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Friday Finds 10.1.2010

Bask in the glow of our Internetly finds, because this week we've got a little bit of everything: podcasts, videos, paintings, tumblr love, and more.
October 1, 2010
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John Pawson: Plain Space

"John Pawson Plain Space," a retrospective of British architect John Pawson's work, is on view at London's Design Museum until January 2011. Coinciding with the exhibition, Phaidon Press has published "John Pawson: Plain Space," the first monograph of his work from the past decade. The book spotlights thirty of Pawson's wide-ranging projects, from landscapes to monasteries to yachts to a ballet stage set, and shows how the master of luxurious minimalism has worked with light, space, proportion, and materials to refine his aesthetic and broaden the field. Here's a peek inside the book, written by Alison Morris. To dig deeper, check out this video interview with Pawson, posted on Phaidon's website.
September 30, 2010

Venice Biennale: Giardini

Although the Venice Architecture Biennale invades all nooks and crannies of the four-square-mile island, most of the festival's big-hitters reside under the roof of only one building, the Italian pavilion at Giardini. As we round out our 2010 Biennale overview, we highlight the exhibits that not only left us pondering, but also left us hopeful for the future of architecture.
September 28, 2010
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A Whirlwind New York Visit

Last week I spent a few days running around Manhattan (sometimes literally) reporting a handful of upcoming stories for Dwell. In addition to seeing many inspiring projects and meeting many inspiring people, I squeezed in a few stops to some of my favorite design-centric spots.
September 28, 2010
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Medlock Ames' New Tasting Room

When I was in Healdsburg checking out H2Hotel, I took a little detour to Medlock Ames' recently opened tasting room and bar, which is on the site and in the footprint of the century-old Alexander Valley Bar and Store, just north of downtown Healdsburg. Architect Luke Wade, builder Andy Bannister, and Medlock Ames' general manager Kenneth Rochford showed me around.
September 27, 2010
The Art of Structure

The Art of Structure

Last weekend, The Art of Structure opened at the Carnegie Museum of Art Heinz Architectural Center. Dedicated to feats of modern engineering, the exhibition features 20 scale models of bridges and slope-y structures accompanied by the drawings and notes that lead to their creation and is the combination of two other shows: Félix Candela: Engineer, Builder, Structural Artist and The Art of Structural Design: A Swiss Legacy. The exhibit runs September 25 through January 17, 2011.
September 27, 2010
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Friday Finds 9.24.2010

Friday goodness, all around! Help yourself to a week's worth of links, all donated by your friendly Dwell staff.
September 24, 2010
Counter Space Exhibition at MoMA

Counter Space at the MoMA

In post-World War I Germany, architect Grete Schütte-Lihotzky's "Frankfurt Kitchen" was manufactured and installed in thousands of public-housing unit across Frankfurt am Main. Schütte-Lihotzky's design took the kitchen out of hiding and into public light, showcasing smart, small, and ergonomic strategies for storage, appliances, and work areas. The Frankfurt Kitchen is at the center of the New York Museum of Modern Art's new show Counter Space, which opened last week. The exhibition also features iconic kitchen products and innovation of the 20th century, including Philippe Starck's lemon squeezer and Snaidero's Spazio Vivo mobile kitchen unit. The show runs through March 14, 2011.
September 23, 2010
2010 01SJ Biennial

01SJ Biennial: Build Your Own World

This past weekend marked the third 01SJ Biennial, held in San Jose, California. "The Silicon Valley is such a capitol of innovation, technology, and people thinking creatively that we wanted to create a festival highlighting that intersection of art and technology," says Jaime Austin, the festival's assistant curator. Exhibits, sculptures, and performances took over venues across the city but the center of it all was in the San Jose Convention Center's South Hall. This year's theme, Build Your Own World, lead to the naming of the hall's title: Out of the Garage, Into the World. "We tried to make the world's largest garage," Austin says "because so many Silicon Valley companies started in garages." Over 30 artists moved into the space on September 4, preparing their creations (fully while on view to the public) before the biennial began on September 16. "The goal is to have people engage with the projects," Austin says.
September 22, 2010