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  1. Q&A with Autograph Creative Directors
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    Q&A with Autograph Creative Directors

    Donerik Dela Cruz and Aaron Pou describe their business as a “design start-up in challenging times,” but since launching Autograph, a brand consulting, art direction, and graphic design...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.05.09

  2. Q&A with Illustrious California Architect William Krisel
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    Q&A with Illustrious California Architect William Krisel

    Palm Springs architect William Krisel entered the arena of architecture in the boom times that followed World War II and left in 1979 when the profession became “too uptight” as a...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.13.09

  3. Buffalo Basics Founders
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    Buffalo Basics Founders

    Buffalo, New York, regularly ranks among the top poorest cities in the United States. And with its heydays over 100 years in the past, it’s no surprise that though its people may be strong in...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    06.19.09

  4. Extended Interview: Willard Ford
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    Extended Interview: Willard Ford

    Long gone is the era of single careers. In 2005, Willard Ford left the world of non-profits to follow his passion for furniture and design. He launched FordBrady in downtown Los Angeles with...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    06.22.09

  5. Bjarke Ingels of BIG
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    Bjarke Ingels of BIG

    As his firm’s name implies, Bjarke Ingles thinks big. At 34 years old, the founder of BIG, the Bjarke Ingels Group, has broken into Denmark’s architectural scene, which has historically...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    07.23.09

  6. Extended Interview: Renzo Piano
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    Extended Interview: Renzo Piano

    In our February 2009 issue we sat down with acclaimed Italian architect Renzo Piano, who designed the California Academy of Sciences building, for an “In the Modern World” Q & A....

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    07.24.09

  7. The Making of Dwell with Chris Gardner
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    The Making of Dwell with Chris Gardner

    To open our September 2009 apartment-themed issued, we dreamed up Dwell’s ideal apartment. Not content to play mere decorator, we tried on the role of developer and enlisted architect Craig...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    07.27.09

  8. Architect Leo Mieles
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    Architect Leo Mieles

    Leo Miele’s Georgian Bay Cottage was one of five first-class cabins we featured in our November 2009 Concepts feature—which showcased works with a modern twist to the familiar log model...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    11.03.09

  9. Miguel Nelson of Woolly Pocket
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    Miguel Nelson of Woolly Pocket

    The path to a better world isn't through pavers but via plants, says artist and Woolly Pocket founder Miguel Nelson. "I love architecture but I think if everyone was gardening instead of...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    11.05.09

  10. Life in Space: Email from the ISS
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    Life in Space: Email from the ISS

    For our December/January 2010 The Future issue, we asked science fiction writer Bruce Sterling to pen a piece describing The Future of Space Living. In addition to taking us on a step-by-step tour...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    11.24.09

  11. Emily Pilloton
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    Emily Pilloton

    In January 2008, Emily Pilloton founded Project H Design in an effort to "turn criticism into action" by connecting socially minded designers with the communities in need of their...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    01.29.10

  12. David Farley: Emergency Design
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    David Farley: Emergency Design

    When Anatomic Global CEO David Farley saw Anderson Cooper reporting from Haiti for CNN, he sprang into action, sending 3,000 WorldBeds (the cot-size mattresses his company originally developed to...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    02.04.10

  13. 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

  14. Mona El Khafif: Design Build
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    Mona El Khafif: Design Build

    In 2006, architect and urban planner Mona El Khafif traded Vienna's wiener schnitzel for beignets in the Big Easy to teach at Tulane University's URBANbuild program. Now an associate professor of...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    03.22.10

  15. Illustrator Mike Perry
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    Illustrator Mike Perry

    Mike Perry knows how to fill a page--and beginning this week, he's filling a 2,800-square-foot exhibition space at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. The Brooklyn-based illustrator and...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    03.29.10

  16. 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

  17. Q&A with Thien of Domison
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    Q&A with Thien of Domison

    "We make happy furniture. There's too much serious furniture in the world," says Thien, cofounder and codesigner of Periphere and Domison, two of Canada's preeminent modern furniture...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.28.10

  18. Urbach on How Wine Became Modern
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    Urbach on How Wine Became Modern

    This weekend, the much anticipated new show How Wine Became Modern opened at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Before the final finishes were added, we had the chance to take a tour with...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    11.22.10

  19. Dan Rubinstein on The Home Front
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    Dan Rubinstein on The Home Front

    What's wrong with American furniture design? That's the topic burning an image on the mind of Surface editor-in-chief Dan Rubinstein. "We're one of the wealthiest nations in the world, we make...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    01.09.11

  20. Anna von Schewen
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    Anna von Schewen

    While in Vegas for Surfaces and Las Vegas Market, I had the chance to not only take in the terrific 17 Swedish Designers exhibit but also chat with Anna von Schewen and hear her lecture. She spoke...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    02.07.11

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