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Top 5 Homes of the Week That Connect With Mother Nature

Everyday, we select our favorite home by featuring it as the Dwell Home of the Day. Our top homes this week stand out in midst of Mother Nature's beauty with their stained-black cedar, concrete, glass, and steel exteriors. Check them out.<p><i>Featured homes were submitted by members of the Dwell</i> …

These 11 Modern Homes in Southern California Offer an Indoor/Outdoor Lifestyle

Southern California often conjures up visions of sun, sand, and surf—but for the modernist, it also brings to mind midcentury abodes in Palm Springs and sleek L.A. masterpieces by the likes of Richard Neutra and John Lautner.<p>The following 11 contemporary properties, which have been shared with us …

10 Steel Prefabs That Are Both Modern and Practical

The advantages that come with building a steel prefab go far beyond just the aesthetic choices.<p>Along with offering a sustainable, efficient, and affordable way to build, prefabs also allow you to place your home on a site with minimal disturbance to the land. Thanks to its durability, strength, and …

3 Social Media Tools Entrepreneurs Should Be Using Every Day

Social media is evolving at an incredible rate. The most important thing you can do is to equip yourself with the best tools.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>One hundred years from now, when historians are asked what they labeled as the biggest breakthrough in human …

Jay-Z backed JetSmarter raises $105 million to become Uber for private jets

JetSmarter has raised $105 million in Series C funding, at a $1.5 billion pre-money valuation, to build its marketplace for private jet services, according to Sergey Petrossov, the startup’s founder and CEO.<p>The massive funding round will be used primarily for global expansion of JetSmarter in Asia …

Startups

Sony’s Android Auto aftermarket head unit on sale now for $499

If you are looking to add full support for Android Auto inside your current vehicle, there’s a new option available. The Sony XAV-AX100 aftermarket car head unit, which supports both Android Auto as well as Apple’s CarPlay, is now available to purchase for $499 at Amazon.<p>The price tag for the Sony …

Avalon: Contemporary Modular Home with Green Roof and Sustainable Style

Sustainable design is not always about high-tech gadgets and cutting-edge technology, and it is often intuitive and eco-friendly architecture that …

Green Roofs

Evil Mad Scientist Labs Release AxiDraw V3, a Writing and Drawing Machine

Over the years, Windell Oskay and Lenore Edman, aka Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories, have consistently created some of the most unique, clever, and just plain cool projects and products, from their LED coffee table (which started it all) to Bristlebots to the EggBot and the WaterColorBot.<p>The Mad …

We Hand-Craft World Globes The Same Way They Were Made Hundreds Of Years Ago

We invited Berlin photographer Ana Santl into our private London art studio for the day, to see what daily life is like for a traditional globemaker. …

Davidov Partners completes concrete and glass house for empty nesters in Melbourne

Expansive glazed surfaces are sandwiched between simple concrete volumes to form the minimal facades of this house in Melbourne by Davidov Partners …

Bedrooms

Articles about modern home joins storied site pacific ocean on Dwell.com - Dwell

A new home at Sea Ranch, a half-century-old enclave of rugged modernist houses on the Northern California coast, captures the...<p>The Dwell home tours in Los Angeles are an annual highlight and due to popular request, we've brought them to New York for the...<p>Coasting up to Dwell on Design in LA, we …

Plant Prefab raises $3 million from Obvious Ventures for durable, sustainable homes

Plant Prefab wants to make it easier for people to build homes within urban neighborhoods and cities, and it has raised $3 million to do just that. The investment, led by Obvious Ventures, will go some way toward helping the company scale, bring on more talent, and improve existing systems.<p>A …

Minimalist desert house by Ibarra Rosano Design Architects

There is a magical beauty about the desert that is hard to pin down. But it is probably a combination of elements the relative sense of isolation, …

What Are Natural Swimming Pools?

Natural swimming pools are pools that use plants and other biofilters instead of chemicals to keep the water clean. The trend, which started in …

This Super Sustainable House Can Be Built in One Day

A Dutch design firm has redefined living by creating a house that doesn't need a foundation, can be built in one day and is three times more …

All The Ideas Philip Johnson Stole For His Iconic Glass House

The laundry list of influences that shaped the Glass House could serve as a primer on architectural history.<p>Every year, thousands of people make a pilgrimage to the 47 dreamy acres of green hills and maple forest where Philip Johnson’s Glass House lives on as an iconic work by one of the 20th …

Make Your Own Kitchen Tools

We’ve talked a lot at <i>Make:</i> about the pride and sense of accomplishment one feels when using a tool in the shop that you made yourself. As any maker knows, it’s an unmatched feeling.<p>One “shop” we spend a lot of time working in where it might not occur to us to fashion our tools for is the kitchen. …

This Texas Home Is A Lake Lovers Dream

This home near Marble Falls, Texas is all about the water views. As the home is quite tall, living spaces are all located on the top floor, which is …

Why Designing In A Vacuum Isn’t Always A Bad Thing

Just ask Her interface designer Geoff McFetridge, who shuns research in the name of “inventing new images.”<p>In Geoff Mcfetridge’s Los Angeles studio, there’s a two-foot-tall stack of Strathmore sketchbooks that catalogue every idea from every professional project he’s ever worked on. “I have them …

There's A Wine Theme Park Opening In France Next Week

With national wine day taking place earlier this week, it seems like the perfect time to announce the opening of a theme park that adults around the …

Articles about leeding way on Dwell.com - Dwell

One day last April there was great excitement on Highland Avenue, a quiet, hilly street (on which this writer happens to live) of...<p>New York–based designer Todd Bracher represents the United States at an important furniture fair in Germany.<p>A killer bachelor pad in Hollywood, the manliest chair of …