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Monica Forster in her Stockholk studio

Swedish Designer Focus: Monica Förster

Monica Förster takes a hands-on approach to furniture design. In her Stockholm studio, she whips up a flurry of tiny paper models—”3-D sketches”—that rival their full-scale progeny for beauty and craftsmanship. “The computer is a tool; I can’t do without it. But the nice thing about making models is that in the process of doing, I’m more open to mistakes—maybe I put the tape in a way that I don’t intend, but it shows a new possibility. In a computer everything is perfect. When I make models, it’s intuitive and rough: I take a flat piece of paper, I cut it, I tape it. It’s very quick. I find it very refreshing,” says Förster.
April 6, 2011
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Hang Around and Toss Around

A year and a half ago, three Danish powerhouse designers—Lars Holme Larsen of Kilo Design, Bjarke Ingels of BIG, and Jens Martin Skibsted of Skibsted Ideation—joined forces to create KiBiSi, an industrial- and product-design team. Earlier this year they unveiled their first project for Muuto: the Hang Around cooking set and Toss Around salad servers.
April 5, 2011
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"Sustainism": the New Modernism?

Honestly, when the book Sustainism is the New Modernism: A Cultural Manifesto for the Sustainist Era (D.A.P. / Distributed Art Publishers, New York) first crossed my desk, I wasn't sure how to react. The book's graphic aesthetic was a bit cluttered but the concept of the book was intriguing—the authors Michiel Schwarz and Joost Elffers propose that "Sustainism" (a term they've coined to describe a new cultural movement related to sustainability)—is the "new ecology of our networked world." "Sustainism in the twenty-first century will be what Modernism was in the last," the authors state. It's "the confluence of globalization, the web, climate change, localism, media democracy, open source, environmentalism, and more," and "a collective worldview that stresses the interdependence among cultural and natural environments." The rallying cry is "do more with less"—in contrast to Modernism's ubiquitous "less is more." Here, Schwarz and Elffers talk about Sustainism (the book, and the concept) and why they think it's the way forward.
April 4, 2011
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David Byrne: Architecture in Music

This TED talk that David Byrne gave last year is such a wonderful walk through the history of music, and how the architecture in which that music was performed helped shape it, that I had to post it today. Not only does Byrne ably tease out why a Wagnerian concert hall is better suited to Wagner than say an MP3 player, or a riverboat, or your car, he takes us on a tour of why many shifts in music seem as tied to their points of performance as any larger artistic evolution.
April 2, 2011
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Friday Finds 4.01.11

In celebration of the first Friday in April, a trove of Dwell's favorite finds to usher you into the weekend.
April 1, 2011
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Berber Ragtime

While on a trip to Marrakech late last year, Fort Street Studio owners Brad Davis and Janis Provisor came across a cache of boucherouite rugs made by Berber women most likely between the 1950s and 1970s. Essentially rag rugs made from scraps of whatever material was on hand (a resourceful reach beyond the expected wool), the pieces are colorful, highly personal relics of Berber village life, and would have been given as gifts or used as part of a dowry. “I was told that women would usually display their dowry rugs proudly if things were going well, or hide them away as a sign that she was not entirely happy in her marriage,” says Provisor. The painterly rugs, which range in size from 1 by 2 feet to 5 by 9 feet, are priced between $1,500 and $12,000 depending on size and design. Several were hung at Fort Street Studio’s Los Angeles showroom during the biannual West Week design gathering, and the bulk will be displayed at their New York showroom beginning April 28. “The weavers show an eccentric sense of composition in these rugs, and went beyond the typical Moroccan motifs,” says Provisor.
April 1, 2011
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Reveal: Studio Gang Architects

At Dwell we've long been fans of the Chicago architecture firm Studio Gang Architects. Headed up by the nation's fastest rising female architect Jeanne Gang, the company is responsible not just for a number of very fine houses, but the new Aqua Tower in Chicago as well. On the heels of such success comes a book about Studio Gang's work titled Reveal: Studio Gang Architects. The book is out now from Princeton Architectural Press, and we've got a preview of what's inside. It's a mix of individual projects, models, and points of inspiration and offers a peek inside the process of a very exciting group of architects indeed. And be sure to dig the hot design by Elizabeth Azen.
March 31, 2011
Jens Quistgaard Dansk salt and pepper mills

Reissued: Jens Quistgaard Mills

While we've all heard of Dansk, far fewer of us are aware of the talented artist behind the company: Danish designer Jens Harald Quistgaard. Formed in 1954 with American entrepreneur Ted Nierenberg, Dansk has become an internationally recognized flatware and cookware company. Its beginnings, however, were in Quistgaard's teak pepper mills. Recently, Dansk reissued three mills by Quistgaard (who passed away in 2008) exclusively for Crate and Barrel: Henrik, Lisbet, and Jesper.
March 31, 2011
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Ceramics by Montes Doggett

A journey through the Intertubes recently landed me at the homepage of Montes Doggett. The stunning line of Peruvian ceramics is the work of Mexican designer Monica Porter.
March 30, 2011
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