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MAIK's Experimental Danish Design

Pronounced "make," MAIK is an experimental Danish design brand founded in 2009 by Andreas Sachse and Rune Rex. I spotted it when I was in Copenhagen last fall and although it was closed, I was able to peer through the window and suss out that it was a unique and compelling retail and manufacturing model. Once I got home I wrote Rex to learn more. Click through the slideshow to see and hear more about the company, in Rex's own words.
April 2, 2012
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Inga Sempe's Risotto Spoon

We at Dwell are big fans of French designer Inga Sempé's work; we've profiled her in 2007; ran a Q&A from Milan on dwell.com in 2009; and most recently highlighted the making-of her already iconic Ruché sofa and, online, traced her design and prototyping process. So we were excited to hear about her most recent design, the IS01, a graceful stainless steel spoon intended for serving risotto, which won Domus and Alessi's "Design a Spoon" competition, held to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of the Italian cookbook Cucchiaio d’Argento (Silver Spoon).
March 23, 2012
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Cerno's Making-Of Videos

Cerno, a young Laguna Beach, California-based company that creates LED lighting and, more recently, furniture, has taken a very 21st-century approach to branding and marketing, hiring a producer to create custom videos that spotlight their work and company story. The company was founded in 2009 by three best friends, Nick Sheridan, Bret Englander, and Dan Wacholder, who were interested in creating pieces that would last, were produced locally (very locally, in their own workshops), and that would explore the design potential of LED technology.
March 16, 2012
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A Zero-Energy Community: Final Post

Project Manager Brad Liljequist chronicles the building of zHome, a ten-unit townhome in Issaquah, Washington—the first multifamily zero-energy community in the United States. Part 11: The Last Post   This will be my last blog post for Dwell.  It’s been a lot of fun to share zHome and I know from the web traffic coming to the zHome site that a lot of you have been reading this.  I hope you’ve enjoyed it!zHome has been an incredible amount of work for all involved, but here at the end there is a ton of satisfaction that we’ve achieved and surpassed our goals.  Even in this down market, the project has inspired many thousands of people.  10,000 people have received on site tours, we’ve held over 100 classes throughout the region, and hundreds of thousands have heard about zHome nationally through various media.  The spring sales effort has begun, and one family is already moved in.
March 13, 2012
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Coolest Homes for Artists & Art Collectors

We at Dwell are always on the lookout for unique homes that express the personality of their occupants—and it's no wonder some of the most unique and memorable residences we've featured in recent years belong to artists and art collectors, who embrace the quirky and the unconventional. Here's a peek at some of our favorite homes designed around the display and making-of art, from a famous conceptual artist's industrial-inspired rowhouse in New York City to a street art collector's shipping crate-filled loft in San Francisco.
March 7, 2012
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Floating Landscape Made of Net

I recently came across Numen's creative interactive installations, a mix between art and design, on the landscape architecture blog Landezine. These are the same guys who strung up an alien-like web of packing tape in Melbourne's Federation Square last year. Their most recent project, Net, is a series of flexible nets suspended in the air, connected at various points to create an undulating and disorienting landscape. Or, as the designers call it, a "community hammock."
March 5, 2012
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Donna Wilson Chocolates

We Dwellers are huge fans of Donna Wilson's charming and crafty designs, and have highlighted many of her products online and in the magazine, including her egg cups, pouffes, house blanket, make-your-own-monster kit, and a bevy of other items. So we were excited to hear about her latest collaboration with Rococo Chocolates: a series of six hand-painted easter eggs made of white chocolate layered on top of dark chocolate.
February 27, 2012
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A Zero-Energy Community: Part 10

Project Manager Brad Liljequist chronicles the building of zHome, a ten-unit townhome in Issaquah, Washington—the first multifamily zero-energy community in the United States. Part 10: Designing for Disassembly Note from Brad Liljequist: Patti Southard has been involved in zHome since its beginning in 2006 and has helped inspire and leverage its core goal of market transformation in myriad ways. This is her second guest installment of the zHome blog, written with Kinley Diller.
February 19, 2012
Hotel Fasano Boa Vista in Brazil

Hotel Fasano Boa Vista, Brazil

Just a few months ago, Fasano Hotels opened a sprawling property in Sao Paolo, Brazil, that highlights the natural beauty of the area. It's so easily accessible from the city that guests are shocked at how quickly they are transported into what seems like a different world—a world surrounded by lakes, preserved forestry, and stunning gardens that flow seamlessly into the Fasano Boa Vista. The man behind the hotel’s strong structure and bold design is one of Brazil’s most renowned architects, Isay Weinfeld. With this project, his goal was to create a hotel that looked and felt as wondrous and peaceful as the nature that envelops it.
February 7, 2012
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