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Friday Finds 8.19.11

Discover the delightfully obscure, the strangely humorous, and the downright good design that the editors of Dwell found this week.
August 19, 2011
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New From Petit Collage

Based in San Francisco, Petit Collage is "an incubator of new ideas, art and illustration for everything modern and children related," says designer and children's book illustrator Lorena Siminovich, who founded the company five years ago. Siminovich's home decor and accessories for contemporary families can be found in boutiques, museum stores and catalogs worldwide—as well as in the pages of the upcoming November issue of Dwell, where we'll feature her cozy and stylish 1,500-square-foot house. Stay tuned! In the meantime, here's a sneak preview of a few sweet items from her Fall  2011 catalog, along with Siminovich's explanation of the inspiration behind each new design.
August 18, 2011
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Q&A with Black+Blum Founder

For more than a decade, London-based design company Black+Blum has been cranking out beautiful, sometimes quirky or humorous, and always functional products for the home. From its elegant tabletop accessories to its innovative lighting designs (like one light that can be either table lamp or floor lamp) to its playful bookends and ski pole-shape potato masher, each Black+Blum product comes with character. We caught up with Martin Blum while he was in stateside for the New York International Gift Fair to find out what prompted him and Daniel Black to launch the company, what it takes to bring a design to market, and what they've got coming down the pipelines.
August 18, 2011
The Akoris Garden Tuteur Sr (whose legs are shown here) is a nearly six-foot-tall trellis inspired by pyramid-shaped greenhouses.

TerraTrellis Modern Trellises

Though it may be a little late to start planting, it's the perfect time to add items to your next year's gardening wishlist. Designer Jennifer Asher recently launched TerraTrellis, combining form and function to create punchy sculptural trellises.
August 15, 2011
The Marimekko Pilvi Bag, featuring designer Maija Isola's Mansikkavouret print.

Marimekko Pilvi Bag

If you're like me, you have more totes than you know what to do with. Get ready to do some closet cleaning because the Marimekko Pilvi bag is the one worth having.
August 11, 2011
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Method Laundry Pump

A few weeks ago I attended a press event at method, which is headquartered conveniently around the corner from our Dwell offices. Besides a fascinating behind-the-scene tour of their labs (I had to sign an NDA, so can't tell you much about that...), they gave away a bunch of their products for people to try, and premiered a cute "crowdsourced" video, cobbled together from clips sent in by their fans (aka "people against dirty").
August 9, 2011
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Uniform Wares Watches

I've long coveted a 200 series watch from the English watchmaker Uniform Wares. Poems in simplicity, functionalism, and less-is-more design, these watches are a dashing accessory for any designy dapper Dan. And considering that they ring-up in the hundreds of dollars, instead of hundreds of thousands, they are a decidedly affordable brand of design-forward fashion. This crane.tv video from earlier this year shows founders Patrick Bek and Oliver Fowles discussing their inspiration, process, and goals for Uniform Wares. Tip of the hat to The Fox is Black for turning me on to the video. If only I could get him to buy me one of these watches.
August 5, 2011
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IBM Selectric Turns 50

The IBM Selectric typewriter, that splendid icon of American industrial design devised by the eminent Eliot Noyes, turns 50 today, July 31st, 2011! In addition to its stunning good looks, the portable device's significant innovation was a small spherical type head that replaced the basket of bars in previous typewriters. The Selectric jammed far less frequently making it a dream of speed and efficiency. I had a chance to talk with Noyes's daughter Derry from the vacation home Eliot designed for the family on Martha's Vineyard about the Selectric and a recent homage she was able to make to her father and his work.
July 31, 2011
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