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  1. An Introduction to Architects
    Design 101

    An Introduction to Architects

    Aside from that mischievous caveperson in France who used a piece of charcoal to draw a line around some stick figures that suggested some kind of manmade shelter, it is generally acknowledged that...

    written by: Dan Maginn
    10.12.10

  2. Cork Wine Stopper, Pourer
    Product

    Cork Wine Stopper, Pourer

    As more wineries are turning away from cork to seal their blends, Normann-Copenhagen is bringing the wine stopper back to its origins with a new set of corks made from, but of course, cork.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    10.11.10

  3. High-Design Doors
    Product

    High-Design Doors

    Fifth-generation Italian manufacturer Lualdi just released its first collection of doors by American designers—namely by Dror Benshetrit, David Rockwell and Robert A.M. Stern. They're on pre...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    10.11.10

  4. Winners: Cleantech Corridor Competition
    A Great Idea

    Winners: Cleantech Corridor Competition

    We're excited to showcase the winners of the Los Angeles Cleantech Corridor and Green District Competition, sponsored by SCI-Arc and The Architect’s Newspaper. The competition asked a slew of...

    written by: Amanda Dameron
    10.10.10

  5. Modern-Twist Coaster Notz

    Modern-Twist Coaster Notz

    Our approach to coasters might be a little bit backwards: We collect them because we love little concentrated bursts of pattern to lay about the house, and couldn't really care less about water...

    $23.00

  6. Handicapping Design Philadelphia
    Event Spotlight

    Handicapping Design Philadelphia

    Last night Design Philadelphia kicked off its 6th annual festival of art, architecture, and design. This year the event boasts over 150 events over 11 days, all aimed, as Design Philadelphia...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    10.08.10

  7. Omhu Cane

    Omhu Cane

    In the midst of the near-constant stream of chairs, tableware, sofas and rugs, it can be rare to see a product which focuses on the specific needs of an aging population. Universal design is often...

  8. Easy Ways to Save Energy
    Product

    Easy Ways to Save Energy

    Apparently the average home has 40 devices plugged in drawing constant energy, even when they're turned off (this is called, creepily, 'vampire energy'). To combat this, Belkin has created a slew...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    10.07.10

  9. Plow Restaurant: Local Dishes, Design
    Food

    Plow Restaurant: Local Dishes, Design

    In San Francisco, local food rules. Before seasoned chefs Joel Bleskacek and Maxine Siu opened the doors of their new Potrero Hill restaurant Plow last month, they did more than just source...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Peter Belanger
    10.07.10

  10. La Petite Voliere Small Shade Pendant

    La Petite Voliere Small Shade Pendant

    Bring a bit of still life into your living room with this faux-fowl pendant. The copper wire structure is accented with colorful birdies enjoying the comfort of your home just as much as you do.

    $505.75

  11. Mondaine Desk Clocks
    Product

    Mondaine Desk Clocks

    Any traveller blessed enough to have zipped through the hills and dales of Switzerland has assuredly been faced with Mondaine's great Swiss Railway Clock. The dark hashes, white face, and classic...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    10.06.10

  12. Cersaie 2010
    Travel Reports

    Cersaie 2010

    Cersaie is the biggest trade show of the year for ceramic tiles, and each September Bologna becomes a hub for showing the latest innovations featuring the multi-faceted material. From roofing to...

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    10.06.10

  13. Modern in the Making
    Event Spotlight

    Modern in the Making

    It's easy to obsess over mid-century design and forget what came before it and ignore modernism's evolution during the six decades since. This week, Modern in the Making: Design 1900-2000 opens at...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    10.06.10

  14. Listening There: Scenes From Ghana
    Event Spotlight

    Listening There: Scenes From Ghana

    Two years ago, Mabel O. Wilson and Peter Tolkin traveled through Ghana, visiting the cities and documenting the architecture that had been erected over a thirty-year period, beginning in the late...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    10.05.10

  15. Lapham's Quarterly on the City
    Books

    Lapham's Quarterly on the City

    I fell hard for Lapham's Quarterly earlier this year when by chance I happened into a bookstore shortly before founder Lewis Lapham gave not so much a reading as a recounting of his...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    10.05.10

  16. Remix Blanket

    Remix Blanket

    It's edging into autumn and a night in on the sofa with a movie sounds awfully nice. The beauty of this geometrically-inclined cotton throw is that its triangular pattern will complement a solid...

    €99.95

  17. 8 Modern Vacuum Cleaners
    Product Reviews

    8 Modern Vacuum Cleaners

    Sweeping up is a crummy job, but someone’s got to do it. Luckily, these eight vacuum cleaners are here to help you eliminate even the biggest of messes.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Peter Belanger
    10.04.10

  18. MoMA's Small Scale, Big Change
    Interviews

    MoMA's Small Scale, Big Change

    The exhibition "Small Scale, Big Change" opens at the Museum of Modern Art in New York this Sunday. Curious to hear more about the show—which sadly I won't have the chance to see in...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    10.04.10

  19. London Tray

    London Tray

    Our love for London knows no bounds, and we'll be drawn to pretty much anything and everything that references the sprawling city. Maria Dahlgren is a Swedish graphic designer, but captures the...

  20. West Coast Green 2010
    Travel Reports

    West Coast Green 2010

    West Coast Green kicked off on Thursday in San Francisco. This year, the annual sustainable design conference is host to speakers like green jobs advocate and Green for All senior fell Van Jones,...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Miyoko Ohtake
    10.02.10

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