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Lower Manhattan Lighting RFP

Lighting Lower Manhattan

Attention lighting professionals: New York City is making like Hong Kong and illuminating its waterfront in a proposed bid that invites architects and designers to create a massive interactive exhibition that will light up Lower Manhattan every night for at least three years.
December 16, 2011
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Well Tooled

December 9, 2011
QuaDror by Dror Benshetrit

Top Dror

Industrial designer Dror Benshetrit’s new building system, QuaDror, can be applied to make just about anything from architecture to table bases.
November 29, 2011
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Dwell Talks with Rich Brilliant Willing

On Thursday, November 10th, I'll be sitting down for a chat with Alexander T. Williams, one of the forces behind the exciting industrial design firm Rich Brilliant Willing. Williams is in town not only to discuss his wares, but also for a kind of unofficial RBW debut party at the design showroom Propellor at 555 Hayes St. in San Francisco. Join us starting at 7:00 PM for the event One by Three: Rich Brilliant Willing designer Alexander Williams talks with Dwell magazine Deputy Editor Aaron Britt. I'll ask Williams about his team's approach to design, about incporprating readymade parts into their unique products, and about what's coming down the pike for the talented trio. Best of all, Propellor will stake you to a 15% reduction on any RBW goods, and you stand an excellent chance of scoring a beer. I hope to see you there!
November 9, 2011
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Tokyo Designers Week: Eco Lighting

Switching from incandescent to LED bulbs can cut the amount of electricity a lamp consumes by sixty percent or more. But with their cool-white hue and hefty price tag, getting excited about these earth-friendly lights can be hard. At design events taking place around Tokyo this week, exhibitors played up the benefits of LEDs—like the fact that they are small, emit little heat, and can be easily dimmed—with a selection of innovative fixtures. Here's what I saw.
November 6, 2011
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Dwell Design Lab Recap

Over the weekend of October 29th and 30th, Dwell hosted its first ever Design Lab in San Francisco. Bay Area-based designers, architects, and landscape architects gathered at the Millennium Tower to share their latest works with the public. The Bay Area is known for possessing an eclectic style, one that is as unique as the denizens that call the region their home, and the exhibitors on hand represented that sensibility as seen in the steampunk-like lighting by Jefferson Mack Metal, the verdant living walls by Kellee Adams, and the peaceful bedroom made from reclaimed materials by Reba Jones. Here's a recap of the Design Lab exhibitiors.
October 31, 2011
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Recycled Paper Lights

I recently came across the work of Pia Wüstenberg, a German-born designer whose recent obsession is transforming piles of waste paper (posters, magazines) into striking pendant lights and tables. First she rolls them around a tube, laminating each sheet on top of the other with a glue-based mixture. Then she uses a woodworking lathe and carving tools to shape the piece, much as a woodworker creates a turned bowl.   For further insight into her working process, check out this video:   Processed Paper from pia wustenberg on Vimeo.
October 20, 2011
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Henry Wilson's "Things Revisited"

When Australian designer Henry Wilson moved to the Netherlands to study for a Masters Degree at the Design Academy Eindhoven, he says he experienced a "philosophical shift away from the creation of new things and a re-examination of the role of the designer." He was feeling "increasing disenchantment with the role of the designer at a time of evident excess and wastefulness in a consumer driven market," he writes, along with a growing awareness of the world's dwindling resources. His musings and experimentations led him to invent a design exercise for himself: to tweak and update existing "classic" designs in a way that would reveal them in a fresh light. Here are the clever and elegant results of his experiments.
September 30, 2011
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London Design Festival Recap

As with most trade fairs, it was difficult to find dense clumps of strong design at the London Design Festival; instead gems were dispersed throughout. When an object did stand out, the work was clever, as exemplified by a flat-pack boat made by two recent RCA grads; gracefully technical as in Jake Dyson’s handsome and super-long-lasting (will-it-to-your-grandchildren) task lamp; or adorned with traces of the maker’s hands as was Johannes Nagel’s pottery. Creativity was found, and hailed from, everywhere: The Australians made a fine showing at Designjunction while the streets of London, itself, provided wall space for those who didn’t want to hire an exhibition booth at Earls Court.
September 28, 2011