Profiles

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

A Russian Architect’s Ethereal Glass Houses Have Captivated the Internet
A Russian Architect’s Ethereal Glass Houses Have Captivated the Internet
Russian architect Alex Nerovnya shares the process and inspirations behind his Instafamous rendered homes.
By Lucy Wang - 2 hours ago
Philadelphia’s Arbiter of Cool Is Turning Her Beloved Shop Into a Creative Hub and Hotel
Black entrepreneur Shannon Maldonado aims to unite the city’s creative scene by expanding YOWIE into an inclusive place to stay, shop, and collaborate.
Why Textile Superstar Nani Marquina Treasures This Thrown-Out Chair
An authentic Thonet chair found by her father is a daily reminder of durability and resistance.
Two Experts in Quarantine Architecture Predict How the Pandemic Will Affect Our Homes
Two Experts in Quarantine Architecture Predict How the Pandemic Will Affect Our Homes
Authors Geoff Manaugh and Nicola Twilley started writing “Until Proven Safe,” a book about medieval quarantine architecture, long before COVID-19.
- 21 days ago
8 Designers and Architects Share the Crucial Lessons They Learned From Dad
Whether bankers or builders by trade, these dads of design have plenty of wisdom to share.
Landscape Architect Lisa Switkin Muses on the Connection Between Nature and Memory
Switkin recalls 25 years worth of memories from a memento box that never leaves her deskside.
Emmanuel Pratt Is Using “Urban Acupuncture” to Reclaim Neglected Chicago Neighborhoods
The MacArthur fellow and cofounder of the Sweet Water Foundation speaks about “regenerative design” and reclaiming the community.
7 Designers and Architects Share the Best Advice They’ve Gotten From Mom
These pearls of wisdom are lessons for life and design.
An Expert Painter Explains How He Pulled Off an Electrifying Interior
With a portfolio that includes some of San Francisco’s Painted Ladies, Phil Schinman was up to the challenge of a home’s shocking blue stairway.
The Opulent Modernism of Platner
For Warren Platner, whose modernist pedigree would make any contemporary designer squeal, design was all about the right groovy palette for the right glitzy project.
Text Appeal
Text Appeal
Will Robison and Jacob Krupnick believe that transforming basic transactions into “retail experiments” will change the rapport we have with what we buy.
- 10 years ago
Curator: Zoe Ryan
Call her the wild card (or the green card) in this U.S.–focused roundup, but London-born Zoë Ryan has graced our shores for the past 14 years and in the process has brought a...
Design Build: Made
Brian Papa, Oliver Freundlich, and Ben Bischoff met their first year at the Yale School of Architecture, when they found themselves the most enthusiastic members of a student-led...
Activist Designers: Design 99
Gina Reichert, an architectural designer, and her husband, artist Mitch Cope, are the duo behind Design 99, an organization in Detroit that creates everything from bathroom tile...
Industrial Designer Yves Béhar Reveals His Thoughts on the Future of Smart Home Tech
Hint: It’s time for the gadgets to start working together.
New Media: Sight Unseen
Jill Singer and Monica Khemsurov met as editors at the venerable I.D. in 2005 and both developed a passion for peeking behind the scenes at the creative processes of...
Design Shop: The Future Perfect
When David Alhadeff opened The Future Perfect in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in 2003, he made it his mission to showcase new and fresh design.
Furniture Design: Misewell
Growing up in southeastern Wisconsin, Vincent and Paul Georgeson used to hang out in their father’s basement woodshop, fascinated by the process of building things.
Landscape Architecture: Marcel Wilson
Landscape architect and urban designer Marcel Wilson describes his practice as “combining things that are made with things that are alive.” Hence the superhuman name of his firm,...
Interior Design: Nicole Hollis
To call interior designer Nicole Hollis’s portfolio “eclectic” is an understatement.
Graphic Design: Project Projects
Manhattan-based Project Projects may be a graphic design studio, but it works in all dimensions, on the page and off.
Industrial Design: Atelier Takagi
After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2002 with a degree in furniture design, Jonah Takagi traveled the world for four years with indie-rock musician Benjy...
Social Networking: Architizer
“The kernel of our idea was that there had to be a better way to speak to clients, to critics, and to the world at large.
Climate-Conscious Design: 8 Visionaries and the Best Products for a Lighter Footprint
Our annual overview features the top companies and pioneering designers who are pushing the limits.
This Duo Are on a Mission to Create Neighborhoods to Support Nature
Walter Meyer and Jennifer Bolstad of Local Office Landscape and Urban Design focus on projects that “build cities in participation with...
Tala Lighting Puts High Design Into High-Efficiency LED Bulbs
When Joshua Ward, Maxwell Wood, and William Symington launched their first LED collection, they were looking to address a trio of challenges: longevity, carbon emissions, and,...
The Researcher Behind HouseZero Brings Us Closer to AI-Powered, Self-Regulating Homes
Ali Malkawi leads us into a future where software helps a house adapt to changing conditions.
The Inventor of Granito Explains Why We Should Recycle Old Buildings—Right Where They Stand
When Paris-based designer Anna Saint Pierre saw the massive granite slabs that were slated to be replaced in the conversion of an old building, she started asking herself: Could...
Gaze Upon the Psychedelic, Trashy Beauty of Bethan Laura Wood’s Favorite Vase
Designer Bethan Laura Wood, known for her colorful work—and her equally vibrant personal style—shops the world for all things woven.
Li Edelkoort Thinks Coronavirus Will Change Consumer Behavior Forever
At this year’s Design Indaba conference in Cape Town, the famed trend forecaster spoke about coronavirus, consumption, and her vision of what will happen next.