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  1. Making the Future
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    Making the Future

    We live in a manufactured world. But is it some kind of utopia, full of iPods, Swiffers, and pre-cut fruit? Or is it a proverbial hell on earth, physically destroying half the planet while eating...

    written by: Andrew Blum
    01.31.09

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    Do It Yourself Bibles

    If lean times mean better design, smarter design, then we're already feeling the benefits. A whole slew of new books brings smart practical design to the realm of crafting and doing-it-yourself.

    written by: Laure Joliet
    01.31.09

  3. The Thin Green Line
    Design 101

    The Thin Green Line

    For years, as the author of books on eco-home design and a founder of two environmental general stores, I’ve been advocating sustainable design to others.

    written by: Jennifer Roberts
    01.31.09

  4. Greased Lightning
    Design 101

    Greased Lightning

    Thirty years from now, there will be no more oil. 
But that’s, like, 30 years from now, and by then we’ll all 
be driving hydrogen cars, teleporting to space hotels, 
and eating blue foods while...

    written by: James Nestor
    01.31.09

  5. A New Standard of Living
    Design 101

    A New Standard of Living

    Sustainability may be the buzzword du jour, but how can you tell if a product is as green as it’s cracked up to be?

    written by: Jennifer Roberts
    01.31.09

  6. Structural Panels
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    Structural Panels

    Bees have always been admired for their industrious nature and intricate honeycomb architecture; Charles Darwin called the honeycomb “absolutely perfect” as a feat of engineering, symmetry, and...

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Hunter Freeman
    01.31.09

  7. Lotusan Paint
    Design 101

    Lotusan Paint

    Product design that takes cues from nature, known as biomimicry, has produced a num-
ber of ingenious and popular products we use every day.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Hunter Freeman
    01.31.09

  8. Architect Series Dimmers
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    Architect Series Dimmers

    The right lighting can bring warmth and atmosphere to any room.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Hunter Freeman
    01.31.09

  9. AgUARDIAN
    Design 101

    AgUARDIAN

    Silver has been used for centuries as an antimicrobial agent.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Hunter Freeman
    01.31.09

  10. PEC-MAT
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    PEC-MAT

    As more and more Americans are quickly discovering, the land beneath our feet is not quite as solid as we thought. Houses slip down hillsides, trees float down rivers, and whole cities disappear...

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Hunter Freeman
    01.31.09

  11. Power Plastic
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    Power Plastic

    Every hour, enough sunlight hits the earth to power the entire planet for a year. But since they’re pricey—and, let’s face it, generally unattractive—solar cells are still woefully underutilized...

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Hunter Freeman
    01.31.09

  12. Piano and Pfifer Win AIA Awards
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    Piano and Pfifer Win AIA Awards

    The American Institute of Architects has unveiled its 2009 Honor Awards, an annual event in which 25 projects in architecture, interiors, and urban planning are recognized as exemplary works. Two...

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    01.31.09

  13. Living in a Material World
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    Living in a Material World

    Americans have always held a soft spot in their hearts for futuristic materials, from the amazing light-weight properties of titanium to the chance to conquer Superman with kryptonite.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Aya Brackett
    01.31.09

  14. Circa 1955
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    Circa 1955

    With all the romanticism about mid-century modernism, it's fascinating to crack open a time capsule and see how people really decorated their domestic spaces back in the mid-twentieth century:...

    written by: David A. Greene
    01.31.09

  15. Designer's Block
    Design 101

    Designer's Block

    While some of Joe Columbo’s designs have proven the test of time (Alitalia still uses his plastic flatware), others were simply ahead of their time.

    written by: Sam Grawe
    01.30.09

  16. The Farm Project
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    The Farm Project

    For the Farm Project, Mike Meiré abandoned the idea of the hyper-designed kitchen in favor of one where life—of all manners—happens.

    01.30.09

  17. An Ode to the IKEA Cabinet
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    An Ode to the IKEA Cabinet

    Joining the Grecian urn, the much-rhapsodized IKEA cabinet finally gets its poetic due as a heroic ode. Anyone who owns a set may verily be inclined to put quill to paper and dash off a few stanzas...

    written by: Dan Maginn
    01.30.09

  18. From Meals to Ideals
    Design 101

    From Meals to Ideals

    The American kitchen is a complicated affair.

    written by: Katrina Heron
    01.30.09

  19. Open Sesame
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    Open Sesame

    Architect Justin Korhammer kept the hallway of this Manhattan bachelor pad free and clear with a kitchen that folds away with the precision of a Swiss Army Knife.

    written by: Michael Cannell
    01.30.09

  20. XL Cable Organizer

    XL Cable Organizer

    Imagine a flying saucer with a hole in the center, and it’s easy to grasp the principle behind the XL Cable Organizer from the Dutch company ZHO Innovation. The XL, which has a five-inch diameter,...

    $11.99

  21. Cable Manager

    Cable Manager

    Sometimes getting a handle on cable clutter can be as simple as bundling your wires together. ZHO Innovation’s stylish Cable Manager line of colorful flexible coils wrap around bundles of cords to...

    $8.49

  22. Cableyoyo

    Cableyoyo

    Sleek, elegant, and compact, Bluelounge Design’s plastic Cableyoyo is a stylish solution for the cable clutter epidemic. Just over three inches square and about a third of an inch thick, the...

    $4.95

  23. PowerSquid Surge Protector

    PowerSquid Surge Protector

    Designed by 31-year-old inventor Chris Hawker, the PowerSquid takes a familiar concept—the power strip—and turns it inside out. The PowerSquid looks like, well, a squid, complete with a pair of...

    $17.95

  24. Cable Turtle

    Cable Turtle

    If you have a six-foot cable where a one-foot length of cord will do, the Cable Turtle may be the answer. Designed by the Dutch company Flex/The Innovation Lab, the Cable Turtle winds up like a yo...

    $5.99

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