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A Design Within Reach publication | December 29, 2013 | Written by Gwendolyn Horton

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Life takes a U-turn into Usonia.

Imagine driving through a neighborhood of midcentury modern homes, admiring the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, Aaron Resnick, David Henken and others. You playfully say to your mate, “That's my favorite. That's the one I would want,” before finding out that it's for sale. A few months later, you're living in it. That's how one modern-day couple – an architect and a designer – came to live in Usonia.

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Call for entries: DWR Champagne Chair Contest.

Be the toast of the town! To enter, create a miniature chair using only the foil, label, cage and cork from no more than two champagne bottles. A panel of DWR champagne and chair experts will judge the chairs, and three winners will receive a DWR Gift Card.

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On location: Where is gwendoland?

Check out these six photos to see if you can figure out where we are. Better yet, can you name the architects who designed these beautiful structures?

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William J. McCloskey. Wrapped Oranges, 1889.

Craving culture? Exhibitions to see now.

From fashion in Phoenix to seeing the future in New York to time machines at MIT, there is richness to enjoy everywhere. Here are the must-see exhibitions happening around the country (many ending January 5).

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