Flash back to the 1970s for visionary Italian designer Joe Colombo’s Living Center, a mod take on a casual soirée.
This week, Dwell took a whirl around the Javits Convention Center to check out the goods at the New York International Gift Fair. We spotted a few tasty design morsels (more on that in the coming months) but were especially bowled over by a tiny lamp in Alessi's booth. The brand-new AlessiLux LED lights will be released a bit later this year, and will cost around $150 for each one of four rechargable LED iterations. They're equipped with two settings and the battery lasts for several hours on high and two days on low. Here's a sneak peek at Alessi's cutest lamp, plus six more picks for lighting a small space.
Quirky, concrete, and handmade, there's much to love about this planter ($58) by designer Nobuhiro Sato. Though the image below shows the vessel sprouting a bit of greenery, it can also be used as a candleholder or desktop organizer.
When Michael Suomi of Stonehill & Taylor describes the $25 million interior redesign process of the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, he calls it a "multi-part architectural narrative." Included in the story line are themes of industrial production and a broader "Made-in-America" strategy. Though materials and manufacturers were priced globally, Minnesotan options turned out to be both less expensive and more fitting, making this project a worthy prototype for designing with regional sustainability in mind. We tour the hotel to see the efforts in action.
Congratulations, you’ve decided to throw a party! Not only will you be paying for everyone’s meal and putting undue strain on your relationship, but you will now need to make sure you’ve got the right tools of the trade. Rico Gagliano and Brendan Francis Newnam of the popular public radio show The Dinner Party share some design ideas to increase the odds of hosting a winner.
A storied 1980 party house enters a mellower chapter of intimate gatherings filled with canapés, crooners, and cocktails.
What if anyone could set up a cafe or a bar in their home, serving strangers specials du jour from their own kitchens? In Finland and beyond, a grassroots movement called Restaurant Day is growing.
In this series, Sebastian Mariscal designs a home in Venice, California, that brings the outside in. We track the project from start to finish with future resident Michael Sylvester. Part 14, May/June 2012: Roof and wrap.
Keeping the weather from entering a structure is one of the basic functions of shelter. At Dwell Home Venice the house walls are wrapped in a weather barrier and the roofs are sealed to make sure any rain stays outside.
When architect Brett Nave and his partner, architect Kelley Bishiop, began developing the Heron Park neighborhood in the coastal town of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, they managed to lay 1,200 feet of road through a forest and pecan orchard while only removing six trees. And when he set out the floor plan for A3, the home he and his wife, Kelley, and two kids now live in, instead of following the common practice of clearing the lot, completing the structure and landscaping after completing construction, he sited A3 to fit snugly into the lot in order to remove only three additional trees. Nave even pre-designed each of his 21 lots in the same way to minimize tree loss and maximize shading and breezes. These sustainability minded decisions to conserve trees and use narrower roads cost more money and take more time, but the added expense is worth it, Nave says.