The more you travel, the more you notice a bag that tips over when you lug it onto the curb, won't fit in an overhead bin, adds unneccessary weight, and slowly but surely contributes to jetset-induced fatigue. Now consider this addition to the luggage department: the soft-sided Contempo roller bag collection from Biaggi.
For the fall and winter 2012 collection, Italian design company Alessi has launched quite a few handsome products ranging from cookware to servingware to furniture. This season reflects a few very fruitful collaborations, most notably with Cranbrook on a series of metal pieces, and with designer Christian Ghion and chef Pierre Gagnaire on a trio of objects that celebrate the egg. We visited the press preview held in San Francisco recently and share 10 of our favorites in the slideshow that follows. Expect to see the products in Alessi retail stores later this month.
How do American companies maintain handcrafted detail while producing fast enough—and in large enough quantities—to satisfy profit margins and consumers accustomed to instant gratification?
One family’s effort to “smuggle a modern house into a historic district” in Washington, DC, results in a brightly transformed space made for family life.
We are sorry to report that Bill Moggridge, director of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, passed away this weekend. Dwell mourns the passing of a good friend, an excellent thinker and leader, and a man who through his many accomplishments championed a better world through good design.
The famed lamp that Design House Stockholm created some 20 years ago is now available in a smaller, more compact version.
As the way in which people use cities morphs form generation to generation, we're left with dormant buildings—those that have outlived their original purpose, but are rife for enterprising architects and designers to give them a second wind. This latent stock might include industrial remnants, former school houses, barns, and even convenience stores. In the following slideshow we examine seven such projects from Portland to Boston to Hamburg that demonstrate reusing and recycling go far when it comes to architecture.
Thanks to heat-resistant silicone legs, these sleek ceramic dishes from Menu make the oven-to-table transition with ease.
With the Democratic and Republican conventions now over, what we've all known for months now is finally official. It's Mitt vs. Barack, impressive hair vs. impressive ears, Harvard lawyer vs. Harvard lawyer in an escalating, autumn-consuming death match for the White House/free world/future of all mankind. Feeling patriotic? Feeling cynical? Feeling like a piece of buttery toast? Should that last one appeal, Republicans and Democrats alike should consider keeping that delicious, fatty spread in Morgan Carter's hilarious new Capitol Butter Dish for ODLCO. Made from porcelain in Chicago (ODLCO and POTUS's home), this clever riff on the architectural tchotchkes they sell in DC by the boatload should swiftly become a bread-and-butter addition to any design-minded table. And at just $50 apiece, you can afford to pass them out to all the fellas in your Super PAC.