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Photojournalist Finbarr O'Reilly documented anti-Qaddafi sentiments strewn across walls and on posters in Libya. Photo via <a href="http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/15/caricaturing-qaddafi/">The New York Times</a>.

Friday Finds 3.18.11

In this week's Friday Finds, we here at Dwell searched the depths of the web to bring you the tale of two cosmonauts, the Spanish tradition of "Castellers," a new take on bear skin rugs, and a real estate find many John Hughes fans will appreciate.
March 18, 2011
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Maria Dahlgren on Design

In her graphic wooden serving trays, Swedish designer Maria Dahlgren deftly takes on the "tacky souvenirs" of the world. Her delightfully bold, retro-inspired designs feature the names of some of the most-favorite tourist destinations—like London, Stockholm, and Helsinki—alongside "cityscapes" comprised of things that each place is known for (like Big Ben, Christopher Wren's St. Paul's Cathedral, the Tower Bridge, and umbrellas for London). Maria chatted about about the cities she loves, the designers who inspire her, and Sweden's foremost national treasure: ABBA. Here's what she has to say.
March 17, 2011
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Green and Efficient: Boost Boxes

These days, it seems like everyone is busy saving the world. Using recycled, sustainably sourced materials is de rigeur for designers and manufacturers as consumers are becoming savvier about the importance of product pedigree. There’s a disconnect, however, between the standards we hold our purchases to and the ones to which we keep ourselves accountable (hands up if you’ve switched out every incandescent in your house for an LED). Common sense seems to be superseded by, at best, confusion over where to begin and what to buy and, at worst, apathy.
March 17, 2011
Gardening illustration by Malin Rosenqvist

An Introduction to Home Gardening

Ever since Adam and Eve’s unfortunate eviction, their descendants have been plunging hands and seeds into the earth in hopes of bringing forth food, beauty, and the satisfaction of taming nature. Though few of us find that our home gardens offer the peace, beauty, bounty, and ease of Eden, each planting—–from Babylon’s Hanging Gardens to Gregor Mendel’s famous peas—–adds to our knowledge of and delight in the natural world.
March 15, 2011
Seedlings illustration by Malin Rosenqvist

Seedlings

Before gathering those rosebuds, before planting the roses themselves, learn about what’s in store for your garden.
March 15, 2011
Seedlings illustration by Malin Rosenqvist

Modern Sharecropping

For every well-tended backyard garden there’s another gone to seed, and for every happy horticulturalist noodling with the begonias out front there’s a cooped-up apartment dweller anxious to work outdoors. A movement is afoot, however, to unite landless gardeners with available plots of land, and it promises to both make better use of urban space and bring people together over a basket of shared vegetables or flowers.
March 15, 2011
Pests illustration by Malin Rosenqvist

Pest Practices

For decades home gardeners have turned to an arsenal of chemical pesticides, herbicides, and synthetic fertilizers to keep their lawns, ornamentals, and veggies looking perfect. Unfortunately, this type of garden control has a dangerous impact on the ecosystem.
March 15, 2011
Potting illustration by Malin Rosenqvist

Going to Pot

Container gardening is often the only option for apartment dwellers longing for some greenery in their lives and soil under their fingernails. If you have limited space, grow something that you can really get a kick out of—like mint for mojitos—but bear in mind that when growing in containers, sunlight, drainage, and soil nutrients are your primary concerns.
March 15, 2011
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BIG & Parkour in "My Playground"

I just came across the trailer for My Playground, a most unusual documentary about architecture by director Kaspar Astrup Schröder. In it the Danish parkour crew Team JiYo sprints and vaults its way around the world, paying special attention to BIG's Mountain Dwellings, an alpine apartment block in the buzzing Ørestad neighborhood of Copenhagen. (Congrats to BIG for their just-announced win of the E2 International Timber Competition in Finland!) This is glossy parkour indeed, practiced on spiffy buildings by well-scrubbed Danes, so little of the gritty Frenchness of the sport's origins is in evidence. But as with BIG's super-hero honcho Bjarke Ingels (who gets in on the action) the vibe of the film is exuberant, celebratory. All told it's one hell of a cool watch, and it looks like you can buy the 50 minute full-length DVD for a cool $20. Via Architects and Artisans.
March 15, 2011
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