• Friday Links

    Heather Benning turns abandoned home into human-sized dollhouse I think we've linked to this animation before, but in light of the recent Higgs Boson discovery, what the heck, here it is again (on openculture): Dark Matter Animated A Dress Made Out Of 50,000 Gummy Bears "...weighs 220 pounds, took three weeks to complete, and requires the strength of three adults to move." Pit Cherries Cleanly and Easily with a Chopstick and Bottle ‘Holi’ – A colorful short by Variable Instead of a stroller at the airport, use a cardboard box. Barry Rosenthal: Found in Nature (via thisisnthappiness) Have a great weekend.

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  • Lost Crates

    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 ...

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  • Friday Links

    Maxing out Your Triangle "A Simpler, More Beautiful Weather App": WTHR Chocolate Mill by Wieki Somers The risk management strategies of bee hives Old + new: Starfall Farm / Invisible Studio Dear Photograph now has a book. tumblr: anambitiousprojectcollapsing Enjoy this last weekend of June!

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  • Friday Links

    Delightful Paper Pop-Ups by Jenny Chen Reel DIY Bike storage by Yeongkeun Jeong and Aareum Jeong. Falling Slinky (the bottom doesn't move at all until the top catches up.) Also on kottke.org: Long-distance family portraits Infographic for Fruits, Veggies and Herbs, when are they in season? (via curiosity counts) It's summer. Time for Cabin Porn. Never Mind Your Abs -- Tone Your Brain (excellent illustration by Wendy MacNaughton) Enjoy the weekend!

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  • Friday Links

    Democrats & Republicans Disagree on Brands, Too This place has an interesting bed storage solution: Potts Point Apartment (via design milk) The secret meaning of the lines on a Solo cup (which turns out to be completely coincidental) "The most inspiring leaders are those who don’t work at a job but pursue a calling." from the article Homeless Man Turned Millionaire Offers The Best Advice I Ever Got We Americans spend less on groceries than we did in 1982, and we spend more on processed foods: What America Spends On Groceries For your next move, bookmark UsedCardboardBoxes.com. (via Unconsumption) Nice ...

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  • Friday Links

    FAUX COVERS. My favorite: Spreadsheet Enthusiast Handmade Type Mister Rogers Remixed (via Fast Company) This looks awesome: STILLA, a gyroscopic camera. (via swissmiss) Scale of the Universe (there's music, fyi) Smart for lofts: An Instant Guest Bedroom, Made from Canvas The $4,000 Bulletproof Polo Shirt And, if you missed it: Have a nice weekend.

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  • Father’s Day Gift Ideas

    Father's Day is fast approaching; it's on June 17th, which leaves approximately 8 business days to find/order a gift. If you're in need of a little inspiration, here's a few ideas, but do be sure to also look at our Gifts section if none of these strike your fancy. 1. Space Pen (gold), $58.00 2. Kikkerland Chess Bottle Stops, Set of 2, $13.00 3. Van Der Waals Stainless World Time Clock, $160.00 4. EDC kit, $44.00 5. Wenger Utility Pocket-Knife, $80.00 6. Titanium Multi-Tool Collar Stays, $30.00 7. Areaware SSKMRL Magno Model 3 Sustainable Table Radio, $300.00 8. Union Wood Co. Serving Board, $80.00 9. Cafino Coffee Maker, $165.00 10. Words to Live by Tattly gift box, $35.00

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  • Clothing for Furniture by Sinje Ollen

    Here's an entirely new way to approach an old or worn out midcentury classic: pay someone to knit a custom cover for it. If your piece is damaged or faded from the sun, Sinje Ollen can make custom 'clothes' tailored to the environment the piece lives in. Hand-painted yarns ensure a unique color scheme for your classic, and if you're not sure about what color is best, an in home consultation is available for an additional fee. If you're sharp, you'll have picked up on the word clues 'custom' and 'hand-painted', so you'll not be too shocked at the pricing. ...

