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6 Insiders on the Best Design Moments of 2018

We come here every day to tell you about our favorite things, so for our last round-up of 2018, it seemed only fair that we spread the love. We asked six of our favorite designers, journalists, and more to reflect on their top design moments of the past year — an experience they had, an exhibition they saw, a discovery they made, an interior they fell in love with — as well as the one thing they’re most looking forward to in the new year. Enjoy, and see you back here in 2019!
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Week of December 17, 2018

A weekly Saturday recap to share with you our favorite links, discoveries, exhibitions, and more from the past seven days. This week: a terrazzo made from semi-precious gemstones, a Memphis-era lounge chair that looks surprisingly fresh, and a series of quick, tiny exhibitions in Buenos Aires, produced by RIES and curated by Chamber founder Juan Garcia Mosqueda.
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At Gray Matters’s New Bower-Designed Showroom, the Shop Matches the Shoes

Since founding her cult-favorite shoe line Gray Matters in 2015, designer Silvia Avanzi has made sculptural heels her signature — suede-covered cubes, Plexiglas diamonds, hand-painted stones, and lacquered eggs have all offered support for her sandals, pumps, boots, and slingbacks. So it makes sense that when Avanzi went looking for a studio to design her new Brooklyn showroom, she chose Bower, a firm that knows a thing or two about unexpected sculptural details.
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Our 30+ Favorite Finds from Design Miami 2018

For Design Miami, the way to announce itself as different from all other design fairs is to, well, embrace the Miami-ness of it all — whether that means an ultra-saturated backdrop (as with Atelier Courbet this year and Demisch Danant last year), an exhibition devoted exclusively to water fountains (Sabine Marcelis x Fendi), or, as with the Chris Wolston light for The Future Perfect at top of this post, an explosion of hyper-colorful flora and fauna.
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Six Practically Perfect Floor Lamps from the Italian Architect Behind the Prada Stores

Remember the house tour that published a few years ago in T Magazine, with its Ekstrem chairs, velvet couches, 18th-century wooden toilet, and circular bed covered in fox fur? We've pretty much been obsessed with its owner, the Italian architect Roberto Baciocchi — aka the man who designs all the Prada stores — ever since. His latest works for Nilufar Gallery, which we spotted on Instagram and are publishing here today, only serve to fan the flames: a series of six geometric floor lamps, with materials like brass, slate, iron, and velvet stacked into neat totems.
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Week of December 3, 2018

A weekly Saturday recap to share with you our favorite links, discoveries, exhibitions, and more from the past seven days. This week, we're tracking the interior design scene developing in Moscow, seeing ourselves in a new Cold Picnic rug, and celebrating the return of a lost archetype: the CD rack (this one's by Odd Matter!)
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Camille Walala’s First Hotel Offers a Mellower, More Beachy Version of Memphis

Memphis — the riotously colorful design movement that experienced peak resurgence a few years back — is kind of like the mob: Just when you think you're out, it keeps pulling you back in. In this case, the oft-debated aesthetic popped up earlier this month at a new hotel on the east coast of Mauritius, designed by the London-based color and black-and-white stripes evangelist Camille Walala.
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2018 Sight Unseen gift guide

Iridescent Earrings and Ombré Bath Mats: The 2018 Sight Unseen Gift Guide, Part I

Welcome to the annual Sight Unseen gift guide! Today and tomorrow, we’ll be sharing our most covetable home, fashion, and beauty finds from around the web, from iridescent straws to ombré bath mats to the coziest shearling handbag we could find (it's like carrying a tiny Muppet). First up is Jill, who’s got you covered on last-minute gifts, from horsehair mirrors to Hawaiian-inspired fragrances.
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Four Designers Just Got Together to Form a Norwegian Superbrand

Remember Temple of the Dog? The Traveling Wilburys? Cream? In music, the idea of a supergroup — in which several successful solo musicians band together to form a new group — is a familiar one. In design, it's less so — and yet that's exactly what four Norwegian designers have done with their new brand A Part, which launched earlier this week.
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Outfit Your Dream Apartment With New Furniture by Moving Mountains and Vonnegut/Kraft

We know pretty much everyone is focused on deals! deals! deals! this week, but before you descend into the Black Friday of your soul, take a moment to contemplate with us how you might decorate your home if money were no object: On view last week at Colony in New York was a capsule collection of new work by two of New York's leading design studios — Moving Mountains and Vonnegut/Kraft — and we're coveting every. single. piece.
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