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Rising Tides Are No Match for This Coastal Home
Thanks to some smart design and sound engineering, this small coastal house handles the waves.
June 9, 2016
Denver's Energy Efficient Home
John and Paige Damiano are snow worshippers.
March 26, 2011
Nestled in an apple grove in Sebastopol, California, the Orchard House is a rural idyll.
February 26, 2010
You Art What You Eat
Even in a place attuned to two-wheeled traffic, it was a rare sight one evening last fall to witness a bicycle convoy ferrying a 650-pound steer across San Francisco.
February 17, 2010
Drawn From Clay
Increasingly, consumers like to know the source of the things they buy and products are often sold with information that goes beyond mere "Made in the USA" labels to tell the story of the…
February 12, 2010
Ice House Detroit
American cities are not short on abandoned houses, but for great swathes of residential vacancy, Detroit takes the cake.
February 10, 2010
12 Design-smart Food Containers
Packed-up leftovers and stacked-up pantries are rarely the pride of the kitchen, but hiding them out of sight puts perishables precariously out of mind.
February 9, 2010
Kiosk's Groundhog Collection
It's been a couple of days since the groundhog saw his shadow, but at Kiosk, it's Groundhog Day for a little bit longer.
February 8, 2010
Public, from Rob Forbes
Rob Forbes is best known as the founder of the much beloved modern shop Design Within Reach.
February 5, 2010
Conceptual large-scale architecture plays a starring role in many design proposals aimed at addressing climate change.
February 2, 2010
Nature of Material
Israeli designer Ran Amitai has a new line of stacking stools that merge organic with high-tech to lovely effect.
January 31, 2010
An Architecture Prof Weighs in on Haiti
There are thousands of architects and designers in the Dwell audience and beyond who are contemplating how they can help with the massive rebuilding effort that will soon get underway in…
January 25, 2010
Some of the most famous modern buildings are now preserved as public landmarks, which anyone can visit and tour.
January 20, 2010
Method's New Pump Detergent
As someone who tries my hardest to purchase environmentally responsible products, I have a difficult challenge: a lot of "eco-friendly" cleaners are simply less effective than the…
January 19, 2010
In the days since the earthquake in Haiti, numerous aid groups have opened up channels for contributions small and large to assist in the immediate needs of survivors in and around Port-au-Prince.
January 14, 2010
Cerno at Ford & Ching
Our friends at Ford & Ching recently announced a new addition to the curated family of designers they showcase in their Los Angeles headquarters.
January 13, 2010
The Third and The Seventh
Late last week I was preparing to blog about this short film by Alex Roman, and clearly so were lots of other people, judging by the fact that today Roman's dedicated site, thirdseventh.com, is…
January 12, 2010
"What's Next?" Competition
It's a new year and if you're newly energized to enter some design competitions, you now have an extension to get in on the newest one from Social Designer.
January 9, 2010
New Energy-Saving Gadgets from CES
The Consumer Electronics Show is in full swing in Vegas and there are lots of reports coming from the blogosphere about new energy-saving devices for the home.
January 7, 2010
During the holidays a friend sent me a link to these pendants of miniature classic mid-century modern chairs.
January 6, 2010
CityCenter Las Vegas
When you visit the website for the newest major development in Las Vegas, you are taken on a stomach-dropping virtual sweep up, over, around and through the new city-within-a-city funded by MGM…
December 17, 2009
A Piece of Cleveland
Just before Thanksgiving I traveled to Cleveland to give a few lectures at the Cleveland Institute of Art and Case Western Reserve University.
December 14, 2009
The Sheep Who Made Your Pouf
The stream of amazing projects that emerge from students at Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands is never-ending.
December 10, 2009
Groceries: Marketing Strategy
In 1955, photographer Elliott Erwitt snapped a photo of a bereted Frenchman riding his bicycle down a tree-lined road with a child and a pair of baguettes strapped to the rear.
December 9, 2009
Earlier this year, Dwell editor Aaron Britt traveled down to Dallas, Texas, for a design charrette with Re:Vision Dallas.
December 3, 2009
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.
December 2, 2009
Cities are a favorite subject for photographers, filled as they are with visual stimuli and primed for artistic criticism.
