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  1. 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

  2. Tom Price's Meltdown Chair
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    Tom Price's Meltdown Chair

    While perusing the blogosphere today, I clicked my way to this demystifying video on British designer Tom Price's Meltdown chair. Price is a practitioner of the common-materials-cum-high-design...

    written by: Diana Budds
    11.03.11

  3. The Trabecula Bench: Unpacking
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    The Trabecula Bench: 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

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    The Trabecula Bench: 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

  5. The Trabecula Bench: Sintering
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    The Trabecula Bench: 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

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    The Trabecula Bench: 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

  7. The Trabecula Bench
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    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

  8. How To

    The Pi Table: 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

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    The Pi Table: Dumpster Diving

    The first step in the Scrapile process is to acquire raw materials. Salgado and Bettencourt are beggars, not choosers: Any wood—from cherry to walnut—will do. With help from a local...

    01.01.09

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    The Pi Table: Building a Block

    With raw material in hand, they painstakingly assemble their scraps into a solid, ten-foot-long block that is eight inches square. To achieve the striated pattern of cascading bands that is...

    01.01.09

  11. The Pi Table: A Design Emerges
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    The Pi Table: 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

  12. The Pi Table
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    The Pi Table

    Scrapile—Pull up a chair to one of Scrapile’s impossibly elegant dining tables and you’d never guess that the materials used to create it had once been destined for a landfill....

    written by: Mark Lamster
    photos by: Eirik Johnson
    01.25.09

  13. The Making of Modern Furniture
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    The Making of Modern Furniture

    We chat with the designers and the factories who produce some of the most iconic pieces of furniture. Plus, learn the real cost of rip-offs.

    written by: Olivia Martin
    01.07.14

  14. The Complete Guide to Designing with Color
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    The Complete Guide to Designing with Color

    Dare to paint a wall purple? Buy a blue refrigerator? Choose a yellow floor? Dwell gathered our best and brightest homes to create the ultimate color guide, with design ideas for every shade of the...

    written by: Dwell Staff
    08.28.14

  15. The Avant/Garde Diaries
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    The Avant/Garde Diaries

    In an Internet culture that rarely amounts to anything more than cool hunting, it's rare to come across a site that has any dedication to how creativity and the arts actually function. Sure, you...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    11.16.11

  16. The Art of: 12th Avenue Iron
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    The Art of: 12th Avenue Iron

    In our October 2012 issue, we profiled Tom Kundig's new hardware line, a collaboration between the esteemed Seattle architect ("prince of architectural gizmos," as the story branded him) and the...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    05.20.13

  17. 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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

  22. The 3107 Chair
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    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

  23. Textile Design Focus
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    Textile Design Focus

    At Dwell, we love a good yarn about textile design and the creative individuals who express themselves through sewing, darning, and spinning fibers. Here we present five of our favorite stories...

    written by: Olivia Martin
    08.13.13

  24. How To

    Steelwood Chair: Shear and Coin

    The metal-punching facility is down the road from the Magis headquarters in Motta di Livenza, in northeastern Italy.

    01.01.09

  25. Steelwood Chair: Perimeters
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    Steelwood Chair: Perimeters

    The next tool makes a perpendicular fold around the sheet’s perimeter, which allows the hard edges to be folded away from the smooth backrest. Parts of this fold will become armrests. &ldquo...

    01.01.09

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