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Tomorrow’s Specials

Slide into that booth or belly up the bar to learn what’s next for restaurant design. You’ll know before the maître d’ does.
July 19, 2011
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Seedlings

Before gathering those rosebuds, before planting the roses themselves, learn about what’s in store for your garden.
March 15, 2011
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State of the Art?

So you bought a little art and you kinda wonder what’s in your—and its—future. Read on.
December 30, 2010
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Just Browsing

Personal devices are the new frontier for shops peddling their wares. Have a look at how your toddler will shop.
November 6, 2010
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Beyond Thunderdome

Ten years from now, a hundred, a thousand? Yeah, we know what architecture will look like then.
October 12, 2010
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Lumen on the Horizon

There’s a light at the end of the tunnel; this trio of design luminaries tells us precisely how it will work.
August 26, 2010
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Green Between the Lines

Wondering what's in store for our beloved local green spaces? A trio of experts has the forecast.
June 9, 2010
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Timeless Design: Future Perfect

Marcel Breuer’s Wassily chair, the Eames lounge chair, George Nelson’s Ball clock, and Giancarlo Mattioli’s Nesso lamp are just a few of the prodigious products that one might claim are timeless. While thousands of the objects we produce each year fall into obscurity without so much as an adieu, a select handful manages to survive and flourish with the march of time. The reasons for this are largely indecipherable—–popularity, technological advances, sales, usefulness, beauty, and whimsy, to name a possible few. The only true measure of timelessness is time itself. We asked four design minds to stake their bets on a design from the past decade that will hold up to tomorrow.
December 17, 2009
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Home Furnishings: Mag-Neato

For almost a decade Dwell has printed countless examples of new furniture designs, but with a handful of exceptions, little has been offered—–to us or to you—–in the way of truly new ideas about what furniture could be or do. Digital technology and material innovation have pushed the forms and qualities of modern furniture into unexplored realms; however, the industry is still dominated by a staple diet of types: chairs, sofas, tables, and storage. Arguing against the creation of new chair designs would be like debating the need for new novels. That notwithstanding, we still wondered what furniture could be without imposing any constraints on the designer. To find out, we turned to hometown superheroes Council—–the San Francisco furniture-design company founded by Derek Chen and winner of the 2009 ICFF Editors Award for furniture.
December 16, 2009
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