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Modern Farm Furniture

Modern Farm Furniture out of Columbus, Ohio, was one of my favorite finds at the Solar Decathlon this year. The team of Kiel Mohrman and Kyle Herlihy built the custom furniture in Ohio State's enCore design, which was a nice touch—I'm a sucker for hyperlocal design. A little web perusing brought me to their site and I found that they have a small, but incredibly affordable, line available for sale.
October 26, 2011
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DIY Furniture

We are quite excited to share a new book from Laurence King Publishing called DIY Furniture: A Step-by-Step Guide by Christopher Stuart of Luur Design. The real coup in this book, however, is not that it comes with a bunch of ideas for desks, and sofas, and chairs, but that they tell you how to make objects by established furniture designers. New York stars Rich Brilliant Willing make an appearance, as do Peter Marigold and Lindsey Adelman and Bec Brittain. The book is well laid out, useful, and inspiring, with projects that even a novice such as I am tempted to try. The furniture itself is on the inexpensive side, and best of all, nothing is made from milk crates. DIY Furniture is out this month and costs $25. Read on for an exclusive look at what's inside.
October 18, 2011
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Tramshed 2011 Video Recap

One of the best shows I saw in all of the London Design Festival was Tramshed 2011 in the Shoreditch Design Triangle. I posted a slideshow of what I saw whilst in London, but as is common, loads of great recaps show up a few weeks after the fact. That is certainly the case with this cool video that furniture brand De la Espada posted on Vimeo. Not only do you get a good tour of all that was on view at the Tramshed, but you see just how thoroughly De la Espada has invested in the show. They must have had two-thirds of the floorspace divvied up between designers they work with like Benjamin Hubert, Matthew Hilton, Soren Rose, Studio Ilse and others. You also get a nice peek at the smaller designers at Tramshed like Plant & Moss and the groovy Glasshouse by VONSUNG. Enjoy this short peek into just some of the great design on in London last month.
October 18, 2011
"Super Lamp" Martine Bedin. © V&A Images. Painted metal, lighting components.

"Postmodernism" at the V&A Museum

"Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970-1990," on view at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum through January 15th 2012, is the first major exhibition to take a long, hard look at the most transformative—and contentious—aesthetic movement of the late twentieth century, one that continues to resonate (for better and for worse) throughout architecture, design, fine art, and popular culture. With over 250 objects tracing the movement from its tentative beginnings through its explosive heyday to its decline (at the hands of commercialization), the exhibition makes a powerful case for the postmodernism's game-changing significance. On a recent afternoon, Glenn Adamson, the show’s co-curator (with Jane Pavitt), gave Dwell a tour, and discussed some of "Postmodernism’s" highlights and the thinking behind their inclusion.
October 17, 2011

Inside the VitraHaus

One of the highlights of my recent trip to Basel, Switzerland, was crossing the border to visit the Vitra campus in Weil-am-Rhein, Germany, about 25 minutes from Basel, and exploring the VitraHaus. The five-story structure looks like seven longhouses stacked one on top of each other, and it houses the entire Vitra collection. The best part: you're encouraged to take a seat and test out all the pieces.
October 15, 2011
For the first time, the living room of the Case Study #8 house in Pacific Palisades has been disassembled and reassembled for the public to view. Contrary to how Eames furniture is so often employed today—in a stark, utilitarian manner—in the Eames living

"Living in a Modern Way" at LACMA

For their part in the citywide "Pacific Standard Time" exhibition, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) has just opened “California Design 1930–1965: Living in a Modern Way,” which runs through March 25. One of five PST exhibitions hosted by LACMA, “Living in a Modern Way” takes its title from a quote by the Swedish-born designer Greta Magnusson Grossman, whose simple, functional and stylish pieces in the show help define the principles of the mid-century modern period. In 1951 Grossman declared that California design “is not a superimposed style, but an answer to present conditions…. It has developed out of our own preference for living in a modern way.” This sentiment is perhaps no better exemplified than within the exhibition’s unprecedented exact reassemblage of the furnishings in Charles and Ray Eames’ Case Study House #8 living room, which brings their philosophy of living—in a modern way—into a context as yet unseen outside their actual home.
October 6, 2011
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Bar, Desk, NewYorker

The NewYorker is a savvy bit of furniture by designer Jen Turner that is at once a desk and a bar. We featured it in the November 2011 issue's 101 story on renting and here we present the fine bit of decor in all its dual-function, space-saving glory. We're betting your studio apartment didn't come with one of these. All photos by David Engelhardt.
October 6, 2011
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Touring Vitra Campus, Part 2

Vitra's Weil-am-Rhein, Germany, campus boasts not only the production facilities of the famous furniture manufacturer but also numerous iconic buildings by world-renowned architects. In Touring Vitra Campus, Part 1, we explored Jasper Morrison's bus shelters, Frank Gehry's Vitra Design Museum and factory building, Herzog & de Meuron's VitraHaus, Buckminster Fuller's dome, Jean Prouvé's petrol station, and SANAA's soon-to-be-completed factory. Here, we continue the tour with a look at Álvaro Siza's factory building and peeks inside Zaha Hadid's Fire Station (her first building in Europe) as well as Tadao Ando's Conference Pavilion.
October 4, 2011
Vitra Campus part one

Touring Vitra Campus, Part 1

The Vitra Campus in Weil-am-Rhein, Germany, is design-heaven on Earth. Since the 1950s, it has been home to Vitra's furniture production (the company headquarters are located across the border in Switzerland), and it's grown to include the renowned Vitra Design Museum and a handful of the world's best-known buildings by the world's the best-known architects and designers. I hopped the bus from Basel, Switzerland, to take a tour of the campus.
September 29, 2011