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Dwell on Design 2012: Furniture and Accessories

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This year's Dwell on Design had some tricks up its sleeve in the form of several oversized booths touting interactive demonstrations from young designers. (Here's to you, Swiss Design Prize, Art Center College of Design, and Quench Design!) Click through our slideshow for some of those highlights, plus our picks for favorite pieces from the Furniture & Accessories section.

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  The Watch Out Pendant by Jason Bird of luxxbox shown in the Quench Design booth. The booth was a collaborative effort between six Australian designers and attracted hordes of visitors all weekend long.
    The Watch Out Pendant by Jason Bird of luxxbox shown in the Quench Design booth. The booth was a collaborative effort between six Australian designers and attracted hordes of visitors all weekend long.
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  More goodies from Quench Design, including a writing desk by Alexander Lotersztain for Derlot Editions and Björn Rust's GS-1 glass speakers at right.
    More goodies from Quench Design, including a writing desk by Alexander Lotersztain for Derlot Editions and Björn Rust's GS-1 glass speakers at right.
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  I moderated a panel talk with Nicola Stäubli (along with two other young Swiss who won 2011's Swiss Design Prize) and learned a lot about his "Reversible" chair prototype. It's made of metal tubing that can be re-assembled into two leg configurations, shown here in its lounge arrangement at left and its dining chair form at right. The fabric cover is removable, and as a product, it's simple and ingenious.
    I moderated a panel talk with Nicola Stäubli (along with two other young Swiss who won 2011's Swiss Design Prize) and learned a lot about his "Reversible" chair prototype. It's made of metal tubing that can be re-assembled into two leg configurations, shown here in its lounge arrangement at left and its dining chair form at right. The fabric cover is removable, and as a product, it's simple and ingenious.
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  Two other highlights from the Swiss Design Prize booth include an ergonomic sled designed by Götte & Partners Industrial Design and the "con.temporary furniture" system devised by Colin Schaelli, in which layered plywood furniture can be assembled from local parts, no screws required. Not pictured is the acoustic textiles designed by Annette Douglas, which won a Dwell on Design award for inventive materiality.
    Two other highlights from the Swiss Design Prize booth include an ergonomic sled designed by Götte & Partners Industrial Design and the "con.temporary furniture" system devised by Colin Schaelli, in which layered plywood furniture can be assembled from local parts, no screws required. Not pictured is the acoustic textiles designed by Annette Douglas, which won a Dwell on Design award for inventive materiality.
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  The Art Center College for Design, based in Pasadena, packed its booth full of design goodies, from the heavily engineered (breathing mask, powder-coated steel stool for toddlers) to the organic (wooden lights, a pair of sandals flatcut from a piece of leather).
    The Art Center College for Design, based in Pasadena, packed its booth full of design goodies, from the heavily engineered (breathing mask, powder-coated steel stool for toddlers) to the organic (wooden lights, a pair of sandals flatcut from a piece of leather).
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  If only we had a highlight reel of showgoers' faces when they sat down on Adam Friedman's Block Chair. The wooden chair is deceptively cushy, as all those blocks rest on a bed of foam pads. For more info, visit Sitskie Furniture Co.
    If only we had a highlight reel of showgoers' faces when they sat down on Adam Friedman's Block Chair. The wooden chair is deceptively cushy, as all those blocks rest on a bed of foam pads. For more info, visit Sitskie Furniture Co.
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  Josh Herman has been developing his signature textured ceramic glazes for a whole decade—the effect is something you'd spy in an immaculate mid-century household.
    Josh Herman has been developing his signature textured ceramic glazes for a whole decade—the effect is something you'd spy in an immaculate mid-century household.
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  Outdoor furniture is everywhere these days. We liked the Ilan Dei chairs in terms of shape, color, and the fact that it's made from a single piece of vinyl cord.
    Outdoor furniture is everywhere these days. We liked the Ilan Dei chairs in terms of shape, color, and the fact that it's made from a single piece of vinyl cord.
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  The Muskoka chair is meant to resemble the classic Adirondack chair in angles and proportion, if not much else. (Fun fact: the designer of the original Adirondack called it the "Muskoka"; its more commonly known moniker refers to the region in which it was first produced.) This version, by Hard Goods, is made of weather-proof concrete on steel legs and weighs half as much as a sofa.
    The Muskoka chair is meant to resemble the classic Adirondack chair in angles and proportion, if not much else. (Fun fact: the designer of the original Adirondack called it the "Muskoka"; its more commonly known moniker refers to the region in which it was first produced.) This version, by Hard Goods, is made of weather-proof concrete on steel legs and weighs half as much as a sofa.
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  Lighting designers David Trubridge and Cerno joined me for a panel at Dwell on Design on Friday; here are some pieces from their respective booths. Shown at left is Cerno's first foray into overhead lighting, which can be mounted flush or as a pendant; at right are Trubridge's signature bent wood lamps.
    Lighting designers David Trubridge and Cerno joined me for a panel at Dwell on Design on Friday; here are some pieces from their respective booths. Shown at left is Cerno's first foray into overhead lighting, which can be mounted flush or as a pendant; at right are Trubridge's signature bent wood lamps.
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  Stainless steel rods inserted into layered plywood make this media cabinet from Bespoke Creative extra sturdy. In the background are some bent and painted aluminum pieces.
    Stainless steel rods inserted into layered plywood make this media cabinet from Bespoke Creative extra sturdy. In the background are some bent and painted aluminum pieces.
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  Sunbrella impressed with its new materials and patterns for its indoor/outdoor contract fabrics. It's hard to believe such soft, textured, and vibrantly-colored upholstery textiles can hold up to the elements so well, but word on the street is that they last for years.
    Sunbrella impressed with its new materials and patterns for its indoor/outdoor contract fabrics. It's hard to believe such soft, textured, and vibrantly-colored upholstery textiles can hold up to the elements so well, but word on the street is that they last for years.
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  Sneaking over from the Kitchen & Bath section was Poggenpohl, whose marble countertops ruled the booth. The trim, cantilevered version at right is particularly sharp.
    Sneaking over from the Kitchen & Bath section was Poggenpohl, whose marble countertops ruled the booth. The trim, cantilevered version at right is particularly sharp.
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  Last but not least, a nod to Shelter Black's neon-tipped home accessories. Neon's a big trend this year, and shelving, baskets, and racks are a good way to jump on board without regretting it by next year's Dwell on Design. Bonus points for the magazine rack that perfectly matches our June issue!
    Last but not least, a nod to Shelter Black's neon-tipped home accessories. Neon's a big trend this year, and shelving, baskets, and racks are a good way to jump on board without regretting it by next year's Dwell on Design. Bonus points for the magazine rack that perfectly matches our June issue!

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