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Matt Grigsby of Ecolect

As I scrutinized and stroked the swatches of Ekobe, Green Cell Foam, and Kirei wood on the wall, I knew I was living out the designer's dream -- to indulge in an entire gallery of materials at my fingertips' disposal. Seen at the Better x Design conference in Providence, Rhode Island, this innovative gallery comes in the form of a Materials Petting Zoo, a brainchild of Ecolect, the world's largest database of sustainable materials.
October 19, 2009
Uruku makeup packaging for Aveda.

Events This Weekend: 10.16-10.18

I’m in Buffalo this week visiting friends and family—and getting the chance to check out the new visitors’ center at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin D. Martin House, the Eleanor and Wilson Greatbatch Pavilion designed by Toshiko Mori Architect. For those elsewhere, here’s a look at where to get your design and architecture fix this weekend.
October 15, 2009
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Tanya Aguiniga Crafted Classics

I'm in the air en route to Minneapolis for the American Craft Council's annual conference, where a number of writers, artists, makers, scholars and others will gather to discuss the future of craft.
October 15, 2009
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Playshapes by millergoodman

Last week, Assistant Editor Jordan Kushins brought you millergoodman's Shapemaker wooden block set.
October 9, 2009

From Italy: Urquiola for Mutina

On day two at Cersaie—a very warm, sunny day in Bologna—the booth of tile manufacturer Mutina hummed with excitement over a visit from design celeb Patricia Urquiola (whose work is featured in the new issue of Dwell). This is the second year Urquiola has worked with Mutina designing a line known as Déchirer (meaning "to tear" in French).
October 8, 2009
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Domestic Ribbon

Armed with a masters in architecture from Columbia University and only 3 years in the field, architectural designer Alan Y. L. Chan renovated a wreck of an apartment in an early 1900s building on the Upper East Side. The second-floor walkup was just over 400 square feet, with three rooms divided by light-blocking partitions.
October 8, 2009
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From Italy: Recycled Tile Wallpaper

Our first stop on day one of our week of tile-mania at Cersaie was at the booth of tile manufacturer Trend, an Italian company that makes enamel, quartz, granite and glass tile. Their space was decked out with green glass bottles—a symbol of their commitment to environmentally-responsible practices, which includes maintaining a team of researchers who track the company's environmental footprint and look for new technologies to improve their production process. Their dedicated website, Trend in Green, explains some of their practices in greater depth.
October 6, 2009

Reports from Italy: Trends in Tile

I spent last week at Cersaie, the annual trade show held each year in Bologna, Italy, featuring the latest in ceramic tiles and bath fixtures. When my hosts told me ahead of time to pack comfortable shoes in preparation for walking "miles of tiles," they weren't exaggerating—Cersaie fills dozens of football field-size exhibition halls, buzzing with over 100,000 people who come from around the world to survey the fruits of one of Italy's most prized industries. Having returned from my trek and soaked my feet a while, I've rounded up a handful of trends spotted at Cersaie that you're likely to see in tile in the coming months.
October 5, 2009