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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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The Nashville home in “Adjusted for Inflation” was built on an enviable budget “Final Edit” featured the Brooklyn apartment of a pair of creatives a guestroom in “Italian Unification” was painted an Yves Klein blue. 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, WIMy 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…

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JOURNEY BY DESIGN: AUSTIN, TEXASOur new travel series heads to ATX, a creative mecca bursting with boutiques, modern eateries, music venues, and outdoor adventures. Get our recommendations at steel, concrete, and cement-washed brick make up the material palette for a rural retreat outside Pretoria Within a brutalist concrete structure in Melbourne, wood accents and colorful tile make for a warm, breezy bathroom TOP INSTAGRAMSOur most popular recent posts include a barn-inspired South African home and a soothing spa-like bathroom in Melbourne. See more at HOME TOURSOur 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. building your dream home, would you opt for traditional construction or prefab?63%Traditional37%PrefabPHOTOS: MATTHEW…

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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.(ILLUSTRATION: JAY COVER)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 InstagramAll I’m saying is that I live in a 750sf apartment now and it’s too BIG.@curb_it on InstagramWe 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…

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2018 award winners

Best DwellingWINNERLos Terrenos by Tatiana Bilbao EstudioRUNNER-UP Cabin at Longbranch by Olson KundigCOMMUNITY PICK Cloaked House by 3r Ernesto PereiraBest RenovationWINNERHouse Lucien Engels by Studio 22 ArchitectsRUNNER-UP Gin Distillery by Open Practice ArchitectureCOMMUNITY PICK House Lucien Engels by Studio 22 ArchitectsBest PrefabWINNERSyshaus by Arthur de Mattos CasasRUNNER-UP Bard Media Lab by MB ArchitectureCOMMUNITY PICK Syshaus by Arthur de Mattos CasasBest OutdoorWINNERPlanar House by Studio MK27RUNNER-UP Rancho Buena Vida by Root Design CompanyCOMMUNITY PICK Planar House by Studio MK27Best Small SpaceWINNER Silo House by Kaiserworks RUNNER-UP Pinwheel ADU by Scott Mooney COMMUNITY PICK Pinwheel ADU by Scott MooneyBest KitchenWINNER Espace Panet by Anne Sophie Goneau RUNNER-UP Courtyard House by Auhaus Architecture COMMUNITY PICK Apartment in Born by CaSABest BathroomWINNER Girona Townhouse by Anna Noguera RUNNER-UP Haiku House by SHED Architecture &…

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spanish intuition

A courtyard divides the live/work space of architect Masaaki Higashi and his wife, artist Esther Mir. For inclement weather, a steel panel and a glass door open beneath a triangular canopy providing covered passage from the main living space to the office. A bedroom holds a Costes chair by Philippe Starck The dining area features a PH5 pendant by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen, a T12 table by Hay, and Møller Model 77 side chairs. A 1960s rocking chair by Vladimir Kagan sets off the living area. The workshop with its concrete floor and painted brick walls, has a more industrial vibe. A Pedrera PD2 floor lamp by Barba Corsini for Gubi sits beneath artwork from Esther’s “Shinbun” collection. “We envisioned our future to be set up like this. We wanted our own studio,…