Patricia Urquiola has not only shattered glass ceilings in her field; she is one of the most celebrated designers of her generation. At the 2012 Salone Internazionale del Mobile this May, the prolific designer was rivaled only by Philippe Starck in new products: new striped wool rugs for Gandia Blasco’s GAN imprint; glassware for Baccarat; furnishings for Moroso, Kartell, and Kettal; and a new line of tile for Mutina.
Architect Louis Kahn is the subject of a new exhibition opening September 8 at the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI) in Rotterdam. It's no secret that we here at Dwell are fans of the late architect, whose mastery of light and space, and ability to make humble materials feel grand (ie. concrete) knows few equals. Sponsored by Swarovski, the show is curated by the NAI, the Vitra Design Museum, and the University of Pennsylvania (Kahn's alma matter). Architectural models, drawings, photographs, and plans of 40 of his projects are to be featured.
In this chapter of Friday Finds, studio visits with Belgian designers, a controversial statement against architects, wearable art, and more.
One of the best parts of working at Dwell is the neverending onslaught of modern home goods we get to see, from dishtowels to doorknobs to desktop speakers. And after wrapping up September's entertaining issue, we've had kitchens on the brain. Two recent cookware introductions have especially piqued my interest: one, a Danish modern classic re-introduced to the mass market courtesy of Crate & Barrel; the other, a brand-new collection of "serving" cookware from Alessi.
Most BBQs can flame grill a burger just fine, but for the 355 or so days out of the year that it isn't in use, Black+Blum's Hot Pot one-ups its counterparts: The terra cotta cooker ($124) also doubles as an herb planter.
In the story "To the Letter" in our September 2012 issue, we visited Chandra Greer at Greer, her Chicago shop dedicated to all things paper. A purveyor of stationery, pens, pencils, and anything else you might need to keep in touch, Greer's love of the thank you note extends far beyond her financial interests. For her, sending a card is a matter of respect and a point of pride, and in this exclusive interview we hear why.
In their light-filled studio in Sydney Australia’s Strawberry Hills, Louise Olsen and Steve Ormandy fashion resin destined for landfill into jewelry and home wares of rare beauty. Their studio’s name, Dinosaur Designs, is a play on the longevity of their pieces—they last forever.
Mesh and wireframe structures might typically be reserved for the architectural design realm, but Dutch designer Maria Blaisse aims to expand the rules of textiles and flexible materials with her long-standing commitment to movement research. Blaisse's latest exhibition, Moving Meshes, highlights the resilience of bamboo as a medium for expanding and contracting volumes, which are based on improvisational gestures and the body as the critical element in the animation of material and form. Currently on view in the château interiors of Domaine de Boisbuchet, an international center for experimentation in design and architecture, Blaisse's work is a fluid exploration of volume and spatial control—quite modern for the setting of a country estate in the Southwest of France.