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Dwell January/February 2019

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bold perspectives

The Roman architect and engineer Vitruvius asserted that society should look to nature to create things that are firmitas, utilitas, venustas—solid, useful, beautiful. Nearly two thousand years later, in 1896, Chicago School affiliate and pioneer of the skyscraper Louis Sullivan distilled Vitruvius’s credo to its essence: “Form ever follows function.” Those four words, heard through the halls of 20th-century architecture—and later stricken of the word “ever”—became a foundational doctrine of modernism, and eventually shorthand for modernism itself. Funny how the basic concept dates back to antiquity. Good design really is timeless. In our homes, kitchens and bathrooms are the areas where function is most pronounced. These rooms need to perform—and we want them to look good doing it. This is especially true when the people who own them make their living, say, hosting…

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As a paper industry recruiter of 30-plus years, I was delighted to see the story on French Paper [“In the Black,” November/December]; you certainly stepped outside the box with this one. Not only do the article and video offer a mini-tutorial in the art of papermaking, but it is proof that small, family-owned manufacturing companies can endure. —Pat Irwin, Appleton, WI My overall impression of the November/December issue is that it is very dark and shadowy, starting with the cover. Even the piece about making paper features black paper! Is somebody going through a goth phase? Lighten up, would you? —Wesley Hammond, Spartanburg, SC From Dwell.com “Adjusted for Inflation” November/December The materials and fitment remind me of Schindler homes in Los Angeles. The cost per square foot is a tough mark to hit. —CC HAMPTON Nicely done piece.…

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JOURNEY BY DESIGN: AUSTIN, TEXAS Our new travel series heads to ATX, a creative mecca bursting with boutiques, modern eateries, music venues, and outdoor adventures. Get our recommendations at dwell.com/austin-city-guide TOP INSTAGRAMS Our most popular recent posts include a barn-inspired South African home and a soothing spa-like bathroom in Melbourne. See more at instagram.com/dwellmagazine VIDEO HOME TOURS Our coverage of outstanding modern homes doesn’t just end with these pages. Watch our videos to further explore these inspiring residences and hear what their owners have to say about them. dwell.com/videos POLL: In building your dream home, would you opt for traditional construction or prefab? 63% Traditional 37% Prefab PHOTOS: MATTHEW WILLIAMS (HOME TOUR); MARSEL ROOTHMAN (SOUTH AFRICA); DEREK SWALWELL (MELBOURNE). ILLUSTRATION: PETER OUMANSKI…

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dwell asks

What’s the smallest space you’ve ever lived in? Inspired by a tiny home vacation rental in Texas Hill Country featured in this issue (p. 54), we asked our online community about experiences living with less. A 217sf apartment in Tokyo. Every piece of it was laid out perfectly. I had a bedroom, living room, full kitchen, full bathroom, and even a laundry area with a washing machine. Back in North America, we take space for granted and hence tend to waste it. @ideaengine on Instagram All I’m saying is that I live in a 750sf apartment now and it’s too BIG. @curb_it on Instagram We live in a 540sf shipping container conversion. Started as just the two of us, but now we are welcoming a baby and have no plans to upsize. @miss_plant on Instagram 400sf—my husband…

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2018 award winners

Best Dwelling WINNER Los Terrenos by Tatiana Bilbao Estudio RUNNER-UP Cabin at Longbranch by Olson Kundig COMMUNITY PICK Cloaked House by 3r Ernesto Pereira Best Renovation WINNER House Lucien Engels by Studio 22 Architects RUNNER-UP Gin Distillery by Open Practice Architecture COMMUNITY PICK House Lucien Engels by Studio 22 Architects Best Prefab WINNER Syshaus by Arthur de Mattos Casas RUNNER-UP Bard Media Lab by MB Architecture COMMUNITY PICK Syshaus by Arthur de Mattos Casas Best Outdoor WINNER Planar House by Studio MK27 RUNNER-UP Rancho Buena Vida by Root Design Company COMMUNITY PICK Planar House by Studio MK27 Best Small Space WINNER Silo House by Kaiserworks RUNNER-UP Pinwheel ADU by Scott Mooney COMMUNITY PICK Pinwheel ADU by Scott Mooney Best Kitchen WINNER Espace Panet by Anne Sophie Goneau RUNNER-UP Courtyard House by Auhaus Architecture COMMUNITY PICK Apartment in Born by CaSA Best Bathroom WINNER Girona Townhouse by Anna Noguera RUNNER-UP Haiku House by SHED Architecture &…

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spanish intuition

“We envisioned our future to be set up like this. We wanted our own studio, and we needed space.” Masaaki Higashi, architect and resident Looking to upsize from their condo in Barcelona’s Gràcia district, Masaaki Higashi and Esther Mir had their eye on a two-story apartment that was wedged at the back of a former printing warehouse next door. But when it turned out that the two spaces—partially attached, partially separated by a courtyard—were listed together, they had to reconsider. “It was rundown, dark, and divided,” recalls Masaaki of his first impression of the warehouse, the ground floor of a multistory apartment building. But after some thought, Masaaki, a Japanese-born architect, and Esther, an artist from Minorca, realized that owning the combined 2,700 square feet would allow them to headquarter Mas-aqui, the…