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7 Finds from Design Indaba

South African designers showcased their work at Design Indaba’s 2014 Expo in Cape Town. Here are some of our favorites including furniture, accessories, textiles, technology, and film.
March 4, 2014
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10 Modern Low-Tech Toys

Providing fresh, colorful alternatives to the plugged-in entertainment devices of today, these designs—including a couple of highlights from the Dwell Store—modernize classic pastimes and celebrate life's simple joys.
March 4, 2014
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10 Cozy Modern Living Rooms

A renovated concrete abode in Belgium, Jonathan Adler's quirky Shelter Island beachside retreat, and a British farmhouse are just a few projects in our collection of living rooms that showcase the cozier side of modern.
March 3, 2014
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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
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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
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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
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