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October 14, 2013
From Breuer's dorm furniture to a forgotten mid-century airport in Newfoundland, we draw from the Dwell archives of oldie but goodie design content.
Canada Department of Transport Lobby Redesign

In the 1950s, Canada’s Department of Transport commissioned a modernist makeover for Gander International Airport in Newfoundland, a design that has proven as timeless as it was trendsetting.

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Originally appeared in Aviation Preservation
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modern jewelry designer margaret de patta portrait

Under the tutelage of a Bauhaus master, Margaret De Patta trailblazed the American studio jewelry movement with wearable art.

Originally appeared in Imagine if Moholy-Nagy Made Jewelry
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Visionary architect Paolo Soleri looked beyond the bounds of four walls and a roof to orchestrate his vision for comprehensive ecological design at Arcosanti in Arizona. Here, the ribbon-like Lean Linear City: Arterial Ecology. Images courtesy Arcosanti.

Originally appeared in Visionary Architect Focus: Paolo Soleri
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Dome of Discovery

With a life span of just 11 months, the prefabricated 1951 Dome of Discovery, designed by architect Ralph Tubbs for the Festival of Britain, lives on as a lost cultural icon. To support the dome, Tubbs and engineers Freeman, Fox & Partners buttressed the 93-foot-high structure with 48 steel masts. Photo courtesy CHELSEA Space.

Originally appeared in Prefab Icon: Dome of Discovery by Ralph Tubbs
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LED lighting technology in the Morgan Library New York

Personally wired by Thomas Edison, J. Pierpont Morgan’s home was the first electrified residence in New York. A recent LED retrofit delivers the library into a new age.

Courtesy of 
Graham Haber
Originally appeared in Illuminated Texts
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marcel breuer furniture

Some of Marcel Breuer’s earlier experiments found a home in his 1938 commission from Bryn Mawr College—just as students found a home in the newly built Rhoads Hall, outfitted with desks, chairs, dressers, mirrors, and bookshelves of his design.

Originally appeared in Pay Attention in History Class and Design like the Masters
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The Fábrica da Pompéia, a São Paulo cultural center Bo Bardi designed in 1986.

Italian-born architect and designer Lina Bo Bardi made an indelible mark on mid-century Brazilian architecture and design following the destruction of her office in Milan during World War II. Here, the Fábrica da Pompéia, a São Paulo cultural center Bo Bardi designed in 1986.

Originally appeared in Lina Bo Bardi
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Canada Department of Transport Lobby Redesign

In the 1950s, Canada’s Department of Transport commissioned a modernist makeover for Gander International Airport in Newfoundland, a design that has proven as timeless as it was trendsetting.

Photo by Simon Norfolk.

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