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Friday Finds 3.11.11

Devastating news this Friday as a magnitude 8.9 earthquake struck Japan triggering tsunamis and swells across the Pacific. In this edition of Friday Finds, we share some photographs of the wild waters of the ocean along with a healthy dose of our design finds.
March 11, 2011
Stack of soaps by Honey pie Hives and Herbals

Honey Pie Natural Shampoo Bar

I made a glorious discovery in the shower last night: shampoo in bar form. I'm in Toronto serving on the curatorial committee for the third Twenty+Change design exhibition and publication and reporting a few stories for upcoming issues and am staying at the Gladstone Hotel (more about this great spot soon!). Hot off the plane and ready to be refreshed, I hopped in the shower and found what is sure to become a new favorite product: Honey Pie Hive and Herbal's shampoo bar.
March 11, 2011
Poketo wallets

Poketo Artist Wallets

Los Angeles-based design company Poketo's claim to fame is its artists wallets (though its also offers some sweet Spacetime wall decals, adorable Smile cards, and fun Mood bottle openers). Featuring the work of top-notch artists from around the world, the wallets are each intended to be "a traveling art show" and make art and design available to the masses (the money holders ring in at just $20 a piece). Poketo just announced its new spring 2011 designs so we've rounded up a few of our favorites, new and old.
March 9, 2011
"The works on paper that are featured in the exhibition are all monotypes, which is an unusual form of printmaking as it produces only one unique print rather than an edition," says Murphy. "Bertoia created these monotypes in an even more unusual way. He

Bertoia's Works on Paper

From March 24th to May 10th, "Harry Bertoia: Works on Paper and Furniture" will be on view at Kean University's Karl and Helen Burger Gallery. Italian-born and Michigan-educated Bertoia (1915-1978) left an indelible stamp in the design canon, creating some of the most treasured modern furniture pieces. Though his wire-rod Diamond Lounge chair, side chairs, and barstools are well-known, he was also a skilled printmaker who explored abstract and richly-colored geometric forms with a nod to the cubic and surreal. Kelly Murphy, an MA student and graduate assistant for the Kean University Galleries, spoke to Dwell about the exhibition, which she helped organize along with Gallery Director Neil Tetowski and fellow MA student Diana Palermo. "Our goal is to make all forms of visual art accessible to everyone," says Murphy. "While we have exhibited the artwork of designers before, this our first exhibition featuring furniture." In the slideshow that follows, Murphy introduces a few of the monotypes presented in the exhibition, providing insight into Bertoia's creative methods.
March 8, 2011
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A New Slant

In Seattle, where others saw only a severe slope and lack of municipal hookups, one couple spotted their ticket to their dream home.
March 7, 2011
vento residence portrait

Fine Finnish

A pair of crafty designers on a serious budget show that though their apartment may be short on square footage, it’s long on charm.
March 7, 2011
vento residence master bedroom

Fine Finnish: Master Bedroom

Despite its serene appearance, the master bedroom is an active, multifunctional space. The family sits together on the bed to read and watch cartoons: Tove Jansson’s Moomin, about trolls who live in the forests of Finland, is a favorite.  
March 7, 2011
vento residence living dining room

Fine Finnish: Living/Dining Room

The focal point of the living/dining room is an oak table from Ikea. “We like to draw, read newspapers, sew, and invite friends over, so a generous table suits our lifestyle.” No couch? “We simply don’t need one—–plus it would take up a lot of space.”
March 7, 2011
vento residence kitchen

Fine Finnish: Kitchen

In the kitchen, Susanna and Jussi tore down the ceiling and wall cabinets with the help of Jussi’s father, a skilled craftsman. “Behind the cabinets we found lovely little nooks that work perfectly as shelves for things like salt and pepper mills. When you strip everything to its original state, you are able to see what the house is truly about.”
March 7, 2011