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  1. 6 Ways to Add Throw Pillows
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    6 Ways to Add Throw Pillows

    They haven’t always been in design favor, but throw pillows, when done right, can add warmth, color, and texture to a room like nothing else can. Six designers show us how.

    written by: Erika Heet
    09.11.13

  2. Shine and Rise
    Design 101

    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...

    04.27.10

  3. The Wrong Impression
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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...

    04.27.10

  4. An Introduction to Modern Textiles
    Design 101

    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...

    written by: Akiko Bush
    04.27.10

  5. Tech Styles
    Design 101

    Tech Styles

    Matilda McQuaid is the head of the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum’s Textiles Department: ...

    03.27.10

  6. Sew Awesome
    Design 101

    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...

    03.26.10

  7. 101 High-Tech Materials
    Design 101

    101 High-Tech Materials

    Remember how the Predator had skin that made him invisible? That was cool. But these high-tech materials might be even cooler.

    written by: Christopher Bright
    photos by: Hunter Freeman
    02.24.09

  8. Marimekko Tour
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    Marimekko Tour

    Beyond a shining white foyer and a canteen infused with fragrant lunchtime aromas, Marimekko’s Helsinki headquarters hides a textile factory in its belly.

    written by: Shonquis Moreno
    01.31.09

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