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Holly Hotchner's selection of books that symbolize the spirit of New York City.

New York Stories

Holly Hotchner knows New York. Here, the born-and-bred Manhattanite—and director of the Museum of Arts and Design—shares her picks for books that symbolize the spirit of her city.
February 19, 2011
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Friday Finds 2.18.11

Every Friday Dwell's editors, designers, and interns share a handful of their favorite blogs, videos, photographs, and stories appearing on the web. What piqued our interest this week? A colorful map documenting the demographics of Chicago, flipbooks filmed and set to 1940's swing music, and the Westminster Dog Show.
February 18, 2011
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An Architect's Pop-Up Book

One of the perks of being a Dwell editor are the various fun surprises that appear in the mail—newly published books, the occasional small product, even the random staple gun (yes, really). One of the more intriguing things to cross my desk recently was Wendy Evans Joseph's unusual monograph, a chunky hardcover book entitled 'Pop Up Architecture.' Yes: a pop-up book illustrating the firms' recent work, from the Holocaust Memorial Garden in Salt lake City to a cantilevered pedestrian bridge in New York City. Here's a peek inside.  
February 15, 2011
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Dostoyevsky, Meet Mendelsund

I recently picked up a copy of Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky's wonderful translation of War and Peace. I liked it so much—not nearly finished with those 1200 pages yet—that I began hunting down other big works of Russian lit they've done. And through that little search I came across six clever reissues of Dostoyevsky from Vintage books. Pevear and Volokhonsky helm the translation and the jacket design is by the estimable Peter Mendelsund, an in-house designer at Knopf. I've been a fan of his jackets for a while, but got in touch to pick his brain about his graphic translations of not only Dostoevsky, but a whole host of novelists and thinkers.
February 3, 2011
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Piero Lissoni: Recent Architecture

Though the book Piero Lissoni: Recent Work came out from the German house Hatje Cantz last year, it just came across my desk yesterday. Though he's known perhaps firstly as an industrial designer, this tour through the last decade or so of Lissoni's architectural work is awfully rewarding. The Italian designer clarity of vision across residences, hotels, shops, and restaurants is finely honed. And the large-format photographs by Giovanni Gastel remind me that for all the visuals zipping about the web, often the coffee table book is the next best thing to seeing the building itself. Have a look at the slideshow that follows for a glimpse of what our man Piero has been up to.
January 10, 2011
Image from a series of photographs documenting former Death Row prisoners’ requests for their last meal before execution, by James Reynolds.

Friday Finds 1.7.2011

Welcome to the very first Friday Finds of the new year! Every Friday our intrepid staff contribute their favorite links from the week. See below to get a sense of where our browsers have been pointed lately.
January 7, 2011
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Tidy Books Box

Conceptualized by a Parisian violin maker and handmade of limewood with a water-based finish, the Tidy Books Box allows kids to select books from their covers rather than their spines.
January 1, 2011
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Handcrafted Modern: At Home with Midcentury Designers

In Handcrafted Modern, photographer Leslie Williamson captured precisely these quiet moments in the homes of designers whose work we know well, from Albert Frey to Wharton Esherick. Modern design’s detractors may lament its fiercely clean lines, but the big names behind the mid-century’s most iconic designs lived in a way that shows their ability to adapt, engage, and define a lifestyle driven by comfortable beauty.  
December 24, 2010
Project Projects is helmed by Rob Giampietro (on left), Adam Michaels (on right), and Prem Krishnamurthy (not pictured). Portrait by Adam Golfer.

Graphic Design: Project Projects

Manhattan-based Project Projects may be a graphic design studio, but it works in all dimensions, on the page and off. Founded by Prem Krishnamurthy and Adam Michaels in 2004, the firm designs everything from books and architectural signage to websites and museum exhibitions.  
December 15, 2010
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