Are Americans Getting Hip To Design?

by Bruno Bornsztein

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Immigrants, expatriates, and airline-stewardesses have known it for a long time: there's a startling gap between American and European attitudes toward design. Entering the U.S. after spending any length of time in Europe (or, for that matter, practically anywhere else) is eye-opening. Everything looks bigger, more imposing, like the world has been outlined with a black marker. Even the buildings look like they could have all-wheel drive.

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My Other House is a Bike

by Bruno Bornsztein

If you're a bike-commuter, you spend a lot of time in the saddle. So why not give your home-away-from-home a bit of your own personal style? Well, creating a pimped-out ride like the own below isn't as hard as you'd think, especially with these detailed instructions from Instructables.com.

Doing a custom paint job on your bike is easier than you think

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But then, not everybody has such a nice sense of style:

Please don't do this to your bike.

Related: Taliah Lempert's paintings of bicycles should more than compensate for some of the ugly...

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Design Jobs Outsourced to Rats, Creatives Outraged

by Bruno Bornsztein

There are about sixteen other things I should be doing right now but I can't not post about this: from Front, a Stockholm-based design firm, comes Design By Animals, a series of design concepts created organically by animals. Check it out:

This little guy gnawed holes in a roll of white wallpaper, creating a pattern that reveals the older wallpaper beneath it. He's a natural!

 

 

This table was designed by taking the paths formed by...

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Leisurama! The Home of the Future! (And exclamation points!)

by Bruno Bornsztein

I don't know about you, but my dream has always been to live in a home inspired Nikita Krushchev and Richard Nixon. That's why I was so excited to find out about the Leisurama, a late 1950s-era prefab home inspired by the Krushchev-Nixon kitchen debate.

The homes, which were sold by Macy's beginning in 1963, were sold for around $10,000, and came fully furnished with appliances, fixtures, plates and even toothbrushes. Take that, commies!

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Tracing Design Trends Throughout the 20th Century

by Bruno Bornsztein

These days it seems like everyone and their mother (literally) wants to live in a hip urban loft. But it wasn't always so. The American perception of what the ideal home should be goes in phases, shifting subtley all the time. Shirley Teresa Wajda, a historian with a sense of style (her blog is here), helped curate an exhibit at Kent State University that traced the evolution of American home-making trends over the course of the 20th Century.

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