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Lapham's Quarterly on the City

I fell hard for Lapham's Quarterly earlier this year when by chance I happened into a bookstore shortly before founder Lewis Lapham gave not so much a reading as a recounting of his decades as a journalist. He was as erudite as he was well-dressed and his talk ranged from his young days in San Francisco and with the San Francisco Chronicle through his time as the editor of Harper's to the founding of Lapham's Quarterly. His brand of intellectual inquiry is far ranging and deeply indebted to history, and reading through an issue of the journal feels less like a trek through the varieties of thought the last several milennia has produced than a perfectly made cache of knowledge with which to arm oneself for the next serious debate. The current issue of Lapham's Quarterly is dedicated to The City, and it's well worth your time.
October 5, 2010
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8 Modern Vacuum Cleaners

Sweeping up is a crummy job, but someone’s got to do it. Luckily, these eight vacuum cleaners are here to help you eliminate even the biggest of messes.
October 4, 2010
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John Pawson: Plain Space

"John Pawson Plain Space," a retrospective of British architect John Pawson's work, is on view at London's Design Museum until January 2011. Coinciding with the exhibition, Phaidon Press has published "John Pawson: Plain Space," the first monograph of his work from the past decade. The book spotlights thirty of Pawson's wide-ranging projects, from landscapes to monasteries to yachts to a ballet stage set, and shows how the master of luxurious minimalism has worked with light, space, proportion, and materials to refine his aesthetic and broaden the field. Here's a peek inside the book, written by Alison Morris. To dig deeper, check out this video interview with Pawson, posted on Phaidon's website.
September 30, 2010
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Postertext's Literary Wall Art

What bibliophile, understanding that he maybe ought not cover all the walls of his apartment with shelves of books and stacks of journals, hasn't then moved onto classic book covers as his next best form of decor? I'm guilty myself, and as I type these words I think lovingly on the framed Alvin Lustig-designed cover for Kafka's Amerika that sits over the hifi and between (you guessed it) two towering bookshelves. How happy I am to have run across Postertext, another way to proclaim my love of books in poster form, but not in any fashion I've seen before.
September 29, 2010
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Venice Biennale: Giardini

Although the Venice Architecture Biennale invades all nooks and crannies of the four-square-mile island, most of the festival's big-hitters reside under the roof of only one building, the Italian pavilion at Giardini. As we round out our 2010 Biennale overview, we highlight the exhibits that not only left us pondering, but also left us hopeful for the future of architecture.
September 28, 2010
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Crowd-Sourced Product Design

Founded by the 23-year-old entrepreneur Ben Kaufman—who previously developed an award-winning iPod accessory when he was still in high school—Quirky offers a, yes, quirky new approach to product design and development.
September 28, 2010
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London Design Festival: Day One

Over eight short years The London Design Festival has grown from a minor design-world offshoot to one of the few must-attend events. With all of the UK's homespun talent—from Tom Dixon to the most recent RCA grads—the festival takes advantage of all its hometown has to offer, and it's a pleasure to attend a show that isn't just hyping the latest wares from the established oligarchy. Here's a smattering of images from the first 24 hours in London. Check back for more in the days to come!  
September 24, 2010
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Southern Greens

A change of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, neighborhood for Rick and Susan Moreland meant a chance to create a thoroughly modern house that owes its sleek, sustainable form to its vernacular roots.
September 24, 2010
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New York's LomoWall

I just got back from a week in New York City, reporting a handful of stories for Dwell (we're featuring many amazing projects in 2011... stay tuned!). I'll be posting a slideshow of my adventures soon, but in the meantime, here's one of my favorite finds from the trip: the Lomography Gallery Store, located in Chelsea at 41 West 8th Street.
September 23, 2010
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