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01. Les Paul, Guitar Innovator, Dies at 94 (above)

“Les Paul, the virtuoso guitarist and inventor whose solid-body electric guitar and recording studio innovations changed the course of 20th-century popular music, died Thursday in White Plains. He was 94…Mr. Paul was a remarkable musician as well as a tireless tinkerer. He played guitar with leading prewar jazz and pop musicians from Louis Armstrong to Bing Crosby. In the 1930s he began experimenting with guitar amplification, and by 1941 he had built what was probably the first solid-body electric guitar” (nyt)

02. GRO’s Bi-axis Concept Refrigerator

“This concept for a refrigerator can be transformed from the traditional vertical orientation to a horizontal ‘sideboard’, giving a stronger reference to furniture than a large domestic appliance.” (core77)

03. ATM Desk System

“Featuring cast aluminum legs, chromed steel sub-frame, sculptured MDF or laminate top. Optional power sockets, cable management and a range of attachments and desktop accessories are also available.” (ianc)

04. Wall to Wall: Paul Rudolph’s Florida Houses

“Paul Rudolph’s beach houses expressed the sunny side of Cold War brinksmanship. They were light and airy and uplifting, the exact opposite of the bomb shelters that paranoid suburbanites were building at the same time. This was a new way to live, or at the least, a new way to enjoy the increased hours of leisure that Americans were beginning to enjoy. These beach houses and other Florida projects are elegantly chronicled in Christopher Domin’s and Joseph King’s ‘Paul Rudolph: The Florida Houses’…” (wsj)

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