• Friday Links

    Not many links as it's the first week back to work, but here's a few to help your afternoon go by a bit faster. How Not to Test for Electrostatic Discharge Imagine a Living Mars 12 Awe-Inspiring Photos of Lightning How fast could you travel across the U.S. in the 1800s? (via Lapham's Quarterly) Tsuneaki Hiramatsu - Firefly Road (2012) Have a nice weekend!

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  • Happy Holidays!

    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

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  • Michael Mundy’s Gift Ideas

    You might know Michael Mundy from an afternoon with..., as he's photographed quite a few interesting people and their spaces. Michael's the last person to share their give/get list for this holiday season. Thanks again to everyone that has participated this year- it's been great to see each and every point of view. Here's Michael's give /get list: 1. A new Journal from Il Bisonte, $188 2. Small flashlight from Huckberry, $25 3. A Bag from BillyKirk, $350 4. A sweater from North Sea Clothing, ~ £125 5. A Silver Swiss Army Knife, $127.95 6. Coffee from Fika 7. Anything from DiPalos on Grand Street 8. A Silver Compass from Tiffany, $325 9. Lots of ...

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  • Simon Yuen Gift Picks

    Wait! Here's one more gift guide, just in time for holiday shipping. Warning: There's oodles of Portland Oregon / Pacific Northwest love all over this post. 1. Ipad Sleeve by The Good Flock. Sure the Apple magnetic sleeve is nice... but waxed denim! Come on! Made in Portland. 2. Never actually wanted to own a terrarium until I saw these stunning handmade steel and wood ones from Arc & Ash. Made in Portland. 3.  Fell in love with these majorly cute ceramic ornaments at Gemma Correll's opening at Land Gallery. I'll take the whole set please. 4.  Molecule Synth. A snap-together modular synthesizer, designed to ...

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  • Ted Vadakan and Angie Myung Gift Picks

    Ted Vadakan and Angie Myung have been operating Poketo, a go-to source for well-designed and curated homegoods and art, since 2003. We're never shy to feature their products on BLTD, so we were curious to see what was on their holiday list. Here are their top ten picks from 'round the web as well as their own offerings: 1. Poketo Linen Tea Towels 2. Poketo Sun and Shore Eco Sweatshirt 3. Poketo Striped Fleece Backpack 4. Juniper Ridge Trail Crew Soap 5. Japanese Copper Graters 6. Apolis Market Bag 7. Handsome Coffee Roasters Dapper Espresso 8. Power and Light Press Letterpressed Perpetual Calendar 9. Quiet Tiger Weekender Wool Hat 10.One ...

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  • Kate Bingaman-Burt Gift Ideas

    Kate Bingaman-Burt is an illustrator and educator. She has been making work about consumption since 2002, teaching since 2004 and drawing until her hand cramps since 2006. I never met anyone who works harder than Kate, and oh yeah, she just happens to be the nicest person ever. Here are her ten very colorful gift ideas for anyone in the creative professional field or has an appreciation for great design. 1. Biography on acclaimed New Yorker illustrator Saul Steinberg. 2. Custom hand-lettered posters from illustrator Nicole Lavelle. 3. A vintage German beer hall table for entertaining parties both large and small. 4. A very marigold school satchel. 5. ...

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  • Friday Links

    Solar system quilt from 1876! (via @explorer) Infographic: 10 Commonly Misunderstood Words In English Just screaming and painting Lights for your labratory (and how about Maarten De Ceulaer's mutation series?) On Etsy, cute Custom paper dolls by Jordan Grace Owens (too bad it's too late for a holiday gift). So smart. Vending Machine Dispenses Rare Books For Just $2 How to Avoid Work: A 1949 Guide to Doing What You Love Macro photographs of snails and insects in the rain, by Vadim Trunov via it's okay to be smart Tim Knowles - Tree Drawings (2006) (via likeafieldmouse) Still in search of design gifts for friends ...

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  • Erich Ginder Gift Ideas 2012

    Seattle designer Erich Ginder is one of my favorite contemporary designers, and also happens to be one of my favorite people to talk to about design. He's known for his Ghost series coat racks (Ghost Antlers and Ghost Tree) and his Warez Rose wallpaper and Dot/Dash pendant lamps. Here's a look into his holiday gift list: 1. Dezeen Book of Ideas, $28.00 2. Pewter Oil Lamps, $198 3. Magnifying Glass by Maison Martin Marigela, $95 4. Fredricks & Mae Brush Cone, $42 5. Kuvert Bckpack by Stephan Diez 6. Extra Long iPhone Cord, $4 on Amazon 7. Deb Baxter Crystal Bomb, $330 8. El Mil Del Poaig Olive Oil, $153 9. Clear Creek McCarthy's Oregon Single ...

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  • Lindsay Pulsipher Gift Ideas 2012

    Lindsay Pulsipher is known for her roles as Roseanna McCoy on the History Channel's mini-series, Hatfields & McCoys, and as Crystal Norris on HBO’s True Blood. She also has the lesser known role as being one of my BFFs and nicest person ever. She sat down with us to give us her holiday wish list. 1. 2012 Naturalist Almanac, $43.00. 2. Ecliptic Collar, by Annie Costello Brown. $204.00. 3. Bracelet Avalanche by Valentine Gauthier. € 50.00. 4. Pouch from Bookhou. Note: Shop re-opens Jan 1. 5. Tool Holster from Free Time Industries. 6. Short Crossweave Necklace by Annie Costello Brown. $189.00. 7. Origami Paper Lamp Shade. CAD $50.00. 8. Chip Coffey Coffee Mug, $10.00. 9. Printed ikat ...

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  • 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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