We are thrilled to welcome back to the pages of Dwell our former special projects editor, Kelsey Keith, who is the editor-in-chief of the website Curbed. She visited the Charrier residence outside of Copenhagen at the tail end of an unseasonably hot summer in Denmark. “ThoughI wish I could have brought home a Hans Wegner original as a memento of the trip,” she says, “I made do with the best honey I’ve ever tasted, courtesy of the Charrier family beehives." Favorite piece of furniture: A Charles Pollock-designed executive chair for Knoll that she waited to buy until she found just the right color combination—a custom ivory tweed upholstery on a black base.
Currently the home and design editor at Departures, Dan Rubinstein lives in New York City. He penned the cover story for this issue, featuring Nicolas Roche’s kaleidoscopic Parisian home. “Roche’s apartment truly encapsulates the virtues of any design lover: rare and bizarre vintage finds, shots of quirk and color, and some good old-fashioned problem-solving. I remain utterly fascinated with his Bond-style, mega-groovy bed of unknown origin.” Favorite piece of furniture: His Vegetal chair from Vitra in black. “I’m a big fan of using outdoor furniture indoors when appropriate.”
For this month’s Energy 360 column on the state of solar power, Patrick DiJusto, a book editor at Make: and the author of This Is What You Just Put In Your Mouth: From Eggnog To Beef Jerkey the Surprising Secrets of What’s Inside Everyday Products, has this to say: “I decided not long ago that solar’s future was at least 20 years away. Doing this piece has convinced me that solar is now.” Favorite piece of furniture: “I try not to play favorites with my furniture. It’s all Swedish (from IKEA), and you know how sulky they can be.”
On his website, BLDGBLOG, Geoff Manaugh writes about architectural speculation and the urban future. Formerly a senior editor at Dwell, his next book, A Burglar’s Guide to the City (FSG Originals, October 2015), looks at the built environment through the eyes of burglars and the police who track them. His first in a three-part series on security debuts in this issue. Learning about radio-frequency vulnerabilities in the modern smart home and the oddly comic perils of hackable children’s toys was just a reminder of how much he loves his job. Smartest thing in your house? “I’d say my iPhone, frighteningly enough. The technology packed into today’s smartphones makes architecture look positively archaic.”