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10.29.21: I set up a special email address for submissions, hello@iamthelab.com, and totally forgot to check the thing for a whole month. If I had checked, I would have shared the following two gems with you way earlier. First, Antonio Carusone shared with me a recent project of his, which you can find in the Theater. It’s his short documentary highlighting the design of Magazzino Italian Art, a museum dedicated to contemporary Italian art. His video work is amazing. It’s not the first time I’ve been wowed by his work. I recently saw his video for the Minimalissimo Selection: Architecture book and it too is gorgeous. The second person I need to highlight is Thomas Yang from 100 Copies, a print design studio that uses bicycles as a primary source of inspiration. A new print called Shine On is gold, black gray and absolutely stunning. There are just a few copies of this limited edition print left, so go and get it!

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10.22.21: If you are of the belief that social media is the only place to discover fresh and modern design inspiration, I’d like to turn your attention to one of the oldest ‘other places’: Behance. I actually spend most of my creative exploration minutes being wowed by the talent that can be found there. Where else can you find a backpack with innovative flexibility like this one from LAYER? Or a puzzle from Lucia Del Zotto that is so well designed that you’ll want to frame it as soon as you finish it? Or multi-talented folks like Jakob Tiefenbacher who seems to be able to do it all, including create stellar ceramics? I feel like Behance is such a great resource, one that’s kind of been here all along, without the horror of social media.

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09.29.21: Back in 2018, I stumbled upon Dutch designer Caspar Schols’ expandable home via Kirsten Dirksen’ *faircompanies video on YouTube. It’s a marvel of engineering and has been on my list of the best tiny houses ever since. It’s hard to imagine that he built that beautiful and functional structure for under $24,000. Hence, you can imagine my glee when I saw this post on Field Mag about the ANNA flatpack cabins that Caspar is now offering. The ANNA models will be available in 2022 in Europe and the US, pricing to be announced in the near future. Want to try before you buy? If you live in Europe, you can the ANNA team is opening rental options throughout Europe so you can experience a cabin for yourself.

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09.19.21: After you review these packaging designs, you will be hungry and thirsty. The 2021 Dieline Awards winners were revealed back in May and there are some really cool food products in the mix. There is a little something there for all design lovers. Like minimalism? Check out United Sodas of America. Speaking from firsthand experience, these sodas look as good as they taste. Similarly, Nice Cream by Work by Works Studio is a study in branding restraint with splendid results. Also worth checking out is FLWRPWR and its groovy late 60s early 70s vibe. There’s so much to see here and totally worth the slow drive. A newer find on The Dieline is Monty’s plant-based spreads. Day Job blended type and color with great success.

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08.06.21: I have another mixed bag of goodies to share with you. Satiate your travel hunger with a virtual trip to Greece, thanks to Lodestar Anthology. This magazine looks like a worthy addition to the Library. You’ll be mint green with envy when you explore this lovely interior showcased by Coco Lapine. Described as “A painfully accurate guide to the diverse, colourful and sometimes infuriating people of east London”, 50 People of East London’ by Adam Dant via Hoxton Mini Press is the perfect gift for anyone who loves whimsical illustrations. One of my friends asked me to find them a new tea and so I did. Here you go, LuCrom. Would someone explain to me why only British designers Like Margaret Howell and Olive Clothing understand that I do not want to wear skinny pants? Lastly, guess who just added a new Directory page just  for Architecture? You’re welcome.

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