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An Introduction to Modern Textiles

If the design world feels like an endless parade of products, then the gnashing maws of industrial production assuredly underpin it all. Take a look at how leading manufacturers make what they make, with a special eye on how to clean up what is often a messy act.
April 27, 2010
Photograph by Laurie Frankel. Soft goods styling by Christina Watkinson.

10 Luxurious Linens

Sheets, duvets—heck, even an occasional sham. We’ve made the trek through a welter of modern linens and things and come up with a collection that will have you in bed early and sleeping late.
April 26, 2010
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Echo Chamber

After architectural designers Louis Molina and Laurent Turin of Good Idea Studio revamped a tiny, dilapidated 1923 clapboard house in 2004, they moved their Los Angeles office into the ground level and have taken turns occupying the 578-square-foot living quarters upstairs. While Turin is supervising the firm’s office in his native Switzerland, Molina, who also teaches at the Woodbury University School of Architecture in Burbank, gives us the tour of their diminutive-by-design Echo Park remodel.
April 9, 2010
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Nathan Vincent

When I first stumbled upon designer Nathan Vincent's work, I immediately knew I'd found something unique. Using crochet as a method to make traditionally masculine objects, Vincent challenges feminine and masculine stereotypes. In this Q&A, the artist talks about his beginnings, an upcoming collaboration with Jonathan Adler, and his fabric urinal.  
April 7, 2010
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Sew Awesome

“Who we are arises directly from what our bodies can do,” writes Richard Sennett in his recent book, The Craftsman. In his spirited defense of how making material things can enlarge one’s life, Sennett reevaluates the place of the handmade in the digital age. Certainly in design we are familiar with the idea that touch is often a necessary antidote to high tech, and that the ether of the electronic world has honed our appetite for the tactile and material. Heather Bush agrees. A designer at Carnegie Fabrics, she considers ways in which to apply craft technique to hard-use textiles. She was also willing to rethink the notion that handwork is exclusively about limited production, high costs, and the imprint of individuality. Tuned in to the embroidery that was so ubiquitous in fashion a few years back, Bush decided it had a place in high-performance wall coverings and upholstery.
March 26, 2010
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Design Shop Visit: ReForm School in Silver Lake

Business as usual for ReForm School founders Billie Lopez and Tootie Maldonado means far more than simply managing their popular Silver Lake, California, shop. Whether exploring thrift stores for vintage finds, hosting a series of hands-on Home Ec. classes, or planning field trips to test out a new DIY-canoe kit, the duo successfully share their passion for unique goods with local (and loyal) customers and artists. With the addition of an online store, class is now in session for the rest of us, too.
March 12, 2010
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Modern Istanbul Design: Autoban

Istanbul modern? In a word, it’s Autoban. With their east-meets-west twist on mid-century classics, this young duo has jump-started their hometown’s design scene.
March 4, 2010
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Frankfurt's Blanket Store

Nestled in behind a small glass storefront in central Frankfurt is a one-of-a-kind throw utopia. Blanket Store is a niche boutique dedicated to—yes, you guessed it—blankets, and owner Natalie Gray has found inventory that’s stitched, knit, and woven around the world. Assistant Editor Jordan Kushins stumbled upon the shop when wandering through the city on a cold, snowy day last month and couldn’t think of anything more inviting than the warm wonderland dedicated to keeping you cozy and your home a little bit brighter, so she asked Grey to open up about her coverlet sanctuary.
February 18, 2010
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A Lot to Love

In a leafy residential area a few miles from downtown Kansas City, Missouri, an enterprising architect saw opportunity where others saw trouble. He took a sloping, triangular lot and designed a new home for his growing family—an open, tree house–like structure on stilts that hovers at the quirky edge of a conventional neighborhood.
February 12, 2010
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