d-i-y egg cups + recipe for perfect soft-boiled eggs

Hardware stores and art supply stores are great places to inspire your improvisational leanings, using a variation of the children’s game “inventing”: think of uses for things you may not be familiar with. The other day, as I was browsing through bins of bolts, screws, hunks of pipe and gaskets in my local hardware store, I…

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everyday objects con’t: junya watanabe’s zipper and snap improvs

After reading yesterday’s post ‘the safety pin (and other everyday object) improvisations’, Lydia Wills sent me photos from fashion designer Junya Watanabe’s 2005 collection, where he used zippers and snaps in the most beautiful way: layers of gold zippers become something totally other. Look closely and you’ll see that, aside from the gold plating, these…

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the safety pin (and other everyday objects) as improvisation

Every great invention, from the Murphy bed to the bicycle, started as an improvisation: an elegant solution to something someone needed or just plain wanted. But an improvisation never stops there. The improvised invention gets improvised upon, and that improvisation gets improvised upon, and so on, and so on. Viewing the everyday objects around us…

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the fixer’s collective: improvisational mending + fixing

The Fixer’ Collective started last fall as workshop in a year-long exhibition called “Mend” at the Proteus Gowanus Gallery in Brooklyn. When the exhibition ended in June, the collective continued, meeting every Thursday evening at the gallery. It’s an adhoc community group with a simple premise: you bring broken objects to fix (or to get help fixing),…

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atlas obscura: a guide to the wondrous and visionary

The recently launched, Atlas Obscura, A Compendium of the World’s Wonders, Curiosities and Estoterica is a collaborative project whose purpose “is to catalog all of the ‘wondrous, curious, and esoteric places’ that get left out of traditional travel guidebooks and are ignored by the average tourist.” Though it IS fun to wander through the site…

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recipe: new potatoes with crème fraïche and coriander seed + other swell ideas

I started viewing coriander seed as Instant Flavor Enhancer one day when I was testing a recipe and had a lot of cracked coriander left over. I tasted it on whatever came to mind to discover its slightly lemony-orange peel-herbal flavor and bit of crackle is wonderful on all sorts of foods, sprinkled on before…

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