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Meggs’ for iPad?

In art school Meggs’ seemed to be an archaic approach to delivering design history in need a serious overhaul. Fast forward to the content saturated web environment of today their dwindling market share and outdated delivery mechanism have been re-envisioned. Meggs’ History of Graphic Design has been updated and republished alongside an iPad and iPhone version created by the gifted guys over at Inkling.

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SSB-1

Slotted System Bookcase or simply SSB-1 is a nice alternative to stacking books on a table. The design is based on Bruno Matthson Book Crib with a more utilitarian air, which I prefer. Art books and other weird sized publications are always a hassle to store or display, but these bookcases are serious hold-alls. Making easy work of any rectangular objects. I also love that they are shipped and slot together like a breeze without any hardware, or the dreaded Ikea hex-keys.

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Post-War British Textiles

In the years after WWII three female textile designers injected new life into British Textiles. London’s Fashion and Textile Museum is currently holding an exhibition entitled Designing Women: Post-War British Textiles spotlighting these women, Lucienne Day (1917–2010), Jacqueline Groag (1903–86) and Marian Mahler (1911– 83). Their bold and colorful designs are often whimsical and sometimes deliberate. The patterns have a historic and nostalgic feeling, but their lighthearted designs also bare a certain timelessness.

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Solar Annual Report

This video was circulating around the blogs about a month ago, and at the time the title didn’t really jump out at me. When I finally watched it last week it really took me by surprise. I assumed it was going to be an annual report about solar related information. The photochromic ink used to print the report is invisible except under sunlight. So the report itself is in fact solar powered. Solar Annual Report was designed by Cosimo Möller at Serviceplan for the Austrian Solar Trade Association.

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Brooklyn: 41 Reasons Why

Brooklyn holds a sweet spot in in my heart, and thinking that there could be only 41 reasons why seems outlandishly low. But as a curated list Brooklyn: 41 Reasons Why is a visitors guide, which distills the vastness of the borough down into a simple fold out map. The guide includes greats like Bamonte’s, a family-run, fourth generation Italian restaurant; the Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop and The City Reliquary. Now that I think about it 41 is a hefty list if we are talking about the best of the borough.

This guide is available from Herb Lester in his store, and was designed and illustrated by Two Arms Inc. Of course they are based in Brooklyn!

I posted about Herb Lester’s maps previously here.


Rechner

Nooka has single handedly created change in how we tell time, but there have been few revelations in how we add numbers recently. Rechner changes all that. It is the first gesture based calculator, and is available as an app for the iPhone. Their slogan really resonates with me as well. “Math is beautiful. Arithmetic is simple. Rechner is both.” A complete and succinct summation of the app designed by Colorado based design studio Berger & Föhr.

Rechner is now available on the AppStore.


Mosser

I have wanted to bring some plant life into my studio for quite a while, but being the obsessively organized minimalist that I am it has been difficult to find a solution that fits my requirements. Mosser is a small(desk size) terrarium, with a beautiful round clump of moss. Self sustaining, it only needs a spritz of filtered water ever 2 weeks. The power duo Jennica Johnstone and Noah Atkinson of CoLabs. The branding and packaging also deserves a great amount admiration, as I know with a little less care the simple moss ball would remain exactly that.

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Envelope Chest

From a young age I was a collector. Rating the importance of my belongings and stowing them away in difference types of containers according to their related value. My most prized items and those alone made it into a beautifully crafted treasure chest which my dad built for me. This Envelope Chest from Field Day brings up all these powerful memories and associations from my childhood. It is also interesting to be able to look back at those behaviors and see what has remained the same and what has shaped me into the type of person I am. Still a collector at heart, this chest would most definitely have a home on my shelf for some very special things.

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Austin East Ciders

Admittedly I have not had the opportunity to taste the liquid gold of Austin East Ciders, but I do have to say the brand and packaging designs are amazing. East Cider’s amazing design is thanks to Austin logo design powerhouse Simon Walker.

