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WEEKLY EMAIL: JUNE 02, 2011


China: Brooms, Mops and Chairs

FEATURED THIS WEEK : JOANNE CHEW

China: Brooms, Mops and Chairs

I’ve always been fascinated by common, everyday objects. Such fascination is often fueled by the ordinariness of such objects — mops and brooms and chairs, for instance — in which the simplicity of their form and their basic, utilitarian nature exude a kind of raw, ethereal beauty.
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PAUL LUKAS

Paul Lukas's Collection of Tap Handles

The tap handles used to dispense draft beer in bars and restaurants serve three functions: First, they let the customers see which brands of beer are available. Second, they serve as a branding opportunity for the breweries. And of course they need to function effectively as handles.
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HELEN WALTERS

Design and Business Education: The System Is Not Good Enough

In the past few years, there have been interesting attempts from within both business and design schools to elevate the potential of design and creative thinking as drivers of differentiated value. Yet there are still relatively few graduates from these programs, and their impact and efficacy remain inconclusive.
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Accidental Mysteries, 05.29.11

Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities curated by John Foster, highlights images of design, art, architecture and ephemera brought to light by the magic of the digital age.
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ADAM HARRISON LEVY

Hiroshima: The Lost Photographs

Partly as a result of the following essay, which was originally posted on Design Observer in 2008, the International Center for Photography in New York is exhibiting a selection of these photographs. Here is the original post, with updates from the exhibition.
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JOHN FOSTER

Accidental Mysteries, 05.22.11

Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities curated by John Foster, highlights images of design, art, architecture and ephemera brought to light by the magic of the digital age.
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