Dwell (magazine)

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Editor Amanda Dameron[1]
Categories Architecture and Design
Frequency monthly except two bi-monthly issues
Publisher Dwell Media LLC
Total circulation
First issue October 2000
Country USA
Based in San Francisco, CA and New York, NY
Language English
Website www.dwell.com
ISSN 1530-5309

Dwell is a design and technology brand. It was launched with a magazine in September 2000[3] to bridge the gap between design professionals and enthusiasts by Lara Hedberg Deam with architecture and design critic Karrie Jacobs as its Editor-in-Chief. In August 2002 Jacobs left the magazine and was replaced by Senior Editor Allison Arieff. Following Arieff, Sam Grawe held the position from 2006 - 2011. Current Editor-in-Chief and EVP Content Amanda Dameron joined Dwell in 2008. Her work has been published in numerous domestic and international titles, from Condé Nast Traveler, Los Angeles Magazine, Urbis, Vogue Living and Elle Décor UK. As Editor-in-Chief of Dwell Media and EVP Content, she directs content across all the company's platforms, extending from print and digital to live events, e-commerce, research, and other ancillary products.

In 2015, the brand shifted its focus from media to technology with the hiring of CTO Bobby Gaza. A former Beats Music and Apple VP, Gaza brought with him VP of Product Ethan Lance, VP of Design Stephen Blake, and Jason Yau as VP of Client Engineering.

In late 2016, the brand announced Modern by Dwell Magazine, a collection of over 200 products for Target.[4] Designed by Dwell co-creative directors of product design Chris Deam and Nick Dine, the collection includes both furniture and decor pieces and will launch on December 27, 2016.[5][6][7][8]

Dwell magazine is published 10 times a year (monthly except bi-monthly in December/January and July/August) by Dwell Media, LLC. Dwell Media also publishes three special interest publications annually. According to the Audit Bureau of Circulations, by the close of 2005 the magazine's circulation exceeded 260,000, a 25.5 percent increase over 2004.[citation needed] President and CEO Michela O’Connor Abrams has introduced a number of branded spin-offs, including Dwell digital properties—dwell.com and Dwell Store—as well as national events from modern home tours to the Dwell on Design® events in Los Angeles and New York City. A limited edition minimalist athletic sneaker designed by Medium Design Group and a weekly TV series on the Fine Living cable network were also in production for a short time.[9] Approximately 50% of the pages in a typical issue of Dwell are used for advertising.

Dwell annually releases their homes of the year. In 2015, the most popular was a Dallas home made of 14 shipping containers. More than 200 neighbors showed up to see the containers delivered by crane. The 40-foot-long containers hang 16 feet over the ground.


  • April 2005 National Magazine Award for General Excellence in the 100,000-to-250,000 circulation category.[10]
  • March 2006 Adweek 2006 Creative Team of the Year award to creative director Claudia Bruno and photo editor Kate Stone[11]

In popular culture[edit]

The Tumblr blog "Unhappy Hipsters", which launched in 2010, pairs photos from Dwell with humorous captions that mock the ascetic lifestyle suggested by some of the photos. The blog achieved significant popularity at the time, and its creators wrote a spinoff book in 2011, It's Lonely in the Modern World.[12] The magazine was also mentioned in the 2012 episode "Tallahassee" of The Office. On December 9, 2012, Dwell appeared in The Simpsons episode "The Day the Earth Stood Cool", in which Springfield undergoes a modern architectural renaissance with the arrival of a cool couple who move in next door to Homer, Marge, and company after finding the house has “Neutra bones.”


  1. ^ 'Dwell' Names New Editor
  2. ^ ABC
  3. ^ "The 20 Best Magazines of the Decade (2000-2009)". Paste Magazine. November 26, 2009. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Introducing Target's Latest Home Collab: Modern by Dwell Magazine". Target Corporate. Retrieved 2016-11-17. 
  5. ^ Xie, Jenny (2016-10-10). "Dwell and Target collab on a collection of affordable modern furniture". Curbed. Retrieved 2016-11-17. 
  6. ^ "New From Target And Dwell: Chic, Modern Furniture For $400 Or Less". Co.Design. 2016-10-10. Retrieved 2016-11-17. 
  7. ^ "Target's Partners with Dwell Magazine for Home Collection". Apartment Therapy. Retrieved 2016-11-17. 
  8. ^ Fusaro, Kim. "Target's Home Decor Is Going Modern—and It's Going to Sell Out Fast". Glamour. Retrieved 2016-11-17. 
  9. ^ "A Modern Courtyard — Dwell on Fine Living". Apartment Therapy. Retrieved 2016-11-17. 
  10. ^ "Esquire Wins 2005 National Magazine Award". Hearst. 
  11. ^ David Walker (March 10, 2006). "Home Grown: Creative Team of the Year Adweek". Dwell. Archived from the original on July 20, 2008. Retrieved July 25, 2008. 
  12. ^ Penelope Green (October 12, 2011). "Q&A: The Unhappy Hipsters". The New York Times. 

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