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Friday Finds 1.21.11

It's Friday, you know what that means—our weekly round-up of art, photography, architecture, music, and design finds.
January 21, 2011
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Yes Please More

While the United States is leaps and bounds behind Europe when it comes to publicly funding the arts and design, the city of Denver and Yes Please More are doing their best to encourage creative entrepreneurs. Working with the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs, Brian Corrigan and Samuel Schimek launched pop-up shop Yes Please More in 2010 to coincide with the annual Create Denver week. Since then, they've helped develop a creative grants program, are in the works on a co-working space, and are running the third iteration of the shop. Click through our slideshow to learn more.
January 18, 2011
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Lost & Found in LA: Part 2

If you liked what you saw in my previous report on Lost & Found in Los Angeles, then check out this slideshow: a roundup of owner Jamie Rosenthal's favorite items in the shop, along with her thoughts on what makes these pieces unique. Some great gift ideas in here! All available for purchase online.
January 17, 2011
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Room for Improvement

A few months back, we asked for images of sad-sack living rooms in need of a good sprucing up. We requested photographic evidence and were not disappointed—–snapshots of saggy sofas, mismatched hand-me-downs, and cluttered coffee tables flooded in. After a round of voting, a grand-prize winner was selected and a bounty of brand-spanking-new furniture was selected, delivered, and installed. Here we present a glimpse of the process of transforming grand-prize winner James Kish's Hoboken condo into a crisp and tailored apartment.
January 15, 2011
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Inventables: Materials Database

Zach Kaplan is looking out for the little guys. In 2002, he launched Inventables, an extensive library of high-tech materials from manufacturers and innovators like Dupont and 3Form. The initial price tag on a subscription to the database—$70,000-$350,000—limited access to everyone but Fortune 500 companies, Kaplan says. So in 2010, inspired by the upsurge in DIYism and maker culture, he tossed out the sky-high membership rates and tossed all the information and products online—for free. "We wanted to democratize access to all this interesting research we've done over the last eight years," Kaplan says. The result is a prototyping designer's dream: an inventors hardware store where small quantities of samples can be purchased with the click of the button and the cash in your wallet (many materials costs less then $20). "When you're a really big company, suppliers will bend over backwards to do whatever you want them to do but if you're a small company it's see you later," Kaplan says. "Designers, artists, inventors, students—we think of them as little R&Ds. They have all the passion, energy, and drive. We want to get these materials into their hands." Click through our slideshow for 14 materials available on Inventables.com that have Kaplan's juices flowing—from rubber glass to translucent concrete.  
January 11, 2011
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An Architect's Guide to Silver Lake

One highlight of my recent visit to Los Angeles was a whirlwind tour of Silver Lake with the great architect Barbara Bestor, who has lived there since 1988. She drove me around, pointing out architectural (and culinary) highlights, and offering insight into the neighborhood's unique creative culture (she should know—she wrote a book about the place a few years ago, called Bohemian Modern: Living in Silver Lake). Here's the scoop.
January 11, 2011
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Lost & Found, Part 1

I spent last week in Los Angeles, exploring neighborhoods, poking around design shops, and hoping to finally understand how the various corners of the sprawling metropolis fit together. In between getting massively lost (I have no sense of direction) I did find my way to a few previously (to me) undiscovered gems, which I'll share with you via slideshows over the next couple weeks. First up: a visual tour of Lost & Found, a shop recommended to me by architect (and Dwell.com blogger!) Linda Taalman. This was such an appealing shop I'm going to dedicate two posts to it—this one will be an overview, and the next will be more of a focused shopping guide, highlighting a few of my favorite products. Dig in!
January 6, 2011
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As You Light It

January 4, 2011
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Dwell Around the World

As we began dispersing for the holidays—heading our separate ways to SoCal and all the way to the Carribean—we take a look back at the best of what we saw worldwide in 2010.
December 28, 2010
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