magazine January/February 2021 · Dwell

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Dwell is the unique modern architecture and design magazine for people who believe that good design is an integral part of real life. Get Dwell digital magazine subscription today.

Change of Plans



Dwell On This • Our new column dishes out fast, practical, and opinionated advice for upgrading your home. Get your fill of fresh ideas at dwell.com/dwell-on-this.

What would you love to see automated in your home? • Technology can now assist with everything from locking the front door to turning on a coffee maker. But our readers still have a few things they’d like to get help with—from the practical to the fanciful.

2020 Dwell Design Awards • We asked an expert jury and our audience to choose the best projects of the year. Visit Dwell.com to see all the winners.

Screen Play • A boxy Austin residence riffs on old-world architecture.

Modern World

To Your Health

Lighting the (Right) Way

Everything in Place

Sit and Stand

Being Here and There

Demar Matthews • The emerging designer wants to improve neighborhoods across America with his own distinctly Black style of architecture.

Goodbye, Smart Home • Is this the year we give up on gadgetry and embrace a more elegant home intelligence?

Alicia Hylton-Daniel • Meet the emerging designer and developer who’s making Durham, North Carolina, modern.

Class Act • A Toronto couple turn an abandoned 147-year-old schoolhouse into an elegant country getaway.

Full Circle • A flower-shaped house in Massachusetts finds a family living under the same roof—make that roofs—again.

Down to Earth • A cabin in eastern Finland has an otherwordly shape that keeps it cozy in the subarctic cold.

Dank Is in the Details • A family’s creative use of economical materials makes their net-zero Los Angeles home undeniably their own.

Variations on a Scheme • A pair of musicians interpret a Nebraska architect’s design to build their New Zealand home.

Step by Step • Over the course of nearly 20 years, two artists renovate a Los Angeles home and adjacent bungalows into the perfect live/work space.

Welcoming Addition • An ADU creates room for guests next to a historic 20th-century Texas home.

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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