December 1, 2009
Spore: Italian Glass Meets LED
In one of Italy's oldest glass-blowing regions, Murano, the lighting company FDV Collection (a Leucos USA brand) has partnered with Italian architect Massimo Iosa Ghini to unite cutting-edge LED…
November 28, 2009
Inhabitat Interviews Gavin Newsom
This fall, Inhabitat ran a series of interviews with leaders in sustainable design and urban planning. The last in the series was a lengthy chat with Gavin Newsom, the mayor of San Francisco.
November 24, 2009
Editor Sarah Rich: "I'm an enthusiastic collector of kitchen tools and cookbooks from decades past.
November 20, 2009
POWERleap: Energy on the Floor
Over the years the blogosphere has seen a number of stories about generating power from the vibration of people's feet on a train platform, stairs, bridges and even—in perhaps the most popular…
November 19, 2009
Somehow stairs have become the object of "design porn" of late, and while it seems as likely that lamps or sofas or kitchen cabinetry could feature in lusty internet photos, stairs prove…
November 18, 2009
3-D Modeling Fashion
As digital fabrication meets high design, we find more and more examples of amazing furniture and household products (and even interior surfaces and architectural facades) that use 3-D modeling and…
November 11, 2009
Small Houses in Prague
As we finish planning our Small Spaces issue for next year, I was interested to find coverage [via Dezeen] of an exhibition called Small Houses, which ran last month during the Czech design festival…
November 9, 2009
Opportunity Green: This Weekend
This coming Saturday and Sunday, November 7 and 8, Opportunity Green will be hitting Los Angeles for its third consecutive year.
November 6, 2009
New Design from Very Good & Proper
In this year's June issue, our Square Meal column featured the London restaurant mini-chain Canteen, where good design is as high a priority as good taste.
November 4, 2009
Organic Factory by Giles Belley
I first discovered Giles Belley a few years back when he designed one of the most elegant energy-saving power adapters I've ever seen.
November 2, 2009
Monika Järg's Wooden Carpets
While wood floors are generally more elegant than carpeting, rugs and textiles can bring warmth and texture to otherwise hard and hollow spaces.
October 29, 2009
Webcast: Design for Emerging Markets
If you have an interest in humanitarian design and product development, you'll want to tune in this Thursday, October 29, to a live online seminar "Designing Products for Emerging Markets,"…
October 27, 2009
Morphosis FLOAT House for NOLA
The Make It Right Foundation has gotten loads of press over the last few years, thanks in large part to its ultra-celebrity founder, as well as the numerous famous architects who've invested their…
October 22, 2009
Craft Culture Face-Off
On the surface, craft culture may seem as soft and fuzzy as a skein of hand-dyed yarn, but as I learned at the American Craft Council's annual meeting and conference last week, there are as many…
October 21, 2009
Tanya Aguiniga Crafted Classics
I'm in the air en route to Minneapolis for the American Craft Council's annual conference, where a number of writers, artists, makers, scholars and others will gather to discuss the future of craft.
October 15, 2009
City Walks New York
A trip to New York City is inevitably a whirlwind, whether it's your first visit or your five hundredth. Even a day in the life of a local usually happens at high speed.
October 13, 2009
From Italy: Urquiola for Mutina
On day two at Cersaie—a very warm, sunny day in Bologna—the booth of tile manufacturer Mutina hummed with excitement over a visit from design celeb Patricia Urquiola (whose work is…
October 8, 2009
From Italy: Recycled Tile Wallpaper
Our first stop on day one of our week of tile-mania at Cersaie was at the booth of tile manufacturer Trend, an Italian company that makes enamel, quartz, granite and glass tile.
October 6, 2009
Reports from Italy: Trends in Tile
I spent last week at Cersaie, the annual trade show held each year in Bologna, Italy, featuring the latest in ceramic tiles and bath fixtures.
October 5, 2009
Best of SF 20 Modernism Show
This weekend's SF20 Modernism Show and Sale opened to the public this morning at San Francisco's Fort Mason Center.
September 25, 2009
Reviving Neutra with Hive Living
We recently received a letter from a reader, Kristy Krone, after she read the article Hive Design in our September issue, which takes a peek at a rooftop apiary above a Toronto hotel.
September 17, 2009
Mobile Cottages for Arctic Tourism
While most Dwell readers know Artek as the Finnish design company founded by Alvar and Aino Aalto, there's another Artek not too far away with a very different profile: a research and training branch…
September 16, 2009
Friday Finds 9.11.09
A great sigh of relief gave way to early anticipation as we sent off our first ever Dwell Special Issue last week.
