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Social Heat

What’s the best way to warm a small studio? Ekaterina Voronova opted for a compact wood-burning stove to keep her space cozy.
November 11, 2011
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Dwell Talks with Rich Brilliant Willing

On Thursday, November 10th, I'll be sitting down for a chat with Alexander T. Williams, one of the forces behind the exciting industrial design firm Rich Brilliant Willing. Williams is in town not only to discuss his wares, but also for a kind of unofficial RBW debut party at the design showroom Propellor at 555 Hayes St. in San Francisco. Join us starting at 7:00 PM for the event One by Three: Rich Brilliant Willing designer Alexander Williams talks with Dwell magazine Deputy Editor Aaron Britt. I'll ask Williams about his team's approach to design, about incporprating readymade parts into their unique products, and about what's coming down the pike for the talented trio. Best of all, Propellor will stake you to a 15% reduction on any RBW goods, and you stand an excellent chance of scoring a beer. I hope to see you there!
November 9, 2011
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Second Life

November 8, 2011
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Report from DesignTide Tokyo

Choices, choices, choices. That seemed to be the mantra for furniture designers at this year’s DesignTide Tokyo, a furniture and product expo on at the city’s swanky Midtown Hall this week. Chalk it up to Japan’s lackluster economy (flexible furniture equals less need to buy new stuff or live in a big house) or just plain playfulness, but designs that could be flipped around, knocked down, and stashed away were around every corner.  
November 4, 2011
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Q&A with Artspace Founder

If the "Introduction to Art Collecting" story in our December/January 2011 issue whet your appetite for art acquisition—or if you simply have a blank wall crying out for some decoration—take a look at artspace.com, founded this past March. The site bills itself as "the premier online marketplace for contemporary art," and it's certainly impressive, taking web shopping to a whole new level. With a couple clicks (and several thousand dollars) you can own a limited-edition print by Takashi Murakami or Louise Bourgeois, a watercolor by Marcel Dzama, or any number of artworks among the hundreds of pieces featured on the site at any given time. Membership to the site is free, and artworks start at $200. Herewith, some questions for (and answers from) Catherine Levene, Artspace's co-founder and CEO.
November 3, 2011
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Slat Happy

Budget supplies become modern design gold in this Omaha home.
November 1, 2011
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Dwell Design Lab Recap

Over the weekend of October 29th and 30th, Dwell hosted its first ever Design Lab in San Francisco. Bay Area-based designers, architects, and landscape architects gathered at the Millennium Tower to share their latest works with the public. The Bay Area is known for possessing an eclectic style, one that is as unique as the denizens that call the region their home, and the exhibitors on hand represented that sensibility as seen in the steampunk-like lighting by Jefferson Mack Metal, the verdant living walls by Kellee Adams, and the peaceful bedroom made from reclaimed materials by Reba Jones. Here's a recap of the Design Lab exhibitiors.
October 31, 2011
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Vintage Design on a Dime

We profiled The Vintage Bazaar, a pop-up market in Chicago started by Libby Alexander and Katherine Raz, as our October 2011 Design Finder. Here, Libby welcomes us into her home where she shares the story behind some of her favorite furnishings. What happens when you’re inspired by vintage interiors and decor, but your budget is more on the frugal side? My house happens. A couple of my secrets to style on a dime are, number one, spend time equity instead of dollars and hunt for treasures at estate sales, thrift shops, and flea markets. Second tip is to make it yourself. Click through the slideshow to get a glimpse of a couple of my more successful DIY projects like the rustic sconce that I wired myself and my marble coffee table with concrete column legs that I mixed up in one afternoon for a cool 65 bucks. Enjoy!
October 28, 2011
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Aether's Airstream

Here at Dwell, we love all things Airstream, that modernist silver bullet racing toward the freedom of the open road. And though some of the best Airstream design takes the object as a mobile home, French designer Thierry Gaugain (a decades-long lieutenant of Philipe Starck) has recently reimagined it as a mobile shop, or as he puts it, "a toy chest on wheels." Gaugain was employed by the outdoor clothing brand Aether to design a kind of mobile command unit to help sell its gear. The concept is that this Airstream is the home of a wandering adventurer who travels the world and occasionally sells what he's picked up along the way. I met Gaugain here in San Francisco last week and he took me through the design.
October 27, 2011
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