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Meet The Ambitious Couple Remodeling A 94-Room, 18th-Century Château

The story of buying Château de Gudanes... in the owner's own words, "clearly this isn't about logic and reason."<p>In November 2013, outside Château de Gudanes, Karina Waters jumps for joy after receiving renovation permits.<p>The story starts like this: Karina and Craig Waters were toying with the …

Articles about top 10 houses dwell week 16 on Dwell.com - Dwell

Small but mighty, these compact dwellings prove that limited square footage doesn't preclude great design.<p>From a home designed by David Chipperfield in London to WORKac's New York duplex, here is what caught our eye over the last few...<p>From floating student dorms to concrete homes, catch up from …

Top 10

See: The Fab Four's First US Visit

How High Can Fab Climb?

The design-for-everyone site has gone from zero to a billion-dollar valuation in two years. Inside a precariously constructed retail upstart.<p>Bradford Shellhammer‘s affection for people mirrors his feelings for his vast accumulation of inanimate objects, which include sunglasses, sneakers, and glass …

How To Create A Productive, Collaborative “Office” For Your Always-Connected Staff

The modern company has workers telecommuting from all corners of the globe. This presents problems like security, ease-of-use, and accessibility. Don’t know where to start? Read on.<p>With business technologies advancing at lightning speeds, collaboration styles and workflow processes are evolving …

Meet Coast, An IPad Browser Without A Back Button, URL Field, Or Tabs

Opera calls Coast the browser that should have come with the iPad. In designing one from the ground up, the company decided to do away with staples of traditional browsers–including back and forward buttons, a URL field, tabs, and bookmarks–in favor of a gesture-based experience to complement …

50 Creative Ideas To Make Better Cities, Presented On Gorgeously Designed Posters

For years, Urban Omnibus has been collecting ideas to make cities friendlier and more comfortable places to live. Here are the cream of the crop, with a little design flair.<p>The Urban Omnibus, published by the Architectural League of New York, has been collecting good “citymaking” ideas since 2009. …

Dunkin’ Donuts Is Debuting The First TV Ad Made Entirely On Vine

For at least the past decade, Dunkin Donuts has been pushing its rounds of fried dough uphill in a Sisyphean quest to convince the world that it is a hip coffee company, not your dad’s cruller joint.<p>Its latest attempt will debut during tonight’s <i>Monday Night Football</i> pregame show on ESPN: a …

Is Fab More MoMA Or Spencer’s Gifts?

To play, scroll down and click on a product image, then drag and drop it into the matrix quadrant you think it belongs. If you’re wrong, it won’t stick, so guess again. If you are correct, the product will fall into place. (Bonus: if you click on it once more, you’ll get the skinny on each …

Leaders Don't Fix Problems, They Turn Them Into Opportunities | Inc.com

It’s easy to fire the sour employee who brings others down and difficult to turn the employee into a friendly one. It’s easy to ask an angry customer what you can do to make him or her happy (while intent on getting the person out of the way). The hard work comes when you bother to <i>ask</i> how she can …

Customers

Deepak Chopra on Fostering Loyalty in the Workplace | Inc.com

How do you keep your small business from doubling as a weigh station?<p>Dr. Deepak Chopra, best-selling author and alternative medicine practitioner, posted a blog to LinkedIn describing how positive psychological bonds retain staff better than a big paycheck or hip office culture.<p>"If you aspire to be …

Employee Engagement

What Happens When Executives Email Less (Hint: It's a Good Thing) | Inc.com

When was the last time you had an empty inbox? Can’t remember? Sounds about right. The endless process of checking, composing and forwarding emails can eat away at an entire day’s work.<p>Good news: A team of researchers recently used an in-depth case study to find a way to drastically reduce an …

Productivity

The Network Secrets of Great Change Agents

Artwork: Jessica Snow, Louis II, 2010, acrylic on paper, 13.5″ x 11.5″<p>Change is hard, especially in a large organization. Numerous studies have shown that employees tend instinctively to oppose change initiatives because they disrupt established power structures and ways of getting things done. …

