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  1. Holy Table
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    Holy Table

    To place items on a table: that's one way to go about it. However as of late, tables have been cropping up with the added—or subtracted, rather—element of a hole in the table's surface....

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    09.01.08

  2. Modern Motors
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    Modern Motors

    This year's Pebble Beach Concours d’Élégance car show featured a roll-out of General Motors' spectacular Motorama cars of the 1950s, prototypes and fantasy models that embodied...

    written by: David A. Greene
    09.04.08

  3. Miele Self-Opening Dishwasher
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    Miele Self-Opening Dishwasher

    Miele's new La Perla series dishwashers (available in late fall 2008) have an automatic door opening and closing system that aids in air-drying your sparkling-clean dishes, saving energy used by...

    written by: David A. Greene
    09.08.08

  4. Living Walls
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    Living Walls

    A tiny bit like the Renzo Piano-designed Pompidou Centre that wears its insides on its outside (pipes, ducts, all the 'ugly' stuff), this office building wears a garden.

    written by: Laure Joliet
    09.09.08

  5. Re-Opening: The Museum of Arts and Design
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    Re-Opening: The Museum of Arts and Design

    Two Columbus Circle once was a stout-yet-hip white building with black porthole-esque forms around it: channeling 1960s mod better than any building could, courtesy of architect Edward Durell Stone...

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    09.14.08

  6. Of Inspiration and Investments
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    Of Inspiration and Investments

    Brooklyn's current wave of modern furniture designers is not a spanking-new phenomenon, if we stop to remember the man who invented modular seating. Harvey Probber was born in Brooklyn just after...

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    09.15.08

  7. Modern Memo Board
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    Modern Memo Board

    No matter how hard I try to live a life that's clutter free, it seems there's not really a way to eliminate the need for a place to tack things up where I can see them.

    written by: Laure Joliet
    09.17.08

  8. Mixed Signals
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    Mixed Signals

    Leave it to the French to have fun with something extraordinarily mundane.

    written by: Laure Joliet
    09.18.08

  9. London Design Festival: This Is Not a Detergent Bottle
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    London Design Festival: This Is Not a Detergent Bottle

    More ceramics from Tent, in the form of everyday, disposable objects cast in porcelain.

    written by: Sam Jacob
    09.22.08

  10. London Design Festival: Twee Party
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    London Design Festival: Twee Party

    There seems to be a crockery revival—Tent has a whole host of young designers showing ceramic work of one kind or another. Perhaps the most beautiful was the 'Blaue Blume' range of tableware...

    written by: Sam Jacob
    09.22.08

  11. London Design Festival: Straw Bale Seat
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    London Design Festival: Straw Bale Seat

    The Greenhaus is a design collective of British designers whose work revolves around concepts of sustainability. Their standout product at the London Design Festival is Neil Barron's plastic...

    written by: Sam Jacob
    09.23.08

  12. London Design Festival: Kanittha Mairaing
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    London Design Festival: Kanittha Mairaing

    Goldsmiths' postgraduate design community have a show at The Boiler House, Old Truman Brewery, on Brick Lane as part of the London Design Festival. Amongst the work shown is the 'Unfortunates'...

    written by: Sam Jacob
    09.23.08

  13. Wattson and Holmes Make Monitoring Home Energy Use Elementary
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    Wattson and Holmes Make Monitoring Home Energy Use Elementary

    U.K. design firm DIY Kyoto recently announced the launch of cheaper version of its Wattson, an ingenious little device that not only makes monitoring home electricity use a breeze, but even turns...

    written by: Bryan Gardiner
    09.24.08

  14. London Design Festival: Packaging
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    London Design Festival: Packaging

    Packaging seems to be something on young designers' minds—and one of the best products at the LDF dealing with this issue is by Song Bong Kyu. His light uses packaging that doubles as the...

    written by: Sam Jacob
    09.24.08

  15. Floating Pool
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    Floating Pool

    There was once a steel-decked river barge, decommissioned and idle in Morgan City, Louisiana. Lonely and unused, it was purchased by the Neptune Foundation, a not-for-profit that constructs movable...

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    09.24.08

  16. Chris Jordan at the 2008 IIDA Leaders Breakfast
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    Chris Jordan at the 2008 IIDA Leaders Breakfast

    “Six years ago today I was a very angry, lonely corporate lawyer,” recalls Chris Jordan, the keynote speaker at the 2008 IIDA Leaders Breakfast at the Four Seasons in San Francisco on...

    written by: Sonja Hall
    09.25.08

  17. Cardboard Chic
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    Cardboard Chic

    As news of the Greatest Financial Crisis Since the Great Depression sinks in, it's a good time to be reminded that things could be worse.

    written by: David A. Greene
    09.29.08

  18. Air France Terminal 2E
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    Air France Terminal 2E

    Flying from the Air France Terminal at LAX (which has been shifted out of the outdated Tom Bradley Terminal) and arriving in Paris at Terminal 2E is like moving from a basement into a penthouse...

    written by: Laure Joliet
    09.29.08

  19. West Coast Green
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    West Coast Green

    If green design were easy, everyone would be doing it. And though it makes sense in theory, actual implementation is often easier said than done. How to make all design become sustainable design...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    09.29.08

  20. Look Ma, No Burnt Hands
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    Look Ma, No Burnt Hands

    As a parent, I'm always on the lookout for innovative and stylish ways not to break my kid. Blanco's new Master Ilux faucet features LEDs that tint the water red or blue, depending on its...

    written by: David A. Greene
    09.30.08

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