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  1. 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

  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. 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

  7. Skypephone
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    Skypephone

    Last year saw the European launch of the world’s first mobile phone with integrated Skype, the Voice over IP software traditionally used via computer. This year, the phone arrives in the United...

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    01.25.09

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. Marmol Radziner Prefab
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    Marmol Radziner Prefab

    Amid the industrial expanse of Vernon, California, Marmol Radziner Prefab’s factory-built homes are pieced together in a process akin to the assembly lines made famous by Henry Ford.

    written by: Jessica Hundley
    03.16.09

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. Emeco's 111 Navy Chair
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    Emeco's 111 Navy Chair

    The tale of the Emeco's 111 Navy chair is that of a phoenix rising. In 1944, the Hanover, Pennsylvania-based company began producing the original 1006 Navy chair. But despite supplying these...

    written by: Michael C. Taylor
    photos by: Armando Bellmas
    01.23.11

  14. Helsinki Ink
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    Helsinki Ink

    Step inside Marimekko’s printing factory for a look at how its iconic textiles come to life.

    written by: Katja Lindroos
    photos by: Alex Subrizi
    07.22.11

  15. Cole & Son Factory Tour
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    Cole & Son Factory Tour

    Cole & Son, a London-based wallpaper manufacturer established in 1875, recently launched its collection of autumn wallpapers, including a particularly striking harlequin pattern of overlain...

    written by: Shonquis Moreno
    photos by: Shonquis Moreno
    10.11.11

  16. Lukas Scherrer's Custom Bassinet
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    Lukas Scherrer's Custom Bassinet

    I'm always a fan of good DIY design, but Lukas Scherrer, the mastermind behind the San Francisco industrial design firm Shibuleru, has taken it to a new level. Check out this incredible...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    04.19.12

  17. Process This
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    Process This

    We love to break down the intricate steps that go into making our favorite furniture, products, prefabs and more. Increase your industrial-manufacturing IQ with this slideshow showcasing our...

    written by: Dwell Staff
    02.01.13

  18. Modern Manufactuing Secrets Revealed
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    Modern Manufactuing Secrets Revealed

    How does Emeco turn soda bottles into chairs? What's the trick behind the stitching in Ligne Roset's intricate Ruche sofa? Can you guess the magic number of veneer layers that go into Fritz Hansen...

    written by: Diana Budds
    08.02.13

  19. Textile Design Focus
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    Textile Design Focus

    At Dwell, we love a good yarn about textile design and the creative individuals who express themselves through sewing, darning, and spinning fibers. Here we present five of our favorite stories...

    written by: Olivia Martin
    08.13.13

  20. All-Clad: 7 Innovative Exteriors
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    All-Clad: 7 Innovative Exteriors

    From wood to steel to glass to cement boards, we give you the inside track on the materials and techniques needed to make your facade sing.

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    10.24.13

  21. The Making of Modern Furniture
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    The Making of Modern Furniture

    We chat with the designers and the factories who produce some of the most iconic pieces of furniture. Plus, learn the real cost of rip-offs.

    written by: Olivia Martin
    01.07.14

  22. Art You Can Walk All Over: Carpet by Steffen Kehrle
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    Art You Can Walk All Over: Carpet by Steffen Kehrle

    By painting on the assembly line, German designer Steffen Kehrle turns carpets into canvas.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    03.25.14

  23. 10 Tips for Clutter-Free Bathrooms
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    10 Tips for Clutter-Free Bathrooms

    How does one hide clutter in a bathroom without going full-on minimalist? Let these ten homes guide your way.

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    04.14.14

  24. How to: Design Under a Pitched Ceiling
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    How to: Design Under a Pitched Ceiling

    Whether in restored farmhouses or modern, gabled homes, these rooms accentuate their steep, pitched ceilings.

    written by: Allie Weiss
    04.23.14

  25. How To: Decorating with Posters
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    How To: Decorating with Posters

    Poster art is often one of the most effective and affordable ways to inject creativity into a space. Following up on our roundup of graphic art, here are homes that master poster decorating.

    written by: Dora Sapunar
    04.23.14

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