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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. Pittsburgh Steeler
    My House

    Pittsburgh Steeler

    With a nod to the Burgh’s industrial heritage, and an eye toward the new, Jeff Walz replaced an aging farmhouse with a chic steel cube.

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    photos by: Livia Corona
    01.15.09

  4. Mid-Century Mash-Up
    House Tours

    Mid-Century Mash-Up

    Although postwar California modernism is generally associated with Southern California, the Bay Area’s own tradition has begun in recent years to be more widely acknowledged, and its surviving...

    written by: Sam Grawe
    photos by: Misha Gravenor
    01.16.09

  5. Sun Mun Way Cool
    House Tours

    Sun Mun Way Cool

    In Los Angeles, California, a family of four inhabits a polychrome fantasia in the heart of Chinatown. Formerly a restaurant, punk rock night club, and furniture warehouse, the Berniers’ loft is...

    written by: David A. Greene
    photos by: Bryce Duffy
    01.16.09

  6. 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

  7. Wright at Home: 1930-1965
    Post

    Wright at Home: 1930-1965

    While airport terminals aren't necessarily known as venues for stellar art exhibits, it's always a nice surprise to find some visual stimulation while floating down the conveyor belt in a travel...

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    08.11.09

  8. Alessi's Fall/Winter Collection
    Post

    Alessi's Fall/Winter Collection

    The business of product design is a family affair for Matteo Alessi, Director of Trade Marketing and International Development at Alessi  (and great grandson to Alberto, the company’s...

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    08.14.09

  9. Ladles Not Labels
    Shops

    Ladles Not Labels

    Fed up with men's fashion, Rachel Wythe-Moran and Simon Watkins of East London's Labour and Wait cooked up a plan to align their creative instincts and passion for practical design.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    02.02.10

  10. Search and Display
    Finishing Touch

    Search and Display

    Every collection has to start somewhere, and for Lisa Congdon, it began with a dish. Nearly ten years ago, the San Francisco–based artist (and co-owner of local design shop Rare Device)...

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    photos by: Jen Siska
    02.02.10

  11. Brook Farm General Store
    Shops

    Brook Farm General Store

    If you've been longing for the timeless kitchen and home goods stocked on the shelves of Labour and Wait in East London but aren't in the UK (and thus can't have them shipped to you), Brook Farm...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    02.19.10

  12. Design Shop Visit: ReForm School in Silver Lake
    Shops

    Design Shop Visit: ReForm School in Silver Lake

    Business as usual for ReForm School founders Billie Lopez and Tootie Maldonado means far more than simply managing their popular Silver Lake, California, shop. Whether exploring thrift stores for...

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    photos by: Brigitte Sire
    03.12.10

  13. Industrial Designer Focus: Konstantin Grcic
    Profiles

    Industrial Designer Focus: Konstantin Grcic

    Industrial designer Konstantin Grcic has done it all, from spoons to umbrellas to lights, but he’s best known for his data-driven chairs.  We dropped in on his Munich studio to sit...

    written by: Sally McGrane
    photos by: Oliver Mark
    06.18.10

  14. Heath LA Visit
    Travel Reports

    Heath LA Visit

    While down in LA for Dwell on Design this year I had a chance to stop into the Heath Ceramics LA shop to look around, check out the Playmountain show which is up now, and have...

    06.28.10

  15. Factory Direct
    Shops

    Factory Direct

    Ask anybody who has held so much as a bud vase from Heath Ceramics about the pottery’s charms, and you’re likely to encounter the kind of adoration reserved for treasured family...

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    photos by: Dustin Aksland
    08.17.10

  16. Pot + Pantry
    Food

    Pot + Pantry

    Last week I stopped into Pot + Pantry, Donna Suh Wageman's new kitchenwares shop in San Francisco's Mission District. Not only was the tiny space utterly charming, an appealing melange of the...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    01.11.11

  17. Maison & Objet: Part 2
    Travel Reports

    Maison & Objet: Part 2

    I'm just back from Paris, and still processing all the exciting new furnishings, accessories, and objets I spied at Maison & Objet over the weekend. In case you missed my first dispatch, check...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    01.27.11

  18. 17 Swedish Designers
    Travel Reports

    17 Swedish Designers

    If there was one exhibition I longed to see last year, it was 17 Swedish Designers. The show features the work of, you guessed it, 17 young, female, Swedish designers and design groups who have all...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Miyoko Ohtake
    02.03.11

  19. Counter Space Catalog
    Food

    Counter Space Catalog

    For you Dwellers who can't get enough modern kitchens, and who may not have made it to the show Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen up at MoMA in New York through May 2nd, the show's...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    02.17.11

  20. Marimekko at Crate & Barrel
    Travel Reports

    Marimekko at Crate & Barrel

    This week, Marimekko launched its fourth and fifth shops at Crate & Barrel in Los Angeles and San Francisco. The two companies have collaborated for four decades so it makes sense that...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.27.11

  21. Architectmade
    Product of the Day

    Architectmade

    In 2005, Danish company Architectmade launched with the goal of bringing to light products designed by architects. The company has since begun producing a handful of items from designers of the...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.31.11

  22. Dutch Designer Focus: Hella Jongerius
    Profiles

    Dutch Designer Focus: Hella Jongerius

    In her Berlin studio, rogue Dutch designer Hella Jongerius creates colorful, covetable objects that meld the handmade and the mass-produced in surprising new ways.

    written by: Jane Szita
    photos by: Oliver Mark
    06.20.11

  23. New from OXO
    Product of the Day

    New from OXO

    OXO has always been one of our favorite product companies: it has been at the forefront of universal design and seamlessly integrates function into the form of all its products. Here we spotlight...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    06.30.11

  24. Marimekko's Iconic Patterns
    Product of the Day

    Marimekko's Iconic Patterns

    It's hard not to adore (and lust after) Marimekko's fabrics. In the early 1950s, as Finland continued its slow ­recovery from World War II, textile designer Armi Ratia seized the opportunity to...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    07.26.11

  25. Design Shop Visit: Mjölk in Toronto
    Shops

    Design Shop Visit: Mjölk in Toronto

    This Canadian duo searches out top Scandinavian and Japanese designs and brings their best finds back to this Toronto shop.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Christopher Wahl
    07.27.11

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