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Meditation Hut

Butterfly Roof Meditation Hut

Illinois resident Mary Kalanzis rises every morning with a view worthy of the next world. "I wake up to the vision of the hut everyday," she says. "There's something about the proportions that make it appear heavenly." The hut is the butterfly-roof-adorned tea and meditation structure perched above a pond on their 14 acres in Champaign, Illinois.
February 11, 2011
Architect Thomas Phifer in his west SoHo office and studio

Thomas Phifer: Light on the Subject

Don’t be fooled by his mellow, self-effacing demeanor: Architect Thomas Phifer is a master of his craft, designing daylit, minimalist buildings that meld the ideals of classic modernism with 21st-century innovations.
February 9, 2011
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Friday Finds 2.04.11

Have a look at some on the most interestiing things we here at Dwell saw this week. Scroll down to see kinetic sculptures, a Werner Herzog-narrated film, and snowy images of the "monster storm" battering the U.S.
February 4, 2011
Robert Venturi Print Collection

Robert Venturi Print Collection

Ever since reading Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown's seminal text Learning from Las Vegas as an undergraduate architecture student, I've developed a deep love of the dynamism of streetscapes and, of course, the decorated shed, epitomized by Long Island's Big Duck. One of the highlights of attending Las Vegas Market late January was visiting the special exhibitions installed for the show. Among them were selections from the Robert Venturi Print Collection, on loan from the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego. Here are a few of my favorites.
February 2, 2011
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Maison & Objet: Part 3

Welcome to my third and final installment of highlights from Maison & Objet 2011. You can find the first two here and here. This one is a chunky, motley assortment of LED lights, furnishings, and a fleet of sexy chairs. Enjoy!
January 31, 2011
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Retail's Details

Few feelings equal the rush of shopping in the center of the universe with cold hard cash—–or credit—–burning a hole in the pocket. New York retail is so good, however, it’s (almost) as much fun without the collateral. Here are a selection of our favorite places to browse and, if we’re lucky, buy.
January 28, 2011
Surfaces Stone Expo 2011

S2: Surfaces + StonExpo 2011

This week we headed to Las Vegas for S2, a combination the Surfaces and StonExpo trade shows. We walked miles through the exhibition spaces at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center and here present the favorites of what we saw.
January 28, 2011
Photograph by Rinko Kawauchi.

Friday Finds 1.28.11

In this last Friday Finds for the month of January, we bring you a handful of the photographs, films, and other aspects of visual culture that captivated us this week.
January 28, 2011
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"Crossing the Line" by Tanya Aguiñiga

When Los Angeles-based furniture and textile designer/maker Tanya Aguiñiga was approached by the Craft and Folk Art Museum to create an exhibition of her work, the artist had an off-the-wall idea—literally. “I wanted to create this crazy environment that involved all different types of yarn, weaving in midair through suspension, and small bits of color floating around so that when you enter the gallery the art is off the wall, and completely unlike typical museum spaces where everything is stationary,” says Aguiñiga. On view now through May 8th, Crossing the Line: A Space by Tanya Aguiñiga is a contemporary hand-made, site-specific installation inspired by her recent trip to the indigenous region of Chiapas, Mexico where she learned the ancient method of back-strap weaving. The result is a beautiful cave-like cobweb of brightly-colored crisscrossing strings that envelopes the viewer in a space woven together by traditions old and new.
January 28, 2011