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Spanish rug designer Nani Marquina

ICFF 2012: Nani Marquina on Design

Spanish rug design maven Nani Marquina is known for her emphasis on handcrafted wares, commitment to fair trade practices and sustainable development, and for bringing a distinctive and imaginative twist to floor coverings. This year, her company, nanimarquina, celebrates its 25th anniversary. We caught up with Marquina on the ICFF show floor and—with the help of her translator—found out more about her design philosophy, how she approaches collaborations, and which of her numerous pieces has stuck with her the most throughout the years.
May 25, 2012
Portrait of Giulio Cappellini

8 Questions for Giulio Cappellini

A San Francisco-based lecture series, Design Assembly, kicked off with a talk from one of the dons of contemporary furniture, Giulio Cappellini. He spoke to a full crowd of local design fans at furniture gallery Arkitektura In Situ about his decades-long career helming the family business, often digressing into stories about student-days nights at the bar with Piero Lissoni or his apprenticeship with Gio Ponti. Dwell sat down with the man to ask about a signature Cappellini style, what the European furniture market looks like, and which designer might be next to join his enviable stable of talent.
May 25, 2012
architect Mitchell Joachim Terreform ONE

The Future of Housing

Is biologically based architecture the next big thing? Architect Mitchell Joachim thinks so. He proffers radical ways to rethink the science of structures.
May 20, 2012
Architect Bjarke Ingels BIG

Five Questions for Bjarke Ingels

Architect Bjarke Ingels, founder of the world-beating firm BIG, was in San Francisco this week to show off the design for his latest project, an addition to the Kimball Art Center in Park City, Utah (see all five finalists in the competition here). Adobe founder and part-time Deer Valley–resident John Warnock and his wife Marva threw a small party at Adobe HQ to fete the 37-year-old Danish architect, and he dazzled the crowd as he whizzed through his impressive body of work and spelled out what his building means for the Kimball. I met him yesterday morning in the lobby of the InterContinental Mark Hopkins hotel for a quick chat.
May 2, 2012
Modern architect and designer Stanley Saitowitz

Modern Ritual

When it came time to partake in rituals like lighting the Shabbat candles or setting the seder plate, designer Stanley Saitowitz of Natoma Architects, Inc., saw nothing but a sea of Star of David–bedecked kitsch. Unable to find the goods that suited both his aesthetic and his practice, he set about designing a spare, modern suite of Jewish objects—on view in the exhibit Stanley Saitowitz: Judaica at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco through October 16 2012—that runs the gamut from menorahs to kiddush cups. We asked Saitowitz why he had to make what he couldn’t find.
April 30, 2012
Architect Michael Graves by Riccardo Vecchio

Design for Humankind

Architect and healthcare design visionary Michael Graves shares his thoughts on how paralysis has affected his approach and practice.
April 13, 2012
German designer Pia Wüstenberg

Last Words, Take Two

We put the same six questions to everyone we talked to for the Now 99 issue to learn what they’re reading, rethinking, and totally sick of. We ran a few responses as the Finishing Touch in the print edition, but the designers we talked to had loads more penetrating, funny, and strange responses than could fit on the page. Read on for a glimpse of the ideas that are shaping the next wave of design. 
April 13, 2012
bill mcdonough illustration graphic

Sixteen Ways of Looking at a Bedouin Tent

Architect, systems designer, Cradle to Cradle founder, and sustainability guru William McDonough talks entropy, Walker Evans, paper houses, and “buildings like trees” with science writer Alexis Madrigal.
March 22, 2012
Sketch: Karim book by Karim Rashid

10 Minutes with Karim Rashid

Tuesday evening, Danish design company Bo Concept debuted its newest collection, created by designer-about-town Karim Rashid. I walked up the pink carpet (a favorite color of the Egypt-born, Canada-raised impresario) and sat down for a ten-minute chat with Rashid about collaboration, kitsch, and the one thing he hasn't (yet) designed. 
March 8, 2012