• Jonathan LaCour Gift Ideas 2012

    Take a sneak peek into the Holiday wish list of Jonathan LaCour, foodie, computer programmer, design lover, VP of Engineering and Product at DreamHost, and my boss! 1. Art Deco, Geometric, Nature Inspired Art Prints from Jane Rovers. $32.00. 2. David Weeks Cubebot, starting at $25.00. 3. Art from Michael Cina. I especially love the Biolumin series. 4. Classic Safety Razor Set Shave like John Wayne and Steve McQueen, or don't shave at all. $240.00. 5. Hardcover Solid case for iPad Mini from DODOcase. $40.00. Totally gifting myself a gray one of these, if my iPad Mini christmas wish comes true (hint to my wife). 6. Titanium and wood rings ...

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  • Friday Links

    A 120-Year-Old Mechanical Device that Perfectly Mimics the Song of a Bird (via explore) Polychaetes (via itsokaytobesmart) Balcon additionnel via @swissmiss Fast Track by Salto Architects Kottke: "Made in the USA" is back, baby the world’s smallest snowman Berndnaut Smilde - Nimbus (2012) (via likeafieldmouse) ERNESTS- things of interest (often there are links to some really interesting textiles) Kent Rogowski's Everything that I wish I could be (via today and tomorrow) Have a fantastic weekend.

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  • even*cleveland Gift Ideas 2012

    And now, for our fourth installment of gift ideas for 2012, we have Stephanie from even*cleveland sharing her list of gifts to give this year. Thanks Stephanie for your excellent perspective- we're all the better for it. 1. For the person with your favorite face: Aesop Fabulous Face Cleaner 2. For those looking to leave their mark: a custom inspector stamp. 3. For the writer: a paperweight. 4. For pals: a beaded friendship bracelet. 5. For the friends you meet at the bar: a bottle opener. 6. For arty card players: colorful card games. 7. For the music lover: an artisan speaker. 8. For the traditionalist: a natty ...

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  • Duane King Gift Ideas 2012

    Duane King, creative director of Huge/KingCoyle and founder of Thinking for a Living, was kind enough to submit his wish list for our annual gift guide series. Duane was also named one of Fast Company's 50 Most Influential Designers in America. 1. Chup Sedona Sock in Charcoal 2. Hard Graft Flat Pack 3. Norse Projects × Hestra Ivar Glove 4. No.1 by Form Us With Love 5. Areaware Animal Boxes by Karl Zahn 6. Outlier Slim Dungarees 7. D.S. & Durga Burning Barbershop 8. The Hill-Side Selvedge Thin Stripe Chambray Scarf 9. Apolis + Matteo Linen Pocket Square 10. Makr Scout Field Bed 11. Good Worth & Co. Best Wishes Key 12. Naked & Famous Slim ...

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  • Kris Bernard Gift Ideas 2012

    Here are some of my favorite gift ideas this year. Some are on my wish list and some are gifts I'd get for some my favorite people. 1. Personalized Nude iPad Case, $139.00. Can be personalized with initials. 2. Tall porcelain jar, $35.00. Part of my dream dish ware set. (See #14 below) 3. Geometry Earrings, $168.00. 4. Wolf print, $40.00, by the insanely talented painter Corbett Sparks. 5. Faribault Virgin Wool Lodge Blanket, $134.00. 6. Stone Grey Watch, $195.00. 7. Lines Print, $25.00. 8. Thermos 16-Ounce Stainless Steel Travel Tumbler, $25.00. It seems impersonal, but this travel mug keeps drinks piping hot for 9 hours and would be perfect for your favorite commuter. 9. Shield Embossed Wallet by ...

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  • Friday Links

    Mapping marriage equality around the world "According to a study by Spectrem Group, 58 percent of millionaire pet owners have a dog. Only 37 percent own a cat." Why Millionaires Prefer Dogs Over Cats Robbie Rowlands - Intervention How to tell a tourist from an art student by how they take pictures Mountain of balls engulfs New York to show emissions A $25,000 pencil? Yep, it's a Build a School Pencil. Practical Origami: folding chip bags Pleats! Kate MccGwire: feather scultptures (via It's Nice That Cats and parakeets can be friends Have an excellent beginning-of-December weekend.

