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Cardigan Bay's Textile Design Revolution

It seems an unlikely place to come across a design revolution, but if you venture into the valleys of the Pembrokeshire coast in west Wales you will find a thriving creative community. Inspired by their industrial heritage and spurred by the economic downturn, small businesses and enterprises in the Cardigan Bay area are working hard to keep their local skills and manufacturing traditions alive. “At some point you realize that we are going to have to start making stuff again,” explains Cardigan Bay-based David Hieatt, founder of Hiut Denim—a brand name that merges his surname with the word utility. It’s a sentiment that’s echoed across the many of the creative businesses in the area. “The recession has made us realize that to buy less but better is something we have to get back to,” says Hieatt. “It’s an ethos that society started out with many years ago and the recession has helped us to rediscover it.” Provenance is certainly a buzzword in retail at the moment, and products made in Cardigan Bay have it by the bucket load. Amanda Griffiths, of local woolen mill Melin Tregwynt, attributes the area’s surge in creativity to the quality of life that it offers and the inspiration the landscape provides. “It’s always been a creative area full of crafts people—we joke that it’s Wales’ answer to California.” This combination of history, natural resources, craft, passion, and ideas creates ideal growing conditions for new and old manufacturing businesses. Dwell tracks down three of the area’s entrepreneurs to find out how they are turning to the triumphs of the past to find success in the present.
July 11, 2012
BKB Ceramics planter for cacti and succulents

BKB Ceramics

One of our favorite booths at Dwell on Design 2012 was BKB Ceramics, a company—well, an artisan really—based in Joshua Tree, California. From his home studio, Brian Bosworth crafts planters for cacti and succulents using rock or Styrofoam casts, a potter's wheel, and hand-construction techniques.
July 4, 2012
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Modernist Jewelry by Margaret De Patta

Under the tutelage of a Bauhaus master, Margaret De Patta trailblazed the American studio jewelry movement with wearable art.
July 2, 2012
modern valet chair by furniture designer hans wegner

This Way, Gentlemen

A killer bachelor pad in Hollywood, the manliest chair of the 20th century, and expert advice from a king of interiors: This is our guide to the best in masculine design. Men, you now have no excuse for living with chintz.
June 30, 2012
Designer Kyle Schuneman portrait

Man Up

So you’ve thrown out the St. Pauli Girl sign, but how can you create an elegant masculine home without going space-age bachelor pad? Interior designer Kyle Schuneman, whose new guide, The First Apartment Book: Cool Design for Small Spaces, hits shelves this August, offers some truly dudely advice.
June 30, 2012
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Mid-Century's Greatest Hits

We've featured homes from virtually every continent, in locations as far ranging as busting metropolises to serene suburbs to remote islands, with architectural programs equally as diverse. However, the one style most emblematic of Dwell as a whole seems to be that of the mid-century (the name check in this video at about 30 seconds in is one example). In the following slideshow, view an assortment homes that channel the ethos of the era's architecture, interiors, or progressive design spirit. You'll spy what might be the first modern conversation pit and see a structure whose dramatic seaside locale competes with its sleek high-modern stylings.
June 30, 2012
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Highlights from Dwell on Design 2012

You may have already spied our show floor recaps of Modern Lifestyle, Furniture and Accessories, Kitchen and Bath, and perennial favorite Dwell Outdoor, but here we share our greatest hits from Dwell on Design 2012. From June 22–24, over 27,000 people took to the L.A. Convention center in droves to see the scores of exhibitors, test out the latest furniture and gadgets, listen in on talks by design and thought leaders, and view live demonstrations (and that's not counting the 3,000 people who participated in Dwell Design Week events, like our home tours and showroom talks). Click through our slideshow for a snippet of Dwell on Design 2012.
June 27, 2012
DIY electrical wall cord art by Maisie Broadhead

Striking a Cord

British artist Maisie Broadhead elevates the nuisance of an unsightly lamp cord to over-the-mantel art with this clever bit of DIY design.
June 21, 2012

Dwell on Design All Week Long

Dwell on Design, our massive annual trade show and ideas festival, kicks off this Friday, June 22, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. But that doesn't mean that we haven't got a full docket of design-centric programming all week long. From showroom events to talks to contest winners, the Dwell editorial team is taking Los Angeles by storm for Dwell Design Week. Be sure not to miss any of our events in the run-up to Dwell on Design June 22-24. We hope to see you there!
June 19, 2012