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  1. Urban Hardwoods Furniture
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    Urban Hardwoods Furniture

    Now that "salvage" has as many connotations with environmental sensitivity, creativity, and resourcefulness as with the need to scrimp and save, showrooms formerly reserved for brand new...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    03.24.09

  2. Timbuk2 Hidden Series
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    Timbuk2 Hidden Series

    The problem with reusable bags is actually reusing them. At my apartment, there is reusable bag upon reusable bag (mostly the kind you can buy at the grocery store that resemble a paper bag) but...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Miyoko Ohtake
    06.29.10

  3. The Work of Asher Israelow
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    The Work of Asher Israelow

    Add Asher Israelow to our list of young guns to watch. The Brooklyn resident and Rhode Island School of Design grad, who turns 28 this year, designs and builds stunning furniture with varied...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    02.08.11

  4. TerraTrellis Modern Trellises
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    TerraTrellis Modern Trellises

    Though it may be a little late to start planting, it's the perfect time to add items to your next year's gardening wishlist. Designer Jennifer Asher recently launched TerraTrellis, combining form...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    08.15.11

  5. Soft by Molo
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    Soft by Molo

    This year's showstopper at the Montreal International Interior Design Show (SIMID) was without a doubt the Soft collection by Molo. The Vancouver-based company's concept is simple: Create flexible,...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.31.10

  6. Snaidero Universal Design Kitchens
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    Snaidero Universal Design Kitchens

    Universal design doesn't need to be ugly--and, more so, shouldn't be. Done well, it's undifferentiated design for the whole population, for disabled and nondisabled people alike, as Graham Pullin,...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    02.10.10

  7. Reusable Sandwich Bags by LunchSkins
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    Reusable Sandwich Bags by LunchSkins

    It's a shock that it's taken so long for a product like this to come along. We have reusable containers (thanks Earl Tupper!), lunch boxes, grocery totes, and even produce bags but until recently,...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    10.14.10

  8. Reissued: Jens Quistgaard Mills
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    Reissued: Jens Quistgaard Mills

    While we've all heard of Dansk, far fewer of us are aware of the talented artist behind the company: Danish designer Jens Harald Quistgaard. Formed in 1954 with American entrepreneur Ted Nierenberg...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    03.31.11

  9. Reclaimed Bowling Lane Furniture
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    Reclaimed Bowling Lane Furniture

    In bowling, "striking out" means throwing three strikes in the tenth and final frame of a game. In 2007, "striking out," for television producer and musician Jim Malone, meant...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.28.09

  10. Quistgaard Pepper Mills
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    Quistgaard Pepper Mills

    If you dig through your parents’ kitchen cupboards, chances are you’ll find a Jens Quistgaard design. Although “Quistgaard” never became a household name, the company he...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    04.07.09

  11. Products for the Fourth of July
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    Products for the Fourth of July

    Our favorite holiday weekend is here so it's time to fire up the grill and get patriotic. Here are three of our favorite products for celebrating the summer and the good ol' U. S. of A.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    07.02.11

  12. Poketo Artist Wallets
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    Poketo Artist Wallets

    Los Angeles-based design company Poketo's claim to fame is its artists wallets (though its also offers some sweet Spacetime wall decals, adorable Smile cards, and fun Mood bottle openers)....

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    03.09.11

  13. Piegato Shelves
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    Piegato Shelves

    Folding furniture is often accused of being the worst of all resting places, associated as it is with the discomfort of cold lecture halls and strange relatives' holiday brunches. But just because...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    06.01.09

  14. Organic Laptop Bag by Zaum
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    Organic Laptop Bag by Zaum

    We've been on a laptop bag lookout and this week Zaum's Eco Portabile Media bag caught our eye. It's got all the fixing of a basic laptop carrier—padded computer section, pockets for plug-ins...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    01.12.11

  15. New from OXO
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    New from OXO

    OXO has always been one of our favorite product companies: it has been at the forefront of universal design and seamlessly integrates function into the form of all its products. Here we spotlight...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    06.30.11

  16. Mjölk: Favorite Product Picks
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    Mjölk: Favorite Product Picks

    Storeowners Juli Daoust and John Baker scout Scandinavia and Japan for the best designs in each region to bring back the best of their finds to their Toronto shop Mjölk (pronounced "mi...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    07.27.11

  17. Marimekko's Iconic Patterns
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    Marimekko's Iconic Patterns

    It's hard not to adore (and lust after) Marimekko's fabrics. In the early 1950s, as Finland continued its slow ­recovery from World War II, textile designer Armi Ratia seized the opportunity to...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    07.26.11

  18. Marimekko Pilvi Bag
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    Marimekko Pilvi Bag

    If you're like me, you have more totes than you know what to do with. Get ready to do some closet cleaning because the Marimekko Pilvi bag is the one worth having.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    08.11.11

  19. Lili Lite
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    Lili Lite

    In small spaces, furniture that can multi-task is key, and in the current economy, it’s also a much-needed budget saver. Which is why I love Studio Smeets Design’s product Lili Lite: It...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    04.06.09

  20. Kilo Design + BIG + Skibsted Ideation
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    Kilo Design + BIG + Skibsted Ideation

    Exciting news in the design world: Danish powerhouse designer firms Kilo Design (headed by Lars Holme Larsen), BIG (led by Bjarke Ingels), and Skibsted Ideation (founded by Jens artin Skibsted)...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    11.25.09

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