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 / Art & Architecture

Dwell May/June 2019

Dwell is the unique modern architecture and design magazine for people who believe that good design is an integral part of real life. Get Dwell digital magazine subscription today.

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natural progression

Don’t quote me on it, but you might be able to drive from Dwell’s San Francisco headquarters to our New York office without straying more than a mile or two from a parking lot. That’s an exaggeration, of course, but it’s worth remembering that the same forces of 20th-century Modernism that birthed the Eichlers and the Eames chairs we love also gave us endless suburbs, car dependence, and a queasy slide toward climate collapse that many of us have been trying for decades to undo. That’s why, in our annual Outdoor Issue, we’re charting the past, present, and future of homes that invite a reconsideration of our place in the landscape. They ask what it means to design for particular ways of life in particular ecologies. Two exceptional examples of 20th-century work…

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Dwell Editorial Editor-in-Chief William Hanley Managing Editor Camille Rankin Contributing Editors Kelly Vencill Sanchez Jennifer Pattison Tuohy Technical Editor Bruce Greenlaw Copy Editor Suzy Parker Fact Checkers Karen Bruno Brendan Cummings Jesse Dorris Elizabeth Greco Dora Vanette Editorial Fellow Niv M. Sultan Creative Director Rob Hewitt Designer Alyssa Chavez Photo Director Susan Getzendanner Dwell San Francisco 595 Pacific Avenue 4th Floor San Francisco, CA 94133 Dwell New York 60 Broad Street 24th Floor, Suite 2428 New York, NY 10004 letters@dwell.com Dwell®, the Dwell logo, Dwell Media, and At Home in the Modern World are registered trademarks of Dwell Life, Inc. Founder/CEO Lara Hedberg Deam Investor/Board Member Dave Morin Investor/Advisor Jennifer Moores CRO Nicole Wolfgram Dwell.com Executive Editor Jenny Xie Lead Developer Jim Redd Creative Director Chris Adams Director, Product Management Daniel Miesner Senior Editor Mike Chino Community and Social Media Manager Erin V. Mahoney Social Media Associate Sydney Sibelius Editorial Assistant Samantha Daly Editorial Support Duncan Nielsen Samantha Ramirez Advertising East Coast Director Kelly Gaun kelly@dwell.com West Coast and Midwest Director Tara Smith tara@dwell.com Account Services Managers Doree Antig Mary Zanfardino Branded Content Manager Haley Heramb Sales and Marketing Assistant Maris Berkowitz…

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“You know it’s a good design when people either love it or hate it.”—@jessjanice Re: March/April The paper on which you printed the March/April issue is delightful. I don’t know if this is a change, but I found myself wanting to pet every page. The tactile experience of reading the magazine was a treat. And bonus points for whatever magic was involved that prevents ink stains on my hands even if I am wearing hand lotion. VALERIE COURTNEY, SEATTLE EDITOR’S NOTE: Nothing has changed, but thanks for your appreciation. Architect Otto Ruano hid insulation behind fresh exterior cedar siding for the remodeled cabin in the Hudson Valley [“Like Old, But New,” March/April]. Serious question: What kind of insulation and R-value was installed above the exposed-rafter ceiling and roofing? That would seem just as important for…

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don’t miss out on dwell+

The Sourcebook We’ve compiled an indispensable list of every product and professional ever featured in the magazine. Browse by category to find the right fit for your project. Digital archive Access Dwell’s complete print archive, along with a curated rotation of our favorite stories published over the last 18 years. Browse by year and issue on any device. Exclusive home tours Delve into inspiring stories in a premium format, including a midcentury home renovation executed by the acclaimed firm behind the first Apple store, a Palm Springs gem rescued by a pair of alt-rockers, and more. How-to guides Turn to our guides for answers to the questions that most commonly stump prospective prefab home buyers and for a list of things you absolutely must ask your contractor before starting any project. PHOTOS: IAN ALLEN (INTERIOR); JAMIE CHUNG (ISSUE)…

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what’s on your coffee table?

An entire Jurassic scenario of plastic dinosaurs. @gennyland on Instagram Sweetgrass coasters, a midcentury modern decor book, and usually a lovely white cat sipping whatever I rest on one of the coasters. Alison Rhodes on Facebook The newspaper, too many remotes, pepper spray, old tape cassettes, a dot art project, and beer. Tina Leonard on Facebook A rubber-band ball that I started in college (7 inches in diameter and counting), a vintage Royal Aristocrat typewriter with a sentence typed each day, and two rabbit figurines. @creativecurrents design on Instagram A 1964 Camaro camshaft and a coffee tin full of Krugerrands and bottle caps. Charlie Trefry on Facebook Books I would like to read but never will and four old bedsprings that have been turned into candleholders. @brynkarlberg on Instagram We’ve got elementary school-aged kids, so it’s an ever-evolving mosaic of books, art…

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industrial evolution

For nearly a decade, architect Jesper Therkildsen and his wife, Karin, lived in a dream house: a 2,900-square-foot space of Jesper’s design that looked out onto Denmark’s Little Belt strait, a regular haunt of porpoises, whales, and myriad bird species. But the couple gradually realized they were ready to trade their waterfront vistas, and Jesper’s 19-mile commute, for the convenience of city life. They set their sights on nearby Fredericia, where Karin worked and the couple first met. They eventually found a dilapidated 1930s building that had been empty since the appliance company using it as a storage facility abandoned it in the early 2000s. The property consisted of two conjoined yet distinct buildings—they were attached in a U-shape but their interiors weren’t connected. “When we saw that old stock house,”…