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Moonstone Midnight Scoop.

The World's First Ergonomic Ice Cream Scoop?

The ice cream scoop's basic features haven't changed much in over a century. It's design is so taken for granted, in fact, that it literally took a rocket scientist to improve upon it. Michael Chou is an aerospace engineer and the inventor behind the Midnight Scoop, an ergonomic scoop that is angled so that it requires minimal effort to use. Midnight Scoop raised almost 10 times its funding goal in a recent Kickstarter campaign and will be on the market in time for the holidays. Pre-order now for $50.
October 29, 2014
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San Francisco Design Goes Superlocal with Heath’s 8 Favorite Makers

Heath Ceramics is hosting "Under One Roof," an exhibition showcasing the diverse array of makers who have studios at its San Francisco outpost. Bet you didn't know that the ceramics factory is also home to a collective of letterpress artists, jewelry designers, apparel, and more. "The designers represent the diversity of San Francisco, have great making chops, and a shared curiosity," says Tung Chiang, Heath's Clay Studio director and curator of the exhibition. "The Bay Area has been a magnet for makers for a long time and the people in the Heath Collective reflect that balance of maturity and freshness." The exhibition runs until November 2.
October 28, 2014
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6 Tips for a Pain-Free Kitchen Renovation

With the average kitchen remodel costing around $55,000, it’s easy to see why homeowners look for ways to save money on a renovation. And considering how many decisions are made with this highly functional room, the process of remodeling can be very overwhelming for a homeowner. Avoid a disastrous renovation by keeping these tips in mind. This post was provided by Porch.com editor-in-chief Anne Reagan.
October 28, 2014
Norwegian wood-burning iron stove designed by Torbjørn Anderssen and Espen Voll.

Modern Take on a Classic Cast-Iron Stove

An Oslo design duo create a modern iteration of the cast-iron stove with a timeless silhouette.
October 28, 2014
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Budget-Friendly Renovation of a Neoclassical Home in Oslo

A pair of designers in Oslo, armed with tricks for introducing color and daylight, remake their compact late-19th-century apartment.
October 28, 2014
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Zero-Carbon Prefab Revitalizes an Old English Mine

A mixed-use development transforms a site where the stone that built Bath was unearthed.
October 28, 2014
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Tiny Prefabricated House Can Be Built in Two Days

Swedish architect Jonas Wagell has developed a prefabricated cabin concept that takes up a mere 160 square feet.
October 28, 2014
A deep eave covers the house's portico and entrance.

Modern Mountain Retreat in Washington

Nestled in a subalpine meadow valley in Washington, the Ranchero House is surrounded by a beautiful but demanding landscape. A Seattle family had frequented the area for years, making the three hour drive into the Okanogan National Forest for cross-country skiing and hiking. They asked Tim Hammer of CAST architecture, also based in Seattle, to design a structure that could survive forest fires, five feet of snow pack, house guests (and their ski gear), all while requiring minimum maintenance and energy usage. The result is a hardy weekend retreat that’s fine-tuned to its residents and its surroundings.
October 28, 2014
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Modern Wine-Tasting Pavilions Artfully Attuned to the Landscape

In the Napa Valley, Walker Warner Architects crafted modern wine tasting pavilions designed to blend in with the bucolic California landscape. "The story of Quintessa and the intense focus of the Huneeus family is about the land and the celebration of place," Greg Warner and Michael McCabe of Walker Warner Architects say. "Per the founder’s vision, Quintessa is not about a building, it is about a place—any structures built in this place need to be minimal interventions that integrate with their surroundings."
October 28, 2014
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