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Building the Maxon House: Week 18

In our latest Backstory series, Seattleite Lou Maxon recounts the thrills and trials of ditching the suburbs, buying property, and designing and building a modern house with Tom Kundig of Olson Kundig Architects. Week 18: Meet the Contractor.   Having completed the schematic phase of our future residence, our next step was to price out the schematic set and select one of the three contractors Tom Kundig proposed (he'd worked with all three before). During our review process, we used the following determining factors: 1) Price. Obviously this is a huge consideration. Tom Kundig was deliberate in advising us that the lowest or highest prices also come with their own pluses and minuses. It’s important to ask things including: Does this price include applicable sales tax? What is included and not included? Is this a capped price or are there percentage variations on cost overruns? 2) Fit. Just as we interviewed architects and design/builders at the beginning of this process, it's essential that you find a contractor you can get along with, collaborate with, and feel comfortable pushing back on. 3) References. We not only talked to owners who worked with our selected contractor, but we visited their spaces, both completed and in-progress.
July 6, 2011
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Best DOD Shots

When you spill lakes of digital ink and snap loads of pictures documenting your own event (tired of Dwell on Design yet, gentle readers?) you can easily lose perspective of what the folk you're trying to court will go for. Luckily some of you took photos of your own at Dwell on Design, and I've been delighted to see them. So here are three groups of photos of Dwell on Design that you probably haven't seen, and that we are so happy were taken. They range from a party we threw for presenting sponsor LG at Ford and Ching to a wonderfully concerted look at Architecture for Humanity's additions to our show. Have a look.
July 4, 2011
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Playhaus Design Competition is Coming Soon!

We're getting our hands dirty and joining James Hardie in the sandbox for our upcoming design competition, Playhaus. Your mission—should you choose to accept the challenge—is to wow us with fantastical funhouses for mini design enthusiasts in the making.
July 1, 2011
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The Business Behind Indie Design

There's more to making it as a designer than creating great goods—you also need to find an avenue through which to share your wares. On Sunday morning at Dwell on Design, Mohawk General Store co-owner Kevin Carney and Industry of All Nations-cofounders Fernando and Juan Gerscovich joined Dwell associate editor Jordan Kushins for a discussion about the business behind indie design. Here we share a few of their tips (and invite you to join in the conversation!).
June 26, 2011
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Westside L.A. Studio Tour

In its inaugural Summer Studio Tour, Silver Lake architectural non-profit Materials & Applications certainly gave us a lot to chew on. As part of its fundraising efforts for future installations and also as a way of building a creative community, M&A set a weekend of tours that offer design professionals a tantalizing peek into the studios and processes of other creative firms around town. Last Saturday, M&A took visitors to the Eastside creative scene, but Sunday was the Westside’s turn to shine with six studio visits in the line-up. Here’s what I saw.
June 25, 2011
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Free Design Advice!

Good professional design advice don't come cheap—but for two days at Dwell on Design in Los Angeles, it comes free! This coming weekend, Saturday June 25 and Sunday June 26, at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Architizer is sponsoring free intensive 40-minute design clinics with experienced architects, designers, and landscape architects from nine firms. All you have to do is sign up for a time slot, describing your "architectural malady" and stating some preferred day to meet. (You also need to have purchased a ticket to Dwell on Design).
June 23, 2011
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Green Car Test Drive

If you've ever fantasized about driving a silent, uber-green hybrid or electric car, or are thinking about buying one, come out to Dwell on Design in Los Angeles on Saturday June 25 and Sunday June 26 for a free test drive between 11 am and 4 pm. Organized by Ron Cogan of Green Car Journal and, and held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, attendees can try zipping around town in any of 13 fuel-efficient models.
June 21, 2011
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Unseen Eames: Films from the Vault

One of the events I'm most excited about at this year's Dwell on Design is Unseen Eames, a half-hour screening of rare and little-seen films from the Eames family archive at 4:00 pm on Friday June 24th on the Design Innovation Stage.
June 21, 2011
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Mohawk General Store Picks

As the first of the Dwell edit crew down in Los Angeles for Dwell on Design, I've had a chance to cruise around a bit soaking up all the good Angeleno design vibes. Little wonder that my peregrinations have taken me to Sunset Junction to Mohawk General Store, a winning depot for chic clothes, mid-century design, and all the lifestyle accoutrements needed to keep you significantly cooler than your stupid older brother who won't stop talking about his last trip to Austin. The shop was also the Design Finder in our April 2011 issue. Owners Kevin Carney (who will be talking at Dwell on Design on Sunday about the business of indie design) and Bo Carney showed me what they're most excited about in the shop right now.
June 20, 2011