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  1. Blimp My Ride
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    Blimp My Ride

    A century ago giant airships—–blimps and zeppelins and such—–were considered the future of air transport, but with their safety called into question by the Hindenburg...

    written by: Tom Downs
    05.13.09

  2. Patent Vending
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    Patent Vending

    Rescued from its long tenure as the home of processed snacks, the vending machine is enjoying a moment of unprecedented glitz.

    written by: Shonquis Moreno
    11.06.10

  3. Yes Please More
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    Yes Please More

    While the United States is leaps and bounds behind Europe when it comes to publicly funding the arts and design, the city of Denver and Yes Please More are doing their best to encourage creative...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    01.18.11

  4. Cultivating Good Taste
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    Cultivating Good Taste

    Grown, harvested, prepped, and cooked all in the same place, farm-to-table fare is coming to a city near you.

    written by: Bethan Ryder
    07.19.11

  5. Shipping Container Retail Design
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    Shipping Container Retail Design

    I wish I could see this cool new pop-up shop in person, but alas, it's in Manhattan and only until October 31. It's the first (albeit temporary) retail store for fashion designer Richard Chai, set...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    10.22.10

  6. A BoConcept Makeover
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    A BoConcept Makeover

    When we moved into an Edwardian apartment in San Francisco's Mission District four years ago, we trucked in our furniture, set the pieces where we thought they made sense, and haven't changed much...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    07.11.11

  7. Honey Pie Natural Shampoo Bar
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    Honey Pie Natural Shampoo Bar

    I made a glorious discovery in the shower last night: shampoo in bar form. I'm in Toronto serving on the curatorial committee for the third Twenty+Change design exhibition and publication and...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    03.11.11

  8. Incredible Modernist Architecture From Latvia
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    Incredible Modernist Architecture From Latvia

    An exhibition at the Venice Biennale showcases the Baltic state’s unique post-war styles and structures.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    05.21.14

  9. Kickstarter of the Week: Food Huggers
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    Kickstarter of the Week: Food Huggers

    A pair of industrial designers mines their prospective audience to drum up funding for a simple yet genius kitchen product.

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    07.09.13

  10. MAIK's Experimental Danish Design
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    MAIK's Experimental Danish Design

    Pronounced "make," MAIK is an experimental Danish design brand founded in 2009 by Andreas Sachse and Rune Rex. I spotted it when I was in Copenhagen last fall and although it was closed, I was able...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    04.02.12

  11. How to Shop for Marble
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    How to Shop for Marble

    There's no denying the appeal of marble in the home—it's one of the most prized materials in kitchens and baths. To shed some light on the buying process, we interviewed expert Arthur Moloian,...

    written by: Diana Budds
    01.15.14

  12. LEGO Blocks Made from Chocolate
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    LEGO Blocks Made from Chocolate

    File under fantasy materials: LEGO-like blocks made from chocolate. In a Willy Wonka-esque move, designer Akihiro Mizuuchi has created a comestible that can be used to construct edible models....

    written by: Diana Budds
    08.15.14

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