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An Urbin Solution

When Alana Charles and her husband moved to their dream home in Toronto, they were excited to start life on their beautiful street; however, they were not excited about the new, very large refuse and recycling bins littering the front yards and curbsides in their neighborhood.
August 13, 2010
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10 Sturdy Desk Chairs

Whether wrought from molded aluminum or the latest techno-mesh, few seats work harder than the sturdy desk chair. We worked a few over.
August 12, 2010
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Alex Randall's Trippy Lighting

Alex Randall is not your typical lighting designer. In lieu of new materials, the British lighting designer raids salvage yards and taxidermy shops to create truly innovative and often creepy 'bespoke' lighting installations. Whether you find them magnetic or repellent—or, most likely, a seductive mixture of the two—you won't soon forget her Rat Lamp or Squirrel Wall Lights, both of which debuted at The Future Perfect in New York during ICFF.
August 12, 2010
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Art of the Novella Series

I'm something of a sucker for graphically clever series of paperbacks. Penguin's Great Ideas series is nice, if hit-or-miss, and of course the classic Penguin covers are second to none. I was wandering through Green Apple Books in San Francisco not long ago and came across another good looking series of pocket-sized lit: The Art of the Novella series from Melville House Publishing.
August 12, 2010
Good Design Stories from Herman Miller

Herman Miller in Syracuse, NY

We've sent Dwell senior editor Aaron Britt to Michigan to visit the Herman Miller factory and Herman Miller has sent some of its collection to Syracuse, New York, for the new Good Design: Stories from Herman Miller exhibit. The show opens Saturday, August 14 (with a kick-off party on Friday, August 13) and will be on display through October 17. Inspired by John R. Berry's book Herman Miller: the Purpose of Design (published by Rizzoli in 2004 and updated in 2009), the exhibition, which Berry guest curates, explores the design processes behind Herman Miller's most iconic pieces.  
August 11, 2010
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Apartment Decorated by Gaultier

Stepping into the freshly decorated apartment by Jean-Paul Gaultier at Trocadero in Paris, I felt as if I had been transported into a quixotic dream, complete with a choppy journey through a triage of disparate scenes. In a grey area where expression and aesthetic surely override function and utility, it is nevertheless intriguing to experience the continuously blurring boundaries where fashion and architecture meet.
August 11, 2010
High and Dry Dish Drainer by Black and Blum

9 Dish Drainers

August 10, 2010
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Cardboard Workshop

A celebration of all things impromptu and participatory, Kawamata's Cardboard Workshop at the Centre Pompidou in Paris has seen many different rebirths over the past few months. Over the weekend, I took a brief survey of this playful exhibit and its kindred architectural 'commentaries' on the exterior of the famous inside-out-building.  
August 4, 2010
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Fine Dine-ing

Interior and furniture designer Nick Dine—son of pop artist Jim Dine—has a love-hate relationship with his 2,000-square-foot Hudson Square condo loft. A long rectangle, it was born a stable. The floor slants from east to west, and natural light flows in only at the extreme ends. Yet it’s still home for Dine, his wife, Vanessa, and daughters Violet, 11, and Josephine, 10. With help from Think Construction, Dine reworked the space in 2002. By embracing the loft’s quirks, he has transformed what was once a wreck into a source of inspiration. He gives us the nickel tour.
August 3, 2010