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The Hansen Family

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Retro-sustainable Danish furniture design by Gesa Hansen.

Hailing from a long line of architects and carpenters, Gesa Hansen raids the family archives to create her wonderful line of furniture inspired by mid-century modern Scandanavian design. Now based in Paris, Hansen sources sustainable oak from local forests to produce unique and beautiful pieces under The Hansen Family mark. The limited line includes a curvacious coffee table, a desk with colorful......read more

Tea Houses by Swatt Miers Architects

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Three small buildings in a Silicon Valley oak grove offer a quiet retreat

When the owner of a Silicon Valley property decided to renovate his family home, he also decided to make good on an idea he and his daughter shared: building treehouses in an oak grove on the edge of the property. While not exactly treehouses per se, these three tea houses nestled among the stands of oak should do the trick. Designed by Swatt Miers Architects, the glass-paneled tea houses......read more

A Year on the Road: Mirror Pond

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Revisiting my favorite place in autumn to reflect on the year

One winding autumn drive through Oak Creek Canyon in Northern Arizona brought me to a place that I've been coming back to every year since. I return to a cove with such spectacular reflections that you actually get lost in what's real and what's mirrored. It's the perfect place to reflect within, listen, and watch the patterns glitter in the speckled sun. My mirror pond.  Mediation......read more

Moneyless Invades the Bay Area with Yarn Sculptures

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Geometric installations pop up around San Francisco and Oakland.

Italian artist Moneyless, known for his 3D geometric installations constructed from yarn and string, was in San Francisco recently for the Linear Empires show at White Walls Gallery. Evidently he took some time to ramble around the Bay Area and craft some uncommissioned works in the great outdoors. The angular sculptures consist of straight clean lines arranged in spatially organized webs that......read more

Shay Kun: Tear Drop

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Dreamy, photorealistic paintings of rain-soaked streets

Shay Kun's most recent collection of paintings depict rainy street scenes from the perspective of a driver or passenger in a car. The paintings, collectively titled Tear Drop (spotted on Faith is Torment), are so realistic that it's hard to believe there isn't some digital trickery at play. But these are not photoshopped; what you see is only oil painted on canvas by the hand of an artist......read more

Knitters Help Penguins After Oil Spill

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Tiny sweaters for oil-soaked penguins pour into New Zealand

When a container ship ran aground off the east coast of New Zealand earlier this month, blue penguins were some of the many animals affected by the oil spill. An NZ knitting shop called Skeinz came up with the ingenious and adorable idea of asking volunteers to donate tiny sweaters to prevent the penguins from injesting the oil while preening. The donations have been pouring in. What a......read more

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