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  1. Marcel Wanders
    Profiles

    Marcel Wanders

    “It’s a mess up here.” Marcel Wanders is talking about his brain, and the necessary disorder of an open mind in design. “Philosophy is not one truth, but thousands of truths...

    written by: Jane Szita
    photos by: Adam Broomberg
    01.19.09

  2. J. Abbott Miller and Ellen Lupton
    Profiles

    J. Abbott Miller and Ellen Lupton

    "We thought design was this incredible discovery as a field, and yet no one was making it interesting. There was so much work to be done."

    written by: Shonquis Moreno
    photos by: Julian Broad
    02.26.09

  3. Industrial Evolution
    House Tours

    Industrial Evolution

    A Norman Foster master plan has transformed a decaying German industrial port into a vibrant neighborhood. It’s not about a single dramatic image, but what Foster calls “incremental...

    written by: Jane Szita
    photos by: Hertha Hurnaus
    04.21.09

  4. A Mama's Touch
    Profiles

    A Mama's Touch

    Nina Tolstrup, the Danish furniture and product designer, who works under the name Studiomama, has been carving herself an enviable reputation in the UK.

    written by: Grant Gibson
    photos by: Ben Anders
    02.26.09

  5. Terra Ephemera
    Profiles

    Terra Ephemera

    Whether spanning acres or encased in amorphous glass ecospheres, Paula Hayes's singular landscapes blur the boundary between art and nature—and redefine the relationship between art and...

    written by: Amber Bravo
    photos by: Raimund Koch
    01.23.09

  6. Plain and Sempé
    Profiles

    Plain and Sempé

    A maker of unfussy, elegant design objects, Inga Sempé delights in things both great and small—even if she doesn’t own any.

    written by: Michelle Hoffman
    photos by: Jessica Antola
    02.26.09

  7. Leave it to Beavers
    Green

    Leave it to Beavers

    It’s not unusual for New Yorkers to have problems with their neighbors; after all, many a co-op brawl has started over a little late-night noise. But it is rare for the downtown crowd to have...

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Raimund Koch
    01.25.09

  8. The Alessi 9090
    How they make it

    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

  9. Alessi 9090: Cold Press
    How they make it

    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

  10. Alessi 9090: Weld
    How they make it

    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

  11. Alessi 9090: Polish
    How they make it

    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

  12. How they make it

    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

  13. Steelwood Chair
    How they make it

    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

  14. Little Field of Flowers
    How they make it

    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

  15. The Pi Table
    How they make it

    The Pi Table

    Scrapile—Pull up a chair to one of Scrapile’s impossibly elegant dining tables and you’d never guess that the materials used to create it had once been destined for a landfill....

    written by: Mark Lamster
    photos by: Eirik Johnson
    01.25.09

  16. The Trabecula Bench
    How they make it

    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

  17. Wrong Woods
    How they make it

    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

  18. Shear Talent
    Profiles

    Shear Talent

    In the small village of Spannum, in the Dutch province of Friesland, Claudy Jongstra heads a felt-design studio whose modesty in process and material belie its overwhelming commercial appeal and...

    written by: Amber Bravo
    photos by: Oliver Chanarin
    02.26.09

  19. Cutting Edge
    Profiles

    Cutting Edge

    Asked to design a space for an art collector whose body and walls were already covered in decoration, architect Thom Faulders capped off the project by creating a piece of art out of an often...

    written by: John King
    photos by: Dave Lauridsen
    01.26.09

  20. Pure and Symbol
    Profiles

    Pure and Symbol

    Steeped in the past but firmly grounded in the present, the designs of Satyendra Pakhalé merge futuristic shapes with centuries-old crafting techniques.

    written by: Jane Szita
    photos by: Adam Broomberg
    01.26.09

  21. Typographer Focus: Peter Biľak
    Profiles

    Typographer Focus: Peter Biľak

    The alphabet is as easy as ABC, but for typographer Peter Bil’ak, the way language looks is a never-ending exploration.

    written by: Kieran Long
    photos by: Adam Broomberg
    01.26.09

  22. Open Sesame
    Design 101

    Open Sesame

    Architect Justin Korhammer kept the hallway of this Manhattan bachelor pad free and clear with a kitchen that folds away with the precision of a Swiss Army Knife.

    written by: Michael Cannell
    01.30.09

  23. The Farm Project
    Design 101

    The Farm Project

    For the Farm Project, Mike Meiré abandoned the idea of the hyper-designed kitchen in favor of one where life—of all manners—happens.

    01.30.09

  24. Color 101: Brand New Color
    Design 101

    Color 101: Brand New Color

    The fact that your car is tinted a subtle silver or that 
your running shoes have vibrant orange stripes flaring up their sides is hardly a design afterthought.

    written by: Fred A. Bernstein
    02.02.09

  25. Color 101: Created from Color
    Design 101

    Color 101: Created from Color

    There are endless choices to be made in the world of color, as anyone who has tried to paint a room plain white knows. Even more variation is introduced when materials, use, and application are all...

    written by: Fred A. Bernstein
    02.02.09

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