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Birdie Light by Kiel Mead

Granted, it's been a good ten years since my half-credit, freshman-year-of-college badminton class, but my love for the genteel game persists. And though it's entirely ill-advised to play it in your living room, I see no reason whatsoever that this laudable little Birdie Light made from a goosefeather shuttlecock shouldn't float around, mid-arc, as though it were headed into the far corner of the court. The design by youngster Kiel Mead is inspired and at a mere $40 from Areaware, why not let these birdies flock together?
February 19, 2010
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Rich Brilliant Willing

When Senior Editor Aaron Britt was at Design Miami in December, he met the three RISD chaps behind the young industrial design firm Rich Brilliant Willing. Theo Richardson, Charles Brill, and Alex Williams (get it?) have been hard at it in New York City for a couple years now, and looked all too happy to be on the town in Miami's balmy excuse for winter. They met up at a show at the Cappellini gallery, wandered around Design Miami for a bit, and then arranged to have a beer the next day. Though he could hardly recount the quips and barbs of the collective Rich Brilliant Willing mind, Britt did put a few questions to them. Here he presents what they had to say, in addition to this slideshow of their work.
February 1, 2010
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Tom Dixon

"You can take the principles of what something stands for and use them in a completely new way. Otherwise you’re just a retrospective company," says designer Tom Dixon.
January 7, 2010
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New Energy-Saving Gadgets from CES

The Consumer Electronics Show is in full swing in Vegas and there are lots of reports coming from the blogosphere about new energy-saving devices for the home. One early peek from Engadget looks at new products from Oregon Scientific, a technology company based in Portland, Oregon.
January 7, 2010
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Jaime Salm Reviews 15 Energy-efficient LED Lights

Forever replacing bulbs might fast become an act of the past as long-lasting, energy-efficient light-emitting diodes (LEDs) make their way into the marketplace.
December 27, 2009
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Tom Dixon at Design Miami 2009

I happened to catch up with British furniture designer Tom Dixon yesterday on his way over to the Audi Pavilion here on Miami Beach. Audi has just launched their new A8 sedan and Tom was tapped to do an installation of his own—the luminous Light Light—as part of the festivities. We walked the boardwalk between the Fontainebleau Hotel and the Pavilion together and chatted about manly smells, new colors and the nature of innovation.  
December 2, 2009
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Spore: Italian Glass Meets LED

In one of Italy's oldest glass-blowing regions, Murano, the lighting company FDV Collection (a Leucos USA brand) has partnered with Italian architect Massimo Iosa Ghini to unite cutting-edge LED technology with centuries-old tradition. The result is Spore, a pendant light with an artful exterior and high-tech interior.  
November 28, 2009
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Live from London: Benjamin Hubert

Benjamin Hubert has been busy since graduating with an industrial design degree from Loughborough University in 2006. At 100% Design last week, he launched a A year in the making, a collection of several products for no less than seven British and international brands.
October 2, 2009
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Alvar Aalto in Lights

International Style architect Alvar Aalto is undoubtedly Finland's best-known design export, and is often cited for his mastery of natural light. Less often discussed is his role as a designer of electric lighting—critical to the enjoyment of Finnish interior environments during the long dark winter months.
September 9, 2009