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Postertext's Literary Wall Art

What bibliophile, understanding that he maybe ought not cover all the walls of his apartment with shelves of books and stacks of journals, hasn't then moved onto classic book covers as his next best form of decor? I'm guilty myself, and as I type these words I think lovingly on the framed Alvin Lustig-designed cover for Kafka's Amerika that sits over the hifi and between (you guessed it) two towering bookshelves. How happy I am to have run across Postertext, another way to proclaim my love of books in poster form, but not in any fashion I've seen before.
September 29, 2010

Venice Biennale: Giardini

Although the Venice Architecture Biennale invades all nooks and crannies of the four-square-mile island, most of the festival's big-hitters reside under the roof of only one building, the Italian pavilion at Giardini. As we round out our 2010 Biennale overview, we highlight the exhibits that not only left us pondering, but also left us hopeful for the future of architecture.
September 28, 2010
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Crowd-Sourced Product Design

Founded by the 23-year-old entrepreneur Ben Kaufman—who previously developed an award-winning iPod accessory when he was still in high school—Quirky offers a, yes, quirky new approach to product design and development.
September 28, 2010

London Design Festival: Day One

Over eight short years The London Design Festival has grown from a minor design-world offshoot to one of the few must-attend events. With all of the UK's homespun talent—from Tom Dixon to the most recent RCA grads—the festival takes advantage of all its hometown has to offer, and it's a pleasure to attend a show that isn't just hyping the latest wares from the established oligarchy. Here's a smattering of images from the first 24 hours in London. Check back for more in the days to come!  
September 24, 2010
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Southern Greens

A change of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, neighborhood for Rick and Susan Moreland meant a chance to create a thoroughly modern house that owes its sleek, sustainable form to its vernacular roots.
September 24, 2010
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New York's LomoWall

I just got back from a week in New York City, reporting a handful of stories for Dwell (we're featuring many amazing projects in 2011... stay tuned!). I'll be posting a slideshow of my adventures soon, but in the meantime, here's one of my favorite finds from the trip: the Lomography Gallery Store, located in Chelsea at 41 West 8th Street.
September 23, 2010
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Hands Off the Icons

 “What would Hans Wegner say?” I tweeted upon seeing a citrus-tinged Wishbone chair on Design*Sponge. “Anyone else hate recolored classics too? They had paint in 1950; he chose not to use it.”
September 21, 2010
The Havaianas dining chair is the result of Motta’s recent collaboration with the popular Brazilian flip-flop company, which commissioned the chair, in freijó wood covered in the same grippy rubber used for the shoes, with a rubber handle in the back. It

Semana Carlos Motta

September 21–24 marks Semana Carlos Motta, or Carlos Motta Week, with a series of New York events to celebrate the work of the Brazilian architect and furniture designer known for his use of salvaged woods. Beginning with Motta's lecture on sustainability and Brazilian furniture design at the AIA New York Center for Architecture, on Tuesday, September 21, the week moves into the opening for the exhibition “Used and Reused Wood: Furniture by Carlos Motta” at Espasso on Wednesday, September 22. (The pieces were just exhibited at the Museu da Casa Brasileira in São Paulo.) On Friday, September 24, Motta will give a lecture on tropicalism, sensuality and furniture at Phillips de Pury & Company, ahead of that evening’s opening reception for their September 29 Latin America auction. Coordinated and curated by Adriana Kertzer of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and Carlos Junquiera, the founder of Espasso, the events will also include a signing of Carlos Motta: Life as I See It on the opening night of the Espasso exhibition. “Good design has a social and environmental responsibility,” says Motta, who makes many of his chairs, benches, tables and desks from wood salvaged from demolition sites. “A piece of furniture has to last for a long, long time, because we don’t change how we sit, sleep, eat, write, and so on, so the overall attitude should stay the same.” Motta, who says he likes to design for people who have the same basic needs as he does, calls the use of reclaimed wood in furniture “a simple matter of sustainability.” To follow is a selection of furniture that will be shown at the exhibition.
September 19, 2010
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Modern Los Angeles Bungalow Renovation

When artists Ramona Trent and Anthony Pearson teamed up with architects Escher GuneWardena for a full-scale renovation, they bestowed a remarkable view upon an unremarkable bungalow.
September 18, 2010