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Q&A with Architectural Designer and Artist Maya Lin

The artist, designer, and architect takes us through her formative years as a maker, her dedication to environmental art, and the joys of furniture design.
March 18, 2013

Talking Products: 5 Interviews with Design Luminaries

From flatware to furniture, the products we interact with every day have an impact on our lives. We think about them every day as we scour the globe for the objects and ideas that move the design world. Along the way we've had amazing conversations with designers of all stripes, from legends like Dieter Rams to contemporary master Jonathan Adler. Here are five of our favorite interviews on product design, creativity, and what it takes to make a design last.
March 13, 2013
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Q & A With Christopher Farr

Modern-rug purveyor and witty Brit Christopher Farr chats with Dwell about 25 years in the business and doles out advice for every type of carpet buyer.
February 22, 2013
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A Chat with Designer Liora Manné

Liora Manné is a textile designer who created the patented Lamontage process. The designer incorporates her 3D interlocking fabrication technology into everything from custom wall treatments to home design goods—and is also known for employing heady uses of color. Her products appear everywhere from department and specialty stores to the MoMA Design Store. We recently caught up with Liora to chat about her design process.
February 19, 2013
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Designer Spotlight: Sebastian Herkner

German designer Sebastian Herkner has collaborated with many of the top international furniture brands including Moroso, Classicon, and Pulpo—a remarkable feat considering his small studio consists of himself, an assistant, and the occasional intern. We've long admired his designs which feature deft uses of material and color. We sent a few questions his way to learn more about how he balances the creative and business sides of his operation, how he approaches collaborations, and how working for Stella McCartney impacted his design sensibilities.
February 6, 2013
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Designer Spotlight: Black Creek Mercantile & Trading Co.

Dwell chats with Joshua Vogel, the carpenter-craftsman behind the lovely, hand-turned kitchenware and sculptural pieces from Black Creek Mercantile & Trading Co. in Kingston, New York, and his partner, Kelly Zaneto.
January 23, 2013
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Enoc Perez: The Andy Warhol of Architecture

Painter Enoc Perez grew up in Puerto Rico, a place rich with modernist buildings in places like La Concha and the Hix Island House. His move to New York amplified an admiration for the style. There, he pursued a career painting modernism landmarks while surrounded by icons like Gordon Bunshaft’s Lever House and Eero Saarinen’s TWA Terminal. His style has a pop art quality to it. Perez uses photos and images from postcards and magazines in his designs, often combining them with primitive print-making techniques. His newest work is a panorama of the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C., currently on display at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. It's a nostalgia trip of sorts, with Perez utilizing a painting process similar to Andy Warhol.
January 16, 2013
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Design Army, Washington, D.C.

For co-founders Jake and Pum Lefebure of Design Army, family and business work well together. The married graphic designers have created a design firm with a distinct point of view and for that, their work has garnered numerous awards since its founding in 2003. And, nearly a decade on, they have designed for clients as diverse as Washingtonian Bride & Groom, Bloomingdale's, and the Washington National Ballet to re-imagining Neenah Papers. Dwell stopped by their offices for a tour and a talk.
December 7, 2012
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Q&A with Connect:Homes Co-Founder Jared Levy

Jared Levy of Connect:Homes wants to streamline the construction process down to the very seams, while making it affordable for all.
December 3, 2012