Behind the Scenes: Dwell Reports
As the photo editor at Dwell, one of best things I get to do is go on set and art direct shoots. It’s always an exciting process of creating, tweaking, and finalizing an idea or concept and a chance to collaborate with some great photographers and colleagues. When possible, I'll be posting some behind-the-scenes shots, so you can see the work that goes into making the images you see in the pages of Dwell.
This first sneak peak is of the Dwell Reports shoot for the April 2010 issue, featuring planters. Kyle Blue, Dwell's design director, and I worked with an amazing paper artist, Benjamin Laramie, and photographer Peter Belanger to create some paper plants that bring the feel of a relief cutout piece of art to our three-dimensional planters. We met with Ben a week before the shoot to talk about what we were looking for in the paper plants, and after a few reviews, he was off and running. We met him on set with all of his options for us, and got “planting." It was great fun to play with depth and color on set, and bring a bit of a coloring-book feel to life.
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- A bird flying over Houston, Texas, sees only a sprawling canopy of trees. It seems the perfect nesting place for creatures both avian and human alike; unfortunately, the green ends at the tree line.
- Nestled in an apple grove in Sebastopol, California, the Orchard House is a rural idyll.
- A strong creative streak runs through the Pacific Northwest and is on vibrant display in these spaces, featured in the pages of Dwell and on Dwell.com.
- I recently talked over the phone with Kyle Schuneman, interior and set designer of Live Well Designs in Los Angeles.
- Furniture from the sleek Chicago studio gets a closeup in the hit movie Divergent.
- Production designer Adam Stockhausen on crafting dream accommodations for Wes Anderson’s 2014 film, Grand Budapest Hotel.
- Portland's Revolution Design House has just released a walnut version of its popular Boxcar planters.
A Michigan company produces the wood-handled eight-piece screwdriver set. The Philips- and flat-head steel blades are forged in Massachusetts.