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Materials and Innovation at BIO 23 Ljubljana

The BIO biennial in Ljubljana has been highlighting contemporary trends in international design for close to fifty years now, but not everyone on the global circuit might be aware of the diverse talent that has been showcased since the first exhibition in 1964. Slovenia's Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO) is the biennial's host, and with over 437 submissions from 38 countries for 2012, the jurors and curators for BIO 23 had the challenging task of selecting the best examples of innovative design influenced by modern technology, multi-disciplinary methods, and the exploration of natural systems. Margo Konings and Margriet Vollenberg of Organisation in Design were the joint curators for this year's exhibition theme, Design Relations, which was aimed at comprehensive ideas related to technology, digitalization, globalization, and product design. Folded into these categories were timely topics such as health, machines, and processes; back to craft, counter reaction, data processing, graphics; and proposals linked to industry left-overs, social/local phenomena, the urban environment, and smart solutions. We have highlighted several of the award winners in our gallery slideshow, with specifics about some of the more unusual materials, methods, and conceptual strategies employed.
October 30, 2012
Red kachelofen by Stonehouse Pottery

Kachelöfen Coming Up

It sounds like a sneeze, but a kachelöfen—a clay, highly-efficient, wood-burning stove used in Germany for hundreds of years—is a very modern option for radiant heating in one's home. Dwell chats with Jessica Steinhäuser, the owner of Stonehouse Pottery, to learn more. 
October 17, 2012
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An Innovative Air Purifier

An ingenious filtration system keeps air clean through a set of cell-like modules and a network of tubes that harnesses the organic technology of plants.
October 12, 2012
Dwell SXSW Eco Party in Texas

Dwell Party Highlights: Celebrating Prefab Design at SXSW Eco

What better place for Dwell to host our SXSW Eco party than a prefab pop up at the design complex of the woman who founded the Austin Modern Home Tour? Go behind the scenes in our story and slideshow to learn more about the venue and the event.
October 10, 2012
Sustainable home with galvanized steel shed roof and siding

A Sustainably Built Home in Rural Ontario

For this rural Ontario home, building sustainably was less about high-tech gizmos than learning to truly love the land.
October 8, 2012
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Women in Sustainable Design at SXSW Eco

Lance Hosey, co-author of the 2007 book Women in Green: Voices of Sustainable Design, led a panel at the South by Southwest Eco Conference in Austin last week with four women who are innovators in sustainable design to talk about how gender influences the industry.
October 8, 2012
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Thinking Beyond LEED at SXSW Eco

Bill Reed helped develop the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, but at a panel during the South by Southwest Eco conference, he explains why it’s time to move on.
October 4, 2012
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Join Us for a Prefab Pop Up Party in Austin!

SXSW Eco is just around the corner, and Dwell will be on the scene, covering the conference and hosting a party! Be sure to join us as we celebrate good green design - in authentic Austin style, of course. Fusing live music, eco-friendly eats and drinks, and a modern prefab pop up tour, this event is not to be missed.
September 25, 2012
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Six Upcycled Design Picks

Upcycled and reclaimed products are losing their stigma as burlap sack and bottle top creations. Slowly but surely, they are infusing the design world with sharp ideas and a feel-good ethos. Here are six of Dwell's favorite upcycled home products on the market now.
September 24, 2012
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