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  1. Moroso Factory Tour
    Design 101

    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

  2. Meet Your Maker
    Design 101

    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

  3. Chris Kabel on The Shady Lace Parasol
    Design 101

    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

  4. 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

  5. Jeffrey Bernett on the Landscape Chaise for B&B Italia
    Design 101

    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

  6. 101 Design-Build
    Design 101

    101 Design-Build

    Demystifying design-build: Where does design stop and building begin? Plus, tools of the trade.

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    02.27.09

  7. Design, Build, and Beyond
    Design 101

    Design, Build, and Beyond

    An increasing number of contributors to our ever-expanding built world are referring to their practices as design-build. That means that the same minds and hands do both the designing and the...

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    02.27.09

  8. Design-Build Explained
    Design 101

    Design-Build Explained

    How does design-build affect the project? the process? the client? Here, the principals of five thriving design-build firms weigh in

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    02.27.09

  9. Tools of the Trade
    Design 101

    Tools of the Trade

    Design-build practices invest considerable time in setting up shop and tremendous capital in tools. Three basic categories of shop work dominate almost every project: cutting, assembly, and...

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    02.27.09

  10. Chris Krager, Krager & Associates Design/Build (KRDB)
    Design 101

    Chris Krager, Krager & Associates Design/Build (KRDB)

    This Austin, Texas–based studio built its profile by designing and building some notable houses on spec. Chris Krager cofounded KRDB in 2001 with the goal of creating extraordinary buildings...

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    02.27.09

  11. Dan Maginn, El Dorado, Inc.
    Design 101

    Dan Maginn, El Dorado, Inc.

    The designers at Kansas City–based El Dorado believe they are improving on the conventional architect-contractor relationship by cultivating a more collaborative spirit among client,...

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    02.27.09

  12. Design 101

    Danita Rooyakkers, BUILD

    Danita Rooyakkers is one-third of Montreal-based BUILD, along with partners Michael Carroll and Attila Tolnai. The firm, which was founded in 1995, received Canada’s Professional Prix de Rome...

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    02.27.09

  13. Design 101

    Leo Marmol, Marmol Radziner + Associates

    Los Angeles–based Marmol Radziner is renowned not just for its skillful rehabilitation of run-down architectural icons like Neutra’s Kaufmann House in Palm Springs but also for stunning...

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    02.27.09

  14. She's No Dummy
    Profiles

    She's No Dummy

    As Volvo crash-test engineer Laura Thackray knows, dummies—even virtual ones—can teach us a thing or two about safety.

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    07.28.09

  15. Massimo Iosa Ghini: The Speed of Design
    Interviews

    Massimo Iosa Ghini: The Speed of Design

    Designer Massimo Iosa Ghini takes a moment to reflect on the hazards of speed and the merits of Europe’s standard of living.

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    08.05.09

  16. Modern Istanbul Design: Autoban
    Profiles

    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.

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    03.04.10

  17. Un'Introduzione al Disegno Italiano
    Design 101

    Un'Introduzione al Disegno Italiano

    From Marble to mobili, Italy has been a, if not the, design mecca for the last century. Here's why.

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    06.15.11

  18. Italian Design: La Mappa
    Design 101

    Italian Design: La Mappa

    You know where your Parmesan cheese comes from: Parma. But which region offers the best chairs? We've mapped it out for you.

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    06.17.11

  19. Flos Glo-Ball
    How To

    Flos Glo-Ball

    Designers and manufacturers bemoan the profusion of cheaply made copycats, but it’s been proven time and again that truly great design can never be obscured by poor imitation. For evidence, look no...

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    photos by: Alex Subrizi
    01.25.09

  20. Little Field of Flowers
    How To

    Little Field of Flowers

    Nanimarquina—In 1987, Barcelona-based designer Nani Marquina established a textile and rug design studio. Since 1993, the company’s designs have been manufactured in northern India....

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    01.25.09

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