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  1. “If You Build It” Documentary Shows Power of Design Education
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    “If You Build It” Documentary Shows Power of Design Education

    Designer/activist duo Matthew Miller and Emily Pilloton are no strangers to hitting the road for the greater good. In 2010, they left San Francisco in an Airstream trailer to embark on the Design...

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    02.14.14

  2. LG Factory Tour
    Design 101

    LG Factory Tour

    It is an overcast morning in Gumi. Contrary to a name that evokes cute rainbows of fruit flavor, the view from the hotel window consists of a salvage yard, a river with wide, sandy banks, and a...

    written by: Sam Grawe
    01.31.09

  3. Moroso Factory Tour
    Design 101

    Moroso Factory Tour

    Moroso, the Italian furniture company known for discovering remarkable designers such as Ron Arad and Patricia Urquiola, assembles between 100 and 150 pieces per day in a factory outside Udine.

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    01.31.09

  4. How they make it

    The 3107 Chair: Cut and Sand

    Once the plywood has hardened, a worker wearing sound-suppressing earmuffs places the pieces, three at a time, into the factory’s computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine. The milling...

    01.02.09

  5. How they make it

    Marmol Radziner: Structural Steel

    The first workstation sits just outside the factory’s rear entrance, where deliveries of recycled steel are deposited.

    01.01.09

  6. Casual Cacti
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    Casual Cacti

    A 1,100-square-foot loft in the historic Bester Building, a former steam-engine factory in Emeryville, California, is updated with a customized storage unit in the middle of the space.

    written by: Olivia Martin
    photos by: Drew Kelly
    04.02.13

  7. Photographer Q&A: Nicholas Calcott
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    Photographer Q&A: Nicholas Calcott

    Photographer Nicholas Calcott first appeared on our radar when he was living in Paris, France. Now, based in New York City, Calcott still travels to France often. If the timing is right, and we...

    written by: Julia Sabot
    photos by: Nicholas Calcott
    05.31.13

  8. An Asymmetrical Prefab Home in Sweden
    Houses We Love

    An Asymmetrical Prefab Home in Sweden

    It took a mere six months—three in the factory and three on-site—for this prefab to come to fruition on the shore of Sweden’s Müsko Island.

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    12.04.11

  9. Knoll Textiles
    Books

    Knoll Textiles

    The roster of furniture designers who have graced the factories of Knoll is startling: Saarinen, Platner, Bertoia, Breuer. But the textile designers like Marianne Strengell, Evelyn Hill...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    08.22.11

  10. Remade Wasteland
    A Great Idea

    Remade Wasteland

    As the United States moves into the post-industrial era, it’s the rare city that doesn’t find itself with too many abandoned factory-age relics and too few parks. After fits and starts...

    06.09.10

  11. Marmol Radziner's Rincon 5 Live in LA
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    Marmol Radziner's Rincon 5 Live in LA

    If you read Dwell's February 2009 Process section, you saw the inner workings  of the Marmol Radziner prefab factory, where they construct their loved and lauded modern homes. Those of you in...

    written by: Laure Joliet
    02.03.09

  12. Marimekko Tour
    Design 101

    Marimekko Tour

    Beyond a shining white foyer and a canteen infused with fragrant lunchtime aromas, Marimekko’s Helsinki headquarters hides a textile factory in its belly.

    written by: Shonquis Moreno
    01.31.09

  13. How they make it

    Finishing

    When finishes are chosen and every-one has signed off, the factory line begins to churn. “We do a short production run of about 500 phones,” says Johnstone, “and use them heavily to gather feedback...

    01.01.09

  14. Made in America: Shinola Brand Gets a Reboot
    Profiles

    Made in America: Shinola Brand Gets a Reboot

    Shinola, a new brand promoting domestic manufacturing, aims to bring cottage industry back to the factory spaces of Detroit.

    written by: Eujin Rhee
    06.13.13

  15. The 3107 Chair
    How they make it

    The 3107 Chair

    It takes nine sheets of veneer, two layers of cotton backing, up to five coats of paint, and 11 days to make a 3107 chair. We take you to the floor of Fritz Hansen's stackable-chair factory to show...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Alex Subrizi
    07.20.09

  16. Touring the Freitag Factory
    Travel Reports

    Touring the Freitag Factory

    One of the highlights of my recent trip to Switzerland was a tour of Freitag factory in Zurich. The messenger bags first designed and developed by Markus and Daniel Freitag in 1993 have become...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    05.14.09

  17. Green Light District
    Green

    Green Light District

    On a former brownfield site across the river from downtown Boston, a renovated turn-of-the-century lithography factory trades in carbon copies for a lighter carbon footprint.

    written by: Amber Bravo
    08.06.09

  18. Marmol Radziner Prefab
    How they make it

    Marmol Radziner Prefab

    Amid the industrial expanse of Vernon, California, Marmol Radziner Prefab’s factory-built homes are pieced together in a process akin to the assembly lines made famous by Henry Ford.

    written by: Jessica Hundley
    03.16.09

  19. From Abandoned Factories to Modern Homes
    Renovation

    From Abandoned Factories to Modern Homes

    Open space, high ceilings and sizable square footage make the bones of an abandoned building the perfect template for transforming into a modern home. Environmentally-friendly and easy on the...

    written by: Kate Santos
    12.01.13

  20. Alessi 9090: Cold Press
    How they make it

    Alessi 9090: Cold Press

    The factory floor is a city of tall hydraulic presses. Humming and chinking sounds bellow down aisle after aisle. Workers wearing light-blue gloves spray grease onto sheet-metal pieces, place them...

    01.01.09

  21. A Converted Factory Building in Italy
    Houses We Love

    A Converted Factory Building in Italy

    It may be hard to believe, but the polished, open-plan loft that architect Paola Navone renovated for Andrea Falkner-Campi and husband Feliciano Campi was an abandoned tobacco plant before it...

    written by: Emma Marsano
    08.05.13

  22. Lotty Lindeman and Wouter Scheublin
    In The Modern World

    Lotty Lindeman and Wouter Scheublin

    Lotty Lindeman and Wouter Scheublin's wood and ceramics workshop is located within designer Piet Hein Eek’s building, a former Philips factory in Eindhoven that was remodeled in 2010 into a...

    written by: Zahid Sardar
    04.24.13

  23. Process This
    How they make it

    Process This

    We love to break down the intricate steps that go into making our favorite furniture, products, prefabs and more. Increase your industrial-manufacturing IQ with this slideshow showcasing our...

    written by: Dwell Staff
    02.01.13

  24. Rethinking Boston
    Event Spotlight

    Rethinking Boston

    How do you remake a city that's already been made? That's the question a group of students at the Boston Architectural College (BAC) will be tackling in a new design competition sponsored by the...

    written by: Lamar Anderson
    08.13.12

  25. IKEA PS Collection
    Product of the Day

    IKEA PS Collection

    Affordable furniture emporium IKEA inspires some conflicted feelings. On the one hand, the brand's products are reasonably priced (sometimes astonishingly so), hack-able, and when they are good,...

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    04.18.12

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