An Edison bulb's artful filament might be attractive to look at, but its subpar energy consumption isn't nearly as appealing. Enter Plumen's bright idea in fluorescent design ($30), which shatters the stereotype that eco-friendly lighting sources are lacking in the looks department.
One of the special exhibitions at Tendence was Africa Chic, a collection of objects designed and manufactured in Africa. We rarely get a chance to feature designs from the continent, and so jumped at the chance to see what the show was about. Many of the objects were expected—woven baskets, traditional jewelry, wooden vases—but the textiles stood out. While traditional, the colors and geometric patterns would not look out of place in a modern home. A neighboring series of booths featuring designs from Tunisia—a country that is now finding its footing after overthrowing its former dictator—also featured some stunning pieces, which made for a rich haptic and visual experience. The grouping was meant more to boost exports and there isn't typically a click-to-buy online shop for the products (but many designers said that they take orders via email and phone). In the following slideshow, spy the bright colors, thick weaves, and unexpected materials on view at the fair.
Messe Frankfurt nurtures the young designers who come to its fairs—Tendence and Ambiente, namely—to exhibit their wares. From the prominent placement of the Talents exhibition (in the main hall for good visibility) to not charging booth fees for those who exhibit (unlike SaloneSatellite) to the assistance with exhibition design and booth set up, one can tell that the Messe Frankfurt team has much invested in the next generation of designers.
Babies happen. They can even happen in a modern home. And not only can infants fit in, they can provide just the excuse to take modernism to a different level. We chat with Joana McKenna, the Creative Director of baby blog and interior design company Mason and Matisse, to find out how.
Here at Dwell, we love houses with a good backstory. So it's no surprise that some of our favorite features from years past spotlight homes patiently and passionately built by residents with a tight budget, an obsession with modern design, and a willingness to put in plenty of sweat equity. Here, a look back at some homes renovated or built, to one degree or another, by hand.
Judging from economic news of late, the one word most associated with Germany is "austerity." However, at Tendence, the home trends show taking place August 24–28 in Frankfurt, the young designers are taking a more playful and less severe tack with a new crop of wares that are interactive, instructive, or just plain intriguing to the eye. One such up and comer is Anne Boenisch, who exhibited her designs for lighting, furniture, and accessories in the Talents section of the fair. We trace the evolution of her work in this slideshow.
Recently, Dwell had the opportunity to tour the San Francisco’s Public Utilities Commission headquarters, which seemed appropriate as we gear up for the special bathrooms and spas issue (hitting newsstands in early November). SFPUC recently revamped their building to be LEED Platinum and installed a wastewater management system called the "Living Machine."