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  1. Fun with Color
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    Fun with Color

    For the visually inclined, Flickr can be an invitation to spend hours meandering virtually through the snapshots of strangers (an assuredly more rewarding vortex than party photos of your Facebook...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    12.19.08

  2. Sometimes You Need A Little Guardian
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    Sometimes You Need A Little Guardian

    The Rome-based design firm Tokidoki—Japanese for "sometimes"—produces high-concept toys for adults and kids both, including my personal favorites: an armed couple named...

    written by: Geoff Manaugh
    12.19.08

  3. Dwell Tests: Bialetti Hot Chocolate Pot, Dagoba Hot Chocolate
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    Dwell Tests: Bialetti Hot Chocolate Pot, Dagoba Hot Chocolate

    Coffee gets its percolator and tea has its kettle, but hot chocolate is most often relegated to a mug in the microwave. Why is this warm bev missing out on a maker all its own? Bialetti’s Hot...

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    12.18.08

  4. Eco-Me Home Kit
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    Eco-Me Home Kit

    When Robin Kay Levin’s then 36-year-old sister was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005—without any family history of the disease—Levin began wondering just how toxic to our...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    12.18.08

  5. Iron and Crystal
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    Iron and Crystal

    Michael McHale may be the first designer to juxtapose Swarovski crystal with industrial piping. A pioneer of the deconstructed chandelier, who brought the medieval classic to the 21st century, has...

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    12.18.08

  6. A Very Eames Christmas
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    A Very Eames Christmas

    Even if you can't pony up the cash to buy a living room full of iconic furniture by Charles and Ray Eames doesn't mean that there aren't some Eames-related stocking stuffers to splurge on.

    written by: Laure Joliet
    12.17.08

  7. White Forest Pottery
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    White Forest Pottery

    Sometimes there is nothing quite as simple or as gratifying as holding a bowl in your hand and having it fit just right.

    written by: Laure Joliet
    12.17.08

  8. A Case Study Case Study
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    A Case Study Case Study

    Meltdown, shmeltdown: If you've got a spare $14 million, you can have a genuine Case Study house, a Pacific Ocean view—and a 1990s mansion to boot.

    written by: David A. Greene
    12.17.08

  9. The Grass Phone
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    The Grass Phone

    Korea is a known hub for high-tech design, and it's increasingly a hotspot for innovation among young designers learning their trade in a gadget-loving place.

    written by: Sarah Rich
    12.17.08

  10. Sorapot Art Contest
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    Sorapot Art Contest

    The Sorapot by designer Joey Roth is a particularly beautiful teapot that has stirred up the design world (including Dwell, as a Product of the Day), and understandably so.

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    12.16.08

  11. 6 Practically Free Design-Minded Gifts
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    6 Practically Free Design-Minded Gifts

    Inspired by the great depression, this poster is a free download (along with 4 others) through Readymade Magazine. It reflects the growing holiday attitude that less is more and that people are...

    written by: Laure Joliet
    12.16.08

  12. My Paradise: A Hundred Years of Finnish Architects’ Summer Homes Exhibit at AIA San Francisco gallery
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    My Paradise: A Hundred Years of Finnish Architects’ Summer Homes Exhibit at AIA San Francisco gallery

    Summer houses have always held a special place in Finnish culture—and in the careers of its architects, who have used them not only for catching up on rest and relaxation, but as experimental...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    12.16.08

  13. Ant Farm Documentary at SF MoMA
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    Ant Farm Documentary at SF MoMA

    Documentarians Elizabeth Federic and Laura Harrison's 2008 video about Ant Farm, the merry band of architects, video artists, nomads and pranksters of the late 60s and early 70s, shows at San...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    12.15.08

  14. Waterpod: A Nomad Habitation for the Climate Changed Future
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    Waterpod: A Nomad Habitation for the Climate Changed Future

    While scientists usually get the big headlines for research and forecasts related to global warming, many artists and designers are proposing their own noteworthy responses to this monumental...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    12.15.08

  15. Managing Space
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    Managing Space

    British architects Foster + Partners have revealed their "expansive" new design for the Yale School of Management in New Haven, Connecticut. As dean Sharon Oster remarked upon helping to...

    written by: Geoff Manaugh
    12.15.08

  16. Be Your Own Marimekko
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    Be Your Own Marimekko

    Does the lack of Jar Jar Binks pillow shams make you want to design your own Star Wars bedsheets? Do plain ol' red-or-blue-bandanas make you crave more creativity for your hobo bindles?

    written by: David A. Greene
    12.15.08

  17. D.J. Morphosis
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    D.J. Morphosis

    What does a Pritzker Prize–winning architect have on his iPod? Thanks to Santa Monica, California, public radio station KCRW, we now know that Thom Mayne of Morphosis likes to listen to Dr....

    written by: David A. Greene
    12.14.08

  18. Eutopia! I’ve Found it!
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    Eutopia! I’ve Found it!

    While the rest of my Design Miami/Art Basel cohorts were traipsing around in a sea of expensive gear, white pants, and more stilettos than you can shake a Jean Prouvé side chair at, I...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    12.14.08

  19. De LaB and Good Events in Los Angeles
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    De LaB and Good Events in Los Angeles

    Good Magazine recently opened a new location in Hollywood, and they are keeping their promise to fill it with interesting design-related events for the month of December.

    written by: Laure Joliet
    12.14.08

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