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  1. Like a Rock
    Design 101

    Like a Rock

    When it comes to great product design, the material is often the message. Matuse’s wetsuits prove why.

    written by: James Nestor
    08.12.09

  2. Best Buy
    Design 101

    Best Buy

    Good design isn’t inextricably wed to a high price tag. These classic designs run the gamut of types and prices. 

    written by: James Nestor
    08.12.09

  3. Buyer Beware
    Design 101

    Buyer Beware

    Bad design can be not just unattractive but unhealthy. Steer clear of this trio of second-rate offerings.

    written by: James Nestor
    08.12.09

  4. An Introduction to Product Design
    Design 101

    An Introduction to Product Design

    Last night I went to a corner liquor store to buy some toothpaste. While the beer and candy aisles of the store were heavily trafficked, the back “household goods” section was not. And...

    written by: James Nestor
    08.12.09

  5. Product Developments
    Design 101

    Product Developments

    We asked three product designers from three different fields what the future holds. Oddly, none of them mentioned crystal balls.

    written by: James Nestor
    08.12.09

  6. Books You Should Read
    Design 101

    Books You Should Read

    The Champ Phaidon Design Classics: 001–999. Phaidon Press, 2006 This quintessential collection of 999 product designs in three thigh-numbing volumes explores product design from the late 16...

    written by: James Nestor
    08.12.09

  7. Words You Should Know
    Design 101

    Words You Should Know

    Charrette: An intense period of design activity in which a group collaborates to work out a solution to a specific design problem. It’s like a workshop, but sounds either more important or...

    written by: James Nestor
    08.12.09

  8. Open Chair

    Open Chair

    What to do when the summer weather's so darn nice? Find a seat outside and perch in the sun for as long as you possibly can. We like the look of this bright seat by designer James Irvine for Alias,...

  9. 101 Product Design
    Design 101

    101 Product Design

    We’re surrounded by legions of products, most of them unremittingly lousy. What separates the good from the bad from the ugly? Take out your well-designed pencils for Product Design 101.

    written by: James Nestor
    08.11.09

  10. Design Books: September 2009
    Books

    Design Books: September 2009

    Check out this selection of recently released design books culled by our editors and profiled in the September 2009 issue's In The Modern World section.

    written by: Dwell Staff
    08.11.09

  11. Camps: A Guide to 21st-Century Space

    Camps: A Guide to 21st-Century Space

    Offering far more than a reminiscence of summer sleepaways, author Charlie Hailey addresses questions of “identity, residency, safety, and tensions of mobility and fixity” in three...

    $29.95

  12. Louis I Kahn

    Louis I Kahn

    When charting architectural development, it generally follows that architects build upon the generation that preceded them—from modernism to postmodernism to deconstruction and so on. Not so...

    $85.00

  13. Architecture Now! Houses

    Architecture Now! Houses

    The latest in Taschen’s ever-growing Architecture Now! series (does Philip Jodidio ever sleep?), this volume takes us on a fantastic visual voyage around the world to some of the most...

    $39.99

  14. Less is...
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    Less is...

    Less is more. Or maybe, less is a bore. Perhaps, less is only more when more is no good. Regardless of whether you agree with the modernist motto of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe ("Less is more&qu...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    08.11.09

  15. Conversations with Frank Gehry

    Conversations with Frank Gehry

    He’s the world’s only architect to guest star on The Simpsons and appear in Apple’s Think Different ads, but how well do you really know Frank Gehry? Think what you will of his...

    $40.00

  16. Wright at Home: 1930-1965
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    Wright at Home: 1930-1965

    While airport terminals aren't necessarily known as venues for stellar art exhibits, it's always a nice surprise to find some visual stimulation while floating down the conveyor belt in a travel...

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    08.11.09

  17. Hang-Up Light

    Hang-Up Light

    It may look like the right spot to stow your coat, but this light is only meant to evoke a hanger's shape, not its function. The brushed stainless steel and chrome structure and low watt, naked...

  18. Christian Dean
    Three Buildings

    Christian Dean

    For the second installment in our new series Three Buildings, we spoke with Christian Dean, one of the three principals of the Minneapolis architecture firm City Desk Studio. Dean's renovated house...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    08.10.09

  19. And the coolcapitals Winner Is....
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    And the coolcapitals Winner Is....

    After a tough round of reviewing the top finalists' submissions, we are excited to present the winner of the coolcapitals.com design competition.

    written by: Amanda Dameron
    08.10.09

  20. Reburbia Voting Begins Today!
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    Reburbia Voting Begins Today!

    The time has come! Online voting for the best of the Reburbia competition finalists begins today. During the month of July we collected hundreds of submissions from dozens of countries proposing...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    08.10.09

  21. Vanity Fair Portraits: Photographs 1913-2008

    Vanity Fair Portraits: Photographs 1913-2008

    The exhibition showcases 150 portraits, including classic images from Vanity Fair’s early period and photographs featured in the magazine since its 1983 relaunch. Sitters range from Claude...

    08.10.09

  22. Unauthorized Moss Art
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    Unauthorized Moss Art

    From Banksy to Katsu to Iz the Wiz, we often hear about guerilla graffiti artists who've taken their social critiques to the streets with powerful images and strong words.  Along a quieter...

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    08.10.09

  23. Torch Flashlight

    Torch Flashlight

    Whether you're braving the darkened wilderness on a camping expedition or want to keep a little bedside light handy in case of a nighttime blackout, having a reliable flashlight (or Torch) around...

    $48.00

  24. Track Roll Pillow

    Track Roll Pillow

    There's so much potential offered by a well-placed pillow to brighten up the bedroom. Flat is certainly fine for the basics, but these Track rolls from Unison would make for a really neat visual...

    $25.00

  25. Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan Reviews 5 Sleeper Sofas
    Product Reviews

    Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan Reviews 5 Sleeper Sofas

    From sitting and sleeping to lolling and loitering, these new sleeper sofas are workaholics of relaxation—on either the day or the night shift.

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    08.08.09

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