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  1. Lotta Jansdotter's Simple Sewing

    Lotta Jansdotter's Simple Sewing

    Lotta Jansdotter is an icon of DIY design, and her Simple Sewing book is a resource of unintimidating patterns for newbie and veteran seamsters and seamstresses.

    $24.95

  2. School Loom

    School Loom

    A friend of mine took a weaving class and the abstract textile she came up with was amazing. I've been eyeing this loom at for a while now, and would love to make a bit of soft wall art, or a lit...

    $54.00

  3. Friday Finds 12.3.2010
    Week in Review

    Friday Finds 12.3.2010

    From LED-clad Christmas trees to the streets of Tokyo, we have a bevy of goodies to get you into the weekend spirit.

    written by: Fida Sleiman
    12.03.10

  4. As You Light It: Leni Schwendinger

    As You Light It: Leni Schwendinger

    In our second installment of our series on lighting design we venture to Manhattan to see "lighting urbanist" Leni Schwendinger. From the terminals of Port Authority to the brights lights of Time...

    12.03.10

  5. Felt Garland

    Felt Garland

    Although we have a deep weakness for the fresh smell of a coniferous tree, we also love a holiday decoration that will not shed pine needles all over the place (and can make an appearance year...

    $48.00

  6. Perfect Pair of 2011 Calendars
    Product

    Perfect Pair of 2011 Calendars

    I just tore the November page off my 365 Typography Calendar and though I've got all of December until I'll need a new one, I thought I'd point out a pair of excellent 2011 calendars. As...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    12.02.10

  7. Müzo Collectibles

    Müzo Collectibles

    The holidays are not generally known as a time of decorative restraint, but it is possible to find festive adornments that will not make Father Christmas hang and shake his head in shame. Canadian...

    $15.00

  8. Brighten the Corners
    Finishing Touch

    Brighten the Corners

    When Jeff Taylor and Alex Miller designed the Pull House in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, they took “form follows function” one step further: Form describes function.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Gregory Cherin
    12.01.10

  9. Q & A with Confetti System
    Interviews

    Q & A with Confetti System

    Confetti System is two friends—Julie Ho and Nicholas Andersen—who make their living creating festive and kaleidoscopic "party systems" out of tissue paper, sparkly mylar, and...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    12.01.10

  10. Mexico City: Day 3
    Travel Reports

    Mexico City: Day 3

    My third day of Mexico City design tourism was one fraught with camera woes. Not only did many of the photos I took on my daylong wander not come through a vexing download (goodbye morning...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    12.01.10

  11. Cast Iron Menorah

    Cast Iron Menorah

    When we were little we had a candle-wax-covered menorah, and our brother had a cande-wax-covered menorah, and we only got to light them after sitting down, year after year, and reading aloud an...

    $150.00

  12. Bemz's Bright Idea
    A Great Idea

    Bemz's Bright Idea

    Last week I met with Lesley Pennington, a Canadian living in Sweden who in 2004 launched Bemz, one of the cleverest companies I've heard of recently. Bemz makes affordable custom-order slipcovers...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    11.30.10

  13. Birthday Fête Essentials

    Birthday Fête Essentials

    It's my favorite day of the year: My birthday. And for this very special holiday (yes, I consider it so), I've rounded up the perfect products for any fête d'anniversaire—especially...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    11.29.10

  14. Mexico City: Day 2
    Travel Reports

    Mexico City: Day 2

    My second day of design tourism in Mexico City was as good as the first, in no small part because I had what may have been the best meal of my life at the restaurant Pujol. Chef Enrique Olvera...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    11.29.10

  15. Aplomb

    Aplomb

    Brutalism takes a backseat while Aplomb proves that concrete has a smoother side. Suspended from the ceiling with the greatest of ease, the pendant’s graceful drop belies the material’s...

  16. Castle Textiles

    Castle Textiles

    Color us glad to have come across the lovely textiles from Autralia-based designer Rachel Castle. Her collection of bright-but-simple bedlinens, throws, cushions, and embroidered artwork is beyond...

  17. Friday Finds 11.26.2010
    Week in Review

    Friday Finds 11.26.2010

    Take a break from holiday shopping this weekend, and check out this week's finds. A gift from us to you!

    written by: Fida Sleiman
    11.26.10

  18. Wooly Wood Large Throw

    Wooly Wood Large Throw

    Oooohweee, are we still full. It's all we can do to move from bed to sofa—grabbing a little turkey sandwich along the way, natch—and though we're still in pajamas, it seems somehow...

    $169.00

  19. Outside the Box: Cardboard Design
    Books

    Outside the Box: Cardboard Design

    Cardboard has fully wiggled out of its boxy stereotype (Frank Gehry's 1971 Wiggle Chair is early evidence) and today plays a role in everything from packaging and product design to furniture and...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    11.25.10

  20. All Good Things Print

    All Good Things Print

    Wishing everyone all good things today. Happy eating! Happy thanksing! Happy giving! Enormous Champion's fantastic letterpress print would make a perfect greeting or bit of art for your very own wa...

    $25.00

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