March 5, 2010

The weekend beckons, people. Cruise through the rest of your Friday afternoon with this series of links from your friendly Dwell staff.

Detail from Front Studio’s Q-City: An Investigation. Featured as part of the Landscapes of Quarantine exhibition on view at New York City’s Storefront for Art and Architecture beginning on March 10, 2010.
Detail from Front Studio’s Q-City: An Investigation. Featured as part of the Landscapes of Quarantine exhibition on view at New York City’s Storefront for Art and Architecture beginning on March 10, 2010.
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Aaron: Supergrau

Founded just this year, German design firm Supergrau has a handful of clever, crafty objects to their name. I'm particularly fond of their ingenious knife block, Wrench, and the seemingly swiftly-moving light fixture Servus. They certainly share a similar aesthetic to a number of scrappy American designers--Rich Brilliant Willing, Jason Miller, Kiel Mead--and insofar as they're just in their infancy, we can expect more good things to come. I don't think their work is available in the US at the moment, though dropping a nice little Guten Tag to hallo@supergrau.de might stand you in good stead.

Miyoko: Landscapes of Quarantine

Detail from Front Studio’s Q-City: An Investigation. Featured as part of the Landscapes of Quarantine exhibition on view at New York City’s Storefront for Art and Architecture beginning on March 10, 2010.
Detail from Front Studio’s Q-City: An Investigation. Featured as part of the Landscapes of Quarantine exhibition on view at New York City’s Storefront for Art and Architecture beginning on March 10, 2010.

Last fall, former Dwell senior editor Geoff Manaugh, author of BLDGBLOG, and Dwell contributor Nicola Twilley, author of Edible Geography, ran an eight-week design studio in New York based on the idea of quarantine--and not just limited to the containment of people or animals. The work that came out of the studio is being displayed at the Storefront for Art and Architecture March 10 through April 17, with an opening reception March 9. We wish we could be there but since we're on the other coast, we're happy Nicola posted this sneak preview for us this week. If you're in New York, make sure you check this exhibition out!

Amanda: The Sandpit from Sam O'Hare


This little gem of a video has been making the rounds for a week or so (thanks, The Awl!). The tilt-shift technique, created from a series of still shots, is mesmerizing in its ability to render actual footage of people and places as toy-like and unreal. Simply delightful.

Jordan: Karen Barbe textileria

friday find karen barbe

Boy are these crocheted cushions beautiful. Chilean textile designer Karen Barbe crafted each from thick, 100% wool backed in winter white linen, and while they almost look button-size in these photos, they're actually 30cm (about a foot) in diameter. You can buy 'em here. via SeeSaw


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