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February 7, 2011

Stockholm-based Note Design Studio is like a Swedish Pee Wee's Playhouse--everything is cartoonish, playful, and very very fun. Founded in 2008, the group is comprised of a quirky mix of designers, architects and all-around creative types, and they combine their efforts to create products, interior spaces, branding for companies, and all manner of things. Their latest collection, Marginal Notes 2011, has just debuted at Stockholm Design Week, and was born from the scribbles that dotted the margins of the team's notebooks. As they tell it, one day during a strategy meeting they decided to take a break by looking at each other's doodles. From those initial sketches, odd proportions and odd configurations included, they launched a series of prototypes. In the end it became an exhibition of weird and wonderful objects. Take a look at the pieces, and the studio's charming liner notes.

Tembo, a high table and stool. "Tembo is Swahili for elephant. When elephants walk, they always have at least one foot on the ground. They don't run. Because of their straight legs and large pad-like feet elephants can stand for very long periods of time
Tembo, a high table and stool. "Tembo is Swahili for elephant. When elephants walk, they always have at least one foot on the ground. They don't run. Because of their straight legs and large pad-like feet elephants can stand for very long periods of time without getting tired. Just like our table and stool."
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Object #1. "Among prototypes and sketches we also developed some half–time forms; early seeds that influenced later objects. These not yet functionally defined forms acted as catalysts throughout the process."
Object #1. "Among prototypes and sketches we also developed some half–time forms; early seeds that influenced later objects. These not yet functionally defined forms acted as catalysts throughout the process."
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Object #3, another early prototype that, while not exactly functional, informed the design of later pieces.
Object #3, another early prototype that, while not exactly functional, informed the design of later pieces.
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Low Tide Shelving System. "The tidal range is the vertical difference between the high tide and the succeeding low tide. Tides are the rise and fall of sea levels caused by the gravitational forces exerted by the Moon and the Sun and the rotation of the E
Low Tide Shelving System. "The tidal range is the vertical difference between the high tide and the succeeding low tide. Tides are the rise and fall of sea levels caused by the gravitational forces exerted by the Moon and the Sun and the rotation of the Earth. The shelves in these two floating pieces of furniture mark the tidal ranges of the Strait of Magellan, the calmer Pacific versus the more dramatic Atlantic."
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The Boop Armchair. "boop: The mystery of the boop shall never be revealed. But when saying "Boop" you must poke a random person on the nose."
The Boop Armchair. "boop: The mystery of the boop shall never be revealed. But when saying "Boop" you must poke a random person on the nose."
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High Tide Shelving System.
High Tide Shelving System.
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Boop Sofa. "boop: To poke an animal or something cute on the nose."
Boop Sofa. "boop: To poke an animal or something cute on the nose."
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Tomorrow Island Lamp. "The Diomede Islands are located in the middle of the Bering Strait between Alaska and Siberia, and their awkward man-made separation inspired us. The islands are sometimes called Tomorrow Island (Big Diomede, Russian territory) and
Tomorrow Island Lamp. "The Diomede Islands are located in the middle of the Bering Strait between Alaska and Siberia, and their awkward man-made separation inspired us. The islands are sometimes called Tomorrow Island (Big Diomede, Russian territory) and Yesterday Island (Little Diomede, U.S. territory) because the time difference between them is 20 hours, but the distance only three kilometers."
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Yesterday Island Lamp.
Yesterday Island Lamp.
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Every object in the exhibition, comprised of whimsical objects born from the margins of <a href="http://www.notedesignstudio.se/">Note Design Studio</a>. <br /><br />
Note is going to be busy in 2011. Be sure to watch for upcoming collaborations between N
Every object in the exhibition, comprised of whimsical objects born from the margins of Note Design Studio. Note is going to be busy in 2011. Be sure to watch for upcoming collaborations between Note and Normann Copenhagen, Zero, Gustavsberg, and more.
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Tembo, a high table and stool. "Tembo is Swahili for elephant. When elephants walk, they always have at least one foot on the ground. They don't run. Because of their straight legs and large pad-like feet elephants can stand for very long periods of time
Tembo, a high table and stool. "Tembo is Swahili for elephant. When elephants walk, they always have at least one foot on the ground. They don't run. Because of their straight legs and large pad-like feet elephants can stand for very long periods of time without getting tired. Just like our table and stool."

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