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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
A map of the various zones at the 2010 Expo, happening in Shanghai, China, this weekend.

Events this Weekend: 4.29-5.2

From the 2010 Expo Shanghai to the 2011 Solar Decathalon, this weekend is packed with openings featuring spirited pavilions and sun-powered plans.
April 29, 2010
Limitations—even in choice of wardrobe—fuel the creative fires of Dutch master Karel Martens. His influential graphic design career spans nearly a half century, and he continues to explore new ground.

Dutch Master

Limitations—–even in choice of wardrobe—–fuel the creative fires of Dutch master Karel Martens. His influential graphic design career spans nearly half a century, and he continues to explore new ground.
April 26, 2010
<i>The House of a GI-A Proposal</i> (2009) by Matthew Ritchie. On display at the Guggenheim Museum February 12 through April 28, 2010, as part of the exhibit <i>Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum</i>.

Events this Weekend: 4.22-4.25

Tonight, celebrate Earth Day with a discussion of water management at the Museum of the City of New York and catch Quicktake and Contemplating the Void before they close at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and the Guggenheim Museum, respectively.
April 22, 2010
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Kitchen and Bath Industry Show 2010

This weekend, an estimated 35,000 designers, manufacturers, retailers, and press descended on Chicago's McCormick Place Convention Center to see the latest, greatest, and greenest in kitchen and bathroom products, fixtures, and appliances at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS). Dwell's associate editor Miyoko Ohtake toured the floors and made the following finds.
April 19, 2010
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Events this Weekend: 4.15-4.18

This week, we're on the road. Jordan Kushins, Sam Grawe, and Amanda Dameron are traipsing around Milan at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile and I'm in Chicago for the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show. Join in the action by checking out these exhibitions, opening and closing this weekend.
April 15, 2010