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Birthday Fête Essentials

November 29, 2010
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Design Within Reach Spring Picks

This week Design Within Reach previewed their Spring 2011 collection where I got a sneek peek of some of their new products and furnishings. A current running throughout much of the furniture was attention to detailing and an interest in craftsmanship reflected in the ways pieces were joined, the materials used, and the how an individual furnishing looked in the round‚ not just from the front. In the slideshow, I share ten of my favorites from the collection.
November 24, 2010
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Text Appeal

Will Robison and Jacob Krupnick believe that transforming basic transactions into “retail experiments” will change the rapport we have with what we buy. Subports launched in late 2009 as a techie, Brooklyn-based, text-to-buy business model—–a one-time online registration links your credit card information to your cell phone number, and purchases are made by sending an SMS—–but the implications of the service subvert the conventional add-to-shopping-cart experience. 
November 24, 2010
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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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Startin' Spartan

When Jay Atherton and Cy Keener met in grad school at the University of California, Berkeley, they discovered in each other a rare constellation of common interests: minimalist architecture, rock climbing, and “not talking.” After graduation, Atherton moved back to his hometown of Phoenix, Arizona, and purchased a downtown lot. Wanting to build a house, he asked Keener—–a pro carpenter, then living in Colorado—–to help with design and construction. Six months later, “His house became our house,” says Keener. “It became obvious the only way it would get built was if I shared the mortgage.” Atherton cackles: “I suckered him down here.” The roommates are now business partners: They founded a design firm, Atherton Keener, in 2007. On a 110-degree day, they invited us in for a tour.   
November 22, 2010
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Green Cottage Getaway in Maine

On an island 20 miles off the coast of Maine, a writer, with the help of his daughter, built not only a room but an entire green getaway of his own.
November 22, 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