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Innovative Design: Mooncake Dining Table by +tongtong

The first design to emerge from hot new Toronto design studio +tongtong is Mooncake, an invitingly spare dining table whose removable trays, fashioned after the alluring topography of our otherworldly moon, are designed to be eaten from directly, thereby inviting chefs and hosts to use food artistically, while asking diners to participate in a new communal eating experience. “I read the other day that the only food we share in North America is pizza,” says +tongtong founder and director John Tong, an architect who has turned his sights to product and furniture design to elevate the imperative of a good and functionally interesting design creation. “Everything we eat besides pizza is served on individual plates,” Tong continues. “I am Asian and I grew up with the Dim Sum rotating table experience; eating off multiple plates, sharing plates, tasting all the food. It’s a very intimate experience that we hardly ever get to enjoy in the urban mainstream. Because Mooncake’s ensemble of trays create a continuous surface, it is as if the food makes up a continuous, communal meal. This offers a new social dimension to the usual individualistic dinner, a shared eating adventure."
July 15, 2013
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Porcelanosa Tile Showroom Visit

Back in June, Dwell was kindly invited by Spanish tile manufacturer Porcelanosa to tour their impressive factory. We first highlighted their Krion solid surfaces and now we're back for more. Here are five tile designs that caught our eye.
July 15, 2013
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A Cozy and Modern Indoor-Outdoor Bedroom in Buenos Aires

Peek inside Argentinean architect and furniture designer Alejandro Sticotti's indoor-outdoor bedroom in his cozy and modern Buenos Aires home.
July 14, 2013
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5 Modern Coffee and Espresso Makers

You'll be happy to display these 5 modern, high-design coffee and espresso makers on your kitchen counter.
July 14, 2013
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5 Modern Kitchen Design Inspirations

From a wooden angled open space to a Parisian art director's room with an island, here is a cool quintet of kitchens we wouldn't mind cooking in. For a curated assortment of kitchenware goods, click here.
July 14, 2013

7 Design Blogs to Follow

Dwell is always on the far and near search for inspiration, but here are eight creative blogs that we keep coming back to and are sure to spark some decorating ideas in anyone at any given notice. For five more cool design blogs, click here.
July 13, 2013
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Made in the USA: 6 Product Designs We Love Part Two

Here are six more of our favorite furniture and accessory designs (read Part One here) from the four-part coast Made in America series (Midwest, Northeast, South, and West Coast) in our July/August issue celebrating incredible modern design across the USA.
July 13, 2013
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6 Outdoor Patio Dining Essentials

Summer brings warm nights and the perfect atmosphere for outdoor patio dining. Set the stage for an evening on the terrace with these six patio dining essentials from shatter-proof wine glasses to vintage light strings.
July 12, 2013
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