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Laura Desk

Laura Desk by Phloem Studio

"Not ANOTHER George Nelson inspired desk??!!" went designer Ben Klebba's note to us. Though the Portland, Oregon-based woodworker and craftsman, who works under the name Phloem Studio, has his tongue firmly in cheek, his senses of scale, proportion, and beauty are right on point. We dug a little deeper into the process and inspiration for the lovely Laura desk and Klebba was so eloquent and excited that we've decided to let him describe it in his own words. Click through the slideshow to see one of the lovlier writing stations you'll stumble across and to learn how it came to be.
October 26, 2012
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Designer Spotlight: Kelly Behun

Once upon a time, Kelly Behun was destined for Wall Street. She spent a few months at Salomon Brothers after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, but quickly discovered that she had actually been more interested in how the lighting and ambiance of her environment could affect her learning of economics than in the learning of economics itself. A quick U-turn landed her at Bergdorf Goodman’s as an assistant buyer in a gorgeous office that overlooked Central Park and filled her with lofty feelings, which is when she knew that her destiny lay in the creation of unforgettable interiors. After working with Ian Schrager Hotels’ design studio, where she was the protégé of Philippe Starck, and was introduced to the practical negotiations of space as sculpture and true innovation, she founded Kelly Behun | Studio in 2008. She has been crafting Narniaesque cloud-white perches in elegant apartments overlooking Manhattan in her signature white palette ever since. Most recently, Behun has launched a line of unique furniture pieces in collaboration with artist Alex P. White. Inspired by the power of art and the desire to pioneer an alchemical site where art and design come together in startling functional treasures for the residential environment, Behun and White are at the forefront of a marvelous invention. Their first collection of experimental furniture and wallpaper is currently on show at R 20th Century in New York City and features Behun's organic, futuristic, intelligent creations, all named after or inspired by an artist or artwork, along with a smattering of archival pieces by Oscar Niemeyer, Sally England, Julia Krantz and Wendell Castle. The show, entitled After, runs through October 27.
October 22, 2012
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Cabin Fever

Built-ins abound in this renovation of a 1970s lodge perched high in the French Alps. H2O Architectes devised a plan to increase livable space while leaving the structure intact. What results is a contemporary ski chalet that makes the most of its small footprint thanks to bunk beds, hidden storage, and streamlined circulation.
October 22, 2012
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Moss Auction at Phillips de Pury

In our September entertaining issue, we profiled the one and only Murray Moss, New York design impresario and "ringmaster" of the over-the-top, irreverent design objects with high price tags. At the time, we couldn't mention that Moss's imminent auction of design-art pairings would be held at the venerable Phillips de Pury. Now that all is said and done with the auction, which raked in over $5.5 million, we know exactly what Moss was thinking by pairing the likes of a Campana brothers' stuffed-animal armchair with Christopher Winter painting of Alpine children. We also know that rare Hella Jongerius pottery is more lucrative than a chair, or even a custom Polder sofa. More details in our slideshow.
October 19, 2012
Wooden bookshelf in the form of the USA map

An American Bookshelf in London

When Russian-born architect Andrei Saltykov designed his home in the UK, he put his love of the USA on the shelf.
October 11, 2012
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Webshop to Watch: Son & Dotter

Son & Dotter, a new webshop launched in September by Sabrina Bello, aims to bring hard-to-find Scandinavian designs to the U.S. market. Included in their growing roster are brands like HAY and A2, a manufacturer we've featured before but whose products weren't available stateside. We sent a few questions to Bello to find out how her store came to be and what to expect in the near future.
October 9, 2012
Green Ant Store in Salt Lake City, Utah

Utah Bound

At his shop in Salt Lake City, collector Ron Green supplies locals with a welcome, and well-priced, dose of modern design.
October 9, 2012
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Yaffee Mays talks to the NWBLK

The NWBLK, a "retail environment, workshop, and design HQ in San Francisco" just posted a smart interiview with the furnituremakers Rebecca Yaffee and Laura Mays. Yaffee Mays was founded in 2005 and the two designers have recently moved their studio from Mays's native Ireland to a spot in Fort Bragg on the Northern California coast. In the video, Mays takes us through the pair's approach to design, how furniture relates to architecture, and a chair that strikes a surprising balance between "a cradle and a coffin."
October 2, 2012
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New From Misewell

Inspired by our Made in the USA product roundup in our October 2012 issue, which featured everything from eco-friendly wallpaper to LED lamps made from wood scraps, we bring you the latest from Misewell, a Milwaukee-based company that's a recent Dwell favorite. We profiled Vincent and Paul Georgeson, the two brothers behind the company, in our 2010 Young Guns roundup, and have continued to track their progress and new releases ever since. As the brothers put it, their main goal is to create furniture that will last for decades, both physically and aesthetically. “We’re not trying to follow any trends or do anything ostentatious,” says Paul. “We want our pieces to look great in 30 years rather than turning into hideous eyesores. We want our customers to pass this stuff on to their grandkids.” Here, a look at some of their latest products, introduced at this year's International Contemporary Furniture Fair and now available online, as well as some older favorites.
October 1, 2012
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