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3 Collections of Modern Barware

The main course of a meal might receive the oohs and aahs, but as any host or hostess will attest, it’s the beverages that fuel a party and get the conversation going. This selection of barware will surely make your next gathering the talk of the town.
August 19, 2012
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Product Design by Femme Den

At this point, it's virtually ingrained in the popular consciousness: “Women make up 50 percent of the population and 85 percent of purchase decisions," says Karena Cameron of Femme Den, a design collective ensconced within a thirty-year-old design consultancy Smart Design. And yet, "all the men are doing the designing without regard for our needs." Cameron aims to change that.
August 16, 2012
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Commune Design Loves Japan

Commune has good ideas. Opening Ceremony’s shop in Los Angeles? Good idea. Partnering with Heath Ceramics? Really good idea. Working with Japanese design company Landscape Products to help tsunami victims in Japan? Incredibly good idea. “We feel very connected to Japan and have been trying to find ways to contribute since the earthquake and tsunami last year, but our options felt very broad and too big to get a handle on,” says Roman Alonso, a partner at Commune.
August 15, 2012
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Announcing the Love What You Do Contest Finalists

The votes are in! With your help, we have selected five finalists chosen from over 900 entries. Of these five, one lucky design lover will receive a $5,000 grant from Dwell and Dyson to pursue his or her design dreams. The winner will also be featured in an exclusive Dwell video. Make sure to check back in on September 15th when we announce the grant winner. Thank you for voting and for sharing why you love design!
August 14, 2012
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How to Throw a Great Party in Six Steps

We captured the highlights of a recent party at Laura Gabbert and Andrew Avery's Los Angeles house for our September 2012 story "American Pastoral." As evidenced in the magazine and our extended photo slideshow online, this family really knows how to entertain. Here, six tips from Gabbert and Avery on throwing a fun and inviting party—plus, a recipe for a garden-fresh Gimlet.
August 13, 2012
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10 Smart Small Spaces

The ingenuity of architects and design-minded residents is often best showcased in designs for homes with less than ample square footage. These spatial savants found clever ways to circumvent confounding floor plans, and dark and closed off rooms, proving that a few smart moves—tearing down walls, adding adjustable partitions, and applying fresh coats of paint, among others—go a long way. Tour these 10 small spaces, ranging from a renovated apartment in Bratislava to an airy and Spartan home in a historic Brussels building to a shoebox-sized Seattle abode.
August 10, 2012
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Marrakech Expressed

33 Rue Majorelle, a new concept store specializing in housewares and clothes in Marrakech, Morocco, is pushing the nation’s centuries-old design traditions firmly into the 21st century.
August 8, 2012
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Rossana Orlandi

During Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan, there is one person that everyone watches: Rossana.
August 7, 2012
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Rossana Orlandi on Design

Come Milan design week, Spazzio Rossana Orlandi is one of the most popular galleries in which to spy new ideas. This year, editor-in-chief Amanda Dameron stopped into the former tie factory to hear Orlandi's thoughts on the gray area between art and design, the financial crisis's effect on creativity, how she discovers young talent, and more. Find the full story on tomorrow, but in the meantime, here are three excerpts from the story that encapsulate Orlandi's sensibility.
August 6, 2012