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: JG Switzer + Studio AHEAD
The Dwell 24: JG Switzer + Studio AHEAD
With beginnings as a wool blanket company, Jessica Switzer Green is expanding JG Switzer to offer a wider array of natural-fiber textiles, bedding, and home goods.
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The Dwell 24: Utility Objects
Atlanta-based ceramicist Aleisha Ellis’s utilitarian style is inspired by contemporary Japanese work.
The Dwell 24: Brave Matter
With Bauhaus-inspired sensibilities, Oakland-based designers Christina Zamora and Cathy Lo create ceramic lamps and objects.
The Dwell 24: Nina Cho
The Dwell 24: Nina Cho
Detroit-based designer Nina Cho is inspired by her childhood in Seoul, South Korea, and the traditional Korean aesthetic of emptiness.
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The Dwell 24: Gary Fernández
Using concrete as his medium, Brooklyn–based designer Gary Fernández creates sculptural candleholders, vases, and other vessels.
The Dwell 24: Platalea Studio
A pair of Mexico City designers imagine bold dinnerware and furnishings inspired by their culture and current social issues.
The Dwell 24: The Up-and-Coming Designers Who Need to Be on Your Radar Right Now
The emerging designers in The Dwell 24, our annual roundup of rising talent, are moving ahead with new ideas in furniture, lighting, and other objects for your home.
The Design Life: What Inspires This Year’s Dwell 24?
We asked The Dwell 24 about how they work and how think they about the future of design.
British-Nigerian Artist and Designer Yinka Ilori Is Forever Inspired by This Humble Bowl
Made from dried calabash fruit and commonly used across Africa, the bowls have provided Ilori with creative inspiration since his childhood.
Designer Jerome Byron’s Raw-Edged “Quarantine Quarters” Feel Like a ’90s Office Gone Rogue
Spurred on by the pandemic, the Los Angeles–based designer and architect builds a rough-and-ready workspace that’s indicative of his experimental streak.
This Designer Is Changing Architecture Education With a Solar-Powered Mobile Classroom
This Designer Is Changing Architecture Education With a Solar-Powered Mobile Classroom
Maya Bird-Murphy, founder of Chicago Mobile Makers, converted a Postal Service truck into a pop-up design classroom for neighborhood children.
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Q&A: How British-Nigerian Designer Yinka Ilori Uses Color to Celebrate His Heritage
Yinka Ilori tells us about his passion for color, how public spaces can bring communities together, and why his parents are his biggest inspiration.
Industrial Designer Focus: Konstantin Grcic
Industrial designer Konstantin Grcic has done it all, from spoons to umbrellas to lights, but he’s best known for his data-driven chairs.
A Russian Architect’s Ethereal Glass Houses Have Captivated the Internet
Alex Nerovnya shares the process and inspirations behind his Instafamous rendered homes.
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
Authors Geoff Manaugh and Nicola Twilley started writing “Until Proven Safe,” a book about medieval quarantine architecture, long before COVID-19.
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
Will Robison and Jacob Krupnick believe that transforming basic transactions into “retail experiments” will change the rapport we have with what we buy.
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.