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Monday, June 23, 2008

Allsteel Acuity

How much time do you spend in your office, sitting? Think you've got the best looking, most ergonomic, greenest chair around? If you're like me, you sit on what they gave you, which isn't much.

Allsteel's new Acuity chair, recently introduced at NeoCon, is a combination of ergonomics, thoughtful design, and environmental consciousness. I can type about the details, but I'll let you watch the video:

Could I replace my work chair with Acuity? Absolutely. Want to buy me one?

Photo credit: Allsteel via flickr.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Dwell asks "How Green Are You?"

Dwell has long been a champion of green design. Now, they're giving you a chance to show them how green you are. And they're going to give away prizes for the best green projects.

The contest is a chance for people to show off their green home projects, and to win prizes for it! Anyone who is working on a green or sustainable project can submit up to four photos of that project, as well as a simple yet descriptive 250 word essay that highlights the most important green elements. The winner will receive a $1000 gift certificate from the AIA to use towards their next big green project, and 2nd and 3rd place winners will each receive $500 gift certificates.

For full details and to enter, go to Dwell.com. You can enter up until June 30, so you'd better hurry! Good luck!

Saturday, June 07, 2008

A designboston public safety message:

During this stretch of late spring heat (it'll be above 90 again over the next two days), make sure to take precautions to stay hydrated. Earlier today, a little T-ball player at my son's little league field passed out from dehydration and had to go to the hospital.

Kidshealth.org has a list of things to do to avoid dehydration. Drink more fluids than you normally would. Wear loose fitting clothing and hats. And if you can help it, stay out of the sun.

Photo by Little Rosy Runabout on Flickr.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Vessel Sample Sale

Like what you see at Vessel, but waiting for a deal? Well, you're in luck. This weekend, Vessel is having it's first-ever Sample Sale.

This Saturday, from 11 to 6, get up to 60% off production samples, prototypes, discontinued pieces, and scratch and dents. The whole thing is going down at their main location on Kingston Street. Remember, the good stuff always goes fast, so get there early!

(If you print out their newsletter, you can get in on the deals on Friday from 6 to 8)

125 Kingston St
Boston, MA 02111

Last minute! The Films of Charles & Ray Eames

Looking for something to do tonight? Head across the river to DWR in Cambridge, where they will be showing the Films of Charles & Ray Eames. I wrote about the films a couple years ago, and here's a bit of what I said then:

With topics ranging from the intricacies of a box of nails, to the depths of space, they gave insight into how one of the most creative couples in the last century thought about the world.

There will be a Q&A with Jehane Kuhn, formerly of the Eames Office, to accompany the viewing. The event is from 7-9pm; refreshments will be served.

Unfortunately, I can't make it, but that doesn't mean you should miss it.

Design Within Reach
1030 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

New Boston design blog: the function key

You know how you see the "coming soon" signs on new design stores and wonder what kind of treasures it holds? Well, now you'll have an idea of what to expect. Everyone, meet Kimberly. Kimbery, meet everyone.

Kimberly runs the function key, a blog where she writes about all sorts of great and interesting design finds. "She dreams of someday opening a brick-and mortar-design store, but for now, this blog serves as a window into her tastes and aesthetics and what she would offer her public." If she stocks things like this old-school boombox ipod dock, she'll definitely have a hit on her hands.

Welcome to the blogosphere, Kimberly. It's always good to have more bloggers!

Eli Cedrone "Bouchee"

Local artist Eli Cedrone (who I wrote about back in January) let me know about a new painting that is on display.

"Amuse Bouche" show's Eli's view of a certain restaurant on Newbury St. Guess who the waiter serving the Cosmo is? Yep, you got it. This is the coolest way one of my jobs has ever been immortalized!

The 27" x 31", oil on canvas "Amuse Bouche" is available at at Wynne Falconer Gallery in Chatham.

Wynne Falconer Gallery

492 Main Street
Chatham, MA 02633