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Dwell is proud to announce a new line of architectural tile produced as a collaboration with Heath Ceramics.

Dwell Patterns with Heath Ceramics

Dwell and Sausalito–based Heath Ceramics have more than a few things in common. We're both design-focused Bay Area companies. We both have a dedication to modernism. And we both provide tools for smart, sustainable living. Now, our two companies' philosophies will come to life for the first time as an exciting product collaboration: Dwell Patterns by Heath Ceramics, which will debut Friday, June 25 at Dwell on Design.
June 18, 2010
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2010 National Design Awards

On Thursday, the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum announced the winners of its 11th annual National Design Awards. The program honors individuals and organizations across a variety of creative platforms, which this year included Lifetime Achievement, Design Mind, Corporate and Institutional Achievement, Architecture Deisgn, Communication Design, Fashion Design, Interaction Design, Interior Design, Landscape Design, and Product Design. We were excited to see some of our favorites—KierenTimberlake, Aidlin Darling Design, Andrea Cochran, Frog Design—among the winners and finalists and congratulate all the honorees, who will be feted on October 14 in New York. 
June 18, 2010
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Preview: The New Face of Affluence IDEAS Conference

The New Face of Affluence is Dwell Strategy + Research's half-day program centered around consumer insight, practical knowledge, and marketing strategy. Speakers and guests investigate the rise of an influential class of wealthy Americans whose values are impacting the way we think about work, consumption and daily life. Register now! 
June 16, 2010
Beetle’s House, by architect Terunobu Fujimori.

Events this Weekend: 6.17-6.20

This weekend is one of gallery openings in all corners of the world, from a modern lighting show in Philadelphia to a Iannis Xenakis exhibit in Montreal to a display dedicated to Sanaa in Copenhagen. Read on to find out what's happening in your neck of the woods.
June 16, 2010
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A Knight's Retail

"I can never understand why people employ decorators," posits Sir Terence Conran, a man whose surname is synonymous with design. "One of the great joys in life is collecting things to put in a home," he adds, and it's apt that outfitting a house is more than just part of the job for Conran; he has been helping others discover that same satisfaction since opening his first furnishings store, Habitat, in London in 1964. In 1987 he launched the Conran Shop, and his reach now includes architecture, books, and restaurants. The sun, it seems, never sets on this British empire.  
June 14, 2010
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Preview: Ed Begley, Jr.

Ed Begley, Jr. is wearing what can most accurately be described as his uniform, a blue dress shirt unbuttoned to reveal a white t-shirt, khaki cargo shorts and Crocs with socks. Not your typical Emmy Award-nominated actor outfit, but neither is his current behavior. He is standing on the sidewalk outside his house, showing recent improvements he made to his parkway, that tiny strip of city-owned land between sidewalk and street. Begley, who lives on a corner lot, removed the resource-sucking swatches of grass and laced new gravel-edged, native plots with efficient drip-irrigation. When he moved into this home in 1988, he says, it was the same story. He tore out the lawn and added  drought-tolerant plants like rosemary, a fragrant sprig of which he rolls between  his fingers as he identifies the trees in his orchard of apples, figs and loquats. "The apples are not quite ready," he says, bounding to the far corner of the yard. "But the loquats are really good! Here, help yourself to a few." Begley will be sharing this same zest for sustainable living with the audience at this year's Dwell on Design.
June 11, 2010
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Events this Weekend: 6.10-6.13

This weekend features work on display by Dwell favorite's like Marlon Blackwell, Olson Kundig Architects, and Marcel Wanders as well as a preview of San Francisco Design Week, which kicks on Monday.
June 10, 2010
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Having purchased a 3.5-acre plot of land in Topanga, California, with a very rustic, 750-square-foot cabin on it several years ago, architect Christof Jantzen found himself in need of a fairly quick, low-cost house expansion for his family (wife Lauryn and three young sons). Jantzen, principal of the Venice, California, office of the firm Behnisch Architekten, soon came upon the idea that more space could be achieved by redesigning a series of recycled and modified shipping containers, which would drastically reduce the typical time-consuming process of a traditional remodel. “Building my own house made me realize that this was doable,” says Jantzen. “Most of the prefab structures on the market are very expensive, so I tried developing these container structures that would bring the cost margin of prefab down, which I think should happen.” At a cost of around $100 to $150 per square foot, the structures can be customized, stacked and combined into one of six Jantzen designs ranging between 320 and 2,400 square feet. With builder Eric Engheben of 44 West Construction, Jantzen has completed, among other designs, a poolhouse in Brentwood, California, and is in the permit stage on a 2,400-square-foot, 18-container atrium house in Topanga.  
June 3, 2010
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Events this Weekend: 6.3-6.6

Not a weekend goes by this time of year without a design show. Last year we reported from the Montreal International Interior Design Show. This week the action's in Atlanta for Design is Human. And don't forget: Our own show, Dwell on Design, is just three weeks away in Los Angeles. In the meantime, here's what to check out.
June 3, 2010