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  • Friday Links

    Folded paper work by Simon Schubert (via Dezeen) 20 min. video (totally worth the time, trust me): Neil Gaiman Commencement Speech (via Do Lectures) Did you know that a Dormouse can hibernate six months or longer in a year? Also, if you need a cute injection: Snoring Dormouse Tattoos and the Stories behind them: Pen & Ink MIT’s Freaky Non-Stick Coating Keeps Ketchup Flowing Google World Wonders Project (via bookofjoe) You Won’t Believe How This Cat Walks Down This Fridge Neatorama: Faces on Strainers (via designcrush) Have a lovely weekend, as usual.

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  • Herman Miller Summer Sale

    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 2. Eames® Molded Plastic 4-Leg Armchair (...

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  • Friday Links

    The Plug Book I'm in love: Camp Treehouse 30 unexpected things you can still put in the compost This may or may not become a post next week: eco-amp (via treehugger) Yarn Bombing Rocky and the Philadelphia Museum of Art Dwell: The Real Cost of Rip-offs (I strongly suggest reading this article, as it makes some excellent points.) Items from Hirotoshi Ito: creepy yet impressive. Bespoke Dazzle Rug from the Rug Company ("...inspired by the Dazzle pattern that was painted onto World War II ships to disguise them from German U boats.") Measuring the Universe ~ 4 min. video (via Neatorama) Have a ...

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  • Friday Links

    Carved Tires by Wim Delvoye via visualtherapyonline If Maurice Sendak had drawn The Avengers... Second-hand furniture: Furnishlyst How to pronounce Hard-To-Pronounce Brand Names via @bookofjoe A free app for the complete works of Shakespeare by Readdle, also via @bookofjoe I wouldn't recommend doing all of these, but it wouldn't hurt to do a few: Art Assignments from Draw It with Your Eyes Closed: The Art of the Art Assignment via @pliniswag Square Register Stand via @swissmiss How coworkers kill productivity, and why you should have an Elmo doll on the table: Meet the Meeting Killers Google’s Story Of Send: ...

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  • Friday Links

    Thanks to Ambience Hardwood Flooring for sponsoring us this week. Forbes: What's the biggest injustice involved in denying same-sex marriage? Taxes. Embroidery Graffiti with Sarah Greaves via @core77 Orangutans at Miami zoo use iPads to communicate via @designrelated Joe Smith: How to use a paper towel (4.28 min video) Double Garage Converted to Contemporary Home Mm-hmm. If you think a water bag is An Eco Friendly, Safe Way to Repel Flies, read this article from HowStuffWorks. 3 Things Professional Women Should Stop Apologizing For Letters of Note That is all. Do have a good weekend.

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  • Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

    Mother's Day is this Sunday, which means you have 5 days to figure something out. If you're stuck, here are a few things that might jumpstart your search for the right gift. 1. Iittala Wine Decanter, $75.00 2. Micro-greens Kit, $40.00 3. Baggu Leather Pouch Small, $20.00 4. Envelope iPad Case, $48.00 5. Palace Collection: Governo Soup Bowls, $168.00 6. Animal Boxes, $49.00 7. Dietrich Düller Fountain Pen, $70.00 8. CDT Scissors, $80.00 9. Arne Jacobsen cup, $21.00 each 10. Geo/Metric 4 Jade Scarf, $66.00 (other colors/patterns available)

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  • Ambience Hardwood Flooring

    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. ...

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  • Friday Links

    Lost Crates, have you heard of it? We're partnering up with them to bring you some of the stuff we post each month. Sign up for the waiting list. Harvard and M.I.T. Team Up to Offer Free Online Courses: nonprofit partnership will be known as edX Found-on-Twitter Sonnets of Pentametron via @nytimesbits Flap around London with the Pigeon Simulator via @brainpicker T Magazine Video: Doug Aitken’s Acid Modernism co.EXIST: Mapping The Most Crazily Jam-Packed Places On Earth The Higgs Boson, AKA the God Particle, Explained with Animation T Magazine again :Upritchard and Gamper home (color used ...

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