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Rocking camel by B.C. painter/author Jim Willer

July 15, 2011

Rocking camel by B.C. painter/author Jim Willer

I grew up with this psychedelic rocking camel, handmade in the late 60s/early 70s by B.C. artist/novelist Jim Willer. He called these “Bumpity Camels” and ours was one of a series—our cousins had one too.

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Brown paper packages tied up with string

December 15, 2010

Brown paper packages tied up with string

These are a few of my favourite things. Above, a white painted branch with Kraft-paper wrapped gifts is a minimalist advent calendar, by the inventive DIY Brigg from Norway via The Style Files.

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Marble runs – every house needs one.

December 3, 2009

Marble runs – every house needs one.

I spent hours as a kid making marble runs, using anything that was lying around my dad’s tool area. I’d usually start with a big chunk of solid wood (usually cedar, left over from deck-building) and make the marble wind around it in a spiral, down tracks made of elastic bands stretched between two pairs of nails, thin slats with grooves whittled out, leftover copper plumbing pipe etc.

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Categories: design, Uncategorised

Sports and Leisure Center in Saint-Cloud by KOZ Architectes

November 2, 2009

Sports and Leisure Center in Saint-Cloud by KOZ Architectes

Sports and Leisure Center in Saint-Cloud by KOZ Architectes, via ArchDaily. Photos by Stephan Lucas. This building, designed for children, is so well thought out it’s worth going to ArchDaily and reading the well-written and slightly franglais rationale.

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Categories: design, Uncategorised