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Seattle 2010 part two

Seattle, Part Two

Earlier this week, I headed to Seattle to report a story for an upcoming issue and to run around town to find the best food, furnishings, and other local favorites. Part one of my trip was bookended with croissants and Korean tacos and filled with glimpses of the Olympic Sculpture Park, city bike racks, freeway underpasses, and more. Here we pick up halfway through day two of my three-day trip. 
October 28, 2010
Seattle 2010 part one

Seattle, Part One

Seattle did nothing to cast away its stereotype as the country's wettest city earlier this week. I traveled north from our Dwell headquarters in San Francisco to visit a house that will be featured in an upcoming issue and to get a taste of what the city has to offer. Here's part one of what I discovered.
October 27, 2010
w hotel NYC ceiling thumb

W New York Downtown

While in New York City last month, I spent a night at the new W New York hotel, downtown in Wall Street. Like all W's, this one was peppered with self-consciously 'cool' design-y touches, some of which grated a bit. That said, I was particularly impressed with two elements of the design: the undulating, glowing ceiling in the lobby (or, excuse me, the "living room"), and the built-in furniture in the guestrooms.
October 21, 2010
Midtown Group

Designs on Midtown Manhattan

I was back in New York last week, in part to attend the press preview lunch for I Saloni Milano in New York which is a six-week celebration of Italian design. The event is meant to comemorate the 50th anniversary of the Salone furniture fair in Milan. The lunch was at Mario Batali's restaurant Manzo in Eataly, and the man himself popped his head out to welcome us. The festivities commence in late November with a series of video portraits by Robert Wilson, a video installation of Leonardo's Last Supper by Peter Greenway, and events in 20 Italian furniture showrooms around the city. The food was great and it was truly an international gathering of design, art, food, and business. Quite fun! After that I had a little wander around midtown Manhattan to see the design sites, and finished off with a tasty treat at a new high-design cafe on Madison Avenue called D'Espresso.
October 20, 2010
glidden color me impressed round two winner happy plaid

Runners Up, Color Me Impressed Round Two

We loved perusing the entries from the latest round of the Glidden Paint and Color Me Impressed Design Competition - so we decided to post our favorites! Check out our final four. First up is Happy Plaid submitted by Laura Treichel!
October 19, 2010
Modern backyard chicken coop

Coop Dreams

Switching coasts from Brooklyn to Portland gave architects Mitchell Snyder and Shelley Martin a new set of unexpected clients: three young hens.
October 18, 2010
glidden color me impressed round 2 winner rev

Winner: Color Me Impressed, Round Two

The competition was stiff for Round Two of Color Me Impressed, our design competition centered around color theory. The submission that impressed us best was...
October 15, 2010
The color library at Domus Orsoni.

The Foundry at Domus Orsoni

While in Italy checking out the latest in tiles at Cersaie in Bologna, we took a day to train over to Venice and roam the waterways and were given the opportunity to visit the only foundry in the city: Domus Orsoni. Here's what we saw at the 122-year-old establishment and hub of mosaic magic.
October 13, 2010
Design Philadelphia

Handicapping Design Philadelphia

Last night Design Philadelphia kicked off its 6th annual festival of art, architecture, and design. This year the event boasts over 150 events over 11 days, all aimed, as Design Philadelphia executive director Hilary Jay told me, "to create an atmosphere in this region where the creative spirit can flourish." I should also note that the overwhelming majority of the events over the course of the 11 days are free. "We want the barrier of entrace to be really low," Jay said. "A lot of people don't understand capital-D design and I want to help educate the public about what design means to their everyday lives." I'll be visiting Philly in the middle of next week and aim to check out a few events myself; here's what Jay is most looking forward to.
October 8, 2010