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Patent Vending

Rescued from its long tenure as the home of processed snacks, the vending machine is enjoying a moment of unprecedented glitz.
November 6, 2010
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An Introduction to Retail Design

The ancient Greeks did it in the agora; the Romans did it in the forum; Persians did it in the bazaar (“the place of prices”); and Arabs and Berbers did it in the labyrinthine souk. Today, whether we’re home in our underwear, duty-free at the airport, or tapping at our phones, shopping still makes the world go ‘round.
November 6, 2010
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Glass Appeal

There’s a fine art to getting you to gape—one that shop-window designers of all stripes must learn.
November 6, 2010
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Just Browsing

Personal devices are the new frontier for shops peddling their wares. Have a look at how your toddler will shop.
November 6, 2010
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What is Modern? and Olivetti at DAM

This weekend, a new show opened at the Denver Art Museum that celebrates the forward-looking mentality of modern design as well as the industrial works of Olivetti. What is Modern? and Olivetti: Innovation and Identity is on view through October 2012 but here we offer you a sneak peek at what's waiting for you in the Mile-High City.
November 3, 2010
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Snøhetta Curates Nordic Design

"Nordic Models + Common Ground: Art and Design Unfolded" recently opened at New York's Scandinavia House. Curated by Snøhetta, the Oslo-based architecture firm recently selected by SFMOMA to design their upcoming expansion, the exhibition culls a slew of contemporary works—architecture, product design, art, fashion, graphic design, and photography—by 35 emerging and established Scandinavian designers and artists. The range of work on view is compellingly varied, from Icelandic lamps made out of dried codfish to a Danish apartment building shaped like a mountain. Here's a sampling.
November 1, 2010
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Friday Finds 10.29.2010

We've got two reasons to celebrate the colors orange and black this weekend—support for our hometown team the Giants (who are doing some major damage in the World Series) and the always fun and frightening holiday Halloween! Start your weekend off with this weeks picks from our editors.
October 29, 2010
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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
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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