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Italian architect Renzo Piano

10 Minute Interview: Renzo Piano

I met with Italian architect and Pritzker Prize winner Renzo Piano one week before the official opening of his latest museum project, an addition to the historic Isabella Gardner Museum in Boston, whose original building (nicknamed "the palace") opened in 1903. We chatted in the Living Room, an airy meeting place on the ground floor of the new wing, which is decorated in mid-century furniture upholstered in vibrant reds and oranges, grounded by a brick wall covered in suspension shelves, and accented by real, live chirping birds. 
January 19, 2012
Madrid-based Luis Urculo's studio

12 Questions for Luis Urculo

I've long been intrigued by the overlap of design, art, and architecture, and one of the most interesting practitioners working in that realm today is Madrid-based Luis Urculo, whose works tread—and test—the boundaries between the mediums. This Friday, "Jet Lag," Urculo's first solo show in the United States, opens at San Francisco's The Popular Workshop.
January 18, 2012
Embroidery design by MaricorMaricar

Textiles in Motion

Sydney-based embroidery designers MaricorMaricar hit our radar screen back in August with a series called Turns of Speech, weaving misheard lyrics into textile magic. We got on the horn with Maricar Manalo, one half of the fledgling company, to check in on the twin sister super-duo's latest sewn projects and discover what's next for 2012.
January 5, 2012
whitney sander

Whitney Sander on Green Building

I first met architect Whitney Sander of Sander Architects in Los Angeles at Dwell on Design this year. He showed me his work, we talked some prefab (one of his firm's specialties) and when it came time to put together this month's prefab issue, he was a perfect fit. Sander has built, lectured, and published widely, and his thoughtful, common-sense approach to materials and form makes him an architect to emulate. In this video shot during an appearance on the radio show Center Stage on KLXU, Sander talks about the merits of light-gauge steel, his work in the Los Angeles area, and coming to embrace the precepts of green design while living in Sierra Leone.
December 24, 2011
The Lumimarja print by Marimekko.

Q&A with Marimekko Designer Erja Hirvi

At Dwell we've always been fans of the bold prints by Finnish textile design house Marimekko and in honor of their 60th anniversary we toasted ten timeless prints and challenged you to vote on your favorite. With over 5,000 votes cast in just three short weeks, it was a close race between the iconic Unikko (Poppy) by Maija Isola and Lumimarja (Snowberry) by Erja Hirvi. Ultimately, the title of "favorite" went to Lumimarja so we went tet-a-tet with Erja to delve into her design inspirations.
December 21, 2011
Modern Tribe Latke

Modern Tribe talks Modern Hanukkah

With Hanukkah beginning tonight (I'll be manning the latke station at my house tonight) it seems fitting to talk to the head honcho of one of the web's best spots for playful, smartly designed Judaica: Modern Tribe. I talked with Modern Tribe founder Jennie Rivlin Roberts about her favorite holiday traditions, what makes for a good menorah, and how to best display the fried potato pancakes I crave all year long.
December 20, 2011
Snohetta Craig

Four Questions for Craig Dykers

Earlier this week I went down to SFMOMA to see the unveiling of the design for the expansion of the art museum by the Norwegian architects at Snøhetta. I posted a video of what the building is meant to look like, but I also got a chance to talk with the firm's senior partner Craig Dykers. Dykers was mild, approachable, and unpretentious. In his presentation he spoke significantly of making a place where people feel "comfortable" and eschewed all high theoretical jargon. I had a chance to chat with him before his talk. Here's what we discussed.
December 5, 2011
Fabian Debora illustration by Riccardo Vecchio

Street Smart

Pursuing his passion for painting gave Fabian Debora a means to transcend his troubled past.
November 17, 2011
Transparency SplashPage

Transparency from Perkins+Will

Transparency is a new website from the architecture firm Perkins+Will that launches on November 17th. The site looks to be an exciting new home for information about toxins, asthma triggers, and other nasty substances commonly found in the built environment. The most recent iteration of a research project that began in 2002, Transparency should be required reading for anyone hoping to learn more about removing carcinogens from the buildings they live and work in. I had a chat with Chris Youssef, a materials expert and interior designer for Perkins+Will who compiled much of the research for Transparency. Here's what he had to say about the project.
November 17, 2011
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