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5 Australian Designers We Love

Australia—the light-drenched island at the bottom of the world, the site of virgin white beaches, exotic air, and majestic wilderness, place to a vivid national surf culture, a heady tropical climate, and singular environmental challenges; is a country that champions the design of nationally-made products with a specificity of purpose and an aesthetic, unique to its geographical isolation. Where some of the world’s design plays on sustainability as a motif of political correctness, Australian designers live environmental shortages, ecological fragility, and depletion as an everyday reality. These hurdles inspire out-of-the-ordinary thought and the use of new materials, so that in the creation of Australian design pieces, their forms and functions embody original ethical approaches and sustainability-conscious solutions. If there was a national Australian design creed, it might read something like: ecologically-savvy with a gently inventive edge. We discovered five designers that exemplify this creed on a recent trip to Australia.
May 2, 2013
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5 New Designs We Love from Commune

Dwell always keeps an eye on the latest goods from Commune, an L.A. based design collective that manages to excel at everything from posters to penthouses. Here are five just released products we are currently coveting.
May 1, 2013
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7 Modern Bookend Designs

From a discreet, incognito standee to a playful metal addition, our top seven bookend picks will help you keep those tumbling books at bay!
May 1, 2013
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6 Plastic Furniture and Accessory Designs

From an innovative toaster to a bright scratch resistant chair, check out these six designs that feature the numeours capabilities of the moldable, bendable, and wondrous material: plastic. And be sure to catch a peek of this Australian design studio making its mark on plastic containers!
May 1, 2013
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ASID Announces National Conference Schedule of Events at Dwell on Design

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), in partnership with Dwell Media, announces the line-up of events for its annual national conference at Dwell on Design, June 21 –23 in Los Angeles. Open to designers and design lovers alike, the conference includes a robust roster of activities for all attendees including consultations with expert designers, educational programming, and one of design’s biggest nights, Celebration—The ASID Design Awards, a red carpet gala honoring the year’s best in design. "As one of the biggest design shows catering to both designers and design consumers, Dwell on Design is a unique event at which ASID members can expand their professional network and connect directly with customers," says Randy Fiser, EVP and CEO of ASID. "Dwell on Design offers our members and the design community an incredible line-up of educational and networking events."
May 1, 2013
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More Modern Mother’s Day Gifts

For those who overlooked our last round up of Mother’s Day ideas, we have five more gifts for the modern mom.
April 30, 2013
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Moleskine Detour: Q&A with Maria Sebregondi

Have you ever wanted to peek inside the notebooks of your favorite designers? In The Detour Book: The Moleskine notebook experience, readers are privy to a stunning collection of more than 250 notebooks that have been decorated, hacked, and sketched by some of the world's leading designers, artists, and creative thinkers, including Spike Jonze, Christian Lacroix, Mary Ellen Mark, Paula Scher, and Karim Rashid. The notes, clippings, drawings, and sculptures showcased in the book have been touring the world in Detour, a travelling exhibit produced by Moleskine that allows visitors to experience, flip through, and interact with the notebooks’ pages.
April 30, 2013
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A Magnetic Coffee Table

In Brussels last spring, we had the opportunity to visit Studio With a View, a collective workshop shared by an architect, two photographers, and five designers. Afterwards, we posted about some interesting work by resident designer Maarten De Ceulaer, who developed a creative new way to make bowls using inflated balloons and colorful synthetic plaster. Now we want to share another project by a designer in the collective, Raphael Charles.
April 30, 2013
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