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Ford & Ching Debuts 100xbetter

A desk, a loveseat, and a shelving system -- all in one single flat pack? I, too, was amazed at the clever level of reconfigurability when I saw these new pieces appear in my inbox. Recently debuting at Ford & Ching's Los Angeles showroom, this fresh line comes from 100xbetter, a design/build studio specializing in CNC machining by Will Rollins and Brendan Sowersby. Eager to learn more, I chatted with Ford & Ching partner Willard Ford about this new level of RTA (ready-to-assemble) design.
May 19, 2010
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Uncomfortable Conversations

Picture this: You’re standing on the subway. The train begins to fill, begins to move, it lurches forward and the man standing next to you grabs the bar, right above your hand. Touching your hand. It’s awkward, it’s intimate, it can be off-putting and germy (who knows where those palms have been?). It’s situations like these that are cleverly tackled at Uncomfortable Conversations, a show in the Meatpacking District curated by Liz Kinnmark and Kegan Fisher, the talented duo behind Design Glut.
May 18, 2010
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ICFF 2010: From the Show Floor

With so much going on at ICFF, what with the rows and rows of booths set up with eye candy galore, it's hard not to walk around in a daze. Somehow amidst the hubbub we were able to capture a few images.
May 17, 2010
An early-edition Egg Chair, circa 1970, with original leather. By Arne Jacobsen.

Events this Weekend: 5.13-5.16

This weekend we bring you 11 exhibitions and events spanning London, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Kuala Lumpur. Got another one for us? Add it to the list.
May 13, 2010
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Lightforms, Digitally Fabricated

Known to many architects as that translucent film paper on which archaic hand drawings become worthy of pin-up, mylar is making an illuminating entrance into the realm of the three-dimensional. From PROJECTiONE, students have lasercut mylar to produce pieces and joints to create these exquisite hand-assembled light shades.
May 11, 2010
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Scotland: Day 1

Hello from Scotland! I've had the rather good fortune to be invited for a bit of a design tour in Scotland, and I am reporting back on my first day and a half in Edinburgh. I got in midday yesterday and immediately set out for a ramble. Before I made it back to the Hotel Missoni (high design just a block off High Street!) I'd wandered several miles, through several neighborhoods, and headlong through several Scotch whiskies (Oban 14 and Bunnahabhain), pints of Dragontail Ale, a mean fish and chips and one poker tournament. I lost that tournament the moment I sat down. Today I took off with Frank Scott of Blue Badge Guides to get a good sense of the place architecturally. In the process I saw a castle where Mary Queen of Scots spent one of her last days, restaurants made from what used to be whisky storage, and Zaha Hadid's first completed building in the UK. Check out the slideshow for a glimpse of what I've seen.
May 10, 2010
A detail of Ms. Treat in Teaberry, a wall covering design inspired by naturalist Mary Treat (1830-1923) by Grow House Grow.

2010 BKLYN Designs

It's that time of year again—spring!—and this weekend BKLYN DESIGNS, a three-day contemporary design tradeshow featuring furniture, lighting, carpeting, flooring, and wall coverings, returns to Brooklyn. There will be dozens of designers featuring all kinds of wares, so if you're in New York, head down and peruse. Once you're there, it's easy to get around—just jump on their free shuttle bus that runs loops between the event and the Brooklyn Borough Hall. If you can't get to the show in person, never fear. We've rounded up a few items from the show in this here slideshow.
May 6, 2010
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Events this Weekend: 5.6-5.9

We're Out and About in America this weekend, with an exhibit opening in Indianapolis, a three-day design show in New York, and the closing of exhibitions in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Detroit.
May 6, 2010
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Science Project Pillows

I got a note recently from Heather Lins of Heather Lins Home about her new eco-friendly pillows. Though the current throw pillow throwdown is certain to separate wheat from chaff, little on your couch better suggests that you might be able to make the scientific differentiation between the two than her Science Project pillows. They don't come cheap, $220 each for Botany, Geology and Anatomy, but they are a classy, retro addition to the living room, and one that would make Mr. Daly, my preposterously nerdy seventh grade science teacher, very, very happy. Pocket protector not included.
May 4, 2010