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All photos by Gerry O'Leary.

Hotel Missoni Kuwait

Gold. Mosaic. Gold. Turquoise. Gold. Did I mention gold? Following the success of Hotel Missoni Edinburgh—a partnership between Rezidor Hotel Group and fashion powerhouse Missoni—the team turned their sights to Kuwait for a second project, which opened in March 2011. Hotel Missoni Kuwait has a glamorous and playful aesthetic, a signature of Missoni Creative Director Rosita Missoni. Here, everything is customized, from the staff apparel to the handpicked furniture and textiles covering the property. Color is the most outstanding feature in the hotel—tropical colors and intricate patterns weave their way through the walls, halls and furnishings, reflecting the country’s cultural affinity with the bold and bright. It's not just about the design—the place is functional and comfortable, too. As Signora Missoni has put it, "Real luxury is good attentive service, and good and comfortable design. This is real luxury—it’s a simple principle, but we kept them as our focus." Here's a look inside.
July 27, 2011
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Coral Motifs

While perusing the blogosphere, we found that one ornamental underwater organism has breached its deep-sea habitat and found its way onto coffee tables everywhere. Coral motifs are surfacing in the realm of home accessories in color and construction.
July 26, 2011
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Modern Meets Historic in Denmark

This conference center, designed by the Amsterdam-based firm SeARCH, is an extension of a 14th-century Danish farm and building. Designed for Novo Nordisk a/s, the biggest insulin producer in the world, the building contains an auditorium, offices, restaurants, meeting rooms, sports and fitness facilities, and guest rooms—and aims to represent a more dynamic model for what a conference center can be. Here's a look inside. All photos by Iwan Baan.
July 25, 2011
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Young at Any Age

Japanese designer Mikiko Endo lets her wild imagination go to work—–so we can play.
July 24, 2011
Heathrow Bag by WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie

Heathrow Bag by Want

Seems like there's always a new entry in the pool of men's portage, but rare is the bag that manages to hold all your gear, keep a slim profile, and stand up to a bruising in the overhead compartment all without resorting some some garish shoulder strap or six shades of ballistic nylon. Enter the commuter's dream, Want Les Essentiels de la Vie's Heathrow bag. As the name suggests, this is an ideal carry-on, and for the last months I've put it to the test. Here's my take.
July 20, 2011
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Hollywood Renovation: Week 11

When you have a small footprint and you need more space, sometimes the only place to go is up. Our downstairs space is only 750 square feet and accommodates both living and working, so space is at a premium. We wanted to maintain our office space as a compressed six-foot-wide zone along the 38-foot-long north wall, and add storage space for samples, models, binders, coats, and bags. Hanging shelving or artwork in a space with only wood and brick walls presents a challenge, too, since we want to minimize change to the historical structure and to retain the openness of the space. So we decided to add a long minimal shelf along the brick wall and a series of simple pegs on the wood wall.   In this exclusive series for Dwell.com, Linda Taalman of Taalman Koch Architecture tracks the hands-on renovation of her and her partner's live-work space in Hollywood, California. Week 11: Installing vertical storage.
July 17, 2011
Dwell Reports house Party

The Toddlers of Dwell Review 5 Modern Playhouses

All it takes to play is a healthy imagination, 
but a modern playhouse adds to the fun.
July 15, 2011
All photos courtesy of <a href="http://www.kontentpartners.com/kp/story.html">Kontent Partners</a>.

Building the Maxon House: Week 19

One of the cool side effects of hiring a fantastic architecture firm is you get the expertise of not only the architect and project manager but the collective wisdom of the entire group. Olson Kundig has a special culture and part of that is the tradition of their Thursday Night Crits. Every Thursday at 5:00pm the office gets together to put the collective genius of the office to work on a particular project. As they explain on their website, "Over food and drink, a project is presented and discussed. The free flow of ideas consistently makes our projects better, and opens up lively discussions." As our project transitioned from the schematic to design development phase, the office opened up their doors to me and the crew of the documentary to listen in on the critique of our project, Maxon House. This was the first opportunity for most of the firm to hear about our project and it was intriguing to hear the various ideas from everyone on ways to take the existing design and in many places make small tweaks or revisions to improve the end product. And, who can resist free beer and pizza!?   In our latest Backstory series, Seattleite Lou Maxon recounts the thrills and trials of ditching the suburbs, buying property, and designing and building a modern house with Tom Kundig of Olson Kundig Architects. Week 19: Maxon House Critique.
July 13, 2011
The Design Work of Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby

Origin Stories

Newly published monograph The Design 
Work of Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby 
offers the inside account behind the British 
duo’s expansive portfolio.
July 12, 2011
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