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  1. The Alessi 9090
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    The Alessi 9090

    Alessi—In the 1970s, Alessi invested $300,000 to develop its first cooking appliance: a stovetop espresso maker by Richard Sapper. The northern Italian family business had made stainless...

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    photos by: Alex Subrizi
    02.26.09

  2. Alessi 9090: Cold Press
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    Alessi 9090: Cold Press

    The factory floor is a city of tall hydraulic presses. Humming and chinking sounds bellow down aisle after aisle. Workers wearing light-blue gloves spray grease onto sheet-metal pieces, place them...

    01.01.09

  3. Alessi 9090: Weld
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    Alessi 9090: Weld

    Tungsten inert gas (TIG) welds and spot-welds join the molded parts. In TIG welding, the inert gas argon is blown out of a nozzle to surround a white-hot tungsten electrode at the tip of the...

    01.01.09

  4. Alessi 9090: Polish
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    Alessi 9090: Polish

    Alessi uses two types of 18/10 stainless steel (the number refers to the chromium-to-nickel ratio): 2B, with a carbon content of 0.2 percent, is more malleable and less shiny than BA, which has 0.4...

    01.01.09

  5. How To

    Alessi 9090: Package

    After more than 100 steps, the completed parts are ready for packaging. Workers assemble the upper container, filter funnel, gasket, and boiler in much the same way that the eventual user will put...

    01.01.09

  6. Steelwood Chair
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    Steelwood Chair

    Magis—The Steelwood chair from Magis is a product of experience—the suppliers who punch the sheet metal for the back, which adroitly supports four legs and a beech wood seat, are among...

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    photos by: Erwan Bouroullec
    01.25.09

  7. Flos Glo-Ball
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    Flos Glo-Ball

    Designers and manufacturers bemoan the profusion of cheaply made copycats, but it’s been proven time and again that truly great design can never be obscured by poor imitation. For evidence, look no...

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    photos by: Alex Subrizi
    01.25.09

  8. Flos Glo-Ball: Molten Dust
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    Flos Glo-Ball: Molten Dust

    Piombino Dese, a drab industrial town between Venice and Verona, has many small glass companies, including Vetrerie New Glass, founded by Franco Pellizzon in 1991 and one of several Glo-Ball...

    01.01.09

  9. Flos Glo-Ball: Blow Mold
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    Flos Glo-Ball: Blow Mold

    When the blob has reached a diameter of about six inches, it has already been handled by two or three blowers, who multitask like chefs.

    01.01.09

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    Flos Glo-Ball: Cool and Cut

    Vetrerie New Glass can make 18 Glo-Balls per hour—Pellizzon keeps the operation tight in order to guarantee exceptional quality. The balls sit in a slow-cooling kiln for two hours; otherwise, they...

    01.01.09

  11. Flos Glo-Ball: Put Together
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    Flos Glo-Ball: Put Together

    West of Piombino Dese, in Bovezzo, the well-tended Glo-Balls meet the other parts of the lamp: laminated tubular steel stands, bases, and electronic components sourced in Milan.

    01.01.09

  12. Little Field of Flowers
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    Little Field of Flowers

    Nanimarquina—In 1987, Barcelona-based designer Nani Marquina established a textile and rug design studio. Since 1993, the company’s designs have been manufactured in northern India....

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    01.25.09

  13. How To

    The Pi Table: Building a Block

    With raw material in hand, they painstakingly assemble their scraps into a solid, ten-foot-long block that is eight inches square. To achieve the striated pattern of cascading bands that is...

    01.01.09

  14. The Pi Table: A Design Emerges
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    The Pi Table: A Design Emerges

    All of Scrapile’s sharp modern forms come from the solid block of wood. The pieces have evolved from basic, boxy shapes to more complex lines as Salgado, who does most of the design, has...

    01.01.09

  15. The Trabecula Bench
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    The Trabecula Bench

    Freedom of Creation—In recent decades, computer-aided design (CAD) has transcended the screen, thanks to the advent of automatic fabrication, a process wherein three-dimensional objects take...

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    photos by: Jens Passoth
    03.31.09

  16. Wrong Woods
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    Wrong Woods

    Established & Sons—The Wrong Woods furniture series is a collaboration between designer Sebastian Wrong and artist Richard Woods for Established & Sons. Wrong creates the object,...

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    photos by: Jeremy Murch
    01.25.09

  17. On the Fence
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    On the Fence

    This “landscaped outdoor room” near Farrar Pond, Massachusetts, uses simple construction to create complex effects.

    written by: Michael Grozik
    photos by: Charles Mayer
    02.04.09

  18. Ich Bin Ein Mulcher
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    Ich Bin Ein Mulcher

    When, at cocktail parties, the conversation turns from the fleeting news of the day to the subject of sublime beauty, Dan Maginn often find himself smiling, for soon, he will speak of mulch.

    written by: Dan Maginn
    02.04.09

  19. Stoked to Soak
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    Stoked to Soak

    Compelling custom solutions to off-the-shelf problems are often hard to come by. But landscape architects James A. Lord and Roderick Wyllie relished the challenge of making a standard hot tub the...

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    photos by: Jeremy Harris
    02.05.09

  20. Fawning Over Flora
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    Fawning Over Flora

    Flora Grubb Gardens, the hippest plant merchant in the Bay Area, takes up residence in a new building as green as it is frondescent.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Todd Hido
    02.05.09

  21. Angela Adams for Architex
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    Angela Adams for Architex

    Angela Adams recently expanded her upbeat retro textile designs with more rugged and sustainable fabrics to help spruce up hospitals, office cubicles, and the outdoors.

    written by: Laure Joliet
    11.21.08

  22. A Very Eames Christmas
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    A Very Eames Christmas

    Even if you can't pony up the cash to buy a living room full of iconic furniture by Charles and Ray Eames doesn't mean that there aren't some Eames-related stocking stuffers to splurge on.

    written by: Laure Joliet
    12.17.08

  23. Yard Sale Photographs
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    Yard Sale Photographs

    Yard Sale Photographs, a new book of photography by Adam Bartos, revels in the everyday castoffs and outmoded bric-a-brac that lard the average American garage sale. With a cover that apes a second...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    03.13.09

  24. Paperfold Lamps
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    Paperfold Lamps

    Architects are notorious for being sticklers for detail. Often, and in the best cases, this leads to beautifully uncomplicated structures and well thought out product design.

    written by: Laure Joliet
    03.17.09

  25. Brazilian Design at the MoMA Store
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    Brazilian Design at the MoMA Store

    The Museum of Modern Art's Design Store has been running regionally-sourced collections in their retails shops and online. Currently they've got an excellent array of products from Korea, and next...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    03.30.09

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