September 11, 2009
Architecture + Food = Stable Cafe
San Francisco's Mission District is known for its vibrant and often contrasting cultures—Mexican paleta wagons share the sidewalk with Twittering hipsters slinging crème brulée,…
September 11, 2009
OAN's Classroom Design Winner
Earlier this year we wrote about Open Architecture Network's challenge to create a better classroom design that can accommodate the anticipated surge in student numbers worldwide over the next five…
September 8, 2009
Green Pocket Tiles
If you aspire to have a little kitchen garden for herbs and baby greens, these Green Pockets would be an elegant place to start.
September 4, 2009
In homes, restaurants and retail shops alike, it's common to see a single wall covered in loud, brightly patterned wallpaper—an easy design strategy that packs a powerful visual punch.
September 3, 2009
HIB-System: Snap Together a House
You may not have realized it at the time, but if you played with LEGOs a lot as a kid you were giving yourself good training for the future of housing, when you'd be able to snap together your own…
September 2, 2009
The Carter School Project
This summer, the Master of Architecture Program at Massachusetts College of Art and Design ran the first hands-on project in their Community Design Build program.
August 31, 2009
Friday Finds 8.28.09
This week at Dwell as the chilly summer gives way to the warmest, sunniest months in San Francisco's calendar, the troops have rallied up a collection of links from around the Web for your Week in…
August 28, 2009
Hungry? Print Yourself a Meal
Every year Electrolux Design Lab runs a student competition for innovative household appliances, and every year the challenge draws out ideas that are both visionary in concept [verging on sci-fi]…
August 27, 2009
Lund & Paarmann's Hot Seats
The Danish architecture and design firm Lund & Paarmann have some striking new seating debuting in just a few days at CODE09, an event of Copenhagen Design Week.
August 26, 2009
Wolfe Den, Austin, Texas
Architect MJ Neal, much like his hometown of Austin, Texas, possesses a balanced combination of country cordiality and urban edge.
August 25, 2009
Passive Houses in Stockholm
Back in early 2008, we wrote about a new suburban development by Swedish architecture firm Smedshammar + Holmberg, which was meant to set a new precedent in Sweden for housing innovation.
August 24, 2009
Friday Finds 8.21.09
This week at Dwell we've been thinking a lot about the future, from the announcement of the visionary winners of our Reburbia competition to the planning of our early 2010 issues (hard to believe!).
August 21, 2009
Since we've spent much of the last six weeks sorting through and thinking about ideas for the future of suburbia, it was a particularly appropriate time to stumble upon the amazing speculative…
August 20, 2009
Reburbia Winners Announced!
We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2009 Reburbia Competition, sponsored jointly by Dwell and Inhabitat.
August 19, 2009
Designy-ness vs. Design
Where is the line between design and "designy-ness"? A recent essay got us thinking about how consumers identify real innovation beneath a cosmetically enhanced product. Join the debate.
August 17, 2009
Friday Finds 8.14.09
This week at the Dwell office we've been working on our November issue, which will feature a collection of beautiful homes from the far reaches of the rural US and France.
August 14, 2009
Rent an Architectural Masterpiece
Ever wonder what it would be like to live in a house designed by a world-class architect?
August 12, 2009
Redesign Your Farmers' Market
Now that you have all submitted your designs for the Reburbia competition and cast your vote for the Readers' Choice Award, you can turn direct your creative energy toward a new project.
August 12, 2009
Reburbia Voting Begins Today!
The time has come! Online voting for the best of the Reburbia competition finalists begins today.
August 10, 2009
Friday Finds 8.7.09
From Dwell's editorial, photo, and design teams, this week's round-up of blog sightings includes several stellar photographic finds, some upcycled housewares, the invention of sentimental value for…
August 7, 2009
If you are in Los Angeles this weekend (or any time before September 5), be sure to pay a visit to Fifth Floor Gallery to take part in the new interactive exhibition Re-imagining Chinatown by urban…
August 5, 2009
Design Glut's Hookmaker
The entrepreneurial pair at Design Glut has been building a great archive on their site of interviews they've conducted with designers of all kinds.
August 3, 2009
The recent disappearance of vast numbers of worker bees from their colonies sounded an unexpectedly resonant ecological alarm.
August 2, 2009
Friday Finds 7.31.09
Today is the last day of July and you know what that means...If you haven't yet sent in your submission to the Reburbia competition, now is the moment!
