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Shine and Rise

The catalog of smart textiles for the future is teeming with cognitive intelligence—fabrics that serve as interactive surfaces or are embedded with sheets of tiny microprocessors, little solar batteries, or antimicrobial properties. But these materials may miss the point. The textile arts, after all, have their origins in comfort—rugs that keep our feet off the cold floor, curtains and wall hangings that keep out the draft, quilts that keep us cozy at night. What may have more value, both stylistically and holistically, is not so much a conventionally smart textile, but one that has emotional intelligence—kind of an electric blanket for the soul.
April 27, 2010
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An Introduction to Modern Textiles

If the design world feels like an endless parade of products, then the gnashing maws of industrial production assuredly underpin it all. Take a look at how leading manufacturers make what they make, with a special eye on how to clean up what is often a messy act.
April 27, 2010
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Mold It, Cast It

From the first copper frog cast in Mesopotamia, molding and casting has progressed a long way in the realm of architecture and design since 3200 BC. Here's a roundup of some of our favorite recent projects that are redefining the boundaries of materials and formwork, and will hopefully inspire five more millennia of creative fabrication techniques.
April 27, 2010
Photograph by Laurie Frankel. Soft goods styling by Christina Watkinson.

10 Luxurious Linens

Sheets, duvets—heck, even an occasional sham. We’ve made the trek through a welter of modern linens and things and come up with a collection that will have you in bed early and sleeping late.
April 26, 2010
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The Art Institute of Chicago

Last weekend I was in Chicago and after hitting the show floor at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) and visiting Mies van der Rohe's 880-860 Lake Shore Drive Apartments, I traveled along Michigan Avenue to the Art Institue of Chicago. Home to Georges Seraut's famous A Sunday on La Grande Jatte pointalism piecea and Grant Wood's iconic--and much impersonated--American Gothic, the museum also boasts the Renzo Piano-designed Modern Wing (which opened in May 2009), an impressive mid-century modern collection, and artifacts from the city's--and world's--early skyscrapers. I swung by on Sunday to check out the goods.
April 24, 2010
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David Adjaye for PACT

If your idea of designer underwear still has something to do with Mark Wahlberg and Calvin Klein, it's time to step into the 21st century. And to expand your notion of "designer." Last year eco-entrepreneurs Jason Kibbey and Jeff Denby launched PACT, an Earth-friendly, design-minded line of underwear for men and women whose aim is both social change and sustainable drawers. They leaned on industrial design maven Yves Behar of Fuseproject for a handful of designs, and this time they've tapped British-by-way-of-Tanzania architect David Adjaye.
April 19, 2010
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Milan 2010: Day Three—Eurocucina

On the third day of the 2010 Salone Internazionale del Mobile, we devoted an entire day to Eurocucina, which is a fair-within-a-fair that appears in Milan every two years. Manufacturers, architects and designers from all over the globe materialize from the woodwork to unveil their latest concepts in kitchen design, and we, the hungry design hordes, descend upon them.
April 19, 2010
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Sunny Memories

Gathering solar energy doesn't need to be a process sequestered to the roof. To demonstrate the varied uses of a new dye solar cell invented at the University of Art and Design Lausanne (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland, the EPFL+ECAL Lab asked four design schools around the world to create innovative applications for the cell. The resulting projects from students at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, California; the Royal College of Art in London, England; the University of Art and Design Lausanne in Lausanne, Switzerland; and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle in Paris, France—which range from pendants to post boxes—are on display at the California College of the Arts April 16-24 as part of the The Way Beyond Art: Sunny Memories exhibition.
April 17, 2010
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Revival of the Fittest

Located at the ever-shifting intersection of design, fine art, and craft, R 20th Century has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a small vintage boutique in Brooklyn over a decade ago. Since then, the gallery has cast aside the kitsch, moved to Manhattan, and gained an international reputation for its well-appointed exhibitions and expansive catalog, representing designers from decades past and present. Furniture and decorative pieces from a handpicked stable of oft-overlooked or obscure creative visionaries like Greta Magnusson Grossman, Wendell Castle, and Sergio Rogrigues are all on display, and founders Zesty Meyers and Evan Snyderman work with the sensibilities of uptown museum curators. Keen to share the stories behind their collections with everyone who enters their Tribeca showroom, they also produce lush, well-researched publications to accompany their installations. R 20th Century has become a destination for design diehards from around the world.
April 17, 2010