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  1. Extended Interview: Renzo Piano
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    Extended Interview: Renzo Piano

    In our February 2009 issue we sat down with acclaimed Italian architect Renzo Piano, who designed the California Academy of Sciences building, for an “In the Modern World” Q & A....

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    07.24.09

  2. Extended Interview: Willard Ford
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    Extended Interview: Willard Ford

    Long gone is the era of single careers. In 2005, Willard Ford left the world of non-profits to follow his passion for furniture and design. He launched FordBrady in downtown Los Angeles with...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    06.22.09

  3. Buffalo Basics Founders
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    Buffalo Basics Founders

    Buffalo, New York, regularly ranks among the top poorest cities in the United States. And with its heydays over 100 years in the past, it’s no surprise that though its people may be strong in...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    06.19.09

  4. Bjarke Ingels of BIG
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    Bjarke Ingels of BIG

    As his firm’s name implies, Bjarke Ingles thinks big. At 34 years old, the founder of BIG, the Bjarke Ingels Group, has broken into Denmark’s architectural scene, which has historically...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    07.23.09

  5. David Farley: Emergency Design
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    David Farley: Emergency Design

    When Anatomic Global CEO David Farley saw Anderson Cooper reporting from Haiti for CNN, he sprang into action, sending 3,000 WorldBeds (the cot-size mattresses his company originally developed to...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    02.04.10

  6. Mona El Khafif: Design Build
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    Mona El Khafif: Design Build

    In 2006, architect and urban planner Mona El Khafif traded Vienna's wiener schnitzel for beignets in the Big Easy to teach at Tulane University's URBANbuild program. Now an associate professor of...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    03.22.10

  7. Illustrator Mike Perry
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    Illustrator Mike Perry

    Mike Perry knows how to fill a page--and beginning this week, he's filling a 2,800-square-foot exhibition space at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. The Brooklyn-based illustrator and...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    03.29.10

  8. Q&A with Thien of Domison
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    Q&A with Thien of Domison

    "We make happy furniture. There's too much serious furniture in the world," says Thien, cofounder and codesigner of Periphere and Domison, two of Canada's preeminent modern furniture...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.28.10

  9. Urbach on How Wine Became Modern
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    Urbach on How Wine Became Modern

    This weekend, the much anticipated new show How Wine Became Modern opened at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Before the final finishes were added, we had the chance to take a tour with...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    11.22.10

  10. Dan Rubinstein on The Home Front
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    Dan Rubinstein on The Home Front

    What's wrong with American furniture design? That's the topic burning an image on the mind of Surface editor-in-chief Dan Rubinstein. "We're one of the wealthiest nations in the world, we make...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    01.09.11

  11. Hero Design On Making It
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    Hero Design On Making It

    Mark Brickey and Beth Manos Brickey started their design careers like many youthful print enthusiasts: making free concert fliers from friends. Since then, however, they've launched a design studio...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    03.28.11

  12. Daniel Wallach of GreenTown
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    Daniel Wallach of GreenTown

    After an EF5 tornado devestated the tiny town of Greensburg, Kansas, (then populartion 1,500) in 2007, the residents came together and did the unbelievable: Rebuilt as a sustainable town. Leading...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    04.21.11

  13. Mack Scogin on OSU's Knowlton Hall
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    Mack Scogin on OSU's Knowlton Hall

    A decade ago, the Ohio State University Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture called upon Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects to accomplish a formidable task: create the consummate teaching...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Ian Allen
    04.18.11

  14. Q&A with Black+Blum Founder
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    Q&A with Black+Blum Founder

    For more than a decade, London-based design company Black+Blum has been cranking out beautiful, sometimes quirky or humorous, and always functional products for the home. From its elegant tabletop...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    08.18.11

  15. Craig Dykers of Snøhetta
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    Craig Dykers of Snøhetta

    Ask for Mr. Snøhetta and you'll receive a hiking stick and map to one of Norway's tallest peaks. The eponymous architecture firm, with offices in Oslo and New York, is purposely anonymous,...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.03.10

  16. Miguel Nelson of Woolly Pocket
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    Miguel Nelson of Woolly Pocket

    The path to a better world isn't through pavers but via plants, says artist and Woolly Pocket founder Miguel Nelson. "I love architecture but I think if everyone was gardening instead of...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    11.05.09

  17. Anna von Schewen
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    Anna von Schewen

    While in Vegas for Surfaces and Las Vegas Market, I had the chance to not only take in the terrific 17 Swedish Designers exhibit but also chat with Anna von Schewen and hear her lecture. She spoke...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    02.07.11

  18. Architect Leo Mieles
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    Architect Leo Mieles

    Leo Miele’s Georgian Bay Cottage was one of five first-class cabins we featured in our November 2009 Concepts feature—which showcased works with a modern twist to the familiar log model...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    11.03.09

  19. Q&A with Autograph Creative Directors
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    Q&A with Autograph Creative Directors

    Donerik Dela Cruz and Aaron Pou describe their business as a “design start-up in challenging times,” but since launching Autograph, a brand consulting, art direction, and graphic design...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.05.09

  20. The Making of Dwell with Chris Gardner
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    The Making of Dwell with Chris Gardner

    To open our September 2009 apartment-themed issued, we dreamed up Dwell’s ideal apartment. Not content to play mere decorator, we tried on the role of developer and enlisted architect Craig...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    07.27.09

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