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8 Things to See at Designjunction Edit New York

On May 15-18, 2015, designjunction edit will host a satellite show in New York for NYCxDesign week. Known for its London and Milan showcases, this is the first time the fair will be held stateside. In anticipation of the event, we've gathered a few things we're most excited to see. Be sure to join us for Dwell Presents, a series of live discussions moderated by Dwell editor-in-chief Amanda Dameron on Friday, May 15.
May 11, 2015
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Designer Harry Bertoia's Unusual Sound-Making Sculptures

Renowned designer Harry Bertoia (1915–1978) dedicated the latter part of his career to creating metal sound sculptures called Sonambients. Made from naval brass and beryllium, they emit unique tones when activated—some like breathy chimes, others akin to a throaty roar. Bertoia created recordings of the sculptures in the 1970s, and they’re now reissued in honor of his centenary in March 2015. The 11-piece set of LPs or CDs also feature the original cover art; take a look in the slideshow.
May 10, 2015
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14 Must-Own Modern Home Accessories Made in America

Our annual celebration of American design includes a selection of locally made home accessories. Take a look at our new favorite domestic finds, from mirrors to planters.
May 10, 2015
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Energy Storage Expert Jim Kelly Brings Renewables to Railroads

Jim Kelly first began pondering the possibilities and limitations of renewables as a senior vice president of transmission and distribution for Southern California Edison. After 38 years with the state’s second-largest utility, he was named CEO of Advanced Rail Energy Storage, or ARES, which developed a system that draws energy from the grid to run weighted rail cars up an incline. When demand spikes, the cars roll downhill and a regenerative braking system generates electricity that is dispatched back to the grid. On the basis of its quarter-scale test facility in California’s Tehachapi Mountains, ARES received its first commercial commission, in 2014, to deliver reliable, renewable energy to Southern California from Nevada by 2017.
May 9, 2015
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7 Ways to Get Creative with a Staircase

The trend in creative staircase design continues to flourish.
May 8, 2015
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10 Favorite Products from BKLYN Designs

From May 8–10, 2015, the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint, Brooklyn is hosting BKLYN Designs, an event that unites design, architecture, and art. For the first time, the Dwell Store is participating in the event, presenting a pop-up store installation that features the designs of Brooklyn brands and designers, alongside objects that have a decidedly Brooklyn look and feel. Check out some of our favorite products from the event here, and explore the full collection from BKLYN Designs at the Dwell Store.
May 8, 2015
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Earn Your CEUs at These Dwell on Design Los Angeles Panels

At this year's Dwell on Design Los Angeles (May 29-31, 2015), AIA is offering more than 20 continuing education courses, covering everything from modern design for an aging population, to historic preservation, and 3D printing. These are discussions you won't want to miss!
May 8, 2015
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The Story Behind Over 125 Stunning Poster Designs

A new exhibition on poster design opens May 8, 2015, at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. We sent a few questions to Ellen Lupton, the curator of contemporary design, to unpack the show.
May 7, 2015
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7 Modern Ladders

Ladders are a useful way to reach high books or access a sleeping loft.
May 7, 2015