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  1. Steelcase
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    Steelcase

    Now that work can be done anywhere, what qualifies as an office?

    written by: Mark Grenier
    01.28.09

  2. An der Alster 1
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    An der Alster 1

    The new office complex by J. Mayer H. Architects sits on the edge of downtown Hamburg, bordering the Aussenalster waterfront.

    written by: Sarah Rich
    01.28.09

  3. 101 Alternative Energy: Climate Control
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    101 Alternative Energy: Climate Control

    Few things use more energy at home than the pursuitof the perfect indoor temperature.

    written by: Sarah Rich
    01.29.09

  4. 101 Alternative Energy: Light On
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    101 Alternative Energy: Light On

    The standard pear-shaped incandescent bulb thatmost of us have been using for ages has a bad reputation among environmentalists as an energy hog.

    written by: Sarah Rich
    01.29.09

  5. Design 101

    101 Alternative Energy: On-Demand Hot Water

    We don’t keep a kettle boiling on the stove all day for the one moment when we want tea, so why do we keep water heated around the clock when all we need it for is a shower or a load of laundry?

    written by: Sarah Rich
    01.01.09

  6. 101 Alernative Energy: Zeroing In
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    101 Alernative Energy: Zeroing In

    It’s become increasingly common to hear the term
“zero energy” or “zero carbon” used to describe buildings that achieve complete energy sustainability by generating as...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    01.30.09

  7. From Meals to Ideals
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    From Meals to Ideals

    The American kitchen is a complicated affair.

    written by: Katrina Heron
    01.30.09

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

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