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LEGO® Modern Home Design Competition

LEGO® Design Competition Finalists

Dwell joined forces with Pacific Standard Time to appeal to the architect—and child—within us all. The challenge was to construct a model of an original home inspired by iconic California mid-century modern architecture only using LEGO bricks. Now it's time to reveal the five finalists vying for the grand prize to be awarded at this year's Dwell on Design.
May 14, 2012
Frieze Art Fair 2012

Surveying Frieze New York

Fact #1: New Yorkers are more allergic to bridges and tunnels than plants and trees. Fact #2: Manhattanites generally enjoy exploring other boroughs as much as they like the Times Square subway platform in the stew of summer. Therefore, when Frieze Art Fair–which has thrived in London’s Regent Park for a decade–chose to debut its American counterpart May 4th through 7th on Randall’s Island, a geographical curse seemed in the cards. (“Who is this Randall and how do you get to his island?,” and so on.) Luckily, the one thing Manhattanites enjoy more than schadenfruede is a pleasant cultural surprise. 
May 12, 2012
Shelf Lamp by Andreas Engesvik

Young Guns 2012: The New Nordic Guard

With Scandinavia's rich design legacy and long months of darkness, it's little wonder that many of the region's up-and-coming designers are masters of modern lighting. Here are three whose work we find particularly illuminating.
May 10, 2012
Pattern Diary Ceramic Tableware by Renée Rossouw

Tomorrow's Design Stars: Part 2

Continuing our in-depth look at some of our favorite emerging designers around the world—read more about them in our May 2012 roundup here!—here are some additional products that illustrate their talents. Part One showcased designers from the U.K. to Germany to Tokyo to Sydney to Buenos Aires. This time we look at design duos from America and Bangkok, a handful of Scandinavians, and a talented young woman from South Africa who's making her mark on everything from wallpaper to wooden toys. Click through for more!
May 10, 2012
Things Revisited collection by Henry Wilson

Young Guns 2012

In our tireless search for what's modern now, we've combed the globe for fresh talent, seeking out design stars in the making—our next generation of Bouroullecs, Jasper Morrisons, and Patricia Urquiolas. These 27 up-and-comers are shaping the future of design, creating objects that make our world and our homes more functional, beautiful, and inspiring. We think you'll see a lot more of them in the years to come.
May 8, 2012
Dwell Light energy party

Dwell Light & Energy Issue Launch

On Wednesday April 25, 2012, Dwell Media celebrated its Light & Energy issue with a spectacular lighting exhibition and party held at Industria Superstudio. Dwell’s April issue looks at the latest innovations in energy conservation and lighting technology and singles out those leading the way. The designers featured in the exhibition included: David Weeks, Jason Miller, Bec Brittain, Lindsey Adelman, Rich Brilliant Willing, David Nosanchuk, Dror Benshetrit, Workstead, Chris Hardy for FontanaArte, Vica Design, FLOS, Artemide, Kartell, and Luceplan. The event was sponsored by Pharox, a San Francisco-based company creating cutting-edge LED lighting technology.
May 2, 2012
salone12 elmar isolacross

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
Ikea PS Aerial Shot

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
Architect Michael Graves by Riccardo Vecchio

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