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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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From Stockholm, With Love

The problem with loving all things Scandinavian is that for those of us in the United States, the objects of our affection are at least 4,000 miles away. While some larger companies make Scandinavian design available internationally, it's much more difficult to discover and get a hold of the work of independent designers. That's why Tiffany Orvet recently launched from Sthlm (, a website that helps connect design-lovers around the world with the work of independent Swedish designers by featuring the work of one designer each month.
April 29, 2009
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Touring Switzerland: Day 2

The sunny weather we enjoyed yesterday has evaporated, and once-sunny Zurich is rainy and gray. After checking out of Hotel Greulich we started our busy program by heading over to Pro Helvetia, a firm dedicated to promoting Switzerland for a lecture on historical and contemporary Swiss design.
April 28, 2009
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Touring Switzerland: Day 1

I got into Zurich around 9:00 AM on Sunday, rather wiped out from my flight from San Francisco via Newark. Fading, but anxious to get out and see the town, I called up Zurich-based architect Felix Oesch, who designed the house in Eglisau, Switzerland, which ran in our February 09 Prefab Issue. He and his afghan, Giselle, picked me up at my Swiss Kreis 4 hotel for a stroll about town.
April 28, 2009