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Forever Fashionable: 2 Days to Save on Knoll!

Categories: Art + Graphics, Furniture + Lighting
Forever Fashionable: 2 Days to Save on Knoll!

Graphic evidence that the visual panache of Knoll’s Tulip collection hasn’t wilted one bit 60 years after Eero Saarinen set out to rescue tables and chairs from the “slum of legs,” is this vignette by fashion illustrator Izak Zenou. In his playful, casually chic interior scene, created recently for Knoll, — Continue reading

A New Magazine, Designed From the Heart

Categories: Art + Graphics
A New Magazine, Designed From the Heart

The art director Bob Newman, whose resume includes New York Magazine, Real Simple, and Fortune, and whose Newmanology website is a must for print design enthusiasts, suffered a debilitating injury this past spring. The fallout from this near-fatal event has been, among other things, a crushing financial toll on Newman — Continue reading

The Stendig Calendar, 2014 Edition

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics, Modern Decor + Objects
The Stendig Calendar, 2014 Edition

If it’s not too early to start thinking about 2014, it may only be because the Stendig Calendar lies in waiting, a fresh new year’s worth of days in tow. Massimo Vignelli’s 1966 design for the now-defunct furniture company Stendig (we think it may be time for a Vignelli Calendar — Continue reading

Dimensional Design by Yizi Zheng

Categories: Art + Graphics
Dimensional Design by Yizi Zheng

The concept of dimensionality—the viewer’s perception of a flat image versus a raised surface—is explored in 2D/3D, a series of 5 posters by the Chinese-born, London-based graphic designer Yizi Zheng. Zheng has created an intricate geometric relief crafted from a single sheet of white paper, a faceted repeat-pattern that allows — Continue reading

Designers Having Words

Categories: Art + Graphics
Designers Having Words

In a contest for least pretentious—yet wholly memorable—aphorisms, the great graphic designer Saul Bass may have to be awarded top prize. Luckily, he’s not the only one with something to say in The Designer Says, a compilation of memorable quotes from more than 100 creative minds who’ve been around long — Continue reading

Poetry in Thread: Stephanie Clark’s Embroidery Paintings

Categories: Art + Graphics
Poetry in Thread: Stephanie Clark’s Embroidery Paintings

For those of us barely able to thread a needle, Salt Lake City artist Stephanie Clark’s embroidery paintings are nothing short of miraculous. “I consider myself a painter and I paint with thread. The embroidery floss is my palette and the needle is my paintbrush,” she says, and who would — Continue reading

Guy Yanai’s Painted Chairs

Categories: Art + Graphics, Furniture + Lighting
Guy Yanai’s Painted Chairs

We only just discovered the expressive paintings of Israeli artist Guy Yanai, whose small-scale oil on panel paintings range from illustrative to abstract. Naturally, we were pleasantly amused by these whimsical portraits of iconic Eames and Gerrit Rietveld chairs—skillfully rendered in dabs and strokes, their forms instantly recognizable as near-abstractions — Continue reading

A Movie With Architecture as Star

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics
A Movie With Architecture as Star

Documentaries aside, there’s not much in the world of film that gets architecture buffs excited. The somewhat obscure 2011 German film Der Preis (The Prize), however, has architecture as its central premise, with the lead character having recently won a competition to transform a clunky, Soviet-era apartment complex in the — Continue reading

Doug Aitkin’s ‘Acid Modernism’

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics
Doug Aitkin’s ‘Acid Modernism’

The term Acid Modernism implies a radical version of traditional modernism, but the most radical thing about the artist Doug Aitken’s Venice California house may be how ordinary it is. Having coined the term Acid Modernism to describe his home’s aesthetic, Aitken—who’s most famous for his large-scale photographic projections and — Continue reading

Paper Fun for Kids, Via Mr. Printables

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Paper Fun for Kids, Via Mr. Printables

