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The No-Rules Approach
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by Christiane Lemieux 



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A Common Good

Let's start celebrating Earth Day by making your Spring cleaning a little greener using this line of biodegradable and refillable household cleaners by Brooklyn-based company Common Good. Created by former prop stylists, the brand was born of the idea that we were using too much plastic. With the help from specialists, they were able to develop products that were not only safe for people and the environment, but also didn't sacrifice cleaning power by using low toxic and plant-based ingredients.. The line offers laundry detergent, dish soap, hand soap, an all-purpose cleaner, soap bars, candles and 100% cotton flour sack dish cloths. Even the minimalist packaging design reflects their visionary concept. Common Good products can be found in select New York stores and of course online. By the way, don't miss our fabulous Earth Day Giveaway tomorrow!

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Make It Beautiful


How cool is this? I came across this genius and charming stop-motion animation video here and clearly HAD to share it with you. I thought you would get a kick out of it. The project was created by The Indigo Bunting for the May 2011 iPad issue of Martha Stewart Living. He came up with the whole concept, folded and created the origami elements and even the lettering. The stills were  photographed by Johnny Miller and the video edited by Philip Leaman. Enjoy!

Video © The Indigo Bunting


Through The Lense Of: Simon Bevan

Photographing interiors is not an easy task, especially when trying to capture the essence of a space. But for London photographer Simon Bevan, it comes naturally. His interiors portfolio is absolutely dashing; every single image seems to tell the seductive story behind each room he photographs. His compositions are exquisite and every shot is filled with curious details. His work speaks for itself.

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Designer Banking

I'm so very glad design is making its way into everyday institutions like banks. Isn't it about time your savings have a stylish depository to be live in? If I was walking by and looked through the window into this fabulous space, I'd never think it belongs to a financial institution. These slick and futuristic interiors are the flagship offices of the Raiffeisen Bank in Zurich. Designed by the multidisciplinary collective of designers NAU, this space is one of a new wave of designer banks sprouting throughout Europe that is changing a sterile image and creating a welcoming and refreshed atmosphere for their customers.

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Style For Rent

When traveling I prefer to stay in design hotels because they're always a great source of inspiration, plus they're usually located in some of the hottest areas of town. However, another wonderful alternative to boutique hotels —and a trend that's blooming around the world— is design rentals, which at times can be more convenient when vacationing with friends. This luxurious Dutch gem in The Hague's city center is a great find to spend a few days away surrounded by sophistication and style. Housed in the top floor of an 1890 historic mansion, the minimalist Maff Apartment has everything you would need, and more. The architect was very clever to use curvilinear and multifunctional furniture in his design, maximizing the square footage and visually making it seem larger than what it actually is. The use of black and white with a splash of orange makes it very bold and dramatic. Most definitely a pretty dashing place for a rental. Wouldn't you say?

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Challenging Design

I'm a huge fan of the Danish housewares design company Normann Copenhagen. I love their simplistic aesthetics and the way they challenge conventional design rules. They like to think of it as “putting on a pair of glasses and seeing the world in a different way”. I'm thrilled to have recently discovered their blog, and on it these fun kaleidoscope-like compositions showcasing some of their products. Aren't they genius? They immediately remind me of these. Enjoy!

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Dynamic Novelty

Books and accessories are important final touches in a home's decor. So it's important to find clever solutions to display them and give them the place they deserve. The dynamic Stealth shelf, by New York's BuiltIN Studio, offers a place for collectibles and your favorite novels to neatly sit against the angled bookend. It is handmade in solid walnut and finished with a satin polyurethane, or if you want a slicker look, you can order it in black. If you decide you want to get your hands on one, you can buy it here.

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Transforming Vision

It takes a very creative mind to see the hidden potential of used and beat up scraps of furnishings. Thomas Wold is one of the lucky ones who has the vision to transform someone else's rummage into one-of-a-kind sculptural pieces of furniture. His multi-disciplinary studio in the San Francisco Bay Area focuses on the design and fabrication of original and personal creations. It's amazing how he takes fragments of old desks, cabinets, tables and other found objects from different styles and combines them to construct these incredibly whimsical compositions. I find them absolutely wonderful.

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