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Dror Benshetrit

One of the better satellite shows this year at Design Miami was just down the block from the Design Miami tent at the Cappelini showroom. Entitled “Limited Forever,” this show offered limited-edition re-imaginings of some of Cappelini’s iconic products from the last five years. Though some appeared, to my eye, as unneeded retreads, I was taken with designer Dror Benshetrit’s take on his recent Peacock Chair. I sat down with Dror at Fratelli Lyon in the Miami Design District for a macchiato and a chat.  
December 4, 2009
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Arik Levy at Design Miami

Amidst the Design Miami tumult, in which many are wandering about on insect-like stilettos, I had a chance to sit down with designer Arik Levy. At the little café at the far end of architects Aranda\Lasch’s temporary structure, Levy and I had a chat about his new collaboration with the bank HSBC, were interrupted by a grinning, wisecracking Tom Dixon—who thought it was good fun to keep referring to me as a “motor journalist”—and got to the bottom of what the Israeli designer wants for Chanukah.
December 3, 2009
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Design Miami: Droog + Atelier Bow Wow

Last night was the Design Miami vernissage party, and my first look at the tent by architects Aranda\Lasch, and the dozens of gallerists and the high glitz of the Miami art and society set. Though there is loads to report, and rest assured, that's coming, I did want to dash off a quick dispatch on a rather winsome project from Dutch design heroes Droog and the very talented Tokyo–based architecture firm Atelier Bow Wow.
December 2, 2009
One of the Post Carbon Institute’s many initiatives is called the Relocalization Network. In its own words, the Network aims “to build societies based on the local production of food, energy and goods, and the local development of currency, governance and

Julian Darley

It might seem that the Post Carbon Institute casts too wide a net. But after translating German at the Vatican and becoming a Hollywood filmmaker, Julian Darley, the institute’s director, is accustomed both to setting and to reaching lofty goals. Yet the mission of the Post Carbon Institute is rather simple, Darley explains: They want “to get society off of fossil fuels fast.”  
December 2, 2009
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Host and Hostess Gifts

December 2, 2009
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Tom Dixon at Design Miami 2009

I happened to catch up with British furniture designer Tom Dixon yesterday on his way over to the Audi Pavilion here on Miami Beach. Audi has just launched their new A8 sedan and Tom was tapped to do an installation of his own—the luminous Light Light—as part of the festivities. We walked the boardwalk between the Fontainebleau Hotel and the Pavilion together and chatted about manly smells, new colors and the nature of innovation.  
December 2, 2009
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Narrow Modernist Three-Story Home in Toronto

Facing tight building codes and an even tighter space, Karen White and David MacNaughtan needed an architect who could turn lemons into lemonade. Donald Chong devised a refreshing solution.
December 1, 2009
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Recycling the Unrecyclable

It is nearly impossible to talk about materials today without invoking a full-fledged powwow about life cycle analysis, carbon footprints, and potential upcycling. Especially in the building industry, where many materials cannot be recycled using conventional means, product life is often prematurely shortened -- due to a lack of connection between material source and knowledge of where it could be used in the world. Enter SocialCycling, a new program that aims to facilitate exactly this.
November 30, 2009