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  1. 101 Bathrooms: Ceramic
    Design 101

    101 Bathrooms: Ceramic

    Long considered to be the standard bathroom material, ceramic is no longer boring. New shapes and colors help redefine what was once only basic bisque or beige.

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    01.01.09

  2. 101 Bathrooms: Plastic
    Design 101

    101 Bathrooms: Plastic

    The same qualities that make plastic so prized by designers—malleability, translucency, vibrancy—also make for one-of-a-kind pieces to place in your bathroom

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    01.01.09

  3. 101 Bathrooms: Metal
    Design 101

    101 Bathrooms: Metal

    An easy conduit for hot and cold water alike, metal assumes a multiplicity of contemporary shapes, from globular showerheads to rectilinear radiators.

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    01.01.09

  4. Marmol Radziner: Homesite Delivery
    How they make it

    Marmol Radziner: Homesite Delivery

    After completion at the factory, each home is shrink-wrapped and loaded onto a truck for direct site delivery.

    01.01.09

  5. How they make it

    Marmol Radziner: Finish Construction

    Finish surfacing comes next—windows, drywall, cabinetry, ornamental metalwork, tiling, appliances, and fixtures are put into place.

    01.01.09

  6. How they make it

    Marmol Radziner: Structural Steel

    The first workstation sits just outside the factory’s rear entrance, where deliveries of recycled steel are deposited.

    01.01.09

  7. Flos Glo-Ball: Blow Mold
    How they make it

    Flos Glo-Ball: Blow Mold

    When the blob has reached a diameter of about six inches, it has already been handled by two or three blowers, who multitask like chefs.

    01.01.09

  8. How they make it

    Flos Glo-Ball: Cool and Cut

    Vetrerie New Glass can make 18 Glo-Balls per hour—Pellizzon keeps the operation tight in order to guarantee exceptional quality. The balls sit in a slow-cooling kiln for two hours; otherwise, they...

    01.01.09

  9. Flos Glo-Ball: Put Together
    How they make it

    Flos Glo-Ball: Put Together

    West of Piombino Dese, in Bovezzo, the well-tended Glo-Balls meet the other parts of the lamp: laminated tubular steel stands, bases, and electronic components sourced in Milan.

    01.01.09

  10. Flos Glo-Ball: Molten Dust
    How they make it

    Flos Glo-Ball: Molten Dust

    Piombino Dese, a drab industrial town between Venice and Verona, has many small glass companies, including Vetrerie New Glass, founded by Franco Pellizzon in 1991 and one of several Glo-Ball...

    01.01.09

  11. Green

    Windcatchers Defind

    Windcatchers are controlled indoor weather systems, architectural microclimates framed by windows and walls.

    01.01.09

  12. 101 Bathrooms: Wood
    Design 101

    101 Bathrooms: Wood

    Wood has been used for centuries to submerge bathing beauties, but most people still think of it only for cabinets, furniture, and floors. A new outpouring of innovative wood-based design, from...

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    01.01.09

  13. Penpal

    Penpal

    Keep your desktop writing implements neat and tidy with this silicone holder available in red, black, and white.

    $14.00

  14. Compost Modern
    Post

    Compost Modern

    With the new year comes new resolutions and a general resolve to do better. Perhaps at the top of many of our lists is the question of how to live more responsibly. This February's conference,...

    written by: Laure Joliet
    12.31.08

  15. East Harlem Green
    Post

    East Harlem Green

    Another notch in the bedpost of green development: Tapestry, a residential building in East Harlem designed for LEED Silver certification, has broken ground.

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    12.30.08

  16. Round & Round Calendar

    Round & Round Calendar

    A spin of the finger rotates the plastic panels to reveal the day of the week, date, and month.

    $221.00

  17. Cubes Perpetual Calendar

    Cubes Perpetual Calendar

    A plastic rendition of classic wooden blocks, Cubes makes a splashy desktop addition. Its petite size keeps its bright colors from overtaking your workspace.

    $15.00

  18. Perpetual Calendar

    Perpetual Calendar

    Magnets rule! One sphere miraculously “floats” toward the month while the other slides along the horizontal rail to indicate the date.

    $40.00

  19. Calendario Bilancia

    Calendario Bilancia

    Move these wood strips side to side to align the date in the middle, but beware: They’re a bit wobbly and won’t stay completely parallel when left or right of center.

    $96.00

  20. Southern Comfort
    Post

    Southern Comfort

    Louisville, Kentucky, is a river town built around 19th-century commerce and trade. Downtown, old brick facades remind of this era of bustling industry when riverboats and trains moved raw...

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    12.29.08

  21. The City As Seen
    Post

    The City As Seen

    As the everyday circumstances of urban life continue to change—whether due to tools like GPS-enabled cell phones or to high-tech security measures passed in the wake of September 11—how...

    written by: Geoff Manaugh
    12.28.08

  22. Letter Opener and Paperweight

    Letter Opener and Paperweight

    Our Stone Age ancestors used flint as a primitive tool and today, more than 700,000 years later, French designer Ora-Ïto looked to this artifact to influence his elegant letter opener and...

    $250.00

  23. The New Garden Museum
    Post

    The New Garden Museum

    The Garden Museum in London has re-opened—and rebranded—after a short and surprisingly affordable modern makeover by the talented local firm Dow Jones Architects. I had the pleasure of...

    written by: Geoff Manaugh
    12.27.08

  24. Leah Evans Textiles
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    Leah Evans Textiles

    Leah Evans is in the business of quilt-making. But seeing as how her creations feature aerial photography, maps, and satellite imagery, they are definitely not your grandmother's quilts.

    written by: Laure Joliet
    12.25.08

  25. Krenit Bowl

    Krenit Bowl

    When the enameled steel Krenit bowl was first released in the 1950s, its designer Herbert Krenchel said, “The idea was to make a beautiful bowl, preferably so functional and delicate that it...

    $25.00

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