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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
American Restaurant in Kansas City designed by Warren Platner

The Opulent Modernism of Platner

For Warren Platner, whose modernist pedigree would make any contemporary designer squeal, design was all about the right groovy palette for the right glitzy project. Minimalists need not apply.
November 19, 2010
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On Becoming an Artist Exhibit

On Becoming an Artist: Isamu Noguchi and His Contemporaries,1922-1960 recently opened at the Noguchi Museum. Marking the museum’s 25th anniversary, the exhibition looks at how Noguchi’s network of friends, mentors and colleagues influenced his work and helped him throughout his prolific career. Objects on view include personal correspondence, architectural models, paintings, drawings, musical scores, photographs, and furniture, inviting viewers into Noguchi’s biography and oeuvre. One thing not on view: his ubiquitous 1947 coffee table. Instead, curator Amy Wolf opted to display things that haven’t been exhibited before, including a c.1945 marble-top table, and c.1941-1942 mosaic-top table, both prototypes. I chatted with Ms. Wolf at the opening, and here’s what she had to say.
November 18, 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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Nesting Instinct

If I had a fatter wallet, and a big, spreading tree in my backyard (if, indeed, I had a backyard), I would most certainly covet this cool new product from DEDON: a Nestrest. It's a Hershey's Kiss-shaped faux birds' nest made of weatherproof fibers, meant to sit on the ground or, better, to hang from a tree limb. Unrealistic dangling over a river is optional.
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
Modern pouffes for the home

Pouffe! There It Is

Versatile like an accent pillow or throw, a pouffe need not match your living-room set to settle in and look right at home.
November 13, 2010
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