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Friday Finds 4.01.11

In celebration of the first Friday in April, a trove of Dwell's favorite finds to usher you into the weekend.
April 1, 2011
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Berber Ragtime

While on a trip to Marrakech late last year, Fort Street Studio owners Brad Davis and Janis Provisor came across a cache of boucherouite rugs made by Berber women most likely between the 1950s and 1970s. Essentially rag rugs made from scraps of whatever material was on hand (a resourceful reach beyond the expected wool), the pieces are colorful, highly personal relics of Berber village life, and would have been given as gifts or used as part of a dowry. “I was told that women would usually display their dowry rugs proudly if things were going well, or hide them away as a sign that she was not entirely happy in her marriage,” says Provisor. The painterly rugs, which range in size from 1 by 2 feet to 5 by 9 feet, are priced between $1,500 and $12,000 depending on size and design. Several were hung at Fort Street Studio’s Los Angeles showroom during the biannual West Week design gathering, and the bulk will be displayed at their New York showroom beginning April 28. “The weavers show an eccentric sense of composition in these rugs, and went beyond the typical Moroccan motifs,” says Provisor.
April 1, 2011
Jens Quistgaard Dansk salt and pepper mills

Reissued: Jens Quistgaard Mills

While we've all heard of Dansk, far fewer of us are aware of the talented artist behind the company: Danish designer Jens Harald Quistgaard. Formed in 1954 with American entrepreneur Ted Nierenberg, Dansk has become an internationally recognized flatware and cookware company. Its beginnings, however, were in Quistgaard's teak pepper mills. Recently, Dansk reissued three mills by Quistgaard (who passed away in 2008) exclusively for Crate and Barrel: Henrik, Lisbet, and Jesper.
March 31, 2011
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Ceramics by Montes Doggett

A journey through the Intertubes recently landed me at the homepage of Montes Doggett. The stunning line of Peruvian ceramics is the work of Mexican designer Monica Porter.
March 30, 2011
Hero Business of Design

Hero Design On Making It

Mark Brickey and Beth Manos Brickey started their design careers like many youthful print enthusiasts: making free concert fliers from friends. Since then, however, they've launched a design studio, opened a retail shop to bring people into their brand (think: the Apple store experience at a much smaller scale), and become so busy with design work that they're closing the doors on their store in early April to devote all their time to what they love: making good designs. Here, Mark shares his tale of dropping out of school, having his a-ha moment at SXSW, launching the design studio with Beth, and never looking back.
March 28, 2011
These plastic utensils were designed by <a href="">Joe Colombo</a>, one of Italy's most famous designers.

Usefulness in Small Things

I've always been a firm believer that some of the most interesting design is found in the objects we use everyday. As much as I do love those specific objects meant to be perched on mantles or be the focal point of a room, there's something so captivating about things intended to solve a problem, streamline a process, or just make life easier. In Usefulness in Small Things, just off the presses at Rizzoli, Sam Hecht and Kim Colin introduce a collection of low-cost, mass-produced items gathered from around the world.
March 25, 2011
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Made Design Shop and Gallery

Canada is known for its love of hockey and its long winters but few people know of our neighbor to the north's wealth of innovative modern designers. Enter Made. The Toronto shop and gallery features pieces that are—as the storefront suggests—"Canadian made, hand made, custom made, and well made." It's a celebration of what Canadian design is all about.
March 23, 2011
Emiliana Design

Spanish Design in "Bravos"

BRAVOS: Groundbreaking Spanish Design will debut at the American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center in Washington, DC on April 2nd and will remain on view until May 15th. Thanks to BRAVOS, American audiences will be able to catch a glimpse of the latest works of twenty-one of the most talented and successful people working in Spain, including experimental pieces by young designers like Nacho Carbonell alongside works by more established figures such as Martín Azúa. Curated by design expert Juli Capella, the exhibition shows the remarkable diversity of styles and techniques emerging from Iberia. Have a look at some of our favorite works in the following slideshow.
March 18, 2011
Photojournalist Finbarr O'Reilly documented anti-Qaddafi sentiments strewn across walls and on posters in Libya. Photo via <a href="">The New York Times</a>.

Friday Finds 3.18.11

In this week's Friday Finds, we here at Dwell searched the depths of the web to bring you the tale of two cosmonauts, the Spanish tradition of "Castellers," a new take on bear skin rugs, and a real estate find many John Hughes fans will appreciate.
March 18, 2011