• Simon Yuen Gift Ideas

    The next installment of gift ideas is from our very own Simon Yuen, contributing writer and product developer extraordinaire. His favorite gifts to give or get, all under $100: 1. Muji Touch Screen Gloves, $24.95 —  So useful! 2. Schoolhouse Electric Ion Lamp, $85.00 — Adds a warm inviting glow to any room in your house. 3. Makedo Freeplay Kit, $50.00 — Creative fun for kids. 4. Leather Seat Wood Stool, $42.00 — I tried this out at the store, pretty comfy. And convenient. 5. Safe at Home Braided Bike Lock, 4,500 yen (tax included) — Just saw these at a craft fair. Can't speak for the security rating, but wow, gorgeous. 6. Worthy Shorty Mechanical Pencil, $14.00 — ...

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  • Matthew Wells Gift Ideas

    Another gift idea installment for you on this Monday... Matthew Wells is a recent transplant from Seattle to Los Angeles and is a Visual Designer at Huge. He can also be found microblogging over at the swoon-worthy Since Eighty-Three. 1. Marmol Ring, $110.00 2. Perpetual Calender, $29.00 3. Horse Bookend, $39.00 4. Monarch Playing Cards, $6.95 5. Graphic Porcelain Tumblers, $8.00 each 6. Hawks poster, $18.00 7. Tanner Notebook, $15.00 8. Vim Beget KeyChain, $125.00 9. Winter Coffret Diptyque Collection, $84.00 10. Tough Tote, $72.00 Thanks Matthew for sharing your gift list! Matthew's Tumblr: Since Eighty-Three

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  • Friday Links

    Breathtaking images: Detroit in ruins and The 45 Most Powerful Images Of 2011. So cute: Muppet Wall Decals via swissmiss Scout Regalia's Gingerbread Geodesic Dome Kit is neat. More geodesic-ry: DIY Geoball (via Bloesem) Infographic: This Is What 7 Billion Looks Like Why Sugar Makes Us Sleepy (And Protein Wakes Us Up) via @brainpicker You've seen this by now, but I have to include it: Ice Cube Celebrates The Eames Hay + cement, then +cow = Trufa by Anton García-Abril. Here's a video of it being made: La Trufa. How to: Make a DIY George Nelson-Inspired Outdoor Slat Bench (via AT Chicago) How to ...

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  • Plastolux Gift Ideas

    The next installment of gift ideas is from Tyler Goodro of Plastolux. He finds all manner of modern interiors to inspire, and his site is on my oft-visited list. Here are Tyler's picks: If I had to make a list of "want" or "want to give" it would be easier to go with "want", what a scrooge I am! The large items are on my DREAM list and the smaller items are more of a reality. 1. Napoleon Dynamite (Oil Painting) by Dave Sharp, £370. For the Pièce de résistance this amazing painting of none other than Napoleon Dynamite. I ...

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  • Rena Tom Gift Ideas

    Our next installment of gift ideas is from Rena Tom, the founder of Rare Device (such a nice shop) and all around know-it-all (in a very good way) when it comes to running creative businesses. She has picked 5 brights and 5 neutrals to share with you today: 1. Strikey by Objeti, $39.95 (i love the red one) 2. Danish Modern Chalet Birdhouse by Burd-Haus, $69 3. Geometric Shapes poster by Honey & Bloom, $25 4. Flake 2 earrings by Molly M Designs, $46 5. 7.5 Lbs of Wrench by Iacoli & Mcallister, $475 6. smtwtfs 02 by The Last Attempt at Greatness, $80 7. Sparkle Hunt Cushion by Satsuki Shibuya, $75 8. Shaving Cup ($141) and Brush, $95 by SRF 9. Hand-carved White Porcelain ...

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  • Design Milk Gift Ideas

    Our fifth gift guide is by Jaime Derringer from Design Milk, one of the most popular online design magazines around. Here are her top picks for gifts to get this year: 1. Eames pen from ACME, $59.00 and up 2. This print by Mike Monteiro: Untitled (May the bridges I burn light the way.), $50 3. Necklace No. Ultra, $260.00 4. A blanket from Norwegian shop Funkle. 5. Aluminum Ampersand, $225.00 6. Owl umbrella stand, $135.00 7. Alessi Daytimer watch, $124.00 8. A scarf from Scarf Shop, $15.00- $80.00 9. Wooden blocks for my baby, $36.00 10. FFerrone Revolution Glassware, $67.00 and up Thanks Jaime for sharing your list! For more on Jaime, visit Design Milk.

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  • BLTD on pulse!

    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.

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  • Friday Links

    Over Thanksgiving, How the US Traveled, According to Foursquare. Kris sent me this link, a mini-custom-newspaper looks pretty neat: the Little Printer Inforgraphics for your (gmail) inbox: Unboxed via @designtaxi: the nicest place on the internet Forbes: How to be more interesting New Bees in NYC New holiday pillows from Build Your BLock Just a normal day... Leonardo's To-Do List Check out these Transcience mirrors. Nice. Classic Novels’ First Covers Have an enjoyable first-weekend-of-December. Hopefully you've started your holiday shopping, because it sucks to wait until the last minute.

