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WEEKLY EMAIL: APRIL 14, 2011


Making the Modern House Home

FEATURED THIS WEEK : ALEXANDRA LANGE

Making the Modern House Home

The J. Irwin and Xenia Miller House in Columbus, Indiana opens to the public in May for the first time since it was completed in 1958. Designed by Eero Saarinen and Kevin Roche, with interiors by Alexander Girard and gardens by Daniel Urban Kiley, the Miller House has been largely out of sight to the design world since its single publication in House & Garden in 1959.
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CHANGE OBSERVER : JULIE LASKY

If at First You Don't Succeed, Pat Yourself on the Back

Little Bets connects the success of companies such as Pixar, Belkin and Starbucks with unrestrained, even haphazard, creative efforts that frequently go nowhere.
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OBSERVERS ROOM : ALEXANDRA LANGE

All That Glitters (and Swoops)

Fodder for my dream blog, Let's Get Critical, featuring diamonds, deviance and OCR-A.

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OBSERVERS ROOM : RICK POYNOR

Stewart Mackinnon: Ruptured and Remade

Stewart Mackinnon is one of the great mystery figures in British illustration. In just a few years, in the early 1970s, he established himself as one of the most original and brilliantly accomplished draftsmen of the day. But his graduation from the Royal College of Art was also his moment of resignation as an image-maker. Leaving behind a body of published work that few could rival in intensity, he took the decision to walk away.
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PLACES : ROBERT DAWSON

Public Library: An American Commons

The battle over government spending is exacting a brutal toll on public libraries. But what’s at stake is more than access to a room full of books. The American public library is reading room, book lender, video rental outlet, internet café, town hall, concert venue, youth center, research archive, history museum, art gallery, homeless day shelter, office suite, coffeeshop, seniors’ clubhouse and even romantic hideaway, all rolled into one. Since 1994 photographer Robert Dawson has been documenting this great — now threatened — American institution; here we present a selection of his recent work.
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CHANGE OBSERVER : PHIL HAMLETT, GABY BRINK AND NATHALIE DESTANDAU

The Living Principles

As the new decade gets underway, sustainability occupies more of our collective consciousness, settling into its role as the defining issue of our times. Living Principles is a new framework that focuses on the sustainable efforts of our design communities.
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OBSERVATORY : JOHN FOSTER

Accidental Mysteries, 04.10.11

Welcome to Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities set aside for your perusal and enlightenment.
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OBSERVERS ROOM : MARK LAMSTER

What Baseball's Hall of Fame and a Communist Museum Have in Common

During this afternoon's telecast of the Yankees-Red Sox ballgame, discussion naturally turned to the fate of Manny Ramirez, who retired yesterday after failing a drug test for the third time. Ken Rosenthal, a Fox reporter who has the privilege of voting in Hall of Fame elections, stated he would not cast a ballot for Ramirez. I suspect this is the majority position among voters, even though Manny, by the numbers, is clearly qualified for induction.
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OBSERVER MEDIA : DEBBIE MILLMAN

Grace Bonney

In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Grace Bonney discusses being a Phish follower, the future of print, the name "Design*Sponge," growing her site, shaking off the cute, being a hoarder, and the Design*Sponge scholarship program.
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OBSERVATORY : THE EDITORS

Name That Design Person!

One month from today, Americans will celebrate Mother’s Day.* In advance of this holiday, we’ve invited a number of designers to share with us a long-lost kiddie pic. On the 8th of every month leading up to Mother's Day, we’re asking our readers to guess the identity of one featured baby.
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