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  1. How they make it

    The 3107 Chair: Prep the Veneer

    In the idyllic Danish countryside, 15 miles northwest of Copenhagen, autonomous robots transport pallets of veneer down the aisles of Fritz Hansen’s 161,000-square-foot chair factory. Nearby,...

    01.02.09

  2. How they make it

    The 3107 Chair: Glue and Mold

    A worker then places single layers of inner veneer on a conveyor belt that sends them through what looks like a doughnut-glazing machine, coating both sides of the veneer with a white liquid...

    01.02.09

  3. How they make it

    The 3107 Chair: Cut and Sand

    Once the plywood has hardened, a worker wearing sound-suppressing earmuffs places the pieces, three at a time, into the factory’s computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine. The milling...

    01.02.09

  4. How they make it

    The 3107 Chair: Paint and Ship

    The discs also serve as hooks for hanging the chairs upside down on a conveyor belt that leads them to a glassed-in room. There, a robotic arm paints the curved surfaces with polyurethane paint....

    01.02.09

  5. A Note on Our Expert

    A Note on Our Expert: Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan

    Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan makes a living by helping people happily inhabit and decorate their homes. Though he started designing consumer products like wallpaper and lighting after college, it was a...

    01.02.09

  6. A Note on Our Expert

    A Note on Our Expert: Rick Prelinger

    Rick Prelinger has a lot of media to store, not only at his house, which he says is overrun with books, movies, and the like, but also at the Prelinger Library he founded in San Francisco with his...

    01.02.09

  7. How they make it

    Dyson Airblade: Concept

    In 2004, Dyson was exploring new ways to use its patented Dyson digital motor (DDM), which contains a virtually frictionless setup and was developed to make small vacuum cleaners for the Japanese...

    01.02.09

  8. How they make it

    Dyson Airblade: Research

    Research in air filtration and house-hold cleanliness had already led Dyson to build an in-house testing laboratory overseen by microbiologist Toby Saville. “There wasn’t an established...

    01.02.09

  9. How they make it

    Dyson Airblade: Prototyping

    With the technology to produce a 400-mph wind capable of drying a person’s hands in 12 seconds, the next step was to design a shell. Starting with cardboard and foam models, the team devised...

    01.02.09

  10. How they make it

    Dyson Airblade: Manufacturing

    Though technology has made prototyping much faster, it requires an under-standing of how rapid-prototyping materials behave compared to manufacturing materials. “If the SLS nylon fails in...

    01.02.09

  11. Fine Finnish: Entrance
    House Tours

    Fine Finnish: Entrance

    When Susanna entered her future home for the first time, it appeared cramped and uninviting. Her first step in adding a sense of spaciousness and clarity was to paint all the surfaces—&ndash...

    01.02.09

  12. Designing Women
    In The Modern World

    Designing Women

    Blazing a trail through the canon of design, these 25 artisans worked to make some of the modern era’s most recognizable furniture, lighting, and objects. From the sculptural pottery of Eva...

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    01.02.09

  13. Womens et Womanus
    Profiles

    Womens et Womanus

    Meet three women who are helping keep MIT’s architecture program—America’s first—at the forefront of design innovation.

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    01.02.09

  14. At the Elm
    House Tours

    At the Elm

    When a couple in Amsterdam decided to upgrade their residence from a small houseboat to a larger one, they sought a design that would elevate the kitchen—literally. Set on the top floor and...

    written by: Jane Szita
    photos by: Rene Mesman
    01.02.09

  15. Your Design City
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    Your Design City

    The 20 finalists in the Your Design City photography competition on flickr have been announced. The goal is to highlight "contemporary design" in world cities, and to show how good design...

    written by: David A. Greene
    01.02.09

  16. Owl Measuring Cups

    Owl Measuring Cups

    What a hoot! These wide-eyed owl measuring cups have some serious seventies flare. The set comes complete with 4 nesting cups, whose whimsical design makes tackling even the hardest recipe, a bit...

    $19.00

  17. Slate Cheese Board

    Slate Cheese Board

    Presentation is everything. Brooklyn Slate Company manufactures a rustic slate slab perfect for displaying cheeses at your next dinner party. They even provide a soapstone pencil to identify your...

    $24.00

  18. Bistro Citrus Juicer by Bodum

    Bistro Citrus Juicer by Bodum

    Who doesn't like to wake up to breakfast in bed with a fresh glass of juice? Available in six flashy shades, it's a great gift (not to mention subtle hint) to your significant other (or roommate!)....

    $55.00

  19. Organic Basil Bamboo Grow Pot

    Organic Basil Bamboo Grow Pot

    I deem having fresh basil on hand a necessity. Presented in a sustainable bamboo pot, this is one green gift that keeps on giving.

    $20.00

  20. Homemade Cookie Stamp

    Homemade Cookie Stamp

    This adorable stamp puts the age-old question to rest, "did you make these from scratch?" Skip the pre-made cookie aisle and pull out Grandma's famous sugar cookie recipe, because you...

    $16.95

  21. Heath Tea Towels

    Heath Tea Towels

    Heath Ceramics has been creating beautiful tiles and tableware for over half a century, so it's no surprise that we fell in love with these tea towels. This unique design features silhouettes of...

    $18.00

  22. Martha Meets Manhattan's Lower East Side
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    Martha Meets Manhattan's Lower East Side

    Call it the recession or just plain creativity in the air, but DIY just feels relevant these days. A great outlet for those so inclined is Make Workshops, the New York–based enterprise...

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    01.01.09

  23. Fishscape Bowl

    Fishscape Bowl

    A departure from my predominately gadget heavy gift list, I came across a couple of items that I simply could not ignore. The first one is this beautifully designed fish bowl.  It’s so...

    $140.00

  24. Cirrus Press Ice Maker

    Cirrus Press Ice Maker

    I will admit upfront that this gift idea is both superfluous and superbly designed for the 1%. Nonetheless, a lot of designing (and years) have gone into creating the Cirrus Press Ice Ball Maker....

    $429.00

  25. iPad Sleeve by Portel Bags

    iPad Sleeve by Portel Bags

    Give the gift of protection and style. The company Portel is designing some intriguing iPad sleeves, bags, belts and wallets. We're obsessed with their iPad sleeves made from thick natural felt....

    $59.00

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