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  1. San Francisco Living: Home Tours, Presented by AIA SF and Dwell
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    San Francisco Living: Home Tours, Presented by AIA SF and Dwell

    Want to jump inside the pages of Dwell and into a home featured in the magazine? You’ll have the opportunity to do that, and more, this weekend during the San Francisco Living: Home Tours,...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    09.12.08

  2. PH Artichoke 50th Anniversary Edition
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    PH Artichoke 50th Anniversary Edition

    It’s known around the world as the “Artichoke” but in Denmark, where it originated, Poul Henningsen’s iconic lighting fixture is often referred to as the “pine cone....

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    09.16.08

  3. California Academy of Sciences Preview
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    California Academy of Sciences Preview

    The grand opening of the new California Academy of Sciences, one of the year’s most anticipated events, is taking place this weekend. To help you make it through the last few days until the...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    09.23.08

  4. Cal Academy's Green Credentials
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    Cal Academy's Green Credentials

    Photo © Tim Griffith/CAS Everything from the meals to the materials are green at the California Academy of Sciences, opening Sept. 27. The building is expected to receive a LEED platinum ce...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    09.25.08

  5. West Coast Green
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    West Coast Green

    If green design were easy, everyone would be doing it. And though it makes sense in theory, actual implementation is often easier said than done. How to make all design become sustainable design...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    09.29.08

  6. Dashboard Confessional
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    Dashboard Confessional

    A major obstacle to reducing our energy consumption continues to be our general unawareness of just how much we are using. Most people have no idea exactly how much a shorter shower or a lowered...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    10.01.08

  7. Tiny Teaks
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    Tiny Teaks

    Good things come in small packages, like Danish modernism in Dansk-emblazoned boxes. In the 1960s, industrial designer Jens Quistgaard introduced his country’s aesthetic to America via a...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    10.10.08

  8. Building Sustainable Communities Exhibit
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    Building Sustainable Communities Exhibit

    An inquisitive exhibit recently extended through January 2009 at the Danish Architecture Center asks “What if architecture could change the world?” Building Sustainable Communities ...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    10.15.08

  9. Lavaflow Exhibit at Mollusk Surf Shop
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    Lavaflow Exhibit at Mollusk Surf Shop

    With photos now pouring in of newly snow-covered cities across America—or perhaps exactly because of it—we have Hawaii on our minds.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    10.17.08

  10. Grete Jalk Plywood Chair
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    Grete Jalk Plywood Chair

    1963 was a big one for Grete Jalk. That year, the Danish furniture designer debuted her Lounge Chair and Nesting Tables, won the Daily Mail International Furniture competition for their designs,...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    10.21.08

  11. Swan Chair 50th Anniversary
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    Swan Chair 50th Anniversary

    Arne Jacobsen’s Swan chair is no ugly duckling—especially when upholstered in swan-white leather, finished with a pearl-white base, and decorated with a sterling silver bracelet and...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    10.25.08

  12. Home Certification Programs
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    Home Certification Programs

    Michele Kaufman's MK Lotus house at West Coast Green We’re all familiar with the United States Green Building Council’s LEED for Homes program but there’s also another national g...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    10.27.08

  13. Blu Dot Store Opening
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    Blu Dot Store Opening

    Minneapolis-based furniture company Blu Dot is setting up a flagship shop in Soho. Earlier this week the company announced it will open the first-ever Blu Dot store in December.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    10.31.08

  14. Systematic Landscapes exhibit at the de Young Museum
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    Systematic Landscapes exhibit at the de Young Museum

    Maya Lin’s newly opened exhibition at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, titled Systematic Landscapes, depicts a stunning collection of recent and brand-new works that explore what the New...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    11.04.08

  15. Marc Tetro
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    Marc Tetro

    Not only was MOS Archtiects’ Floating House (featured on the cover of our November 2008 issue) a big hit, so was the art hung on their walls.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    11.06.08

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    Eames Art on Etsy

    Just because you can’t afford a vintage Eames chair doesn’t mean you can’t have a little Eames in your life. A little scouting on Etsy, a website where artists set up storefronts...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    11.08.08

  17. Q & A: Leanne Marshall
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    Q & A: Leanne Marshall

    In Season 5 of Bravo’s Project Runway, fashion designer Leanne Marshall earned the winning nod from the judges for her architectural, sustainability-minded designs.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    11.12.08

  18. Sacco, 40th Anniversary
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    Sacco, 40th Anniversary

    A chair by any other name is still a chair but what about a chair with no legs, no arms, and no permanent seat or backrest?

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    11.20.08

  19. Prospect.1
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    Prospect.1

    New Orleans is known for its sultry jazz and tasty po-boys, but it’s also developing a reputation as a center for modern and contemporary design. This was particularly evident when I was in...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    11.21.08

  20. Billes Product Design Competition
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    Billes Product Design Competition

    Last weekend I headed down to the Big Easy as a judge for the first annual Billes Product Design Competition, where nine up-and-coming designers from across the United States showcased their work...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    11.26.08

  21. Little Urbanites
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    Little Urbanites

    Modernism is for moms, says Kim Sibley, and just as importantly, their wee ones too. One year ago, Sibley opened Little Urbanites, a modern design store for kids, with her mother Suzanne Sibley and...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    11.28.08

  22. Craig Steely Light Wall
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    Craig Steely Light Wall

    The owners of a 10th floor apartment in San Francisco’s Russian Hill neighborhood have what few others can boast: unobstructed views from the Presidio to Alcatraz—and a 40-foot-long...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    12.01.08

  23. Perillo Chair
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    Perillo Chair

    German designer Martin Ballendat’s Perillo lounge chair for Zuco won the people’s choice award at the Orgatec trade show in October and has earned our nod of approval, too. The...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    12.08.08

  24. Infusion Lounge
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    Infusion Lounge

    San Francisco is where west first met east so it makes sense that Hong Kong designer Kinney Chan’s first US project, here in the city by the Bay, is an Asian-inspired bar and restaurant.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    12.09.08

  25. Modern House Numbers
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    Modern House Numbers

    During this past week, I’ve stumbled upon quite a number of great modern house numbers, from the classic Neutra numbers to my latest favorite, Numbers by Andrew Byrom . Here’s a look at...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    12.12.08

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