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Espasso at Steven Alan

Beginning with an all-day kickoff party on Saturday, May 29, from 10 am to 7 pm, Steven Alan in East Hampton will feature an installation of handmade furniture and accessories by Brazilian artisans Carlos Motta and Etel Carmona curated by the Brazilian furniture gallery Espasso. Known for its blend of furniture, ceramics, jewelry, clothing, and site-specific accessories “designed for everyone,” Steven Alan, who has three stores in Los Angeles and six stores in New York (four in Manhattan, one in Brooklyn and one in East Hampton), will offer the furnishings throughout the summer months.  
May 27, 2010
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A Lot to Love

In a leafy residential area a few miles from downtown Kansas City, Missouri, an enterprising architect saw opportunity where others saw trouble. He took a sloping, triangular lot and designed a new home for his growing family—an open, tree house–like structure on stilts that hovers at the quirky edge of a conventional neighborhood.
February 12, 2010
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Drawn From Clay

Increasingly, consumers like to know the source of the things they buy and products are often sold with information that goes beyond mere "Made in the USA" labels to tell the story of the item's origins. The Dutch ceramics company Atelier NL has taken this concept to its most pared down conclusion, designing a line of ceramics made from clay collected on farms around the Netherlands and stamped with a geo-ID tag.
February 12, 2010
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Search and Display

Every collection has to start somewhere, and for Lisa Congdon, it began with a dish. Nearly ten years ago, the San Francisco–based artist (and co-owner of local design shop Rare Device) picked up a piece of Cathrineholm enamelware at a flea market, drawn to its bold hue and simple pattern. After researching the piece’s provenance, she began scouting garage and rummage sales for similar items. “I try not to buy on eBay, because I like the challenge of finding each piece and the story that goes along with it,” she explains.
February 2, 2010
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Ladles Not Labels

Fed up with men's fashion, Rachel Wythe-Moran and Simon Watkins of East London's Labour and Wait cooked up a plan to align their creative instincts and passion for practical design.
February 2, 2010
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Loo & Improved

When Pamela Butz and Jeffrey Klug, principals of Butz + Klug Architecture, began renovating the master bathroom of a nearly 120-year-old home in Brookline, Massachusetts, they made “all sorts of horrible discoveries,” Klug recalls. The floors were completely rotted, the structural elements had been compromised by previous plumbing jobs, and prior remodels had left the room in pieces. The toilet, sink, and shower were in one room, the tub was in another, and the two spaces, which also served as the guest bathroom, created traffic between the living room and master bedroom.
January 4, 2010
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Jonathan Adler's Whales

Though I've become quite fond of them, I don't quite know what to make of Jonathan Adler's pair of tabletop cetaceans. A butter dish and a pitcher, are they meant as a wry reminder of what a holiday season's worth of ingeting and imbibing might turn us into? And if so, what better service vessel than the butter dish to warn against the perils of overindugence?
November 26, 2009
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The Frozen Fountain

Though some might say that you can’t buy good taste, Cok de Rooy has built a career out of doing just that. He refined his design sensibilities as a buyer for big brands like Liberty of London, and in 1992, he and his business partner, Dick Dankers, opened the Frozen Fountain in Amsterdam. Today the Dutch design shop is renowned for showcasing both homegrown and international talents, hosting twice-yearly exhibitions, and rotating original art and prototypes among its curated wares for purchase.
October 19, 2009
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From Italy: Urquiola for Mutina

On day two at Cersaie—a very warm, sunny day in Bologna—the booth of tile manufacturer Mutina hummed with excitement over a visit from design celeb Patricia Urquiola (whose work is featured in the new issue of Dwell). This is the second year Urquiola has worked with Mutina designing a line known as Déchirer (meaning "to tear" in French).
October 8, 2009
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