We are excited to announce that the entry period of our Methodology upcyling competition is extended through July 24th. Make good use of the gift of time and enter your ideas now! The submissions we've received so far have been fantastic and we can't wait to see what else everyone can come up with. Build a prototype for easy-to-craft designs, or show us the most fantastical of ideas through a drawing or rendering. Don't delay! The winner of the contest will receive a year's supply of method products, worth $300.
We're getting our hands dirty and joining James Hardie in the sandbox for our upcoming design competition, Playhaus. Your mission—should you choose to accept the challenge—is to wow us with fantastical funhouses for mini design enthusiasts in the making.
It's inevitable that most of us wind up in the same routine and see the same landscapes or cityscapes over and over again. We get caught up so easily in the every day that the views and sights we regularly see start to fade in their brilliance. So we launched our inaugural photography competition, World Views, to inspire you to take in old sights anew! Now we're hard at work culling together the best shots to be included in Dwell's first-ever photo book, which will be unveiled at Dwell on Design.
Branching out and doing your own thing is a brave and bold move at any time and any age. That said, the 21 visionaries we profile here—–designers of interiors, graphics, architecture, exhibitions, furniture, landscapes, and communities both online and off—–are all younger than 40 and are building their careers in the United States during an economic recession. Their mediums range wildly, from high-end residential town houses to urban postindustrial landscapes, but what they all share are uncommon tenacity and highly personal approaches to blazing their own paths. We’ve found editors who reinvented themselves as unconventional bloggers when their magazine shuttered; community activists who are transforming foreclosed houses in Detroit into models of environmental sustainability; and designers who’ve built burgeoning furniture companies in their own backyards. Neither an exhaustive compendium nor an exclusive best-of list, this roundup is a sampling of rising stars whose work continues to catch our eyes and imaginations.
Partnership is imperative for Swiss designer Patrick Reymond, who runs the design studio Atelier Oï with longtime collaborators Aurel Aebi and Armand Louis. Working out of a repurposed motel— the cleverly dubbed “Moïtel”—in La Neuveville, Switzerland, that is part studio, exhibition space, and materials lab, the talented team has created pieces for brands from Ikea to Foscarini, and sets scenographic installations for expositions around the world.
Although photographer Emiliano Granado only took to the camera five years ago, he quickly mastered the arts of spatial and social portraiture. After taking courses at New York’s International Center of Photography and the School of Visual Arts, Granado has gone on to produce a fascinating portfolio full of drag races, beauty contests, high school football games, travel shots of Nicaragua and Argentina, and surreally empty parking garages lit from within at night. His commercial work is equally impressive.
Owner and creative director Ebony Snow Chafey cofounded the Chicago-based design and stationery firm Snow & Graham in the spring of 1998. One successful decade later, her firm does more than $2 million worth of business each year, producing cards, calendars, stationery, notebooks, and even wallpaper. One of Chafey’s stated goals is “to put good design in everybody’s hands,” and that includes producing “big, bold, modern” holiday cards you could even send to Grandma. Amazingly, Chafey was once a welder, studying sculpture at the Art Institute of Chicago—but this somewhat brutal background is impossible to detect in the simple and often mesmerizing lines of Snow & Graham’s design. Chafey invited Dwell into her busy Chicago workspace for the following Q&A.