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Shape Shifters

February 25, 2013
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The Story Behind the Bestseller: JANUS et Cie

The bad news, folks, is that it's still winter. The good news? Dwell's April Indoor/Outdoor Living issue is about to hit newsstands and balmier temperatures will be here before you can say "powder-coated steel lounge chair." In collecting products and furniture to feature in the issue, we asked outdoor furniture companies to tell us why certain pieces have become hallmarks for their brand. Why is something a bestseller? Why do customers respond so well to certain silhouettes? We put that query to the powers behind JANUS et Cie, and here's what they had to say about two modern outdoor armchairs.
February 22, 2013
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The Comforts of Evil

It is possible that in the depths of Hades, the devil indeed sits on a baroque throne made from the horns of endangered species, with a hard wooden seat. We are more troubled by the image of Ernst Stavro Blofeld, memorable villain of You Only Live Twice, ensconced in a leather G. Plan wingback chair, stroking his milky white Turkish Angora cat and murmuring to James Bond, “As you can see, I am about to inaugurate a little war—you can watch it on TV.” The man just makes evil look so comfortable. The Craigslist hunt for vintage modern design continues in this, our second installment.
February 21, 2013
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Furniture Design Series: The Coffee Table

For the third installment in our table design series, (see the Dining Table series here and the Kitchen Table series here) we focus on the hardworking coffee table, center of everything from meals to mail to books to tired feet. Here are eight of our favorite coffee tables that are sure to live up to their serious furniture responsibility. Next up: The Side Table.
February 14, 2013
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Furniture Design Series: The Dining Table

In this second installment of our design series focused on tables, we take at look at the dining table. The dining table sets the stage for family gatherings, dinner parties, and the general merriment that comes from hosting and entertaining in your home. Here, we highlight 10 gorgeous picks for dining in style. Take a look at our past installment, The Kitchen Table and stay tuned for the next episode: The Coffee Table.
February 13, 2013
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Murphy's Law

Flashback to the early 1900s: After trying to woo an opera singer, but having to abide by the strict moral code of a woman entering a man's bedroom, William Lawrence Murphy invented the Murphy Bed, a bed that is attached at one side to store against a wall or inside of a closet or cabinet. With this clever invention, he was able to convert his bedroom into a parlor, which then allowed Murphy to entertain his guests (and get the girl?). Jet back to the modern world where these space-saving folding saviors have been a go-to fixture in small living areas across the globe. Click on the slideshow to view our five fold-down bed finds sourced from the Dwell archives.
February 13, 2013
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Furniture Design Series: The Kitchen Table

Merriam-Webster defines a table as: A piece of furniture with a flat top and one or more legs, providing a level surface on which objects may be placed. We know the table can be so much more than that. In this series we present 5 types of tables most used in today's modern world, starting with the heart of the home: The Kitchen Table. Stay tuned for the next installment: The Dining Table.
February 11, 2013
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Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2013 Preview

Every year, Cosmit, the Italian organization behind Milan's annual Salone Internazionale del Mobile furniture fair, the ne plus ultra of all international design shows, holds a press conference for journalists from all over the world. Under the new leadership of Claudio Luti, CEO of Kartell, this year's conference was bigger than ever, and presented an unusually candid board of directors ready to answer questions about everything from China's growing influence to the future of Milan as the world's reigning design capital.
February 11, 2013
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Interview with Luca Nichetto

With the Stockholm Furniture Fair and Design Week on, we caught up with one part-time resident of the Swedish capital whose designs seem to be popping up everywhere at once. Luca Nichetto has pieces on display with six different companies at this fair alone, ranging from a lighting installation at Foscarini’s Stockholm showroom, to lounge chairs, tables, and even a series of outdoor planters, nearly all of which are being shown for the first time. From the perspective of an up-and-comer who’s surely arrived, Luca Nichetto was happy to pull the curtain back on the furniture fair circuit, share what it was like to design "Das Haus" at imm cologne last month, and explain how his upcoming exhibition in Milan will have a lot to do with Japanese poetry.
February 8, 2013