Happy Holidays! Our thanks goes out to you, dear reader, for visiting us often, and to each of our sponsors that have helped us keep the site up and running. We're signing off until the New Year, so here's hoping you have a very happy holiday season. Stay safe and warm, and do try and enjoy yourself. Shown above: 18" Unlit Charlie Brown Christmas Tree, $10.48
Written by Katie on December 20, 2012. Permalink
Written by Katie on November 9, 2012. Permalink
Katie Paterson: A map of all the dead stars in the Universe. via @openculture A 3-foot-wide house/art installation squeezed into an alleyway. Tutorials to Make Toys from Trash (via swissmiss) WHEN CLIENTS’ DUMBEST REQUESTS BECOME ART Also Fast Co.: This Nifty Machine Makes Furniture Using Thread Instead Of Screws Letters of Note: Our differences unite us A look inside Lindsey Adelman's studio over at Design Milk. Gabriel Dawe's Thread Art Have a nice weekend!
Written by Katie on November 6, 2012. Permalink
Brave those long lines and cast your vote today; if you don't, you forfeit the right to complain about the government. Not sure where your polling place is? Google has a polling place lookup that's quick and easy. Shown above, Vote Cards, $16, from the Cooper-Hewitt Shop.
Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief
Written by Katie on October 31, 2012. Permalink
Our thoughts go out to those dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy; if you'd like to make a donation to help relief efforts, go to American Red Cross. Any amount helps. Also, if you're in NYC, there's a dog shelter that really needs volunteers to walk dogs while the trains are down: Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition.
Written by Katie on September 21, 2012. Permalink
Buy (or sell) stuff from (or to) your neighbors: Krrb Help Fund OSTRICH, The Portable Nap Maker Was Picasso’s dad keen on DIY? Custom Video Game Covers Technological Mandalas (via today and tomorrow) More than you want to know about Copywriting. Crazy (good) Water Tower residence (via IGNANT) Mysterious Underwater ‘Crop Circles’ Have a lovely weekend and enjoy the nice weather (if you have it).
BLTD + Lost Crates
Written by Katie on August 9, 2012. Permalink
If you haven't received your box from Lost Crates yet, stop reading now. Don't pay any attention to the pictures either. However, if you haven't signed up or find yourself still wondering if you should, check out this month's picks. First off, the SC1 & KW1 Keybrids! A key-plus-keyring all in one. Your key should fit either the SC1 or the KW1 blank. Next, The Heart Merit Badge from Disorderly Goods. As they say, "for giving a sh*t." Also, Cocoon's GRID-IT!. Order from chaos. Organize your cords and gadgets with a haphazard grid of elastic bands. And, last but not…
Written by Katie on July 5, 2012. Permalink
The first BLTD crate is live! For those of you that missed our previous note, we have partnered up with Lost Crates to select a few special things to be delivered to your door each month or each quarter, whichever you prefer. Whether you keep the crate for yourself or give as a gift to your favorite design aficionado, rest assured that we're pleased enough with the selection to buy the crates ourselves. If you've already signed up, there's only a matter of days before it shows up at your front door. If you've not, there are only a handful…
Herman Miller Summer Sale
Written by Katie on June 1, 2012. Permalink
It's time for the Herman Miller sale again. 15% off now through June 11. What? You're overwhelmed by all the choices? No worries, here are a few picks to consider should your wallet need emptying. Also, if you're scoffing at the prices and think you'll just get a knock off, please do read Dwell's The Real cost of Rip-offs; it might make you reconsider. Think of it as consumer education, and do be sure to pat yourself on the back when you've thoroughly contemplated the pros and cons. Product links below. 1. Capelli Stool, sale price: $450.00 reg. price: $529.00…
Ambience Hardwood Flooring
Written by Katie on May 8, 2012. Permalink
A big thanks to our newest sponsor, www.ambiencehardwoodflooring.co.uk. It doesn't take a designer to know that hardwood floors often look ten times better than laminate or carpet, not to mention that they may also add to the value of your home. Ambience Hardwood Flooring provides wood floors in a variety of styles. Selected from the most durable hardwoods available, you can be sure that your new floor will be enjoyed for generations. With a dizzying array of options to choose from, you'll have all the selection you need to find the right floor to suit your home. This post is…
Written by Kris on January 18, 2012. Permalink
We at BLTD are united in opposition against SOPA and PIPA. The proposed Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act would, if passed, set a dangerous precedent that would greatly impact our collective freedom of speech on the internet. Call your Senator and tell them you oppose SOPA and PIPA. Go here to find out more: [vimeo http://vimeo.com/31100268 w=513&h=317]
BLTD on pulse!
Written by Kris on December 6, 2011. Permalink
We are pleased to announce that Pulse has chosen BLTD as one of their publishers under the design/art category. If you haven't tried it yet, Pulse is a news reading app which is the native RSS app on the Kindle Fire and also available on iOS and Android. Check it out! You can read more about it here: BLTD on pulse.
Eames: The Architect and the Painter
Written by Katie on November 22, 2011. Permalink
For those of us familiar with the husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames, their names bring images of bent ply furniture and films, the packed 901 studio, and the impressive Case Study house in Pacific Palisades. However, most of us certainly don't know a great deal about their personal lives or working habits. In Eames: The Architect and the Painter, the new documentary by Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey, we have a closer glimpse. The Eameses both had extraordinary skills and weaknesses. Charles, an architect that rarely practiced, and Ray, a painter than that rarely painted, had their own…
Plumen Lightbulb on Fab.com
Written by Katie on September 29, 2011. Permalink
Yep, this isn't the first you've seen of the Plumen Lightbulb, as we've posted it before, but it's now on sale over at Fab.com*: $30 for one or a set of four for $98 (regular retail of $120). *If you've not heard of it, Fab.com is an invite-based site, fyi.
Written by Katie on September 21, 2011. Permalink
So, notice anything different on the site today? We've decided to scrap our Travel section in favor of linking to our Gift tags. That might upset some of you, but please know it's for the best. We decided it would be more beneficial to access gift options than attempt to produce more city guides, and we do hope you'll be happy with the results. Just as a note of caution, there's probably many items with purchase links woefully out of date; if you should run across one, please do send us an email so we can fix it.
Written by Katie on July 29, 2011. Permalink
"If the world were a village of 100 people, how would the composition be?" The World of 100 (via Brain Pickings) About freaking time: Opt Out of Yellow Pages (via GOOD) How-To: PVC and Cable Dyeing Careful what you share, it could cost you a job (if you're neurotic): Facebook profiles reveal personality traits to researchers Painterly photographs: Paysages [Processing] Is Drinking Water Overrated? Yes, it is. Drink when you're thirsty and you'll be fine. Ten Principles To Live By In Fiercely Complex Times NYTimes.com: Q. and A. on the Debt Ceiling Designer Rethinks the Rubik’s Cube for the Blind…
Sir Terence Conran’s Apartment
Written by Katie on April 8, 2011. Permalink
Yesterday evening MyDeco hosted an event to celebrate the relaunch of Conran and MyDeco's third birthday. There was also a tour of Sir Terence Conran's apartment, of which we were allowed a few photos. (MyDeco no longer is in business, fyi.)