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Michael Murphy's Midcentury-Inspired Supersonic Series

San Francisco artist Michael Murphy’s latest series of prints, Supersonic, depicts a mod, mod world.
March 3, 2014
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7 Nearly Invisible Modern Furnishings

Sometimes you just need clarity. With these 7 translucent furnishings, you'll have just that.
March 3, 2014
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A Conversation with Designer Tom Dixon

Last week I had a chance to sit down with Tom Dixon in San Francisco. He was talking at Arkitektura as part of a vision set out by Arkitektura Assembly to create a community around design in San Francisco. Tom looked dashing—and very British—in a perfectly yellow sweater and a quirky tailored wool suit. Tom's year is off to a strong start—he was recently awarded Designer of the Year at Maison & Objet 2014, he is working on a 350-room hotel in London, and he has just published a comprehensive book on his own work called Dixonary (Violette Editions, 2013). But most of all, Dixon seems quite focused on creating a singular vision for his brand through lighting, furniture, and, increasingly, accessories. In his presentation, Tom discussed his frustration with Chinese manufacturers, knock-offs, and his belief that computer-aided manufacturing may eventually outsmart this blight on the industry.
March 3, 2014
ton matton chicken cabinet

A Dutch Designer's Modern Chicken Coop

Ton Matton’s chicken coop—a sly protest against European agriculture laws—is getting second looks for its urban-meets-rural aesthetic.
March 2, 2014
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Maggie’s Centres: A Blueprint for Cancer Care

A striking set of designs for patient treatment centers showcases architecture’s power to heal.
March 2, 2014
Muselet by Ilaria Innocenti for Incipit square

Incipit: Milan’s New Lab for Designers

A studio, a lab, and a business—Incipit aims to be all three, but, most importantly, a new way to support young craftspeople.
February 28, 2014
the steel and glass greenhouse of a Brooklyn school's learning garden

An Edible Learning Garden in Brooklyn

New York firm WORKac taps into society’s increased focus on heathy eating with a school’s learning garden.
February 28, 2014
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The Future of Mobility

Dwell's discussion with Volvo at the Palm Springs Museum during Modernism Week touched on the past but revolved heavily around the future. Automobiles limited to combustion engine technology face an uncertain future, and automakers are looking to new technologies for both hybrid and electric models, and even further into what an automobile can be to the driver, and how the concept of driving will be redefined in the coming years. "We’re creating a whole new architecture for the car," says Anders Tylman-Mikiewicz of the Volvo Monitoring Center in Los Angeles. On the topic of moving toward the goal of having fewer cars on the road, Tylman-Mikiewicz notes, "Car sharing will make a lot of sense in the near future.” This concept, offered in "people-mover" scenarios conceptualized by the likes of Buckminster Fuller (with his Dymaxion) and architect Ray Kappe for 1970s Los Angeles, have not come to fruition, which leaves us to question why.
February 28, 2014
Berenice Abbott New York

Street Photography of New York and Paris's Ghostly Past

Abbott and Marville: The City in Transition, a new photography exhibit at the Howard Greenberg Gallery in New York, gives viewers a privileged look at a ghostly past, showcasing photography that documents lost urban landscapes in New York and Paris. The images provide a telling look at the constant evolution of urban environments.
February 28, 2014
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