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Olio crib set in Sticks.

The Modern Baby: Part Three

After Utah-based nursery furnishing company Oilo garnered praise in The Modern Baby: Part One, co-founder Annalisa Thomas offered to share her favorite nursery products and tips as well. Of course, Dwell was eager to pick her brain about the latest in nursery décor.  Thomas and her mother, designer Dorte Anderson, founded Oilo with mothers in mind. After becoming a parent, Thomas sought products that she could enjoy during the many hours she would be spending in the nursery with her children. “When Oilo first started we didn't see very many hip baby and nursery products out there, but in the past few years we’ve seen more and more. Parents are tired of animals and clowns for kids. They want modern, functional items for their baby and in the nursery,” says Thomas.  Click through the slideshow to see Thomas’s five favorite picks from Oilo
September 20, 2012
Stoneware slip clay objects by Hanna Dis Whitehead

Iceland's New Spark

Iceland’s fondness for innovation and design is no secret. What is surprising, however, is that the capital city lacked a proper gallery showcasing product design until recently. Sigríður Sigurjónsdóttir, a professor of product design at the Iceland Academy of Arts, saw an opportunity and opened Spark Design Space. Spark, which houses design projects created by local Icelandic artists, hosts a new exhibition every two months. Sigríður opened the space to share some of her student’s work as well as other Icelandic designers. “There are a couple other galleries in Reykjavik, but they focus on fine art. This is the first gallery to dedicated to design,” she said.
September 19, 2012
Material Change Textile Design Competition

Announcing the Material Change Finalists

We were blown away by the caliber of the 120 textile designs received in the Material Change design competition. Partnering with Lulan, we challenged readers to submit an original modern textile design idea using traditional weaving techniques and construction methods as inspiration. Below are the seven finalists. Check back in on October 9 to find out whose design will be put into production by Lulan.
September 14, 2012
Modern dining room with white Bellini chairs and wood dining table

Modern Bright Family Home Renovation in Washington, DC

One family’s effort to “smuggle a modern house into a historic district” in Washington, DC, results in a brightly transformed space made for family life.
September 10, 2012
Kate Albrecht of Mr. Kate

Mr. Kate Sets a Dwell Table

For this week's installment of entertaining tips, Dwell invited Los Angeles–based blogger, jewelry designer, and hostess extraordinaire, Kate Albrecht of over to set a table or two. I wanted to share with you some quick ideas for on-the-fly table-tops for those unexpected entertaining moments when you have guests (or maybe a date) coming over with little notice and you don't have time to shop for a formal tablescape. I tasked myself to look around my rental apartment and create two, on-the-fly, modern-vintage themed tabletops that would suit my entertaining needs, without even getting as much as a bouquet of flowers from the store! 
September 4, 2012
DwellStudio crib set.

The Modern Baby: Part Two

For even more nifty nursery ideas, we checked in with the owner of online children's emporium fawn&forest and modern parent, Summer Robertson. Fawn&forest was founded two years after the birth of her first child, in part because she was disatisfied by the baby and nursery things on the market. Below, we chat about the "modern baby movement" (it's a thing) and her advice for nursery newbies. 
August 31, 2012
Mini Eames lounge for children

The Modern Baby: Part One

Babies happen. They can even happen in a modern home. And not only can infants fit in, they can provide just the excuse to take modernism to a different level. We chat with Joana McKenna, the Creative Director of baby blog and interior design company Mason and Matisse, to find out how.
August 26, 2012
Minneapolis Hyatt Hotel renovation

Hyatt Regency, Minneapolis

When Michael Suomi of Stonehill & Taylor describes the $25 million interior redesign process of the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, he calls it a "multi-part architectural narrative." Included in the story line are themes of industrial production and a broader "Made-in-America" strategy. Though materials and manufacturers were priced globally, Minnesotan options turned out to be both less expensive and more fitting, making this project a worthy prototype for designing with regional sustainability in mind. We tour the hotel to see the efforts in action.
August 23, 2012
Exterior View of Renovated Airstream Trailer

7 Airstreams We Love

In our September 2012 "Open House" issue, we covered the renovated airstream of Austin, Texas's Stubb's. With the help of designer Burton Baldridge, the renowned concert venue received a new green room in which their performers can kick back and relax before a set or wind down afterward. As a complement to the story, we've rounded up seven of our favorite Airstream flips and facelifts. 
August 21, 2012