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Link About It: This Week's Picks

Art blankets, Memphis furniture in Legos, and Public bikes pop up in our look at the past week on the web

by CH Contributor in Design on 28 November 2010

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1. Maison Martin Margiela in Tokyo

Designboom's photo essay captures designer Maison Martin Margiela's remarkable Tokyo retail store located in a former electrical products factory warehouse in the Ebisu area.

2. Dressed Up Furniture

We wouldn't have guessed it, but the Seoul-based designers at Kamkam found a way to create modern, colorful furniture using felt upholstery, adding utilitarian pockets. Dezeen takes a look at the collection and all of its impressive design detailing.

3. Replenish Cleaner System

Utility Journal picked up on a new household cleaning product called the Replenish System, which cuts down on wasted materials by concentrating the cleaning agents and packaging them in replaceable pods that snap into the easily refillable water compartment.

4. Public Pop-Up Shop at Gap for the Holidays

While we were busy installing our pop up shop for Gap on the East Coast, our favorite new bike brand Public did the same in San Francisco, creating a retail location complete with embedded iPads for online ordering of their beautiful European-style bikes.

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5. Nathan Sawaya's Lego "Carlton"

For their 2010 holiday window, Moss tapped renowned Lego artist Nathan Sawaya to build an exact replica of "Carlton," Ettore Sottsass's iconic Memphis bookshelf. For the Memphis or Lego enthusiast, the over-six-foot-tall structure sells for $19,500.

6. Jonathan Safran Foer's Interactive "Tree of Codes" Book

After other publishers claimed it was impossible, "Everything is Illuminated" author Jonathan Safran Foer turned to the Belgian publishing house Die Kuere to literally carve a story out of another by using a die-cut technique.

7. The Love Movement

Organized by CH contributor Jeremy Brautman, help bring recently-married artists Shin Tanaka and Nao Shimojo from Japan to San Francisco for their show that invited artists to customize blank versions of their toys with love as a theme by funding the Kickstarter project.

8. The Standard Limited-Edition Blanket

The Standard Blog conducted an interview with Geoff McFetridge, the artist behind their limited-edition blanket featured in our gift guide and found in each room at The Standard Hotel in Hollywood.

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