Blogging Dwell: February 2007

Blogging Dwell: February 2007

Maxwell Ryan
Jan 19, 2007

(In this new feature - a little guerilla mediawatch - various editors across our sites are choosing their favorite design magazine and blogging the crap out of it so as to give you a flavor of what's inside before you buy.)

The current issue of Dwell zeroes in on the craft of design by visiting handcrafting designers in their places of work, from a Berkeley studio to rural Netherlands.

Meet Your Maker is the issue's main feature, highlighting makers emphasizes handcrafted design. We really loved the piece on felt maker Claudy Jongstra. She has collaborated with the likes of Tord Boontje and Rem Koolhaas from her rural sheep farm and studio.

• The feature Off the Grid brings us Well Thawed Out, an overview of the LA home of Icelandic natives Tryggvi Thorsteinsson and Erla Dogg Ingjaldsdottir. The home, built around "what was essentially a teardown", is their first trip into the world of sustainable home design. What they've done is inspiring because it breaks out of the typical "look" of sustainability.

Dwell Reports rates the best wall clocks in How Soon Is Now?. We here at AT did it back in October! Compare their list with ours and you'll see a little overlap.

• A tidbit from In the Modern World points out a new book on Heath Ceramics. The book, entitled Heath Ceramics: The Complexity of Simplicity, highlights Edith Heath's work and its far-reaching influence.


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