March 20, 2015


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Don’t miss this years March Madness sale. For 10 days only take 10% off your purchase of $500 or more and receive free local delivery. Save on any items we sell including in stock or special orders. There is no quantity limit, so now is the time to get all of the pieces you have been waiting for!

Sale ends Sunday March 29, 2015. This offer may not be combined with other promotional pricing. This offer does not apply to Sales Orders prior to March 20, 2015.

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March 19, 2015

Traveling Library

Traveling LibraryIn celebration of world book day on 5th march, 7UP has teamed up with Buenos Aires-based artist Raul Lemesoff in the creation of ‘Weapons of Mass Instruction’, a traveling library that tours Argentina in the shape of a tank. The ongoing project, which Lemesoff has built upon throughout the last few years, sees a 1979 ford falcon transform into a military-style vehicle, with a rotating upper chamber and pseudo-barrel. Although the tank may look militant, it has a very serious function of peace — Lemesoff tours through Argentina’s urban centers and rural communities, offering free books to anyone interested. Around 900 books fit on the car’s built-in shelves, with a varied collection of poetry, novels and biographies. The creative collaboration with 7UP is in continuation of their ‘Feels Good to be You’ campaign, which seeks to celebrate originality, wit, and unmistakable authenticity.

Submitted by: Crystal

Source: designboom

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March 16, 2015

Shopping Local

makers arcadeThis ain’t your grandma’s flea market. Today’s consumer has a discerning eye for quality, and the Makers Arcade Spring Fair aims to deliver. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at the North Park Post Office (3077 North Park Way), folks can peruse products from some of San Diego’s best artists and crafters. Featuring more than 50 vendors, the event will include upcycled goods from Kelso Doesn’t Dance, bowls and pottery from Case Ceramics, beauty products from Jae & Leona and stationary from Redstar Ink (shown here). Other vendors include local faves like Make Good, Rais Case, The Library Shop and Two Hermanas. There’ll also be food and refreshments available from Mastiff Sausage Co., Hess Brewing, Wow Wow Waffles, SD Bean Bar and Calexico Creamery. The $2 admission includes a raffle ticket and the first 100 folks in line will receive a free swag bag.

Submitted by: Alison

Source: San Diego City Beat

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March 13, 2015

Record Keeper

Record Keeper

Throughout the day we have all kinds of thoughts that pop in our head that we might want to jot down. Kirsten Camara created the Analog Memory Desk as a way to record all those small details that we need in the moment but will forget by tomorrow. Her exploration of how we remember the past led to the desk, which has 1,100 yards of paper that you can scroll through capturing all those phone numbers, street names, or long division you had to do on the fly. All those bits of information pass us by, never needing to be revisited so Camara asked the question, “Does the sum of all these tiny parts produce a new narrative on our lives?”

Submitted by: Crystal

Source: Design Milk

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March 12, 2015

Impressive 3D Street Art Created with Recycled Materials

Portuguese street artist Artur Bordalo, aka Bordalo II, uses mixed media to create his own interpretations of the urban landscape and environment. He often composes his works using various found items that he merges together into beautiful forms. In that sense, his street art is unique because it appears slightly three-dimensional and is presented in surprisingly tactile formations.

Recycled Art
Recently, Bordalo II was invited to produce an installation as part of WOOL, an urban art festival in Covilhã, Portugal. It took him a little more than one week to create Owl Eyes, a collaged owl composed of found trash and recycled materials. The piece towers high over pedestrians in a rusty compilation of metal, tires, and paint. Bordalo II then painted the background with a vibrant green and colorful polka dots. By transforming the otherwise dank, empty space into a work of art, the artist told WOOL that he intended to send a message “that culture and education are being neglected in this place.”

Submitted by: Alison

Source: mymodernmet

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March 11, 2015


We are pleased to introduce the Madison chair designed by Henrik Pedersen // 365 North as part of the m collection by Mobital.
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When you first experience the Madison you are drawn to the classic design of perfect proportion and scale. The sleek metal legs create the support and pitch of the best seat in the house. Stop by today to experience design and comfort all in one.

