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The Havaianas dining chair is the result of Motta’s recent collaboration with the popular Brazilian flip-flop company, which commissioned the chair, in freijó wood covered in the same grippy rubber used for the shoes, with a rubber handle in the back. It

Semana Carlos Motta

September 21–24 marks Semana Carlos Motta, or Carlos Motta Week, with a series of New York events to celebrate the work of the Brazilian architect and furniture designer known for his use of salvaged woods. Beginning with Motta's lecture on sustainability and Brazilian furniture design at the AIA New York Center for Architecture, on Tuesday, September 21, the week moves into the opening for the exhibition “Used and Reused Wood: Furniture by Carlos Motta” at Espasso on Wednesday, September 22. (The pieces were just exhibited at the Museu da Casa Brasileira in São Paulo.) On Friday, September 24, Motta will give a lecture on tropicalism, sensuality and furniture at Phillips de Pury & Company, ahead of that evening’s opening reception for their September 29 Latin America auction. Coordinated and curated by Adriana Kertzer of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and Carlos Junquiera, the founder of Espasso, the events will also include a signing of Carlos Motta: Life as I See It on the opening night of the Espasso exhibition. “Good design has a social and environmental responsibility,” says Motta, who makes many of his chairs, benches, tables and desks from wood salvaged from demolition sites. “A piece of furniture has to last for a long, long time, because we don’t change how we sit, sleep, eat, write, and so on, so the overall attitude should stay the same.” Motta, who says he likes to design for people who have the same basic needs as he does, calls the use of reclaimed wood in furniture “a simple matter of sustainability.” To follow is a selection of furniture that will be shown at the exhibition.
September 19, 2010
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Modern Los Angeles Bungalow Renovation

When artists Ramona Trent and Anthony Pearson teamed up with architects Escher GuneWardena for a full-scale renovation, they bestowed a remarkable view upon an unremarkable bungalow.
September 18, 2010
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A Fine Vintage

At age 34, Philip M. Isaacson commissioned architect F. Frederick Bruck to design a home for him and his wife. That was 1959. Five decades later, he still lives 
in his ideal home—and very little has changed.
September 15, 2010
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Nature/Data at Industry Gallery

On Saturday, Industry Gallery in Washington DC opened the show Nature/Data to showcase the work of the New York–based Italian architect and furniture designer Antonio Pio Saracino. Taking the intersection of natural forms and hi-tech manufacturing, Nature/Data reflects one of designs most promising current fascinations: channeling the structures found in nature through the latest in computer-aided design processes. The result, in Saracino's case, is a small cache of furniture that owes a clear debt to both ends of the nature-data continuum. Have a look at this slideshow comprised mainly of seating for a glimpse into what the future of your living room just might look like.The show runs through October 30th.
September 13, 2010
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Inside Woodshop

We trekked to San Francisco's foggy Outer Sunset neighborhood to check out Woodshop, a collective of four artist and designers who came together through a shared interest in craft, design, and surfing. The studio consists of Luke Bartels, who creates custom furniture from local hardwoods; wooden surfboard maker Danny Hess; Josh Duthie, who reinvents old chairs with new ideas; and the artist and sign painter Jeff Canham. After I poked around the front showroom (open by appointment only), Bartels took me around their 2,100-square foot woodshop and studio, one of the coolest workspaces I've seen.
September 13, 2010
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Designed In-House

Mill Valley, California, might not be a hotbed of modernism, but it was here, ten years ago, that Dwell came into the world alongside founder Lara Hedberg Deam’s first home—now renovated by her husband, Chris Deam. Here’s the story behind the place that started it all.
September 7, 2010
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Dwellings Redux

In celebration of our tenth anniversary, we tracked down the residents of 15 of the 19 homes we featured in Dwell’s first year to find out who’s stayed put, who’s moved on, and how their modern houses have fared.
September 7, 2010
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Murray's Law

“Form follows function” has been the go-to paradigm for evaluating good design since American architect Louis Sullivan articulated the idea more than a century ago. For Murray Moss, a former actor and fashion executive who opened his eponymous design shop in New York’s SoHo district in 1994, industrial objects are far more than merely the sum of those parts. “My job is to illuminate someone else’s ideas,” Moss says. Visitors to his carefully curated store-cum-gallery can view one-of-a-kind conceptual commissions alongside traditional crafts and a selection of mass produced pieces. By incorporating the narrative of theater and the drama of couture, he has assumed the role of arbiter, shining a spotlight on modern design’s growing imperative to both show and tell.
September 7, 2010
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Modern Urban Retreat in South Minneapolis

In a South Minneapolis neighborhood of century-old housing stock, Julie Snow’s bold but elegant residential design fulfilled Andrew Blauvelt and Scott Winter’s desire for a loft on the ground.
September 7, 2010