Parents not familiar with the Mr. Printables website should have a good look at the impressive array of paper toys, games, and objects that can be downloaded and printed (for free) for kids of all ages. Any doubt about the company’s inventiveness should be easily dispelled by these artful arrangements — Continue reading

Architecture, Painstakingly Rendered in Watercolor

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics
Architecture, Painstakingly Rendered in Watercolor

Bernd H. Dams and Andrew Zega, principals in the Parisian atelier Architectural Watercolors, are architectural and garden historians who also happen to be expert at rendering stupefyingly detailed watercolors of buildings—the culmination of painstakingly conducted research. “As most buildings we depict are either destroyed or have been severely altered, we — Continue reading

Chewing Gum, Sharapova Style

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Chewing Gum, Sharapova Style

Chewing gum made specifically for tennis lovers? Why not? When you’re the highest paid woman athlete in the world, you can afford to have a bit of fun with all that money—which is, apparently, what Maria Sharapova is doing with her Sugarpova gum and candy line. Kudos, we say, to — Continue reading

An Instagram Moment for the Washington Monument

Categories: Art + Graphics
An Instagram Moment for the Washington Monument

The Rev Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his I Have a Dream speech 50 years ago today while standing in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. But it’s the Washington Monument that cast the most indelible architectural impression that day, soaring skyward at the opposite end of the — Continue reading

Van Gogh’s Dreams Come Alive on iPad

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Van Gogh’s Dreams Come Alive on iPad

For both visual and literary drama, few artists can compete with Vincent Van Gogh. Together with a trove of ravishing, color-laden paintings, Van Gogh left behind words—in the form of letters to his beloved brother, Theo—that document a tormented, artistically-driven life, along with a cinematic life ending (suicide at 37) — Continue reading

Wanderlust: Bermuda

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics, Local + Travel
Wanderlust: Bermuda

The travel bug, we’re happy to say, doesn’t always necessitate a journey to the earth’s far corners in order to be assuaged. Just 640 miles from the coast of North Carolina (and a mere 2 hour flight from the shores of New York City), Bermuda can do the job quite — Continue reading

Nostalgia Trip: Salty Road’s Saltwater Taffy

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Nostalgia Trip: Salty Road’s Saltwater Taffy

We’ll own up to not being keen on that quintessential American summertime staple, salt water taffy, but that was before we laid eyes on Brooklyn-made taffy Salty Road. Yes, there’s the promise of Salty Road taffy being “softer, creamy like a milkshake with a distinct salt crystal crunch and a — Continue reading

The Stuff of Famous Lives

Categories: Art + Graphics, Modern Decor + Objects
The Stuff of Famous Lives

Speaking about possessions, the textile designer William Morris famously said, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” The things we own, of course, may sometimes have neither beauty nor use to recommend them, yet we hold on to them — Continue reading

Wedding Florals for a Literary Couple

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Wedding Florals for a Literary Couple

How could we not be impressed by the old-world elegance of these wedding invitations, designed by the Charleston letterpress shop Sideshow Press? Created for a literary-minded couple who chose the Boston Public Library as their wedding venue, Sideshow created a book-bound invitation with gold leaf details derived from the library’s — Continue reading

New York Architecture in Print

Categories: Art + Graphics
New York Architecture in Print

“Inspired by the intense colors, layers, and the awesome vibe of this great city,” Dutch illustrator Remko Gap Heemskerk joins the legions of artists, photographers and filmmakers who’ve been unable to resist New York City’s skyline.  His series of 6 color-saturated architectural compositions, digitally rendered in Adobe Illustrator, are available — Continue reading

Saturdays, The Magazine

Categories: Art + Graphics
Saturdays, The Magazine

“The interplay between NYC lifestyle and surfing” is the inspiration for Saturdays Magazine, the annual publication of the New York City surf shop Saturdays. To our eyes, it looks more skewed towards “lifestyle” than “surfing,” but we’re not complaining. Designed by Manhattan’s Javas Lehn Studio, Saturday Magazine’s über sophisticated minimalism, — Continue reading