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Q&A with MUJI Art Director Kenya Hara

If any contemporary designer embodies the stark but somehow perfect use of space and form that characterizes a certain branch of Japanese aesthetics, Kenya Hara is the man. His work ranges from graphic and product design to branding and event direction. Aside from heading up the Hara Design Institute, he’s artistic director for retail giant MUJI. Recently, he also ventured into the realm of architecture as director of the House Vision exhibition in Tokyo. We stopped by Hara’s office at the Nippon Design Center in Tokyo to meet the man behind this expansive body of work. Dressed in head-to-toe black, with round glasses perched on his nose and a spiky topping of white hair, Hara gave the impression of a rather serious teddy bear. Here’s what he had to say about the future of urban planning, what he wants from a house, and just how many MUJI products he buys.
April 16, 2013
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Peru Community Schools Art Gallery: The G. David Thompson Collection

No one would expect an art collection worth millions to be housed in a high school in a small Midwest town. Yet, that’s exactly what you’ll see at Peru (Indiana) High School. On April 20th, the school will open a permanent art gallery to exhibit 138 pieces of art, including ancient Asian pottery, lithographs, sketches, and paintings by such artists as Salvador Dalí, William Merritt Chase, Joan Miró, and Pablo Picasso.
April 16, 2013
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Building in Brooklyn

Whether beech, maple, cedar, or teak, Brooklyn resident and California native Ariele Alasko will take it. Having a sharp eye for recycled matter, Alasko is combining her expertise and passion to design and craft furniture out of reclaimed materials. Building everything from headboards to dining room tables in her studio, Alasko experiments with striking patterns, in which all pieces are naturally infused with a distinct texture and rhythm.
April 16, 2013
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Spazio Marni in Salone del Mobile

Dwell looks inside Spazio Marni, Marni's new multipurpose venue in Milan.
April 16, 2013
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Furniture Focus: Busk + Hertzog

Award-winning Danish design team Busk + Hertzog was founded in 2000 by architect Flemming Busk and textile designer Stephan Hertzog. Together, the duo has produced minimalist furniture that combines bold colors, clean lines, and their Danish design heritage. Their work has been on display at the Royal House of Norway, Museum of Modern Art in New York, Norwegian Embassy in Helsinki, and Carnegie Trust. The designers frequently visit places where their furniture is in use to receive further inspiration. "To be allowed to sit in all anonymity and see that our design was actually used, as we had thought, was very large," says Busk. "We are honored to have prices, but we design furniture to be used by all, and therefore find it much more satisfying to meet our products in real life."
April 16, 2013
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2013 New York Landscape Architects Design Awards

Here in New York, spring has sprung at last, so there couldn’t be a more appropriate time to celebrate accomplishments in landscape architecture. A show currently running at the Center for Architecture spotlights the New York Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architecture’s 2013 Design Awards. The 18 honored firms were selected by the Texas chapter of the ASLA for their excellence in planning, design and development of built outdoor environments. From private residences to parks to a green roof in the middle of Times Square, each project demonstrates creative solutions that elevate our surroundings. Click through for a look at the recipients’ winning work.
April 16, 2013
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Table of Contents: A Fresh Portland Design Boutique

Portland-based retailer Table of Contents hits all the right notes. A modern purveyor of objects and clothing from Rason Jens, Lostine, and Martino Gamper to Henrik Vibskov, Patrik Ervell, and Beatrice Valenzuela, respectively, Table of Contents opened late last year by two local designers, Joseph Magliaro and Shu Hung. Inside, the thoughtful, yet eclectic combination of glass, wood, plants, textile, and metal fill the shop and objects get arranged based on a theme, mainly to rally up the founders' varied interests. Can't make it out to 97209? Their online shop is always open 24/7.
April 15, 2013
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Counting Sheep

Whether faux or for real, sheepskin and fur are modernists’ favorite fuzzy accessories.
April 15, 2013
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Stamberg | Aferiat

After visiting The Saguaro in Palm Springs during Modernism Week, we found ourselves hooked on the Stamberg Aferiat + Associates renovated hotel and wanted to see more from the duo behind it. Lucky for us, they recently released an update on their 1997 monograph and they’ve shared some images with us. The book features 21 projects from the body of work by Peter Stamberg and Paul Aferiat over the last three decades. While The Saguaro shows their mastery of color, a look through the book reveals the firm also has a strong command of a neutral palette. Dwell and The Saguaro celebrated the book’s release at The Saguaro during Modernism Week. Editor in Chief Amanda Dameron introduced Stamberg and Aferiat, who spoke about some of the projects spanning their career. Click through for images of the event and a peek at some of the projects featured in the book.
April 15, 2013
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