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From Milan: Q&A with Inga Sempe

Moustache is a new French company debuting their contemporary home furnishings at Salone this year. The first collection features work by Matali Crasset, Big-Game, Francois Azambourg, Ana Mir and Emili Padros, and Inga Sempé. Sempé and I had emailed a few times before the fair and when we met in Milan she told me she was very surprised, as she'd imagined me as a very slight blonde man (I am, in fact, quite the opposite: A tall, brunette lady). After a laugh, I had a chance to chat with the lovely Ms. Sempé about her latest design venture.
April 22, 2009
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From Milan: Q&A with Jason Bruges

Jason Bruges is showing in Milan for the first time with Established & Sons. His Flatliner family of lights uses LEDs on thin discs with touch technology along the rim: simply tap your fingertip and they begin to shine, or leave it there and the fixtures will dim. “They’re stealth and sleek, but emit this very warm kind of light,” he told me. These cool lamps with bright pin pricks shining through will be offered in hanging, floor, and desk varieties. Though his studio generally designs for public space, he's thrilled to be making pieces for a different kind of audience.  
April 22, 2009
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BKLYN DESIGNS 2009

After a long winter, spring has sprung, and the design community of Brooklyn is kicking off the season in fine form with the 7th annual BKLYN DESIGNS exhibition in Dumbo. The event, presented by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, runs May 8th through the 10th, and features 45 Brooklyn-based designers specializing in furniture, lighting, carpeting, flooring, and wall coverings.  [photos:1]
April 17, 2009
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Eat Love: A Book of Food Design

Food designer Marije Vogelzang creates recipes, plated presentations, and even molecular gastronomic buffets, turning the dining experience into a full-sensory immersion that makes us think not only about what we’re eating, but why and how.
March 13, 2009
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The Eames Bow Tie, designed by Ray!

Here's a quick follow-up to my recent slideshow last week on the bow ties of modern architects. Little did I realize, until I saw this video, that Ray Eames designed her husband Charles' bow ties herself. A seamstress in New York made them for Charles and in this video from Eames Collector we get a rare glimpse of her design, as well as "the many moods of the Eames bow tie." I love it!
February 11, 2009
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8 Questions For Tina Roth Eisenberg

Tina Roth Eisenberg runs a successful graphic design company but is perhaps better known as the author behind the design centric blog, SwissMiss.  The self described Swiss designer gone NYC covers everything from typography to eyebrow dances, curating a specific cross-section of humor, design and inspiration.
February 4, 2009
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A Note on Our Expert: Leonard Koren

Leonard Koren has led an enviably desultory life, first dropping out of college to paint murals with a group called the Los Angeles Fine Arts Squad and then eventually “begging”—and convincing—the UCLA Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning to admit him despite his lack of an undergraduate education in architecture.
January 1, 2009
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The Energy Seed

Because I have been told time and again that disposing of batteries in the garbage is a terribly destructive thing to do, I generally collect my spent batteries in an old container in my house. My intention, obviously, is to take them to a disposal site, but with time that container tends to get increasingly full and my inertia increasingly strong. I've grown accustomed to simply having a dark drawer or box where old batteries live.
October 19, 2008
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Wattson and Holmes Make Monitoring Home Energy Use Elementary

U.K. design firm DIY Kyoto recently announced the launch of cheaper version of its Wattson, an ingenious little device that not only makes monitoring home electricity use a breeze, but even turns it into a kind of Web-based competition.
September 24, 2008
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