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Dwell November/December 2018

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bringing it home

Ideally our homes should evolve in tandem with our culture. But lately they’ve been lagging behind.In a sense, we all are. Technology has us struggling to keep up as we encounter a firestorm of useful, entertaining, addictive, inspiring, and time-wasting images and messages daily. Meanwhile the continuing damage to our environment—something architecture can and must address—puts our very future at risk. How can our homes be a place of calm and rest in a turbulent world, while still engaging us in culture and community? I believe the answer is in building for our time.Today American homes are rife with copies of what I call “grandma’s kitchens”—spaces that nod stylistically to the humble traditions of the past but fail to capture their magic. Drywall is substituted for plaster, country-style cabinets are…

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“Their Own Girard” featured the last standing residence solely designed by Alexander Girard (PHOTOS: BRIAN W. FERRY (GIRARD))a 1965 Fiat was a surprise decorative touch in “Garage Scale” (CESAR RUBIO (GARAGE))“Mod Side of the Barn” captured a family retreat in South Africa. (GREG COX/BUREAUX (BARN))I read your interview with Dan Maginn on Dwell’s new podcast, RM-3, and I have to say, if I were steel, I’d be pissed. To see this podcast come to fruition sparked joy within me. And I love the idea of covering one material “three ways.” But to say steel is “basically processed dirt”—this is an insult to any metal, really, and misdirects the potential of dirt. Steel was born from the belly of the earth, trapped for hundreds of years surrounded by dirt in the…

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The Sea Ranch rental includes a modern kitchen, an office nook, a sleeping loft, and built-in bunks.HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDESTake the stress out of holiday shopping with our curated gift guides. Whether you’re looking for stocking stuffers or cool new finds (like the levitating Flyte LED lamp, above), you can cross off everyone on your list by heading to RENTALSMinimod, originally designed by pioneering Bay Area architect Joseph Esherick, is a compact, three-level cabin in California’s famed Sea Ranch community that’s been lovingly restored by Framestudio to accommodate up to six guests. Book your stay at INSTAGRAMSA revamped 1955 home in Austin (above), an off-grid retreat in Australia, and a renovated London townhouse were among your favorite recent posts. Add more inspiration to your feed at 72% of…

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if you could change one thing about your home, what would it be?

(ILLUSTRATION: RAYMOND BIESINGER)Turn my San Diego cookie-cutter condo kitchen into a “wow” moment. Goodbye countertops and cabinets that everyone used in 2006 during the peak flip years.@joshnsd on InstagramRewired electrical and new lighting. Oh, the difference better lighting would make in a 1949 bungalow!Stacy Bartko on FacebookThe kitchen. The germophobe in me hates the tile countertops. But the thing about kitchen remodels is that you never know how much it’s going to cost or how long it will take, especially in a 103-year-old house. Not sure I wanna open Pandora’s Box.@karenarman on InstagramI would add a ton of hardscaping to our very wooded yard to help keep overgrown weeds at bay.@suerissab on InstagramThe back of our house is almost all glass, which gives amazing light, but I sometimes wish we…

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spartan queens

German architect Julian von der Schulenburg did a complete overhaul of a 1901 townhouse in Ridgewood, Queens. The kitchen is part of an “inhabitable wall” that holds the master bath, a mud room, a toilet, and a small tub, accessible through a raised door.The floor is made of plywood scored in a triangle pattern.You can count on one hand the pieces of furniture in the apartment Julian von der Schulenburg shares with his wife, Min, and their year-old daughter, Miru: bed, dining table with benches, console, daybed, chair. Everything about their home is ultra pared back, down to the lighting, which consists of LED bulbs in simple porcelain sockets. The sparseness fits the couple’s minimalist lifestyle, but it also emphasizes the raw beauty of the loft-like space.When Julian and Min…

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made in america

Wisconsin manufacturer Wooda maintains an open call for designers to submit ideas that put a new spin on their namesake material, like Alvaro Uribe’s Small Elemental top.• PRODUCTSA region-by-region roundup of our favorite furniture and accessories, all new for 2018.♦ EXPERIENCECompanies of various sizes and ages weigh in on domestic production issues big and small.▪ CLASSICSA spotlighted selection of some of the greatest hits in the history of American ingenuity.WEST•1 REJUVENATIONPortland, OregonTaking its cue from the sweeping curves of medieval flying buttresses, the O&G Ames floor lamp features a cast base in brushed or burnished brass and is topped with a linen shade in white or black.2 IACOLI & McALLISTERSeattle, WashingtonComposed of brass and powder-coated steel tubes that range in size from three to 18 inches, the Acis No. 7.1 hanging light…