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Wooden Accordion Cabinet by Elisa Strokyk

Tomorrow's Design Stars: Part 1

If you liked what you saw in our Young Designers roundup in our May 2012 issue—where we spotlighted 28 up-and-coming design talents from around the globe—then don't miss this extended look at more work by those designers. Here you'll see Elisa Strozyk's additional innovative experiments with wood veneer, Pia Wüstenberg's lathed scrap paper pendant lamps, Fredrik Färg's recycled chairs made new with intricately folded and stritched felt backs, and much, much more. Click through the slideshow!
May 1, 2012
Modern architect and designer Stanley Saitowitz

Modern Ritual

When it came time to partake in rituals like lighting the Shabbat candles or setting the seder plate, designer Stanley Saitowitz of Natoma Architects, Inc., saw nothing but a sea of Star of David–bedecked kitsch. Unable to find the goods that suited both his aesthetic and his practice, he set about designing a spare, modern suite of Jewish objects—on view in the exhibit Stanley Saitowitz: Judaica at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco through October 16 2012—that runs the gamut from menorahs to kiddush cups. We asked Saitowitz why he had to make what he couldn’t find.
April 30, 2012
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Friday Finds 04.27.12

In this installment of Friday Finds, we trek to Japan for a rockabilly video, zip on over to Spain to see a wood-framed bicycle crafted using traditional Basque tecnhiques, then head northward to Belgium to glimpse the work of furniture design team Muller Van Severen. Scroll down for more!
April 27, 2012
Delft Blue vase by Daniel Hulsbergen

Daniel Hulsbergen

Daniel Hulsbergen (Design Academy Eindhoven, graduated), Centerpiece series, 2010: These sculptural vases meld two traditional Dutch crafts, the printed Delft Blue vase and handcrafted wicker braiding. This is complemented by a very modern ethos: sustainability through reuse.
April 24, 2012
Ceramic and cork canisters by Dokter and Misses

Dokter and Misses

“I love Johannesburg-based Dokter and Misses’ ceramic and cork canisters and clever light-and-shelf combo.”
April 24, 2012
Elisa Strozyk portrait by Bernd Schifferdecker

Elisa Strozyk

Elisa Strozyk was in graduate school when she came across a photo of a water-warped parquet floor. “I thought, my God, the wood came back to life and is frozen in motion,” she says.
April 23, 2012
communal living vacation home wooden structures

Communal Lakeside Vacation House in Ontario

On a lakeside plot outside Toronto, four friends forge a new kind of vacation house. 
April 19, 2012
modern design hotel in Berlin, Germany

Propeller Island Hotel, Berlin

In 1997, musician Lars Storschen started renting out rooms in his house to supplement his income. Bored with the idea of a traditional guest room, Storschen created different themes for each of the four rooms. Inspired by Jules Vernes’ science fiction novel, Propeller Island, Storschen’s guestrooms-cum art installations, like Symbols (A room filled with 300 symbols) became an extension of his career as an artist. Soon after, the rooms became popular and Storschen began toying with the idea of expanding Propeller Island into a proper hotel. When the pension hotel in his building became available, Storschen bought it and spent the next five years expanding. Now, with three floors and 27 rooms, Propeller Island is part art gallery and part hotel. It’s impractical and slightly gimmicky, but I love Storschen’s madcap approach and imaginative décor. Click through the slideshow to view my favorite rooms.
April 14, 2012
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Play Ball: Huntington Baseball Co.

Now that the season is on, any good design fan is mulling over precisely how to get just a bit more baseball into his home decor. Moderation, fellow fans! Tempting as it may be to move that collection of pennants out of junior's room and into the foyer, there is a better solution for the sporting modernist: the work of Huntington Baseball Co. No game is as ripe with nostalgia, and even the most ardent minimalist will find something to like in the clean typography of Huntington's collection of paper goods. And as the corporate bloat of Major League Baseball's marketing machine rumbles on, you'll be forgiven for hankering for a simpler time with simpler gear. Check out our slideshow for the posters, coasters, and scorebooks that bring just the right does of the old time diamond into the home. 
April 12, 2012
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