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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. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. Meat Stephanie Hensle
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    Meat Stephanie Hensle

    With all the pork belly, lardo and bacon-in-everything flying around these days, it was only a matter of time before swine made it into the realm of high fashion. For Stephanie Hensle, a recent...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    04.02.09

  17. Apples from Asphalt
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    Apples from Asphalt

    Mobile City Farmstead is bringing a little bit of the heartland into the big city, one vacant lot at a time.

    05.04.09

  18. Hand-Powered Lamp
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    Hand-Powered Lamp

    Producing power by harnessing kinetic energy from human and animal movement is a great idea but one with few good results. Disco-ball lights powered by club-goers getting down on the dance floor is...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.08.09

  19. Touring the Vitra Campus
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    Touring the Vitra Campus

    In addition to my tour of the Freitag factory in Zurich, a huge high point of my recent trip to Switzerland involved hopping over the border from Basel to 1 Charles-Eames-Strasse in Weil am Rhein,...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    05.18.09

  20. Like a Kid in a Candy Store
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    Like a Kid in a Candy Store

    For Parisian gallery director Didier Krzentowski, the art of collecting has become a career by design.  

    written by: Sam Grawe
    photos by: Philippe Munda
    07.01.09

  21. Renovating Old and New in Barcelona
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    Renovating Old and New in Barcelona

    When Cecilia Tham and Yoel Karaso of Habitan Architects bought their first-floor apartment in an 1894 block of the Fort Pienc neighborhood of Barcelona in 2005, they knew they were taking a risk....

    written by: Max Andrews
    photos by: Gunnar Knechtel
    08.13.09

  22. The 3107 Chair
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    The 3107 Chair

    It takes nine sheets of veneer, two layers of cotton backing, up to five coats of paint, and 11 days to make a 3107 chair. We take you to the floor of Fritz Hansen's stackable-chair factory to show...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Alex Subrizi
    07.20.09

  23. Steel Life
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    Steel Life

    Edge Studio's apartment building with its glass-and-steel facade is a glowing example of the urban renaissance that's gripping Steel City.

    written by: William Lamb
    photos by: Roger Davies
    07.21.09

  24. Home Cooking
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    Home Cooking

    For Erik and Ivana Gonzalez, the design of their kitchen—and every other room in the house—was truly a family affair.

    written by: Allison Arieff
    photos by: Peter Yang
    07.23.09

  25. Ron Arad: No Discipline Preview
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    Ron Arad: No Discipline Preview

    Israeli-born British designer and architect Ron Arad has made a name for himself pushing the boundaries of forms and materials, so it comes at no surprise that the installation devised for Arad...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    07.25.09

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