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Week of December 7, 2015

A weekly Saturday recap to share with you our favorite links, discoveries, exhibitions, and more from the past seven days. This week: A hot tip on a stealth sale of Barber Osgerby goods, ideas for ultra-design-y stocking stuffers, and a new collection of understated wood furniture by French studio Dessuant Bone, pictured.

Links

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Included in the fall/winter 2015 magazine put out by the clothing brand COS was a photo series by Jason Evans, viewable online, that depicts seven different minerals shot against pretty colored backdrops.

Discoveries

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It’s Nice That was the first to introduce us to the stunning photographs of Swedish-based talent Carl Kleiner — the image above is from his series of material cutout collages for Google.

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We recently fell for the material-mixing display stands of the Korean trio Craft Combine, and this week we received the group’s latest series via submission, which includes the tri-fold mirror above and aims to capture the natural elements — light, wind — that come in through the window.

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Fort Makers just released a killer cache of 10 Baggu pouches in their online shop that have been hand-painted by collective member Naomi Clark. Each is one of a kind, so skedaddle! They make great high-end stocking stuffers.

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You have until December 17, on the other hand, to bid on this year’s crop of holiday ornaments commissioned by WorkOf for Shinola, which are currently being auctioned on Paddle 8 to benefit the Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit. Chen Chen and Kai Williams’s Flowstone Shard, pictured above, is already up to $200, though there are still some bargains to be had in the bunch.

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Best way ever to launch a new router that works best when it’s left out in the open rather than stuffed inside a media cabinet? Get two dozen makers — 80% of whom are Sight Unseen veterans, like Katie Stout, whose contribution is pictured above — to create custom covers for it. Well played, Google, well played.

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It takes six pounds of heavy-gauge, cold-rolled steel to make one of Jonah Takagi’s new $70 desktop organizers for Field, which also come in bright blue. We’d fill ours with paper goods, from magazines (back) to postcards (front).

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French studio Dessuant Bone just released a new collection of chairs, tables, stools, and bar carts (top image) for a new community center in Saint Denis as part of a national award that specifies the inclusion of work by makers or artists in every new government building. All of the pieces were made by woodworking students at a local school.

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Another feat of woodworking: Charlie Crowther-Smith‘s new 1552.2 cabinet, whose folklore- and pagan-influenced front carvings cleverly demarcate a series of secret panels that can be pushed to open its drawers.

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Raphaël Garnier’s Les Scrupules Crépusculaires publication for Landfill Editions is both a zine and a print set, all for about $9 plus postage from the UK.

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We featured the graphic prints of Finnish designer Inka Järvinen last fall, but got a note this week that she’d updated the series with new designs. View them all in her online portfolio.

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Designer Kasja Willner‘s latest project both mimics coal — in CNC-cut black MDF — and explores her mixed feelings towards the material, which is beautiful yet an environmental scourge. It includes two jewelry boxes and the scuptural mirror above.

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In the market for dishware? Here’s a hot tip — Barber Osgerby designed a gorgeous collection of ceramic plates, mugs, bowls, and vessels for Royal Doulton called Olio awhile back, and now it’s all on mega-sale on the brand’s website. If there’s anything left after this post goes live, we encourage you to go snatch it up.

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This week the cult keychain brand Various Keytags, brainchild of the Various Projects team, teamed up with online smoke shop Tetra to launch a series of lighters emblazoned with witty phrases like “Need a Light?” Get one here for $45.

Exhibitions

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We’re looking forward to 2016 for many reasons — including our annual OFFSITE show in May, which is already shaping up to be pretty amazing — and one of them is the opening, January 7, of a two-person exhibition at Joshua Liner Gallery featuring the work of Josh Sperling (pictured) and Sam Friedman.

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If you can’t wait that long to go see great art, head to Night Gallery in Los Angeles, which just today opened a show of new paintings and ceramics by David Korty.