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Zaha Hadid: Form in Motion

Love her or hate her, Zaha Hadid's scope is remarkable in terms of the breadth of designs as well as in their diverse locales. Her opera house in Guangzhou was shortlisted for the prestigious RIBA Lubetkin prize, she was the first woman to be awarded the Pritzker, her aquatic center for the London 2012 Olympics was completed in late July, and she's (almost) made her way into suburban U.S.A. with her proposed design for the Elk Grove civic enter, located a stone's throw from Dwell's San Francisco office. Now her works are taking a starring role at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in "Zaha Hadid: Form in Motion," which runs from September 17th through March 25th, 2012. Objects on view run the gamut from shoes to utensils to chairs to concept cars, all channeling the same frenetic energy of her torqued and twisted biomorphic structures. Hadid also designed the exhibition space, an "undulating structure of finished polystyrene with vinyl graphics based on curvilinear geometries [that] emphasizes the continuous nature of her work, and how the fields of architecture, urbanism, and design are closely interrelated in her practice." The chance to see a Hadid Gesamtkunstwerk is not to be missed, but in case you can't make it to the galleries, click through the slideshow for a look at some of the designs in the exhibition.
September 13, 2011
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NorthernGRADE Men's Market

We're celebrating the best of American-made design this month, and a pair of guys—Max Wastler and Joe Gannon—who make it their business to celebrate Americana all year long are taking part in the pop-up men's market NorthernGRADE this weekend in Minneapolis. Wastler and Gannon are selling sporting goods all with an American provenance under the name Buckshot Sonny's from noon to 8 PM at Architectural Antiques on Saturday, September 10th. I've known Wastler for a while and Dwell readers unfamiliar with his great blog All Plaid Out will know him for his great essay Ain't That America in the October 2011 issue. I talked with Wastler and Gannon about their venture, why they love American-made goods, and what's in store for Buckshot Sonny's.
September 9, 2011
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Izola Laundry Bags

Have you heard about Izola? This utilitarian-retro company features five throwback lines of everyday home and bathroom products—appropriately named Scout, Maritime, Apothecary, Sport and Powder Retro—capturing clever idiosyncrasies from the good ol’ days. 
September 4, 2011
The Marimekko Pilvi Bag, featuring designer Maija Isola's Mansikkavouret print.

Marimekko Pilvi Bag

If you're like me, you have more totes than you know what to do with. Get ready to do some closet cleaning because the Marimekko Pilvi bag is the one worth having.
August 11, 2011
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Uniform Wares Watches

I've long coveted a 200 series watch from the English watchmaker Uniform Wares. Poems in simplicity, functionalism, and less-is-more design, these watches are a dashing accessory for any designy dapper Dan. And considering that they ring-up in the hundreds of dollars, instead of hundreds of thousands, they are a decidedly affordable brand of design-forward fashion. This crane.tv video from earlier this year shows founders Patrick Bek and Oliver Fowles discussing their inspiration, process, and goals for Uniform Wares. Tip of the hat to The Fox is Black for turning me on to the video. If only I could get him to buy me one of these watches.
August 5, 2011
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Future Beauty

Because the September 2011 issue is dedicated to the influence of Japanese design (architecture, craft, and industrial design primarily), we'd be utterly remiss if we didn't give a nod to the tremendous influence of Japanese fashion. Last year the Barbican Art Gallery launched a show called Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion, and though the show closed in February, the excellent catalog by Akiko Fukai, Barbara Vinken, Susanna Frankel, and Hirofumi Kurino, still offers a stunning glimpse at how designers like Rei Kawokubo, Junya Watanabe, Issey Miyake, and others have changed the face of high fashion. Have a look at the slideshow that follows and marvel at some of the most stunning design to come out of Japan.
August 3, 2011
Heathrow Bag by WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie

Heathrow Bag by Want

Seems like there's always a new entry in the pool of men's portage, but rare is the bag that manages to hold all your gear, keep a slim profile, and stand up to a bruising in the overhead compartment all without resorting some some garish shoulder strap or six shades of ballistic nylon. Enter the commuter's dream, Want Les Essentiels de la Vie's Heathrow bag. As the name suggests, this is an ideal carry-on, and for the last months I've put it to the test. Here's my take.
July 20, 2011
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Friday Finds 7.01.11

We're back from our Friday Finds hiatus with seven great things for you to check out. Have a listen to some synth-heavy beats by German oceanographer Jürgen Müller, a look at a Dwell-favorite desert that's become the most unlikely of artistic canvases, and enjoy the Fourth of July weekend (or Canada Day as Miyoko points out).
July 1, 2011
Business Behind Indie Design

The Business Behind Indie Design

There's more to making it as a designer than creating great goods—you also need to find an avenue through which to share your wares. On Sunday morning at Dwell on Design, Mohawk General Store co-owner Kevin Carney and Industry of All Nations-cofounders Fernando and Juan Gerscovich joined Dwell associate editor Jordan Kushins for a discussion about the business behind indie design. Here we share a few of their tips (and invite you to join in the conversation!).
June 26, 2011
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