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Smarten Up Your Home in 2013

They say that home is where the heart is. And now your home can have a brain as well. Sound futuristic? Thanks to advances in smart technology, your home can be greener, safer, more secure, and just plain more enjoyable than you ever thought possible. So if you’re ready to live in the home of the future today, here’s a look at some new smart technologies to help you create a smarter home in 2013.
April 9, 2013
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7 Facts About Moooi Designer Lorenza Bozzoli

Milan-based designer Lorenza Bozzoli has a background in fashion and an aesthetic to match: colorful, poppy, and au courant. You last saw her work in Dwell's April Indoor-Outdoor issue in the form of her playful Fedro seat for Dedon. While we're scouting news and furniture this week in Milan, we had the chance to chat with Lorenza about what it's like working for one of the major contemporary manufacturers (in this case, Moooi) and what it's like living in Milan during the off-fair-season.
April 8, 2013

Ceramic Designer We Love: Jeff Nimeh

Relocating from New York to Kyoto, Japan in 2012 not only marked a new beginning in his life, but proved to be a working catalyst for ceramicist Jeff Nimeh. All of the pieces from the designer's collection of "balanced and well-proportioned ceramic art" are skillfully wheel-thrown in porcelain and high-fired with select glazes. Incredible in its simplicity, the works are a quiet reminder of the inherent beauty of ceramic artisanship, dating back all the way to 25,000 BC. Nippon absorbed, we can't wait to see what the former New Yorker will present next.
April 8, 2013
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World’s Most Impressive Bridges

A look at 17 of the longest, tallest, most artful bridges on the planet.
April 8, 2013

KOR's Kickstarter: Nava Filtering Water Bottle

KOR Water kickstarters (Is that a verb? We're making it a verb) a new filtering water bottle design. Take a look at how tap is going triple bottom line.
April 8, 2013
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Thread Wrapping Machine by Anton Alvarez

The Thread Wrapping Machine by Swedish-Chilean designer Anton Alvarez is a tool to join different types of material with only a glue-coated thread to bond it. No screws or nails are used to join the different components of the furniture. By using this construction method, materials such as wood, steel, and plastic can be joined to form objects and spaces. By using an externalized joint, Alvarez can combine a wide range of materials that normally would require time-consuming methods of jointing. A decorative pattern also appears with the different colors of the thread. Check out the video below to witness the machine in action.
April 8, 2013
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Steven Holl's Daeyang Gallery and House on Film

In our May issue, we examine the connection between architecture and music in the work of expert architect Steven Holl. One of his latest projects, the Daeyang Gallery and House in Seoul, South Korea, takes its inspiration from an obscure score by composer Istvan Anhalt and transforms it into a shimmering trio of pavilions rising out of a pool of water. Holl, at times unhappy with the static experience of architecture in a magazine or book, hired filmmakers Spirit of Space to make two films on the house—one a meditative tour and the other an interview. Don't miss our story in the June issue, and to whet your appetite, check out the videos here.
April 8, 2013
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Stylish Sicilian Bedroom

Architect Francesco Moncada's surprisingly modern renovation in Syracuse, Sicily, is home not just to himself, his girlfriend, and his brother, but to a suite of clever design moves. In Renovate Today!, our latest special issue, we take a look at the myriad types of flooring he used to create a contemporary home in an 18th-century building. Now check out the bedroom.
April 8, 2013
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Emerging Voices Lecture Series: cao | perrot Studios & PRODUCTORA

Last Thursday, the Architectural League hosted the final lecture in a series featuring the recipients of the 2013 Emerging Voices program. Selected for the promise they have shown in forging unique paths in architecture, the eight firms presented lectures on their personal philosophies last month. Last week’s lecture featured Andy Cao and Xavier Perrot of cao | perrot studio and Carlos Bedoya, Wonne Ickx, Victor Jaime, and Abel Perles of PRODUCTORA. Kate Orff, a Vice President of the Arch League, praised the site-specific sense of form in both firms’ works and their unique ability to engage in “direct dialogue with landscape in a fresh way.”
April 5, 2013