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7 London Products We Love

September 20, 2011
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London Design Festival: Day 1

Fighting a bit of jetlag and a few high-design, low-usefulness maps, I headed to the Brompton Design District for my first day of the London Design Festival. I started at festival headquarters, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and from there must have seen fifteen different exhibits. Here are the highlights.
September 20, 2011
A lawyer by training, Robert left that field looking for other creatively enriching opportunities. He worked for a while in politics and had a chance to experience more of the country than the two coasts he had lived on. He learned there was more of a com

Kids' Furniture by Muu

In the October 2011 issue we're spotlighting all of our favorite American-made design. To lend a hand, we've asked Michael and Ruth Storc of the great site Design Patriot to share their top Made in the USA finds with us. This week, they spotlight Muu, which specializes in design for kids. I had the pleasure of sitting down for a cup of iced coffee with Robert Kwak, the owner, founder, and designer for Muu, a great modern line of furniture for nurseries and kids rooms, manufactured in the US. I was curious about his decision to keep the process stateside, especially considering the extra regulations involved in crib manufacturing which are on top of the more stringent (and some may argue more expensive) worker and environmental regulations that companies must follow to manufacture in the United States.  
September 19, 2011
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kMix by De'Longhi

This month, kitchen and home appliance company De'Longhi is launching its new kMix breakfast collection. The foursome—which includes a two-slice toaster, coffee maker, pump espresso maker, and kettle—is a zippy, modern addition to the company's line. Take a peek at its new offerings.
September 14, 2011
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Friday Finds 9.09.11

Scroll down to see what the editors of Dwell thought was interesting, notable, and ever-so-findable in our weekly roundup of design discoveries.
September 9, 2011
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Video: Garrett Finney & Cricket Trailer

After four years at NASA designing rest-eat-sleep spaces for astronauts aboard the International Space Station, architect Garrett Finney left the agency to pursue earth-based enterprises. He combined his small-space expertise and backpacking background to launch Cricket Trailer, a company that makes small, self-contained pop-up campers of the same name. We headed down to Texas earlier this year to test out the trailer and to photograph it for our October 2011 issue, on newsstands September 6. Here, check out our off-the-cuff video we shot during the photo shoot, in which Finney gives us the 30-second summary about all the Cricket Trailer has to offer.
September 2, 2011
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Rams: Less and More

Making its only American stop in San Francisco, the wonderful show Less and More: The Design Ethos of Dieter Rams opened this week at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. I got a chance to see the show and to interview Rams last week. He was very charming and (verboten in most cases) had little trouble or qualm about picking up the various objects on display as he described their origins. The show, which originated at the Suntory Museum in Osaka, Japan, is on through February 20th, 2012. Here's a sampling of what you'll see at the show and (as if you needed it) another reminder of why Rams' work for Braun and Vitsoe remains the pinnacle of European industrial design.
September 1, 2011
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iQ Test

A leisurely test drive of the 2012 Scion iQ—the moniker being the brand’s clear shot at the Smart Car—proved its absolute necessity in the new lineup of fuel-efficient automobiles. With a combined mpg of 37, which, though possessing a conventional engine beats many of the 2012 hybrids, the iQ felt light and zippy but solid, with lots of headroom for my tall frame. (Other test drivers who stood well over six feet had no trouble settling in.)
August 31, 2011
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Pasta Pot by Patrick Jouin for Alessi

French designer Patrick Jouin and famed Michelin-starred French chef Alain Ducasse spent three years working together to create their recent product for Alessi: the Compasso d'Oro-winning Pasta Pot.
August 29, 2011
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