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  1. An Ode to the IKEA Cabinet
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    An Ode to the IKEA Cabinet

    Joining the Grecian urn, the much-rhapsodized IKEA cabinet finally gets its poetic due as a heroic ode. Anyone who owns a set may verily be inclined to put quill to paper and dash off a few stanzas...

    written by: Dan Maginn
    01.30.09

  2. Designer's Block
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    Designer's Block

    While some of Joe Columbo’s designs have proven the test of time (Alitalia still uses his plastic flatware), others were simply ahead of their time.

    written by: Sam Grawe
    01.30.09

  3. Living in a Material World
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    Living in a Material World

    Americans have always held a soft spot in their hearts for futuristic materials, from the amazing light-weight properties of titanium to the chance to conquer Superman with kryptonite.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Aya Brackett
    01.31.09

  4. Power Plastic
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    Power Plastic

    Every hour, enough sunlight hits the earth to power the entire planet for a year. But since they’re pricey—and, let’s face it, generally unattractive—solar cells are still woefully underutilized...

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Hunter Freeman
    01.31.09

  5. PEC-MAT
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    PEC-MAT

    As more and more Americans are quickly discovering, the land beneath our feet is not quite as solid as we thought. Houses slip down hillsides, trees float down rivers, and whole cities disappear...

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Hunter Freeman
    01.31.09

  6. Lotusan Paint
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    Lotusan Paint

    Product design that takes cues from nature, known as biomimicry, has produced a num-
ber of ingenious and popular products we use every day.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Hunter Freeman
    01.31.09

  7. A New Standard of Living
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    A New Standard of Living

    Sustainability may be the buzzword du jour, but how can you tell if a product is as green as it’s cracked up to be?

    written by: Jennifer Roberts
    01.31.09

  8. The Thin Green Line
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    The Thin Green Line

    For years, as the author of books on eco-home design and a founder of two environmental general stores, I’ve been advocating sustainable design to others.

    written by: Jennifer Roberts
    01.31.09

  9. Making the Future
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    Making the Future

    We live in a manufactured world. But is it some kind of utopia, full of iPods, Swiffers, and pre-cut fruit? Or is it a proverbial hell on earth, physically destroying half the planet while eating...

    written by: Andrew Blum
    01.31.09

  10. A Three-Factory Tour
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    A Three-Factory Tour

    Inside vast concrete buildings all over the world, gizmos and gears (assisted by human hands, of course) assemble everything from enormous plasma TVs to endless rolls of colorful fabric to high-end...

    written by: Sam Grawe
    01.31.09

  11. LG Factory Tour
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    LG Factory Tour

    It is an overcast morning in Gumi. Contrary to a name that evokes cute rainbows of fruit flavor, the view from the hotel window consists of a salvage yard, a river with wide, sandy banks, and a...

    written by: Sam Grawe
    01.31.09

  12. Moroso Factory Tour
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    Moroso Factory Tour

    Moroso, the Italian furniture company known for discovering remarkable designers such as Ron Arad and Patricia Urquiola, assembles between 100 and 150 pieces per day in a factory outside Udine.

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    01.31.09

  13. Meet Your Maker
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    Meet Your Maker

    Ever wanted to be a designer? One of the biggest parts of the job is working with your manufacturer to turn a concept into a real product. Dwell asked several designers to share their favorite...

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    02.25.09

  14. Chris Kabel on The Shady Lace Parasol
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    Chris Kabel on The Shady Lace Parasol

    In early 2003 Droog Design invited me and several other Dutch designers to collaborate with the local industries around Lille to design products for the Lille 2004 Cultural Capital of Europe ...

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    01.31.09

  15. Emiliano Godoy on Knitted Pieces
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    Emiliano Godoy on Knitted Pieces

    I am really interested in pieces made using vegetable-based, biodegradable materials.

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    01.31.09

  16. Jeffrey Bernett on the Landscape Chaise for B&B Italia
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    Jeffrey Bernett on the Landscape Chaise for B&B Italia

    B&B Italia, which was founded in the mid-’60s, developed the first injection-molded polyurethane-foam seating, which today is still the basis of its upholstered seating.

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    01.31.09

  17. 101 Art Collecting
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    101 Art Collecting

    Want to be the next Henry Clay Frick or Isabella Stewart Gardner? Dwell offers some pointers on starting your own collection.

    written by: Natasha Boas
    02.01.09

  18. Curating Your Thoughts
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    Curating Your Thoughts

    “The act of collecting is about looking, studying, sorting, sifting, concentrating, weighing, and making decisions. It’s a lot of work. I got better at it by being rigorous. I couldn’t buy...

    written by: Natasha Boas
    02.01.09

  19. Exhibiting Interest
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    Exhibiting Interest

    Get your information from curators, professors of contemporary art, critics, and other collectors through your local arts organizations, newspapers, and art schools.

    written by: Natasha Boas
    02.01.09

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