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Live/Work Design Contest WInner

Dwell and Design Within Reach (DWR) proudly announced the winner of their Live/Work Design Contest at the 7th Annual Dwell on Design in Los Angeles. Out of 587 submissions, five finalists were announced earlier in June, and ultimately, Dwell and DWR editors named Amanda Ip's Innermix Desk the best solution to their home-office challenge.
June 22, 2012
CH33 chair hanswegner carl hansen

CH33 Chair by Hans Wegner

Danish furniture company Carl Hansen & Son reissued Hans Wegner's classic CH33 chair at this year's Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan. Designed in 1957, the perch was only in production for a decade before it was discontinued. We love the contouring of the chairs design, from the tapered legs to the curved seat and back to the slightly bowed stretcher. The CH33 is available in the same colors as the original design: white, grey, pale blue, orange, black, and natural; it retails for $700–930 depending on the wood and finish selected. Visit carlhansen.com to find an authorized dealer near you.
June 20, 2012
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Dwell on Design All Week Long

Dwell on Design, our massive annual trade show and ideas festival, kicks off this Friday, June 22, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. But that doesn't mean that we haven't got a full docket of design-centric programming all week long. From showroom events to talks to contest winners, the Dwell editorial team is taking Los Angeles by storm for Dwell Design Week. Be sure not to miss any of our events in the run-up to Dwell on Design June 22-24. We hope to see you there!
June 19, 2012
modern green chair by emeco and philippe starck made from recycled materials

Broom Chair by Emeco

Philippe Starck designed the Broom chair back in 2003, but since it took nearly a decade to perfect the material engineering it was only unveiled this year. Broom—its name derived from the detritus left over from manufacturing other pieces of furniture—is 75 percent reclaimed polypropylene, 15 percent reclaimed wood fiber, and 10 percent glass fiber. "We've developed a new material that sweeps up industrial waste and turns it into something strong, smart, and beautiful," writes the manufacturer, Emeco, about the stackable chair. Though Broom won't be available for sale until July, you can pre-order from Design Within Reach and see it at Dwell on Design June 22-24, 2012.
June 18, 2012
Swiss Design Prize

Swiss Design at Dwell on Design

It's coming up Swiss at this year's Dwell on Design. On Saturday, June 23rd, we'll be talking to two sets of panelists on the Design Innovation Stage, with additional Swiss handicraft shown on the Demonstration Stage. The occasion? The annual Swiss Design Prize, which honors the "economic and cultural relevance" of young designers' work in Switzerland. Some of this year's winners will be joining us in Los Angeles next weekend, along with Lukas Scherrer, SHIBULERU founder and former senior industrial designer at IDEO. Follow along for some background on our panelists.
June 13, 2012
Egg Chair by Arne Jacobsen

Fritz Hansen on Knockoffs and Authentic Design

In recent years, the Danish furniture company Fritz Hansen has taken aggressive measures to protect their products against knockoffs and counterfeits across the globe. They have rounded up and destroyed numerous counterfeit Series 7 chairs (labeled incorrectly and illegally as Fritz Hansen products), identifying the pieces as fakes by their shoddy quality and lack of official identification (since 2006, all authentic Fritz Hansen products have a unique serial number and a tag with an invisible thread in it to validate its authenticity). They’ve also campaigned on the internet, releasing viral videos that show company employees stomping on fake Series 7 chairs (spoiler alert, they break) and then stomping on a real one (which bouncily absorbs the employee’s weight). Though their classic designs are thoroughly protected in Europe under Registered Community Design laws, they are not safeguarded in the U.S., where intellectual property protections are weaker and expire more quickly. Some, of course, see this as a good thing, as they return classic designs to the public realm for free and unrestrained reinterpretation by a new generation of designers—but that also opens things up to copycats.
June 13, 2012
Juhani Lemmetti of Artek 2nd Cycle in Helsinki Finland

Finnish Lines

Design enthusiast and Alvar Aalto expert Juhani Lemmetti has transitioned his love of vintage Finnish furniture into a thriving furniture shop in Helsinki.
June 11, 2012
modern media cabinet

Friday Finds 06.01.12

Wrap up the week with our collection of design, architecture, music, and literature finds.
June 1, 2012
Phillipe Starck Emeco Broom Chair ICFF Multiple Production award

ICFF 2012: Editors' Awards

Though there are hundreds of exhibitors at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), a select few were called out for their exceptional wares by a panel of judges who name the Editors' Awards. This year, the esteemed group included representatives from Dwell, Wallpaper*, Metropolis, Azure, Intramuros, and Interni, who took to the show floor and passionately debated the mertis of their favorite designs. In the slideshow that follows, we share a look at the 16 winning booths.
May 30, 2012
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