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The Real Good Experiment

In early November, Minnesota–based furniture and design company Blu Dot dropped 25 Real Good Chairs on the streets of Manhattan to see what would happen. Thus began the Real Good Experiment.
December 29, 2009
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Timeless Design: Future Perfect

Marcel Breuer’s Wassily chair, the Eames lounge chair, George Nelson’s Ball clock, and Giancarlo Mattioli’s Nesso lamp are just a few of the prodigious products that one might claim are timeless. While thousands of the objects we produce each year fall into obscurity without so much as an adieu, a select handful manages to survive and flourish with the march of time. The reasons for this are largely indecipherable—–popularity, technological advances, sales, usefulness, beauty, and whimsy, to name a possible few. The only true measure of timelessness is time itself. We asked four design minds to stake their bets on a design from the past decade that will hold up to tomorrow.
December 17, 2009
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Grass Mirror

The architects at Paris-based studio H20 Architects know how to maximize space--and in their latest design, the Grass Mirror, it's no different.
December 11, 2009
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Arik Levy at Design Miami

Amidst the Design Miami tumult, in which many are wandering about on insect-like stilettos, I had a chance to sit down with designer Arik Levy. At the little café at the far end of architects Aranda\Lasch’s temporary structure, Levy and I had a chat about his new collaboration with the bank HSBC, were interrupted by a grinning, wisecracking Tom Dixon—who thought it was good fun to keep referring to me as a “motor journalist”—and got to the bottom of what the Israeli designer wants for Chanukah.
December 3, 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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Recycling the Unrecyclable

It is nearly impossible to talk about materials today without invoking a full-fledged powwow about life cycle analysis, carbon footprints, and potential upcycling. Especially in the building industry, where many materials cannot be recycled using conventional means, product life is often prematurely shortened -- due to a lack of connection between material source and knowledge of where it could be used in the world. Enter SocialCycling, a new program that aims to facilitate exactly this.
November 30, 2009
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Jonathan Adler's Whales

Though I've become quite fond of them, I don't quite know what to make of Jonathan Adler's pair of tabletop cetaceans. A butter dish and a pitcher, are they meant as a wry reminder of what a holiday season's worth of ingeting and imbibing might turn us into? And if so, what better service vessel than the butter dish to warn against the perils of overindugence?
November 26, 2009
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Kilo Design + BIG + Skibsted Ideation

Exciting news in the design world: Danish powerhouse designer firms Kilo Design (headed by Lars Holme Larsen), BIG (led by Bjarke Ingels), and Skibsted Ideation (founded by Jens artin Skibsted) have decided to join forces to create a new "idea-driven industrial design firm," KiBiSi.
November 25, 2009
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Field Notes Winter Colors Series

I've had my eye on the handsome little notebooks from Field Notes--a collaboration between Portland, Oregon's Draplin Design Company and Chicago's Coudal Partners--for some time now. Call them the American antidote to the sophisticated Euro vibe Moleskine goes for (if Picasso was a Moleskine man, you can easliy imagine Jeff Tweedy as a Field Notes fellow), and dig a design ethos that looks back to agricultural memo books.
November 20, 2009
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