Profiles

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

Fascinating Risom
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
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
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.
Jerome Byron Reflects on the Subtle Influence of a Not-So-Subtle Skateboard Deck
The Los Angeles–based architect and designer traces his current work back to his high school pastime.
10 Designers and Architects Share What They’re Most Thankful for in a Turbulent Year
We asked top professionals to reflect on the silver linings and learnings from a year turned upside down by the pandemic.
A Seasoned Interior Designer Navigates a New Business, Motherhood, and a Move During the Pandemic
Abigail Marcelo Horace was just getting her new firm, Casa Marcelo, off the ground when COVID-19 hit home.
Hood Century Founder Jerald Cooper Is Harnessing Instagram Clout for a New Preservation Movement
Leveraging hip-hop and hype culture, the talent booker–turned–preservationist angles to get more Black people engaged with, and influencing, design.
Designer to Know: Simon Johns
Furniture designer Simon Johns channels the spirit of his wild surroundings in rural Quebec into pieces with raw characteristics and material mixes.
Designer to Know: Saturday Green
Inspired by their favorite day of the week, Saturday Green is a female-led collective of textile designers who recently launched a new collection of throws.
Designer to Know: Ridgely Studio Works
Lighting designer Zac Ridgely creates sculptural fixtures out of unexpected materials—from crushed glass and spun steel to golden aluminum.
Designer to Know: O/D\O Lab
Architect Paul Lee and furniture maker Anthony Abbate celebrate the inherent beauty of wood with a humble and timeless collection of furnishings.
Designer to Know: Nottene
Textile designer Kim Hall and printmaker Justin Hardison create whimsical wallpapers and other prints inspired by their childhood memories.
Designer to Know: Kino Guérin
Québec-based furniture designer Kino Guérin uses a pressure vacuum to create curvaceous collections of bentwood furniture.
Designer to Know: James Dieter
Lighting designer James Dieter’s work is bred from a desire for material and technical exploration—with inspiration sourced from fine art, fashion, toys, mechanics, and quotidian...
Designer to Know: J McDonald
J McDonald’s otherworldly furniture and sculptures are inspired by the tensions, contrasts, dissonances, and harmonies between humans and nature.
Designer to Know: Ian Love
With his Brooklyn studio, Ian Love produces collections of furniture, lighting, and other objects—all made from logs salvaged by arborists on Long Island.
Designer to Know: Manjiro Design
Led by Adam Manjiro Lesser, this small shop in Brooklyn is handcrafting fine furniture with repurposed materials and sleek details.
Modern Istanbul Design: Autoban
Istanbul modern? In a word, it’s Autoban. With their east-meets-west twist on mid-century classics, this young duo has jump-started their hometown’s design scene.