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More Favorite Play! Spaces

Our September 2011 issue is about to hit newsstands, but we're not finished celebrating play (the theme of our July/August 2011 issue). Earlier this week we featured five fantastic projects from the new Gingko Press book Play! Indoor and Outdoor, and here we highlight five more favorites from the 58 projects included in the book.
August 1, 2011
Selectric color

IBM Selectric Turns 50

The IBM Selectric typewriter, that splendid icon of American industrial design devised by the eminent Eliot Noyes, turns 50 today, July 31st, 2011! In addition to its stunning good looks, the portable device's significant innovation was a small spherical type head that replaced the basket of bars in previous typewriters. The Selectric jammed far less frequently making it a dream of speed and efficiency. I had a chance to talk with Noyes's daughter Derry from the vacation home Eliot designed for the family on Martha's Vineyard about the Selectric and a recent homage she was able to make to her father and his work.
July 31, 2011
listomania bookshelf basics

Bookshelf Basics

Classic or contemporary, these titles are guaranteed to appeal to burgeoning bookworms of the modernist sort.
July 29, 2011
Play book

Favorite Play! Spaces

We love to play and love places that celebrate our inner, creative, kidlike selves—we dedicated our July/August 2011 issue to the subjects of families, kids, and play after all. The editors of the new Gingko Press book Play! Indoor and Outdoor hand-selected 58 of the best projects for playing from around the world, ranging in program from day cares to schools to playgrounds. Here we feature five of our favorites from the book (and in an upcoming post we'll showcase another five as well).
July 28, 2011
Modern home in Scotland with Japanese and Scottish influences

A Piece of Home

Made of hardy Scottish materials and holding a Japanese heart, this Edinburgh house shows that two architects from disparate cultures can design a home that bridges the gap.
July 27, 2011
Mjolk Favorite Products

Mjölk: Favorite Product Picks

Storeowners Juli Daoust and John Baker scout Scandinavia and Japan for the best designs in each region to bring back the best of their finds to their Toronto shop Mjölk (pronounced "mi-yelk"). We visited the duo in the city's Junction neighborhood for our September 2011 Design Finder. Here, they handpick their favorite items in the store and gives us a peek into why and how they chose each one.
July 27, 2011
Juli Daoust and John Baker of Mjolk

Design Shop Visit: Mjölk in Toronto

This Canadian duo searches out top Scandinavian and Japanese designs and brings their best finds back to this Toronto shop.
July 27, 2011
Marimekko iconic patterns

Marimekko's Iconic Patterns

It's hard not to adore (and lust after) Marimekko's fabrics. In the early 1950s, as Finland continued its slow ­recovery from World War II, textile designer Armi Ratia seized the opportunity to bring hope and optimism to the country—in the form of brightly colored and boldly patterned fabrics and clothing. From the remnants of her husband Viljo’s oilcloth company, the couple launched Marimekko in 1951. Less than a decade later, Jackie Kennedy graced a December 1960 cover of Sports Illustrated in a pink Marimekko dress, and the company took off, gaining renown for its bright, modern, fashion-forward textiles and clothing. Here we take a look at some of Marimekko's most iconic and favorite patterns. Be sure to watch our Process slideshow that shows how these textiles are made.
July 26, 2011
Pebble Tape Dispenser and Post It Holder Karim Rashid

Karim Rashid's Pebble Collection

This summer, the prolific, plastic-loving designer Karim Rashid teamed up with 3M and its Post-it and Scotch brands for a new collaboration. The result of the team-up is the new Pebble Collection by Karim.
July 25, 2011