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5 Australian Designers We Love

Australia—the light-drenched island at the bottom of the world, the site of virgin white beaches, exotic air, and majestic wilderness, place to a vivid national surf culture, a heady tropical climate, and singular environmental challenges; is a country that champions the design of nationally-made products with a specificity of purpose and an aesthetic, unique to its geographical isolation. Where some of the world’s design plays on sustainability as a motif of political correctness, Australian designers live environmental shortages, ecological fragility, and depletion as an everyday reality. These hurdles inspire out-of-the-ordinary thought and the use of new materials, so that in the creation of Australian design pieces, their forms and functions embody original ethical approaches and sustainability-conscious solutions. If there was a national Australian design creed, it might read something like: ecologically-savvy with a gently inventive edge. We discovered five designers that exemplify this creed on a recent trip to Australia.
May 2, 2013
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Design Museum London's Extraordinary Stories about Ordinary Things

Situated on the Thames, moments from the 1894 Tower Bridge and the 2002 City Hall, the Design Museum's location invites reflection on London's design and architectural history. Once inside, the focus shifts to often mass-produced items that are generally people-sized. Its new exhibition, Extraordinary Stories about Ordinary Things, takes a close look at iconic and lesser-known objects. The museum is scheduled to move to new digs in Kensington in 2015; the Extraordinary exhibit of about 150 items will be on display until then. Some of the collection's objects can be seen in the Design Museum Collection app.
April 30, 2013
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Istanbul, Turkey

Dwell traveled to Turkey’s most cosmopolitan city for the first annual Istanbul Design Biennial, discovering a modern heart beating within ancient walls.
April 29, 2013

Blog of the Day: 12hrs

Dwell just discovered the brand new travel blog, 12hrs, but we are already getting wanderlust.
April 29, 2013
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A New Breed of Travel Agency

Jaclyn Sienna India, a frequent Dwell.com contributor, writes many of our hotel posts, including covering a cliffside, camping-inspired boutique hotel in a Mexican wine region; a resort in remote Patagonia; and a chic highrise hotel in New York City.
April 26, 2013
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Travel Guide: Barcelona, Spain

Bubbling with an electrical energy and warmed by the Mediterranean sun, Barcelona is unsurprisingly one of Europe’s liveliest destinations. It has a world-famous soccer team and some tremendous tapas, but it’s really the incredible history of artistic innovation that draws the crowds. A unique language and culture—plus a bit of a chip on the shoulder—helped Barcelona develop a peerless style that’s intricately woven into its architecture. Every big city in Spain seems to have its own iconic institution—Madrid holds unsurpassed museums, Seville spins with flamboyant flamenco, and Granada shows off the Alhambra. Barcelona’s beating heart is its spirit of trendsetting, its modernist soul.
April 26, 2013
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Byzantium Boom

The former Constantinople isn’t all Ottoman-era carpets and ruins: A cutting-edge art, dining, and travel scene overlays its rich past.
April 26, 2013
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Destination of the Week: Atlanta

Atlanta is known for many things but modern architecture has surely never been one of them. But if you know where to look, you can find the city's modern side. Ahead of Dwell's April 24 "Innovations in Kitchen Design" event at the Sub-Zero and Wolf Atlanta showroom, we take a look at the city's design scene.
April 22, 2013
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9 Best-Designed Hotels Worldwide

From Renzo Piano's Le Meridien Lingotto in Turin, Italy to Frank Lloyd Wright's Price Tower in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, check out these nine most amazing hotel designs from around the world.
April 20, 2013
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