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HelioTrace Robotic Facade

I was intrigued by a rendering featured in the latest newsletter from SOM, which came across my desk a few weeks ago. So I wrote the firm for more information. Turns out this new invention—a kinetic, solar-responsive curtain wall system—is still in development and won't be available on the market for a few years still. But it's an intriguing concept, so I figured I'd share.
April 11, 2011
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A Tree Grows in the Dogpatch

Located in the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco, Treehouse Gallery is part of a movement of contemporary artistic practice that reconsiders the gallery space as a place for community dialogue.  Treehouse does more than showcase the artworks of local, up-and-coming artists. This community space houses workshops, an urban garden, a collective kitchen for cooking demonstrations, and a yoga studio.   
April 11, 2011
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Sneak Peek: Milan Furniture Fair '11

Next week, the Salone Internazionale del Mobile (also known as the Milan Furniture Fair) kicks off it in Italy's design capital, Milan. Celebrating its 50th year, the fair promises to best itself again and boasts a star-studded lineup of the who's who of the design world. We're sending our editors abroad this weekend to report on the action, and in the meantime, we offer a sneak peek at what will be debuting at the show.
April 8, 2011
Second Chances exhibit at SFO

Second Chances at SFO

One of the nicest parts of traveling through the San Francisco International Airport is its art gallery in Terminal 3. As I made my way to Las Vegas this week for Surfaces and Las Vegas Market (check back soon for slideshows highlighting the best from both), I took a stroll through the latest installation titled Second Chances: Folk Art Made from Recycled Remnants.
April 7, 2011
Virgin's "Pioneer in Chief" Richard Branson sits down for a quick chat.

Virgin Territory: Richard Branson

It's not everyday that you get on a plane with someone who's been to the moon, and someone who has his own spaceship, but that's exactly what I did yesterday on an early morning flight out of San Francisco International. Among other celebs and VIPs (Rachel Hunter included, oddly) aboard Virgin America's inaugural flight 2001 from their old home in the International Terminal to the newly renovated Terminal 2, Buzz Aldrin and Virgin's "Pioneer In Chief" Richard Branson were the most notable passengers taking part in the festivities. As Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo joined our Airbus A320 in formation above the Bay Area before landing on parallel runways at SFO, I got a chance to sit down with Branson to ask a few quick questions.
April 7, 2011
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High Point Market 2011

April 2nd to the 7th marked the spring High Point Market, a tradeshow that takes place in the heart of American furniture country. One of the oldest furniture fairs in the United States, the Market traces its roots back to 1909 when it was called the "Southern Furniture Expo." Twice a year in April and October, an estimated 80,000 people convene to get the scoop on some of the newest and soon-to-be-released interior design wares. The Market slants to the traditional and "transitional," but the contemporary held its ground (though it took some sifting for me to find). In the following slideshow, have a look at what was brought to Market by a handful of the 2,000+ exhibitors, make a pit stop at the world's largest chest of drawers, and take in the color du jour (hint: it was NOT Pantone's Honeysuckle).
April 7, 2011
Maru's Wasara collection features an array of beautifully designed biodegradable picnic plates, bowls, and cups.

The Next-Generation Paper Plate

I'm currently planning a party (ok, wedding) and have been coming across lots of interesting paper party supplies—including these awesome Gunilla Axén-designed cocktail napkins, which I am unreasonably thinking about shipping from England, and these ubiquitous but very charming paper straws, which I am most definitely ordering. Although we'll likely be serving dinner on proper china, I am tempted by these beautiful paper plates, bowls, and cups by Wasara: the loveliest disposable tableware I've seen.
April 7, 2011
Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture ‘s Knowlton Hall at The Ohio State University

Ahead of Its Class

“How do you make a piece of architecture about architecture?” Mack Scogin asks. “That’s a heavy-duty objective.” Nevertheless, his firm, Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects, accepted the challenge, designing the consummate teaching tool for Ohio State University’s architecture school: a brand-new building.
April 6, 2011
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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