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2009

The City Life

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Apartments We Love
September 2009,
Vol. 09
Issue 09.

Extended Content

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Creative Renovation in Brooklyn

When graphic designers Jeanette and Mike Abbink left behind their loft in San Francisco—with collected ephemera, a voluminous library, and a parcel of paintings in tow—they didn’t…
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Mountain Dwellings Urban Development in Copenhagen

In Ørestad—Copenhagen’s tiny but buzzing new hub of urban development—a mountain rises from the flatlands.
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Hoagies' Heroes

Best friends since middle school, Casey Patten and David Mazza have a passion for their up-and-coming slice of Washington, DC, matched only by their commitment to making you the best damn sandwich in…
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Renovating Old and New in Barcelona

When Cecilia Tham and Yoel Karaso of Habitan Architects bought their first-floor apartment in an 1894 block of the Fort Pienc neighborhood of Barcelona in 2005, they knew they were taking a risk.
At the Fritz Hansen factory in Denmark, a worker inspects the paint finish of a Series 7 chair in front of a wall displaying just some of the wood and color options available.

The 3107 Chair

It takes nine sheets of veneer, two layers of cotton backing, up to five coats of paint, and 11 days to make a 3107 chair.
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The Making of Dwell with Chris Gardner

To open our September 2009 apartment-themed issued, we dreamed up Dwell’s ideal apartment.
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Hive Design

The recent disappearance of vast numbers of worker bees from their colonies sounded an unexpectedly resonant ecological alarm.
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Green Light District

On a former brownfield site across the river from downtown Boston, a renovated turn-of-the-century lithography factory trades in carbon copies for a lighter carbon footprint.
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Fascinating Risom

Jens Risom is enjoying his place in the canon of mid-century furniture designers while also distinguishing himself as a great contemporary designer.
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Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan Reviews 5 Sleeper Sofas

From sitting and sleeping to lolling and loitering, these new sleeper sofas are workaholics of relaxation—on either the day or the night shift.
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An Introduction to Product Design

Last night I went to a corner liquor store to buy some toothpaste. While the beer and candy aisles of the store were heavily trafficked, the back “household goods” section was not.
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Design Books: September 2009

Check out this selection of recently released design books culled by our editors and profiled in the September 2009 issue's In The Modern World section.
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101 Product Design

We’re surrounded by legions of products, most of them unremittingly lousy. What separates the good from the bad from the ugly? Take out your well-designed pencils for Product Design 101.
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Best Buy

Good design isn’t inextricably wed to a high price tag. These classic designs run the gamut of types and prices. 
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Buyer Beware

Bad design can be not just unattractive but unhealthy. Steer clear of this trio of second-rate offerings.
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Like a Rock

When it comes to great product design, the material is often the message. Matuse’s wetsuits prove why.
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Books You Should Read

The Champ Phaidon Design Classics: 001–999. Phaidon Press, 2006
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Product Developments

We asked three product designers from three different fields what the future holds. Oddly, none of them mentioned crystal balls.
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Words You Should Know

Charrette: An intense period of design activity in which a group collaborates to work out a solution to a specific design problem.
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