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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. 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

  3. Beauty in Decay
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    Beauty in Decay

    In the beginning of Beauty in Decay: The Art of Urban Exploration, collaborators Jeremy Gibbs ("RomanyWG") and Patrick Potter posit that "the strange thing is not that Urban...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    11.09.10

  4. V&A Pattern Series II
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    V&A Pattern Series II

    Last year, the Victoria and Albert Museum dug into its archives of decorative textile patterns and published its first set of pattern books. Next week, the London museum will release the second set...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.25.10

  5. Grass Mirror
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    Grass Mirror

    The architects at Paris-based studio H20 Architects know how to maximize space--and in their latest design, the Grass Mirror, it's no different.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    12.11.09

  6. Bialetti’s Aeternum Cookware
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    Bialetti’s Aeternum Cookware

    If you've ever seen a Moka stovetop espresso maker—and what design or coffee fan hasn't (especially visitors to the Museum of Modern Art in New York where it's part of the permanent...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.06.11

  7. Grow Bottles
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    Grow Bottles

    If you live in an apartment or otherwise lack a patch in which to plant a garden, Potting Shed Creations' Grow Bottles (also available at sustainable-living shop Branch) might be your answer to...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.16.11

  8. 7 Modern Nightstand Options
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    7 Modern Nightstand Options

    Once a locker for a midnight loo, the bedside table has taken on a far sweeter function—and a score of forms for holding big dreams, and small specs, till the morning light.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    01.04.10

  9. Q&A with Adam Kalkin
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    Q&A with Adam Kalkin

    In the In the Modern World section of our June 2009 issue, I reviewed artist-architect Adam Kalkin’s new monograph, Quik Build: Adam Kalkin's ABC of Container Architecture. The book is a...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.15.09

  10. 5 Modern Dishwashers
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    5 Modern Dishwashers

    Today’s dishwashers are quieter and more energy- and water-efficient than ever—giving you a little peace and quiet as well as peace of mind. The only thing they don’t do is unload...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Aya Brackett
    09.16.09

  11. 7 Portable BBQ Grills We Love
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    7 Portable BBQ Grills We Love

    They’re hot! They’re mini! They’re full of coal! These seven portable barbecues will help you get the summer started.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Jason Madara
    06.07.11

  12. 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

  13. The Small Stakes: Music Posters
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    The Small Stakes: Music Posters

    Graphic design rarely gets better than when it's put to music and put through a screen. And few create concert posters better than Jason Munn. In a new release published this year by Chronicle...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    06.07.10

  14. Beer: The Designs of Drinking
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    Beer: The Designs of Drinking

    Wine labels have recently received acclaim for their more astute designs so its high time beer branders were awarded the same salute. A new coffee table-topper from Chronicle Books, Beer: A Genuine...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    01.20.11

  15. Beer Craft: A Guide to Homebrew
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    Beer Craft: A Guide to Homebrew

    William Bostwick and Jessi Rymill's new book Beer Craft: A Simple Guide to Making Great Beer is like Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything—just for homebrew hobbyists. In the book, the writer...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.19.11

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. Standolyn Robertson Reviews 5 Closet Systems
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    Standolyn Robertson Reviews 5 Closet Systems

    Our homes generally celebrate design you can see, but throw open the closet doors and behold a new frontier. These five closet systems not only make getting dressed easier and folding laundry more...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.13.09

  19. I Swear to Good You are God at This
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    I Swear to Good You are God at This

    Finding design inspiration online is as easy as pointing and clicking but there's something special about the feel of bound paper. Design and creative consulting company Holiday Matinee founder...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    02.17.10

  20. Artists' Handmade Houses
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    Artists' Handmade Houses

    Ever wonder what an artist's home would look like if he or she were the mind behind it? This month, Abrams has published a stunning new coffee table book that peeks inside the abodes of 13 well...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.05.11

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