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Seoul, South Korea

When Seoul architect Byoung-soo Cho set out to design his urban dream house, he turned to the city’s architectural history for inspiration. The result—–four overlapping boxes arranged around a courtyard—–is a peaceful enclave in the midst of the nonstop metropolis.
May 25, 2010
V and A Pattern Series II

V&A Pattern Series II

Last year, the Victoria and Albert Museum dug into its archives of decorative textile patterns and published its first set of pattern books. Next week, the London museum will release the second set in the series: V&A Pattern Series II. Like the first box set—which included four books arranged by theme and titled William Morris, Indian Florals, Digital Pioneers, and The Fifties—the second series features four books available individually or as a group: Owen Jones, Novelty Patterns, Kimonos, and Garden Florals. In addition to page after page of color images of the textile designs, each hardcover book includes a CD of hi-res images of the featured patterns. If you're in the UK, pick up the individual books or sets on the V&A Shop website or, if you're in the U.S., the books will be available on Amazon for $10.36 each or $31.35 per set. Watch our slideshow for a preview of the designs featured in V&A Pattern Series II.
May 25, 2010
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Q&A: Gijs Bakker

As cofounder of the iconic Dutch collective Droog, industrial designer Gijs Bakker further defined the design identity of his homeland, the Netherlands, as simple and playful, conceptual but clearly realized. He has also brought contemporary jewelry design to the fore, focusing on the principles behind the pieces as opposed to their "handmade virtuosity," Bakker recently acted as artistic director for Yii, a Taiwanese collaborative uniting traditional craft and modern design. Recently he sat down with us to answer a few questions.
May 25, 2010
Marcio Kogan Trilili

Prostheses and Grafts

Though architect Marcio Kogan, principal of the São Paulo-based firm StudioMK 27, has done loads of appealing residences (check out his house for photographer Reinaldo Cóser in the current issue of Dwell), he's recently dipped a toe into furniture design. The series "Prostheses and Grafts" debuted in March, and was actually constructed by laborers working on StudioMK27's various jobsites. Each piece has an ad hoc quality rarely seen in the world of slick, high-design furniture, and you can easily see how it was borne of worksite scraps and a bit of ingenuity. Have a look at the slideshow for a glimpse of the 16 pieces that make up "Prostheses and Grafts."
May 24, 2010
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Preview: Asia Now

Each year at Dwell on Design we trust the animal-like instincts of designboom to seek out and deliver the best contemporary design from around the planet. This year is no different: designboom will present Asia Now: Exploring Design Culture, a survey of cutting-edge designers hand-selected from 11 countries throughout Asia. Here's a preview of some of the Far East treats you'll see on display at Dwell on Design, June 25-27 in Los Angeles. Register now at
May 21, 2010
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Ford & Ching Debuts 100xbetter

A desk, a loveseat, and a shelving system -- all in one single flat pack? I, too, was amazed at the clever level of reconfigurability when I saw these new pieces appear in my inbox. Recently debuting at Ford & Ching's Los Angeles showroom, this fresh line comes from 100xbetter, a design/build studio specializing in CNC machining by Will Rollins and Brendan Sowersby. Eager to learn more, I chatted with Ford & Ching partner Willard Ford about this new level of RTA (ready-to-assemble) design.
May 19, 2010
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Auction Preview: LAMA

Specializing in modern art, design and furniture with an emphasis on works by important 20th-century artists, designers, and architects, Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) was established in 1992 by Peter Loughrey, a devotee of modernism and a contributor to Case Study Houses (Taschen) and Julius Shulman Modernism Rediscovered (Taschen). Holding a select few auctions per year, LAMA will present at noon on May 23 a modern art and design auction with standouts ranging from a rare Frank Lloyd Wright rug to early Nakashima pieces to several items from the collection of architect A. Quincy Jones and his wife, Elaine K. Sewell Jones.  In the catalogue, Loughrey addresses an investment strategy that many modernists are already well aware of: “You are unlikely to wake up tomorrow to discover half of your painting is gone because of predatory lending in the housing market; or three of your dining chairs have disappeared due to a bad credit default swap,” notes Loughrey, who adds that his own Hans Wegner Papa Bear chair and Eames storage unit “have gone up and down in value while I’ve owned them, but I can’t possibly measure the dividends that each have paid in the quality of my life.” The preview runs every day (10 am to 6 pm or by appointment) through May 22, ahead of the auction at their 17,000-square-foot gallery in Van Nuys. The lots range in value from the surprisingly affordable to the almost entirely out of reach. Online bidding, or just browsing, is encouraged.   
May 18, 2010

Bespoke: The Handbuilt Bicycle

At Dwell, we love a nice bike just as much as (and sometimes more than) we adore a Bertoia chair or Bouroullec backrest—and rightly so since a well-crafted bicycle is just as much a manifestation of good design as a well-thought-out piece of furniture. Editor-in-chief Sam Grawe joined Rob Forbes this past week for the launch of Public Bikes at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York and we've got our eye on a new exhibit at the city's Museum of Art and Design: Bespoke: The Handbuilt Bicycle. The show, which opened May 11, shines the spotlight on the work of six bicycle designers from around the world to highlight the craftsmanship and artistic talent of the people who build these functional forms. Watch our slideshow of images from the exhibit or, if you're in New York, pedal down to the museum to catch the show, which is on display through August 15, 2010.
May 18, 2010
Peter Stathis & Virtual Studio's new Ikebana light is named after the 600-year old Japanese craft of flower arranging.

ICFF 2010: Ikebana Arranging

While cruising the floor of the ICFF today, I couldn't resist dropping in to have a chat with Dwell's old neighbor and all around good guy, San Francisco–based designer Peter Stathis. In recent years Stathis has netted acclaim for his novel lighting designs, such as Link, for manufacturer Pablo. This year he's branched out on his own (somewhat literally) with a new design called Ikebana.
May 16, 2010