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Tendence 2012 at Messe Frankfurt: Talents 10 + 1

Messe Frankfurt nurtures the young designers who come to its fairs—Tendence and Ambiente, namely—to exhibit their wares. From the prominent placement of the Talents exhibition (in the main hall for good visibility) to not charging booth fees for those who exhibit (unlike SaloneSatellite) to the assistance with exhibition design and booth set up, one can tell that the Messe Frankfurt team has much invested in the next generation of designers.
August 27, 2012

7 Little Lamps We Love

This week, Dwell took a whirl around the Javits Convention Center to check out the goods at the New York International Gift Fair. We spotted a few tasty design morsels (more on that in the coming months) but were especially bowled over by a tiny lamp in Alessi's booth. The brand-new AlessiLux LED lights will be released a bit later this year, and will cost around $150 for each one of four rechargable LED iterations. They're equipped with two settings and the battery lasts for several hours on high and two days on low. Here's a sneak peek at Alessi's cutest lamp, plus six more picks for lighting a small space. 
August 23, 2012
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Shanty Lamp by Areaware

The brainchild of Cincinnati-born and Brooklyn-based designer Paul Loebach, Areaware's Shanty Lamp ($75) is crafted from pine and references "Shinto temples and humble wooden cabins." We think it's more the latter than the former, and love that it has a scrappy sensibility and affordable price tag. More a showpiece than a streaming light source, the table lamp illuminates with a five-watt bulb.
August 14, 2012
FLOS Wan pendant lamp by designer Johanna Grawunder

The Light Fantastic: Johanna Grawunder

To Johanna Grawunder, a turned-off chandelier is “one of the saddest things in the world.” Granted, she is an avant-garde lighting designer; a darkened fixture is a missed opportunity.
July 27, 2012
DIY electrical wall cord art by Maisie Broadhead

Striking a Cord

British artist Maisie Broadhead elevates the nuisance of an unsightly lamp cord to over-the-mantel art with this clever bit of DIY design.
June 21, 2012
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A Chat with Remodelista: Market Highlights for 2012

DIY workshops aplenty and modern, hand-crafted goods such as lighting, hardware, and garden accessories are planned for Remodelista's third year at Dwell on Design. We speak with Editor-at-Large and Market Director, Sarah Lonsdale, for the inside scoop on the Market.
June 15, 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
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ICFF 2012: Picks from Javits Center

This week we're digging deep into our favorites objets de design spotted at the 2012 International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York, from satellite events to the show floor at Javits Center. (See here for full coverage.) After a weekend spent trolling the aisles, I've picked a few favorites from designers young, old, beloved, and novel. Incidentally, I saw more than a few rugs I liked, which dovetails nicely with Dwell's June interiors issue, hitting newsstands on May 29.
May 23, 2012
Brass objects at ICFF 2012

ICFF 2012: Brass Tactics

Everywhere we looked on the show floor of ICFF, we saw our own faces reflected back. Brass, copper, gold and other shiny metallics seemed to swathe or pepper most surfaces, appearing everywhere from huge lighting installations to tiny drawer pulls. Paging Portlandia—we think we've found this year's bird-on-it motif. Tom Dixon, we are holding you personally responsible.
May 22, 2012