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  1. A Design Emerges
    How they make it

    A Design Emerges

    All of Scrapile’s sharp modern forms come from the solid block of wood. The pieces have evolved from basic, boxy shapes to more complex lines as Salgado, who does most of the design, has...

    01.01.09

  2. How they make it

    Putting It Together

    With a design in place, the block is trimmed down to size, planed, sanded, and edge-cleaned. Planks are cut with precision, to ensure the waterfall pattern aligns exactly, and pieces are glued and...

    01.01.09

  3. The Trabecula Bench
    How they make it

    The Trabecula Bench

    Freedom of Creation—In recent decades, computer-aided design (CAD) has transcended the screen, thanks to the advent of automatic fabrication, a process wherein three-dimensional objects take...

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    photos by: Jens Passoth
    03.31.09

  4. How they make it

    Drawing

    Kyttänen’s designs travel straight from his imagination to the computer. “Hardly anything happens on paper anymore,” he says, “because most of the files are so complex that it’s practically...

    01.01.09

  5. How they make it

    Slicing

    The design files are sent to EOS GmbH, a Munich-based factory with six different types of laser-sintering machines. Before they begin, a slicing software divides the Trabecula into some 6,000 cross...

    01.01.09

  6. Sintering
    How they make it

    Sintering

    “Sintering” is not an everyday word for most people—it means using laser energy to melt and fuse particles. It’s traditionally applied to metal, but nowadays it works very well on certain varieties...

    01.01.09

  7. Unpacking
    How they make it

    Unpacking

    When the bucket has cooled, it’s time to assemble the pieces. Ahmadou Kaloga, an EOS applications support technician, usually does the unpacking. “It’s like an archeological dig,” says Kyttänen. “A...

    01.01.09

  8. Wrong Woods
    How they make it

    Wrong Woods

    Established & Sons—The Wrong Woods furniture series is a collaboration between designer Sebastian Wrong and artist Richard Woods for Established & Sons. Wrong creates the object,...

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    photos by: Jeremy Murch
    01.25.09

  9. 01 Woodblocks
    How they make it

    01 Woodblocks

    Woods’s prints begin as marker drawings on acetate. “We have a set of patterns that have been reduced from wood grain,” he says, “and we use them as a library, and change them around. So it really...

    01.01.09

  10. 02 Plywood
    How they make it

    02 Plywood

    Wrong based his designs on DIY plywood-furniture patterns from postwar Britain. “It’s a very simple message of construction using plywood and turned timber legs,” he explains.“ They’re like...

    01.01.09

  11. 03 Prints
    How they make it

    03 Prints

    Before the furniture is assembled, each piece is painted jet-black and printed with the CNC-cut MDF woodblocks, which Wrong calls “crude but very effective.” Enamel paint in various shades is...

    01.01.09

  12. How they make it

    04 Groove

    Once the pieces are assembled, their stepped miter joints are glued together and clamped to dry. Wrong routs a three-millimeter perpendicular groove along every 90-degree corner of each piece. The...

    01.01.09

  13. Salt and Pepper Shakers
    Product Reviews

    Salt and Pepper Shakers

    Dear Dwell: I've been looking for modern salt-and-pepper shakers, but all I've found are tchotchkes and diner-style pillars. What do you recommend? —Cheryl LeGasse, San Francisco, Calio...

    photos by: Dwight Eschliman
    01.25.09

  14. Coatracks
    Product Reviews

    Coatracks

    Dear Dwell: I'm sick of living like a slob. Now that I've finally got a nice place to hang my hat, I need something to hang it on. Can you recommend some off-the-hook coatracks that don't look l...

    written by: Hannah Hunt
    photos by: Peter Belanger
    01.25.09

  15. Dog Beds
    Product Reviews

    Dog Beds

    Dear Dwell: Our dog is spending more time in bed than my husband; I think its time to get her one of her own. Can you recommend designs that a pampered pup will enjoy? —Ella Zupen, San ...

    written by: Christopher Bright
    photos by: Stan Musilek
    01.26.09

  16. Indoor Garden Kits
    Product Reviews

    Indoor Garden Kits

    Dear Dwell, I'd like to grow edible herbs and plants, but since I live in a tiny apartment with no outdoor space, I'm looking for a garden I can grow on my kitchen counter. Can you help?

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Peter Belanger
    01.26.09

  17. Birdhouses
    Product Reviews

    Birdhouses

    Dear Dwell: We'd like to get a modern-looking birdhouse. Which ones will look best in our backyard? —Erik Edwards, St. Louis, Missouri

    written by: Christopher Bright
    photos by: Peter Belanger
    01.01.09

  18. Brooms
    Product Reviews

    Brooms

    Dear Dwell: I'm tired of my old generic broom. Are there any specialized products on the market that are both hip and functional? —Edward Charles, Austin, Texas

    written by: Christopher Bright
    photos by: Peter Belanger
    01.26.09

  19. Rough Frame Construction
    How they make it

    Rough Frame Construction

    In the third stage of rough frame construction, after painting and prepping, structural insulated panels (SIPs) are dropped in from above and attached to grooves set within the basic frames in...

    01.01.09

  20. Shear Talent
    Profiles

    Shear Talent

    In the small village of Spannum, in the Dutch province of Friesland, Claudy Jongstra heads a felt-design studio whose modesty in process and material belie its overwhelming commercial appeal and...

    written by: Amber Bravo
    photos by: Oliver Chanarin
    02.26.09

  21. Cutting Edge
    Profiles

    Cutting Edge

    Asked to design a space for an art collector whose body and walls were already covered in decoration, architect Thom Faulders capped off the project by creating a piece of art out of an often...

    written by: John King
    photos by: Dave Lauridsen
    01.26.09

  22. Pure and Symbol
    Profiles

    Pure and Symbol

    Steeped in the past but firmly grounded in the present, the designs of Satyendra Pakhalé merge futuristic shapes with centuries-old crafting techniques.

    written by: Jane Szita
    photos by: Adam Broomberg
    01.26.09

  23. Typographer Focus: Peter Biľak
    Profiles

    Typographer Focus: Peter Biľak

    The alphabet is as easy as ABC, but for typographer Peter Bil’ak, the way language looks is a never-ending exploration.

    written by: Kieran Long
    photos by: Adam Broomberg
    01.26.09

  24. Air Purifiers
    Product Reviews

    Air Purifiers

    Dear Dwell, I've been hearing a lot about air purifiers lately. Are they really helpful, and are there any that won't stick out like a sore thumb in my living room? Dee Koufax, Minnetonka, M...

    written by: Christopher Bright
    photos by: Peter Belanger
    01.26.09

  25. Trash Bins
    Product Reviews

    Trash Bins

    Dear Dwell, I pride myself on recycling each week, but I'm unhappy with the unorganized mess of bottles and cans in my kitchen. Are there any attractive options for trash bins that integrate re...

    written by: Christopher Bright
    photos by: Hunter Freeman
    03.03.09

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