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Things I Can't Live Without: Christiane Lemieux

Founder of DwellStudio • New York City
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After a career in fashion -- she designed for Isaac Mizrahi and Gap (NYSE:GPS) -- Christiane Lemieux struck out on her own in 1999 to create modern textiles. Her New York City -- based company, DwellStudio, sells $20 million a year worth of bedding, table linens, and other products through more than 1,000 U.S. retailers. Last January, the company, which has 34 employees, launched a collection for Target (NYSE:TGT). Next month, Lemieux plans to double the size of her Target line to more than 200 items.

Magna-Tiles

"My kids and I constantly build houses for their animals. You can make amazing modernist structures. Philip Johnson, move over."
$52, magnatiles.com

Lanvin Ballet Flats

"I've parted ways with high heels. These make me feel glamorous with no risk to life and limb."
About $500, barneys.com

Pantone Cotton Swatch Files

"Color is so important for my designs. I need to look at everything and know it will be right. This is the international standard, with 1,925 colors. Major Brown is my favorite. It's Dwell's signature chocolate brown."
$4,200, pantone.com

What I Covet

Pack Max Duo

"This bike from Amsterdam has two seats for the kids and comes with a basket for stuff. It's perfect for school drop-off and pickup, requires no Manhattan parking space, and is easy on the environment." $2,449, defietsfabriek-usa.com




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