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Mlb_a_ichiro1_576Just watched the World Baseball Classic finals on TV. Japan won for the second year in a row, yay! They beat the US in the semis last night, and tonight they had a 10-inning game vs South Korea. If you missed it and didn't TiVo, you can check out the play-by-play on ESPN.

Japanese baseball is so strategic and team-oriented. For more on that, read my post on the Giants vs Tigers. Image by AP

 
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Ryan Frank, Hackney Shelves, Hackney Shelf, 100% Design, graffitti, tagging, street art furniture,

Here’s an ingenious idea that blurs the boundaries between furniture design, graffitti and conceptual fine art. London designer Ryan Frank strategically places white boards at various points in east London and waits for illicit decoration to begin. Frank leaves boards out for weeks until they have sufficiently “matured” into colorful pieces of street art. Once the boards have matured, they are removed and transformed into these colorful mobile shelving units - juxtaposing street art with interior environment. For the collectors out there: every piece is a completely unique slice of “recycled” Hackney street art.

 
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Originally posted by croquecamille from Croque-Camille, ReBlogged by ken on Mar 26, 2009 at 01:27 AM

 
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amy ruppels chaboo

Photos by Anna Campbell.

Recently, my friend Ken Tomita curated a furniture design show like no other called Project Chaboo. He brought together 50 of Portland’s finest industrial designers, architects, illustrators, inventors, engineers, and carpenters to reinterpret one of his signature designs. The design is based on a common Japanese low table, known as chabudai. I was fortunate enough to collaborate with one of the nicest illustrators in Portland, Amy Ruppel on her chaboo. I engraved her leaf design into the top surface, then laser cut felt to be infilled into the birch.

 
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Originally posted by admin from Michael Mandiberg, ReBlogged by ken on Mar 30, 2009 at 08:38 PM

 
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The latest in Bandai Gadget's "do it forever" series is the top of a coke or beer can. Basically, researchers spent hours and hours perfecting the sensation of cracking open a can, and then made it into a cell phone strap. It goes on sale in June for about $8.

Pop-the-edamame cell phone strap

Bubble wrap mania

 
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b-and-n_iconic_panelsWant to pretty up your place but really could do without wallpaper? The pasting, the smoothing out, the shouting match between you and your significant other…it’s ok. We understand. That’s why we’re all excited about the mountable laminate panels that B&N Industries has produced. The Iconic Panels are way cooler than any wood paneling we remember from childhood and come in designs named Carnaby, Hitchcock, and even, Helvetica (guess what that one looks like!). The sixteen textured designs encompass a range of styles from pleasing curvy designs to wildly drawn lines that would give us vertigo if we had to eat breakfast near them.

 
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Moleskine, that beloved notebook of so many so far and wide, has just relaunched their website with a new "MSK" format that lets you print your own pages (including a wizard that helps you along--why do things always need a "wizard"?!) It also boasts a gallery of special projects, user-created artwork, and a line-up of special editions. Things are just getting populated, but let us know in the comments how you like the printable pages and links to your favorite (or your own!) artwork.

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