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  1. John Christakos of Blu Dot
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    John Christakos of Blu Dot

    I have always adored Blu Dot's mission: good design at good prices. Heck, I liked them so much I even worked for them. I caught up with Blu Dot's CEO & founder John Christakos and he answered...

    05.05.10

  2. Phuc Van Dang
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    Phuc Van Dang

    Last month artist and designer Phuc Van Dang sent me a note about our mutual love of color. That email exchange led to more, and allowed me to discover more about his varied works. I asked him a...

    05.27.10

  3. Merging Architecture and Fashion
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    Merging Architecture and Fashion

    Blurred disciplinary lines are visible throughout the design world. Architects moonlight as furniture designers, artists as product designers, and it seems almost everyone has had a stint as a...

    written by: Diana Budds
    05.10.11

  4. Street Smart
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    Street Smart

    Pursuing his passion for painting gave Fabian Debora a means to transcend his troubled past.

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    11.17.11

  5. Craig Dykers of Snøhetta
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    Craig Dykers of Snøhetta

    Ask for Mr. Snøhetta and you'll receive a hiking stick and map to one of Norway's tallest peaks. The eponymous architecture firm, with offices in Oslo and New York, is purposely anonymous,...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.03.10

  6. Robert Hammond: Chance Encounters
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    Robert Hammond: Chance Encounters

    Robert Hammond has just returned from a year in Rome. While there he created an urban experiment called Chance Encounter on the Tiber, involving 100 chairs in public spaces in Italy. Now back in...

    12.13.10

  7. Best Design for Transit Seating
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    Best Design for Transit Seating

    This weekend our pals over at The Bay Citizen came out with a very alarming report: After running a few tests on the seats of San Francisco's two main transit systems—Muni and Bay Area Rapid...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    03.07.11

  8. Dave Brown of Holiday Matinee
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    Dave Brown of Holiday Matinee

    Dave Brown founded Holiday Matinee after agreeing to be the publicist for his friends in Jimmy Eat World--without even known what a publicist did. After a two-year hiatus from the company, during...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    03.02.10

  9. Sixteen Ways of Looking at a Bedouin Tent
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    Sixteen Ways of Looking at a Bedouin Tent

    Architect, systems designer, Cradle to Cradle founder, and sustainability guru William McDonough talks entropy, Walker Evans, paper houses, and “buildings like trees” with science...

    written by: Alexis Madrigal
    03.22.12

  10. Q & A with Confetti System
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    Q & A with Confetti System

    Confetti System is two friends—Julie Ho and Nicholas Andersen—who make their living creating festive and kaleidoscopic "party systems" out of tissue paper, sparkly mylar, and...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    12.01.10

  11. Richard Schulman
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    Richard Schulman

    I met photographer Richard Schulman and his wife, Barbara, a few years back and instantly developed a friendship with them. Their love of design and architecture is infectious—they eat, sleep...

    04.12.10

  12. Remaking the Past: Simon Watts
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    Remaking the Past: Simon Watts

    In June 2003, Simon Watts, a San Francisco furniture maker and author of the book Building a Houseful of Furniture, returned from vacation and was stunned to find his apartment of 15 years...

    written by: Andrew Wagner
    photos by: Douglas Adesko
    07.31.09

  13. Partners in Design
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    Partners in Design

    A design career spanning decades has left this pair of Design Research–alumni with a thing or two to say concerning the state of people, design, and the retail environment.

    written by: Andrew Wagner
    photos by: Todd Hido
    08.18.09

  14. James Dyson on the Air Multiplier
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    James Dyson on the Air Multiplier

    You’ve heard the story, usually told by James Dyson in his own dulcet tones: After five years and thousands of prototypes, the furniture designer-turned-engineer invented the first bagless...

    written by: Julie Taraska
    10.20.09

  15. Eight Questions for Frank Muytjens
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    Eight Questions for Frank Muytjens

    Yesterday Frank Muytjens, head designer of menswear at J. Crew, came to San Francisco and we met up down at Sam's Grill for lunch. Though mass-market menswear isn't exactly Dwell's standard design...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    03.26.10

  16. MoMA's Small Scale, Big Change
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    MoMA's Small Scale, Big Change

    The exhibition "Small Scale, Big Change" opens at the Museum of Modern Art in New York this Sunday. Curious to hear more about the show—which sadly I won't have the chance to see in...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    10.04.10

  17. Talking with Matteo Alessi
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    Talking with Matteo Alessi

    The family-owned Italian design powerhouse Alessi held a party here in San Francisco to celebrate its local shop's tenth anniversary. We weren't able to attend the party, but we did stop in...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    11.05.10

  18. Tokujin Yoshioka
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    Tokujin Yoshioka

    Two million plastic drinking straws fill an exhibition space like haystacks of spun silk; a chair is “grown” from crystals in a transparent tank—Tokujin Yoshioka’s work is...

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    02.13.11

  19. An 'Epic' Container Co-op
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    An 'Epic' Container Co-op

    The good folks at Epic Software are building a video production studio out of old shipping containers just outside of Houston, Texas. They're also dutifully documenting the Creative Co-op's...

    written by: Diana Budds
    02.24.11

  20. Tips on Being Affordable and Green
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    Tips on Being Affordable and Green

    The 100K House in our April issue is a paragon of inexpensive, green design. And Courtney and Chad Ludeman—its residents and developers—have applied their smarts to making East...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Mark Mahaney
    03.24.11

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