Profiles

From interviews with current innovators to profiles of the biggest names in history, Dwell is your guide to who's who in design.

Q&A: Architect Barbara Bestor Shares the Secret to Creating Coziness with Color
Q&A: Architect Barbara Bestor Shares the Secret to Creating Coziness with Color
The architect discusses the philosophy behind her creative color choices—and the true power of a perfect palette.
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Jungalow Founder Justina Blakeney’s Ode to the Outdoor Shower
A Los Angeles designer known for her interiors overflowing with flora celebrates bathing en plein air.
Plant Stylist Hilton Carter’s Serendipitous Flea Market Find
For the designer, the wooden tiger head–turned–plant holder signifies life’s fateful coincidences.
Q&A: Walter Hood’s Vision for Renewing Neglected Urban Spaces
Q&A: Walter Hood’s Vision for Renewing Neglected Urban Spaces
The celebrated Oakland artist and designer wants policymakers to reinvest in written-off neighborhoods.
An Interview With Frank Lloyd Wright’s Photographer Pedro E. Guerrero
In 1939, Frank Lloyd Wright hired 22-year-old Pedro Guerrero to be Taliesin West’s resident photographer, the start of a collaborative bond that would last until Wright’s death in...
Q&A: Naoto Fukasawa Talks Muji, Minimalism, and Jasper Morrison
We sat down with the veteran Japanese product designer.
Terunobu Fujimori
A modern eccentric with an architectural sensibility drawn from ancient Japanese traditions, Terunobu Fujimori designs projects that are exercises in playful experimentation and...
Werner Sobek
Werner Sobek has seen the future, and it’s high-tech, green, and efficient.
Richard Rogers
The architecture of Richard Rogers weds the best of high-tech design with the outer limits of the architect’s imagination, creating soaring, sustainable spaces that enrich...
Design by Numbers
Simon Alderson and Tony Cunninham of London–based high designer purveyors twentytwentyone talk kitsch versus collectible and the integrity of good design.
Fjord Focus
Fjord Focus
As Jarmund/Vigsnæs’s growing crop of small, smart houses have garnered increasing attention, their equally prolific civic works have them poised to be Norway’s next big export.
Buffalo Basics at 153 Eaton Street
It may be hard to believe, but Buffalo, New York, was once a pinnacle of high-tech innovation, even dubbed the City of Light for being one of the first electrified towns in...
A New Book on Edith Heath Illuminates the Life and Legacy of the Visionary Ceramicist
Peek inside the forthcoming title “Edith Heath: Philosophies,” which gives vivid shape to the woman behind the company and the clay.
Designer Harry Nuriev Finds Inspiration in the Fanciful Downspouts of His Russian Hometown
These handcrafted, intricate downpipes offer a wellspring of ideas.
Acclaimed Pastry Chef and Activist Paola Velez Envisions the Kitchen of the Future
Velez recently helped lead the world’s largest bake sale—which raised $2 million for social justice causes.
Fascinating Risom
Jens Risom is enjoying his place in the canon of midcentury furniture designers while also distinguishing himself as a great contemporary designer.
John Cronin and the Beacon Institute
For 35 years, John Cronin has safeguarded New York’s waterways, investigating dozens of pollution cases and authoring three laws to protect the Hudson River and its communities.
Here’s How to Humanize Working From Home, According to Experts
Designers from Google, Nike, Logitech, and more weigh in on how we can create inclusive and healthy spaces for ourselves.
Meet the Emerging Designer and Developer Who’s Making Durham, North Carolina, Modern
Alicia Hylton-Daniel went back to school for interior design and is on a quest to enhance neighborhoods rather than to maximize profits.
Snøhetta’s Founding Partner Explains His Fascination With Neolithic Blades
In Stone Age tools, architect Craig Dykers sees a bridge from humanity’s ancient past to our high-tech present.
Demar Matthews Wants to Bring Distinctly Black Architecture to American Neighborhoods
The designer is out to establish a new vernacular—one that “elevates, not denigrates,” Black identity within the built environment.
Designer Sean Brown’s Toronto Apartment Elevates the Y2K Aesthetic
The creator of the beloved CD rug mixes business and pleasure, treating his own digs as a life-size vision board for his home line Curves.
Yes, This Tokyo Photographer’s Candy-Colored Cityscapes Should Make You Feel Unsettled
It takes a second to understand why the images in Rumi Ando’s “Tokyo Nude” are so serene—and yet disquieting.
Top 10 Unforgettable Design Quotes of 2020
These sound-bites from the architects, designers, leaders, and activists we interviewed this year address the industry’s most pressing issues.
Architecture Critic Nikil Saval Joins the Pennsylvania State Senate in a Time of Crisis
We ask the newly elected urbanist and organizer about his ongoing fight for workers’ rights, affordable housing, and a Green New Deal.
A Young Photographer Captures the Sensuality of Alvar Aalto’s Work in Their Shared Finnish Hometown
When the pandemic drove Janne Tuunanen to return to Jyväskylä, he discovered a newfound appreciation for the legendary architect’s early projects.
Ladles Not Labels
Fed up with men's fashion, Rachel Wythe-Moran and Simon Watkins of East London's Labour and Wait cooked up a plan to align their creative instincts and passion for practical...
Affording America: Denver’s Albus Brooks Wants Cities to Incentivize Equitable Development
The Denver city council president–turned–private developer advocates for density, affordability, and bringing everyone to the table.
Affording America: Representative Ilhan Omar Wants Homes for All
The Minnesota congressperson thinks the federal government should guarantee a place to live for every American.
Made in America 2020: The Most Innovative Products and Makers Across the Country
Our annual look at the latest U.S.-made objects for your home features everything from dinner plates to windows—and the people who make them.