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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
dod asia now honeycombchair

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 dwellondesign.com.
May 21, 2010
100xbetter red seat

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
lama lot2657

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

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
icff iannone nesting table

ICFF 2010: First Look

It's definitely springtime in the Big Apple, and New York is buzzing. Though ICFF veterans notice the fair feels still a bit smaller than years past, there seems to be a sense of optimism running through the booths at the Javits Center, which hosts the exhibition, and across the design events that dot the city. Most of the designers are there with their work, and are more than happy to talk you through their pieces. Their inspiration begets enthusiasm and, in a tight economic time, innovation, to make the most of what they're producing in concept and in practice. In this slideshow, I share a few things that caught my eye.
May 16, 2010
At the ICFF in New York, Aki Lehtonen, a veteran employee of Artek, puts the finishing touch on an Aalto Armchair 400.

ICFF 2010: Dressing Up with Artek

Among the static furniture displays of the 22nd annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair, which opened at New York's Javits Center this morning, the venerable Finnish brand Artek invited a veteran upholsterer from their Helsinki manufacturing facility to put the finishing touch on a series of Alvar Aalto's Armchair 400s. The display was part of Artek's Dress The Chair campaign, an effort in which textile manufacturers at specific design destinations are asked to put new clothes on Aalto's classic. So far these have included Fanny Aronsen in Stockholm, Ilse Crawford in London, and most recently Missoni in Milan. "We've looked to collaborate with companies that have a unique identity and history in each country," says Artek executive vice president Simone Vingerhoets-Ziesmann.
May 15, 2010
chimney house exterior

São Paulo, Brazil

For photographer Reinaldo Cóser and his family of four, the best way to deal with the sometimes-draining throb of massive São Paulo was to simply rise above.
May 14, 2010
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