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SFMOMA: How Wine Became Modern

Earlier this week I attended the press preview for "How Wine Became Modern," opening at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art on Saturday, November 20. The hard-to-define exhibition spans many disciplines and mediums, exploring transformations in the visual and material culture of wine over the past three decades, paying special attention to the role that design has played in its transformation. There are galleries dedicated to terroir, to winery design, to little-discussed additives used in the wine-making process, to art inspired by wine and grapes. The underlying question, according to curator Henry Urbach: "What's all the fuss about wine? How has it gone from something agricultural and comestible to being a cultural position?" Here's a glimpse inside the exhibition. Check back soon for an interview with Urbach, posted by associate editor Miyoko Ohtake.
November 19, 2010
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Windows at Bergdorf Goodman

"To window-shop," we learned in our November 2010 issue's Introduction to Retail Design, dates back to 1922—but it wasn't until the 1930s that shops  spiced up their storefronts to stop casual passers-by. Salvador Dalí and Raymond Loewy were among the early window decorators, and today its become an annual event to see what the stores along Fifth Avenue will display. (In our own San Francisco, it means going to see the kittens and puppies sleeping in the Macy's windows that are up for adoption.) A new book by Assouline celebrates the windows of Bergdorf Goodman. Here, we take a peek at the photographs by Ricky Zehavi and John Cordes featured in Windows at Bergdorf Goodman.
November 18, 2010
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Magnetic Walls, and Storage Made Sexy

When architects Hayes and James Slade of Slade Architecture renovated a three-story brownstone in Brooklyn for Ricky Kenig, the owner of the New York City's ubiquitous Ricky's NYC stores, and his three daughters, they took an atypical approach to storage: "rather than concealing, it reveals and celebrates," says James. To tie the three floors together, the architects devised a blackened steel wall that acts like a multi-story magnetic board, running from the parlor floor to the roof.
November 17, 2010
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Heading to Mexico City

I'm headed to Mexico City tomorrow—I've never been—and I wanted to reach out to the Dwell community to get an inside track on what I should see and where I should go. At present the itinerary includes seeing a couple houses by Luis Barragan, the Galería Mexicana de Diseño, and  Bruno Newman’s Museum MODO. But I'll have some free time and would love to poll you on where to eat, what to see, and where to pick up a few Christmas presents for the old Britt family.
November 17, 2010
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Seeing Orange in SF

Seeing Orange Dutch Design Week in SF is in full swing now in San Francisco, showcasing the best in Dutch design here in the City by the Bay. Here's a quick handicap of the talks and films that you should not miss this week.
November 16, 2010
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Friday Finds 11-12-2010

We're ending the week with our editors (and new photo intern Meigan Canfield) favorite digs from the blogosphere.
November 12, 2010
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The Best of Dutch Design?

NAi Publishing, in collaboration with the Dutch Design Awards, recently released the 2010 Dutch Design Yearbook, a 216-page atlas of the best, newest, and most innovative work by designers in the Netherlands from the past year, spanning the fields of architectural and interior design, product design, fashion, and graphic design.
November 11, 2010
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Patrick Jouin: Design and Gesture

Earlier week, Patrick Jouin: Design and Gestures opened at the Museum of Art and Design in New York. The show, on display through February 6, 2011, marks the French designer's American museum debut.  
November 11, 2010
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Architecture Reads on Google Books

Far be it from me to suggest you spend your spare computer time reading—those R. Kelly vids are certainly not going to watch themselves—but after a quick advanced search on Google Books, it turns out there are a handful of tomes the design-minded reader might do well to peruse. Best of all, you can read full versions of the text, and they range in subject from a Richard Neutra bio to the charms of loft living to the best in 20th century Dutch architecture. Read on.
November 10, 2010
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