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Design Wire November/December 2022

In early October, Maine furniture maker THOS. MOSER debuted the 1972 CHAIR, a commemorative design celebrating the company’s 50th anniversary. Named after the year in which Thos. Moser opened its doors, the chair combines design motifs developed by founder Tom … Continue reading

Architect Caleb Johnson Rebrands His Fully Integrated Firm

Architect and builder Caleb Johnson never wanted to work for anyone else. “For better or worse, I was bullheaded about it: I would work for myself,” he says. “It started very early. I always imagined I would run a business; … Continue reading

Design Wire October 2022

Taking a step into the electric age, German auto company VOLKSWAGEN has unveiled the ID BUZZ, an all-electric van with a 77-kilowatt battery and an electric motor mounted in the rear. The design harkens back to the company’s iconically groovy … Continue reading

Design Wire September 2022

After moving out of its retail space at 42 Exchange Street in Portland last year and transitioning to primarily online sales, Maine children’s boutique LITTLE has announced that it will be reopening in a new retail space two doors down … Continue reading

Design Wire August 2022

In early May the city of Prague announced that Danish architecture firm BJARKE INGELS GROUP (BIG) had been selected from a pool of 19 anonymous entrants as the winner of an international competition to design the European city’s VLTAVA PHILHARMONIC … Continue reading

Design Wire July 2022

London design startup NOTPLA, short for “not plastic,” has released a line of plastic alternatives made from seaweed that are compostable, dissolvable, and, in a few instances, edible. Created with the goal of finding a solution for environmental and health … Continue reading

Design Wire June 2022

As a notable step toward a future in which electric vehicles are the norm, AIRSTREAM has developed a prototype called the ESTREAM, an electric, solar-powered trailer that functions as a two-wheeled car that can be parked remotely with an iPad … Continue reading

Design Wire May 2022

At the CES (CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW) in Las Vegas in early January, Swiss startup BIPED released the BIPED AI, a minimalist smart harness that uses autonomous driving technology to help visually impaired people avoid obstacles while walking. A far cry … Continue reading

Design Wire March/April 2022

Led by archaeologist and UNIVERSITY OF MAINE graduate Ana Cecilia Mauricio, an international research team has discovered the oldest adobe architecture in the Americas, along the northern coast of Peru. Referred to as LOS MORTEROS, the area was initially thought … Continue reading

Design Wire January/February 2022

In an effort to make air travel more accessible, the industrial design studio PRIESTMANGOODE has unveiled the AIR 4 ALL, an airplane seating system that enables powered wheelchair users to remain in their own wheelchair during their flight. Designed in … Continue reading