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  1. Moroso Factory Tour
    Design 101

    Moroso Factory Tour

    Moroso, the Italian furniture company known for discovering remarkable designers such as Ron Arad and Patricia Urquiola, assembles between 100 and 150 pieces per day in a factory outside Udine.

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    01.31.09

  2. LG Factory Tour
    Design 101

    LG Factory Tour

    It is an overcast morning in Gumi. Contrary to a name that evokes cute rainbows of fruit flavor, the view from the hotel window consists of a salvage yard, a river with wide, sandy banks, and a...

    written by: Sam Grawe
    01.31.09

  3. A Three-Factory Tour
    Design 101

    A Three-Factory Tour

    Inside vast concrete buildings all over the world, gizmos and gears (assisted by human hands, of course) assemble everything from enormous plasma TVs to endless rolls of colorful fabric to high-end...

    written by: Sam Grawe
    01.31.09

  4. Making the Future
    Design 101

    Making the Future

    We live in a manufactured world. But is it some kind of utopia, full of iPods, Swiffers, and pre-cut fruit? Or is it a proverbial hell on earth, physically destroying half the planet while eating...

    written by: Andrew Blum
    01.31.09

  5. The Thin Green Line
    Design 101

    The Thin Green Line

    For years, as the author of books on eco-home design and a founder of two environmental general stores, I’ve been advocating sustainable design to others.

    written by: Jennifer Roberts
    01.31.09

  6. Greased Lightning
    Design 101

    Greased Lightning

    Thirty years from now, there will be no more oil. 
But that’s, like, 30 years from now, and by then we’ll all 
be driving hydrogen cars, teleporting to space hotels, 
and eating blue foods while...

    written by: James Nestor
    01.31.09

  7. A New Standard of Living
    Design 101

    A New Standard of Living

    Sustainability may be the buzzword du jour, but how can you tell if a product is as green as it’s cracked up to be?

    written by: Jennifer Roberts
    01.31.09

  8. Structural Panels
    Design 101

    Structural Panels

    Bees have always been admired for their industrious nature and intricate honeycomb architecture; Charles Darwin called the honeycomb “absolutely perfect” as a feat of engineering, symmetry, and...

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Hunter Freeman
    01.31.09

  9. Lotusan Paint
    Design 101

    Lotusan Paint

    Product design that takes cues from nature, known as biomimicry, has produced a num-
ber of ingenious and popular products we use every day.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Hunter Freeman
    01.31.09

  10. Architect Series Dimmers
    Design 101

    Architect Series Dimmers

    The right lighting can bring warmth and atmosphere to any room.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Hunter Freeman
    01.31.09

  11. AgUARDIAN
    Design 101

    AgUARDIAN

    Silver has been used for centuries as an antimicrobial agent.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Hunter Freeman
    01.31.09

  12. PEC-MAT
    Design 101

    PEC-MAT

    As more and more Americans are quickly discovering, the land beneath our feet is not quite as solid as we thought. Houses slip down hillsides, trees float down rivers, and whole cities disappear...

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Hunter Freeman
    01.31.09

  13. Power Plastic
    Design 101

    Power Plastic

    Every hour, enough sunlight hits the earth to power the entire planet for a year. But since they’re pricey—and, let’s face it, generally unattractive—solar cells are still woefully underutilized...

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Hunter Freeman
    01.31.09

  14. Living in a Material World
    Design 101

    Living in a Material World

    Americans have always held a soft spot in their hearts for futuristic materials, from the amazing light-weight properties of titanium to the chance to conquer Superman with kryptonite.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Aya Brackett
    01.31.09

  15. Designer's Block
    Design 101

    Designer's Block

    While some of Joe Columbo’s designs have proven the test of time (Alitalia still uses his plastic flatware), others were simply ahead of their time.

    written by: Sam Grawe
    01.30.09

  16. The Farm Project
    Design 101

    The Farm Project

    For the Farm Project, Mike Meiré abandoned the idea of the hyper-designed kitchen in favor of one where life—of all manners—happens.

    01.30.09

  17. An Ode to the IKEA Cabinet
    Design 101

    An Ode to the IKEA Cabinet

    Joining the Grecian urn, the much-rhapsodized IKEA cabinet finally gets its poetic due as a heroic ode. Anyone who owns a set may verily be inclined to put quill to paper and dash off a few stanzas...

    written by: Dan Maginn
    01.30.09

  18. From Meals to Ideals
    Design 101

    From Meals to Ideals

    The American kitchen is a complicated affair.

    written by: Katrina Heron
    01.30.09

  19. Open Sesame
    Design 101

    Open Sesame

    Architect Justin Korhammer kept the hallway of this Manhattan bachelor pad free and clear with a kitchen that folds away with the precision of a Swiss Army Knife.

    written by: Michael Cannell
    01.30.09

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