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Author and speechwriter Dan Pink

Dan Pink: Three Ideas Changing Design

In our October story "A New Beginning," we toured the home of speechwriter, author, and former Dwell on Design keynote speaker Daniel Pink. Pink is a "Big Idea" kind of guy, and his work centers around teasing out which ideas, trends, and practices will shape business, technology, and politics. His books include Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us and A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future. We got him on the phone from his home office in Washington, DC, to find what which ideas are going to shape the next decade of design.
September 19, 2012
Architect Marcel Beaudin

Architect Marcel Beaudin

Vermont-born architect Marcel Beaudin never planned to design buildings. Trained as a draftsman for the monuments his family’s granite-quarrying business produced, Beaudin was working as a junior designer of tombstones and mausoleums in New York when a fellow sculptor introduced him to Le Corbusier, who was in New York designing the United Nations headquarters at the time. Thirty seconds in Le Corbusier’s studio convinced Beaudin to drop his pursuit of sculpture and enroll in the School of Architecture at Pratt Institute in 1949.
September 17, 2012
Works by Marc Newson

10 Minutes with Marc Newson

Throughout his decades-long career, Australian industrial designer Marc Newson has produced prolifically. His diverse body of work includes furniture, jewelry, fashion, a boat for Riva, a concept car for Ford, a jetpack, and a spaceplane. Marc Newson. Works—a new 610-page, 13-by-17-inch tome published by Taschen—catalogues his designs and includes detailed concept sketches, in-process and finished product images, essays, and an in-depth interview. Dwell recently caught up with the designer at the Beverly Hills Taschen store before he signed copies of his first limited-edition release of the book. In the span of just ten minutes, he shared his thoughts on problem solving in design, the unparalleled success of the Lockheed Lounge, creating nickel surfboards for 100-foot-waves, future designs, and how he flies in his dreams.
September 13, 2012
Chandra Greer of Greer in Chicago

Why You Should Send a Thank You Card

In the story "To the Letter" in our September 2012 issue, we visited Chandra Greer at Greer, her Chicago shop dedicated to all things paper. A purveyor of stationery, pens, pencils, and anything else you might need to keep in touch, Greer's love of the thank you note extends far beyond her financial interests. For her, sending a card is a matter of respect and a point of pride, and in this exclusive interview we hear why.
September 7, 2012
Modern prefab home Sett Studio

On Your Mark, Get Sett

Austin-based modern prefab designer Kimber Reed wants you to space out.
August 15, 2012
The MudGirls Collective on top of a living roof

Mud Mavens: Mud Girls Founder Jen Gobby

Just off Canada's west coast near Vancouver is a paradise for self-sufficiency seekers. Approximately five miles wide and thirteen-and-a-half miles long, Lasqueti Island is home to poets, artists, designers, musicians, and people from all walks of life trying to live off the land responsibly. There are no paved roads or public utilities—just ingenuity and elbow grease.
August 15, 2012
Bard Graduate Center founder and director Susan Weber

In the Material World: Susan Weber

Long before Peggy Guggenheim bought her first Jackson Pollock, the Wittlesbach Dukes of Bavaria were snapping up antiquities. Before Philip Johnson’s Glass House or even modernism, the movement, existed, architecture of the Iranian-Sassanian tradition was revered for its innovative domed constructions. The Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture (BGC) may not the only place in Manhattan where you can delve deeply into such scholarly subjects, but it is certainly the most influential. Susan Weber founded the center (with $20 million of her then-husband George Soros’s money) in 1993 “to advance the recognition of the decorative arts as one of the primary expressions of human achievement.”
August 6, 2012
Portrait of Danish designer Cecilie Manz

7 Questions for Cecilie Manz

Republic of Fritz Hansen launched Danish designer Cecilie Manz’s chair and table at this year’s Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan. Inspired by the rounded shape of a stone on the beach, the minuscule chair is upholstered with a leather trim and a plastic base and will be available in September. Dwell Editor-in-chief Amanda Dameron sits down with Manz to chat about chairs, women in design, and her first Salone.
August 6, 2012
Winka Dubbeldam architect headshot

Moments with Winka

Award-winning designer Winka Dubbeldam is the principal of leading design firm Archi-Tectonics, NYC, a Professor of Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, and—while widely considered to be a leading voice in modern design—also something of a real estate newsmaker. Dwell recently shared a lively conversation with the highly quotable Dutch architect, covering topics philosophical, practical, and playful—from women in design to baroque to the "need for problems" to, well, the trouble with neon.
August 3, 2012