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Salone 2012: EuroCucina

This year, at almost every stall at Eurocucina we felt at home, noticing a serious trend in kitchens and living rooms coming together. Whether the consequence of our shrinking urban environments, or comfort and functionality trumping tradition, the kitchen now dominates as the social center of the home, and companies are designing accordingly. The integration of table tops of all shapes, depths, heights and sizes, and in some cases even couches, into the kitchen, sent a clear and convincing message: the dining room is dead. Here are ten examples of the newest in kitchen design from Eurocucina, any of which we would be happy hanging out in.
April 24, 2012
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IKEA PS Collection

Affordable furniture emporium IKEA inspires some conflicted feelings. On the one hand, the brand's products are reasonably priced (sometimes astonishingly so), hack-able, and when they are good, they are very very adaptable (case in point: kitchen cabinets). On the other, you aren't paying $49.99 for a rug that your grandchildren will still be using, and certain basic items leave a little something to be desired, design-wise. Which is precisely why the periodic PS collections—Post Scriptum, for long—are so eagerly awaited. Here is a peek at the seventh, and newest, IKEA PS collection, coming out this August.
April 18, 2012
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Design for Humankind

Architect and healthcare design visionary Michael Graves shares his thoughts on how paralysis has affected his approach and practice.
April 13, 2012
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Last Words, Take Two

We put the same six questions to everyone we talked to for the Now 99 issue to learn what they’re reading, rethinking, and totally sick of. We ran a few responses as the Finishing Touch in the print edition, but the designers we talked to had loads more penetrating, funny, and strange responses than could fit on the page. Read on for a glimpse of the ideas that are shaping the next wave of design. 
April 13, 2012
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Last Words

We put the same four questions to everyone we talked to for the Now 99 to learn what they’re inspired by and what they’re totally sick of. Read on for a glimpse into today’s design minds.
April 13, 2012
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Anna Carnick's Design Voices

In her new e-book, Design Voices, Anna Carnick puts eight designers—Milton Glaser, Massimo Vignelli, Stefan Sagmeister, Giulio Cappellini, Ross Lovegrove, Tokujin Yoshioka, Dror Benshetrit, and Maarten Baas—in the hot seat and asks them about what it means to be a designer today. The interviews took place over the course of two months late in 2011, and the responses act as a barometer to the myriad ways some of the leading design practitioners think about their profession and their role in the design world at large. Below is an excerpt from her interview with Dror Benshetrit, whose QuaDror system we featured in our December/January issue. To purchase the book, click here.
April 1, 2012
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Inside Saturdays NYC

A surf shop in New York City? Unexpected, sure, but also incredibly chic. Saturdays NYC was founded by three friends, avid surfers who "saw a massive opportunity to bring the surf scene to the city," says co-founder Josh Rosen. Their first shop opened on Crosby Street in Soho a few years ago, and an outpost opened in Tokyo as well. (And in case you're wondering, "Tokyo's surf scene is a lot like New York City's—it's about 45 minutes to the beach from both places," says Rosen). Next up is another shop in New York in the West Village. The original shop is built out with salvaged wood, slate, and metal, and stocks surfboards, wetsuits, books, art, and the shop's own brand of 50s– and 60s–inspired apparel. There's also a coffee bar, made from found wainscoting and Ikea butcher block, and an appealing patio out back. Here's a peek inside.
March 29, 2012
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Friday Finds 03.16.12

We just firmed up our NCAA brackets in the Dwell office (Kentucky all the way!) but the one we're really curious about is Obama's. We also wish a Happy Birthday to another office favorite, SF Giants' Brian Wilson, who turns 30 today. Scroll down for the rest of our Friday Finds.
March 16, 2012
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And the Playhaus Winner Is...

We joined James Hardie in the sandbox and tasked Dwellers to wow us with renderings of fantastical funhouses for the mini design enthusiasts in the making. Whether inspired by Bauhaus or Versailles, the challenge was to go wild and channel your inner child. With 366 total entries received, the competition was stiff. Judges selected the five finalists, but we left it to you, our audience of readers, to select the winner in live Facebook voting. Without further ado, the winner is...
March 16, 2012