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Friday, May 15th, 2009

Domino Book Giveaway Winners!


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Wowzers, all of the eulogies were so heartfelt and emotional! I think some true tears were shed. Domino, you certainly touched our hearts and homes. Yes, that was utterly cliche but I had to say it.

Ok, now I’ll cut the chase. The randomly picked winners of the Domino book giveaway were Barbara (commenter #18) and Miss Ford (commenter #28). I’ll be contacting both of you today! Thanks to all who wrote such creative eulogies. R.I.P Domino.


Sunday, March 8th, 2009

Garden Design Magazine


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Last Sunday it snowed five inches, this Sunday it was about 75 degrees and sunny. It inspired me to start flipping through Garden Design. There were a few images I tore out (for my non-existent inspiration books that I will never get organized enough to put together properly) before recycling the issue; thought I’d share:

Kyle Schuneman of Live Well Design’s moss chair.

Water Jasmine trees in Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden in Thailand. It’s like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory coming to life.

David Stark’s recycled shredded paper topiaries adorning the tables at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum’s 2007 Awards Dinner. I am obsessed with these – brilliant, beautiful, and so appropriate for the occasion!

Also, CONTEST ALERT! Garden Design is sponsoring a contest to recognize when great design meets ecological responsibility. Click here to find out the details.

photo credits: Joe Schmelzer, Peter Widmann, Marianne Majerus all from Garden Design Jan.-Feb. 2009


Monday, March 2nd, 2009

You, Me and the Bus


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Athens GA has always been a cool town – not only the birthplace of great bands, but also a place where visual arts and architecture are celebrated. For example, right now they are in the middle of You, Me, and the Bus phase II. After phase one, four artist-designed bus shelters were constructed around town. The competition for the eight additional shelters is wrapping up as I write this. This is a perfect combination of public art form applied to an everyday function. Such shelters are usually banal and uninspired.

Has your town had its version of the Cincinnati pigs, the Chicago cows, the Outer Banks dolphins, what have you? I’m hard-pressed to find a city that hasn’t had some version of that project. Isn’t this shelter project a much better and original use of public art funds? What types of public art do you have in your neck of the woods? Would these shelters make you a little more likely to want to take the bus?

photo one by Trevor Frey for Athens Online

photo two by John W. English for the AJC


Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Contest Alert!


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Yesterday I received this email from Dwell magazine and thought I’d share it with you all:

Dwell is pleased to announce an exciting new product “re”design contest and competition.

Innovate it!
Sponsored by the all-new Volkswagen CC
Phase I – Feb 11-March 31, 2009

From toothbrushes to towel racks to transit vehicles, we often live with inefficiency, inconvenience, and downright discomfort simply because we accept dated and subpar designs as a part of the daily grind. It’s time to put your foot down.

Our Spring 2009 design contest and competition is set up in two phases. First, simply send in suggestions for everyday objects that you think need a rework. Either they don’t function well, are poorly designed or just downright useless for the task they were designed to perform. Dwell editors will select the items for redesign. Then the competition phase launches where you are invited to submit design proposals for recreating one (or all) of the three most tragically troublesome objects. You may participate in one or both phases of this contest and there is no limit to the number of entries.

Phase I: Submit Your Product
Feb 11-March 31, 2009

Dwell editors will vet the submissions and choose the three best (or worst!) products for redesign. The people who entered the winning submissions will receive credit on the blog and a free ticket to Dwell on Design Los Angeles, June 26-28, 2009.

Submit your ideas today!

Good Luck.
The Dwell Team


Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

Book Giveaway Winners!


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The time has come to announce our randomly selected book winners! Lisa Alrick and “bluebird” will each receive copies of A Year of Mornings

3191 a year of mornings

and To Each His Home

to each his home

Congrats to the winners and thanks to all of you who commented. It is always fascinating to hear what components stand out in making your home “you.”

Lisa and bluebird, please e-mail ali [ @ ] designpublic [ . ] com with your address information and I’ll get the books out to you asap.