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Beyond Thunderdome

Ten years from now, a hundred, a thousand? Yeah, we know what architecture will look like then.
October 12, 2010
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Exploded View

There is so much rolled up in a building—form, function, historical reference, materials, craftsmanship—that developing a comprehensive opinion on its design can be daunting. If you want to decode what exactly separates inspired buildings from insipid ones, realize that you’ve got to get past your initial gut response.
October 12, 2010
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Ill Communication

The Joneses went for a splashy starchitect to design their new home. Then things took a turn for the worse.
October 12, 2010
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On the Level

Sadly there's no blueprint for how to best work with an architect. Follow the example of the Smiths, though, and you'll come out ahead.
October 12, 2010
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An Introduction to Architects

Aside from that mischievous caveperson in France who used a piece of charcoal to draw a line around some stick figures that suggested some kind of manmade shelter, it is generally acknowledged that a gentleman named Daedalus was the first architect to emerge from the ooze.1 Daedalus is best known as the mythical designer of a fantastic house for a grumpy man with a bull’s head, named the Minotaur.2
October 12, 2010
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Postertext's Literary Wall Art

What bibliophile, understanding that he maybe ought not cover all the walls of his apartment with shelves of books and stacks of journals, hasn't then moved onto classic book covers as his next best form of decor? I'm guilty myself, and as I type these words I think lovingly on the framed Alvin Lustig-designed cover for Kafka's Amerika that sits over the hifi and between (you guessed it) two towering bookshelves. How happy I am to have run across Postertext, another way to proclaim my love of books in poster form, but not in any fashion I've seen before.
September 29, 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
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SFMOMA talks Olivetti's Design

Earlier this year SFMOMA hosted a big extravaganza marking the opening of it's 75th anniversary show 75 Years of Looking Forward. In addition to finely-curated group of paintings and objects, a number of curators, artists and local writers were asked to do a series of informal gallery talks on what was on display. I happened to catch assistant curator of architecture and design Joseph Becker talking about Giovanni Pintori's poster design at the Italian firm Olivetti and generally about how the company embraced design. Though the video was shot months ago, it recently went up online. Needless to say, the SFMOMA press team knew I was champing at the bit to show the Dwell crowd what Becker had to say. Now you can take a look. 
August 31, 2010
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Modern Thank-You Notes

GIGI PRESS, a new Los Angeles–based letterpress company, sent me samples of their work last week, and I love their clean, modern aesthetic. Check out the boxed thank you notes emblazoned with a miniature Eames rocker:
August 30, 2010
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