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Airstream-Victorinox Anniversary Model

Since the 1930s Airstream trailers have served as the transport of choice for the globe’s cross-country travelers, retirees, and nomads. Their iconic rounded shape is the creation of Hawley Bowlus, who would later gain notoriety among aviation enthusiasts as the lead designer of The Spirit of St. Louis, the custom aircraft flown by Charles Lindbergh on the world's first continuous flight from New York to Paris.
May 28, 2009
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Friday Finds 5.22.09

Even though Dwell's crew has been jaunting all over the country as of late, rest assured they are still down to stock the larder of good old Friday Finds. Check out the links below to see where everyone has been clicking this week.
May 22, 2009

Talking to DOD Keynote Dan Pink

Big-thinker Daniel H. Pink has quickly established himself as an authority on the rapidly-transforming concept of work, and along the way, become an influential design advocate as well.
May 20, 2009
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Innovate It! Submit Your Entries

Calling all designers, inventors, and people who are tired of wrestling with unwieldy ironing boards! Just nine days remain to send in your submissions for Dwell's Innovate It! design competition. 
May 18, 2009

Friday Finds 5.15.09 (and ICFF!)

Things are fairly quiet in the west coast design world this week, as all the activity is concentrated in New York for the annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF). Dwell's editor-in-chief, Sam Grawe, and assistant editor Jordan Kushins, have entered the fray at the Javits Convention Center and they'll be reporting back throughout the weekend and into next week about their finds both on the show floor and out in the rest of city, where ancillary events and parties are filling up every free minute. Until then, here's the weekly round-up of out blogospheric discoveries:
May 15, 2009

Follow Dwell on Design @Twitter!

As of this morning, the Dwell on Design Twitter stream has officially awakened from its slumber and the tweeting has begun in anticipation of the 2009 Dwell on Design conference and expo in Los Angeles, June 26-28. We'll be announcing speakers and exhibitors, sharing preview posts from, and generally keeping you abreast of all the exciting developments over the next seven weeks. Follow us @dwellondesign, and of course, follow us all the time @dwell, where the entire creative and editorial team shares thoughts and findings throughout the day.
May 8, 2009
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Friday Finds 5.8.09

Now that we've been doing these weekly round-ups for a while, it's fun to watch the links pour in from the Dwell editors and designers and see whether any theme emerges that reveals the collective consciousness of the office. This week, it seems a few of us have been thinking about data and maps, whether in the form of historic hand-drawn relics, high-tech graphic renderings, or personal statistic logs. Read on for more...
May 8, 2009
Alice grows out of the room: after the design by Sir John Tenniel for the first edition of Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland".

Share your Small Space!

Dwell's June 2009 issue just landed on our desks and it looks great! We're excited for it to hit your mailboxes and newsstands in just a couple of weeks. The theme this month, "Think Smaller," features four family residences, each measuring under 1,000 square feet. From New York to New Zealand, we found some great examples of design-savvy downsizing that makes compact living not just tolerable, but downright fantastic. Now we want to ask you, readers, to share your own experiences shrinking your space and simplifying your life.
May 7, 2009
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Faces of Freedom

South Asia is a region known for producing beautiful handmade rugs which are sold all over the world. What many people don't know or consider when admiring these exquisite pieces is that most of them are made by young children under exploitative and inhumane labor conditions.   This year at Dwell on Design in Los Angeles, we're looking forward to hosting a special touring exhibition called Faces of Freedom, which aims to raise awareness about child labor in the carpet industry through photographs taken in the carpet factories and weaving facilities of South Asia.
May 7, 2009