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  1. A Victory Garden for the White House?
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    A Victory Garden for the White House?

    The White House groundskeepers have made some progress and have launched a gardening practice designed to be more responsible—they are using integrated pest management, fertilizing according...

    written by: Laure Joliet
    01.11.09

  2. Molded Poly Seats Made from Paper
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    Molded Poly Seats Made from Paper

    Most modern furniture aficionados are loyal to the classic molded shell chairs, cast in brightly colored plastic and formed into a soft, comfortable seat. But in the pursuit of more sustainable...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    01.11.09

  3. Bük 'em, Danno
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    Bük 'em, Danno

    For fans of good design, great writing, and smart cultural objects, consider the Bük. Billed as "one provocative essay, short story, portfolio of pictures, collection of poems, or other...

    written by: David A. Greene
    01.10.09

  4. Romper Room Deluxe
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    Romper Room Deluxe

    As of Spring 2009, Manhattan will have a preschool that focuses specifically on art and environment. Luxury multi-family development Clinton Greens on West 51st Street has hired Montreal- and New...

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    01.10.09

  5. Google Maps Vacation
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    Google Maps Vacation

    Even though fuel is cheap, in the current economy some of us may feel like we have to forgo vacations to conserve cash. But with improvements in satellite-based internet tools, the ultimate...

    written by: David A. Greene
    01.10.09

  6. My Life USB

    My Life USB

    Like a spy pen that doubles as a stealthy camera, these ceramic charm necklaces do unsuspecting double duty as data-carrying thumb drives.

  7. Architecture Critics Worth Your Time
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    Architecture Critics Worth Your Time

    As more and more of the design press moves to the web, I'd like to take a moment to remind you blog-hungry architecture fiends that some of the best writing on design still happens in those...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    01.09.09

  8. In The Modern World

    Space of Diplomacy

    On August 7, 1998, two car bombs went off nearly simultaneously in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya, killing more than 220 people and all but destroying the U.S. embassies there. The...

    01.09.09

  9. The H-Bus Drops
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    The H-Bus Drops

    The first hydrogen-fuel-cell public transit bus west of the Mississippi will make its debut this coming spring in beautiful downtown Burbank, California.

    written by: David A. Greene
    01.09.09

  10. Stay at My Home
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    Stay at My Home

    What is it to be a great host? Chocolates on the pillow? Free wifi? Fresh slippers? Swiss designers Nicole Lehner and Luzia Kalin created this project as a Bachelor's thesis on hospitality at the...

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    01.09.09

  11. The Crystal Chair
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    The Crystal Chair

    To build a chair usually does not begin with filling a large glass tank with water, nor does it involve submerging polyester fibers. This is the approach of visionary Japanese industrial designer...

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    01.08.09

  12. Sweet Nothing
    Green

    Sweet Nothing

    We’re heading into an uncertain future, but two things are clear: Technology is getting better and the environment is getting worse. Fortunately, the former offers solutions for the latter,...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    01.08.09

  13. Kid Lit Goes Undergound
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    Kid Lit Goes Undergound

    What is a paper engineer? Something like an architect—but for paper. (Think pop-up books and origami, not bridges and skyscrapers.)

    written by: David A. Greene
    01.08.09

  14. Take Me Home
    My House

    Take Me Home

    A “tree house” of clean lines, ample glass, and thoughtful ingenuity lets a Washington, DC–area family and a stream of weekend guests enjoy prefab living in an unlikely locale:...

    written by: Jeremy Berlin
    photos by: Chris Mueller
    01.08.09

  15. Feng Shui by an Irishwoman
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    Feng Shui by an Irishwoman

    Home as sanctuary: it's a parallel famously established by the Japanese and Thai, but the Irish? New York-based, Dublin-raised interior designer Clodagh is a modern adherent to this school of...

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    01.08.09

  16. Make It Right Gets Made
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    Make It Right Gets Made

    The feel-good story: The first six houses funded by Brad Pitt's Make It Right Foundation have been completed in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans. They include homes designed by New Orleans...

    written by: David A. Greene
    01.07.09

  17. Best Architecture of 2008?
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    Best Architecture of 2008?

    Just a couple days ago the Los Angeles Times posted a slideshow of their picks for the Best Architecture: 2008, complete with commentary by their very fine architecture critic, Chris Hawthorne.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    01.07.09

  18. Where Art Meets Farming
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    Where Art Meets Farming

    On a 21-acre plot in New York's Catskills Mountains lies an enchanting organization, the Andes Sprouts Society, which is devoted to furthering the exchange of knowledge and sustainability through...

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    01.07.09

  19. Nesting Steel Shot Cups

    Nesting Steel Shot Cups

    Sometimes you don't need room for ice or mixer or a little umbrella in your drink. When those sometimes come around, bust out these badass shot cups from Brooklyn's Wintercheck Factory and treat...

    $32.00

  20. The Yurt: Ancient Dwelling, Modern Lifestyle
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    The Yurt: Ancient Dwelling, Modern Lifestyle

    The yurt, one of the most ancient forms of shelter, has seen a resurgence in popularity among modernists in the last several years—Ecoshack’s Nomad Yurt is one of our favorites. These...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    01.06.09

  21. Kathleen Hills Lighting
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    Kathleen Hills Lighting

    If your resolutions this year involve simplicity and well-designed products, look into designer Kathleen Hills. She has a well-honed aesthetic that incorporates elements of craft, pottery, and high...

    written by: Laure Joliet
    01.06.09

  22. Cookin' with IKEA
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    Cookin' with IKEA

    Most appliance-buyers in the U.S. are prisoners of big-box and old-school retailers like Sears, Home Depot, and Best Buy, but over the past few years, Swedish furniture superstore Ikea has been...

    written by: David A. Greene
    01.05.09

  23. The Brickley Engine
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    The Brickley Engine

    Moving parts mean friction; friction means a drag on engine efficiency. Five years ago independent Austin, Texas, inventor Mike Brickley took this on as a challenge. He created and patented a car...

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    01.05.09

  24. Titanium Spork
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    Titanium Spork

    When it comes to hard-wearing, utilitarian consumer goods, there are a few acknowledged design classics: Emeco's Navy Chair comes to mind:

    written by: David A. Greene
    01.04.09

  25. o-RE-gami Lampshade

    o-RE-gami Lampshade

    Leather gets a second life in French designer Matali Crasset's o-RE-gami lampshade. The regenerated natural material is cut and folded into place in Italy, and the resulting pendant has the...

    $98.00

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