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Canada's <a href="http://cherrywoodstudio.ca/">Cherrywood Studio</a>, who designed this table, uses locally-sourced large urban hardwood trees that would otherwise be destined for landfill sites.

IDS Toronto 2011

The thirteenth annual Interior Design Show (IDS) of Toronto—one of Canada's largest contemporary design shows—took place January 27th-30th. Over 300 exhibitors gathered at the Metro Toronto Convention Center to show their wares—ranging from furniture to lighting to textiles—to an estimated 50,000 people. Though IDS has been around for more than a decade, this year exceeded many expectations. "People are really pulling out all the stops here," says Yuill McGregor of North on Sixty, a Toronto-based woodworking studio that participated in the show. And judging from the wealth of designs from both emerging and established exhibitors, McGregor was right on in his assessment. In the following slideshow, have a look at few highlights from the sprawling array of designs on view at this year's IDS.
February 5, 2011
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Edward Fields Iconics

Edward Fields—an American carpet maker whose rugs dress the floors in the Glass House, Hollyhock House, and Lever House—recently released "Iconics," a collection of eleven designs inspired by their most distinct patterns unveiled throughout their 70 year history. Ranging from retro designs of the 1950's and 1960's to more contemporary patterns from the 1980's and 1990's, these "reissued" rugs represent what Edward Fields has long been known for: distinct, bold patterns and an experimental sensibility. While the patterns remain largely untouched from their originals, their current iterations have been adapted for today's tastes (think shorter pile height, new materials and a modern color palette). Click through the slideshow to see the designs along with a few mid-century photographs of the carpets in-situ.
February 4, 2011
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Friday Finds 2.04.11

Have a look at some on the most interestiing things we here at Dwell saw this week. Scroll down to see kinetic sculptures, a Werner Herzog-narrated film, and snowy images of the "monster storm" battering the U.S.
February 4, 2011
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17 Swedish Designers

If there was one exhibition I longed to see last year, it was 17 Swedish Designers. The show features the work of, you guessed it, 17 young, female, Swedish designers and design groups who have all at some point displayed their work at Gallery Pascale, a small yet exciting art space in Stockholm run by French-born gallerist Pascale Cottard-Olsson. In past years, she has brought together some of the most innovative designers in Sweden to show their work and to ask them to create new objects for group exhibits on themes such as Stockholm-specific design or baskets. In the mid-2000s, Cottard-Olsson published a book titled "17 Swedish Designers, chez Pascale," which has since become the 17 Swedish Designers touring exhibit. The U.S. tour launched in late 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio, and is currently on view in Las Vegas.
February 3, 2011
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Pup Tent!

Last year, the AIA Small Project Award went to what is most likely the smallest house ever to win the award: the Pup Tent by the New York-based firm Slade Architecture. Made from a single four-by-eight foot sheet of water-jet cut plywood, the conical 'pup tent' is, according to Hayes Slade, "a modern, indoor dog lounge." As for its origin, Slade explains: "This piece was an exploration in materials designed and fabricated for the Design Trust for Public Spaces Annual Auction. The auction project requirement was to create a 'nest'—something that could support residence for a creature and would fit in a taxi." Here's a closer look at the coolest dog bed we've seen in a while.
February 3, 2011
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Dostoyevsky, Meet Mendelsund

I recently picked up a copy of Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky's wonderful translation of War and Peace. I liked it so much—not nearly finished with those 1200 pages yet—that I began hunting down other big works of Russian lit they've done. And through that little search I came across six clever reissues of Dostoyevsky from Vintage books. Pevear and Volokhonsky helm the translation and the jacket design is by the estimable Peter Mendelsund, an in-house designer at Knopf. I've been a fan of his jackets for a while, but got in touch to pick his brain about his graphic translations of not only Dostoevsky, but a whole host of novelists and thinkers.
February 3, 2011
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Maison & Objet: Part 3

Welcome to my third and final installment of highlights from Maison & Objet 2011. You can find the first two here and here. This one is a chunky, motley assortment of LED lights, furnishings, and a fleet of sexy chairs. Enjoy!
January 31, 2011
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Christina Fesmire's Swing and a Hit

Christina Fesmire, an industrial design graduate from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, created the "Fugle Swing." Intrigued by the swing's nod to Scandinavian bentwood design and the fact that this was a student project, I asked her about her design inspiration, how her training influenced her aesthetic, her fabrication techniques, and the one question all students love to get: what comes next? Here's what Ms. Fesmire has to say.
January 31, 2011
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Las Vegas Market: Vegas Kids

Among floors and floors of showrooms and design exhibits at Las Vegas's World Design Market, we scouted the best in kids' furniture on view at Las Vegas Market's Vegas Kids showcase.
January 31, 2011
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