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September 6, 2013
A tongue-in-cheek design guide, the world's first biodegradable water filter, a concrete camera DIY tutorial, Instagrams of North Korea, and more. Welcome to this week's Friday Finds! Happy Friday!
1890 Spindrift Drive

Kelsey1890 Spindrift Drive

One of Dwell's go-to bloggers, Diana Moss, stumbled upon these great old photographs in the LIFE magazine archive. They depict a house in La Jolla, California, designed by architect William Kesling in 1946-47. The house was built for "retired bachelor Walton MacConnell," who, LIFE wrote, "settled down in the elegant, sunny little town… As a setting for this life he has built himself a dramatic, glossy, $40,000 home which hugs the edge of a 50-foot seaside cliff." It's very mod, and accented by more than one bathing beauties.

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How to Make a Concrete Camera

Julia: How to Make a Concrete Camera

Are you looking for a creative project for the weekend? Well look no further! Why not make a pinhole camera out of concrete? I came across this DIY tutorial and was surprised that this unlikely material was being used to make a camera. How wonderful! 

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Diana: Instagrams Live from North Korea

Curious about travel to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea? Well, British tour guide Hannah Barraclough is snapping photos on Instagram from September 5 to 21. Yes, political tensions are still high, Dennis Rodman is the closest thing we have in terms of a political in-road, there is a well-documented food shortage. And now you'll be able to see the county through a sepia-toned lens. CAPTION During the month of September, Hannah Barclough is documenting North Korea from a tourism perspective. Here she captures the Ryugyong Hotel and stadium where the Harlem Globetrotters infamously played a basketball game for a Vice documentary. Photo via Instagram

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Soma Water biodegradable water carafe

Eujin: Soma Water

Move aside Brita and Bobble, because there's a new water filter in town. And it's 100% biodegradable and sleeker than that decorative object perched on your living room table. The simple and elegant design (which immediately reminded me of Dieter Rams) is all thanks to great talents Markus Diebel, IDEO's design director, and incase's cofounder Joe Tan, who designed the curved beauty and Manual's Tom Crabtree who took the helm on packaging. The release date is near, so I'd hop to it if I were you.

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Breaking Bad Reality by Ariana Gonzales

Anna: Breaking Bad's Reality

In the spirit of the Breaking Bad season, I tend to frequent anything and everything on the internet having to do with Mr. White or Pinkman. Here is an interesting project created by filmography student Ariana Gonzales where she compares the real Albuquerque, NM locations used on the show against various screen shots from the scenes, ala: the "Time Frame" page of Los Angeles Magazine.

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Modernist Cuisine

Megan: Modernist Cuisine

Every Saturday morning at 11:00 am, my friends and family know where they can find me. I'm watching America's Test Kitchen on PBS and then Cook's Country. I love these shows because I love cooking, but more than just the act, I love the science of food. Modernist Cuisine is a great collection of cook books I just discovered that highlight science-inspired techniques for preparing food. The authors, Nathan Myhrvold, Chris Young, and Maxime Bilet and their 20 person team at The Cooking Lab got super creative with tools such as water baths, homog­e­niz­ers, cen­trifuges, and ingre­di­ents such as hydro­col­loids, emul­si­fiers, and enzymes. This is cooking for the modern age!

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Kate Spade Saturday Home Collection

OliviaKate Spade Saturday Home Collection

Back-to-school season always prompts a flurry of organization, which inevitably leads to an impromptu shopping trip. This month, I am turning to Kate Spade’s Saturday home collection for bright, geometric home goods like this windowpane print wooden tray.

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Jaime: Hipster Logo

With the steady popularity of all things artisanal and handmade—or things that just look like they are—the trendy vintage-inspired logo is increasingly prevalent. To help you spot one, or make one, art director Tim Delger made this tongue-in-cheek "Hipster Logo Design Guide." As he writes: "Grab an X, maybe some arrows! How about a banner?"

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Ernest Zacharevic’s Street Art Illusions

ErikaErnest Zacharevic’s Street Art Illusions

Among the artists showing at Nuart, the annual international street art festival in Stavanger, Norway, is Ernest Zacharevic, a master of multimedia. He has just unveiled his latest piece, depicting a boy “balancing” on a stack of chairs. The show starts tomorrow, September 7, and runs through October 20. Via My Modern Met.


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1890 Spindrift Drive

Kelsey1890 Spindrift Drive

One of Dwell's go-to bloggers, Diana Moss, stumbled upon these great old photographs in the LIFE magazine archive. They depict a house in La Jolla, California, designed by architect William Kesling in 1946-47. The house was built for "retired bachelor Walton MacConnell," who, LIFE wrote, "settled down in the elegant, sunny little town… As a setting for this life he has built himself a dramatic, glossy, $40,000 home which hugs the edge of a 50-foot seaside cliff." It's very mod, and accented by more than one bathing beauties.

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