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Ladles Not Labels

Fed up with men's fashion, Rachel Wythe-Moran and Simon Watkins of East London's Labour and Wait cooked up a plan to align their creative instincts and passion for practical design.
February 2, 2010
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Loo & Improved

When Pamela Butz and Jeffrey Klug, principals of Butz + Klug Architecture, began renovating the master bathroom of a nearly 120-year-old home in Brookline, Massachusetts, they made “all sorts of horrible discoveries,” Klug recalls. The floors were completely rotted, the structural elements had been compromised by previous plumbing jobs, and prior remodels had left the room in pieces. The toilet, sink, and shower were in one room, the tub was in another, and the two spaces, which also served as the guest bathroom, created traffic between the living room and master bedroom.
January 4, 2010
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Jonathan Adler's Whales

Though I've become quite fond of them, I don't quite know what to make of Jonathan Adler's pair of tabletop cetaceans. A butter dish and a pitcher, are they meant as a wry reminder of what a holiday season's worth of ingeting and imbibing might turn us into? And if so, what better service vessel than the butter dish to warn against the perils of overindugence?
November 26, 2009
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The Frozen Fountain

Though some might say that you can’t buy good taste, Cok de Rooy has built a career out of doing just that. He refined his design sensibilities as a buyer for big brands like Liberty of London, and in 1992, he and his business partner, Dick Dankers, opened the Frozen Fountain in Amsterdam. Today the Dutch design shop is renowned for showcasing both homegrown and international talents, hosting twice-yearly exhibitions, and rotating original art and prototypes among its curated wares for purchase.
October 19, 2009

From Italy: Urquiola for Mutina

On day two at Cersaie—a very warm, sunny day in Bologna—the booth of tile manufacturer Mutina hummed with excitement over a visit from design celeb Patricia Urquiola (whose work is featured in the new issue of Dwell). This is the second year Urquiola has worked with Mutina designing a line known as Déchirer (meaning "to tear" in French).
October 8, 2009
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From Italy: Recycled Tile Wallpaper

Our first stop on day one of our week of tile-mania at Cersaie was at the booth of tile manufacturer Trend, an Italian company that makes enamel, quartz, granite and glass tile. Their space was decked out with green glass bottles—a symbol of their commitment to environmentally-responsible practices, which includes maintaining a team of researchers who track the company's environmental footprint and look for new technologies to improve their production process. Their dedicated website, Trend in Green, explains some of their practices in greater depth.
October 6, 2009

Reports from Italy: Trends in Tile

I spent last week at Cersaie, the annual trade show held each year in Bologna, Italy, featuring the latest in ceramic tiles and bath fixtures. When my hosts told me ahead of time to pack comfortable shoes in preparation for walking "miles of tiles," they weren't exaggerating—Cersaie fills dozens of football field-size exhibition halls, buzzing with over 100,000 people who come from around the world to survey the fruits of one of Italy's most prized industries. Having returned from my trek and soaked my feet a while, I've rounded up a handful of trends spotted at Cersaie that you're likely to see in tile in the coming months.
October 5, 2009
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Live from London: Max Lamb

From commentary in The Incidental (a community-generated newsletter and website tracking the design buzz this week in the British capital) to a curated show of his father's pottery collection, designer Max Lamb is popping up all over the London Design Festival. Dwell caught up with him at The Everyday Life Collector exhibition in the Brompton Design District in West London.
September 23, 2009
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Alessi's Fall/Winter Collection

The business of product design is a family affair for Matteo Alessi, Director of Trade Marketing and International Development at Alessi  (and great grandson to Alberto, the company’s founder).
August 14, 2009