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COR Lounge Chair

I can’t say I love the name(Shrimp Cocktail), but this chair does resemble an update or possibly a revision of the iconic Eames Lounge Chair. Designed for COR by Jehs+Laub. This lounge is a nice alternative to the ubiquitous Herman Miller version.

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Håkansson Tegman House

Hakansson Tegman House is a single story home in Höllviken, Sweden, which was designed to have a very direct connection with nature and the outdoors. Design was carried out by Johan Sundberg. The walls feature a mix of slated wood and glass. This allows it to be wide open to the outdoors, while also maintaining a nice level of privacy.

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Pen Type-A

I always keep a pen on my for sketching ideas that come to mind or taking notes, but I have never been able to compel myself to keep a ruler on me at all times. Pen Type-A solves this problem by not forcing me to carry another object. Both are a singular entity until you need to use them and the pen simply unscrews from the cylinder within the ruler. Designed by CW&T is definitely one of those objects that I could justify purchasing because I know I would take it everywhere and use it every single day.

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Mountain Lamp

Lighting is normally so predictable, this Mountain lamp by Paris based designer Leonard Kadid is far more sculptural. The way it interacts with it’s environment is really different and rad.

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Sabadi

Italian confection maker Sabadì recently got a brand makeover and update to their packaging. Happy Centro took the standard approach to communicate the companies values and product through the brand they developed. Sabadì has focused on creating “eatables that have a magic inside”. The designers took those magic ingredients and created fun characters of them to adorn each different package.

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Silver Beaver

Part of me just really loves the name of this houseboat, Silver Beaver, and another part is in love with the simple yet perfectly crafter interior. Sparse and refined with plenty of light and open space despite a relatively small footprint. Confused Direction has conquered the house boat with this beautiful modern design. I would take to the water in a heartbeat if I could live in this house.

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Union Jacks

Jamie Oliver’s new(ish) restaurant Union Jacks in London is swathed in a sort of punk rock diner aesthetic, which helps to back up it’s classic British menu. I like the fun, sort of fucked up, and graffitied take on a takeout joint designed by British agency Blacksheep .

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Eames’ Living Room Exhibit

Charles and Ray Eames’ home in the Pacific Palisades outside of LA, formally known as Case Study House 8 is one of the most iconic pieces of 20th century architecture. It is also one of my favorite mid-century modern homes. I love the juxtaposition between the simple off the shelf aesthetic of the box, which creates the house, and it’s organic and curious contents. All of the houses contents have such a richness and power.

Charles and Ray’s living room is currently being featured in an exhibition at LACMA, called California Design, 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way. If you haven’t seen the documentary “Eames: The Architect and The Painter” it’s a must see, and it also has some really great insight into their famed residence. Also pop over to LA Times to see an awesome behind the scenes of the installation of the exhibition at LACMA.

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Uma Font

Uma is a great new modern rounded sans serif typeface. It lends itself to a huge variety of applications, and I especially like it transposed over black and white photography as it is here in these specimens. The designers of Uma were Ariel Di Lisio and Alejandro Paul, both regular contributors to MyFonts font library.

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The Story of Keep Calm and Carry On

Always wondered where the infinitely quoted and reproduced slogan and poster came from? Find out here, the true story of the Keep Calm and Carry On poster, found in Barter Books in 2000 originally produced as a propaganda poster for WWII in 1939.

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Casa Ubiracica

Completed in 1997 Casa Ubiracica in São Paulo, Brazil fits its surroundings, but simultaneously evokes an energy that this house was commissioned by Picasso or some great Brazilian artist I have never heard of. The colors and perfect execution, of what can best be described as lived in modern communicates the innate balance in the life of an artist. The pursuit of aesthetic perfection constantly affected or undermined by the organic aspects of life. So much of Brasil Arquitetura’s works share this theme. A stark juxtaposition between the natural and the man made, which makes their buildings beautiful and modern, but also comfortable and livable.

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