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January 17, 2013
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Emerging Design Talent at imm Cologne

Chief among our interests at any international design show is the work of young designers. That's why on our first day of imm Cologne 2013, the fair held annually in one of Germany's oldest cities, our first stop was to spy the finalists of The [D3] CONTEST. Since 2004 the competition has honored innovation and creativity among newcomers to the design realm, and this year sparked more than 800 submissions. Here we share the finalists' pieces, a lively mix conceived by tomorrow's generation of talent.
January 17, 2013
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Join Dwell and Zinc Details for 'Design Resolutions'

If you're going to be in San Francisco this week, please join us as we ring in a new year dedicated to good design! Enjoy an idea-packed discussion, "Design Resolutions: Six Principles of Good Design," with Dwell Media and Designers Lauren Geremia and Lorena Siminovich at SF's own Zinc Details, along with drinks, eats, and an exclusive, discounted Dwell-curated vignette.  
January 16, 2013
Blown-glass vases by French designer Marion Fortat

5 Designers to Watch

As we gear up for another year of trade shows, furniture fairs, and a slew of new talent, it's also fun to revisit some favorites from the past year. We look at five works from five designers sponsored by the Danish Crafts Council in 2012.
January 14, 2013
Simple beach house exterior in New Zealand

The Most Popular Homes in Dwell: 21-40

A few months ago we presented the 20 most popular homes ever to appear in Dwell. Here we share the long-awaited second installment, numbers 21 through 40.
January 14, 2013
Modern Abalone House by David Bryan with living roof

Rana Creek: The Design Firm Bringing Architecture to Life

In a nursery off the coast of Monterey, California, Rana Creek raises millions of plants each year. From there, many will be raised again, off their grids of soil and up onto roofs and walls, providing the living skins for architectural projects dotting the West, and now New York, Canada, and China. The team’s commitment to intelligent ecological design and restoration has produced a lineup of big projects by big names, from William McDonough to Renzo Piano to César Pelli. Look for the people who engineered and vegetated the Mediterranean roof atop the Gap headquarters, or the undulating shoulders caught mid-shrug above the California Academy of Sciences, or the 5.4-acre park planned for San Francisco’s Transbay Transit Center. You’ll find Rana Creek.
January 7, 2013
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A Clever Window Treatment: Bus Graphics

From an unlikely source comes a clever privacy solution for a pair of prefabbed town houses in Los Angeles.
January 7, 2013
Vintage brass chandelier

Buying Vintage Modern Furniture on Craigslist

One intrepid writer goes on the hunt for quality, authentic vintage modern furniture on Craigslist, with humorous (and happy) results.
January 7, 2013
Aesop San Francisco store

San Francisco's New Aesop Shop

We recently got the chance to pop into the new Aesop shop in San Francisco, a charming little boutique that opened December 20th. Located on the shopper's paradise of Fillmore Street in Pacific Heights, the cork-and-pine shop cuts an understated figure when compared to flashy retail outlets like Jonathan Adler or Marc Jacobs down the block. That's par for the course with Aesop, a brand of Melbourne-based cosmetics and body products. Over the last decade, the company has built up a clutch of fantastic retail spaces done by an enviable array of architects. An Aesop interior tends to emphasize one material—corrugated cardboard, pine boxes, a giant sink—making it, not the rows of creams and balms, the star. In San Francisco, the first Aesop shop on the West Coast, the star is a welter of pine boxes jutting out from one wall designed by NADAAA, a Boston firm that also did an Aesop store in Manhattan. About this time last year we had a long chat with Aesop founder Dennis Paphitis about what drives the design culture at his company, how he thinks about interior space, and what precisely he means by "exaggerated minimalism."
December 31, 2012
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