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  1. The Human Zone

    The Human Zone

    The final home zone recognizes the importance of our behavior. Living responsibly extends beyond our physical spaces into our daily actions. We must design1 the way we live as carefully as we...

    01.01.09

  2. A Note on Our Expert: Leonard Koren
    A Note on Our Expert

    A Note on Our Expert: Leonard Koren

    Leonard Koren has led an enviably desultory life, first dropping out of college to paint murals with a group called the Los Angeles Fine Arts Squad and then eventually “begging”&mdash...

    written by: Amber Bravo
    01.01.09

  3. A Note on Our Expert: Bruce Aidells
    A Note on Our Expert

    A Note on Our Expert: Bruce Aidells

    Bruce Aidells starting cooking professionally while a graduate student at UC Santa Cruz. 

    written by: Sam Grawe
    01.01.09

  4. A Note on Our Expert

    A Note on Our Expert: Katherine North

    Katherine North is the principal and founder of Northbrook Design, which specializes in designing interiors for residential and hospitality projects in the San Francisco Bay Area and New York....

    01.01.09

  5. Solar-Powered Toy Helicopter

    Solar-Powered Toy Helicopter

    This whimsical whirlybird comes from the German company Inpro Solar, and is sure to delight any budding young aviator. The solar panel on the rotor generates enough energy to turn the blade, and...

    $32.00

  6. Green

    i-love-trash

    Before Tom McMurtrie became the recycling coordinator of Ann Arbor in 1991—a position that lets him shape the town’s recycling policy—he made his business selling Solarwall (www...

    01.01.09

  7. How To

    Steelwood Chair: Shear and Coin

    The metal-punching facility is down the road from the Magis headquarters in Motta di Livenza, in northeastern Italy.

    01.01.09

  8. Steelwood Chair: Perimeters
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    Steelwood Chair: Perimeters

    The next tool makes a perpendicular fold around the sheet’s perimeter, which allows the hard edges to be folded away from the smooth backrest. Parts of this fold will become armrests. &ldquo...

    01.01.09

  9. Steelwood Chair: Cuts, Curves, Cuts
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    Steelwood Chair: Cuts, Curves, Cuts

    The tool that folds the curve of the back of the chair is the most dramatic, but it is no more essential than the others, which trim the edges, cut the holes, and add a final soft angle to the...

    01.01.09

  10. How To

    Steelwood Chair: Fitting Wood

    Four straight legs and a round seat are CNC-milled out of solid beech, bolt holes and all, ready for fixing to the punched and painted steel. As the chair began production in early 2008, the...

    01.01.09

  11. Flos Glo-Ball: Molten Dust
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    Flos Glo-Ball: Molten Dust

    Piombino Dese, a drab industrial town between Venice and Verona, has many small glass companies, including Vetrerie New Glass, founded by Franco Pellizzon in 1991 and one of several Glo-Ball...

    01.01.09

  12. Flos Glo-Ball: Blow Mold
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    Flos Glo-Ball: Blow Mold

    When the blob has reached a diameter of about six inches, it has already been handled by two or three blowers, who multitask like chefs.

    01.01.09

  13. How To

    Flos Glo-Ball: Cool and Cut

    Vetrerie New Glass can make 18 Glo-Balls per hour—Pellizzon keeps the operation tight in order to guarantee exceptional quality. The balls sit in a slow-cooling kiln for two hours; otherwise, they...

    01.01.09

  14. Flos Glo-Ball: Put Together
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    Flos Glo-Ball: Put Together

    West of Piombino Dese, in Bovezzo, the well-tended Glo-Balls meet the other parts of the lamp: laminated tubular steel stands, bases, and electronic components sourced in Milan.

    01.01.09

  15. Little Field of Flowers: Sketching
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    Little Field of Flowers: Sketching

    Little Field of Flowers was first conceived in 2005, when, in the cyclical course of design trends, flowery was at the height of fashionability. Nani Marquina says, “We thought it would be nice to...

    01.01.09

  16. How To

    Little Field of Flowers: Prototyping

    “We ordered the first prototypes in an embossed pattern,” explains Marquina, who works with several Indian manufacturing facilities. The Nanimarquina team instructed the manufacturers to use a...

    01.01.09

  17. How To

    Little Field of Flowers: Die Cutting

    As Boontje’s signature style is often associated with cutouts, Marquina’s solution was a good fit. Sheets of felt from Rajasthan go into a die cutter, which is essentially a combination of a waffle...

    01.01.09

  18. Little Field of Flowers: Weaving
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    Little Field of Flowers: Weaving

    Depending on the size of the rug—they come in three sizes—one or two technicians at SPN operate the loom, which involves painstaking manual labor. “Every two or three lines,” Marquina explains, “we...

    01.01.09

  19. How To

    Concept

    On every scale, from cottage industry to mass market, production starts with research. Johnstone begins by scouring the globe for team members who have the right skills and design sense to match a...

    01.01.09

  20. How To

    Finishing

    When finishes are chosen and every-one has signed off, the factory line begins to churn. “We do a short production run of about 500 phones,” says Johnstone, “and use them heavily to gather feedback...

    01.01.09

  21. How To

    The Trabecula Bench: Drawing

    Kyttänen’s designs travel straight from his imagination to the computer. “Hardly anything happens on paper anymore,” he says, “because most of the files are so complex that it’s practically...

    01.01.09

  22. How To

    The Trabecula Bench: Slicing

    The design files are sent to EOS GmbH, a Munich-based factory with six different types of laser-sintering machines. Before they begin, a slicing software divides the Trabecula into some 6,000 cross...

    01.01.09

  23. The Trabecula Bench: Sintering
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    The Trabecula Bench: Sintering

    “Sintering” is not an everyday word for most people—it means using laser energy to melt and fuse particles. It’s traditionally applied to metal, but nowadays it works very well on certain varieties...

    01.01.09

  24. The Trabecula Bench: Unpacking
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    The Trabecula Bench: Unpacking

    When the bucket has cooled, it’s time to assemble the pieces. Ahmadou Kaloga, an EOS applications support technician, usually does the unpacking. “It’s like an archeological dig,” says Kyttänen. “A...

    01.01.09

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