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From Italy: Recycled Tile Wallpaper

Our first stop on day one of our week of tile-mania at Cersaie was at the booth of tile manufacturer Trend, an Italian company that makes enamel, quartz, granite and glass tile. Their space was decked out with green glass bottles—a symbol of their commitment to environmentally-responsible practices, which includes maintaining a team of researchers who track the company's environmental footprint and look for new technologies to improve their production process. Their dedicated website, Trend in Green, explains some of their practices in greater depth.
October 6, 2009

Reports from Italy: Trends in Tile

I spent last week at Cersaie, the annual trade show held each year in Bologna, Italy, featuring the latest in ceramic tiles and bath fixtures. When my hosts told me ahead of time to pack comfortable shoes in preparation for walking "miles of tiles," they weren't exaggerating—Cersaie fills dozens of football field-size exhibition halls, buzzing with over 100,000 people who come from around the world to survey the fruits of one of Italy's most prized industries. Having returned from my trek and soaked my feet a while, I've rounded up a handful of trends spotted at Cersaie that you're likely to see in tile in the coming months.
October 5, 2009
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Live from London: Max Lamb

From commentary in The Incidental (a community-generated newsletter and website tracking the design buzz this week in the British capital) to a curated show of his father's pottery collection, designer Max Lamb is popping up all over the London Design Festival. Dwell caught up with him at The Everyday Life Collector exhibition in the Brompton Design District in West London.
September 23, 2009
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Alessi's Fall/Winter Collection

The business of product design is a family affair for Matteo Alessi, Director of Trade Marketing and International Development at Alessi  (and great grandson to Alberto, the company’s founder).
August 14, 2009

Design Glut's Hookmaker

The entrepreneurial pair at Design Glut has been building a great archive on their site of interviews they've conducted with designers of all kinds. It's a really nice approach to giving readers an inside look at the ideas and processes that drive today's creatives. In addition to the excellent content, they also design their own products, one of which caught my eye. The Hookmaker is a simple idea executed well—a tile and a teacup, united with a new purpose.
August 3, 2009
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One Teakettle Wins the Tea-Off

Design competitions are all the rage these days, with the Internet making it easy to gather and disseminate good ideas from creative thinkers the world over. Recently World Kitchen—a brand you may never have heard of, but you've surely heard of their subsidiaries, CorningWare, Pyrex, and others—ran a competition called the Tea-Off, which invited designers to create an innovative update on the teakettle.
April 1, 2009
“Constant labor is the law of art as well as the law of life,” reads a quote from Balzac that serves as one of designer Satyendra Pakhalé many desktop inspirations.

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.
January 26, 2009
We rock the house with a nonstop concert of salt-and-pepper duos that push design, push it real good.

13 Modern Salt and Pepper Shakers

Dear Dwell: I've been looking for modern salt-and-pepper shakers, but all I've found are tchotchkes and diner-style pillars. What do you recommend? —Cheryl LeGasse, San Francisco, California
January 25, 2009
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Emerald in the Rough

An architect and artist flee Dublin for the countryside to build a biodegradable house and raise their children.
January 19, 2009