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High-Design Doors

Fifth-generation Italian manufacturer Lualdi just released its first collection of doors by American designers—namely by Dror Benshetrit, David Rockwell and Robert A.M. Stern. They're on pre-order now, and available for purchase starting in January.
October 11, 2010
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New York's LomoWall

I just got back from a week in New York City, reporting a handful of stories for Dwell (we're featuring many amazing projects in 2011... stay tuned!). I'll be posting a slideshow of my adventures soon, but in the meantime, here's one of my favorite finds from the trip: the Lomography Gallery Store, located in Chelsea at 41 West 8th Street.
September 23, 2010
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Inside Woodshop

We trekked to San Francisco's foggy Outer Sunset neighborhood to check out Woodshop, a collective of four artist and designers who came together through a shared interest in craft, design, and surfing. The studio consists of Luke Bartels, who creates custom furniture from local hardwoods; wooden surfboard maker Danny Hess; Josh Duthie, who reinvents old chairs with new ideas; and the artist and sign painter Jeff Canham. After I poked around the front showroom (open by appointment only), Bartels took me around their 2,100-square foot woodshop and studio, one of the coolest workspaces I've seen.
September 13, 2010

Ford + Ching Comes to Oakland

It’s been a busy few months for Willard Ford and Andrea Ching. The duo launched Ford + Ching, their joint-venture furniture and design company, in June at Dwell on Design. They debuted their LA showroom earlier in the summer and now they've set up shop up north with a new sales office and sample warehouse in Oakland.
August 13, 2009
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Extended Interview: Willard Ford

Long gone is the era of single careers. In 2005, Willard Ford left the world of non-profits to follow his passion for furniture and design. He launched FordBrady in downtown Los Angeles with designer John Brady. Earlier this year, Ford relaunched the company as Ford&Ching with Andrea Ching and plans to open a showroom in Oakland, California. The goal, however, is still the same: to bring high design to our living room.
June 22, 2009
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Keiko Shinomoto at DOD

With Dwell on Design just two weeks away, I've been keeping busy keeping in touch with panelists. I'm excited that Keiko Shinomoto, co-owner of Tortoise and Tortoise General Store, will be joining me on Saturday, June 27 for my Design Finder panel. There, along with Fitz of Fitzsu and Andy Griffith from A+R, we'll be chatting about how these stores came to be, what criteria they look for when choosing a product to sell or a designer to work with, their most recent design purchases—for Shinomoto, its her MacBook—and more.
June 13, 2009
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Reclaimed Bowling Lane Furniture

In bowling, "striking out" means throwing three strikes in the tenth and final frame of a game. In 2007, "striking out," for television producer and musician Jim Malone, meant starting his own business in hopes of saving the home he had just finished building.
May 28, 2009
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From Stockholm, With Love

The problem with loving all things Scandinavian is that for those of us in the United States, the objects of our affection are at least 4,000 miles away. While some larger companies make Scandinavian design available internationally, it's much more difficult to discover and get a hold of the work of independent designers. That's why Tiffany Orvet recently launched from Sthlm (, a website that helps connect design-lovers around the world with the work of independent Swedish designers by featuring the work of one designer each month.
April 29, 2009
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Paul Donald

When we peruse the carefully curated products in a great design shop, one of the most intriguing discoveries—more than any one particular object or accessory—is the entrepreneur behind the business. In our May 2009 issue we've premiered a new section of the magazine called Design Finder where we chat with one of our favorite store owners about how they were seduced into retail, how they select their inventory, what they’re currently longing for, and more.  For our first iteration, we spoke with Paul Donald, the founder of Branch, an online purveyor of modern green products. Donald, a former graphic designer in the magazine industry, launched the company in 2005 after discovering a dearth of stores in which he could consciously consume. Here, we present the extended interview with Donald.
April 27, 2009