient.

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A Meticulous Renovation Turns a Run-Down House Into a Storage-Smart Gem

Minute details and judiciously applied materials create a refined home in San Francisco.

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Wildlife Surrounds This Epic Home in the Hills

Crowned with a glass observatory, this scenic Wisconsin home commands panoramic views of the surrounding grasslands.

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A Midcentury Home Enjoys Views from Every Angle

A new outlook for a Buff, Straub and Hensman gem perched high above Los Angeles.

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What Will It Take for Factory-Built Prefab Housing To Become the Norm?

Leaders in modular construction and prefab need to scale up to get more people thinking inside the box.

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Finally, Office Furniture for the Laptop Workforce

Good Mod, a Portland, Oregon, studio and retailer, develops an inventive furniture model for the 21st-century office.

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Waterfront Views Make This Vacation Home a Relaxing Retreat

A Connecticut home with a notable architectural legacy gets an expansive update for a family of six.

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These Designers Will Take No Shortcuts in Their Quest for High-Quality American Design

Based on tenets of good design and lasting craftsmanship, Kalon Studios keeps it stateside.

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The Modern Home with Southern Charm

A metal-and-cedar home rises on farmland in East Tennessee.

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Sustainability Guided Every Decision at this Town House Remodel in Harlem

Actors David Alan Basche and Alysia Reiner rework their Harlem town house with an eco-sensibility and an eye for smarter spaces.

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Super Green Affordable Housing Introduces Passive Design to the Masses

Multifamily housing projects that meet Passive House standards are bringing European-style energy efficiency to a new demographic in the United States.

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6 Must-Own Modern Furniture Pieces Made in America

For our annual issue dedicated to domestic design, we surveyed the latest crop of homegrown products.

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5 Energy Storage Solutions That Will Make Renewables a Viable Alternative to Fossil Fuels

Grid-scale storage may be revolutionizing the market for clean energy.

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How Does a Passive House Work?

Passive Houses are built according to a rigorous series of design principles that promote efficiency.

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Editor's Picks: 7 Inspiring Examples of American Design

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

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Designer Harry Bertoia's Unusual Sound-Making Sculptures

Renowned designer Harry Bertoia (1915–1978) dedicated the latter part of his career to creating metal sound sculptures called Sonambients.

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14 Must-Own Modern Home Accessories Made in America

Our annual celebration of American design includes a selection of locally made home accessories. Take a look at our new favorite domestic finds, from mirrors to planters.

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Instagram Account We Love: The Best of Midcentury Design Icon Alexander Girard

Any midcentury modern fan worth their salt will be familiar with the groovy designs of Alexander Girard (1907–1993).

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