SOME NEW PRETTIES FROM MAISON & OBJET

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  The ‘Photophores Bougies Russes’ designed by Paris based designer, Stephan Lanez, are a series of 6 bell-shaped glass jars, transparent at the top and milky at the base. Inspired by the Russian matricochkas, they may be stacked one within the other when not in use. Via   

LOVING THESE LUXE FAUX FUR THROWS

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  As a designer, I’m a sucker for anything pretty and sadly sometimes that pretty comes at the expense of a sweet animal. Nevertheless, I try to keep the carnage to a minimum. In comes one of my most recent purchases – Restoration Hardware’s Luxe Faux Fur throws. I just received two in the mail (oneread ON

FEELING FELTY

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  Kathryn Walter, founder of FELT Studio, is doing some great things with modern industrial felt. For those not in the know, felt (made from wool) is fire resistant, sound absorbent, and is an abundant, environmentally friendly resource, not to mention that it’s also super stylish. Shown (top left to bottom right): felt feature wallread ON

PIECES OF NYC’s ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY FOR SALE

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  Build It Green NYC has transported more than 10 truckloads of treasure  from dismantled New York landmarks to their salvage yards in Astoria, Queens, Gowanus, and Brooklyn. Now on sale, the loot, released by The Landmarks Preservation Commission, includes carved mantels, wood columns, chandeliers, mahogany wall paneling, dozens of doors, bathtubs and more. If you’ve ever coveted aread ON

A PORTRAIT OF ONE OF THE GREATS

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  “A portrait of one of the world’s premier architects, HOW MUCH DOES YOUR BUILDING WEIGH, MR. FOSTER? follows Norman Foster’s unending quest to improve the quality of life through design. By investigating his origins to how his dreams and influences inspired the design of emblematic projects such as the world’s largest building to itsread ON

THE INTERACTIVE WANETLIGHT: by Jean-Louis Frechin

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  Designed by Jean-Louis Frechin from NoDesign, WaNetLight is composed of 25 blown glass tubes filled with 5 LED lights each. Each light can be individually piloted with a remote device (e.g. a Wiimote) allowing for almost endless lighting possibilities. Just another example of how technology continues to drive our objets d’art to interact with us on an increasingly emotional/human level.  

JANUARY IS A BIG MONTH FOR DESIGN!

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  Maison&Objet, one of the most influential design trade shows of the year, runs from January 20-24, 2012 at the Villepinte exhibition center in Paris, France. IDS12, Canada’s largest contemporary design fair, will take place at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto from January 26-29, 2012. IDS11 is where we discovered the Brothers Dressler andread ON