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  • Stefan Boublil Gift Ideas

    And now, our fourth installment of Gift Ideas, by none other than Stefan Boublil, the creative director of the apartment. He's got a gold star by his name and a pretty good list of achievements to date (just google him). Stefan's list of gifts to get this year: 1. As Little Design As Possible - The Work of Dieter Rams, $90.00 the most insight i have ever gained about design is from this book. 2. Falcon Enamel Pie Dish, £4.40 in the kitchen, only use the beautifully bare minimum. 3. Old Time Slingshot, $25.00 always in my back pocket in case a client gets out of ...

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  • Kris Bernard Gift Ideas

    Here is our third installment of gift ideas, handpicked by our very own Kris Bernard, Founder and Editor-at-Large. Her picks for gifts to get this year: 1. Everyday Carry Keychain Screwdrivers, $9.00 2. silver medal, $6.00 3. State-By-Celebrity Print, $20.00 4. Golden Bar Necklace, $16.00 5. Hand-stitched leather pencil case, $40.00 6. Pocket size Moleskine Journal and cahiers leather cover, $39.00 7. Little skull studs, $18.00 8. La Tropézienne Tote, $386.00 9. Market Bag DAILY, $55.00 10. Mid Century Designers Pencil Set, $6.00 Thanks Kris!

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  • even*cleveland Gift Ideas

    We've asked a few people behind our favorite sites to share their gift ideas, and thankfully, some of them had a moment to send over their lists. I check even*cleveland often, and I was happy to hear that Stephanie could participate. Here are her picks for gifts (to give or get) this year: 1. White ash basket from Schoolhouse Electric, $85.00 2. Odette arrow ring, $75.00 3. Melin Tregwynt throw, $230.00 4. Punto Pigro moccasins, $220.00 (CAD) 5. Kaweco Sport Fountain Pen, $28.00 6. Inverallen Shawl Collar Cardigan, $345.00 7. DIY Star Projector, $22.00 8. Nontron pocket knife, $155.00 9. Dovo manicure set, $125.00 10. Thornwillow Big Dipper stationary, $40.00 For more inspiration, check out even*cleveland. Thanks Stephanie!

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  • Eames: The Architect and the Painter

    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 personal ...

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  • Friday Links

    Daily Aphorisms THE APARTMENT presents A CONVERSATION ABOUT GENIUS AND PARENTHOOD with Orson Welles' first daughter. Who buys iPads? Apparently Rich, Male, Pet-Owning Geeks that eat orgainic food. Brainpickings: Terry Border's Bent Object of My Affection: The Twists and Turns of Love We've got a few guest 'Gift Idea' lists coming soon. Exciting! I like the idea of this: HOW TO PUT TIME MANAGEMENT IN ITS PLACE If you're lackluster in the present wrapping department, check out this woven paper gift topper. Fascinating (yes, fascinating) death masks online at Princeton University- it's worth a look, I promise. via Open Culture ...

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  • Gift Ideas

    Oh, how is it the middle of November already? As the holiday season fast approaches, gift guides are popping up left and right, and our thoughts wander as to what would be the best gift for friends, family members, loved ones... Of course, there's the Gift Section here on BLTD, which is full of items tagged according to price range, but perhaps you have one or two hard cases on your list? And are in need of a few suggestions? If so, please do let us know and we'll do our best to give you some ideas. Below is the ...

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  • Friday Links

    Have we linked to this before? from the desk of... Bizarre: Sleeping Black Rhinos Are Hung from Helicopters in Wild Journey to a New Home Nice place with black/white palette, sliding things, a hidden tv, oh my: Vue sur le Ciel (via Plastolux) This is what I'll be reading later on today, except without a video camera and jazzy music: It’s Lonely in the Modern World It's interesting to see the machinery that produces the fiberglass shell chair: Modernica Acquires Fiberglass Shell Chair Equipment Arctic Plank upcycles used pallet wood for flooring, and it looks gooood (herringbone!)... as ...

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  • Friday Links

    Speech in Action via @brainpicker Clever DIY Outdoor Succulent Planter made from concrete blocks over on AT. The Evolution of The Blogger (via directory B) The Kitten Covers via @dailycandy Own your own mirrored treehouse; it's now a Prefab. North American detail map of Flickr and Twitter locations by Eric Fischer (via Design You Trust) 16 year old builds tiny home to guarantee mortgage-free future. Impressive because of the kid's age, of course. Awe-some (said in sing-songy voice) Lighting Vest. (via swissmiss) Vintage Suitcase Drawers by James Plumb This is a great idea, but the design bothers me: Gadget For Keeping ...

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