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Accessories from Schoolhouse Electric

I have always associated the Portland-based company Schoolhouse Electric solely with classic, vintage-inspired lighting, and only recently discovered that they sell much more than that in their retail showroom and online. Here are some of my favorite finds. Most of them are made in America, most are somewhat affordable, and all will add a stylish accent to your living space. Now's a great time to check out the site and pick up some treats for yourself or as gifts; they're offering 30% off on selected items as part of their "spring cleaning" sale.
April 10, 2012
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Cafe Trays by David Rasmussen Design

Colorado-based designer David Rasmussen recently released a line of wooden cafe trays that is the perfect blend of modern-meets-craft. What started out as a small commission for a local restaurant blossomed into full-fledged product series. "The first ones I made got such rave reviews that I decided to make a second batch," says Rasmussen. "I sold those about as fast as I could churn them out. Then, I refined the process of making them and diversified the line by adding three new sizes and started producing them this spring." Carved with a CNC router and finished by hand, these plates come in maple or walnut with a neon trim and were launched at the AD Home show in Los Angeles. The plates come four sizes and retail for $42 to $52 a piece. For more information, click here.
April 9, 2012
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MAIK's Experimental Danish Design

Pronounced "make," MAIK is an experimental Danish design brand founded in 2009 by Andreas Sachse and Rune Rex. I spotted it when I was in Copenhagen last fall and although it was closed, I was able to peer through the window and suss out that it was a unique and compelling retail and manufacturing model. Once I got home I wrote Rex to learn more. Click through the slideshow to see and hear more about the company, in Rex's own words.
April 2, 2012
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Friday Finds 03.30.12

In this installment of Friday Finds, a look at tennis's most entertaining athlete, Pantone swatches that are good enough to eat, and answers to all the grade-schol test questions you never knew. Scroll down for more!
March 30, 2012
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Inside Saturdays NYC

A surf shop in New York City? Unexpected, sure, but also incredibly chic. Saturdays NYC was founded by three friends, avid surfers who "saw a massive opportunity to bring the surf scene to the city," says co-founder Josh Rosen. Their first shop opened on Crosby Street in Soho a few years ago, and an outpost opened in Tokyo as well. (And in case you're wondering, "Tokyo's surf scene is a lot like New York City's—it's about 45 minutes to the beach from both places," says Rosen). Next up is another shop in New York in the West Village. The original shop is built out with salvaged wood, slate, and metal, and stocks surfboards, wetsuits, books, art, and the shop's own brand of 50s– and 60s–inspired apparel. There's also a coffee bar, made from found wainscoting and Ikea butcher block, and an appealing patio out back. Here's a peek inside.
March 29, 2012
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Coffee Break: Stockholm's Cafe Foam

Located in the Östermalm neighborhood of Stockholm, Cafe Foam channels "Spanish temperament with Scandinavian cool," according to its designers, local firm Note. Indeed, the interior features the prototypical Scandinavian blonde wood and spare detailing with splashes of magenta that evoke a more fiery feeling—an unexpected mashup as the latitudes (not to mention the design sensibilities) of Spain and Sweden are about as far flung as one can get in Europe. On a blustery day this past February, I popped in to catch a glimpse of how the city does design cafes (and to escape the intermittent snow flurries). The space was chic, filled with equally fashionable customers (Östermalm is the city's design district), and the baristas serve up a latte that would've tasted equally as good in more modest surroundings. Let's have a look inside the space…
March 28, 2012
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Chester Mox Passport Wallet

I was very excited to head to Morocco for my weeklong visit with a new accessory in my back pocket: Chester Mox's Passport Cover. I was giving this Horween leather travel wallet a test drive on the mean streets and in the cavernous airports of San Francisco, New York, Marrakech, and Casablanca. And it passed with flying colors.
March 26, 2012
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Friday Finds 03.23.12

This Friday, take a jaunt through the French countryside for a look at a new visitor's center whose facade is inspired by ancient timber fortifications, catch a video of two of baseball's favorite pitchers facing off, and an unconventional take on guacamole.
March 23, 2012
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Inga Sempe's Risotto Spoon

We at Dwell are big fans of French designer Inga Sempé's work; we've profiled her in 2007; ran a Q&A from Milan on dwell.com in 2009; and most recently highlighted the making-of her already iconic Ruché sofa and, online, traced her design and prototyping process. So we were excited to hear about her most recent design, the IS01, a graceful stainless steel spoon intended for serving risotto, which won Domus and Alessi's "Design a Spoon" competition, held to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of the Italian cookbook Cucchiaio d’Argento (Silver Spoon).
March 23, 2012
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