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GRASS ACT

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Sod-gray-diagonal-large_45fece97-c690-4a01-82f3-73c281b8fbe8_1024x1024-1A dish rack that takes its form from a patch of grass isn’t exactly novel, and if it goes for a cool $160, it better have something else going for it. That something is, in the case of Sod, a drying rack from Austin’s design shop Finell, a long, skinny profile that’s either ingenious or utterly useless, and a stainless steel tray that matches its pale grey flexible blades. Arty drinkware not include.Sod-gray-detail-web-large_9fa805e2-b69a-4106-a7e1-fc839df6487e_1024x1024-1Sod_gray-context_d6c07f24-cb5f-4df8-ba2e-34bc8461e9dc_1024x1024-2

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OIL SLEEK

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Alessi is tantalizing its admirers with a sneak peak at a leafy green new olive oil taster/dispenser designed by architect Marta Sansoni. Details are scarce, but with a bottle design as preposterously luscious as this, who needs details?

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PERFECT GETAWAY

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The duo behind the Parisian design studio Atypyk isn’t interested in taking product design too seriously. Mostly cheeky, often subversive, and sometimes just plain sacrilege, they do have a softer side–exemplified by these¬†nirvana and paradise passport stamps.

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LESS BEAUTIFUL

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What’s an eco friendly font, anyway? One that requires less ink when printed, say Grey advertising agency and UK stationery company Ryman, who’ve teamed up to offer “the world’s most beautiful sustainable font” for free. Ryman Eco is a font comprised of a series of lines, as opposed to a solid line, a distinction indecipherable at font sizes up to 10 pt., but purported to save 30% in ink usage. As for what distinguishes Ryman Eco from other ‘green’ fonts, like 2009′s Ecofont, for instance, Grey and type designer Dan Rhatigan claim it requires less ink still, and looks beautiful even when enlarged. No argument here.

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GOING MAD

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Mad Men aims to go out in the period style to which its viewers have become accustomed. The creators of the meticulously Mid-Century-detailed show have enlisted the help of the exalted graphic designer Milton Glaser in creating a poster to advertise Mad Men’s final season. Glaser, of course, is a design god whose most famous creation remains a 1966 poster of you-know-who, that other cultural icon–echoes of which are evident in the flowery psychedelic swirls and instantly recognizable silhouette in this 2014 composition. Still groovy after all these years.

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