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Dwell September/October 2019

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Design is getting decadent. Until recently, an ascetic Scandinavian simplicity held sway over the home. Our houses were boxes sealed in wood. The crime of wearing shoes too far past the threshold led to lost friends and broken families. Dangerous hygge levels threatened to smother small children and pets. But now the pendulum has swung in a more decorative direction. Walking the aisles at this year’s design fairs meant passing patterned wallpaper, brass faucets, and chairs bathed in jewel-toned velvet. In galleries and showrooms, you see designers channeling Memphis and late-20th-century materialism with smoky mirrors, craggy concrete, and gloppy resin. “Fat furniture” has been a thing for a while. It’s not surprising that this interest in rich finishes and louche aesthetics comes during a period of entrenched income inequality that many are…

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Letters and Feedback Preach it, William! [Editor’s Letter, May/June] Thank you for sharing from your heart and outlining the values of being human-centered, forward-looking, and optimistic. I can hang my hat on that three-pronged hook. JOE VALLEY, LONGMONT, CO [Jay Nelson’s campers show] how inventive we can be when we try [“The Life Nomadic,” July/August]. There is so much out there that needs to be reused and reinvented. CARPEDIEM2063 VIA DWELL.COM How about an issue on this: not second-home owners. An issue about people with one and only one home/apartment/condo/shack/camper/yurt/whatever. I get the impression that the fab homes on your pages are all second—or even third—homes for the fortunate few who also live or vacation elsewhere. ANITA RAFAEL, WARDSBORO, VT EDITORS’ NOTE: We always like to show a mix of houses and budgets. See the primary homes…

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what everyday object would you like to see redesigned and why?

Wheel chairs, because they still can’t climb stairs. @Sigurdlarsen_ architecture via Instagram Washing machine and dryer. They have looked the same for ages and need a total rethink. @4birdhouse via Instagram Cooking pans. I hate the long handles—make them stackable, too. @Starvedduck via Instagram Electoral ballots. One universal design prioritizing legibility, accessibility, ease of use, and auditing. @MalloryMcMorrow (Michigan state senator) via Twitter Duvets—they’re impossible to put on. @Jen_decharmoy via Instagram Refrigerators. They should be no deeper than a standard countertop so they fit into any kitchen and it’s easy to keep track of what’s at the back. They should look good in a kitchen without having to integrate into the cabinets. @Jeremy_youngson via Instagram The remote control, so it would be easier for seniors to navigate. Louise Amm via Facebook Mailboxes. Because they’re either not secure or require keys. @Erinechan via Instagram All flat building…

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trading places

“It’s all farms around our property, and most of the barns have been torn down. I didn’t want to do that.”Christian Élie, resident For three years after buying and renovating a farmhouse for their family in the Eastern Townships region of Quebec, Christian Élie and Marie Guilmette watched as a hulking, dilapidated cow barn on the property slowly sank into the earth and reached the verge of collapse. Deciding he couldn’t let it go, Christian called a company that specializes in moving and restoring buildings. “Saving it was a completely emotional decision,” he says. The contractors lifted the barn and built a new foundation. Then, the rescued structure sat empty for five more years. Finally, in 2016, the couple decided to transform it into a living space for their children, who had…

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the dwell 24

OAKVILLE‚ ONTARIO | @SAMSON_FURNITURE Samson Furniture Design Trained as an engineer in aircraft repair‚ Canadian furniture designer Samson Wang‚ 30‚ brings his knowledge of physics to dynamic pieces. His sense of movement is most prominent in Rhythmic Serenity‚ a lounge chair made of ebonized white ash that appears to take off toward the sky. Employing digital and analog techniques‚ he creates pieces that reveal his exacting execution and personal handiwork. He credits his propensity for working with wood—used in the majority of his designs—to his grandfather‚ who was a carpenter. “When I do woodworking‚ I feel connected to family as well as to nature‚” he says. A recent graduate of Sheridan College‚ Wang participated in WantedDesign Manhattan’s Launch Pad last May‚ where he showed his newest works‚ including INK‚ a side table‚…