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Posts Tagged ‘Sam Grawe’

BREAKING: SF’s Hottie Mayor Making His Way to Dwell Conference

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You heard it here first, Gavin Newsom is scheduled to make a surprise appearance at the Dwell on Design conference momentarily…we hear he’s quite the Dwell fan, too.

UPDATE: He’s here! Giant posse trails into the room, Newsom shakes hands with Dwell editor Sam Grawe.

Design and sustainability minded San Francisco residents, apparently all you have to do is ask your mayor to do something green, and he’ll do it. And he’s very proud that he does whatever he wants and doesn’t have to ask permission from Arnold, Congress or Air Force One.

According to a raspy-voiced Newsom, San Francisco is the greenest large city in the US, had an alternative fuel taxi fleet before anyone else did, and has more solar projects than other places in the nation. They also have a 69.1% recycling rate, one of the highest in nation, and even though it pisses off Newsom’s “good friends” at grocery chains, they’re still saying no to plastic bags. In the works: Capturing the natural energy of SF Bay’s tidal flow by building underwater wind farms, and an ambitious green building program to get more architects and developers to achieve higher LEED certifications.

Now, the architecture bonus round: Not bad! He ticks off building after building, architect after architect, LEED certification after LEED certification, even namechecks Frank Gehry. Newsom claims Gehry said he would never ever do a building in SF, and now they’re trying to get him to consider it. Because you’re not a world-class city unless you get Gehry.

Triple word score: He’s a subscriber. “Politicians usually lie about that stuff,” says Newsom. “But I actually am a subscriber.” We think we’re in love.

More Dwell on Design coverage.

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Dwell on Design: We’ve Arrived

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We’ve just strolled into the first day of Dwell on Design. We missed some of Mark Lakeman‘s presentation on Portland’s urban renewal but that’s Kathryn McCamant up there, talking about affordable cohousing for the middle class, a movement she and her husband, architect Charles Durrett, helped seed in the 80s. She even used to live in one of her own creations, the Doyle Street Cohousing Community in Emeryville, CA, and now lives in a Nevada City development in the Sierras, which she also designed.

We just bumped into Dwell editor-in-chief Sam Grawe and online editor Chelsea Holden Baker, and spotted Dwell founder Lara Hedberg Deam in a supercute striped dress. Stay tuned for more sightings, stalkings and updates from our perch in the blogger bank. Which, by the way, is actually quite nice–they even gave us Fatboys to sit in!

More Dwell on Design coverage.

The Craft of the Design of the Craft

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We can’t be everywhere design happens but last night we dispatched our Bay Area emissary Christopher Simmons to absorb the “Convergence of Craft and Design” panel sponsored by the shiny new American Craft magazine.

Design and Craft converged and diverged again as American Craft editor Andrew Wagner unveiled the new design and editorial direction of the 66-year-old American Craft magazine Friday night (sneak peek at the new logo, courtesy of my crafty iPhone). While other institutions have recently shied away from the C-word (and others just got MAD), The former Dwell editor thinks that craft is about to come into its own (again). Panelists Shoshana Berger, Sam Grawe, Donald Fortescue and Laura Thomas agreed, as did, we assume, the standing room-only crowd that turned out to wish the magazine well.

American Craft relaunches in September.

ICFF Editors Awards Announced

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Kartel cleans up with Body of Work, Bernhardt’s new Global Editions represents with the CuldeSac Whisper Chair, Tom Dixon lights up lighting and Emi Fujita and Shane Kohatsu are named best new designers (their Corona light is above). View all the 2007 ICFF Editors Awardees here.

And here are the editors who will be receiving bottles of expensive wines/bags of flaming dog poop today:

Silvia Latis of Abitare
Catherine Osborne of Azure
Sam Grawe of Dwell
Wendy Goodman of House & Garden
Julie Lasky of I.D.
Karen D. Singh of Interior Design
Gilda Bojardi of Interni
Chantal Hamaide of Intramuros
Susan S. Szenasy of Metropolis
Arlene Hirst of Metropolitan Home
Alex Bagner of Wallpaper*

Saturday Round Up: Dutch, Green and Yves!

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Friday’s parties certainly didn’t slow down Saturday’s coverage. Here’s a quick recap from our satellite offices…

Core77 has Danish Crafts, and the stunning design school roundup, including an interview with CCA chair Yves Behar, looking as pretty as ever even though he’s shorn a bit of the curls since we saw him last.

MoCoLoco toured the Javits floor. NOTCOT has hundreds of photos up. If you’re preparing to throw down for some design, preview the goods that await you at the designboom mart for all your cassette tape/wallet needs.

HauteGREEN continues to cook with events all weekend–don’t forget inhabitat & HauteGREEN’s Reclaiming Design (with Tejo Remy from Droog and Dwell’s Sam Grawe) tonight at 5pm.

What Are You Looking Forward to During Design Week?

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We asked, and NY’s top design writers, bloggers and tastemakers responded appropriately. And sometimes, not so appropriately.

Kimberly Oliver
HauteGREEN
I’m excited to see the response HauteGREEN and the satellite at DWR elicit from the design community and the general public. Socially, the Meatpacking district on Sunday night will be a roving mass of design industry revelry…definitely not to be missed. Most importantly, I’m looking forward to getting a lot of sleep after NY Design Week is through!

Sam Grawe
Editor-in-chief, Dwell
At Milan this year I kept asking myself, “where are the Americans?” I’m looking forward to finding out what the Americans have to offer (and not simply import).

Jill Fehrenbacher
Founder, inhabitat
The thing I am most looking forward to at Design Week is seeing the new sustainable design work at the HauteGREEN show, and especially the three excellent panels at HauteGREEN happening over this Saturday and Sunday featuring Tom Dixon, Tejo Remy and Natalie Jeremijenko, among other stellar design talents. I am especially looking forward to meeting Dutch Droog designer Tejo Remy, who has been one of my design idols for years, and who is coming out from the Netherlands just for this event. I can’t wait.