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Dutch Design Week 2012, Pt. 3

During Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven—The Netherlands' creative nexus—we had the chance to see firsthand what conceptual thinkers, designers, and artists are working on. Demonstrated by workshops, lectures, and provocative artistic statements, a collection of thoughts and ideas relating to transportation, food, and the environment embraces new technological sciences impacted by the changing social conscience. As always, the breadth and depth of the work was impressive. We've collected some highlights for you to enjoy.
October 30, 2012
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Materials and Innovation at BIO 23 Ljubljana

The BIO biennial in Ljubljana has been highlighting contemporary trends in international design for close to fifty years now, but not everyone on the global circuit might be aware of the diverse talent that has been showcased since the first exhibition in 1964. Slovenia's Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO) is the biennial's host, and with over 437 submissions from 38 countries for 2012, the jurors and curators for BIO 23 had the challenging task of selecting the best examples of innovative design influenced by modern technology, multi-disciplinary methods, and the exploration of natural systems. Margo Konings and Margriet Vollenberg of Organisation in Design were the joint curators for this year's exhibition theme, Design Relations, which was aimed at comprehensive ideas related to technology, digitalization, globalization, and product design. Folded into these categories were timely topics such as health, machines, and processes; back to craft, counter reaction, data processing, graphics; and proposals linked to industry left-overs, social/local phenomena, the urban environment, and smart solutions. We have highlighted several of the award winners in our gallery slideshow, with specifics about some of the more unusual materials, methods, and conceptual strategies employed.
October 30, 2012
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Dutch Design Week 2012, Pt. 2

Over 180,000 people are expected to attend Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven and the momentum is building to get a glimpse of works introduced by the Netherlands' top designers. This event distinguishes itself from other fairs around the world by its unique setup and diverse allocation of venues; it focuses on intimate offsite locations in an effort to minimize the crowds that large single exhibition halls tend to draw. With mild weather on our side and autumn colors in the trees, the walkabout between the studios and galleries becomes quite the experience and the manifestations of the designers’ craft provides an invigorating experience.
October 25, 2012
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Hosu Chair by Patricia Urquiola

Coalesse's multipurpose chair design from Patricia Urquiola is equally suited to working and lounging.
October 25, 2012
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Dutch Design Week 2012, Pt. 1

It is a beautiful autumn day in the Netherlands and a great buzz has settled upon Eindhoven as this year’s Dutch Design Week 2012, themed "Enter a brave new world," kicks off. 
October 25, 2012
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Friday Finds, Signing Off

It's been a long strange trip, but this is the last installment of Friday Finds—our weekly column that's been going strong since 2009. Moving forward, find our editors' picks on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and, of course, dwell.com.
October 19, 2012
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Ai Weiwei’s Washington Moment

He’s been jailed, beaten, and most recently, had his design firm, Fake Cultural Development, shut down by Chinese authorities. Now famed Beijing artist and Twitter hero Ai Weiwei is currently being showered with the most official reverence possible in the contemporary art world here in America: a retrospective of his work mere blocks from the U.S. Capitol, at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum.
October 17, 2012
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The Design Week Movement

If a movement can be defined as a moment when people across time zones and borders act simultaneously on the same idea, then the design week movement is verifiable. In the last three years, design festivals and design weeks have mushroomed across the U.S. in cities including Columbus, Portland, Salt Lake City, Kansas City, Baltimore, and Detroit, as well as abroad, in Beijing, Singapore, Moscow, and Paris.
October 13, 2012
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Friday Finds 10.12.12

Archival photos, colorful toys, and more in this installment of Friday Finds.
October 12, 2012
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