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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 Modernist Jewelry by Margaret De Patta
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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.

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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 6 Historic Furniture Collaborations
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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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