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Cecilia Tham

For part three of our new series Three Buildings, we spoke with Cecilia Tham of Habitan Architects in Barcelona. She walks us through her three favorite buildings, each in Spain, ranging from a Gaudi masterpiece to a startlingly beautiful outdoor escalator. Not only does she point to the high points of Spanish design, she does so in a series of gauzey rhetorical questions which shed significant light on what Tham wants from architecture. To see more of what she does, and where precisely she lives, check out the My House story "Everything Must Go" in the current issue of Dwell.
August 13, 2009
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Product Developments

We asked three product designers from three different fields what the future holds. Oddly, none of them mentioned crystal balls.
August 12, 2009
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Words You Should Know

August 12, 2009
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Design Books: September 2009

Check out this selection of recently released design books culled by our editors and profiled in the September 2009 issue's In The Modern World section.
August 11, 2009
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Less is...

Less is more. Or maybe, less is a bore. Perhaps, less is only more when more is no good. Regardless of whether you agree with the modernist motto of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe ("Less is more") or the counterpoints presented by Robert Venturi ("Less is a bore") and Frank Lloyd Wright ("Less is only more when more is no good"), "less is more" still stands strong as an accepted design rule. Never Use White Type on a Black Background, a new book by Netherlands-based BIS Publishers, puts 51 "ridiculous design rules" on the table for debate.
August 11, 2009
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Friday Finds 8.7.09

From Dwell's editorial, photo, and design teams, this week's round-up of blog sightings includes several stellar photographic finds, some upcycled housewares, the invention of sentimental value for near-valueless objects, and musings on the swan song of handwritten documents. Read on...
August 7, 2009
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Aaron Britt

We’re starting a new series on dwell.com this week called Three Buildings. In it we ask people from all corners of the design world two simple questions: Which are your three favorite buildings, and why? So far their selections have ranged all over the globe, addressed all sorts of structures and provided surprising insight into what keeps them in love with design. We’ll post their answers in an on-going series, but let me start with my top three.
August 6, 2009
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Friday Finds 7.31.09

Today is the last day of July and you know what that means...If you haven't yet sent in your submission to the Reburbia competition, now is the moment! The call for entries ends tonight at 11:59pm, and we'll be spending the next few days reviewing your ideas and narrowing down a list of finalists. So after you click through this excellent installment of Friday Finds, get cranking on your wild ideas for the suburbs of the future.
July 31, 2009
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First Lady at National Design Awards

Dwell was proud to be named a finalist this year for the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards in the category of Corporate Achievement. As part of the festivities, Dwell founder Lara Hedberg Deam, editor-in-chief Sam Grawe and design director Kyle Blue were guests at the White House last Friday for a luncheon honoring all of the nominees and winners. First Lady Michelle Obama hosted a ceremony during the celebration, and gave a short, engaging speech about the importance of design. (Though we have it on good authority that Kyle Blue was much more interested in his coffee mug with the presidential seal.) Watch the video below or read a transcript of Obama's speech.
July 29, 2009
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