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Designer Tom Dixon poses in his booth at the 2010 International Contemporary Furniture Fair.

ICFF 2010: Tom Dixon

Designer Tom Dixon, armed with a tiny tupperware full of sunflower seeds and a suspiciously healthy looking container of green juice, sat down at ICFF 2010 to chat about his latest limited-edition endeavor, Industry, a collection of light fixtures assembled piece by piece on the show floor by his personal production cadre, the Flash Factory.
May 16, 2010
Peter Stathis & Virtual Studio's new Ikebana light is named after the 600-year old Japanese craft of flower arranging.

ICFF 2010: Ikebana Arranging

While cruising the floor of the ICFF today, I couldn't resist dropping in to have a chat with Dwell's old neighbor and all around good guy, San Francisco–based designer Peter Stathis. In recent years Stathis has netted acclaim for his novel lighting designs, such as Link, for manufacturer Pablo. This year he's branched out on his own (somewhat literally) with a new design called Ikebana.
May 16, 2010
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Lightforms, Digitally Fabricated

Known to many architects as that translucent film paper on which archaic hand drawings become worthy of pin-up, mylar is making an illuminating entrance into the realm of the three-dimensional. From PROJECTiONE, students have lasercut mylar to produce pieces and joints to create these exquisite hand-assembled light shades.
May 11, 2010
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Revival of the Fittest

Located at the ever-shifting intersection of design, fine art, and craft, R 20th Century has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a small vintage boutique in Brooklyn over a decade ago. Since then, the gallery has cast aside the kitsch, moved to Manhattan, and gained an international reputation for its well-appointed exhibitions and expansive catalog, representing designers from decades past and present. Furniture and decorative pieces from a handpicked stable of oft-overlooked or obscure creative visionaries like Greta Magnusson Grossman, Wendell Castle, and Sergio Rogrigues are all on display, and founders Zesty Meyers and Evan Snyderman work with the sensibilities of uptown museum curators. Keen to share the stories behind their collections with everyone who enters their Tribeca showroom, they also produce lush, well-researched publications to accompany their installations. R 20th Century has become a destination for design diehards from around the world.
April 17, 2010
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Milan, 2010: Day Two

On our second day in Milan, we gathered our wits and plunged headfirst into Salone Internazionale del Mobile—the largest furniture fair in the world. Held at the Fiera Milano, the fair is packed to the gills with bustling people, pulsating music, and, of course, rows upon rows of exhibitors from all over the world. Sam, Jordan and I adopted a divide-and-conquer strategy, and went our separate directions for the day. I headed over to Salone Satellite, a separate exhibition space in which over 700 young up-and-coming designers display their prototypes, hoping to be discovered. With so many pieces, and so little time, I was only able to explore a small portion of the show. Nevertheless, I thought I'd share a few of the items that stopped me in my tracks.
April 15, 2010
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Milan, 2010: Day One

We three weary travelers (Dwell's editor-in-chief, Sam Grawe, assistant editor Jordan Kushins, and I) have landed in Milan and are ready to begin reporting on the sights and scene at the 2010 Salone Internazionale del Mobile furniture fair. We're going to be filing lots of slideshows, videos, and interviews all this week, so make sure to check back often! We'll also be posting a steady stream of Tweets from the showroom floor and beyond...follow us at twitter.com/dwell—we're using the hashtag #milan10.
April 14, 2010
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Omer Arbel

Omer Arbel is a Vancouver–based architect and designer who creates spaces and objects in equal measure. Most recently he designed both the the medals for the 2010 Winter Olympics and and the interior of Ping's Cafe, a Japanese restaurant in Vancouver. He's also the Creative Director of the furniture/lighting manufacturing house Bocci. Omer answered some questions about his Olympics design, his design process, and why he catalogs his projects with a series of numbers rather than with names.  
March 31, 2010
In the living room, a profusion of orange and pink emanates from the <a href="http://www.coloryourworldsweeps.com">LivingColors</a> lamp, which is obscured from view by a Knoll sofa by Charles Pfister. Grawe's cat, Eero, settles in amongst a collection of

LivingColors Lamps by Philips

Editor-in-chief Sam Grawe offers his San Francisco apartment as a staging ground for a couple LivingColors lamps, and we asked associate photo editor Alexis Tjian to set up a few color-saturated vignettes. Check out our slideshow to see the illuminated result.
March 15, 2010
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Modern Istanbul Design: Autoban

Istanbul modern? In a word, it’s Autoban. With their east-meets-west twist on mid-century classics, this young duo has jump-started their hometown’s design scene.
March 4, 2010
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