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  1. Perf Table Lamp

    Perf Table Lamp

    A metal lampshade riddled with tiny punctures might seem couterintuitive, but the dreamy diffusion of light emitted doesn't take away from Perf's ability to cast a directed beam on your nighttime...

  2. 28" Gas Cooktop

    28" Gas Cooktop

    5 gas burners. Continuous grates for easy cookware movement. Triple crown burner (15,000 BTU/h). Automatic Re-Ignition: if the flame is extinguished by draft, the cooktop will spontaneously...

  3. Architecture Reads on Google Books
    Books

    Architecture Reads on Google Books

    Far be it from me to suggest you spend your spare computer time reading—those R. Kelly vids are certainly not going to watch themselves—but after a quick advanced search on Google Books...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    11.10.10

  4. Escape to the Rock
    Green

    Escape to the Rock

    Off the coast of British Columbia—on a site accessible only by boat—a family of Vancouver urbanites commissioned a sustainable cabin for weekend getaways that feels a world away.

    written by: Adele Weder
    photos by: Misha Gravenor
    11.10.10

  5. Design and Existential Risk
    Interviews

    Design and Existential Risk

    Parsons The New School for Design is currently hosting an interesting lecture series, under the attention-getting theme "Design and Existential Risk." They're not kidding, either: the...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    11.09.10

  6. Penguin Postcards
    Product

    Penguin Postcards

    Fie on all your letter-pressed stationary cuteness, your silly squirrels and schooners! Save on postage! Send a postcard! Better still, send one emblazoned with a classic book jacket from the...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    11.09.10

  7. 36” Black Crystal Hood 5CFB-36BL Fagor

    36” Black Crystal Hood 5CFB-36BL Fagor

    In addition to the unique appearance, with its simple, clean lines crafted from glass and stainless, the wall mount hood features state-of-the-art technology. A powerful 600cfm blower system yet...

  8. Wire Hanger

    Wire Hanger

    Like a played-with paper clip scaled for Andre the Giant, this wire hanger's form allows for slotting, hanging, and stacking whatever is is you're holding when you're back home from storming the...

    $49.00

  9. Nanook Chair

    Nanook Chair

    A snowflake-inspired seat for the graphically inclined, the painted-wood Nanook puts a stylistic stop to the whiteout of minimal modernist decor.

  10. An Introduction to Retail Design
    Design 101

    An Introduction to Retail Design

    The ancient Greeks did it in the agora; the Romans did it in the forum; Persians did it in the bazaar (“the place of prices”); and Arabs and Berbers did it in the labyrinthine souk....

    written by: Shonquis Moreno
    11.06.10

  11. A Poor Fit
    --Done Wrong

    A Poor Fit

    Even high-design dressing rooms, rare as they are, rarely function or inspire as the shop floor can. That may be changing, though.

    written by: Shonquis Moreno
    11.06.10

  12. Patent Vending
    A Great Idea

    Patent Vending

    Rescued from its long tenure as the home of processed snacks, the vending machine is enjoying a moment of unprecedented glitz.

    written by: Shonquis Moreno
    11.06.10

  13. Glass Appeal
    --Done Right

    Glass Appeal

    There’s a fine art to getting you to gape—one that shop-window designers of all stripes must learn.

    written by: Shonquis Moreno
    11.06.10

  14. Just Browsing
    --The Future of

    Just Browsing

    Personal devices are the new frontier for shops peddling their wares. Have a look at how your toddler will shop.

    written by: Shonquis Moreno
    11.06.10

  15. Zipfred Chair

    Zipfred Chair

    The concept of a "finished" product is entirely subjective. Forgoing formal joinery for cable ties and a wooden seat and back for cardboard, Zipfred is still a construction that's far...

  16. Friday Finds 11.5.2010
    Week in Review

    Friday Finds 11.5.2010

    Lot's of great finds this week—from The Beatles to the Giants—to cruise you through the rest of the weekend. Enjoy!

    written by: Fida Sleiman
    11.05.10

  17. Talking with Matteo Alessi
    Interviews

    Talking with Matteo Alessi

    The family-owned Italian design powerhouse Alessi held a party here in San Francisco to celebrate its local shop's tenth anniversary. We weren't able to attend the party, but we did stop in...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    11.05.10

  18. William Day Bed

    William Day Bed

    We wonder whether placing a single pea between the layered legume-green cushions of this minimal day bed would reveal fairy-tale royalty.

  19. Introducing SEMIHandmade
    A Great Idea

    Introducing SEMIHandmade

    Eight years ago John McDonald had never picked up a woodworking tool in his life. An aspiring screenwriter in Los Angeles with a day job waiting tables, the frustrated 34 year old decided to try...

    written by: Laure Joliet
    11.04.10

  20. Alejandro Sticotti's Teahouse
    Post

    Alejandro Sticotti's Teahouse

    I met with the Argentinian architect and furniture designer Alejandro Sticotti a few months ago while he was in San Francisco, and he showed me photos he'd snapped the previous week, while on...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    11.04.10

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