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hand drawn map Yumi Roth

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
CARROLL: ALICE, 1865. 
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, Dwell.com readers, to share your own experiences shrinking your space and simplifying your life.
May 7, 2009
rugmark washing

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
finnish embassy

Dwell Conversations in DC Tonight!

Tonight I’ll be hosting the next Dwell Conversation, Designing Diplomacy, a panel discussion on the intersection of design and diplomacy at the Finnish Embassy in Washington DC. As easily one of the most impressive and forward-looking embassies in town, the Finnish Embassy is an ideal place to discuss American embassies abroad, foreign missions on American soil, and what the two disciplines have to say to one another.
May 6, 2009
Donerik Dela Cruz Aaron Pou Thumnail

Q&A with Autograph Creative Directors

Donerik Dela Cruz and Aaron Pou describe their business as a “design start-up in challenging times,” but since launching Autograph, a brand consulting, art direction, and graphic design company, in April 2008, staying busy has been anything but challenging. In its first year of operations, Autograph has developed designs and campaigns for high-profile companies including Adidas, Levi’s, and Method Homes, to name a few.
May 5, 2009
Switzerland ECAL crop

Touring Switzerland: Final Day

Waking up, despite the early hour, was a joy in sunny Lausanne. Finally, after days of rain, I could look onto spectacular Lake Geneva as I hurried through my breakfast. We were up and out in the morning to commence our look at two Lausanne Universities: ÉCAL (University of Art and Design Lausanne) and the EPFL (Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne), which is currently getting an amazing new building by the Japanese architects, SANAA.
May 5, 2009
flygbussarna bus crop

Friday Finds 5.1.09

It's hard to believe it's May already—the months are flying by. This week at Dwell we've been pulling together our September 2009 "Apartments" issue and looking ahead to later fall plans. Most exciting this week, we learned that Dwell has been named a finalist for the 2009 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Corporate Achievement. We're thrilled to be granted this honor, and proud to be finalists with the legendary Heath Ceramics and one of the great art institutions in America, the Walker Art Center. In other news, here are a few things we spotted on the Web this week: 
May 1, 2009
Corbu villa le lac crop

Touring Switzerland: Day 4

The morning weather in Madiswil at the Hotel Baeren was gloomy at best. Rain fell sideways as our driver Herr Muster helped us load up the van. We’d been told that sunnier skies awaited us in Basel, and then just across the German border at the Vitra Design Museum, but the hour’s drive suggested otherwise.
April 30, 2009
Creation Baumann crop

Touring Switzerland: Day 3

Things commenced this morning under the gray skies again, though this time, instead of nattering about Zurich, we were off to the rural byways of Langenthal, a quaint little town reputed for its industrial prowess.
April 29, 2009
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