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  • Stefan Boublil Gift Ideas 2012

    Who better than Mr. Stefan Boublil, the creative director of the apartment, to kick off our collection of Gift Ideas for 2012? Our thanks to Stefan, as we know he's busy running the business and the apartment broadcast, as well as generally providing better design for branding, marketing, and interior design worlds. Well done, sir, you deserve everything on your list. Stefan’s note to Santa: dear santa, i hope you are doing well and kept your cholesterol levels under control. by the way, thank you for all the presents last year, i especially enjoyed the herpes. which is why i ...

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  • Cyber Monday

    Okay, so we are going to help you with the Cyber Monday deals after all. Below is a list of some of the sales you can take advantage of today. If you have some other links to add, let us know (via twitter if possible) and we'll update this list throughout the day. 30%-50% off at Phaidon (enter 'NG30HC' at checkout) 20% off plus free shipping at Greener Grass Design (enter 'happiness' at checkout) Use discount code 'CYMON29A' for $29 Keyport Slides 50 % off storewide at Modern Furniture Collection 78% savings on a NewScientist Gift Subscription 12% off storewide at 2modern (use '12...

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  • CustomMade

    You need the perfect dresser. You're not content with what retailers, Ebay, or Etsy has to offer. And even if you do find something similar to what you need, it's either the wrong color or wrong size. How about instead of tirelessly searching for that possibly non-existent furniture piece, you design exactly what you want, and craftsmen will bid and build it for you? This is the vision of new Boston-based startup CustomMade. The site is populated with over 3500 furniture makers, artists, jewelers, installers, and product/homegoods designers, all looking to build the perfect piece for you. As of writing, 2884 ...

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  • Friday Links

    Projecteo: The tiny instagram projector (via @uncrate) A look inside the preserved suitcases of early 20th-century asylum patients (via @Quarterly) Why Social-Media Shaming Is OK (via @nytimesbits) Impressive tattooed space sleeve by Dan Henk over at itsokaytobesmart. world's first 3D photo booth prints personal miniature figures Man Made Moon: St Paul’s as Selenosphere Cute Cassette Tape pouches by Lindsey Porter on Kickstarter Crashing Cell Phone Conversations Prank How To Email Your Family After You Die NASA’s Spot the Station service sends you an email or text message a few hours before the space station passes over your house. (...

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  • Friday Links

    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!

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  • Election Day

    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.

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  • Friday Links

    We finally got our stuff together and set up a BLTD newsletter; now you won't miss anything ever again. Get a load of this weekend retreat by MW Works (via adventure-journal) Quick trick: Lighting a Candle Using Smoke (and a lighter) Awesome. The Rijksmuseum Puts 125,000 Dutch Masterpieces Online, and Lets You Remix Its Art What’s Really Happening In Blacked-Out Manhattan Overcoming Creative Block in 10 Easy Steps by Debbie Millman (via Explore) "...each breath we take consists of 8 x 10^22 atoms. To get some sense of that last number, if each of those atoms of air were a grain of sand, ...

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  • Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief

    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.

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  • Friday Links

    Why the Snooze Button Is Ruining Your Sleep Gender Bending Cute idea: Magnetic Wallpaper (via More Design Please) Button 2.0 via @theaptcreative Great collection of rooms using plywood over at style carrot via @designmilk Sign the Bill of Reproductive Rights Hitchcock Hallway Also, paper bird sculptures by artist Diana Beltran Herrera. Now, go and have a fascinating weekend.

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  • Blu Dot Sale

    You know that Blu Dot is having their big sale, right? You can get 20% off all designs until November 8, so it's worth checking out if you're in need of a few furniture pieces that don't cost an arm and a leg (and looks good too). A few quick links to some favorites below. Copper Real Good Chair, $299.00 $239.20 Stash Desk, $399.00 $319.20 Nook Queen Bed, $1,499.00 $1,199.20 Scamp Large Table, $349.00 $279.20 Hot Mesh Chair, $99.00 $79.20 Strut S-Large Table, $1,399.00 $1,119.20 Sale lasts until November 8, 2012.

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