July 31, 2009
Friday Finds 7.24.09
While our editor-in-chief Sam Grawe and design director Kyle Blue lunch at the White House today with the honorees of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards (woohoo!), the rest of the crew has…
July 24, 2009
Best of Quebec Architecture 2009
We in the US hear plenty about the AIA's awards of festivals, but not so much about our neighbors up north.
July 23, 2009
Motel 6 Makeover
It's been said more than once since the recession began that a down economy breeds creativity, born from heightened resourcefulness.
July 21, 2009
Reminder: Reburbia Ends Friday!
If you haven't yet submitted your entries to the Reburbia competition, time is running out! This Friday, July 31, is the last day for submissions, so get your rendering juices flowing.
July 20, 2009
Friday Finds 7.17.09
It's mid-July in San Francisco and you know what that means: Time to break out your wool sweaters! While we watch the morning fog dissipate and wait for some afternoon sun, the Dwell crew…
July 17, 2009
As cities with hills steeper than black diamond ski slopes go, San Francisco is exceptionally bike-friendly.
July 7, 2009
Via one of my favorite websites, a project that puts personal behavior data into beautifully-designed dishware: Israeli designer Iohanna Pani created mugs and plates that measure consumption…
July 1, 2009
And The Winner Is...
We know you've been waiting white-knuckled at the edge of your seats to know who came up with the winning name for Coolhaus's next ice cream sandwich. The time has come. We've picked a winner.
June 26, 2009
Friday Finds 6.19.09
With Dwell on Design only one week away, today's Week in Review features editors' picks of programming they're looking forward to during the packed weekend in LA.
June 19, 2009
Square Meal: A 3-Day Feast
From the concept behind a stellar restaurant experience to the architecture of a well-plated dish, design touches the culinary world in countless ways.
June 18, 2009
Yves Behar in Conversation
Among other great sessions at Dwell on Design, we're looking forward to a conversation with designer extraordinaire, Yves Behar.
June 17, 2009
The Office for Lost Objects
A couple of months ago when I judged a furniture competition sponsored by Design Within Reach, I was lured by a chair design from a young studio out of Madison, Wisconsin, called The Office for Lost…
June 16, 2009
5 Modern Home Ice Cream Makers
For homemade ice cream! Whether you favor Kumquat-Poppy Seed or plain Vanilla, a home ice-cream maker lets you effortlessly craft a scoop that's made to order.
June 16, 2009
Dwell's Sweetest Contest Ever
Hey Dwell readers: Remember Coolhaus?
June 10, 2009
Square Meal: LA's Mobile Dining Scene
One of the newest additions to Dwell's regular sections, the Square Meal column features new ideas, businesses and products that sit at the intersection of food and design.
June 8, 2009
Friday Finds 6.5.09
This week in the editors' jaunts around the World Wide Web shared in international flavor (perhaps it's a summer travel bug).
June 5, 2009
At ICFF last month, jGoodDesign debuted several new products from their collection of hand-blown glass lighting.
June 4, 2009
Building a Green Collar LA
Dwell in Design is a mere three weeks away and we're getting excited to welcome dozens of speakers and thousands of visitors to the LA Convention Center for the big weekend.
June 4, 2009
Maker Faire 2009
This weekend the annual Maker Faire is taking place south of San Francisco at the San Mateo County Events Center.
May 31, 2009
Friday Finds 5.29.09
As May closes in on June, the Dwell offices are abuzz with preparation for Dwell on Design, which is now less than one month away.
May 29, 2009
Bungee Bird Feeder
Summer is a great time for bungee jumping.
May 28, 2009
ecobee Smart Thermostat
Integrating smart technology into home energy and heating/cooling systems is a no-brainer.
May 26, 2009
Dylan Gold's Cornered Table
Several weeks ago I was a member of the jury for a design competition sponsored by Design Within Reach.
May 26, 2009
Yellow Treehouse Restaurant
In my endless trawling for new projects that meld food and design, I came across the Yellow Treehouse Restaurant—an architect-designed eatery near Auckland, New Zealand, perched over 30 feet…
May 19, 2009
Innovate It! Submit Your Entries
Calling all designers, inventors, and people who are tired of wrestling with unwieldy ironing boards!
May 18, 2009
Friday Finds 5.15.09 (and ICFF!)
Things are fairly quiet in the west coast design world this week, as all the activity is concentrated in New York for the annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF).
May 15, 2009
Photography by Sarah
With the lightness and imagination of origami and the mathematical exactitude of digital design, this open-air chapel invites all creatures into its folds.
February 4, 2009