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Fly Swatter Lehman

Leather Fly Swatter

I was in Maine last week for my yearly vacation back East, and was happy to discover a new shop in Camden called Sugar Tools. All told it has something of a shabby chic vibe, though I did come across a couple nice little mod touches for the home, the most exciting of which was this totally cool leather fly swatter from the Ohio–based company Lehman's.
August 30, 2010
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Modern Thank-You Notes

GIGI PRESS, a new Los Angeles–based letterpress company, sent me samples of their work last week, and I love their clean, modern aesthetic. Check out the boxed thank you notes emblazoned with a miniature Eames rocker:
August 30, 2010
intro to lighting

An Introduction to Lighting

One of the oldest proclamations in Western literature—maybe the very oldest, depending on how you see things—is “Let there be light.” And for most of human history, whether we dwelled in caves or in Gilded Age mansions, light was inseparable from heat: Domestic lighting consisted of either letting sunlight inside or burning something organic. The Egyptians were making candles from beeswax and animal fat 5,000 years ago, and except for the discovery of new fuel sources—whale oil, ahoy!—the candle continued to illuminate homes deep into the 19th century.
August 26, 2010
sunlight on demand

Sunlight on Demand

Fiber-optic cables can be used to pipe and enhance sunlight into homes. Money is saved. The English rejoice.
August 26, 2010
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Dim Some, Lose Some

Waste extends far beyond what winds up in the landfill. The International Dark-Sky Association leads the charge against light pollution.
August 26, 2010
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Electric Sandwich

So you’ve finally made the move from incandescent to CFLs only to learn that you’re well behind the LED wave. Get ready to switch again.
August 26, 2010
lumen on the horizon

Lumen on the Horizon

There’s a light at the end of the tunnel; this trio of design luminaries tells us precisely how it will work.
August 26, 2010
Produce Bags by Flip and Tumble

Flip & Tumble Produce Bags

Like many, I'm a big fan of reusable bags (Timbuk2's Hidden bags are my favorites) but am quite guilty of bringing home handfuls of plastic bags after a trip to the grocery store. For the past few months, I've been eyeing Flip & Tumble's reusable Produce Bags.
August 25, 2010
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BDDW's Handmade Record Players

When Tyler Hays founded BDDW more than a decade ago, the company wore many hats: depending on the project, it might be a design-build construction company, a recording studio, an architecture firm, or a furniture business. Over time Hays narrowed BDDW's focus down to furniture—"that's the scale I prefer to work in," he says—but he's kept his own interests remarkably broad. "I've got literally fifty hobbies," he told me over the phone, when I called to chat about one of his sideline projects: making exquisite, and exquisitely expensive, custom record players and speakers for audiophiles, under the name Phila Audio Corporation.   Hays defines 'audiophile' as "a person who likes to spend too much money on stupid audio equipment," and he counts himself among them. He's been making high-end, handmade audio equipment since college, but now that he's got a fabrication shop, he makes every part of every piece of equipment, down to the bearings, excluding the motor and stylus on the record players and the drivers on the speakers.
August 24, 2010