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  1. The Brickley Engine
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    The Brickley Engine

    Moving parts mean friction; friction means a drag on engine efficiency. Five years ago independent Austin, Texas, inventor Mike Brickley took this on as a challenge. He created and patented a car...

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    01.05.09

  2. Titanium Spork
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    Titanium Spork

    When it comes to hard-wearing, utilitarian consumer goods, there are a few acknowledged design classics: Emeco's Navy Chair comes to mind:

    written by: David A. Greene
    01.04.09

  3. Weck Canning Jars
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    Weck Canning Jars

    The Slow Food movement, not the mention Frtiz Haeg's modern day Victory Gardens, have sparked a renewed interest in canning and preserving homegrown food. Perhaps the best part is rediscovering the...

    written by: Laure Joliet
    01.03.09

  4. Totally Tubular
    Green

    Totally Tubular

    On the roof, amidst an array of native wild grasses and shrubs, six banks holding 180 small thermal solar 
collection tubes provide hot water year-round. This new technology, made by Apricus Solar...

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: John Clark
    01.02.09

  5. How they make it

    The 3107 Chair: Prep the Veneer

    In the idyllic Danish countryside, 15 miles northwest of Copenhagen, autonomous robots transport pallets of veneer down the aisles of Fritz Hansen’s 161,000-square-foot chair factory. Nearby,...

    01.02.09

  6. How they make it

    The 3107 Chair: Glue and Mold

    A worker then places single layers of inner veneer on a conveyor belt that sends them through what looks like a doughnut-glazing machine, coating both sides of the veneer with a white liquid...

    01.02.09

  7. 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

  8. How they make it

    The 3107 Chair: Paint and Ship

    The discs also serve as hooks for hanging the chairs upside down on a conveyor belt that leads them to a glassed-in room. There, a robotic arm paints the curved surfaces with polyurethane paint....

    01.02.09

  9. A Note on Our Expert

    A Note on Our Expert: Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan

    Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan makes a living by helping people happily inhabit and decorate their homes. Though he started designing consumer products like wallpaper and lighting after college, it was a...

    01.02.09

  10. A Note on Our Expert

    A Note on Our Expert: Rick Prelinger

    Rick Prelinger has a lot of media to store, not only at his house, which he says is overrun with books, movies, and the like, but also at the Prelinger Library he founded in San Francisco with his...

    01.02.09

  11. How they make it

    Dyson Airblade: Concept

    In 2004, Dyson was exploring new ways to use its patented Dyson digital motor (DDM), which contains a virtually frictionless setup and was developed to make small vacuum cleaners for the Japanese...

    01.02.09

  12. How they make it

    Dyson Airblade: Research

    Research in air filtration and house-hold cleanliness had already led Dyson to build an in-house testing laboratory overseen by microbiologist Toby Saville. “There wasn’t an established...

    01.02.09

  13. How they make it

    Dyson Airblade: Prototyping

    With the technology to produce a 400-mph wind capable of drying a person’s hands in 12 seconds, the next step was to design a shell. Starting with cardboard and foam models, the team devised...

    01.02.09

  14. How they make it

    Dyson Airblade: Manufacturing

    Though technology has made prototyping much faster, it requires an under-standing of how rapid-prototyping materials behave compared to manufacturing materials. “If the SLS nylon fails in...

    01.02.09

  15. Fine Finnish: Entrance
    House Tours

    Fine Finnish: Entrance

    When Susanna entered her future home for the first time, it appeared cramped and uninviting. Her first step in adding a sense of spaciousness and clarity was to paint all the surfaces—&ndash...

    01.02.09

  16. Designing Women
    In The Modern World

    Designing Women

    Blazing a trail through the canon of design, these 25 artisans worked to make some of the modern era’s most recognizable furniture, lighting, and objects. From the sculptural pottery of Eva...

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    01.02.09

  17. Womens et Womanus
    Profiles

    Womens et Womanus

    Meet three women who are helping keep MIT’s architecture program—America’s first—at the forefront of design innovation.

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    01.02.09

  18. At the Elm
    House Tours

    At the Elm

    When a couple in Amsterdam decided to upgrade their residence from a small houseboat to a larger one, they sought a design that would elevate the kitchen—literally. Set on the top floor and...

    written by: Jane Szita
    photos by: Rene Mesman
    01.02.09

  19. Your Design City
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    Your Design City

    The 20 finalists in the Your Design City photography competition on flickr have been announced. The goal is to highlight "contemporary design" in world cities, and to show how good design...

    written by: David A. Greene
    01.02.09

  20. Martha Meets Manhattan's Lower East Side
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    Martha Meets Manhattan's Lower East Side

    Call it the recession or just plain creativity in the air, but DIY just feels relevant these days. A great outlet for those so inclined is Make Workshops, the New York–based enterprise...

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    01.01.09

  21. Structured Play
    Outdoor

    Structured Play

    Two of the country’s most creative and thoughtful playground designers—architect Richard Dattner and landscape architect M. Paul Friedberg—spent countless hours observing how...

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    01.01.09

  22. A Note on Our Expert

    A Note on Our Expert: Jake Godby

    It’s rare to find a friction-free workplace, but Jake Godby can proudly claim he has one. “The thing about an ice-cream shop,” he says, “is that nobody comes in with a bad...

    01.01.09

  23. A Note on Our Expert: Laura Guido-Clark
    A Note on Our Expert

    A Note on Our Expert: Laura Guido-Clark

    After designing for other companies for a few years, Guido-Clark started a firm 16 years ago with a friend. Working for companies as diverse as Mattel, Toyota, and InterfaceFLOR, she has learned...

    01.01.09

  24. A Note on Our Expert

    A Note on Our Experts, Elisabeth Prueitt and Chad Robertson

    Award-winning bakers Elisabeth Prueitt and Chad Robertson met in 1992 and married in 1994.

    01.01.09

  25. A Note on Our Expert

    A Note on Our Expert, Andi Kovel

    Andi Kovel’s background in sculpture, painting, photography, accessory design, and art theory uniquely equip her to become one of the most original and influential glass artists working today.

    01.01.09

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