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  1. Martha Meets Manhattan's Lower East Side
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    Martha Meets Manhattan's Lower East Side

    Call it the recession or just plain creativity in the air, but DIY just feels relevant these days. A great outlet for those so inclined is Make Workshops, the New York–based enterprise...

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    01.01.09

  2. Structured Play
    Outdoor

    Structured Play

    Two of the country’s most creative and thoughtful playground designers—architect Richard Dattner and landscape architect M. Paul Friedberg—spent countless hours observing how...

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    01.01.09

  3. A Note on Our Expert

    A Note on Our Expert: Jake Godby

    It’s rare to find a friction-free workplace, but Jake Godby can proudly claim he has one. “The thing about an ice-cream shop,” he says, “is that nobody comes in with a bad...

    01.01.09

  4. A Note on Our Expert: Laura Guido-Clark
    A Note on Our Expert

    A Note on Our Expert: Laura Guido-Clark

    After designing for other companies for a few years, Guido-Clark started a firm 16 years ago with a friend. Working for companies as diverse as Mattel, Toyota, and InterfaceFLOR, she has learned...

    01.01.09

  5. A Note on Our Expert

    A Note on Our Experts, Elisabeth Prueitt and Chad Robertson

    Award-winning bakers Elisabeth Prueitt and Chad Robertson met in 1992 and married in 1994.

    01.01.09

  6. A Note on Our Expert

    A Note on Our Expert, Andi Kovel

    Andi Kovel’s background in sculpture, painting, photography, accessory design, and art theory uniquely equip her to become one of the most original and influential glass artists working today.

    01.01.09

  7. A Note on Our Expert

    A Note on Our Expert, Rich Hansen

    Rich Hansen honed his diverse design chops over the course of 25 years spent feeding an insatiable appetite for all things aesthetic.

    01.01.09

  8. A Note on Our Expert

    A Note on Our Expert, Mike Andrews

    Mike Andrews is not only a multi-instrumentalist, producer, composer, and avid iPod user, but also a fan of California modernism—–he lives in and works from a 1969 Daniel Carmichael–designed home...

    01.01.09

  9. 6 mirrors from interior designer Sally Kuchar
    Product Reviews

    6 mirrors from interior designer Sally Kuchar

    Reflections have captivated us (literally!) for as long as we've had intellect enough for self-awareness. Here are six mirrors that will reflect well on any room.

    written by: Amber Bravo
    photos by: Peter Belanger
    01.01.09

  10. A Note on Our Expert

    A Note on Our Expert: Sally Kuchar

    Sally Kuchar’s interest in design was piqued at age seven, sitting in her father’s Wassily chair.

    01.01.09

  11. A Note on Our Expert

    A Note on Our Expert: Richard Wright

    Richard Wright (not to be confused with the Richard Wright who authored Native Son or the Richard Wright who plays keyboards for Pink Floyd) is the proprietor of the world’s most renowned auction...

    01.01.09

  12. A Note on Our Expert

    A Note on Our Expert: D.L. Byron

    D.L. Byron is the principal of Textura Design, Inc., a Seattle firm that specializes in business blogging, and the publisher of Bike Hugger, a blog about bike culture.

    01.01.09

  13. A Note on Our Expert

    A Note on Our Expert: Angelika Taschen

    Angelika Taschen got her doctorate in art history from the University of Heidelberg in 1986. She has edited for Taschen since 1987, publishing numerous titles on architecture, photography, design,...

    01.01.09

  14. Alessi 9090: Cold Press
    How they make it

    Alessi 9090: Cold Press

    The factory floor is a city of tall hydraulic presses. Humming and chinking sounds bellow down aisle after aisle. Workers wearing light-blue gloves spray grease onto sheet-metal pieces, place them...

    01.01.09

  15. Alessi 9090: Weld
    How they make it

    Alessi 9090: Weld

    Tungsten inert gas (TIG) welds and spot-welds join the molded parts. In TIG welding, the inert gas argon is blown out of a nozzle to surround a white-hot tungsten electrode at the tip of the...

    01.01.09

  16. Alessi 9090: Polish
    How they make it

    Alessi 9090: Polish

    Alessi uses two types of 18/10 stainless steel (the number refers to the chromium-to-nickel ratio): 2B, with a carbon content of 0.2 percent, is more malleable and less shiny than BA, which has 0.4...

    01.01.09

  17. How they make it

    Alessi 9090: Package

    After more than 100 steps, the completed parts are ready for packaging. Workers assemble the upper container, filter funnel, gasket, and boiler in much the same way that the eventual user will put...

    01.01.09

  18. Steelwood Chair: Perimeters
    How they make it

    Steelwood Chair: Perimeters

    The next tool makes a perpendicular fold around the sheet’s perimeter, which allows the hard edges to be folded away from the smooth backrest. Parts of this fold will become armrests. &ldquo...

    01.01.09

  19. Steelwood Chair: Cuts, Curves, Cuts
    How they make it

    Steelwood Chair: Cuts, Curves, Cuts

    The tool that folds the curve of the back of the chair is the most dramatic, but it is no more essential than the others, which trim the edges, cut the holes, and add a final soft angle to the...

    01.01.09

  20. How they make it

    Steelwood Chair: Fitting Wood

    Four straight legs and a round seat are CNC-milled out of solid beech, bolt holes and all, ready for fixing to the punched and painted steel. As the chair began production in early 2008, the...

    01.01.09

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