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  1. Prefab Treehouses
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    Prefab Treehouses

    Who didn't want a tree house growing up?  Well now you can either live vicariously through your kids or indulge in the greatest mid life crisis ever.  Or, in a few cases, downsize to a...

    written by: Laure Joliet
    10.07.08

  2. Always-Good Wood
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    Always-Good Wood

    Maybe it's a response to the proliferation of concrete in the 90s, or a flight to the natural away from a world of plastics: but this most traditional of materials is making a comeback—if it...

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    10.08.08

  3. MUJI to GO Opens at JFK
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    MUJI to GO Opens at JFK

    MUJI, the Japanese brand famous for being tastefully brandless, will soon open a retail shop in JetBlue's new Terminal 5 at New York's JFK airport. The terminal, which was originally designed by...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    10.08.08

  4. Design for Democracy
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    Design for Democracy

    If the presidential debates haven't satisfied your election appetite, the AIGA professional association for design offers a tantalizing next course.

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    10.08.08

  5. Cosmo Modern
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    Cosmo Modern

    It's been said that a person's first name ultimately defines them; and Cosmo is no exception. He is the owner of Cosmo Modern, a concrete-floored universe of mid-century modern furnishings that all...

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    10.09.08

  6. Adjaye Tapped for Two DC Branch Libraries
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    Adjaye Tapped for Two DC Branch Libraries

    This weekend I met up with a friend who lives in Washington DC and was in San Francisco for a visit. I lived in Washington from 2004-2006 and we soon started talking DC politics. She’s...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    10.09.08

  7. The Upper Rust
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    The Upper Rust

    The pharmaceutical, industrial, institutional and educational: these areas have been mines as of late for industrial chic antiques that enchant in spite of their otherwise cold surfaces of chrome...

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    10.10.08

  8. Fabrics by the People, for the People
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    Fabrics by the People, for the People

    Since the dawn of e-commerce, many businesses have been liberated from the steep costs of renting retail space and paying salespeople to walk the floor. With the advent of Web 2.0, entrepreneurs...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    10.10.08

  9. Tiny Teaks
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    Tiny Teaks

    Good things come in small packages, like Danish modernism in Dansk-emblazoned boxes. In the 1960s, industrial designer Jens Quistgaard introduced his country’s aesthetic to America via a...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    10.10.08

  10. Smog-Cutting Concrete
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    Smog-Cutting Concrete

    The new Interstate 35W bridge in Minneapolis includes two 30-foot-tall sculptures made of photocatalytic concrete. Though the squiggly sculptures are supposed to invoke the international symbol for...

    written by: David A. Greene
    10.11.08

  11. Look to the Lustron
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    Look to the Lustron

    As MoMA's “Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling” comes to a close (on Oct. 20), let's give props to the ugly duckling of the prefab bunch, the Lustron House.

    written by: David A. Greene
    10.12.08

  12. Last Day: Waterfalls
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    Last Day: Waterfalls

    Today—Monday, October 13—is the final day Olafur Eliasson's Waterfalls will be flowing into the East River. If you've managed to miss the City of New York project thus far, and have...

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    10.13.08

  13. Mitsura Koga
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    Mitsura Koga

    A new show of stone vases at Japanese boutique, Tortoise General Store, will likely knock your socks off. Artist Mitsura Koga has been transforming found stones into absolute works of art. And if...

    written by: Laure Joliet
    10.13.08

  14. Housing in Crisis, Part II: Three Words for 'Boom"
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    Housing in Crisis, Part II: Three Words for 'Boom"

    The American house throughout the nation's history has represented grand concepts: success, strength of family unit, motivation to put up with the 45-hour work week, and mortgage-tied anvil to the...

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    10.13.08

  15. Big Savings at San Francisco, Boston, LA Kartell Showrooms
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    Big Savings at San Francisco, Boston, LA Kartell Showrooms

    I happened past the San Francisco Kartell showroom getting an afternoon coffee today and saw a very serious sale in progress.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    10.14.08

  16. Wall Calendar to Keep Track of the Big Picture
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    Wall Calendar to Keep Track of the Big Picture

    Although it may be difficult to fit it in your pocket, and it certainly lacks the convenience of an iPhone or Blackberry, this calendar wallpaper leaves space to see the year at a glance and to...

    written by: Laure Joliet
    10.14.08

  17. Ceramic Chic
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    Ceramic Chic

    There was a time when earthenware was unappreciated: once the 80s hit the world, handcrafts—as a vestige of a musty, dusty era—suggested a serious case of the blah's. However of late,...

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    10.14.08

  18. In the Future, We Will All Drive Pacmen
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    In the Future, We Will All Drive Pacmen

    For the ultimate in zero-emissions driving, forget hydrogen and embrace air: Compressed-air cars are real, and the French company MDI have been trying to get them on the road for years.

    written by: David A. Greene
    10.15.08

  19. Flipped Strips
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    Flipped Strips

    Tired of the never-ending parade of nondescript strip malls, the Scottsdale Museum of Art recently held a competition to rethink the strips.

    written by: Laure Joliet
    10.15.08

  20. Building Sustainable Communities Exhibit
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    Building Sustainable Communities Exhibit

    An inquisitive exhibit recently extended through January 2009 at the Danish Architecture Center asks “What if architecture could change the world?” Building Sustainable Communities ...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    10.15.08

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    Dutch Design Week

    If you find yourself in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, next week—or even Belgium, Denmark, or northern Germany—hie thee to Dutch Design Week.

    written by: David A. Greene
    10.16.08

  22. Back to Basics
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    Back to Basics

    With high-quality, simply designed products in high demand, it was only a matter of time before technology got a natural touch.

    written by: Laure Joliet
    10.16.08

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    Doshi Levien: Myth and Material

    The Design Duo of Doshi Levien has succeeded again: the British design team has produced a compelling collection of work melding whimsy and modernism, Indian tradition and a European approach to...

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    10.16.08

  24. REBAR at Machine Gallery
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    REBAR at Machine Gallery

    REBAR, a collective of artists, designers, and activists based in San Francisco—masterminds of PARK(ing) Day LA—will be at Machine Project this Saturday.

    written by: Laure Joliet
    10.18.08

  25. The Energy Seed
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    The Energy Seed

    Because I have been told time and again that disposing of batteries in the garbage is a terribly destructive thing to do, I generally collect my spent batteries in an old container in my house. My...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    10.19.08

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