Kelsey Keith is Dwell's Senior Editor, based in New York. She's written about design, art, and architecture online and off and is obsessed with textile design, modern gables, and architectural follies.
Do you find regular cushions too staid? Are you bored by furniture with only one purpose? Meet Zieharsofika, the upholstery prototype by German designer Meike Harde. She’s manipulated flat foam mats into playful volumes by securing them with contrasting rubber bands, all propped on a basic wooden stool. With only three materials, construction of the pieces is relatively simple, yet the end result is complex: Use each one as a bench, an ottoman, and a magazine rack.
This summer, two bastions of Los Angeles architecture, The Getty Center and SCI-Arc, have joined together for an initiative celebrating the architects of Southern California. Now Dwell on Design is getting in on the action, bringing to our Design Innovation stage the bright minds behind SCI-Arc exhibition “A Confederacy of Heretics: The Architecture Gallery, Venice, 1979.” In advance of the hourlong panel discussion at DOD on June 22 with architects Frederick Fisher, Craig Hodgetts, Coy Howard, and Eric Owen Moss, we check in with curators Todd Gannon and Ewan Brenda to get the scoop behind “A Confederacy of Heretics.”
Each spring, Dwell hits the ground running to scout furniture, lighting, and accessories during the design industry's biggest fair, Salone Internazionale del Mobile. Here are just a few of the pieces we love for 2013.
New Orleans native Sherry-Lea Botop found herself in a unique position in 2005: The non-profit activist was, like many of her community members, housed in a shelter with her family while Hurricane Katrina was bearing down overhead. So how did she come to lead Architecture for Humanity's rebuilding effort in the besieged city? Read on.