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Friday Finds 03.16.12

We just firmed up our NCAA brackets in the Dwell office (Kentucky all the way!) but the one we're really curious about is Obama's. We also wish a Happy Birthday to another office favorite, SF Giants' Brian Wilson, who turns 30 today. Scroll down for the rest of our Friday Finds.
March 16, 2012
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Friday Finds 03.09.12

For your Friday amusement, five finds from the staff of Dwell. Scroll down for more.
March 9, 2012
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Coolest Homes for Artists & Art Collectors

We at Dwell are always on the lookout for unique homes that express the personality of their occupants—and it's no wonder some of the most unique and memorable residences we've featured in recent years belong to artists and art collectors, who embrace the quirky and the unconventional. Here's a peek at some of our favorite homes designed around the display and making-of art, from a famous conceptual artist's industrial-inspired rowhouse in New York City to a street art collector's shipping crate-filled loft in San Francisco.
March 7, 2012
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Marrakech Biennale: Higher Atlas

The Marrakech Biennale is in its fourth go here in Morocco's cultural capitol, and though much of the citywide exhibition deals with photography, sculpture and the like, the main show Higher Atlas—installed in the never-completed Theatre Royale—is decidedly architectural. From a fully-erected Maine backwoods shack by Ethan Hayes-Chute to a massive satellite dish by German architect Jurgen Mayer H., these works of art must contend with the presence of a raw, unfinished building. Started decades ago as an opera house by the previous king, one gets the sense that the actual theater, done only in raw concrete, will never be finished. I had a splendid time wandering around the structure discovering installation after installation. With no information given about what each project is, who made it, or what it's made from, one had the sense of pure discovery walking around the building, like finding ancient frescoes in a ruin. The exhibit runs through June 3rd.
March 6, 2012
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Floating Landscape Made of Net

I recently came across Numen's creative interactive installations, a mix between art and design, on the landscape architecture blog Landezine. These are the same guys who strung up an alien-like web of packing tape in Melbourne's Federation Square last year. Their most recent project, Net, is a series of flexible nets suspended in the air, connected at various points to create an undulating and disorienting landscape. Or, as the designers call it, a "community hammock."
March 5, 2012
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Friday Finds 03.02.12

If you've ever received a string of unnecessary emails, had a cup of coffee that's too hot, or wondered who designed the hot new issue of Spin, scroll through our Friday Finds.
March 2, 2012
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Friday Finds 02.24.12

On this Friday, we take you on a food tour of San Francisco, share a clip from the new Ralph Fiennes film, and introduce you to our new favorite interactive website, which tests one's ability to draw stick figures. Scroll down for more.
February 24, 2012
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Art from Architecture

Highlight Gallery's new project, 3020 Laguna Street In Exitum, is open to the public for just one more day–tomorrow, Saturday, February 25, from 2:00 to 7:00 PM. So if you're in San Francisco and interested in architecture and art, don't miss this last chance to see it in person. The concept is compelling: nine artists were invited to take over a 19th-century house in Cow Hollow that was slated for demolition due to structural issues. As co-founders Amir Mortazavi and David Kasprzak put it, "the artists were invited to enter the space, to set entropy in motion with perhaps a more sensitive hand and a 'tool belt conceptualism.'" There was just one stipulation: to create their art, they had to use only materials found on the premises. For a glimpse at the results, click through the slideshow. To learn more about the artists and the project, see here.
February 24, 2012
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San Francisco's "Forgotten Modernism"

While I was on a scouting trip for a future Dwell Reports story, I came across the work of local artist and architect Michael Murphy, his "Forgotten Modernism" series specifically. Three years ago, Murphy returned to San Francisco after a brief stint in London. Seeing the city with semi-fresh eyes made him realize that there are great modernist structures that get lost among all the Victorians, Edwardians, bay windows, Beaux Arts finery, and decorative cornices that city's structures are best known for (and which we do love). "There's so much good modern architecture in the city, but it gets ignored," says Murphy. "I was surprised that the city still has these undiscovered architectural gems and there are so many more out there waiting to be found," he continues. Murphy travels around the city, finds a scene, and creates a composite image of the surrounding the landmarks. While the view might not be exactly true to life, all the parts exist in that line of sight. There are 12 different posters in the series, which are available from Murphy's site or Zinc Details. In the slideshow that follows, have a look at six of them.
February 21, 2012