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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
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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
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
German designer Pia Wüstenberg

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
Illustration by Craighton Berman

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