• 12 days until Christmas…

    With only 12 days until the big day, I'm sure you're busy getting the last of your shopping done. If you're needing inspiration, you'll be glad to know that over the next 12 days we'll be picking some of the best and brightest gifts from our archives and putting them up front and center for your consideration. There's also tons of great things tagged in our Gift Guide if you want a more thorough look. The Gift Guide is separated by price tags if you're on a budget: Gifts (all) Gifts $1-$25 Gifts $26-$50 Gifts $51-$75 Gifts $76-$100

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  • Artecnica Sale on Gilt

    Artecnica has some bargains on Gilt Groupe today, most of it is half price (as is the custom). I want the Anemone Light badly...especially considering it's $99 (from a regular price of $192!). (Gilt Groupe is an invitation-based site, fyi.)

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    Fluke Collective–35% off all orders

    Our friends over at Fluke Collective are having a huuge sale on all their remaining merchandise and at 35% off your entire order plus free shipping, you can afford to snap up a few design gifts for your friends, family, or even yourself. Just use promo code 'LUCKY' at checkout.

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  • Gift Guide

    Black Friday. Yuck or Yay? Either way, for those of you that remember our old gift guide and are currently missing the grid of thumbnails guiding you to the perfect gift, you can now search by price using tags*: Gifts (all) Gifts $1-$25 Gifts $26-$50 Gifts $51-$75 Gifts $76-$100 Hope that helps. If you would like a particular set of options for a particular sort of person, email us and we'll do what we can to rustle up a special list.

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  • Supermarket Picks

    Supermarket invited us/me to pick a few 'super' things over on their blog. There's a ton of great items from tooons of talented designers, but only ten top picks were asked for, so ten top picks I gave. See the list over at Supermarket's blog.

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  • 2MCollective

    2modern officially launched 2MCollective yesterday, and if you're a fan of exclusive sales and discounts (specifically in the home furnishings/accessories market), you'll have reason enough to sign yourself up. Every Tuesday and Thursday a new sale starts and will only last 3-5 days or until quantities sell out. Out of the sales currently on offer, these Perch! Round Wall Sconces stand out from the pack. Regularly priced at $160, the sale price is $110. To see more/sign up, visit 2MCollective.com.

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  • MINKA Documentary

    Filmaker Davina Pardo is working on a short documentary entitled 'MINKA', a story about a 250 year old Japanese farmhouse. Originally inspired by the book Minka: My Farmhouse in Japan by retired AP foreign correspondent John Roderick, the film looks to be well worth watching, and seeing as they're still raising funds to finish off distribution costs, you can check out the trailer below or on their fundraising page to see if you'd like to help out. "Minka" trailer from Birdling Films on Vimeo. The book, Minka: My Farmhouse in Japan, available for $24.95 at Princeton Architectural Press.

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  • Modernica Annual Factory Sale

    If you're in Los Angeles this weekend, you might want to pop on over to (one of our lovely sponsors) Modernica's annual factory sale. There's a chance you'll save from 30-80% off favorites like shell chairs, George Nelson Bubble Lamps, Case Study daybeds, beds, shelving units, etc. There's also a 48 hour online sale on Friday (Nov 19) for those of you that can't quite swing the trip. Sale starts promptly at 10am and wraps up at 4pm. Location: 2871 Saco St. (at 37th St.- 1.5 miles from the Santa Fe exit off Freeway 10).

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    Free Furniture Plans from Recession Design

    Extremely talented, and perhaps a bit strange (what's up with the chemical suits?), Italian design group Recession Design has created a whole line of modern furnishings for in and out of the home, and provided all the assembly plans free to download. I'm really digging the pastel palette and overall design layout too. Over 30 projects are available to download as a PDF at their website. Warning: the instruction are in Italian.

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  • Pink Wishbone Project

    That's right, you're seeing Hans Wegner’s legendary Wishbone Chair in pink. 20% of the chair’s proceeds will benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation for one year, and SUITE New York is raising more money for research from the one-of-a-kind cushions from twenty of the top women interior designers. From Oct. 7th until Oct. 29th, these unique chairs (with cushions, of course) will be auctioned off on www.charitybuzz.com with 100% of the proceeds benefitting BCRF. Interior designers participating: Kelly Behun, Sheila Bridges, Alexandra Champlimaud, Neisha Crossland, Lulu DeKwiatkowski, Tori Golub, Alexa Hampton, Allegra Hicks, Julie Hillman, Annie Kelly, Celerie ...

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    London Design Festival 2010

    Here's several photos from the past few days of London Design Festival. By no means are they comprehensive, but they at least show some of products that stood out. (Fyi, some photos are from the 100% Design preview post from last wednesday.)

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    ACNE Furniture Collection at Liberty

    As part of the London Design Festival, ACNE launched its first furniture collection at Liberty. Inspired by the work of Swedish designer Carl Malmsten, Jonny Johansson (creative director of ACNE) distorted the lines of the furniture to create an altogether strange version of seating shapes. The five sofas will be available exclusively at Liberty this spring.

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    100% Design (preview)

    We've been getting all sorts of emails on London Design Week events, but the big two that I'll definitely be attending are 100% Design and Tent London. After a quick look through 100% Design's gallery preview, these are the products I'm looking forward to seeing in person tomorrow. I'll plan to take some pics (if/when allowed) and upload them afterwards. As usual, keep in mind that all products usually take a while to become available through retail websites, so contact the designer directly if you have questions.

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  • FLAMMA-Making a fire with Ikea products

    There's something really satisfying about watching this man start a fire using exclusively Ikea products. It does feel a little Rube Goldbergian, knowing that you could just start a fire with matches, but it's nice to see ingenuity at work. For more information you can see Helmut Smits' site here.

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    New Look/Website

    So, notice the fancy new face of BLTD? We're still figuring out a few kinks, so be patient with us... also, we're aware that the RSS feed images are broken but they'll be fixed soon. Any feedback, please feel free to email us. Hope you like the improvements.

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  • CB2 The Selby is in your place contest

    CB2 The Selby is in your place contest A quick reminder that there's only 2 weeks left to enter the CB2 The Selby is in your place contest. There's a bunch of great spaces to vote on too, so check it out. If you've missed the hype: affordable modern furnishings retailer CB2 and Todd Selby are holding a contest for the most creative space. If you win, you'll get $10K in CB2 merchandise and a photo shoot with Todd, which will then be featured on TheSelby.com. Runners-up will get CB2 shop cards (from $500-$2,500) and the person with the most ...

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