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  1. Marmol Radziner Prefab
    How To

    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

  2. The 3107 Chair
    How To

    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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Alessi 9090: Cold Press
    How To

    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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. Sam Kaufman on Breuer's B32
    Interviews

    Sam Kaufman on Breuer's B32

    I moved apartments over the weekend, and in the great push to clean out the old place in anticipation of the new, I decided to finally do away with a set of (free at the time) dining...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    12.27.10

  11. 10 Examples of High Impact Modern Tile
    Product Reviews

    10 Examples of High Impact Modern Tile

    Choosing tile for a remodel or renovation is tricky business and the right tile choice can undoubtably elevate a design to new heights. Here, we've gathered some excellent samples of modern tile...

    written by: Megan Hamaker
    10.24.13

  12. 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

  13. Ruché Sofa
    How To

    Ruché Sofa

    On a walk through Ligne Roset’s factory near Lyon, France, we track the multitude of steps, hands, and hours required to craft this very refined couch.

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    photos by: Nicholas Calcott
    01.03.12

  14. Future Building
    Profiles

    Future Building

    Resembling in form and function ancestors such as Jean Prouvé’s prefab Tropical House, Architect Fred Friedmeyer’s prefab structures harmonize, as much as possible, with Ethiopia...

    written by: Donovan Finn
    02.26.09

  15. The Big Easy
    A Great Idea

    The Big Easy

    Most prefab manufacturing facilities house loads of heavy machinery, but not every design must be constructed on the factory line.

    written by: Michael Sylvester
    01.28.09

  16. 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

  17. How To

    Marmol Radziner: Finish Construction

    Finish surfacing comes next—windows, drywall, cabinetry, ornamental metalwork, tiling, appliances, and fixtures are put into place.

    01.01.09

  18. Process This
    How To

    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

  19. Slag Solution
    Design 101

    Slag Solution

    Enter Serious Materials and its EcoRock drywall. EcoRock is not all-natural drywall—–that would be called “wood”—–but it is an attempt to do away with wasteful...

    03.26.10

  20. Wall of Shame
    Design 101

    Wall of Shame

    It started out as a great idea: Do away with wet-plaster wall construction, which required multiple workers taking days or weeks to plaster a house (and weeks or months for the plaster to set). So,...

    03.26.10

  21. What a Pill
    Product

    What a Pill

    A medicinal metaphor adds a dose of intrigue to a Bluetooth speaker’s design.

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: Jamie Chung
    12.22.14

  22. Modern Wallpaper Brands and Designs

    Modern Wallpaper Brands and Designs

    In recent years we've seen a bevy of new brands bring a much-needed dose of style to that often garnish, frequently frou-frou, always overwhelming product formerly known as The Covering That Makes...

    04.17.13

  23. How To

    Prototyping

    After the sketch-overlay and technical-design phases, AMOI provides a 3-D model. In the nine months that follow, the shape is subject to intensive prototyping before delivery to the factory line. ...

    01.01.09

  24. How To

    Alessi 9090: Package

    After more than 100 steps, the completed parts are ready for packaging. Workers assemble the upper container, filter funnel, gasket, and boiler in much the same way that the eventual user will put...

    01.01.09

  25. Steelwood Chair
    How To

    Steelwood Chair

    Magis—The Steelwood chair from Magis is a product of experience—the suppliers who punch the sheet metal for the back, which adroitly supports four legs and a beech wood seat, are among...

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    photos by: Erwan Bouroullec
    01.25.09

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