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Lightforms, Digitally Fabricated

Known to many architects as that translucent film paper on which archaic hand drawings become worthy of pin-up, mylar is making an illuminating entrance into the realm of the three-dimensional. From PROJECTiONE, students have lasercut mylar to produce pieces and joints to create these exquisite hand-assembled light shades.
May 11, 2010
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Science Project Pillows

I got a note recently from Heather Lins of Heather Lins Home about her new eco-friendly pillows. Though the current throw pillow throwdown is certain to separate wheat from chaff, little on your couch better suggests that you might be able to make the scientific differentiation between the two than her Science Project pillows. They don't come cheap, $220 each for Botany, Geology and Anatomy, but they are a classy, retro addition to the living room, and one that would make Mr. Daly, my preposterously nerdy seventh grade science teacher, very, very happy. Pocket protector not included.
May 4, 2010
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Shine and Rise

The catalog of smart textiles for the future is teeming with cognitive intelligence—fabrics that serve as interactive surfaces or are embedded with sheets of tiny microprocessors, little solar batteries, or antimicrobial properties. But these materials may miss the point. The textile arts, after all, have their origins in comfort—rugs that keep our feet off the cold floor, curtains and wall hangings that keep out the draft, quilts that keep us cozy at night. What may have more value, both stylistically and holistically, is not so much a conventionally smart textile, but one that has emotional intelligence—kind of an electric blanket for the soul.
April 27, 2010
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The Wrong Impression

Going for the hand touch isn’t exactly foolproof. An easy way to miss: embossed wall coverings. Lincrusta was originally invented in 1877 as a kind of textile-linoleum hybrid by linoleum progenitor Frederick Walton, and was made with gelled linseed oil backed by a heavy canvas. It functioned as a kind of molded linoleum and was offered up as an economic alternative to hand-carved plaster. It continues to be used today, not only as a wall covering but for all manner of decorative borders, dados, and friezes, the subtle sense of dimension suggesting wood, pressed tin, or even leather.  
April 27, 2010
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An Introduction to Modern Textiles

If the design world feels like an endless parade of products, then the gnashing maws of industrial production assuredly underpin it all. Take a look at how leading manufacturers make what they make, with a special eye on how to clean up what is often a messy act.
April 27, 2010
Photograph by Laurie Frankel. Soft goods styling by Christina Watkinson.

10 Luxurious Linens

Sheets, duvets—heck, even an occasional sham. We’ve made the trek through a welter of modern linens and things and come up with a collection that will have you in bed early and sleeping late.
April 26, 2010
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Nathan Vincent

When I first stumbled upon designer Nathan Vincent's work, I immediately knew I'd found something unique. Using crochet as a method to make traditionally masculine objects, Vincent challenges feminine and masculine stereotypes. In this Q&A, the artist talks about his beginnings, an upcoming collaboration with Jonathan Adler, and his fabric urinal.  
April 7, 2010
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Tech Styles

March 27, 2010
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Sew Awesome

“Who we are arises directly from what our bodies can do,” writes Richard Sennett in his recent book, The Craftsman. In his spirited defense of how making material things can enlarge one’s life, Sennett reevaluates the place of the handmade in the digital age. Certainly in design we are familiar with the idea that touch is often a necessary antidote to high tech, and that the ether of the electronic world has honed our appetite for the tactile and material. Heather Bush agrees. A designer at Carnegie Fabrics, she considers ways in which to apply craft technique to hard-use textiles. She was also willing to rethink the notion that handwork is exclusively about limited production, high costs, and the imprint of individuality. Tuned in to the embroidery that was so ubiquitous in fashion a few years back, Bush decided it had a place in high-performance wall coverings and upholstery.
March 26, 2010
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