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Designing the Ruche Sofa

When I was in France earlier this year to report our latest Process story, which appears in our February 2011 issue and online here, I had the opportunity to not only tour Ligne Roset's factory near Lyon, but also to meet with the designer of the Ruché sofa, Inga Sempé. I'm always grateful for the opportunity to peek inside designers' studios and gain some insight into their creative process, and my conversation with the engaging, straight-talking, dry-humored Sempé was a highlight of my trip. I loved her atelier, a riot of papers, books, models, drawings, and prototypes in a corner room of her sprawling Paris apartment. And it was fascinating to hear more about the backstory of how the Ruché came to be; it made my visit to the factory the next morning that much more interesting.
January 3, 2012
Modern Ruche sofa by Inga Sempe for Ligne Roset

Ruché Sofa

On a walk through Ligne Roset’s factory near Lyon, France, we track the multitude of steps, hands, and hours required to craft this very refined couch.
January 3, 2012
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The Wood Life

Wiet Hekking’s specialty shop in the heart of Amsterdam displays the best of bent-ply furniture, past and present.
December 28, 2011
Jean-François Dingjian and Eloi Chafaï of Normal Studio

Modern French Design: Normal Studio

With its fresh take on minimalism, French design duo Normal Studio is ushering in a new machine age.
December 27, 2011
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The Youngest Guns Contest

Once again, we're jostling our way into the hallowed halls of academia to ask for images of student-created work.
December 20, 2011
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Well Tooled

December 9, 2011
Fin Art's designs were displayed at <a href="http://www.zmodern.com">z|modern</a> in Denver. Photo by James Holden.

Denver's Fin Art Co.

One of the most interesting furniture companies I've come across lately is Fin Art Co. based in Denver, Colorado. When childhood friends Rob McGowan and Ben Olson graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder they were in a situation known to many—ready to leave the world of hand-me-downs and cheap thrift store finds behind. But then they encountered another all-too-familiar scenario. "We didn't have the money to afford the modern designs we liked," says McGowan. "So we decided to try our hand at building them."
November 21, 2011
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Modern Shipping Container Home in San Francisco

Two San Francisco art and travel addicts overhauled a loft—and customized a pair of shipping containers—to accommodate their collection and reflect their passions.
November 16, 2011
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Dwell Talks with Rich Brilliant Willing

On Thursday, November 10th, I'll be sitting down for a chat with Alexander T. Williams, one of the forces behind the exciting industrial design firm Rich Brilliant Willing. Williams is in town not only to discuss his wares, but also for a kind of unofficial RBW debut party at the design showroom Propellor at 555 Hayes St. in San Francisco. Join us starting at 7:00 PM for the event One by Three: Rich Brilliant Willing designer Alexander Williams talks with Dwell magazine Deputy Editor Aaron Britt. I'll ask Williams about his team's approach to design, about incporprating readymade parts into their unique products, and about what's coming down the pike for the talented trio. Best of all, Propellor will stake you to a 15% reduction on any RBW goods, and you stand an excellent chance of scoring a beer. I hope to see you there!
November 9, 2011
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