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Valerie Casey

Maybe it was jet lag, or the incipient echo of Al Gore’s recently revealed truth. Meetings devoted to diaper design might have played a part, though SkyMall’s seatback brand of captive consumerism cannot be discounted. Whatever the catalyst, while circling in the skies above Denver International Airport, Valerie Casey’s crisis of conscience hit critical mass: “What am I going to do?” she despaired. “I can’t design another thing.”
March 11, 2010
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Ebony Snow Chafey

Owner and creative director Ebony Snow Chafey cofounded the Chicago-based design and stationery firm Snow & Graham in the spring of 1998. One successful decade later, her firm does more than $2 million worth of business each year, producing cards, calendars, stationery, notebooks, and even wallpaper. One of Chafey’s stated goals is “to put good design in everybody’s hands,” and that includes producing “big, bold, modern” holiday cards you could even send to Grandma. Amazingly, Chafey was once a welder, studying sculpture at the Art Institute of Chicago—but this somewhat brutal background is impossible to detect in the simple and often mesmerizing lines of Snow & Graham’s design. Chafey invited Dwell into her busy Chicago workspace for the following Q&A.  
March 11, 2010
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Piegato Shelves

Folding furniture is often accused of being the worst of all resting places, associated as it is with the discomfort of cold lecture halls and strange relatives' holiday brunches. But just because it folds doesn't mean it has to be a harbinger of suffering. Fold-up design means less waste and cost, a result of being able to be packed and shipped flat and assembled on arrival. This week at DMY Berlin, the debut of a new flat-pack design from German designer Matthias Ries is a case in point. After the success of Ries' laser-cut flat-pack steel Piegato bookshelf for MRDO products, he is now presenting the Piegato One, as well as the Piegato mirror and board shelves.
June 1, 2009
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Q&A with Sebastian Wrong

Recently, I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Sebastian Wrong, Design Development Director for the UK-based Established & Sons. He was in San Francisco to introduce his work at DZINE, a modern design showroom in the city and the exclusive northern California carrier of E&S furniture and lighting.
April 6, 2009
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David Trubridge Interview

Environment is inspiration for British-born, New Zealand–based David Trubridge, but eco-design is a label he eschews: “We do everything we can, but this greenwashing trend can create a dangerous complacency.” Trubridge’s sculptural wooden pendant lamps have achieved ubiquity in the window displays of Design Within Reach showrooms across the country, and he recently produced a unique outdoor hanging sculpture for the new King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia.
March 5, 2009

A Note on Our Expert, Eric Ryan

Eric Ryan is the cofounder and chief brand architect of Method.
January 1, 2009
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A Picture of A Fake Holiday Tree

A holiday tree typically comes out of the earth, or on stands in cardboard boxes. Three designers, however, have taken a different approach—the self-adhesive Christmas tree wall sticker is now a medium to convey the holiday spirit.
December 5, 2008
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Mustache Wallpaper? Oh, Brother.

Alright, so I wasn’t too thrilled with the ironic mustache, but living in San Francisco’s Mission District I’ve learned to cope with it. Let the scruffy kids do what they want, and as facial hair goes the ‘stache isn’t the worst choice out there. But after seeing the handlebar mustache leap off the face of your local underachiever and onto everything from necklaces to key holders to panties to pint glasses, I have to say to all the cool kids, “Your look is totally played out. And by the way, you might want to rethink that owl tattoo."
September 4, 2008
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