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Modern workspace desks

Dwell Reviews 6 Modern Desks

The right workspace can transform your creative life. Dwell puts six desks to the test. 
August 12, 2011
The Marimekko Pilvi Bag, featuring designer Maija Isola's Mansikkavouret print.

Marimekko Pilvi Bag

If you're like me, you have more totes than you know what to do with. Get ready to do some closet cleaning because the Marimekko Pilvi bag is the one worth having.
August 11, 2011
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Method Laundry Pump

A few weeks ago I attended a press event at method, which is headquartered conveniently around the corner from our Dwell offices. Besides a fascinating behind-the-scene tour of their labs (I had to sign an NDA, so can't tell you much about that...), they gave away a bunch of their products for people to try, and premiered a cute "crowdsourced" video, cobbled together from clips sent in by their fans (aka "people against dirty").
August 9, 2011
City Notes Cover

City Notes: San Francisco

A very unusual guide book came across my desk last week. And though City Notes: San Francisco by Jesse Coburn from Terry Warner Press is certainly a beautiful object (dig the clean design by Martin Schapiro, the photos by Constance Smith, and the engraved wooden cover by Dave Marcoullier) it's a puzzling little artifact of Coburn's love of San Francisco. You see, there are no addresses listed, the spots chosen are lovely but obscure and strange, and the histories provided of each location defy any guide book convention. If a Frommer's guide is a city's greatest hits, City Notes is a mixtape of deep cuts wilfully free of liner notes.
August 9, 2011
Yerba Buena Street Life Plan

Yerba Buena Street Life Plan

Recently in San Francisco, the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District and CMG Landscape Architecture unveiled the Yerba Buena Street Life Plan. The plan is meant to serve as a master plan for the mixed-use neighborhood known as Yerba Buena that is located south of Market Street and includes prominent public buildings and spaces such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, Yerba Buena Gardens, and the Moscone Center. The goal of the plan, meant to be implemented over the next ten years, is to create an identity for the neighborhood and foster a sense of community where residents and passers-through can stop and enjoy the area and engage with its outdoor spaces.
August 8, 2011
Uniform Wares 200

Uniform Wares Watches

I've long coveted a 200 series watch from the English watchmaker Uniform Wares. Poems in simplicity, functionalism, and less-is-more design, these watches are a dashing accessory for any designy dapper Dan. And considering that they ring-up in the hundreds of dollars, instead of hundreds of thousands, they are a decidedly affordable brand of design-forward fashion. This crane.tv video from earlier this year shows founders Patrick Bek and Oliver Fowles discussing their inspiration, process, and goals for Uniform Wares. Tip of the hat to The Fox is Black for turning me on to the video. If only I could get him to buy me one of these watches.
August 5, 2011

Scrap Wrap Bracelets

I've got a habit—a little hoard-y, but not necessarily bad—of buying craft-ish supplies with no concept of what I will do with them. A while back at the local Mission Fabric Outlet (which is a great, great place, if you're in SF and need a shop for textiles, odds and ends), I noticed a display of Ziploc baggies full of small leather scraps... for $2 each! Score. I bought one, brought it home, and stored it with the rest of my stuff. Same with this spool of aluminum wire. It just looked like something I'd want, sometime, so I made it mine and set it aside. It took some futzing around one night while my mom was in town, and we came up with the idea for this scrappy wrap bracelet. It's easy, and quick, and you can use any small strips of fabric (if leather's not your thing). Here's how!
August 3, 2011
Future Beauty covers

Future Beauty

Because the September 2011 issue is dedicated to the influence of Japanese design (architecture, craft, and industrial design primarily), we'd be utterly remiss if we didn't give a nod to the tremendous influence of Japanese fashion. Last year the Barbican Art Gallery launched a show called Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion, and though the show closed in February, the excellent catalog by Akiko Fukai, Barbara Vinken, Susanna Frankel, and Hirofumi Kurino, still offers a stunning glimpse at how designers like Rei Kawokubo, Junya Watanabe, Issey Miyake, and others have changed the face of high fashion. Have a look at the slideshow that follows and marvel at some of the most stunning design to come out of Japan.
August 3, 2011
more favorite play book spaces

More Favorite Play! Spaces

Our September 2011 issue is about to hit newsstands, but we're not finished celebrating play (the theme of our July/August 2011 issue). Earlier this week we featured five fantastic projects from the new Gingko Press book Play! Indoor and Outdoor, and here we highlight five more favorites from the 58 projects included in the book.
August 1, 2011
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