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How to Throw a Great Party in Six Steps

We captured the highlights of a recent party at Laura Gabbert and Andrew Avery's Los Angeles house for our September 2012 story "American Pastoral." As evidenced in the magazine and our extended photo slideshow online, this family really knows how to entertain. Here, six tips from Gabbert and Avery on throwing a fun and inviting party—plus, a recipe for a garden-fresh Gimlet.
August 13, 2012
Living space at University Place

10 Smart Small Spaces

The ingenuity of architects and design-minded residents is often best showcased in designs for homes with less than ample square footage. These spatial savants found clever ways to circumvent confounding floor plans, and dark and closed off rooms, proving that a few smart moves—tearing down walls, adding adjustable partitions, and applying fresh coats of paint, among others—go a long way. Tour these 10 small spaces, ranging from a renovated apartment in Bratislava to an airy and Spartan home in a historic Brussels building to a shoebox-sized Seattle abode.
August 10, 2012
Yehia Abdelnour and Monique Bresson of 33 Rue Majorelle

Marrakech Expressed

33 Rue Majorelle, a new concept store specializing in housewares and clothes in Marrakech, Morocco, is pushing the nation’s centuries-old design traditions firmly into the 21st century.
August 8, 2012
Rossana Orlandi portrait by Leslie Williamson

Rossana Orlandi

During Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan, there is one person that everyone watches: Rossana.
August 7, 2012
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Rossana Orlandi on Design

Come Milan design week, Spazzio Rossana Orlandi is one of the most popular galleries in which to spy new ideas. This year, editor-in-chief Amanda Dameron stopped into the former tie factory to hear Orlandi's thoughts on the gray area between art and design, the financial crisis's effect on creativity, how she discovers young talent, and more. Find the full story on dwell.com tomorrow, but in the meantime, here are three excerpts from the story that encapsulate Orlandi's sensibility.
August 6, 2012
Bard Graduate Center founder and director Susan Weber

In the Material World: Susan Weber

Long before Peggy Guggenheim bought her first Jackson Pollock, the Wittlesbach Dukes of Bavaria were snapping up antiquities. Before Philip Johnson’s Glass House or even modernism, the movement, existed, architecture of the Iranian-Sassanian tradition was revered for its innovative domed constructions. The Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture (BGC) may not the only place in Manhattan where you can delve deeply into such scholarly subjects, but it is certainly the most influential. Susan Weber founded the center (with $20 million of her then-husband George Soros’s money) in 1993 “to advance the recognition of the decorative arts as one of the primary expressions of human achievement.”
August 6, 2012
Modern design by Munich, Germany's hansandfranz

Munich's Dynamic Duo: Hansandfranz

Hans and Franz were a pair of characters in a Saturday Night Live sketch who yodeled with fake Austrian accents while wearing Schwarzenegger-send-up body padding. German Gen Y’ers Horst Wittmann and Konstantin Landuris took this moniker as their namesake when they launched their Munich-based design studio in 2006, while still students at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts (they graduated in 2009 and 2010). With a fresh eye to tomorrow’s design challenges, and their signature upbeat humor, they took two thoughtful lamp prototypes to Milan the following year and were hailed as "Futurism from Munich." A succession of interesting design pieces and unusual cross-pollinating collaborations have ensued for the duo, who credit the magic of their Bavarian childhoods—Landuris wanted to be an astronaut, and Wittmann was a graffiti artist—as their inspiration. “I still have the same fun and challenges today in design as I had as a graffiti artist but now I’m addicted to the complexity of three-dimensional objects…and it’s all legal,” says Wittmann. Yes, there is a boyish charm to the cleverness of the work—and several winks to outer space.
August 6, 2012
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Moments with Winka

Award-winning designer Winka Dubbeldam is the principal of leading design firm Archi-Tectonics, NYC, a Professor of Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, and—while widely considered to be a leading voice in modern design—also something of a real estate newsmaker. Dwell recently shared a lively conversation with the highly quotable Dutch architect, covering topics philosophical, practical, and playful—from women in design to baroque to the "need for problems" to, well, the trouble with neon.
August 3, 2012
Lisa and Emily White of Layer

Material Explorations with L.A. Firm Layer

Situated at the cross-section of architecture, art, and installation, Los Angeles–based architectural practice Layer has consistently managed to delight and surprise. Complex yet not intimidating, their work has graced experimental spaces and museums alike across Southern California, engaging visitors to see the space they inhabit in a new light. Founded in 2009 by Emily White and Lisa Little—both graduates of Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc)—Layer is unusual in that two women head up the firm, but according to the two, that only makes the venture more interesting. We chatted with White and Little to ask about their beginnings, unique challenges and what else we can look forward to from the firm.
July 31, 2012
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