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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

Maria Dahlgren on Design

In her graphic wooden serving trays, Swedish designer Maria Dahlgren deftly takes on the "tacky souvenirs" of the world. Her delightfully bold, retro-inspired designs feature the names of some of the most-favorite tourist destinations—like London, Stockholm, and Helsinki—alongside "cityscapes" comprised of things that each place is known for (like Big Ben, Christopher Wren's St. Paul's Cathedral, the Tower Bridge, and umbrellas for London). Maria chatted about about the cities she loves, the designers who inspire her, and Sweden's foremost national treasure: ABBA. Here's what she has to say.
March 17, 2011
Stack of soaps by Honey pie Hives and Herbals

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 reporting a few stories for upcoming issues and am staying at the Gladstone Hotel (more about this great spot soon!). Hot off the plane and ready to be refreshed, I hopped in the shower and found what is sure to become a new favorite product: Honey Pie Hive and Herbal's shampoo bar.
March 11, 2011
Poketo wallets

Poketo Artist Wallets

Los Angeles-based design company Poketo's claim to fame is its artists wallets (though its also offers some sweet Spacetime wall decals, adorable Smile cards, and fun Mood bottle openers). Featuring the work of top-notch artists from around the world, the wallets are each intended to be "a traveling art show" and make art and design available to the masses (the money holders ring in at just $20 a piece). Poketo just announced its new spring 2011 designs so we've rounded up a few of our favorites, new and old.
March 9, 2011
Hero and Sound Design Studio

Hero Design Studio

For many setting out to make it on their own, a storefront is a destination. But for husband-wife team Mark Brickey and Beth Manos Brickey of Hero Design Studio, their shop in Buffalo's Allentown neighborhood has been a way to introduce future clients to their brand and a stop along their path toward full-time design.
March 5, 2011
Hans Wegner's Model no. 236 sofa designed for Getama in 1954.

Upcoming Auction at LA Modern

Original Ettore Sottsass furniture and accessories that were custom designed and built for the late tech pioneer Max Palevsky will hit the auction block March 6th at LA Modern. The Memphis Group member’s pieces will be sold without a reserve, and joined by work from fellow Modernists Harry Bertoia, Hans Wegner, Charles & Ray Eames, Sam Maloof, and George Nakashima. The catalog is rounded out by a selection of modern artworks by Richard Tuttle, Ed Ruscha, Helen Frankenthaler, Picasso and others. Check out a few of the objects on sale in the slideshow that follows.
March 4, 2011
Modern wall hooks

Contain Clutter with These Modern Wall Hooks

Picture your garment-strewn home, with coats tossed over the sofa’s arm, scarves slung over side chairs, and handbags hidden who-knows-where. Consider the aesthetic anguish and the daily delays in departing your domicile. Now, imagine a catchall that will efficiently corral life’s accoutrements. It’s quite possible that a well-placed wall hook will change your life.
March 3, 2011
The artist said that the goal of his work is to “allow nature to have its say.”

Handmade Wine Chillers

Ceramic artist Michael Wisner learned much of his craft from Juan Quezada, the self-invented Mexican master who rediscovered ancient methods of Indian pottery. “I knocked on his door and told him I loved his work,” Wisner said. “And I ended up staying there for three months." During an 18-year period, Wisner estimates, he spent two and a half years with the recipient of Mexico’s coveted National Art Award. “I was keenly interested in his process, his attention to detail and his acute knowledge of materials,” Wisner said. "He’s constantly challenging himself, and you’re imbued with that when you work with him.”
March 2, 2011
Norman Copenhagen Name Hat

Name this Wall Hook

I used to think that being a professional namer, you know, a guy who dreams up names for stuff like products, racehorses, children, would be the most amazing job in the world. I'm not so convinced of that today, but playing occasional namer is still good fun. And now the dear Danes at Normann Copenhagen need your help and mine to name one of their new products: a wall hook called Drop, at least for now, designed by the Swedes at Asshoff Brogard.
March 2, 2011