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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
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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
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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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Jakarta, Indonesia

In the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, Ahmad Djuhara is on a one-man crusade to blow away the conservative cobwebs of the city’s dowdy suburban architecture.
May 14, 2010
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Oggetti e Progetti: 30 Years of Alessi

Italian designer and architect Alessandro Mendini, born in Milan in 1931, joined forces with the Italian design factory Alessi in the late 1970s as a kind of Postmodernist design mentor for the brand, which was established in 1921 as a small metalworking firm and soon became known for its industrial pieces. Having previously headed up the magazines Casabella, Modo and Domus, Mendini—who designed the Groninger Museum in the Netherlands and Italy’s Omegna Forum—is best-known in the Alessi milieu for his Mendini T&C service and his Mendini TCT service, which he calls “the joker in the pack.” Still actively designing, Mendini refers to the projects from the studio he runs with his brother, Atelier Mendini, as “an ongoing puzzle that is never completed.” In collaboration with Museo Alessi, Mendini is curating and designing “Oggetti e Progetti,” a retrospective dedicated to the last 30 years of Italian design for Die Neue Sammlung, the International Design Museum in Munich, specifically focusing on Alessi’s contributions through the years. Credited by the curators of Die Neue Sammlung as “instrumental in securing the success of Postmodernism,” Mendini has selected an array of Alessi designs, sketches and prototypes ranging mostly from the 1970s through the aughts, on display from May 21 through September 19.
May 13, 2010
Glasgow Che Camille Tweed Crop

Scotland: Day 3

I bid the fair city of Edinburgh farewell this morning as I boarded the train at Waverley Station. I was aboard and off to Glasgow by half past 9:00 for my first visit to what even Edinburghers freely admit is the cultural capital of Scotland. I alit at Queen's Station, dropped my bags at Fraser Suites on Albion St. and was off to the races.
May 12, 2010
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12 Serving Trays

May 11, 2010