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  1. Dwell Tests: Bialetti Hot Chocolate Pot, Dagoba Hot Chocolate
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    Dwell Tests: Bialetti Hot Chocolate Pot, Dagoba Hot Chocolate

    Coffee gets its percolator and tea has its kettle, but hot chocolate is most often relegated to a mug in the microwave. Why is this warm bev missing out on a maker all its own? Bialetti’s Hot...

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    12.18.08

  2. Eco-Me Home Kit
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    Eco-Me Home Kit

    When Robin Kay Levin’s then 36-year-old sister was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005—without any family history of the disease—Levin began wondering just how toxic to our...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    12.18.08

  3. Iron and Crystal
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    Iron and Crystal

    Michael McHale may be the first designer to juxtapose Swarovski crystal with industrial piping. A pioneer of the deconstructed chandelier, who brought the medieval classic to the 21st century, has...

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    12.18.08

  4. A Very Eames Christmas
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    A Very Eames Christmas

    Even if you can't pony up the cash to buy a living room full of iconic furniture by Charles and Ray Eames doesn't mean that there aren't some Eames-related stocking stuffers to splurge on.

    written by: Laure Joliet
    12.17.08

  5. White Forest Pottery
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    White Forest Pottery

    Sometimes there is nothing quite as simple or as gratifying as holding a bowl in your hand and having it fit just right.

    written by: Laure Joliet
    12.17.08

  6. A Case Study Case Study
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    A Case Study Case Study

    Meltdown, shmeltdown: If you've got a spare $14 million, you can have a genuine Case Study house, a Pacific Ocean view—and a 1990s mansion to boot.

    written by: David A. Greene
    12.17.08

  7. The Grass Phone
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    The Grass Phone

    Korea is a known hub for high-tech design, and it's increasingly a hotspot for innovation among young designers learning their trade in a gadget-loving place.

    written by: Sarah Rich
    12.17.08

  8. Sorapot Art Contest
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    Sorapot Art Contest

    The Sorapot by designer Joey Roth is a particularly beautiful teapot that has stirred up the design world (including Dwell, as a Product of the Day), and understandably so.

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    12.16.08

  9. 6 Practically Free Design-Minded Gifts
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    6 Practically Free Design-Minded Gifts

    Inspired by the great depression, this poster is a free download (along with 4 others) through Readymade Magazine. It reflects the growing holiday attitude that less is more and that people are...

    written by: Laure Joliet
    12.16.08

  10. My Paradise: A Hundred Years of Finnish Architects’ Summer Homes Exhibit at AIA San Francisco gallery
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    My Paradise: A Hundred Years of Finnish Architects’ Summer Homes Exhibit at AIA San Francisco gallery

    Summer houses have always held a special place in Finnish culture—and in the careers of its architects, who have used them not only for catching up on rest and relaxation, but as experimental...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    12.16.08

  11. Ant Farm Documentary at SF MoMA
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    Ant Farm Documentary at SF MoMA

    Documentarians Elizabeth Federic and Laura Harrison's 2008 video about Ant Farm, the merry band of architects, video artists, nomads and pranksters of the late 60s and early 70s, shows at San...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    12.15.08

  12. Waterpod: A Nomad Habitation for the Climate Changed Future
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    Waterpod: A Nomad Habitation for the Climate Changed Future

    While scientists usually get the big headlines for research and forecasts related to global warming, many artists and designers are proposing their own noteworthy responses to this monumental...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    12.15.08

  13. Managing Space
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    Managing Space

    British architects Foster + Partners have revealed their "expansive" new design for the Yale School of Management in New Haven, Connecticut. As dean Sharon Oster remarked upon helping to...

    written by: Geoff Manaugh
    12.15.08

  14. Be Your Own Marimekko
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    Be Your Own Marimekko

    Does the lack of Jar Jar Binks pillow shams make you want to design your own Star Wars bedsheets? Do plain ol' red-or-blue-bandanas make you crave more creativity for your hobo bindles?

    written by: David A. Greene
    12.15.08

  15. D.J. Morphosis
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    D.J. Morphosis

    What does a Pritzker Prize–winning architect have on his iPod? Thanks to Santa Monica, California, public radio station KCRW, we now know that Thom Mayne of Morphosis likes to listen to Dr....

    written by: David A. Greene
    12.14.08

  16. Eutopia! I’ve Found it!
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    Eutopia! I’ve Found it!

    While the rest of my Design Miami/Art Basel cohorts were traipsing around in a sea of expensive gear, white pants, and more stilettos than you can shake a Jean Prouvé side chair at, I...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    12.14.08

  17. De LaB and Good Events in Los Angeles
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    De LaB and Good Events in Los Angeles

    Good Magazine recently opened a new location in Hollywood, and they are keeping their promise to fill it with interesting design-related events for the month of December.

    written by: Laure Joliet
    12.14.08

  18. Pipe Planter by Nobuhiro Sato
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    Pipe Planter by Nobuhiro Sato

    For botanically-minded architecture lovers, this is quite cute. While searching the wide world of online gift guides, I came across this planter by Nobuhiro Sato of Pull+Push.

    written by: Sarah Rich
    12.13.08

  19. From Houseboats to Hummers
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    From Houseboats to Hummers

    What recession? Heath Ceramics, the storied Sausalito, California, ceramics studio founded by Bauhaus-trained potter Edith Heath (1911-2005) in the 1940s—and revitalized by new owners Robin...

    written by: David A. Greene
    12.13.08

  20. Flowers on the Table
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    Flowers on the Table

    It has been around for a while, the concept of transferring images from a digital photo file to the surface of an everyday product. Perhaps the first such items we saw were the amusement park and...

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    12.13.08

  21. LA Event: Succulent How To at Big Red Sun
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    LA Event: Succulent How To at Big Red Sun

    Succulents have been enjoying some time in the spotlight as eco friendly plants that take little water and even less care.  This weekend succulent mavens Big Red Sun will be hosting a holiday...

    written by: Laure Joliet
    12.12.08

  22. Modern House Numbers
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    Modern House Numbers

    During this past week, I’ve stumbled upon quite a number of great modern house numbers, from the classic Neutra numbers to my latest favorite, Numbers by Andrew Byrom . Here’s a look at...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    12.12.08

  23. Please Mr. Postman – Letterpress Holiday Cards
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    Please Mr. Postman – Letterpress Holiday Cards

    Holiday cards and I have a very strong, very long-standing love/wait relationship. I love writing and sending (and receiving!) them, but always wait to find the perfect design until all of a sudden...

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    12.12.08

  24. Wanders’ Walls: Miami Beach’s Newest Hotel is the Mondrian South Beach
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    Wanders’ Walls: Miami Beach’s Newest Hotel is the Mondrian South Beach

    The Mondrian South Beach, a new luxury boutique hotel designed by Dutch design star Marcel Wanders, is much like Wanders himself: large, white, and pricey.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    12.12.08

  25. Eat Me, I'm Green
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    Eat Me, I'm Green

    Michelle Kaufman, the Martha Stewart of sustainable architecture, has unveiled her annual gingerbread version of one of her eco-homes, and this year it's an edible version of the new mkSolaire.

    written by: David A. Greene
    12.11.08

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