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Design Activism: Public Domain

Though it’s quite popular to proclaim that design can change the world, even the best-laid plans aren’t enough to make a difference on their own. We spoke with three leading design agitators about how and why we all need to get involved.  
December 10, 2009
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The Sheep Who Made Your Pouf

The stream of amazing projects that emerge from students at Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands is never-ending. This week I've come across one from an alum of the school who has spent the last few years producing work related to the output and lifecycle of livestock. Christien Meindertsma spent a summer in a village in Wales, shearing sheep and knitting with their wool—one article or product per animal. The resulting collection became a brand called Flocks, the ongoing product of which is the Urchin Pouf.
December 10, 2009
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Things To Make and Do

December 9, 2009
Using a mobile device, shoppers can get third-party information about their food. Image courtesy Goodguide.

Groceries: Marketing Strategy

In 1955, photographer Elliott Erwitt snapped a photo of a bereted Frenchman riding his bicycle down a tree-lined road with a child and a pair of baguettes strapped to the rear. It’s easy to imagine the trip the man is returning from, during which he probably visited not only the boulangerie for his bread but also the fromagerie, the pâtisserie, and the charcuterie.
December 9, 2009
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Design Miami: Recap

Design Miami wrapped up on Sunday, and all told I’d say the fair was a mixed bag. Though I tend to have a good time wandering the aisles of Aranda\Lasch’s temporary tent taking in the latest and greatest of the world of one-off, rare and limited-edition design, there did appear to be a bit more filler this year than last.
December 8, 2009
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Elements of George Nelson's "Struc Tube" (1948), reconstructed by Beck in 2006.

Panel 2 at Arthur Ross

Panel 2, Martin Beck's new exhibition at Columbia University's Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery, revisits the 1970 International Design Conference in Aspen (IDCA) to ask how design might influence democracy. Everyone seems to have a different answer.
December 8, 2009
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Small Box Home with Black Metal Facade in Japan

Drawing on an inherited plot of land, his father’s steel company, and his brother-in-law’s architectural know-how, Motoshi Yatabe’s new house is all in the family.
December 7, 2009
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Design Miami: Mexican Design

When I interviewed Design Miami co-founder Ambra Medda before the show, she told me that she was most excited about a display of Mexican design pieces, ranging from mid-century to the present, collected at the gallery Sebastian + Barquet of New York. 
December 7, 2009
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Ambra Medda

Before the melee of Design Miami got underway I had a chance to chat with the show’s director, Ambra Medda, about the Designer of the Year, and what we could expect from this year’s event, which kicked off in Miami’s Design District on December 1st. Here’s what she had to say.
December 5, 2009
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