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WEEKLY EMAIL: AUGUST 19, 2010


Chance Encounter on the Tiber

FEATURED THIS WEEK : LISA BIELAWA

Chance Encounter on the Tiber

One hundred movable red chairs and a musical performance on the Tiber River made for an interesting urban experiment. This collaborative project by Robert Hammond and Lisa Bielawa created unexpected results this past May in Rome.
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ALEXANDRA LANGE

When Shopping Was Sociable

Design Research closed its doors 31 years ago. Baby boomers remember the store like it was yesterday. D/R was where they bought their Marimekko dresses, the minute they realized a girdle was no longer required. D/R was where they touched the Kaj Franck china, buying one place-setting at a time for first apartments in Cambridge or San Francisco or New York.
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ROBERT GRUDIN

The Bakers Table

Those tables taught me something. I realized that by designing them I had turned impoverishment into enterprise. I had transcended my own inhibiting academic world and briefly explored the material presences of daily life. I had freed my eyes and hands to converse with varieties of shape and substance. I had engaged my little world and changed it. For these reasons, there is something special for me about the practice of design.
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ERIC BAKER

Today, 08.07.10

Each morning, before starting work, I spend 30 minutes looking for images that are beautiful, funny, absurd and inspiring. Here's TODAY.
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POEM OF THE WEEK

"W, a poem"

A poem about typography by Christian Bök.
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