House & Home Roundup: June 10

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For the love of design. This week, the crew down at The Times is getting their groove on again, and there is nice mix of low and high design, along with some just plain colorful, fun craft design. All this from the slideshow: Currents.

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First up, Ted Boerner has opened a new store in the big apple, and is ready to flog his modern designs all by himself - he previously was represented by Dennis Miller (not THE Dennis Miller). His 2,000 square foot showroom (537 Greenwich Street) is filled with his 50 piece collection, but the Harvest Table and benches wins HANDS DOWN as the best item in our book (I don't know, upholstery right now seems too hot...).

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Jessica Smith must be funny, because you will laugh when you see what she has done with wall paper. It's as if you started sketching on your living room wall and kept going and going and going and going. Its her version of traditional pastoral walpaper scenes, but her pasture is New Jersey. All her designs will be available next month ($120 to $150 a roll) at Studio Printworks, 650 Newark Street, Hoboken, NJ (212.633.6727).

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Steve Keister is brilliant, or at least his plates are. These are a summer impulse buy if ever there was one, but they ain't cheapo: $120 each or six for $600. They are inspired by the round 10 inch plastic foam used to package stereo speakers on Canal Street. Okay.

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Books by the pound. This 17.5 pound Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture will cost you $160 (or a plate and a 1/3rd from Steve Keister), and it would probably make the perfect father's day gift for any father you know who is also an architect . Offering a "choice slice of millennially hip buildings, competed from 1998 to 2003." But Elaine says there are some biases, but you'll have to read it to find out. MGR

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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.