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 Dwell 24: Jinyeong Yeon
The Dwell 24: Jinyeong Yeon
The Seoul industrial designer creates art from castoff materials, sending strong messages about contemporary consumerism and environmentalism.
The Dwell 24: Casey Johnson
Casey Johnson creates functional, form-driven wood objects designed, built, and hand-carved in his North Carolina studio.
The Dwell 24: Wooj
Wooj is a collection of accessible, ecologically responsibile home goods designed and manufactured in Brooklyn, New York.
The Dwell 24: Alex Rocca
The Dwell 24: Alex Rocca
After a career in the film industry, Brazilian textile artist Alex Rocca turned his sights to the wall tapestries he’s become known for.
The Design Life: How Do the Dwell 24 See the World?
We surveyed our designers to find out—the results may surprise you.
Designer Peter B. Staples Finds Comfort in a Classic
The lighting designer—and one of this year’s Dwell 24—hunted down the quintessential director’s chair.
Esther Choi Is Building a Global Community to Nurture the Next Generation of Designers
The multidisciplinary artist’s Office Hours—a series of free and candid online discussions—connects BIPOC designers and mentors.
Q&A: Legendary Garden Designer Piet Oudolf on His Latest Living Landscape
The venerable designer discusses the “performance of plants” he composed for the Vitra Campus—and why a garden should have everything a building doesn’t have.
Inventor Saul Griffith Wants to Electrify Everything, Starting With Your Home
The Australian-born energy expert and creative polymath believes we can power every residence in the United States with renewable energy.
Q&A: How Berman Horn Studio Used Color to Create a Bright, Light-Filled Retreat in Maine
Architect Maria Berman discusses the importance of selecting a front door color—and why some coastal color trends never go out of style.
Here Are the World’s Most Exciting Design Destinations—and Why You Have to Visit
Here Are the World’s Most Exciting Design Destinations—and Why You Have to Visit
Designers at the center of five emerging creative scenes tell us why their city should be on your radar right now—and, hopefully soon, your itinerary.
A Patinated Brass Egg Harbors the Mystery of Creation for Designer Crystal Ellis
For the Egg Collective cofounder, the paperweight from Werkstätte Carl Auböck has come to symbolize collaboration.
Patrick Tighe Believes the Future of Los Angeles Is Affordable
From his office near the Culver City Arts District, the architect challenges ideas about how low-cost housing should look.
Q&A: Sumayya Vally on Her Unconventional Vision for the Serpentine Pavilion
The South African designer builds a monument to London’s neighborhood gathering places.
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.
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
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
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.