Built in 2009 and featured in the April 2010 issue of Dwell magazine, this gorgeous modern home, situated in Yucca Valley, is absolutely dreamy. Even better: it's available to rent. Before you head to the Southern California desert for your picture-perfect design vacay, though, why not take a virtual turn around this house, built by Blue Sky Building Systems? With features including large sliding glass doors that lead out to decks and patios, a home theater A/V system, perfectly selected modern furniture, and a picturesque swimming hole, you may want to book a stay today!
This weekend, I headed down to Los Angeles for Dwell's annual Dwell on Design conference. Both the conference and the Saturday home tours were wonderfully organized, displaying a depth and breadth of design that I haven't seen at many other conferences. There truly was something for everyone — whether it was a fabulous outdoor area, knowledgeable speakers on the Sustainability Stage, or a beautiful Silver Lake home. See what I loved at this conference, and why I can't wait to go back next year.
This year, Dwell magazine is showcasing 25 favorite modern designs in the categories of Eat, Work, Play, Live, and Create. The Dwell Modern World Awards finalists include clever wall solutions, futuristic task lighting, cool kids' furniture, and much, much more. You can vote for your favorite design out of the bunch here, which will be given the title of People's Choice Award. The rest of the winners will be announced at Dwell on Design in Los Angeles, on June 24. See my favorites from the first ever Modern World Awards!
Two Bay Area companies are joining forces and revamping the way we think of tilework. On sale Aug. 1, Dwell Magazine and Heath Ceramics have created a beautiful line of tile for the home. Even though Dwell Patterns by Heath Ceramics is only made up of three tile shapes (a diamond, a half hexagon, and a large hexagon), the shapes can actually be configured into five different combinations. After finding the perfect combination, buyers can choose from any of Heath's signature glazes for a truly unique and stunning backsplash, shower, or anywhere in need of a little pop.
Dust off your trigonometry skills and the options become endless. True to Dwell's aesthetic, the 3D effect fits well with modern décor, but almost everyone can appreciate the fantastic design brought forth by two smart brands. My heart is won over by these fantastic layouts — now if only I needed to retile something in my pad.
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Dwell is one of my favorite shelter magazines, in part for providing informative, thoughtful, and succinct editorial and in part for showcasing coveted modern homes. But since I'm not on the house hunt or looking to make any architectural renovations, for me it's mostly a leisure read. When it comes to DIY projects, I tend to head to ReadyMade or read websites like Craftzine.
So, I'm delighted to announce that Dwell is making its foray into the DIY world. The mag has just unveiled its first special interest publication, Make It Yours, which expands on the topics of home décor and design with tips, tactics, and small- and large-scale projects to make the look of Dwell's coveted homes accessible and replicable for its readers. The publication will draw from Dwell's extensive image archive and divide them by zone — kitchens, bathrooms, etc. — and then dissect "each image for design ideas, sustainability, cost-efficiency, and style savvy," according to editor-in-chief Sam Grawe. Beyond that, it will act as a shopping guide, with the latest offerings in furniture, products, and materials needed to achieve Dwell's style. Look for Make It Yours on newsstands Sept. 22.
Andrew Wagner, soon-to-be former editor in chief of American Craft and a founding editor of Dwell, has been named the editor in chief of ReadyMade. The magazine recently relocated from San Francisco to Des Moines, the headquarters of Meredith Corp., so he'll start fresh there May 4. Wagner expects the magazine's website to pick up major steam thanks to his plans to broaden its online presence with a DIY project archive, some exclusive stories online, blogs, and photo galleries. I'd heard rumors that ReadyMade was ailing (like many of its peer shelter magazines), but it sounds like things are looking up!
Austin resident Blake Dollahite didn't enter the rat race when he finished college. Instead, he rebuilt a crumbling bungalow with the help of his dad and friends. Using a variety of salvaged materials, as well as furniture he built himself, the results are absolutely fantastic. For the whole story, pick up this month's copy of Dwell. Source
Recently, I spotted this picture of Dwell editor in chief Sam Grawe's apartment on AT:SF. I love the bold, punchy colors and gigantic houseplants in his living room, which are nicely balanced by the white Saarinen-esque tables and bright-white walls. It looks both stylish and easy to live in — my perfect combination for home spaces.
Dwell recently featured the Lighthouse, a London-area show home by British architects Sheppard Robson, which uses the sky as a resource for temperature control. The primary feature of the house is its windcatcher, "the ultra-modern descendant of an ancient Middle Eastern cooling tool," which allows residents to "directly manipulate the flow of air into and out of the home," (hot and cool air) by opening and closing its shuttered apertures, depending on the season — without the use of electricity.
The building's structure also gets natural, floor-to-ceiling daylight, light wood, white walls, and plenty of glass which keep it bright, and the traditional placement of sleeping and living quarters have been switched, so that high traffic areas (living areas) get maximum exposure to its large windows and rooftop light shaft upstairs. Once a few of its kinks are worked out, the Lighthouse’s total energy bills will be roughly $60 a year. While "the Lighthouse" is certainly a fitting reflection of Sheppard Robson's efficient use of light, its name is also a metaphor for the structure, which serves as a beacon, guiding the way for energy-efficient residential design.
According to Women's Wear Daily, sources close to Condé Nast say that the company may acquire San Francisco-based shelter/architecture magazine, Dwell. Although Dwell's publisher and president, Michela O'Connor Abrams, told WWD, "I have not been involved in any discussions with Condé Nast," and a spokesperson for Condé Nast declined to comment, it is well known that Condé Nast chairman S.I. Newhouse Jr. is a fan of the independent magazine. "One person familiar with the negotiations said they began in December and quoted the figure of $30 million as an asking price," says WWD.
Condé Nast owns two other shelter magazines, Domino and Architectural Digest, and folded House & Garden, a title launched in 1901, this December. Considering all of the pruning of shelter magazines these days, including Blueprint, I am anxious to see whether this pans out. Though small (with a monthly circulation of 325,000), Dwell had ad revenues of $45 million last year and has a solid following in the shelter world, so it seems to be an desirable purchase. Do these rumors surprise you?