Dwell Shines Spotlight on Women in Design In July/Aug Double Issue

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Dwell's first issue focuses on the women, past and present, who are drive innovation and the design economy.

Dwell July/Aug Cover "Designers at Home"

“Thankfully, more women than ever before populate today’s design world. We owe much of that to the founding generations of female architects, builders, and artisans that have contributed their ideas in years past. This issue is a tribute to that lineage.

Dwell’s July/August issue “Designers at Home” features a thoughtfully curated group of amazing design projects, that all happened to be designed by women.

Dwell editor-in-chief, Amanda Dameron says, “Thankfully, more women than ever before populate today’s design world. We owe much of that to the founding generations of female architects, builders, and artisans that have contributed their ideas in years past, and this issue is a tribute to that lineage.”

The features take a look back at some of the founding mothers of mid-century design through to the present, from Lina Bo Bardi and Ray Eames to Zaha Hadid and Patricia Urquiola. A comprehensive visual timeline offers an at-a-glance view of timeless modern designs and the innovative women who conceived them.

Women of Influence
A special package of profiles pays homage to 15 designers across a landscape of disciplines, all of whom are defining today’s creative economy.
1. Natasha Jen: Pentagram’s newest partner at the world’s largest independent design consultancy
2. Renny Ramakers: polymath powerhouse behind Dutch industrial-design giant Droog
3. Jill Lerner: managing principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
4. Elisa Orlanski Ours: vice president of Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Groups Planning and Design department.
5. Susan Kare: designer of the iconic Mac icons
6. Yasmeen Lari: Pakistan’s first female architect, leader of nonprofit, Heritage Foundation of Pakistan
7. Allison G Williams: design principal, and director of design at Perkins+Will
8-9. Mojgan Hariri and Gisue Hariri: Iran born sisters blaze a bold path for self employed architects
10. Marva Griffin Wilshire: the Venezuelan mastermind behind the world’s largest furniture fair Salone Satellite
11-13. Neri Oxman, Adele Naude Santos, J. Meejin Yoon trailblazers at MIT’s architecture program and the forefront of design innovation
14. Eva Franch I Gilabert: New York’s seminal downtown architecture gallery heralds Catalonia born academic
15. Laurinda Spear: co-founding principal of arquitectonica

Women in Design Timeline
This timeline looks back at 100 years of women in design, highlighting 25 iconic pieces through the ages: from Eileen Gray in the 1920-30s, to Florence Knoll in the 60s, Lella Vignelli’s prevalence in the 80s and the omnipresence of Patricia Urquiola today. Looking back at this linear history it quickly becomes apparent that women have left their trademark on the modern world with signature pieces we still love today.

Products & Furniture: The Future Perfect
Dwell ventures into the world of industrial design highlighting five new products from up-and-coming women that are destined to become icons of the next generation. Featured works: Pauline Deltour’s Carousel table for Kvadrat, Tanya Aguiniga’s Rope Lights, Corinna Warm’s Drum table for Swedese, Caroline Gomez’s Contre Console, Louise Hederstom’s Willow planter for Nola.

Dwell’s Cover Story: The Homemakers
A highly productive collaboration among a trio from Los Angeles including architect Linda Taalman, landscape designer Laura Cooper and experimental filmmaker and home owner Laura Purdy turns a dark and beleaguered mid-century house into a Barragan-inspired home of the ages in Los Feliz, Los Angeles.

“Architect Barbie”
Architecture critic Alexandra Lange takes a critical look at the new “Architect Barbie” launched at the AIA national convention last year, and causing quite a stir.

Q&A with Rossana Orlandi
Dwell editor-in-chief Amanda Dameron sits down with Milan’s favorite design doyenne, Rossana Orlandi, to take the pulse on Milan’s high design scene.

Archive: Far from Ipanema
Last but not least, Dwell looks back at the iconic early works of Italian-born architect Linda Bo Bardi and the legacy she left behind in Brazil. “Architects’ work should respond to the social and political needs of disempowered people,” stated Bo Bardi.


About DWELL MEDIA, LLC: Dwell Media is the parent company of Dwell magazine, Dwell Digital + Mobile, Dwell on Design events, and the Dwell Homes Collection. Founded in 2000 by Lara Deam, Dwell has received countless industry awards and is widely regarded as a leading voice in the modern design movement. Championing a philosophy that is idea-driven and sensitive to social and physical surroundings, its enduring passion for design leads a passionate community of design-seekers to be “At Home in the Modern World.”

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