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Laurie Simmons on Tiny Furniture

In Lena Dunham’s hit indie comedyTiny Furniture, she plays Aura, a recently minted college grad who has come home to her art star mother, overachieved high school-aged sister and the Tribeca loft they live in. As Aura navigates the rocky shoals of post-college life, the loft her family lives in plays a kind of understated character in the film. Is it really home, or just a way station to the dreamed-of New York apartment she aims to share with a college buddy? Can she do as she pleases or must she ask her mother’s permission to have a friend over, or to drink a bottle of wine? All told, it’s a charming debut film made all the more remarkable by the fact that Dunham’s mother and sister play Aura’s mother and sister, and that the film was shot in the loft the family actually inhabits. I had a quick chat with Laurie Simmons—Dunham’s on and off-screen mom and a successful artist—about seeing her house onscreen, the demerits of overhead lighting, and who designed those hilarious white cabinets.   
December 21, 2010
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Garden Statement

On a once-vacant corner lot in a transitional Jersey City neighborhood, a pair of local architects devised a clever prefab for a resourceful client.
December 19, 2010
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Eco-Friendly Lighting's New Look

YLighting recently alerted us to the new energy-efficient lighting designs they're carrying online. The market for energy-efficient lights is currently booming (and is estimated to grow 35% per year through 2012), so with their slate of new Light Emitting Diode (LED) and fluorescent lamps, they're onto something.
December 19, 2010
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Modern Coat Racks

As evidenced by my recent Holiday Gift Guide, I've got storage on the brain. Inspired by my friend Mary Halvorson—a very talented musician who happens to be in the market for a coat rack—I've put together this roundup of seven modern, compact, and affordable (and, also, um, not-so-affordable) coat racks that look as good as they work.
December 16, 2010
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Auction: Vintage Mod for Kids

Step right up! For your little budding design buff, there’s an amazing – and rather large – lot of vintage modern furniture for children (and of course, their design-crazy parents) currently on offer at the Pierre Bergé & Associés auction house based in Brussels, Belgium.
December 15, 2010
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New Media: Sight Unseen

Jill Singer and Monica Khemsurov met as editors at the venerable I.D. in 2005 and both developed a passion for peeking behind the scenes at the creative processes of designers—–access that came with working for an established print publication. Just before the magazine folded in the wake of the great magazine shake-up in the latter aughts, they embraced the opportunity to cast aside the medium’s limitations—–space restrictions and long lead time—–while preserving its take-a-seat-and-stay-awhile sensibility.  
December 15, 2010
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Design Shop: The Future Perfect

When David Alhadeff opened The Future Perfect in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in 2003, he made it his mission to showcase new and fresh design. Seven years and three retail outposts later, he’s still on the beat, championing undiscovered talent alongside now-established designers, some of whom, like Jason Miller and Lindsey Adelman, he’s fostered since the shop’s inception. “I’m always looking for what you haven’t seen before,” he says.  
December 15, 2010
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Furniture Design: Misewell

Growing up in southeastern Wisconsin, Vincent and Paul Georgeson used to hang out in their father’s basement woodshop, fascinated by the process of building things. It was a formative experience: Both brothers went on to study industrial design in college, and in 2008 they started a Milwaukee-based furniture company. The next year they unveiled their first eight products at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York, including the Lockwood chair, a shaped walnut or maple seat on a formed steel frame. They named the brand Misewell, a nod to Midwestern slang for “might as well”—–as in, “misewell start a furniture company,” says Paul, laughing.  
December 15, 2010
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Graphic Design: Project Projects

Manhattan-based Project Projects may be a graphic design studio, but it works in all dimensions, on the page and off. Founded by Prem Krishnamurthy and Adam Michaels in 2004, the firm designs everything from books and architectural signage to websites and museum exhibitions.  
December 15, 2010