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Friday Finds 8.13.2010

The Dwell editors are here to start your weekend off with the best of the best, the cream of the crop, and the top of the heap on the interwebs!
August 13, 2010
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An Urbin Solution

When Alana Charles and her husband moved to their dream home in Toronto, they were excited to start life on their beautiful street; however, they were not excited about the new, very large refuse and recycling bins littering the front yards and curbsides in their neighborhood.
August 13, 2010
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Life Pscycle-ology of a Mobile Phone

By now most of us know and follow the reduce, reuse, recycle routine for bottles and cans, but what about electronics? Presented by the Australian Environmental Protection Agency as part of the State of Design Festival, "Life Pscycle-ology" looks life of a mobile phone once it's been discarded. With a dose of humor, the animated short shows why life cycle thinking is important to all new design--mobile phone or otherwise.
August 11, 2010
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Michigan or Bust

I'm quite happy to report that I'm off for Michigan for the first time in all my days on Wednesday. Online editor Amanda Dameron and I are off to film the third and final installment of our color theory video series The Full Spectrum in Holland and Zeeland, Michigan, on the grounds of the eminent furniture maker Herman Miller.
August 9, 2010
The Los Angeles team of Project H partnered with the Downtown Women's Center, a shelter in central Los Angeles, to develop four retail products that could be made using basic sewing skills, and whose function would have retail marketability, as well as te

The 2010 California Design Biennial

Currently on view at the Pasadena Museum of California Art is the 2010 California Design Biennial: Action/Reaction, an exhibition that highlights some the most significant and innovative designs created in California.
August 9, 2010
Introducing Dwell Kitchen

Introducing Dwell Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of the home and starting today, we're giving these hearty rooms their own home at dwell.com. We're excited to introduce Dwell Kitchen, a new food-focused section of the site. Edited by associate editor Miyoko Ohtake (an enthusiastic chef who documents her epicurean adventures at Miyoko Eats) and including contributions from the Dwell staff and writers, the new online department will feature everything from latest gadgets to kitchen projects and renovations. Pull up a chair and get a glimpse of what's to come, as we take a look at some of Ohtake's favorite food-related posts from the past year.
August 7, 2010
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Dreamlands

There are moments now and then that the architecture of our imaginations becomes the architecture of an actual place. Amusement parks can bring Hogwarts castle and the lands of Pirates of the Caribbean to life, the World's Fairs and international expositions (like the current Expo 2010 Shanghai China) are where countries call on their designers to create buildings that ooze the essence of their nation, and, on the more permanent basis, places like Las Vegas and Dubai pop up as small worlds of their own to which to escape to for a time- (and place-) warped experience. Dreamlands, an exhibit currently at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, France, celebrates these strange, other-worldly places. The show features more than 300 works of art--paintings, sculptures, architectural models, films, and more--that highlight these environments and the ways in which they have influenced how we think about cities. The exhibit closes next Monday, August 9. If you can't make it--or even if you're lucky enough that you can--we present this slideshow of images from the exhibition.
August 3, 2010
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The Full Spectrum

August 2, 2010
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Kickstart Some Design

If you've ever complained about the dearth of good design in our world, but as you're not a designer yourself felt like you could opt out of the heavy lifting, your days are numbered. Kickstarter allows artists, designers, and entrepreneurs to post their projects on its site and implore the design and community minded to make small contributions to their projects. You can give in chunks as little as $1 and if you open up that wallet a little wider you often make out with a rather nice bit of swag. Here are a few projects that caught my eye.
August 2, 2010
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