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Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay

Opening March 18 at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York, "Color Moves: Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay" will feature the work of Delaunay, a French painter and textile and fashion designer known for her intensely colorful work. Among the more than 300 works on view—dating from the 1920s through the 1940s—are garments and textiles, with correlating designs, fashion illustrations and period photographs. "By showing her work at Cooper-Hewitt, the constant interplay between art and design will be strong and clear and by virtue of Delaunay's glorious colors, a very joyful experience," says Bill Moggridge, director of the museum. Here's a preview.
February 22, 2011
The designer sits atop Kala, a rug designed by students in India. With a portion of the proceeds, Marquina helps fund a school for boys and girls in the area. All images courtesy Albert Font.

Nani Marquina

We were already big fans of Barcelona–based designer Nani Marquina, but now that we hear she helped reopen a shuttered school for 366 kids in Bhadohi, India, we're approaching swoon territory.
February 21, 2011
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Valentine's Giveaway from PACT

As a Valentine's Day treat to our faithful readers, we're teaming up with PACT, purveyors of fine, design-minded underwear and fellow San Franciscans to give away (ooh la la) a dozen pairs of rather groovy underwear. On the line today is a year's worth of PACT gear: one new pair of underwear (you choose the cut and design) each month for a year. Be the 14th person to send email to underpants@dwell.com and you'll have the best britches in town.
February 14, 2011
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Stockholm Furniture Fair 2011: Part II

After examining the wares of the younguns over at the Greenhouse, it was time to venture into the main portion of the Stockholm Furniture Fair. As is the case with any major design show, there were rows and rows of beautiful items, scores of exhibitors busily tending to last-minute booth preperations, and a constantly growing number of people shuffling around, mouths agape. Here we present a few images captured during eight straight hours on the floor—you'll see some just-released items, some old Scandinavian favorites, and lots and lots of this country's favorite color—yellow.
February 10, 2011
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Edward Fields Iconics

Edward Fields—an American carpet maker whose rugs dress the floors in the Glass House, Hollyhock House, and Lever House—recently released "Iconics," a collection of eleven designs inspired by their most distinct patterns unveiled throughout their 70 year history. Ranging from retro designs of the 1950's and 1960's to more contemporary patterns from the 1980's and 1990's, these "reissued" rugs represent what Edward Fields has long been known for: distinct, bold patterns and an experimental sensibility. While the patterns remain largely untouched from their originals, their current iterations have been adapted for today's tastes (think shorter pile height, new materials and a modern color palette). Click through the slideshow to see the designs along with a few mid-century photographs of the carpets in-situ.
February 4, 2011
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17 Swedish Designers

If there was one exhibition I longed to see last year, it was 17 Swedish Designers. The show features the work of, you guessed it, 17 young, female, Swedish designers and design groups who have all at some point displayed their work at Gallery Pascale, a small yet exciting art space in Stockholm run by French-born gallerist Pascale Cottard-Olsson. In past years, she has brought together some of the most innovative designers in Sweden to show their work and to ask them to create new objects for group exhibits on themes such as Stockholm-specific design or baskets. In the mid-2000s, Cottard-Olsson published a book titled "17 Swedish Designers, chez Pascale," which has since become the 17 Swedish Designers touring exhibit. The U.S. tour launched in late 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio, and is currently on view in Las Vegas.
February 3, 2011
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Barcelona, Day Two

On our second day in Barcelona, fueled by café con leche and enough jamon to kill a horse, we excitedly settled into a breakneck tour of modern Catalan design and architecture. From Gaudi and Dali to Mariscal and Alvarez, our Barcelona education continues in earnest.
January 29, 2011
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Rubber Bands, Man

When the architecture industry suffered a massive blow due to the economy, architect Margarita Mileva turned to upcycling office supplies. Her designs have garnered international attention and she is soon to exhibit at the Wear Is Art fashion show in Berlin. I chatted with Margarita about her design inspiration, why she chose office supplies, and how many rubber bands it took to create a single garment (it's in the thousands). Here's what she had to say.
January 16, 2011
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Design Miami's Deconstructed Tent

Though Design Miami wrapped up a month ago, Moorhead & Moorhead's installation begs to be revisited. In a take on a standard event tent, brothers Granger and Robert Moorhead manipulated the exterior, forming a latticed skin that makes for a remarkable play of light and shadow. Says Granger Moorhead, "We first wanted to embrace the existing form and structure of a typical tent, while manipulating or deconstructing its surface." Though the tent's shell is quite spectacular, the Konstantin Grcic-designed seating installation is also not to be missed. Granger chatted with us about the project, the design process, and what is was like to work with Grcic.
January 14, 2011
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