Luxury Daily

Italian fashion house Gucci is taking consumers inside its men’s flagship store in Milan through an interactive view on Google Maps.<p>To read the …

Google Maps

Stop Tweeting Boring Sh*t And Other Extremely Blunt New Rules Of Work

The in-your-face tips from a new book that hopes to make your office less like a grade-school classroom.<p>Welcome to the New Workplace, or, Nothing You Learned in College Will help You Here, But You Still Have to Pay Back Your Student Loans.<p>The typical office is undergoing dramatic changes as …

Embracing the Digital Conversation

The greatest challenge facing us is not technological but conversational. I have long argued that shopping is not simply an exchange of goods and …

Can J.Crew’s Mickey Drexler Turn Warby Parker Into The Next Apple Retail Store?

The last time the J.Crew CEO got his hands dirty with a major brand’s big bricks-and-mortar move, he was working for Steve Jobs. Here’s what that could mean for Warby Parker.<p>Of the $55 million in funding that Warby Parker has received over the past two years, arguably the most valuable investment …

China to become No. 2 market for Starbucks

A Starbucks on every corner, even in Beijing and Saigon?<p>Americans who like to joke about having a Starbucks on every street corner soon may have an unlikely partner in on the joke: the Chinese.<p>Early next year, China will replace Canada as the global coffee giant's second-largest market, where …

How To Manage A Flexible Workforce, And Make Sure Work-At-Home Employees Keep Innovating

Do employees need to be in the office to stay competitive in the 21st-century workplace? (Marissa Mayer, we’re looking at you.)<p>As the editorial director of <i>Working Mother</i> magazine, Jennifer Owens champions workplace flexibility in a professional capacity. Every year, she and her staff highlight …

How Social Commerce Is Winning By Going After The Entire Shopping Experience, From Browsing To Sale

The classic funnel might be divided into three main stages: consumers discover new products on Facebook or Pinterest, then form an opinion, and finally move on to the purchase stage.<p>Social commerce is all about inspiration and product discovery, but entrepreneurs and retailers are anxious to …

eCommerce

Gap Returns to Television Advertising After Four Years

Gap Inc., the biggest U.S. specialty-apparel retailer, is running television ads for its namesake brand for the first time in four years as it seeks …

Google Is Poised To Revolutionize Consumer Retail

Infrastructure professionals are now all too familiar with the dynamics of bring-your-own (BYO) technology and devices: Their workers walk into the office with consumer technology all the time. This post is one in a continuing series on how consumer retail stores act as de facto extensions of the …

Best Buy and JC Penney: A Tale of Two Turnarounds

This morning, department store chain JC Penney, which has been floundering since the departure of CEO Ron Johnson, reported a 12% earnings slide and a $586 million loss in the second quarter. Electronics chain Best Buy, on the other hand, reported a jump in earnings of $266 million, compared with …

Sephora magnifies mobile ambitions via in-store signage, updated app | Retail Dive

Sephora is continuing to prove that the retailer is a leader in mobile with a new effort that builds hype for the company’s loyalty program via …

Pinterest poised to pin down retail revenue

SAN FRANCISCO — Pinterest's popular online image scrapbooks are fast becoming a retailer's best friend.<p>"Pinners" are sharing at a feverish pace photos of jewelry, clothing, furniture and other admired items that make Pinterest the destination du jour for socializing specifically around …

How to Get Millennials to Love and Share Your Product

With so much written about millennials, it's difficult to see how reams of data about this generation could apply to an individual brand's goals. …

Advertising

Gilt Launches Personalized Sales, Because Personalization Is Where It’s At

Personalization seems to be the name of the game in e-commerce right now, and to that end, the luxury flash sales site Gilt has just added a user-specific sales page to their offerings. The algorithm-powered feature, aptly called “Your Personal Sale,” culls and presents the best sales for each user …