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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
terence conran portrait

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
begley house

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
my bauhaus typen

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
atlanta design is human

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
popup cardboard office

Pop-Up Schmop-Up

Perhaps the most beloved prefix these days for events and design projects -- aside from 'eco-' of course -- is 'pop-up.' Where there used to be only pop-up books and greeting cards in the olden days (not that I have been around for all that long), we now barely raise an eyebrow at pop-up cardboard closets, pop-up nightclub shipping containers, and pop-up Alfred Dunhill menswear installations in the Meatpacking. Wading through the raucous daily tweets about everything and their grandmother popping up in our cities, here are some recently notable European projects that actually do pop-up, and are worth at least a snap or a crackle.
June 1, 2010
Montreal International Interior Design Show

SIDIM 2010

This weekend was a celebration of design in Montreal, Canada--particularly pieces created and manufacturer in the city--at the 22nd annual Montreal International Interior Design Show (SIDIM). While the big guns like Moen, Cosentino, and Jenn-Air were showing their wares, the big attraction was the works of local designers and students from three Montreal universities. Dwell associate editor Miyoko Ohtake walked the showfloor before enjoying her favorite Québecois treat: poutine (French fries topped with cheese curds and gravy). Here's what she found on the floor.
May 29, 2010
#678 Egg by Arne Jacobsen and Tal R

Events this Weekend: 5.27-5.30

This weekend boasts a host of exhibitions around the continent. Can't make it before the doors close? Watch our slideshows of images and works from the displays.
May 27, 2010