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111 Navy Chair

I've been lucky enough to visit Emeco's Pennsylvania factory where their iconic chairs are made by hand. It was a religious experience for me, a person with a sick chair fetish. I've also been lucky enough to befriend Gregg Buchbinder, Emeco's Chairman and the man responsible for the brand's reinvention. This week in Milan as Emeco debuts the 111 Navy Chair, a take on the classic Navy Chair but made with 111 recycled Coca-Cola bottle, I tracked Gregg down and asked him a few questions about Emeco, working with a brand as big as Coke, and his love affair with Philippe Starck.
April 16, 2010
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Milan, 2010: Day Two

On our second day in Milan, we gathered our wits and plunged headfirst into Salone Internazionale del Mobile—the largest furniture fair in the world. Held at the Fiera Milano, the fair is packed to the gills with bustling people, pulsating music, and, of course, rows upon rows of exhibitors from all over the world. Sam, Jordan and I adopted a divide-and-conquer strategy, and went our separate directions for the day. I headed over to Salone Satellite, a separate exhibition space in which over 700 young up-and-coming designers display their prototypes, hoping to be discovered. With so many pieces, and so little time, I was only able to explore a small portion of the show. Nevertheless, I thought I'd share a few of the items that stopped me in my tracks.
April 15, 2010
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Sky Small

Building a small home doesn’t equate to easy lifting. Before Tom Bayley could call in a crane to lift the materials for his 800-square-foot house to the roof of the building on which it’s perched, he had to tackle a radical retrofit to shore up the structure.
April 14, 2010
Backpack Sofa by Quinze&Milan

Backpack Sofa by Quinze&Milan

Being a sucker for a good backpack, I was turned on when I saw the images from the collaboration between Eastpak, the venerable backpack brand, and Quinze & Milan, the Belgium-based design house. The resulting product, a backpack sofa, looks familiar and completely new all at the same time. I tracked down Pieterjan Mattan, the Creative Director on the project, and asked him a few questions (though he won't tell us what he keeps behind his zippered compartments).  
April 14, 2010
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Milan, 2010: Day One

We three weary travelers (Dwell's editor-in-chief, Sam Grawe, assistant editor Jordan Kushins, and I) have landed in Milan and are ready to begin reporting on the sights and scene at the 2010 Salone Internazionale del Mobile furniture fair. We're going to be filing lots of slideshows, videos, and interviews all this week, so make sure to check back often! We'll also be posting a steady stream of Tweets from the showroom floor and beyond...follow us at twitter.com/dwell—we're using the hashtag #milan10.
April 14, 2010
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The Great Compression

In Auckland, New Zealand, architect Michael O’Sullivan and his partner Melissa Schollum braved a miniscule budget, withering looks from friends, and nasty nail-gun injuries to design and build their perfectly proportioned family home.
April 13, 2010
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First Works

Chronicling the eponymous exhibition from earlier this year at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, First Works: Emerging Architectural Experimentation of the 1960s and 1970s presents 20 projects from today’s most influential architects.
April 12, 2010
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Echo Chamber

After architectural designers Louis Molina and Laurent Turin of Good Idea Studio revamped a tiny, dilapidated 1923 clapboard house in 2004, they moved their Los Angeles office into the ground level and have taken turns occupying the 578-square-foot living quarters upstairs. While Turin is supervising the firm’s office in his native Switzerland, Molina, who also teaches at the Woodbury University School of Architecture in Burbank, gives us the tour of their diminutive-by-design Echo Park remodel.
April 9, 2010
Eames Auction

Epic Eames Auction Tomorrow

In the unlikely event you really haven't got enough Eames in your life, the Chicago auction house Wright is opening bidding tomorrow, April 8th, on a pretty large selection of Charles and Ray's work. Those hell-bent on having the real deal goods over reproductions will be interested, though considering how few left-field Eames nuggets and oddball designs are included here, the lots feel rather like a walk through some So You Wanna Know About Modern Design primer. If you're merely curious to see more of the couple's work, check out this online archive of John and Marilyn Neuhart; that's what's going on sale. All told it's certainly a nice look at all that mid-century modernism has to offer, just don't expect to be blown away by many undersung Eames arcana. The auction starts at 10 AM.
April 7, 2010
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