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Screening: A Necessary Ruin

Of my seven panels at Dwell on Design this weekend, one that I am really happy to be doing is a screening of filmmaker Evan Mather's 2009 documentary A Necessary Ruin. The half-hour documentary chronicles the rise and startlingly quick decay of Buckminster Fuller's massive Union Tank Car Dome outside Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It was a 384-foot in diameter geodesic dome, the largest clear-span structure in the world. It's a fascinating look at a strange, ill-fated building narrated by Dwell's Los Angeles editor Frances Anderton and set to be presented on Saturday on the Design Innovation Stage at 3:30. Check out the trailer below and I hope to see you there.
June 21, 2010
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Paul Goldberger at AIA SF

Last week I had lunch at the AIA San Francisco to hear New Yorker architecture critic Paul Goldberger discuss his new book Why Architecture Matters. I've read a bit of the book and liked it very much, and have long admired Goldberger's The Sky Line column so it was a real treat to hear one of architecture criticism's leading lights talk about his work.
June 21, 2010
PlayHouse of Your Own by Robin Hannah

Phoyo Playhouse

When New Zealand architect Robin Hannah’s daughter was very young in the 1970s, he devised the slot-assembly PlayHouse of Your Own (phoyo) out of sustainable pine for her and her two brothers. “The panels interlink with one another to form an enclosed space to suit young children—kids love it,” says Hannah.
June 20, 2010
Grcic’s studio is his home base, where he surrounds himself with books, music, and his work. “Work is life and life is work,” says the 45-year-old designer, who spends much of his time working for small, high-end design firms. Last year, the Art Institute

Industrial Designer Focus: Konstantin Grcic

Industrial designer Konstantin Grcic has done it all, from spoons to umbrellas to lights, but he’s best known for his data-driven chairs.  We dropped in on his Munich studio to sit awhile in his seats.
June 18, 2010
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Baxter of California Anniversary Razor

If your standard Father's Day gift loops round pop's throat, why not swap silk for steel and get him something he'll really stick his neck out for? The 45th Anniversary cut throat razor from longstanding California men's grooming gent's Baxter of California is a handsome, handmade, American-made antidote to your standard Schick. The blade is manufactured in Michigan by the folks at Hart Steel and a gold "45" stamp and a horse butt leather case round out the dapper design. Granted, at $345 they don't come cheap, but it's hard to imagine that you'll ever need to buy another straight razor after this one. Unless of course you've got some Sweeney Todd thing going on. In which case we suggest you go electric.
June 18, 2010
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Lucky 7

Thanks to Los Angeles’s Small Lot Subdivision Ordinance, the developers of Auburn 7 were able to maximize their property’s potential. With a host of sustainable features, including solar power and a community garden, these row house–like homes provide new models for the ever-expanding metropolis.
June 17, 2010
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Tivoli Audio 10th Anniversary Series

To celebrate Tivoli Audio’s 10th anniversary this year, founder Tom DeVesto has sheathed the simple yet powerful iPod-compatible iPal radio in glossy green, yellow, red, white, blue and black, dressed its original Model One radio in a new frosty white, and designed the new Model 10 radio—named for the company’s 10th year in business—with a limited aluminum finish.
June 17, 2010
The Active House sits on a sloping plot on the outskirts of Aarhus, Denmark, with views to the south over the sea.

Test-Case Scenario

Beating out a host of competitors, one Danish family left their home behind (it’s just down the road, really) to camp out for a year in an Active House, a green-home prototype with all the bells and whistles. Here’s what they learned.
June 15, 2010
Jesús Gasca, left, and his son, Jon, pose with their 1998 Nube chair.

Jon Gasca of STUA

Jon Gasca and his father Jesus Gasca are the creative minds behind STUA, a 20-year-old design house based in Spain. I tracked Jon down in San Sebastian, Spain, and asked him about his new chair, STUA's lack of fuss, and what it's like working with dad.  
June 14, 2010