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Nasir Kassamali: Design Lives

In 1979, Nasir Kassamali, co-founder of furniture showroom Luminaire, started a talk series with designers as a way to eliminate the barriers between designers, their furniture, and the consumers. Over thirty years later, he is still working on generating conversation with newly debuted Design Lives, a series of talks with manufacturers to get “the story behind the story.” The first talk, held on November 8 with Benjamin A. Pardo, the current executive vice president and design director of Knoll, and Jeffrey Osborne, the creative director of Knoll from 1976-1986. Dwell catches up with Kassamali to learn more about Design Lives and what’s next at Luminaire.
November 20, 2012
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Modern Mixology

Modern takes on many meanings besides being contemporary or new age—sometimes modern simply means being different. Variety is what makes life interesting, and the same should apply when it comes to designing any room. To make it easier, we've curated our picks for eye-catching statement pieces that are bound to stand out.
November 19, 2012
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In the Doghouse

A new project by Muji mastermind Kenya Hara celebrates the relationship between humans and dogs, one downloadable blueprint at a time.
November 16, 2012
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Somerville Library Design Lectures

A night out at the local library, especially for a Friends of the Library talk, never sounded so good as when James Fox took over in Somerville, Massachusetts. Fox, now head of Friends of the Somerville Public Library has initiated a kind of designer-maker lecture series called "Talk Design" that's attracting, as he puts it, "a non-traditional audience" to come, hang out, and connect with designers, graphic designers, illustrators, and the rest of Somerville's artsy crowd. What's more, each lecture has a local food sponsor, giving the whole affair something of a party feel. We talked to Fox about getting the design crowd into the public library, and what's next for his Talk Design series.
November 15, 2012
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Inky Inspiration

Italian bathroom design brand Neutra released its new line, Inkstone, this October. Inspired by Chinese calligraphy, this sleek, minimal collection was designed by award-winning architect Steve Leung. According to Neutra owner, Benedetta Arnaboldi, the collaboration with Leung evolved from Arnaboldi’s desire to strengthen Neutra’s presence in Asia (Leung is based out of Hong Kong). When Arnaboldi met Leung, he felt that they “established an effective design connection” from the start. 
November 9, 2012
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A Colorful, Custom-Built Guesthouse in London

Thanks to designers Nina Tolstrup and Jack Mama, an aging workshop in London’s once-gritty Bethnal Green is reborn as a colorful, custom-built guesthouse.
November 5, 2012
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Designer Spotlight: Matthew Plumstead

Minnesota-based designer Matthew Plumstead has had quite the year. His Integrated Workstation project for Herman Miller won a Red Dot award for best design concept and his Kickstarter campaign recently raised enough funds to put Clip Tree, his valet launched at ICFF, into production.
October 31, 2012
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Modern Monster Mash

For the year's spookiest night, Dwell tracked down some scarily awesome products for a hip Halloween party. 
October 30, 2012
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Dutch Design Week 2012, Pt. 3

During Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven—The Netherlands' creative nexus—we had the chance to see firsthand what conceptual thinkers, designers, and artists are working on. Demonstrated by workshops, lectures, and provocative artistic statements, a collection of thoughts and ideas relating to transportation, food, and the environment embraces new technological sciences impacted by the changing social conscience. As always, the breadth and depth of the work was impressive. We've collected some highlights for you to enjoy.
October 30, 2012