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roboreel

RoboReel

There are many products in our everyday lives that we simply put up with, never considering that there might be someone out there redesigning them in a way that will make us think "how did I ever put up with the way it was?" Take, for instance, the garden hose. How often have you thought about the design flaws of that tangled, faded green snake that you've run over in the driveway too many times to count? Well, the people are Great Stuff Inc. have, so they did something about it and now we have the RoboReel.
April 24, 2013
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Dwell Green Gift Guide: Part Two

From a geometric container-housed candle to portable planters, take a look at the next accompaniment to yesterday's offering of green design-minded gifts.
April 24, 2013
lindeman scheublin

Lotty Lindeman and Wouter Scheublin

Lotty Lindeman and Wouter Scheublin's wood and ceramics workshop is located within designer Piet Hein Eek’s building, a former Philips factory in Eindhoven that was remodeled in 2010 into a furniture factory, restaurant, and several storefront ateliers. Lindeman’s and Scheublin’s work displays a kinetic quality. “We like to be artfully expressive, but the goal is to make products that function in everyday life,” Lindeman says. “It’s not only about the object but also about how it creates moods and lets your imagination play.”
April 24, 2013
dirk vander kooij

Dirk Vander Kooij

Dirk Vander Kooij's furniture is inspired by a form created with a 30-year-old 3-D printer. "Older machines were less precise, which means thicker lines but also very little waste of material,” he says. Exaggerated lines have since become his decorative signature and make his digitally crafted pieces "look like handmade rope furniture." Up next: interlocking triangulated pieces that form offbeat lamps, bowls, and flat-pack shelves.
April 24, 2013
cermak road

Chicago's Green Mile

Chicago bills a one-and-a-half-mile-long stretch of Cermak Road as "the greenest street in America," a surprising characterization considering it was once one of the grittiest industrial thoroughfares in the city. Now, it acts as a valuable learning and teaching tool about how streetscapes can play a role in advancing citywide sustainability.
April 24, 2013
daphna laurens

Daphna Laurens

Daphna Isaacs Burggraaf and Laurens Manders label their collaborative oeuvre Daphna Laurens because they work so closely “It’s like finishing each other’s sentences,” says Manders. “We could not work without each other.” Each of their pieces is first conceived by cutting paper to make amoebic collages, an abstract beginning that affects each piece's end use. Isaacs says, “We want people to fantasize about our objects and even give them uses we never intended.” For example, their three-legged Cirkel Coffee Table 01 (left) has a warped aluminum top and a conical wood-clad vessel that acts as a third “leg.” Up next for the pair is a diffusion line through Capellini, who will produce less expensive versions of Daphna Laurens' oak and porcelain Tafelstukken lamps.
April 24, 2013
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Dwell Green Gift Guide: Part One

Mother Nature and green design enthusiasts, rejoice! April is Earth Month! From stylish, reusable food wrappings to non-toxic nail polishes, peep through to see our top green design picks. And stay tuned for part two tomorrow!
April 23, 2013
frank tjepkema

Frank Tjepkema

Frank Tjepkema founded his industrial design firm, Tjep., in Amsterdam in 2001 and has since produced objects in scales from minute to massive. On the tinier end of the spectrum, he has designed conceptual but wearable jewelry for Dutch design leaders Gijs Bakker and Marijke Vallanzasca. On the larger side, he's completed commercial interiors ranging from restaurants to airport kiosks.
April 23, 2013
easybank

The Psychology of Seating

At a time when everyone is talking about working from home versus working in the office (thanks, Yahoo!), does it really matter where you sit? Continuum, a global innovation and design consultancy, says yes.
April 23, 2013
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