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December 28, 2010

As we began dispersing for the holidays—heading our separate ways to SoCal and all the way to the Carribean—we take a look back at the best of what we saw worldwide in 2010.

The absolutely stunning building was completed in 2004 and still draws design enthusiasts (who can partake in free public tours of the building) on a daily basis. The new library is 75-percent larger than the previous structure and features an innovative
In October I headed north from our home base in San Francisco to Seattle to report a feature story for our upcoming affordable luxury issue. While there, I searched out the city's best croissants (thanks to a suggestion from our photo editor Amy Silberman), took a ride on the newish Seattle streetcar to Lake Union Park, strolled quietly through the Seattle Public Library (shown here), and peeked behind the scenes at the Henrybuilt headquarters and factory. Watch the slideshow of my trips here: Part One and Part Two.
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Originally appeared in Seattle, Part Two
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The eastern edge of Yerba Buena Island is where traffic will exit the tunnel through the island and travel onto the new bridge (shown on the right). What fascinated me was the small, boarded-up structure that is located at the base of the bridges and that
I also had the unique opportunity this year to head not only on to but inside the new San Francisco Bay Bridge, currently under construction and set to be completed—ahead of schedule—in 2013. Come along for the tour by watching the slideshow.
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Originally appeared in Inside the New Bay Bridge
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We sent our fearless leader, editor-in-chief Sam Grawe, around the world this year, from Milan to New York to Los Angeles to London hitting up all the top design shows. While in New York for ICFF, Sam joined former Design Within Reach CEO Rob Forbes and p
We sent our fearless leader, editor-in-chief Sam Grawe, around the world this year, from Milan to New York to Los Angeles to London hitting up all the top design shows. While in New York for ICFF, Sam joined former Design Within Reach CEO Rob Forbes and pal Heather Wagner (wife of Readymade editor-in-chief Andrew Wagner) for a bike around the city for the launch of Forbe's new company Public Bikes. Check out their ride.
Originally appeared in ICFF 2010: Design Ride Manhattan
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Stuart Haygarth is well known for his masterful repurposing of <a href="http://www.dwell.com/articles/design-junkie-profile.html">detritus</a>, and for his installation at the V&A has transformed a banal staircase into an explosion of color using over 600
Sam kept us posted during his jaunt through London for the London Design Festival, catching our attention with this image of Stuart Haygarth's installation at the Victoria & Albert using more than 600 meters of cut-off pieces from picture frames. While there, he also caught up with Adrian Rubi-Dentzel, Monica Förster, and Harry Allen. Read more here: London Design Festival, Day One.
Originally appeared in London Design Festival: Day One
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Toward the end of the day Frank and I drove out to the town of Kirkcaldy to visit this Maggie's Center designed by Zaha Hadid. It was her first completed building in the UK and opened in 2006. Look for another post down the line devoted to this structure,
Our senior editor on the go Aaron Britt got his fair share of touring in this year, including a design trip to Scotland in May. In addition to sending back five slideshows highlighting the best the Scots have to offer, including Zaha Hadid's Maggie's Center (shown here), he also sent back several video interviews, taped over beers, of course. Here's one with architect John Macleod and another in conversation with Ross Hunter and Jim Hamilton of Graven Images. Read his Postcards here: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, and Day 5.
Originally appeared in Scotland: Day 1
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Here's a shelf in Ariel's studio filled with his products. Some are test cases, others finished and others still packaged up and ready to go.
Another adventure that proved prolific in pictures was Aaron's trip to Mexico city just before Thanksgiving. Check out his molecular gastronomy feast, the W Mexico City, a visit to Pirwi as well as Ariel Rojo's studio (shown here), and several casas by watching his slideshows: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, and Day 4.
Originally appeared in Mexico City: Day 1
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One of the things I was most excited to see was the Central Library's fifth floor, renowned for its acre-sized reading room, the largest in the country according to Burnette. The cavernous space is made more intimate by the individual reading lamps at eac
