BEST SKIM MILK POSTS OF 2013

We look forward to our Skim Milk column every week, where Leo explores minimalist, scaled back designs. From architecture to home furnishings to tech gear, he’s got you covered. Take a look back at the top 10 most popular posts from 2013:

10. BN0032 Steel Range by Braun
A minimalist timepiece with a simple, classic design that never goes out of style. Based on a style by the infamous Dieter Rams, this watch is the perfect understated piece to rock on your wrist.

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9. Minimalist Children’s Toys: Machi by Kukkia
A set of tactile and vividly-colored wooden toys that let kids get involved and use their imaginations to create, change, and reinvent how toys are played with.

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8. Dock Tray by Alain Berteau
A wooden, multifunctional accessory for your iPad that lets you prop your device up on all four sides or lay it flat on top of the tray. There’s also plenty of storage space to hold your phone, wallet, or any other small accessories.

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7. Príncipe’s Box House by u+a arquitectura
A minimal home of only 53-square-meters of space that’s located on the top floor of an old building. The space was gutted and smaller compartments were built to house the bathroom, laundry room, and closet.

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6. White Cave House by Takuro Yamamoto Architects
A home in Japan whose entire residence, both inside and out, are stark white. A central courtyard keeps the space light and bright.

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5. Felt Case by cloudandco
A felt case to house your devices, like an iPad, MacBook Air 11″, or Samsung Galaxy Tablet, that also protects and organizes them at the same time.

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4. Float Wall Desk by Orange22
A sleek and minimal design that easily mounts to an existing wall and creates a multifunctional space to work. A slide out tray can hide accessories or a keyboard and mouse.

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3. House T by Tsukano Architect Office
Located in Miyazaki, Japan, this house was built to be a simple white box to shield the family from unpleasant road and nearby apartment noise.

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2. Bear House by Onion
This quirky, Onion-designed house, located in Cha-Am Beach, Thailand, is pretty unforgettable. It was designed around the homeowner’s prized-possesions: their Be@rbrick figurines.

And the most popular Skim Milk post of 2013 is…

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1. W+W Stationary Series by Oliver Franz
A desktop accessory that’s made from both ceramic and wood, two elements that complement each other. The design is meant to keep you organized by housing your office supplies and even your iPhone.

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How Absent Fathers Affect Children

Growing up without a father present isn’t easy. I’ve written extensively about my life without my dad. Although I turned out okay, I think my life would have been much different if I had a loving, involved father in my life.

Sadly, millions of kids are growing up with a father. According to U.S. Census Bureau data, 1 out of every 3 children in America live apart from their biological fathers. Sixty four percent of African American children live in father-absent homes. Thirty four percent of Hispanic children, and 25% white children live in father-absent homes. Fifty years ago, only 11% of children lived in father-absent homes.

These statistics are frightening. What’s more frightening is that I’m seeing this cycle of absent fathers continue within my own family. My niece, nephew, and cousins are living apart from their biological fathers. Some of the kids get to see their fathers periodically, while others haven’t seen their dads in years.

This cycle must stop because the consequences are dire. Children who live absent their biological fathers are, on average, at least two to three times more likely to be poor, to use drugs, to experience educational, health, emotional and behavioral problems, to be victims of child abuse, and to engage in criminal behavior than their peers who live with their married, biological (or adoptive) parents.

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This infographic from National Fatherhood Initiative shows more ways that kids are affected by their father’s absence:

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Facebook’s walls get a stunning illustrative facelift

Top illustrator Geo Law was chosen as Facebook’s internal Artist in Residence to brighten up its bare walls.

We’ve seen some incredibly cool office murals over the years. Specialising in doodling office mural art works, illustrator Geo Law was recently commissioned by Facebook to complete a few installations in their offices. Armed with his trusty Uni-Ball Posca markers, it took him a total of 3 days.

“The team involved wanted me to embody all of their quirks as engineers, coders, programmers and self confessed nerds into the mural as a homage to the team ethos of the company,” explains Law. “Armed with my posca pens in hand I covered a huge range of imagery and topics from famous names in computer sciences to science fiction.”

“They specifically wanted the office murals to reflect a lot of the team’s personality and company mantras,” he continues. As well as focusing on the social network’s partnerships with a wide range of apps, Law has certainly brought plenty of personality to Facebook’s walls.

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