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Factory Direct

Ask anybody who has held so much as a bud vase from Heath Ceramics about the pottery’s charms, and you’re likely to encounter the kind of adoration reserved for treasured family heirlooms. So great is the ubiquitous enthusiasm for Heath that one is left wondering if something more than pigment is baked into its signature glazes. Its popularity may stem from its timeless, unfussy quality—–a Heath piece looks equally at home alongside decor of any epoch. But more likely it is due to the fact that in an era dominated by the rise of machines, this small company has honed a homespun, handcrafted approach to stoneware that’s tangible in each tile, serving bowl, and pitcher that comes out of its Sausalito, California, kilns.
August 17, 2010
Heath Ceramics Winter Collection

Heath Ceramics' Winter Collection

Though it's only August, holiday gear is already on its way (the New York International Gift Fair kicked off August 14). What's caught our eye is Heath Ceramics' new Winter 2010 collection—and its bold red glazes.
August 16, 2010
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James Dyson Award Finalists

The James Dyson Award, which "seeks to single out the best in problem-solving student design," recently announced their regional finalists, selected from over 500 submission entries. The eventual international grand prize winner—announced October 5—will receive more than $15,000, with another $15,000 going to the student’s university department. Allison Arieff, Dwell's former editor-in-chief, and Amelia Amon selected the ten U.S. finalists, which range from inventions that put an end to texting-while-driving to an entire park designed for children with disabilities. The inventors of the U.S. National winner—a wheel that turns a regular bike into a smart, electric hybrid—will get to visit Dyson laboratories in the UK to participate in a workshop run by Dyson engineers.
August 13, 2010

An Urbin Solution

When Alana Charles and her husband moved to their dream home in Toronto, they were excited to start life on their beautiful street; however, they were not excited about the new, very large refuse and recycling bins littering the front yards and curbsides in their neighborhood.
August 13, 2010
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10 Sturdy Desk Chairs

Whether wrought from molded aluminum or the latest techno-mesh, few seats work harder than the sturdy desk chair. We worked a few over.
August 12, 2010
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Alex Randall's Trippy Lighting

Alex Randall is not your typical lighting designer. In lieu of new materials, the British lighting designer raids salvage yards and taxidermy shops to create truly innovative and often creepy 'bespoke' lighting installations. Whether you find them magnetic or repellent—or, most likely, a seductive mixture of the two—you won't soon forget her Rat Lamp or Squirrel Wall Lights, both of which debuted at The Future Perfect in New York during ICFF.
August 12, 2010
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Art of the Novella Series

I'm something of a sucker for graphically clever series of paperbacks. Penguin's Great Ideas series is nice, if hit-or-miss, and of course the classic Penguin covers are second to none. I was wandering through Green Apple Books in San Francisco not long ago and came across another good looking series of pocket-sized lit: The Art of the Novella series from Melville House Publishing.
August 12, 2010
Good Design Stories from Herman Miller

Herman Miller in Syracuse, NY

We've sent Dwell senior editor Aaron Britt to Michigan to visit the Herman Miller factory and Herman Miller has sent some of its collection to Syracuse, New York, for the new Good Design: Stories from Herman Miller exhibit. The show opens Saturday, August 14 (with a kick-off party on Friday, August 13) and will be on display through October 17. Inspired by John R. Berry's book Herman Miller: the Purpose of Design (published by Rizzoli in 2004 and updated in 2009), the exhibition, which Berry guest curates, explores the design processes behind Herman Miller's most iconic pieces.  
August 11, 2010
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Apartment Decorated by Gaultier

Stepping into the freshly decorated apartment by Jean-Paul Gaultier at Trocadero in Paris, I felt as if I had been transported into a quixotic dream, complete with a choppy journey through a triage of disparate scenes. In a grey area where expression and aesthetic surely override function and utility, it is nevertheless intriguing to experience the continuously blurring boundaries where fashion and architecture meet.
August 11, 2010