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Furniture Design Series: The Coffee Table

For the third installment in our table design series, (see the Dining Table series here and the Kitchen Table series here) we focus on the hardworking coffee table, center of everything from meals to mail to books to tired feet. Here are eight of our favorite coffee tables that are sure to live up to their serious furniture responsibility. Next up: The Side Table.
February 14, 2013
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Furniture Design Series: The Dining Table

In this second installment of our design series focused on tables, we take at look at the dining table. The dining table sets the stage for family gatherings, dinner parties, and the general merriment that comes from hosting and entertaining in your home. Here, we highlight 10 gorgeous picks for dining in style. Take a look at our past installment, The Kitchen Table and stay tuned for the next episode: The Coffee Table.
February 13, 2013
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Murphy's Law

Flashback to the early 1900s: After trying to woo an opera singer, but having to abide by the strict moral code of a woman entering a man's bedroom, William Lawrence Murphy invented the Murphy Bed, a bed that is attached at one side to store against a wall or inside of a closet or cabinet. With this clever invention, he was able to convert his bedroom into a parlor, which then allowed Murphy to entertain his guests (and get the girl?). Jet back to the modern world where these space-saving folding saviors have been a go-to fixture in small living areas across the globe. Click on the slideshow to view our five fold-down bed finds sourced from the Dwell archives.
February 13, 2013
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Furniture Design Series: The Kitchen Table

Merriam-Webster defines a table as: A piece of furniture with a flat top and one or more legs, providing a level surface on which objects may be placed. We know the table can be so much more than that. In this series we present 5 types of tables most used in today's modern world, starting with the heart of the home: The Kitchen Table. Stay tuned for the next installment: The Dining Table.
February 11, 2013
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Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2013 Preview

Every year, Cosmit, the Italian organization behind Milan's annual Salone Internazionale del Mobile furniture fair, the ne plus ultra of all international design shows, holds a press conference for journalists from all over the world. Under the new leadership of Claudio Luti, CEO of Kartell, this year's conference was bigger than ever, and presented an unusually candid board of directors ready to answer questions about everything from China's growing influence to the future of Milan as the world's reigning design capital.
February 11, 2013
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Interview with Luca Nichetto

With the Stockholm Furniture Fair and Design Week on, we caught up with one part-time resident of the Swedish capital whose designs seem to be popping up everywhere at once. Luca Nichetto has pieces on display with six different companies at this fair alone, ranging from a lighting installation at Foscarini’s Stockholm showroom, to lounge chairs, tables, and even a series of outdoor planters, nearly all of which are being shown for the first time. From the perspective of an up-and-comer who’s surely arrived, Luca Nichetto was happy to pull the curtain back on the furniture fair circuit, share what it was like to design "Das Haus" at imm cologne last month, and explain how his upcoming exhibition in Milan will have a lot to do with Japanese poetry.
February 8, 2013
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Wood in the House

Known for its strength, durability, and diverse range of grains and colors, wood has been the undefeated provider of shelter and furnishing material for millennia. We take a look at five residences that bring a little bit of nature into their homes.
February 6, 2013
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On the Scene at Stockholm Design Week 2013: Furniture Fair

Furniture expo Stockholm Furniture Fair is the largest exhibition of Scandinavian design, with 80 percent of the 730 exhibitors being from the Nordic countries. Still, the outlook is international, with Oki Sato, the founder of Japanese design studio Nendo, as this year’s Guest of Honour. Nendo’s presence is visible not only in the entrance hall, where the installation ”80 sheets of Mountains” is placed, but also at various producers who have collaborated with the design studio on brand new products.
February 6, 2013
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Spazzio Rossana Orlandi

At Via Matteo Bandello 14, behind a nondescript façade, you’ll find one of Milan’s best curated design spaces, the always lovely Spazzio Rossana Orlandi.
February 6, 2013