The Madison Available in cognac leather, dark gray tweed or light blue denim

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March 10, 2015

Cicret Bracelet Turns Skin Into a Touchscreen Display

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After years of wearing early iterations of smart wearable devices (whether for fitness or for data/communication) and perusing the aisles of new and upcoming wearables at this year’s CES, I’ve come to the conclusion the technology still has a way to go before become natural extensions of our lives and universally adopted. The biggest obstacle beyond battery life and unique apps specific to the wearable experience is user accessibility/screen legibility. We’ve all become accustomed to increasingly larger smart device displays, and navigating a small wrist display can feel regressive and unnecessarily challenging. But one developer is hoping to bridge the divide between utility and legibility, ditching tiny screens and proposing we use our own skin as a touchscreen display.


Currently a concept-only, the Cicret Bracelet is envisioned by its French developers as an Android powered, wrist-worn smart device which trades in the usual eye-squint inducing 1.5″-2″ displays for a pico projection solution. An array of “long range sensors” allows users to touch and tap the projected screen across their arms and wrists just like a smartphone, all without the worry of dropping a fragile screen.
The challenge for Circet’s developers will be three-fold: 1. engineering the pico projection system for sufficient brightness and resolution to be usable in environments beyond optimally dark rooms, 2. fitting enough processing and graphical power into a wrist form factor, and 3. offering users a reasonable battery life. Factoring in the state of projection display, processing power vs. chip size, and current battery capacity, the Cicret is an inventive solution which will likely have to wait for cost/performance to catch up with its proposed utility and feature, but one with promise.

Submitted by: Alison

Source: Design Milk

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March 09, 2015

Free Again

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The advent of 3D printing has made miracles happen, as Derby the dog can certainly attest to. He was born with a congenital disease that caused a malformation in his front paws which shaped them more like flippers than feet. Sadly, this meant that Derby couldn’t run with other dogs or even get around the house normally. He needed something that would aid his movements. Luckily for Derby, a compassionate animal lover named Tara Anderson volunteered to foster him through the New Hampshire-based rescue Peace and Paws. She was intent on using her knowledge of 3D printing to help the canine move like any other dog. And as an employee of the company 3D Systems, she was familiar with what the technology was capable of. Anderson enlisted the help of Derrick Campana who’s a dog orthotist expert at Animal Ortho Care in Virginia. The team came up with a design that uses cups to hold Derby’s front legs to give them the support that they need. They were first manually carved as plaster casts and then digitized with a Geomagic Capture 3D scanner. The semi-circular-shaped prosthetics were matched up with a CT scan of Derby’s legs to optimize their fit and comfort.

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The ingenious solution was a roaring success. Once Derby had the prosthetics on, he was immediately able to run – something he wasn’t able to do before.

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Submitted by: Jamie

Source: My Modern Met

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November 28, 2014

Look Again

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By ignoring convention, Chilean-born New York-based artist Sebastian Errazuriz, has become an expert at instilling his conceptual artworks with some measure of utility. Through found and repurposed objects, unexpected interventions and meticulously crafted interactive furniture, Errazuriz surprises, provokes, and engages at every turn, asking viewers to rethink the everyday. 11 28 2014 211 28 2014 3

We can see Errazuriz’s principles come to life with selected works from his first solo museum show “Sebastian Errazuriz: Look Again.” Explosion appears to be a fairly standard cabinet until its myriad maple components slide apart, while the 80,000 bamboo skewers of Magistral conceal regular cubbies and drawers. Says Errazuriz, “I don’t know where the line is between art and design.”

You can see “Sebastian Errazuriz: Look Again,” at The Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania until January 12, 2015. Submitted by: Jamie Source: 11 28 2014 411 28 2014 5

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November 27, 2014


Dog Thanksgiving

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