Well, it's cold, snowy February outside in Chicago--but in the world of Dwell Magazine, it's April! I received my advance April 2008 issue yesterday and it devoted to one of my favorite natural materials: Wood.
Here's some of the highlights as described in the magazine's contents:
• Raising the Barn: Arnold and Elise Goodman caught a mean case of hay fever, nesting a sturdy new steel frame into their turn-of-the-century barn. The distinguished gray cedar cladding makes this Dutchess County, New York, residence the local silver fox (image on cover).
• Heart of the Country: Anna and John Carver did what most of us only talk about—they never came back from vacation. The cheeky Brits ditched their London digs and took up permanent residence in their refurbished getaway house in rural Peasmarsh, England. (PrairieMod note: This particular dwelling looks extremely Usonian!)
• All Clad: Wood is good to photographer Ed Reeve, whose David Adjaye-designed house in North London has us wondering if his neighborhood won't be rechristened Knotty Hill.
• Custom Concern: George Nakashima was an inspired woodworker, and with his daughter Mira ably carrying on at his studio, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
In addition to these main stories, there are also department stories on such topics as choosing the best dining table, umbrella, straw bale houses, Tom Dixon, Robin and Lucienne Day ("the British Eameses") and Lincoln Logs (which means a nice little connection to Frank Lloyd Wright via his son, John who invented the venerable toy log.)
A great issue, I especially enjoyed the article on Mira Nakashima. It made me want to go down to my wood shop and start making sawdust! Look for the April issue soon on newsstands or go to Dwell.com to subscribe. Enjoy!
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