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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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08.05.21: Can a pitcher be more than just a vessel to store liquids in? The answer is yes when the pitcher in question is this outstanding handmade creation from Atelier Tréma. Featured in the Chic & Basta shop, this stunner features a Manila boat rope handle that gives it a touch of rustic charm. You can get matching cups and you should. This set of drinking vessels would be great in this tiny house by Norwegian tiny house builder Norske Mikrohus. It’s another example of how refined and well-designed a tiny house can be. Want more tiny houses? Field Mag wants you to want this: a tiny house community, designed by Mexico City and New York City-based studio Revolution. You will want to go to there.

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08.04.21: Follow me down the rabbit hole that I blissfully fell into today. It started as cool house admiration and ended with a new obsession for a vertical record player. First, the cool house: The Moore House, originally designed by celebrated midcentury architect Craig Ellwood and meticulously renovated by Woods + Dangaran, via Wallpaper Magazine. This stunning Los Angeles, California home is open, crisp and has a shower to live for. However, as I pursued the images, my eyes stopped at this strange record player with a vertical disc. Where in the world did this come from?! So, on I went and did a search and came upon a Kickstarter campaign for what looks like the same turntable called The Floating Record ™. This lead me to Vertical Grooves. Evidently, this unique machine is currently not available. Oh well. But there is a ‘notify me’ form. Sign me up!

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08.03.21: Here is a mixed bag of creative goodness for you. This sleek and modern micro cabin via Field Mag disappears into the woods. Field Mag also shared this Suicoke X HAY sandal collab that I initially thought were kid’s shoes and now realize that I need to lighten up. Sign up to the Field Mag newsletter already. Wallpaper shared this Austin, Texas home with the amazing front door. Moody and lux, Calico Wallpaper’s new Noir collection is an eyeful of wonder. Need a boost of art in your life? Yes, you do. Let Will Day provide.

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07.30.21: It’s been a slow week at IAMTHELAB, but here are a few things to tide you over until I go back to daily entries on Monday. I am still very much obsessed with SMR Days and the Aguir shirt and Malibu pants are summer perfection for the gents. For the ladies, the Agnes dress by Austin’s Esby looks like summer comfort at its best. Looking for a newsletter to enjoy this weekend? Sign up for The Slowdown and prepare to have your senses satisfied. Discover modern handmade goods from Japan via Shoppe Object and Showcase Japan. Get lost over there and love every minute of it. Lastly, this little tree will make you smile and break your wallet.

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07.21.21: It’s time to upgrade your library with a trio of well-designed books. First up is Evergreen Architecture. This stunning book takes a closer look at how architects have used flora in the built environment and the reasoning behind it. Secondly, Out of the Woods explores the use of one of mankind’s oldest building materials and the innovative ways it is still being used in the 21st century. Lastly, with so many of us adding gardens to our homes and spaces, The Gardens of Eden gives readers an insider’s look at some of the projects defining modern gardening. All 3 books can be found at Gestalten.

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07.19.21: So many great finds for you today! I’ll start with one of the best things I’ve seen so far this month: the bi-weekly manga from Tokyo Bike. This beautifully drawn comic series is sure to bring a smile to your face. I adore it. Speaking of smiling, go to Sight Unseen and check out their post on Brothers Fearon Fabrication. Seriously fun collection that I just can’t get over. Need more fun? Go dream about playing on one of Sean Woolsey’s tables. Sean’s work is always inspiring and these handmade creations are stunningly beautiful. Have you seen Otherland’s candles? Whimsical and fragrant, these are perfect for those looking for a pop of color and good design. Looking for art? Try Michael DeSutter’s hand cut mixed media collages. Tappan really does have some amazing artists in its collection.