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  1. How they make it

    Pattern

    Notkin, who started her career making costume jewelry, has a knack for romantically contrasting hues and textures. In fact, her favorite part of the creative process comes before anything is made...

    01.01.09

  2. Living in a Material World
    Design 101

    Living in a Material World

    Americans have always held a soft spot in their hearts for futuristic materials, from the amazing light-weight properties of titanium to the chance to conquer Superman with kryptonite.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Aya Brackett
    01.31.09

  3. PEC-MAT
    Design 101

    PEC-MAT

    As more and more Americans are quickly discovering, the land beneath our feet is not quite as solid as we thought. Houses slip down hillsides, trees float down rivers, and whole cities disappear...

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Hunter Freeman
    01.31.09

  4. AgUARDIAN
    Design 101

    AgUARDIAN

    Silver has been used for centuries as an antimicrobial agent.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Hunter Freeman
    01.31.09

  5. Structural Panels
    Design 101

    Structural Panels

    Bees have always been admired for their industrious nature and intricate honeycomb architecture; Charles Darwin called the honeycomb “absolutely perfect” as a feat of engineering, symmetry, and...

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Hunter Freeman
    01.31.09

  6. 101 High-Tech Materials
    Design 101

    101 High-Tech Materials

    Remember how the Predator had skin that made him invisible? That was cool. But these high-tech materials might be even cooler.

    written by: Christopher Bright
    photos by: Hunter Freeman
    02.24.09

  7. 101 Color
    Design 101

    101 Color

    Dwell explores the variegated use of color in our world, from industry to emotion.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Peter Belanger
    02.25.09

  8. Table Linens by Commune Design
    Product of the Day

    Table Linens by Commune Design

    In my online wanderings this week I've come across a totally lovely set of table linens from Los Angeles–based Commune Design. They are made of 100% linen hand-dyed in LA by Matteo, and I...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    11.03.09

  9. From Frankfurt: Heimtextil
    Travel Reports

    From Frankfurt: Heimtextil

    January in Frankfurt is pretty darn cold, so it feels fitting to be here at Heimtextil browsing all the lush materials that are changing the way we make ourselves at home. It’s the 40th year...

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    01.16.10

  10. Frankfurt's Blanket Store
    Travel Reports

    Frankfurt's Blanket Store

    Nestled in behind a small glass storefront in central Frankfurt is a one-of-a-kind throw utopia. Blanket Store is a niche boutique dedicated to—yes, you guessed it—blankets, and owner...

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    02.18.10

  11. Sew Awesome
    Design 101

    Sew Awesome

    “Who we are arises directly from what our bodies can do,” writes Richard Sennett in his recent book, The Craftsman. In his spirited defense of how making material things can enlarge...

    03.26.10

  12. 10 Luxurious Linens
    Product Reviews

    10 Luxurious Linens

    Sheets, duvets—heck, even an occasional sham. We’ve made the trek through a welter of modern linens and things and come up with a collection that will have you in bed early and sleeping...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    04.26.10

  13. An Introduction to Modern Textiles
    Design 101

    An Introduction to Modern Textiles

    If the design world feels like an endless parade of products, then the gnashing maws of industrial production assuredly underpin it all. Take a look at how leading manufacturers make what they make...

    written by: Akiko Bush
    04.27.10

  14. Crazy Sexy Wool
    Product of the Day

    Crazy Sexy Wool

    I was in New York earlier this week, and stopped into the very charming and hip Bond St. bistro The Smile for lunch. In addition to a mean roast beef sandwich and some stellar pickles, they...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    06.04.10

  15. Bemz's Bright Idea
    A Great Idea

    Bemz's Bright Idea

    Last week I met with Lesley Pennington, a Canadian living in Sweden who in 2004 launched Bemz, one of the cleverest companies I've heard of recently. Bemz makes affordable custom-order slipcovers...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    11.30.10

  16. ICFF 2011: From the Show Floor
    Travel Reports

    ICFF 2011: From the Show Floor

    I'll admit, it's a little daunting stepping onto the show floor at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), held for a long May weekend every year at the Javits Convention Center in...

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    05.18.11

  17. Behind the Scenes: Knoll Textiles
    Event Spotlight

    Behind the Scenes: Knoll Textiles

    Many a modern-design enthusiast can spot a Cesca side chair and say it was designed by Marcel Breuer. But, were it upholstered in Digit fabric, few could name the textile designer. (Answer: Suzanne...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.26.11

  18. Marimekko at Crate & Barrel
    Travel Reports

    Marimekko at Crate & Barrel

    This week, Marimekko launched its fourth and fifth shops at Crate & Barrel in Los Angeles and San Francisco. The two companies have collaborated for four decades so it makes sense that...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.27.11

  19. Dutch Designer Focus: Hella Jongerius
    Profiles

    Dutch Designer Focus: Hella Jongerius

    In her Berlin studio, rogue Dutch designer Hella Jongerius creates colorful, covetable objects that meld the handmade and the mass-produced in surprising new ways.

    written by: Jane Szita
    photos by: Oliver Mark
    06.20.11

  20. Helsinki Ink
    How they make it

    Helsinki Ink

    Step inside Marimekko’s printing factory for a look at how its iconic textiles come to life.

    written by: Katja Lindroos
    photos by: Alex Subrizi
    07.22.11

  21. Marimekko's Iconic Patterns
    Product of the Day

    Marimekko's Iconic Patterns

    It's hard not to adore (and lust after) Marimekko's fabrics. In the early 1950s, as Finland continued its slow ­recovery from World War II, textile designer Armi Ratia seized the opportunity to...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    07.26.11

  22. Marimekko Pilvi Bag
    Product of the Day

    Marimekko Pilvi Bag

    If you're like me, you have more totes than you know what to do with. Get ready to do some closet cleaning because the Marimekko Pilvi bag is the one worth having.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    08.11.11

  23. Q&A with Marimekko Designer Erja Hirvi
    Interviews

    Q&A with Marimekko Designer Erja Hirvi

    At Dwell we've always been fans of the bold prints by Finnish textile design house Marimekko and in honor of their 60th anniversary we toasted ten timeless prints and challenged you to vote on your...

    written by: Ralston O'Neill
    12.21.11

  24. Textiles in Motion
    Interviews

    Textiles in Motion

    Sydney-based embroidery designers MaricorMaricar hit our radar screen back in August with a series called Turns of Speech, weaving misheard lyrics into textile magic. We got on the horn with...

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    01.05.12

  25. Neo Knits
    Product of the Day

    Neo Knits

    A pair of designers dream up a fresh way of knitting pixelated fabric, powered by a 21st-century sewing machine.

    written by: Sara Carpenter
    photos by: Caren Alpert
    05.18.12

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