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Friday Finds 8.14.09

This week at the Dwell office we've been working on our November issue, which will feature a collection of beautiful homes from the far reaches of the rural US and France. We also shipped off this fall's special issue, which will hit stands very soon (be on the lookout!). In spare moments of inspiration-hunting, the editors rounded up this week's picks from around the web. Today Aaron speculates on the future of bike transport, Sam dreams of a few days in Spain, Jordan unwraps a ball full of treasure, Miyoko tracks the progress of building the new Bay Bridge, and Sarah finds a cake she likes so much she wouldn't want to eat it.
August 14, 2009
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Alessi's Fall/Winter Collection

The business of product design is a family affair for Matteo Alessi, Director of Trade Marketing and International Development at Alessi  (and great grandson to Alberto, the company’s founder).
August 14, 2009
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Ford + Ching Comes to Oakland

It’s been a busy few months for Willard Ford and Andrea Ching. The duo launched Ford + Ching, their joint-venture furniture and design company, in June at Dwell on Design. They debuted their LA showroom earlier in the summer and now they've set up shop up north with a new sales office and sample warehouse in Oakland.
August 13, 2009
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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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