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  1. Mademoiselle Pillow
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    Mademoiselle Pillow

    Looolo—When we think about products and their life cycles, textiles aren’t the first things that come to mind. But what went into your shirt?

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    photos by: Jane Heller
    01.01.09

  2. 101 Bathrooms: Glass
    Design 101

    101 Bathrooms: Glass

    No longer stuck in the ’50s pink- or yellow-tiled rut, today bath fixtures come in a wide variety of materials. For those who enjoy visibility (and Windex), glass is a clear choice.

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    01.01.09

  3. 101 Bathrooms: Ceramic
    Design 101

    101 Bathrooms: Ceramic

    Long considered to be the standard bathroom material, ceramic is no longer boring. New shapes and colors help redefine what was once only basic bisque or beige.

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    01.01.09

  4. 101 Bathrooms: Plastic
    Design 101

    101 Bathrooms: Plastic

    The same qualities that make plastic so prized by designers—malleability, translucency, vibrancy—also make for one-of-a-kind pieces to place in your bathroom

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    01.01.09

  5. 101 Bathrooms: Metal
    Design 101

    101 Bathrooms: Metal

    An easy conduit for hot and cold water alike, metal assumes a multiplicity of contemporary shapes, from globular showerheads to rectilinear radiators.

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    01.01.09

  6. 101 Bathrooms: Wood
    Design 101

    101 Bathrooms: Wood

    Wood has been used for centuries to submerge bathing beauties, but most people still think of it only for cabinets, furniture, and floors. A new outpouring of innovative wood-based design, from...

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    01.01.09

  7. Sum of Its Parts
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    Sum of Its Parts

    Taking cues from traditional Swedish rooflines but rejecting the precedent of subpar prefab, Claesson Koivisto Rune bring light and style to their "site-generic" design.

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    01.14.09

  8. Palace Intrigue
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    Palace Intrigue

    In the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius, architect Rytis Mikulionis spent several years property hunting for his first nesting ground and finally ended up inside a former Soviet army barrack, which...

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    photos by: Hertha Hurnaus
    01.16.09

  9. Village Green
    My House

    Village Green

    This place was a filthy dump when we bought it,” says Cathryn Barmon, sipping tea in a knockoff Le Corbusier chair. “I didn’t want to go barefoot until we’d redone the...

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    photos by: Raimund Koch
    01.18.09

  10. Emerald in the Rough
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    Emerald in the Rough

    An architect and artist flee Dublin for the countryside to build a biodegradable house and raise their children.

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    photos by: Cornelius Scriba
    01.19.09

  11. Steelwood Chair
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    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

  12. Flos Glo-Ball
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    Flos Glo-Ball

    Designers and manufacturers bemoan the profusion of cheaply made copycats, but it’s been proven time and again that truly great design can never be obscured by poor imitation. For evidence, look no...

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    photos by: Alex Subrizi
    01.25.09

  13. Little Field of Flowers
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    Little Field of Flowers

    Nanimarquina—In 1987, Barcelona-based designer Nani Marquina established a textile and rug design studio. Since 1993, the company’s designs have been manufactured in northern India....

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    01.25.09

  14. Skypephone
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    Skypephone

    Last year saw the European launch of the world’s first mobile phone with integrated Skype, the Voice over IP software traditionally used via computer. This year, the phone arrives in the United...

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    01.25.09

  15. Wrong Woods
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    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

  16. 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

  17. Patricia Urquiola on the T-Table by Kartell
    Design 101

    Patricia Urquiola on the T-Table by Kartell

    T-Table stands for transgenic table.

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    01.31.09

  18. Chris Kabel on The Shady Lace Parasol
    Design 101

    Chris Kabel on The Shady Lace Parasol

    In early 2003 Droog Design invited me and several other Dutch designers to collaborate with the local industries around Lille to design products for the Lille 2004 Cultural Capital of Europe ...

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    01.31.09

  19. Emiliano Godoy on Knitted Pieces
    Design 101

    Emiliano Godoy on Knitted Pieces

    I am really interested in pieces made using vegetable-based, biodegradable materials.

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    01.31.09

  20. Jeffrey Bernett on the Landscape Chaise for B&B Italia
    Design 101

    Jeffrey Bernett on the Landscape Chaise for B&B Italia

    B&B Italia, which was founded in the mid-’60s, developed the first injection-molded polyurethane-foam seating, which today is still the basis of its upholstered seating.

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    01.31.09

  21. 101 Manufacturing
    Design 101

    101 Manufacturing

    Manufacturing from conception to production and reproduction.

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    02.25.09

  22. Meet Your Maker
    Design 101

    Meet Your Maker

    Ever wanted to be a designer? One of the biggest parts of the job is working with your manufacturer to turn a concept into a real product. Dwell asked several designers to share their favorite...

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    02.25.09

  23. The Alessi 9090
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    The Alessi 9090

    Alessi—In the 1970s, Alessi invested $300,000 to develop its first cooking appliance: a stovetop espresso maker by Richard Sapper. The northern Italian family business had made stainless...

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    photos by: Alex Subrizi
    02.26.09

  24. 101 Bathrooms
    Design 101

    101 Bathrooms

    Contemplating the proverbial "throne" the world over, Virginia Gardiner wonders why modernism hasn't caught on the to the john. Also bathroom swag on parade.

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    02.26.09

  25. 101 Bathrooms: Cultural Commod(e)ity
    Design 101

    101 Bathrooms: Cultural Commod(e)ity

    In 1937, as the modern movement in Europe 
faced the stifling rise of fascism, the leftist French 
Union des Artistes Modernes hosted a pavilion at the Paris World’s Fair that presented, among...

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    02.26.09

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