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Fabian Debora for Homeboy Industries

Tote bags are today’s essential accessory. Not only is it a more sustainable alternative to using plastic grocery bags, but it also provides a canvas on which a great message can spread.
June 24, 2011
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Preview: Modern Lifestyle Lounge

Modern design isn't just for mature, Marcel Breuer-loving adults. Join us at Dwell on Design—and bring your mini modernists—for a plethora of playful designs in our Modern Lifestyle Lounge.
June 24, 2011
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Sasaki's "Heartbeat"

What does your heartbeat look like? The Japanese-born artist Sasaki has been painting the vital sign of life for 15 years, airbrushing the distinctive waves in blood-red paint onto a canvas. He'll be bringing The Heartbeat Drawing Project to Dwell on Design this weekend, where every heartbeat he paints will send a donation straight from your heart to Architecture for Humanity's rebuilding efforts in Japan.
June 20, 2011
Caption: This giant set was created to film scenes for the 1987 movie <i>The Gate</i>

Friday Finds 6.10.11

On this Friday, catch a glimpse of what our editors have been raving about all week. The longest hug in MTV history (rumor has it they're STILL hugging), animated renditions of the best television series know to man (no bias here!), a guitarist who seeks stop "aimless knob-twiddling" (insert the obvious remark here), and a video of babies whose motions are akin to those in an inebriated state. Enjoy!
June 10, 2011
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Stedelijk Museum Posters

Upon entering the bright white interior of Amsterdam's Stedelijk Museum, a series of floor-to-ceiling posters that once advertised past exhibitions greets visitors. It's a striking display that shows how the musem has promoted itself, and its shows, to the public since opening in 1895. Though there are a wide variety of designers and artists represented, those who helmed the Stedelijk as director—including Willem Sandberg from 1945 to 1962—and who were in charge of printed matter—like Wim Crouwel from 1963 to 1984—especially helped to create a strong visual identity for the cultural institution. The building itself is in the process of expanding with an expected grand opening date late next year, and until a climitization system is built in, only pieces that are not damaged easily are able to be shown. As such, these are all individual repreductions of the originals, which are in the permanent collection. Unfortunately, there are no prints for sale (although I'm sure they could make a killing), but I've snapped a few of my favorites here. Click on through to the slideshow for a taste of graphic design through the ages.
June 1, 2011
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Maker Faire 2011

This weekend, Maker Faire—dubbed "the world's largest DIY festival"—took over the San Mateo County Event Center for its two-day do-it-yourself, show-and-tell extravaganza. There were hundreds of makers proudly parading their homemade and home-built wares to the estimated 80,000 people in attendance. Click through our slideshow for some of our favorite finds at the festival.
May 23, 2011
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Friday Finds 5.13.11

It's an exciting week for Dwell as our editors are off in New York City for Design Week. If you aren't able to make the trek to Gotham, have a gander at the designs in this week's Friday Finds. First off, a typographic poster of those golden two-letter words acceptable to use in Scrabble and "Sumo Lake," an animation drawn entirely by hand.
May 13, 2011
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New Olds at Israeli Design Museum

There's an interesting new museum in Israel, just south of Tel Aviv, with a corkscrewing exterior of rust-red Cor-Ten steel: Design Museum Holon, designed by Ron Arad. Their forthcoming exhibition is especially compelling. "New Olds: Design Between Tradition and Innovation" will run May 26 through September 10, curated by Volker Albus in collaboration with the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen. The wide-ranging show spotlights works by over sixty Israeli and international designers who straddle tradition and innovation, drawing inspiration from historical references and symbols ranging from cuckoo clocks and deer antlers to traditional porcelain and Baroque objects. Maarten Baas, for example, has reinterpreted the mundane white plastic garden chair, melding it with a hand-carved wooden chair; Frank Willems bends and twists mattresses to form chairs and stools. If you happen to be in Israel over the next few months, check it out—especially if you can visit during one of the accompanying lectures, given by international designers and 18 up-and-coming and established Israeli designers. Here's a peek at what's on view, along with some commentary on each piece by Albus and Galit Gaon, the chief curator of the museum.
May 13, 2011
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Zaha Hadid's Milan Installation

As part of last month's Milan Design Week, Zaha Hadid Architects teamed with LEA Ceramiche to create "Twirl," a mesmerizing installation in the 18th-century courtyard of the State University in Milan. It was up for only a week and has since been disassembled, but since I just received some beautiful pictures of the piece I figured I'd share.
May 10, 2011