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Tidy Books Box

Conceptualized by a Parisian violin maker and handmade of limewood with a water-based finish, the Tidy Books Box allows kids to select books from their covers rather than their spines.
January 1, 2011
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Collection Reform

Regional and world-class museums alike must daily contend with the same pedestrian woe: How can we show all this art? Limited by space, most museums manage to show only a tiny fraction of what they possess.
December 30, 2010
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State of the Art?

So you bought a little art and you kinda wonder what’s in your—and its—future. Read on.
December 30, 2010
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On Loan

An interest-free government loan to buy contemporary art? Someone tell Fannie Mae.
December 30, 2010
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20/200 Vision

What if you could get a real work of art for as little as $20? And it’s not 
a coffeehouse portrait of Neil Young?
December 30, 2010
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An Introduction to Art Collecting

For millennia, kings and clerics alike have understood that little inspires awe and confers power better than a battalion of marble statues, an epic tapestry, or an exquisitely rendered portrait. Any story of art collection, however, is ineluctably a story of economics. Amass a fortune and art is often the first thing you’ll buy. Squander it and those Titians are the first things on the auction block. Yet for as long as the wealthy have adorned their homes with Grecian urns, so too have the hoi polloi managed to squirrel away artworks of their own.
December 30, 2010
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Sam Kaufman on Breuer's B32

I moved apartments over the weekend, and in the great push to clean out the old place in anticipation of the new, I decided to finally do away with a set of (free at the time) dining chairs that I'd never really cared for. Better yet, I came across an architecture office that has closed down and was looking to sell off a rash of cantalievered Marcel Breuer B32 chairs. I scored a handsome quartet of vintage seats but wanted to learn more about them. I turned to LA gallerist and walking design encyclopedia Sam Kaufman for a history lesson, and to learn how to tell if my seats are authentic. Oh the lesson I received.
December 27, 2010
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Erik Thorstensson on Creatables

Earlier this month I posted a little round-up of products by the recycling mavens behind the Swedish design firm Creatables. I've had a subsequent email exchange with Erik Thorstensson, one of Creatables' founders, and here's what he had to say about his company's genesis, the state of men's tennis, and the challenges of sourcing industrial castoffs from which to make new, winsome products.
December 24, 2010
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Anders Färdig

“I was born into this,” says Design House Stockholm CEO Anders Färdig of his work in the design industry. “I had no chance!” His father and godfather helmed venerable Swedish glass companies, and after studying marketing and economics at university, Färdig eventually followed them into the furnishings field. As Scandinavian design found an audience beyond the Nordic lands, his desire to promote homegrown talent—and the simple, practical spirit that guides the family’s work—led to management jobs with Kosta Boda, BodaNova, and Duka before he founded DHS in 1994. “We are trying to take care of international creativity very much like a natural resource.”  
December 23, 2010
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