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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
Authentic furniture pieces by Herman Miller

Q&A with Herman Miller's Marg Mojzak

Whether our recent essay "The Real Cost of Rip-Offs" got you thinking about the dark side of the knockoff industry—or left you unfazed and unconvinced—we'd like to continue the conversation here on You can find some incendiary and thought-provoking quotes from some of the people I interviewed for the piece, but didn't have space to include in the magazine story, online here. We'll round out the coverage with a handful of Q&As and other posts over the next few weeks. I received one of the most passionate and in-depth responses to my questions from Marg Mojzak, Director of Retail for Herman Miller, who fired off a dissertation on the subject of authentic design. Here, she discusses her company's investments in both classic and new design, dispels what she sees as knockoff myths, and makes a case for the value of "authenticity."
May 30, 2012
Modern Ralph Rapson rocking chair

Rapson Rockers: A Classic is Reborn

What has been dubbed the "Rapson Revival" began with the reintroduction of Ralph Rapson’s mid-century modern Rapid Rocker. First manufactured in the 1940s by Knoll, the classic chair had been out of production for 60 years when Rapson Inc. made it available again at the end of 2011. Rapson’s design aesthetic focused on craftsmanship, natural materials, and the human form. The cantilevered arms of his Rapid Rocker have been copied time and again, but this now-iconic design set the precedent.
May 29, 2012
John Lautner building renovation interior

John Lautner's Desert Rose

Two Los Angeles designers resuscitate a down-at-the-heel John Lautner building—and give architecture fans a chance to spend the night in a mid-century gem.
May 27, 2012
Portrait of Giulio Cappellini

8 Questions for Giulio Cappellini

A San Francisco-based lecture series, Design Assembly, kicked off with a talk from one of the dons of contemporary furniture, Giulio Cappellini. He spoke to a full crowd of local design fans at furniture gallery Arkitektura In Situ about his decades-long career helming the family business, often digressing into stories about student-days nights at the bar with Piero Lissoni or his apprenticeship with Gio Ponti. Dwell sat down with the man to ask about a signature Cappellini style, what the European furniture market looks like, and which designer might be next to join his enviable stable of talent.
May 25, 2012
vintage white restored Bertoia chair

10 Design Insiders Sound Off on Knockoffs

In researching the much-discussed essay "The Real Cost of Rip-Offs" for Dwell's June 2012 issue (on newsstands now), many design luminaries shared their perspectives on the subject of knockoffs and authentic design. Today and in coming weeks, Dwell will share some of these engaging exchanges with design insiders. These are some of the most provocative quotes from those interviewed, which, due to space constraints, were not all included in the original essay. From the evils of Zara to America's disposable culture to the real value of a $1,000 chair, here are ten designers, manufacturers, and design observers sounding off on knockoffs and authentic design.Although the topic is a gray area for many consumers—some of whom see knockoffs as an acceptable substitute for designs they can't afford in their original, more expensive, and usually higher-quality form—for designers and manufacturers, the subject is typically far more black and white. In their eyes, knockoffs are simply and indisputably bad for the industry, for consumers, and for the future of design.
May 24, 2012
Kvadrat Hallingdal 65 at the Jil Sander Showroom, NYC during ICFF 2012.  Photographed by Melissa Stewart

ICFF 2012: Offsite Design Exhibitions

Each spring, New York Design Week gets bigger and better thanks in part to an ever-expanding roster at ICFF (more on that here) as well as the dedication of several local organizations presenting contemporary design outside the walls of Javits Center. Here are a few notes and photos from Wanted Design, the NoHo Design District, and various showrooms we visited in the span of five action-packed days. Our roving team of editors Instagrammed the daylights out of ICFF, as well as the offsite events, exhibitions, and parties we attended en masse. See all of those here, and follow us on Instagram under the name "dwellmagazine."
May 24, 2012