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  1. Marcel Wanders
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    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. Pure and Symbol
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    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

  3. A Mama's Touch
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    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

  4. Plain and Sempé
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    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

  5. Terunobu Fujimori
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    Terunobu Fujimori

    A modern eccentric with an architectural sensibility drawn from ancient Japanese traditions, Terunobu Fujimori designs projects that are exercises in playful experimentation and sophisticated craft.

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    photos by: Adam Friedberg
    04.14.09

  6. Werner Sobek
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    Werner Sobek

    Werner Sobek has seen the future, and it’s high-tech, green, and efficient. The architect, engineer, and teacher’s wandering intellect and belief in the power of design have left their...

    written by: Sally McGrane
    04.14.09

  7. Piet Hein Eek
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    Piet Hein Eek

    Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek is best known for his intricately composed scrap wood furniture—each piece a one-of-a-kind creation that merges artisan handcraft with skilled design processes....

    written by: Sam Grawe
    04.30.09

  8. Fjord Focus
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    Fjord Focus

    As Jarmund/Vigsnæs’s growing crop of small, smart houses have garnered increasing attention, their equally prolific civic works have them poised to be Norway’s next big export.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Pia Ulin
    05.13.09

  9. Furniture Designer Focus: Eero Aarnio
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    Furniture Designer Focus: Eero Aarnio

    Eero Aarnio’s persistent quest for functional forms and manufacturing processes has been at the center of his iconic and prolific career.

    written by: Asko Ahokas
    photos by: Joanna Moorhouse
    01.12.10

  10. Lina Bo Bardi
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    Lina Bo Bardi

    Architect Lina Bo Bardi, born Achillina Bo in Rome in 1914, made an indelible mark on mid-century Brazilian architecture and design after emigrating there following the destruction of her office in...

    written by: Erika Heet
    01.18.10

  11. Sergio Rodrigues
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    Sergio Rodrigues

    Recognized for his architecture and interior design, Brazilian modernist Sergio Rodrigues is renown for his furniture, often executed with humor and whimsy: His Mole chair and sofa is exaggeratedly...

    written by: Erika Heet
    03.02.10

  12. Modern Istanbul Design: Autoban
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    Modern Istanbul Design: Autoban

    Istanbul modern? In a word, it’s Autoban. With their east-meets-west twist on mid-century classics, this young duo has jump-started their hometown’s design scene.

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    03.04.10

  13. Industrial Designer Focus: Konstantin Grcic
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    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. The Opulent Modernism of Platner
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    The Opulent Modernism of Platner

    For Warren Platner, whose modernist pedigree would make any contemporary designer squeal, design was all about the right groovy palette for the right glitzy project. Minimalists need not apply.

    written by: Alexandra Lange
    11.19.10

  15. Industrial Design: Atelier Takagi
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    Industrial Design: Atelier Takagi

    After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2002 with a degree in furniture design, Jonah Takagi traveled the world for four years with indie-rock musician Benjy Ferree. When he had...

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    12.15.10

  16. Furniture Design: Misewell
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    Furniture Design: Misewell

    Growing up in southeastern Wisconsin, Vincent and Paul Georgeson used to hang out in their father’s basement woodshop, fascinated by the process of building things. It was a formative...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    photos by: Daniel Shea
    12.15.10

  17. New Media: Sight Unseen
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    New Media: Sight Unseen

    Jill Singer and Monica Khemsurov met as editors at the venerable I.D. in 2005 and both developed a passion for peeking behind the scenes at the creative processes of designers—–access...

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    12.15.10

  18. Swedish Designer Focus: Monica Förster
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    Swedish Designer Focus: Monica Förster

    Monica Förster takes a hands-on approach to furniture design. In her Stockholm studio, she whips up a flurry of tiny paper models—”3-D sketches”—that rival their full...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    photos by: Felix Odell
    04.06.11

  19. Printed Matter
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    Printed Matter

    Considering his cache of bold-faced employers, the Swiss-born graphic designer and photographer Herbert Matter (1907–1984) should loom larger in the mid-century design canon than he does....

    written by: Aaron Britt
    05.05.11

  20. Dutch Designer Focus: Hella Jongerius
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    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

  21. Hometown Hero
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    Hometown Hero

    Dow Chemical put Midland on the map, but architect and local scion Alden B. Dow made it the most modern town in Michigan.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    08.29.11

  22. Modern French Design: Normal Studio
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    Modern French Design: Normal Studio

    With its fresh take on minimalism, French design duo Normal Studio is ushering in a new machine age.

    written by: Laetitia Wolff
    photos by: Jens Passoth
    12.27.11

  23. New Dutch Design: Aldo Bakker
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    New Dutch Design: Aldo Bakker

    Familiar objects take surprising new forms in the hands of experimental designer Aldo Bakker.

    written by: Zahid Sardar
    05.05.12

  24. Munich's Dynamic Duo: Hansandfranz
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    Munich's Dynamic Duo: Hansandfranz

    Hans and Franz were a pair of characters in a Saturday Night Live sketch who yodeled with fake Austrian accents while wearing Schwarzenegger-send-up body padding. German Gen Y’ers Horst...

    written by: Caia Hagel
    08.06.12

  25. Designer Spotlight: Kelly Behun
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    Designer Spotlight: Kelly Behun

    Once upon a time, Kelly Behun was destined for Wall Street. She spent a few months at Salomon Brothers after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School at the...

    written by: Caia Hagel
    10.22.12

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