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Textiles by Petel

Look no further than San Francisco–based Petel for unique and colorful throw pillows, tote bags, and accessories crafted from hand-woven African textiles. The brainchild of husband-and-wife team Julie and Ibrahima Wagne, Petel aims to continue the weaving tradition of the Fulani, the tribe of Mauritania-born Ibrahima.
May 3, 2013
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The Best Way to Say Thank You

Sometimes a hand-written note is the only way to go, and from a simple statement to a clever quip, Dwell’s found the right card for the occasion.
May 2, 2013
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Kickstarter of the Week: Statement Bike Rack

If you live in a small space, especially one without a garage, bike storage can be a nightmare. In the past we've praised clever bike-on-the-wall solutions, and today we're dubbing the Statement bike rack our Kickstarter of the Week. Designed and made in Los Angeles by industrial designer Daniel Sculnick and artist and craftsman Raul Diaz, the Statement rack not only gives your wheels a place to rest after a long hard ride, but it does double duty as a decorative piece of wall art. The project is nearly funded, and one of the latest projects from the Native Standard collective.
May 2, 2013
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Identity Design We Love: Helsinki Food Company

Prepare to get charmed by a design agency, Werklig's, simple brand identity for Helsinki Food Company.
May 2, 2013
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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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