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Off the Grid by François Chambard and Frederick McSwain

A recent show at Gallery R’Pure in New York explored the meaning of life ‘off the grid’ for the urban explorer. While Off the Grid is nomadic by nature, a cohesiveness in color, materials, and aesthetics brings together complimentary pieces from two designers. François Chambard and Frederick McSwain designed their respective pieces independently while maintaining an ongoing conversation about the dual notions of ‘off the grid.’ Symbolizing both a method of design and the concept of stepping outside of an organized society, a camping theme provided the basis for their exploration. Updating the typical ‘great outdoors’ palette of olives, browns, and grays to brightly hued reds and blues is an instant indicator the pieces are more attuned to a city adventurer. A generous use of color-infused anodized steel and aluminum offers a weighty counterbalance to the bright disposition of the items, and gives them a monumental weight. While you’re not likely to carry them along on your next hike, we can easily see these cheerful pieces the highlight of a domestic camp destination in any city.
June 17, 2013
Architect Tom Kundig in his studio

Dwell on Design Preview: Tom Kundig Collection

We're huge fans of architect Tom Kundig's work here at Dwell, so we'll surely be stopping by his booth—D7—at Dwell on Design this weekend. Among the hundreds of other exhibitors, from solar panels to paint companies to full-scale prefab houses, he'll be showcasing his collection of architectural metal hardware, crafted in collaboration with Seattle metal shop 12th Avenue Iron. For a crash course in all things Kundig, here's a peek at some of his design work we've featured previously in Dwell and on Dwell.com.
June 17, 2013
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6 City Rooftop Gardens We Love

In cities around the world, rooftop gardens have become a popular way to make use of the limited real estate that’s available in environments defined by industrial buildings.
June 17, 2013

Promo Daily: Jill Paider

In this installment of Photographer's Promotional Pieces We Love and Why: Jill Paider
June 17, 2013
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Dwell Vision Awards

Dwell Media proudly introduces the Dwell Vision Awards with the Big Ass Fan Company.
June 16, 2013

40 Years in the Making: Mural by Milton Glaser

For the first time since 1975, designer Milton Glaser's graphic, Pop-colored mural encircling the base of the Minton-Capehart Federal Building in Indianapolis has been restored. Documentary filmmaker Mark Williams, along with the U.S. General Services Administration, put together this 14-minute documentary on Color Fuses, which makes its debut right here on Dwell.com. Glaser tells us, "It's an interesting project, 40 years in the making. I was commissioned to design a mural—one of the largest murals in the United States—which couldn't be achieved according to my vision when I started it. But in 2012, under a government grant* as part of Obama's stimulus plan, its restoration was completed and the work was realized for the first time."
June 16, 2013
azevedo house kitchen

Dream/Buy/Live

We've tamed up with GE Monogram for a three-part video series highlighting kitchens in the midst of reinvention. In the kickoff installment, meet a family from Lucas Valley, California, who is just getting their project off the ground. Tune in to discover how they're whipping up the ultimate kitchen confection. Check back on Monday, June 16 for the video!
June 16, 2013

Green Local Nonprofit Q&A: ANEW

At Dwell on Design on Sunday, June 23, on the Sustainable Design stage a trio of do-gooders will discuss their latest undertaking: building 15 LEED-certified libraries in Mexico, using donated surplus office furniture and architectural materials, for the organization The World is Just a Book Away. This will be a great opportunity to learn about local nonprofits ANEW, which cleverly diverts decommissioned commercial furniture and finishings from landfills by matching it to other nonprofits, and the United States Green Building Council Los Angeles Chapter, which represents L.A.’s sustainable and green built environment. Rose Tourje (ANEW), Dr. Jorge Partida (USGBC), and James Owens (WIJABA) will discuss how the collaborative project is progressing.
June 15, 2013
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Salone Satellite Top Pick: AMPY Stool by Jerri Hobdy

In 2013, Salone Satellite—Salone Internazionale del Mobile’s younger companion, for which a jury led by Marva Griffin Wilshire selects exhibitors younger than 35—showcased six intrepid U.S. booths, from a Southern design school to one of Dwell’s 2012 Young Guns honorees. Could one of these be the next Nendo or Patrick Jouin?
June 15, 2013
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