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New Design from Very Good & Proper

In this year's June issue, our Square Meal column featured the London restaurant mini-chain Canteen, where good design is as high a priority as good taste. The owner of Canteen also runs a design company, Very Good & Proper, which creates the interiors for the eateries. They started small with a custom table for their guests, and now they're releasing more. Recently they launched their Utility Chair and Hook & Knob.
November 4, 2009
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Emiliano Godoy

Sustainable design isn’t merely a catchphrase for Mexico City–based industrial designer Emiliano Godoy. The density and environmental tensions of the megalopolis he calls home have both challenged and inspired him to pursue responsible design decisions with his firm, Godoylab, and eco-friendly production practices with Pirwi, the furniture company he launched with Alejandro Castro in 2007.
October 28, 2009
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Moby Tape Dispenser

I've been following designer Jonas Damon for a little while now, and like most design-watchers, I rather liked his charming wooden Torch Flashlight, and the Twice Twice Clock he created recently. He strikes again, this time turning his eye to another oft-stashed-in-the-back-of-the-desk object: the Scotch tape dispenser. Recalling a grinning whale, Moby is bound to brighten any desktop.
October 27, 2009

Webcast: Design for Emerging Markets

If you have an interest in humanitarian design and product development, you'll want to tune in this Thursday, October 29, to a live online seminar "Designing Products for Emerging Markets," with designers Masuma Henry and Martijn Van Tilburg of Seattle's Artefact creative consultancy.
October 27, 2009
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2009 People's Design Award Winner

After a month of online voting, the winner of the 2009 People’s Design Award was announced last night at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum’s fourth annual National Design Awards gala. From of 198 entries, the honor went to Trek Bicycles’ Lime bike.
October 23, 2009

Craft Culture Face-Off

On the surface, craft culture may seem as soft and fuzzy as a skein of hand-dyed yarn, but as I learned at the American Craft Council's annual meeting and conference last week, there are as many dynamic tensions among practitioners, scholars and devotees of craft as there are between fibers on a loom.
October 21, 2009
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James Dyson on the Air Multiplier

You’ve heard the story, usually told by James Dyson in his own dulcet tones: After five years and thousands of prototypes, the furniture designer-turned-engineer invented the first bagless dual-cyclonic vacuum cleaner. But less known is that, despite the machine’s superior technology, Dyson couldn’t find a manufacturer or distributor for it. So he created his own manufacturing facility, followed by a research center, which has since generated over a thousand patents for the company.
October 20, 2009
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Matt Grigsby of Ecolect

As I scrutinized and stroked the swatches of Ekobe, Green Cell Foam, and Kirei wood on the wall, I knew I was living out the designer's dream -- to indulge in an entire gallery of materials at my fingertips' disposal. Seen at the Better x Design conference in Providence, Rhode Island, this innovative gallery comes in the form of a Materials Petting Zoo, a brainchild of Ecolect, the world's largest database of sustainable materials.
October 19, 2009
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Events This Weekend: 10.16-10.18

I’m in Buffalo this week visiting friends and family—and getting the chance to check out the new visitors’ center at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin D. Martin House, the Eleanor and Wilson Greatbatch Pavilion designed by Toshiko Mori Architect. For those elsewhere, here’s a look at where to get your design and architecture fix this weekend.
October 15, 2009