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WEEKLY EMAIL: DECEMBER 17, 2009


Piet Zwart Collection

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Piet Zwart Collection

We are pleased to present a slideshow of a remarkable and extensive collection of Dutch graphic design by the designer Piet Zwart (1885-1977).
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MICHAEL ERARD

Notes on Being Born on Soil

I was born on soil; so were you. Which is to say, we were born in a place and no other, to which our forebears feel attached, and if we do too we may proclaim, "I was born on the soil of this place," in order to stake a claim of identity.
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ERIC BAKER

Today, 12.12.09

Here are Today's images.
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THE EDITORS

Holiday Books 2009

For this holiday season, Design Observer's contributing writers offer some recommendations for gifts and personal reading.
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OWEN EDWARDS

Busted by Colombo, or, the Impediments of Style

The restrained high style of the ad men in Mad Men has revived a painful memory of one of my life-changing moments.

In the mid-sixties I worked as a press rep for CBS-TV in New York. Though low on a steep vertical hierarchy, I felt I had the kind of dream job I'd seen in movies like The Hucksters and Sabrina — an office (windowless) in the CBS building on Sixth Avenue, a good salary at a time when a floor through apartment on a nice street in Greenwich Village cost me $125 a month, and a charge account at Brooks Brothers that I worked like a farmer works good black loam.

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ERIC BAKER

Today, 12.05.09

Here are Today's images.
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POEM OF THE WEEK

Ode To My Toaster

Ode To My Toaster, a poem by Allan Chochinov.
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