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Boisbuchet as a Canvas

The Spanish architect, artist, and designer Luis Urculo once said, "I no longer know what an architect is and what an architect should do...." This past summer Urculo led one of the design seminars put on at the pastoral French estate Boisbuchet, where he and a group of students investigated some of the limits of the discipline. Their work, captured in the video below, took them out of the studio and into the landscape, allowing them to imagine a strange and magical intersection between art, architecture, sculpture, and performance. Their canvases were no longer paper or galleries or sites, as such, instead bodies of water, existing structures, and sound were the points of departure for the work. We hope Urculo never does full figure out what an architect is meant to do. We also hope he never stops searching for the answer.
January 12, 2012
Embroidery design by MaricorMaricar

Textiles in Motion

Sydney-based embroidery designers MaricorMaricar hit our radar screen back in August with a series called Turns of Speech, weaving misheard lyrics into textile magic. We got on the horn with Maricar Manalo, one half of the fledgling company, to check in on the twin sister super-duo's latest sewn projects and discover what's next for 2012.
January 5, 2012
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Arch Support

Layer by layer, a crumbling 18th-century flat in the middle of Barcelona finds new life at the hands of architect Benedetta Tagliabue.
December 29, 2011
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DIY Holiday Gifts

December 21, 2011
The Lumimarja print by Marimekko.

Q&A with Marimekko Designer Erja Hirvi

At Dwell we've always been fans of the bold prints by Finnish textile design house Marimekko and in honor of their 60th anniversary we toasted ten timeless prints and challenged you to vote on your favorite. With over 5,000 votes cast in just three short weeks, it was a close race between the iconic Unikko (Poppy) by Maija Isola and Lumimarja (Snowberry) by Erja Hirvi. Ultimately, the title of "favorite" went to Lumimarja so we went tet-a-tet with Erja to delve into her design inspirations.
December 21, 2011

Gifts for the Euro-Obsessed

December 20, 2011
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Modern Tribe talks Modern Hanukkah

With Hanukkah beginning tonight (I'll be manning the latke station at my house tonight) it seems fitting to talk to the head honcho of one of the web's best spots for playful, smartly designed Judaica: Modern Tribe. I talked with Modern Tribe founder Jennie Rivlin Roberts about her favorite holiday traditions, what makes for a good menorah, and how to best display the fried potato pancakes I crave all year long.
December 20, 2011
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A Pair of Modern Nativity Scenes

Whether you prefer your Christmas decor splashy or humble, this pair of nativity scenes from a two fountainheads of modern design should see you, Mary, baby Jesus, and all the wisemen through the holiday season. They're a study in contrasts (the Bauhaus set couldn't be more minimal, the Girard more ornate) and price. I'll let you guess which one costs about $35 and which goes for $800.
December 20, 2011
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The Saguaro, Scottsdale

This 5.5-acre property is a much-needed hotel option in Scottsdale and a welcome splash of color in the mundane beiges of the Sonoran desert. Despite breaking out from the shackles of traditional design, Peter Stamberg and Paul Aferiat of Stamberg Aferiat Architecture still paid homage to the landscape and the Southwest by blending the original buildings' classic "International style" architecture with the invigorating colors of twelve indigenous flowers.
December 20, 2011