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Friday Finds 04.27.12

In this installment of Friday Finds, we trek to Japan for a rockabilly video, zip on over to Spain to see a wood-framed bicycle crafted using traditional Basque tecnhiques, then head northward to Belgium to glimpse the work of furniture design team Muller Van Severen. Scroll down for more!

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Aaron: I Want This Flat

Straight-up interiors porn, my friends. Unabashedly feast those eyes.

Amanda: Maestros de la Madera

Axalko: new generation of bicycle 'luthiers' from Maite Felices on Vimeo.

This week Spanish filmmaker Maite Felices shared her latest installment to her video series on expert woodworkers. This video features the Telleria brothers, who incorporated the Basque technique of Txirbil ("wood-shaving" in Euskera) to create a wood-frame bicycle. Excited to see the next ones in the series, especially the one about a baker who creates his own high-end cooking tools.

Jaime: Japanese Rockabilly Music Video

This video from Peter, Bjorn, and John is one of the weirdest things I've seen in a while. The Swedish group filmed the video, which accompanies their single "Nothing to Worry About," in Japan, offering a glimpse into the Japanese rockabilly subculture. It's very fun to watch the pompadoured and tattooed dudes dance, kick, and breakdance in the streets...

Diana: Furniture by Muller Van Severen

Furniture by Belgian duo Muller Van Severen. Photo by Fien Muller.
Furniture by Belgian duo Muller Van Severen. Photo by Fien Muller.
I've been on a combination-furniture kick and came across the work of Belgian design duo Fien Muller and Hannes Van Severen. I love love love this armchair/chaise/lamp mashup, especially the fire-engine red of the frame and caramel leather of the seat. Here's an excerpt from their manifesto:

"We are not looking for the next ‘big find’. The furniture exists because of a logical necessity. A table with a table-leg turning into a cantilever lamp, an open cabinet where one of the shelves becomes a table, or a series of lamps that are no more than a socket, a cover and a cord. The surprise comes from the combination of colors, materials, functions and—especially—the commonness."

Tammy: Taking On Microclimates

The S.F. Climates app tackles the weather variations in the City by the Bay.
The S.F. Climates app tackles the weather variations in the City by the Bay.
Visitors to San Francisco are often caught off guard by the weather variation of the seven-mile-by-seven-mile city and blindsided by the illusion of what California weather is like (hint the great success of "I Love SF" fleeces). Even to locals, it's hard to prepare for your daily bike commute or if your al fresco brunch plans are feasible. The S.F. Climates app takes on this problem. Powered by Weather Underground and developed by Baker Beach Software, the app provides current temperatures, conditions, and forecasts for 17 of the city's neighborhoods. If that's not enough, the download is free, too!

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