Editor Jaime Gross joined the team in July and took to the road soon after her arrival. In Phoenix, to report the December/January 2011 My House (now on newsstands), she also stopped by the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and toured the minimalist Prayer Pavilion of Light, Phoenix Central Library (shown here), and several homes. Whiz through her whirlwind tour with her.
Originally appeared in The View From Phoenix
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The steel case displays a rotating arrangement of art, objects, games, and books, and acts as a screen between the pool deck and the lobby. All of the art in the hotel is produced by local artists. This photograph of a California live oak, printed on glas
Jaime also spent a night in Sonoma County at the new H2Hotel, designed by David Baker + Partners as a LEED gold certification contender. Take a peek into the hip hotel—but beware, you'll want to make reservations before you're finished watching.
Originally appeared in H2Hotel in Healdsburg
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Natalie Gray's Blanket Store has been a Frankfurt staple since it opened its doors at this location in October 2009.
Our intrepid associate editor Jordan Kushins, with an eye for all things crafty, spotted a wonderful little blanket store in Frankfurt at the beginning of the year. She chatted with the owner and posted this slideshow of its cozy treasures sold within.
Originally appeared in Frankfurt's Blanket Store
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Smalti is a specialized glass used in many mosaics, made from a mixture of sand, soda, stabilizing compounds and mineral oxides, which add color. Here is a multi-hued pile of crucibles, or pots, where the ingredients are melted together to produce “pizzas
This autumn, while in Italy for the Cersaie, Jordan took a day-trip to Venice to visit a 122-year-old foundry: Domus Orsoni. During the tour, she saw the crucibles used for mixing the color compounds (shown here), visited the color library, watched a worker lay out layers of gold leaf, see women scoring slabs before they enter the kiln, and witness the final product. Relive it through Jordan's slideshow.
Originally appeared in The Foundry at Domus Orsoni
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After the tour, we headed back into the center of town to grab lunch. <a href="http://www.foodsharkmarfa.com//">Food Shark</a>, the local mobile eatery, did not disappoint. When we arrived promptly at noon, there was already a hungry throng queued up and
Hands down our most often on the road editor is Amanda Dameron, our digital director. To report the My House in our upcoming February 2011 issue, Amanda traveled across the dry, dusty desert to Marfa, Texas. Despite its desolate location, Marfa proved a unique and vibrant arts community. Her slideshow shows the highlights of her two-day stay, including views of artillery sheds, a former ballroom converted into an art gallery, a taco truck worth of New York or San Francisco, and—most odd of all—a Prada shop sitting all alone along an empty highway. Watch the slideshow.
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Originally appeared in Two Days in Marfa, Texas
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The sunlight, which burns bright and then disappears quickly behind the clouds, sends an ever-changing array of shadows onto the piazza.
Amanda was also one of our three editorial team members stranded in Europe after The Eyjafjallajökull volcano erupted after the Milan Furniture Fair. Turning lemons into lemonade, she headed to Tuscany and came across the Rocca di Frassinello winery, designed by Renzo Piano. Her slideshow takes you on a tour of Piano's structure, including the cavernous underground amphitheater that holds 2,500 oak barrels of a "super-Tuscan" blend of Sangiovese, Merlot, and Chianti.
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Originally appeared in Tuscan Winery by Renzo Piano
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The absolutely stunning building was completed in 2004 and still draws design enthusiasts (who can partake in free public tours of the building) on a daily basis. The new library is 75-percent larger than the previous structure and features an innovative
In October I headed north from our home base in San Francisco to Seattle to report a feature story for our upcoming affordable luxury issue. While there, I searched out the city's best croissants (thanks to a suggestion from our photo editor Amy Silberman), took a ride on the newish Seattle streetcar to Lake Union Park, strolled quietly through the Seattle Public Library (shown here), and peeked behind the scenes at the Henrybuilt headquarters and factory. Watch the slideshow of my trips here: Part One and Part Two. Photo by Miyoko Ohtake.

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