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A map of the various zones at the 2010 Expo, happening in Shanghai, China, this weekend.

Events this Weekend: 4.29-5.2

From the 2010 Expo Shanghai to the 2011 Solar Decathalon, this weekend is packed with openings featuring spirited pavilions and sun-powered plans.
April 29, 2010
Limitations—even in choice of wardrobe—fuel the creative fires of Dutch master Karel Martens. His influential graphic design career spans nearly a half century, and he continues to explore new ground.

Dutch Master

Limitations—–even in choice of wardrobe—–fuel the creative fires of Dutch master Karel Martens. His influential graphic design career spans nearly half a century, and he continues to explore new ground.
April 26, 2010
<i>The House of a GI-A Proposal</i> (2009) by Matthew Ritchie. On display at the Guggenheim Museum February 12 through April 28, 2010, as part of the exhibit <i>Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum</i>.

Events this Weekend: 4.22-4.25

Tonight, celebrate Earth Day with a discussion of water management at the Museum of the City of New York and catch Quicktake and Contemplating the Void before they close at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and the Guggenheim Museum, respectively.
April 22, 2010
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Kitchen and Bath Industry Show 2010

This weekend, an estimated 35,000 designers, manufacturers, retailers, and press descended on Chicago's McCormick Place Convention Center to see the latest, greatest, and greenest in kitchen and bathroom products, fixtures, and appliances at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS). Dwell's associate editor Miyoko Ohtake toured the floors and made the following finds.
April 19, 2010
Sunny Memories

Events this Weekend: 4.15-4.18

This week, we're on the road. Jordan Kushins, Sam Grawe, and Amanda Dameron are traipsing around Milan at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile and I'm in Chicago for the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show. Join in the action by checking out these exhibitions, opening and closing this weekend.
April 15, 2010
Aurel Aebi, Armand Louis, and Patrick Reymond of Atelier Oï.

Q & A with Patrick Reymond

Partnership is imperative for Swiss designer Patrick Reymond, 
who runs the design studio Atelier Oï with longtime collaborators Aurel Aebi and Armand Louis. Working out of a repurposed motel—
the cleverly dubbed “Moïtel”—in La Neuveville, Switzerland, that 
is part studio, exhibition space, and materials lab, the talented 
team has created pieces for brands from Ikea to Foscarini, and sets scenographic installations for expositions around the world.
April 13, 2010
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When We Talk About Good Design

Many architects and designers, when talked down from the theoretical towers of “sculptural forms” and “floating volumes” and made to speak of their craft in humbler terms, are apt to use a phrase as naive as it is loaded: “good design.” It suggests such an apparent universality that any of us should be able to spot it. But implicit in “good design” is a system of values, aesthetics, and objects that demonstrate that the seemingly innocuous little term is anything but. Nowhere is the idiom as alive and well as in the realm of modern design, which wants to suggest—formally, stylistically, and most importantly, commercially—that the two might just be synonymous.
April 5, 2010
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Friday Finds 4.2.2010

This is how the Dwellians show you that we care—by sharing our prized Internet finds of the week. Today's offering includes everything from politics and Peeps to typography and trousers.
April 2, 2010
Abidjan, Côte D'Ivoire. Photo by David Adjaye.

Events this Weekend: 4.1-4.4

Though this weekend sees the last days of exhibits at the Museum of Arts and Design and the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, both in New York, it also brings the beginnings of shows in London, Beijing, and New York to fill the void.
April 1, 2010