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Weekly Top Five: Outdoor
by Staff | Tuesday, August 21, 2012 1. Rotoluxe – Souluxe The Souluxe illuminated stands and planters in recycled plastic are powered by the sun, eliminating the need for electricity. Offered in myriad colors, they are coated with UV protection to prevent fading. Sizes range from small cubes and rounds to a 48-by-44-inch pot designed to hold large trees. 888-989-4968; rotoluxe.com. 2. Dedon – City Camp Annette Hinterwirth’s City Camp four-poster double daybed in stainless steel and

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Stackable USB Solution Lets You Do More with Just One Port
In our endless quest to simplify and slim laptop computers and other portable devices, sometimes functionality gets sacrificed in the name of sleek efficiency. Instead of suggesting you add more USB ports to your ultra-thin device, Gonglue Jiang proposes you simple stack more USB devices into a single port. A color-coding system helps keep track of which cord is running which extension, though beyond three of four this otherwise-brilliant solution could start to seem a tad awkward. A neat

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Albert Showcase Clock by Sven Stornebel
Albert Showcase Clock by Sven Stornebel The Albert clock by German designer Sven Stornebel is not just a clock – it’s a showcase as well. Each house-shaped clock comes with a resident by way of a small plastic toy in the same color. The toy can be put on display in the clock or sat out on its own. You can open the back to fill the case with your treasures or leave it empty. Produced in Stornebel’s studio, each unique piece can either hang on the wall or stand on its

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Modern mobility with Super Versatility
Modern Mobility with Super Versatility Sphere is a modern mobility scooters that expands the possibilities of traditional form and allows the user to not only move while sitting but crouch, stand, or lay all without leaving your chair. Provided in an ergonomic seat, the user can switch positions with the predefined keys and manage multi-way joystick. This is a great solution that offers more independence to those with reduced mobility.

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Tree Friendly City
Friendly City Tree As urban areas grow, so does the need that the soil beneath the concrete pavement and hydrated for trees that surround our city streets and sidewalks. This great feature redesign walkways with grooves that channel water strategically placed drains that carry water directly to the roots of the vegetation. Deep gutter system and feeds precipitation directly on the soil around the trees placed on the same level as the lowest part of the gutter.

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Louise Fili: Long Live the Queen
by Deborah Wilk | Friday, August 24, 2012 Who knew the still reigning king of book-cover design, Chip Kidd, once had a female challenger? Apparently back in the ‘80s, when print graphic design was the heart of all creative rage (really, kids, avail yourselves of the interwebs to look up Tibor Kalman, April Greiman, Spy magazine, and a little known artist called Jenny Holzer, among others), Louise Fili was quietly making her mark as the art director for Pantheon Books, where she produced

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Modern in Miniature: Dollhouses for Tiny Design Enthusiasts
If you had the pleasure of playing with doll houses as a youngster, you may remember the unimpressive plastic architecture and totally unremarkable design. NYC toy makers Brinca Dada are bringing a bit of modern flair to the business of pretend play. Their modern dollhouses are inspired by famous designers and some of those designers’ better-known real-world creations. They are scale models of beautiful architecture, featuring the kind of breathtaking details that would be coveted in a

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Musical Ears
Musical Ears EarPlay a set of headphones that integrate an MP3 player in the body. OT import music through the 3.5mm jack or USB port. In essence it negates the use of the iPod or his clan. The connectors on the device can be input and output, giving you the freedom to connect the device to the speaker as well. It even allows you to share music to other headphones Designer:. Che-Yu Lu

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Rocking Zebra by Newmakers is the New Rocking Horse
Rocking Zebra by Newmakers is the New Rocking Horse I’m pretty sure everyone either had or played on a rocking horse at some point growing up. Well now there’s a Rocking Zebra. The UK-based Newmakers made a contemporary rocking toy with a modern aesthetic that fits in much better than the traditional ones do. The eye-catching black and white design is adorable enough to showcase in your living room and not banished to your kid’s room like the old versions. It’s almost hypnotizing,

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Dining By Design Takes it Outside
by Matthew Powell | Thursday, August 23, 2012 | 1 Comment The Marie Aiello/Chef Eric Ripert basket, complete with vintage phonograph. Every year, Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) hosts the highly anticipated benefit Dining by Design in multiple cities across the country and showcases dazzling tabletop installations by some of the industry’s top designers. This season, DIFFA introduced Picnic by Design, a hip, warm-weather equivalent that has been in the making for

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