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The Right to a Home
20 Years Modern • This year, we’re celebrating Dwell’s 20th anniversary. And to mark the occasion, we’re going back into the archives to revisit some of our most prescient stories. From our first mention of prefab to once-emerging designers who are now household names, see it all here: Dwell.com/20th-anniversary.
What is the quintessential American design object? • We asked readers to name the one homegrown product that stands out above the rest. We expected Eames and Apple, but there were surprises, too. Ford Bronco, anyone?
Cat Tricks • A Brooklyn apartment provides the perfect playground for a pair of Bengal cats.
Modern World • Our annual look at the latest U.S.-made objects for your home features everything from dinner plates to windows—and the people who make them.
THE TABLE’S ALL SET • YOUR DINNER PARTIES MAY BE LIMITED THESE DAYS, BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN YOU CAN’T DRESS THEM UP WITH DESIGN-FORWARD TABLEWARE.
MAKE IT WORK (FROM HOME) • HAS YOUR HOME OFFICE BEEN WORKING OVERTIME? IT’S TIME TO GIVE IT A PROMOTION.
EVEN LESS THAN AN EKTORP • YOU DON’T NEED TO BREAK THE BANK TO BRING AMERICAN-MADE PRODUCTS INTO YOUR HOME. EVERYTHING ON THIS LIST COSTS LESS THAN SOME OF ITS BIG-CHAIN COUNTERPARTS.
AT YOUR DOORSTEP • A NEW GENERATION OF COMPANIES HAS TURNED DIRECT-TO-CONSUMER FURNITURE INTO AN OUTLET FOR WELL-MADE ORIGINAL DESIGN.
IN PLAIN SIGHT • WHETHER YOU’RE TAKING ON A RENOVATION OR JUST TIRED OF THE SAME OLD WALLS, U.S.-MADE WINDOW SYSTEMS, SHADES, AND WALLPAPER WILL IMPROVE YOUR VIEW.
Ilhan Omar • The Minnesota congressperson thinks the federal government should guarantee a place to live for all Americans.
Albus Brooks • The Denver city council president turned private developer advocates for density, affordability, and bringing everyone to the table.
How to Build an Affordable America • There are as many solutions to the country’s housing crisis as there are causes. We need them all.
Points of Entry • A Los Angeles firm sets a new standard for approachable starter homes in one of the country’s most expensive markets.
Approaching Calm • A Rhode Island therapist’s nature-oriented office is a welcome balm amid the pandemic.
Curve Appeal • Austin’s Alterstudio creates a soft-edged design for living large on a standard lot.
True Believers • With a prefab house near Hudson, New York, the pioneers of shipping container architecture make a new case for the genre.
Growth Spurt • A Portland architect designs a house with room to roam for his sister’s family of six.
Frames of Reference • A sidelong nod to the midcentury box gives a Virginia home with a striking wall of windows its name.
Out for a Spin • A cottage in upstate New York uses a pinwheel shape to pack a lot of living space into a single room.
Seeds of Change • With a barn on Long Island, a sustainable-building magnate gives climate researchers a fitting place to think.
Good Neighbors • A minimalist fence artfully contrasts with a renovated farmhouse in the Hudson Valley.
modern market • Smart Shopping For the Design Obsessed. Find what you love in our expertly curated selection of finely crafted home, office, travel, and lifestyle products.
sourcing • The products, furniture, architects, designers, and builders featured in this issue.
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