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  1. Coral Motifs
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    Coral Motifs

    While perusing the blogosphere, we found that one ornamental underwater organism has breached its deep-sea habitat and found its way onto coffee tables everywhere. Coral motifs are surfacing in the...

    written by: Kelly Cooper
    07.26.11

  2. 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

  3. Karim Rashid's Pebble Collection
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    Karim Rashid's Pebble Collection

    This summer, the prolific, plastic-loving designer Karim Rashid teamed up with 3M and its Post-it and Scotch brands for a new collaboration. The result of the team-up is the new Pebble Collection...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    07.25.11

  4. Heathrow Bag by Want
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    Heathrow Bag by Want

    Seems like there's always a new entry in the pool of men's portage, but rare is the bag that manages to hold all your gear, keep a slim profile, and stand up to a bruising in the overhead...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    07.20.11

  5. Kamal Letterpress Art
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    Kamal Letterpress Art

    I stumbled onto Kamal Patel's letterpress work in the Chronicle Books 2010 publication The Little Book of Letterpress, which highlights work by letterpress studios around the globe. The work by her...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    07.19.11

  6. The Toddlers of Dwell Review 5 Modern Playhouses
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    The Toddlers of Dwell Review 5 Modern Playhouses

    All it takes to play is a healthy imagination, 
but a modern playhouse adds to the fun.

    written by: Sam Grawe
    photos by: Peter Belanger
    07.15.11

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. Nature Framed
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    Nature Framed

    A recently released book from the Monacelli Press celebrates the connection between indoor and outdoor space in residential architecture. In Nature Framed: At Home in the Landscape, author Eva...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    06.15.11

  10. Beach Reading
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    Beach Reading

    Looking for a little light literature to while away the hours? We suggest a quartet of (fictional) titles for the design minded.

    written by: Heather Wagner
    06.14.11

  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. Love Earth: Eco Ideas and Designs
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    Love Earth: Eco Ideas and Designs

    Victionary's new book, Love Earth, is an ode to green design—the cover is even made from the recycled scraps from the bookmaking process. Inside its cover, the volume starts with a mini-book...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    06.03.11

  13. Danny Seo's "Upcycling"
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    Danny Seo's "Upcycling"

    In a new book out this August, upcycling ace Danny Seo guides readers through the craft of taking trash and everyday objects and transforming them into "better, brighter, and cooler things....

    written by: Diana Budds
    06.02.11

  14. Architectmade
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    Architectmade

    In 2005, Danish company Architectmade launched with the goal of bringing to light products designed by architects. The company has since begun producing a handful of items from designers of the...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.31.11

  15. Neutra Box
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    Neutra Box

    When Hector Perez couldn't find the ideal mailbox to install outside of his Eichler in Oakland, California, he decided to make his own. "It was really born out of frustration," says Perez...

    written by: Diana Budds
    05.30.11

  16. Molo's Softwall Room Divider
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    Molo's Softwall Room Divider

    Stephanie Forsythe and Todd MacAllen, founders of the Vancouver-based firm molo, have created the ideal room divider, a paper softwall.  

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    05.24.11

  17. Suita Sofa by Antonio Citterio
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    Suita Sofa by Antonio Citterio

    I'm smitten with this modular sofa, designed by Antonio Citterio in 2010. Suita is his first non-office, non-waiting room collaboration with Vitra—that is, his first design for the home&mdash...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    05.20.11

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. Cityscapes: SF's Buildings
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    Cityscapes: SF's Buildings

    The San Francisco Chronicle boasts one of our nation's best architecture critics in John King. We happy citizens of the City by the Bay look out for his column in each Tuesday's paper, though his...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    05.12.11

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