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LG and SHFT's Evening of Design

On Wednesday night the Museum of Arts and Design hosted a discussion on the cross section of home design and sustainability with a cast of characters including SHFT.com co-founders, actor/filmmaker Adrian Grenier and producer Peter Glatzer; designer Danny Seo; NY Metro Chapter President of the American Society Of Interior Designers, Jacqueline Hosford; VP of Project Sales at Grohe, Tom Santer; SVP marketing of LG Electronics USA, James Fishler; and designer Thom Filicia. The panel, sponsored by LG, was an opportunity for designers, environmentalists, and manufacturers to discuss how these industries are converging in the realm of design.
November 15, 2012
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Highlights from Greenbuild 2012

Greenbuild is charging full steam ahead at the Moscone Center in Dwell's home town of San Francisco. From November 11–16, an estimated 35,000 people will trawl the show floors, seeking the newest products and technologies for sustainable construction—everything from energy monitoring devices to insulation to cladding. We took a spin through the show and picked our favorite design finds.
November 15, 2012
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Somerville Library Design Lectures

A night out at the local library, especially for a Friends of the Library talk, never sounded so good as when James Fox took over in Somerville, Massachusetts. Fox, now head of Friends of the Somerville Public Library has initiated a kind of designer-maker lecture series called "Talk Design" that's attracting, as he puts it, "a non-traditional audience" to come, hang out, and connect with designers, graphic designers, illustrators, and the rest of Somerville's artsy crowd. What's more, each lecture has a local food sponsor, giving the whole affair something of a party feel. We talked to Fox about getting the design crowd into the public library, and what's next for his Talk Design series.
November 15, 2012
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Light My Way, Stranger

On Friday, the MAK Center for Art and Architecture held its first Day of the Dead auction featuring custom-designed lamps by architects and artists from Los Angeles and beyond. The proceeds from the auction will benefit future MAK Center programs and the stewardship of the three Rudolph Schindler dwellings in which their unique programming takes place.
November 8, 2012
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San Diego Home Tours Radio Preview

We're quite excited for our first-ever San Diego Home Tours, which takes place next weekend, November 10–11. We've got a slew of great modern homes all over San Diego and its environs for you to explore, as well as a Meet the Architects party to kick things off the evening of November 9. And in anticipation, Dwell deputy editor Aaron Britt will give a preview of the event, his take on West Coast design, and a few architectural highlights of the SoCal metropolis live Saturday morning, November 3, on the radio show My Home Improvement.
November 2, 2012
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Electrolux: Designing for the Senses

The Electrolux Design Lab Competition, an annual event staged yearly by the giant home appliances company, celebrated its 10th anniversary this year with a brief that challenged students to create concepts that stimulate the senses. The 10 finalists, chosen from over 1,200 entrants from around the globe, made final presentations to the jury at Milan’s Triennale Museum last Thursday, where three winners were chosen. The first-prize winner got 5,000 euros and a six-month internship at Electrolux. The second prize earned 3,000 euros and third prize, 2,000 euros. The quality of the presentation played a major role in determining the winner, just in case you may disagree with the selection.
November 2, 2012
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Designers and Book Fair 2012

The first-ever Designers and Book Fair was held last weekend at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. The two-day fair featured 35 publishers and around 1,500 books ranging in subjects from architecture to design to urban planning. (Titles were as varied as Why Architects Wear Black to 100 Ideas That Changed Fashion to Design After Modernism.) The fair opened Friday with a panel on the future of book design. The following Saturday and Sunday, publishers from Europe and the United States took up residency at FIT. Each day was interspersed with panels covering book design, fashion, international design, and architecture. The weekend was a successful merger of many fields and professions—a spotlight on images, craft, and the written word.
November 2, 2012
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Dutch Design Week 2012, Pt. 3

During Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven—The Netherlands' creative nexus—we had the chance to see firsthand what conceptual thinkers, designers, and artists are working on. Demonstrated by workshops, lectures, and provocative artistic statements, a collection of thoughts and ideas relating to transportation, food, and the environment embraces new technological sciences impacted by the changing social conscience. As always, the breadth and depth of the work was impressive. We've collected some highlights for you to enjoy.
October 30, 2012
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Materials and Innovation at BIO 23 Ljubljana

The BIO biennial in Ljubljana has been highlighting contemporary trends in international design for close to fifty years now, but not everyone on the global circuit might be aware of the diverse talent that has been showcased since the first exhibition in 1964. Slovenia's Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO) is the biennial's host, and with over 437 submissions from 38 countries for 2012, the jurors and curators for BIO 23 had the challenging task of selecting the best examples of innovative design influenced by modern technology, multi-disciplinary methods, and the exploration of natural systems. Margo Konings and Margriet Vollenberg of Organisation in Design were the joint curators for this year's exhibition theme, Design Relations, which was aimed at comprehensive ideas related to technology, digitalization, globalization, and product design. Folded into these categories were timely topics such as health, machines, and processes; back to craft, counter reaction, data processing, graphics; and proposals linked to industry left-overs, social/local phenomena, the urban environment, and smart solutions. We have highlighted several of the award winners in our gallery slideshow, with specifics about some of the more unusual materials, methods, and conceptual strategies employed.
October 30, 2012
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