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Link About It: This Week's Picks

Gig with Pavement, narcotic sodas, high wire bicycling and more in our weekly top links

by CH Contributor in Design on 04 September 2010

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1. Barry McGee Houston Street Mural

San Francisco, CA-based graffiti artist Barry McGee (aka Twist) recently made a tag homage to graffiti writers, covering NYC's famed Houston Street Mural in shout-outs.

2. MosKeyTo

Aptly named, this micro-USB flash drive from LaCie is so small it almost fits entirely inside your computer which is impressive considering it holds up to 8GB. A 16GB version is reportedly coming soon.

3. Be Pavement's Guest Guitarist

Pavement is asking their fans to be their special guest guitarist when they take their 2010 reunion tour to "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" on 23 September 2010. Selecting from submissions from guitarists all over the world, one lucky winner will have the honor of rocking out with one of indie-rock's finest. All interested parties can apply here.

4. Fix The Pumps

Darcy O'Neil covers the history of cocktails, soda jerks and pop from the pre-Prohibition days when cocktails were laden-filled with narcotics ( such as morphine,opium, heroine, and other neurochemicals) to the modern drinking days of the present in his new book, Fix The Pumps. Interesting facts such as cocktails being morning drinks instead of evening drinks in pre-Prohibition days are just one of many fascinating tidbits to be found. O'Neil's book, that comes accompanied with mixing toxins, can be bought here.

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5. Temple Bags

Based out of Los Angeles, California, Temple Bags produces a line of high quality iPad cases and Duffle bags built from leather and repurposed materials.

6. Monocle Shop, New York

The latest city to get its own outpost of Monocle magazine's concept stores, New York welcomes the addition to its West Village neighboorhood. Stay tuned for our interview with founder Tyler Brulé.

7. Lanvin x H&M

In a clever reversal of the usual partnership between a mass retailer and high fashion, Lanvin will produce a line for H&M. Be sure to watch the short video with the charming Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz announcing the collaboration.

8. Yatzer Redesign

Our friend Yatzer relaunches with a new face and new functionality housing all of the gorgeous imagery and exuberance that made us (and its hundreds of thousands of readers) fans in the first place.

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9. Conran Classics

Sir Terence Conran selected 54 design classics of the 20th century, from the Eames Lounge to Ron Arad's earworm bookcase, as the basis of a new collection that will be shown in two new exhibits opening this 10 September 2010 in London. An accompanying catalog, beautifully shot in black and white by Julian Broad, features members of the Conran family posing with the furniture.

10. Puma Mopion Bike by Kibisi and Biomega

Puma and bike company Biomega have teamed up again—this time with Danish design collective Kibisi to create the eye-catching Mopion cargo bicycle.

11. Kolelinia

Tackling the problem of bicycling in congested areas, Kolelinia is a futuristic concept for a high-wire bicycle lane that would help cyclists stay clear of traffic

12. Tipp Experience

A couple of days ago, if you told us we'd spend a solid half-hour playing with an interactive digital ad for a European brand of correction fluid, we'd laugh in your face and tell you that you're a lunatic. Then we found ourselves spending a solid half-hour at this incredibly well-done Tipp-Ex microsite where you control the ad's outcome. Enjoy.

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13. Self Edge Los Angeles

Self Edge expands their denim empire with the opening of their latest and most definitely greatest store. Taking the aesthetic of the original San Francisco and subsequent New York City stores to the next level, the Los Angeles location is an airy enclave filled with your every indigo-soaked need.

14. Act Da Fool

Proenza Schouler turns to filmmaker Harmony Korine and stylist Mel Ottenberg for a fashion film depicting a girl gang wearing clothes from the fashion duo's latest collection.

15. The Stedelijke Museum Reopens

Housed in a beautiful late-1800s building, Amsterdam's Stedelijke museum reopens after a delay with striking installations by Rineke Dijkstra and Barbara Kruger. A wing devoted to experimental and video art is still to come.

16. It's A Book

Author Lane Smith produces the first children's book to introduce them to the digital world in It's A Book, a picture book featuring illustrated animals reading books in digital form. It's A Book teaches children to become accustomed to the fast-paced digital world we live in today.

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