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ariele alasko reclaimed wood studio shop

Building in Brooklyn

Whether beech, maple, cedar, or teak, Brooklyn resident and California native Ariele Alasko will take it. Having a sharp eye for recycled matter, Alasko is combining her expertise and passion to design and craft furniture out of reclaimed materials. Building everything from headboards to dining room tables in her studio, Alasko experiments with striking patterns, in which all pieces are naturally infused with a distinct texture and rhythm.
April 16, 2013
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Lean on Me

No matter what your working space conditions—studio, office, home—the Higher Desk designed by Flip Sellin of Berlin-based design and architecture bureau, Coordination, is here to the rescue. When stuck with a sticky situation (small spaces, hello!), easily take out one leg and switch in the shorter version to lean the desk against any supporting surface, such as a windowsill, stack of books, or cabinet. Appealing and universal—we're fans.
April 16, 2013
busk hertzog

Furniture Focus: Busk + Hertzog

Award-winning Danish design team Busk + Hertzog was founded in 2000 by architect Flemming Busk and textile designer Stephan Hertzog. Together, the duo has produced minimalist furniture that combines bold colors, clean lines, and their Danish design heritage. Their work has been on display at the Royal House of Norway, Museum of Modern Art in New York, Norwegian Embassy in Helsinki, and Carnegie Trust. The designers frequently visit places where their furniture is in use to receive further inspiration. "To be allowed to sit in all anonymity and see that our design was actually used, as we had thought, was very large," says Busk. "We are honored to have prices, but we design furniture to be used by all, and therefore find it much more satisfying to meet our products in real life."
April 16, 2013
norman copenhagen nuki table

Solid Table from Normann Copenhagen

Back in 2012, we reported on a marble-and-elm table by Norwegian designer Lars Beller Fjetland. At the time, he was just finishing up school at the Bergen National Academy of the Arts and exhibited his work with other students in the Greenhouse section. Since then, the prototype has been picked up by Normann Copenhagen and was released at the 2013 Milan Furniture Fair. The piece is now available from normann-copenhagen.com.
April 15, 2013
bbd vecchetti milan

Best Booth Designs at Salone 2013

As you may have noticed, Dwell is in Milan this week to scout for new furniture, accessories, and lighting at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile and the various satellite fairs around town. It's a veritable circus of design: Last year, over 330,000 visitors ascended on the fairground at Rho, and the experience comprises way more than a sofa here or lamp there. Companies spend years developing the products and prototypes they unveil in Milan, and just as much thought goes into the exhibition design. Designers like Luca Nicchetto (remember that name; you'll be hearing it a lot more!) and Konstantin Grcic introduce a handful of products each year, and booths to boot. Take a look at some of our favorites.
April 12, 2013
colorful Easy Chair by Jerszy Seymour for Magis

9 Space-Saving Stackable Designs

Crunched for space? A tiny house needn't skimp on good design. Here are nine stackable pieces that stow away neatly when not in use. Find more modern small-space products here.
April 11, 2013
doug johnston stools

Product Spotlight: Two Stools by Doug Johnston

New York-based, Texas-bred designer Doug Johnston is utilizing his skills and passion for materials and functionality. Not afraid to step outside the box, Johnston investigates the relationship between the two, handcrafting humble and durable organic fixtures out of minimal materials. Johnston's production process relies heavily on an industrial sewing machine, in which he stitches cotton rope and nylon thread to create a variety of goods including these Two Stools.
April 11, 2013
gan urquiola pink milan

Color Story: La Vie en Rose at Salone Internazionale del Mobile

Over the past year or so, we've noticed a pink trend happening in furniture and textiles (and it's not just our rose-colored glasses). The traditionally feminine hue has staked its claim on all manner of interior spaces, from crafty upholstered pieces to sleek yet warm Scandinavian furniture. Next month's furniture issue delves into the look, but in the meantime, here's proof that the color won't look dated any time soon: a roundup of pink-toned pieces on the floor at Milan's annual furniture fair.
April 11, 2013
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