Profiles

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

The Desert Can Yield a Bounty of Vegetables—Just Ask One of Arizona’s Sustainable Farmers
The Desert Can Yield a Bounty of Vegetables—Just Ask One of Arizona’s Sustainable Farmers
Horticulturist Alfonso Chavez is helping return his Tucson, Arizona, community to the traditional and Indigenous practices that were disrupted by colonization and...
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An Expert Herbalist Shares Her Tips for Growing Healing Plants at Home
Juliet Blankespoor cultivates botanicals out of her backyard garden—here’s how she got started, and how you can, too.
A TikTok Personality on How Gardening Can Keep You Calm, Cool, and Collected
Self-care celebrity Garden Marcus of TikTok fame shares the lessons he’s learned from the botanical world.
In the Catskills, a Textile Artist and Designer Creates Dyes From Her Own Garden
In the Catskills, a Textile Artist and Designer Creates Dyes From Her Own Garden
Christi Johnson might be best known for stylishly embroidering vintage garments. But she’s also developed a reputation for her earth-toned natural dyes.
How a Los Angeles Landscape Architecture Firm Is Reclaiming a Hillside for Native Plants
Terremoto is spearheading an experimental grassroots project to transform a neglected patch of public land with native species.
A Cane Chair Takes Pride of Place in a West Oakland Plant Shop
Kalu Gebreyohannes and J’Maica Roxanne of Blk Girls Green House share why they find the chair both powerful and beautiful.
Would-Be Congressman Greg Casar Is Worried About Where He’s Going to Live, Too
The former Austin City Council Member is running in Texas's District 35, and ready to bring the affordability debate to the Capitol.
Peter Barber Explains How to Make Affordable Housing People Love
The London architect tries “to show people that affordability can mean many things”—and his many fans think he’s succeeding.
TikTok Phenom Jon Kung on Why They Love Induction Over Gas
One of the Internet’s favorite chefs makes the case for putting out the flame—and shares one of their favorite new recipes.
DIY Advice From a Feminist Plumber Who Wouldn’t Mind You Taking on a Few Jobs Yourself
DIY Advice From a Feminist Plumber Who Wouldn’t Mind You Taking on a Few Jobs Yourself
Judaline Cassidy has been solving plumbing problems for more than 25 years, but now as the founder of Tools & Tiaras she’s on a mission to teach others how to take on jobs...
A Prized Serving Utensil Gives Chef Ana Ortiz an Edge in the Kitchen
The founder of Brooklyn catering company Day Into Night tells us why she’s always reaching for her grandmother’s serving spoon.
Designer Ed Warner Is Creating Stylish Bathrooms for People With Disabilities
The leader of London studio Fine & Able shares how he imagines spaces for diverse body types—and anyone wanting a lifelong home free of “design...
Q&A: Neri Oxman’s Radical Vision for the Future of the Built Environment
With her latest exhibition at SFMOMA, the MIT professor, artist, and architect sends a dire (but hopeful) message: In order to move ahead, we must return to nature.
Aalto Isn't the Only Finnish Modernist: Meet Ilmari Tapiovaara
Looking at back at the varied career of Finnish furniture designer Ilmari Tapiovaara.
My House: There’s a Place for Everything in Organization Expert Shira Gill’s Berkeley Bungalow
The author of “Minimalista” shares tips for clearing clutter, elevating your space, and promoting wellness at home.
8 Things the Founder of Brightland Absolutely Loves
Dwell talks to Aishwarya Iyer, the CEO and founder of the olive oil brand with a cult following, about the home items she can’t get enough of.
A Mama's Touch
Nina Tolstrup, the Danish furniture and product designer, who works under the name Studiomama, has been carving herself an enviable reputation in the UK.
Design Historian Michelle Millar Fisher Views This 1950s Innovation as a Turning Point for Parenting
The historic breast pump she bought on eBay is now featured in an exhibit called “Designing Motherhood” at Philadelphia’s Mütter Museum and Center for Architecture and Design.
This Journalist and Mother of Three Says That When It Comes to Parenting Gadgetry, Less Is More
Sophie Brickman, a (mostly) parenting tech columnist at the Guardian, says it’s all about balance—and trusting your gut.
Five of the Uncountable Contributions Virgil Abloh Made to Architecture and Home Design
Abloh, the Louis Vuitton menswear designer and prolific creative who died last month, applied his architecture training to build whatever he wanted.
Step Inside America’s Best Independent Design Shops
Independent design shops are hubs for creative communities. Here, we celebrate some of our favorites across the United States.
America’s Best Independent Design Shops: Spartan Shop
The showroom and gallery in Portland, Oregon, has emerged from the pandemic with a new vision.
America’s Best Independent Design Shops: Yowie
Shannon Maldonado’s Philadelphia boutique aims to democratize design.
America’s Best Independent Design Shops: Good Neighbor
The design shop-cum-cafe in Baltimore, Maryland, draws inspiration the owners' Indian and Egyptian heritages.
America’s Best Independent Design Shops: Stranger & Co.
For her store in Edina, Minnesota, founder Maura Doyle seeks out brands led by women and people of color, immigrants, and LGBTQIA+ folks.
America’s Best Independent Design Shops: Lichen
Helmed by Jared Blake and Ed Be, the East Williamsburg storefront is stocked with vintage and contemporary designs—and acts as an incubator for fresh talent.
A Family Heirloom Helps Architecture Professor Chris Cornelius Imagine a New Future for His Field
As ongoing inspiration for how to bring Indigenous experiences into the built environment, Cornelius looks to the lived-in beauty of his great-grandfather’s work gloves.
A Conversation With New Orleans Designer, Planner, Teacher and Activist Amy Stelly
The Louisiana native explains how cities can heal the wounds of racist development—without accelerating gentrification.
Meet the Design Expert Working to Create Happier, Healthier Living for All
Christine Marvin shares the Marvin Design Lab’s thorough process for harnessing the power of light and air, while also discussing two of the company’s latest designs—the Awaken...