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Nouvel Studio Factory Tour

If you've been following my tweets, you'll know that I've been in Mexico City for the last several days taking the lay of the design landscape. It's fertile down here, let me tell you. Though I'll offer a few more thorough posts later this week, I did want to get a slideshow up on the site showing what I saw at the Nouvel Studio glass factory. It's actually just outside of Mexico City, though considering how unrelentingly urban this sprawling 585 square mile city is, you'd never know you left town. Have a look at my Nouvel Studio factory tour to see how this glassmaker has a hand in everything from high-design one-offs to your favorite bottle of mass-market tequila.
November 23, 2010
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Turkey Day Tableware

November 22, 2010
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Matali Crasset

Design iconoclast Matali Crasset—notably bespectacled and bowl-cutted—spent her youth in the French countryside before finding her creative feet in college. Now, with an international agenda that includes exhibitions, products, and furniture with some of the biggest names in the business—including Alessi, Established & Sons, and Moustache—she is consistently expanding an already diverse portfolio. After collaborating on the interiors for Nice’s Hi hotel in 2003, she recently completed her first architectural commission: the DarHi hotel in Nefta, Tunisia, which opened in September and offers a modern take on immersive, site-specific travel.
November 20, 2010
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Friday Finds 11.19.2010

That's right kids, the holidays have arrived! This is an exciting time of year, and this week's picks offer lots of choices for gift giving. Speaking of gifts—look out for our 2010 Holiday Gift Guide coming soon! You can check out last year's here. While you're at it, enter to win fabulous design-related prizes during our Holiday Giveaway—we're giving away a new item every day, so check back often and enter to win! 
November 19, 2010
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Hyundai Ride and Drive

Recently Dwell partnered with the Hyundai Sonata Uncensored campaign, an interactive, traveling exhibit designed to welcome visitors to a unique space where they could learn more about the Hyundai brand. As part of the collaboration, Bay Area designer and architect Christopher Deam created an installation piece called The Porch, a modern hangout for guests to take a load off, sip a beverage, and learn a little bit about modern design and the Hyundai Sonata. We caught up with Deam as he shared his inspiration behind his design.
November 18, 2010
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Scavolini's Flagship Store Opens in Soho

Italian kitchen design powerhouse Scavolini recently opened up a 10,000-square-foot flagship store in Soho, their very first in the United States. The 15 vignettes inside reflect Scavolini at its best: high-end contemporary minimalist kitchens that showcase the power of line, proportion, color, and detail. One of the most remarkable aspects of the kitchens is the use of textures and materials—rich wood, sleek glass, and stainless steel abound in the showroom, creating truly covetous spaces. Here we share a few glimpses of today's grand opening.
November 16, 2010
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Friday Finds 11.5.2010

Lot's of great finds this week—from The Beatles to the Giants—to cruise you through the rest of the weekend. Enjoy!
November 5, 2010
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Talking with Matteo Alessi

The family-owned Italian design powerhouse Alessi held a party here in San Francisco to celebrate its local shop's tenth anniversary. We weren't able to attend the party, but we did stop in beforehand for a chat with Alessi's Trade Marketing and International Development Director Matteo Alessi. Our talk ranged from motorbikes to spoon rests with a charming detour on that hot button issue on the lips of every Italian: log cabins.
November 5, 2010
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Free City Shop, Los Angeles

Nina Garduno recently opened her shop Free City—a mix between an actual store and a design commune–on Highland Avenue in Hollywood. She started the company in 2002, inspired by her "hippie childhood" and creative communities like Christiania in Copenhagen: "places where people collect to experiment with different ways to live out their life." Unconventionally designed and riotously colorful, Free City is stocked with products, furniture, and clothing made exclusively by Los Angeles-based artisans—and occasional outsider collaborators like the Mission Bicycle Company in San Francisco. Almost everything in the shop, from the silkscreened t-shirts to the handcrafted wooden furniture, is made just five blocks away, by the dozen or so employees in Free City's workshop, none of whom are trained designers. "No one went to school to learn these things," says Garduno. "Whatever it is, we figure out how to make it ourselves."
November 1, 2010
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