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  1. Vacuums, Clothes and Fresh Meat
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    Vacuums, Clothes and Fresh Meat

    Design blog Core77 has highlighted the evolution of the modern vacuum cleaner, from its humble beginning trying to keep floors clean to its ability to maximize clothes storage and seal fresh meat.

    written by: Laure Joliet
    11.29.08

  2. Buy Nothing Day
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    Buy Nothing Day

    This week featured 3 events: Thanksgiving, when we give thanks for what we have; Black Friday, when we buy as much as we can in a very short period of time and hopefully get some wicked deals; and...

    written by: Laure Joliet
    11.29.08

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    Door-O-Matic

    Are you living in a mid-century gem in need of a couple of authentic details? Ever wonder what your house would look like with the right era door on it? Use the Door-O-Vision to try one on for size.

    written by: Laure Joliet
    11.30.08

  4. Sketches of Spain (and other Gehrys)
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    Sketches of Spain (and other Gehrys)

    What is the purpose of the architectural sketch in the era of computer-assisted design? Is it creative discipline, exploration—or egotism? All three could be argued to be the case when one...

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    11.30.08

  5. Paneling is Cool Again
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    Paneling is Cool Again

    Back in the bad old days of design, the unholy trinity of wall coverings were harvest gold paint, flocked wallpaper, and knotty-pine wood paneling.

    written by: David A. Greene
    12.01.08

  6. Good Design Lecture at Bulthaup Miami
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    Good Design Lecture at Bulthaup Miami

    I’ll be giving a talk on Wednesday, December 3rd, at the Bulthaup showroom in Miami as part of a Dwell event amidst all the Design Miami hubbub.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    12.01.08

  7. Craig Steely Light Wall
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    Craig Steely Light Wall

    The owners of a 10th floor apartment in San Francisco’s Russian Hill neighborhood have what few others can boast: unobstructed views from the Presidio to Alcatraz—and a 40-foot-long...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    12.01.08

  8. Coffee, Tea, or Diesel?
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    Coffee, Tea, or Diesel?

    At this year's LA Auto Show, the Volkswagen Jetta TDI was crowned "Green Car of the Year." This doesn't mean the Jetta TDI is the greenest car of the year, since previous years' winners...

    written by: David A. Greene
    12.02.08

  9. Pandora's Strong-Box
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    Pandora's Strong-Box

    It was only a matter of time before the sea-going shipping containers that have entranced the prefab architecture crowd made it to the world of consumer products. Sander Mulder, the young and less...

    written by: David A. Greene
    12.03.08

  10. The Modernist's Muscle Car
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    The Modernist's Muscle Car

    One of the least-hyped (perhaps due to Detroit's doldrums), but most visually exciting cars at the LA Auto Show this year was the 2009 Dodge Challenger. If there were such a thing as a Modernist...

    written by: David A. Greene
    12.03.08

  11. AIGA Aspen Design Challenge
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    AIGA Aspen Design Challenge

    How can excess hair from beauty salons be used to clean oil spills? How do you convince six- to twelve-year-old children in China to conserve water? Projects adopting these two questions, among...

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    12.04.08

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    Does That Carbon Fiber Chair Come in Green?

    You've heard the old adage: Pay a steep price for a high-quality item, and you'll never regret it. This implies that if you buy cheap or shoddy goods, you'll end up paying over and over as you...

    written by: David A. Greene
    12.04.08

  13. Neil Young and the Linc-Volt
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    Neil Young and the Linc-Volt

    Neil Young (yes, that Neil Young) envisions a time when the owners of formerly gas-guzzling land-yachts will be the masters of the electric-car universe. Not only will they be able to cruise the...

    written by: David A. Greene
    12.05.08

  14. A Picture of A Fake Holiday Tree
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    A Picture of A Fake Holiday Tree

    A holiday tree typically comes out of the earth, or on stands in cardboard boxes. Three designers, however, have taken a different approach—the self-adhesive Christmas tree wall sticker is...

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    12.05.08

  15. Lamps from the Bunny Hole
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    Lamps from the Bunny Hole

    These are lamps designed by a slight gentleman from the Chiba prefecture outside of Tokyo; he works with duck feathers quite seriously in a little workshop under Grand Street in Williamsburg,...

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    12.06.08

  16. Felt Up
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    Felt Up

    Felt has become the go-to material for crafters and modernists alike. And with the days turning shorter it only makes sense to cozy up to some simple felt pleasures.

    written by: Laure Joliet
    12.06.08

  17. Poster Service
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    Poster Service

    Posters have come a long way since those old David Cassidy or Hanson classics you ripped straight from the pages of Teen Beat and stuck above your bed with a few strips of scotch tape.

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    12.06.08

  18. Stop the Presses
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    Stop the Presses

    It's not often that a recycled component makes a product more valuable than if it were made from virgin material alone, but in the case of Stug Bags, it works.

    written by: David A. Greene
    12.07.08

  19. Of Golden Pigs and Golden Calves
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    Of Golden Pigs and Golden Calves

    Two of the usual suspects in what is arguably New York's new American design mecca of Williamsburg are being particularly nice these days. Golden Calf and The Future Perfect are in the holiday...

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    12.07.08

  20. Perillo Chair
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    Perillo Chair

    German designer Martin Ballendat’s Perillo lounge chair for Zuco won the people’s choice award at the Orgatec trade show in October and has earned our nod of approval, too. The...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    12.08.08

  21. 2009 Calendars on Etsy
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    2009 Calendars on Etsy

    The time has come to start seeking out a 2009 calendar. While the boring black-jacketed day planner is sometimes a necessity, a wall or desk calendar with a bit more style can be a nice way to keep...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    12.08.08

  22. Infusion Lounge
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    Infusion Lounge

    San Francisco is where west first met east so it makes sense that Hong Kong designer Kinney Chan’s first US project, here in the city by the Bay, is an Asian-inspired bar and restaurant.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    12.09.08

  23. Wim Crouwel—Miami’s Graphic Designer du Jour
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    Wim Crouwel—Miami’s Graphic Designer du Jour

    Though the Campana brothers carried the day at Design Miami, and Art Basel housed more Jean Dubuffet than you’d care to buy, or sell, the graphic designer holding court on Miami Beach this...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    12.09.08

  24. Cities and Their Grids
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    Cities and Their Grids

    John Briscella, a Philadelphian now earning his Masters in "Urban Strategies" in Vienna—surely one of the most interesting degree titles out there—has put together a new...

    written by: Geoff Manaugh
    12.10.08

  25. Ceramics from Ezme Designs
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    Ceramics from Ezme Designs

    While I generally eschew plastic tableware in favor of ceramic and glass, which both last longer and do less damage to the environment (unless you break them), I've had a hard time resisting the...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    12.10.08

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