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Indiana’s Letter-Perfect Bicycle Racks

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics, Local + Travel
Indiana’s Letter-Perfect Bicycle Racks

Suffice it to say that when the great graphic designer, Paul Rand, created a visual identity for the city of Columbus, Indiana, back in 1973, he wasn’t imagining how terrific his ‘dancing C’ would look as a public bicycle rack. But kudos to Columbus for its practical and symbolic application — Continue reading

Mexican Hospitality with European Flair

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Furniture + Lighting, Local + Travel
Mexican Hospitality with European Flair

Anyone in the mood for the vibrant brand of Modernism exemplified by Mexican masters Luis Barragan and Ricardo Legorreta will have to look somewhere besides Mexico City’s new Distrito Capital boutique hotel, a ravishing Modernist nirvana with nary a nod to Mexican culture in sight. French architect Joseph Dirand, whose — Continue reading

Wanderlust: Tallinn, Estonia

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Local + Travel
Wanderlust: Tallinn, Estonia

Estonia boasts the oldest capital in Northern Europe—a city of uncommon beauty and designated UNESCO World Heritage Site—but the scores of tourists who come to Tallinn do so because of its proximity to Finland. A mere 2-hour ferry ride across the Gulf of Finland, Tallinn is a popular weekend destination — Continue reading

Eyeing the Q Electric Scooter

Categories: Local + Travel, Sustainability
Eyeing the Q Electric Scooter

Dutch design studio Smool, which introduced an interesting television prototype that we showcased on this site earlier this year, has created an electric scooter concept for Amsterdam-based bicycle and scooter brand QWIC. Called The Q, the lightweight scooter is being billed as “sustainable, personal transport,” or a green alternative to — 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

Wanderlust: Iceland

Categories: Local + Travel
Wanderlust: Iceland

Bitten as we are with the wanderlust bug, we thought the end of the work week was as good a time as any to kick off an occasional photographic series on places we’ve been, wish we’d been, or still hope to see. These photos of Iceland, taken recently by Olivia Rae James, stopped — Continue reading

Design Nirvana in Central Barcelona

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Local + Travel
Design Nirvana in Central Barcelona

We’re utterly gobsmacked by these photos of El Palauet Living Barcelona, a luxury boutique hotel which takes the concept of “personalized service” to dizzying heights. Lucky (and well-heeled) guests who manage to score one of the hotel’s 6 roomy suites, located on the major thoroughfare of Passeig de Gràcia, have — Continue reading

John Lautner’s Desert Oasis

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Furniture + Lighting, Local + Travel
John Lautner’s Desert Oasis

From Brussels to Dubai, hoteliers have capitalized on the Mid Century Modern craze by creating luxurious accommodations for design-savvy travelers eager to temporarily lose themselves in a blur of Eames and Nelson, Bertoia and Girard. But for serious students of design history, a rather more holistic experience awaits, thanks to — Continue reading

On Spanish Soil, Pooling Old and New

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Local + Travel
On Spanish Soil, Pooling Old and New

The Spanish island of Formentera is the setting of this ravishing pool and deck design, recently completed by architect Marià Castelló Martínez. Created to visually and literally connect two century-old houses, the exceedingly reductive design seeks to be a visual counterpoint to the ubiquitous rugged stone which characterizes the island’s — Continue reading

Portugal’s Umbrella Art

Categories: Art + Graphics, Local + Travel
Portugal’s Umbrella Art

Oh to be in Águeda, Portugal! For the second July in a row, an installation comprised of hundreds of colorful umbrellas is gracing the skies above its shopping district, and we’re nothing if not jealous. Local production company SextaFeira Produções conceived of and installed the beguiling Umbrella Sky project last — Continue reading

Vancouver, By Any Name

Categories: Art + Graphics, Local + Travel
Vancouver, By Any Name

Chicago is windy, Pittsburgh is steely, and New York never sleeps. But Vancouver, it turns out, has a great many defining characteristics. By Any Other Name is a poster exhibition (seen here, on display at Waterfront Station, the city’s major public transit terminal) conceived of and curated by the Vancouver — Continue reading

Monochrome Globes from Japan’s Drill Design

Categories: Local + Travel, Modern Decor + Objects
Monochrome Globes from Japan’s Drill Design

Adding a contemporary spin to traditional orb globes is this faceted Blank Globe, part of the Geografica series of paper globes by Japan’s Drill Design. Sold in a flat pack, the lightweight cardboard design is easy to assemble and, when assembled, tilts at the exact angle (23.4 degrees) of the — Continue reading

Antique Atlas Letterpress Prints by Amy Rice

Categories: Art + Graphics, Local + Travel
Antique Atlas Letterpress Prints by Amy Rice

“I bought an antique sign press at an antique store. I found a stack of antique atlases the very next day at an estate sale. I heard You Can Go Your Own Way on the radio on the way home and it was one of those giant light bulb moments,” — Continue reading

Case Study

Categories: Fashion + Trends, Local + Travel
Case Study

  It’s true we have travel on our minds, this first day of summer, but who wouldn’t want to do some traveling with this lovely suitcase in tow? The result of luggage maker TUMI’s collaboration with fashion designer Anna Sui, Extended Trip Packing Case is an exceedingly pretty, lightweight suitcase, — Continue reading

Beachy Clean

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Local + Travel
Beachy Clean

Any hotel with a “do not disturb” sign this original deserves a mention. Es Marès Hotel & Spa, a boutique hotel on the Spanish island of Formentera, which takes its name from the local Marès sandstone used in its construction, is a bright and airy confection infused with distinctive Modernist touches. The pristine all-white — Continue reading

Yellow Pages

Categories: Local + Travel
Yellow Pages

From Kate Spade Saturday, the brand’s lower-priced label which just launched this spring, expect “bright colors, graphic shapes, and bold prints.” We’ll admit we don’t know how that necessarily distinguishes it from its perpetually upbeat parent, but the affordable price point and it’s aim of “channeling the carefree spirit of the — Continue reading

Looking Up

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Local + Travel
Looking Up

Despite being surrounded by impeccable style—pristine whites, textured greys, mid-century furnishings—anyone staying at the hotel Casa do Conto in Porto, Portugal would be forgiven for spending an unreasonable amount of time staring at the ceiling. The 19th Century house was converted into a hotel in 2008, but when a fire destroyed — Continue reading

Map Quest

Categories: Art + Graphics, Local + Travel
Map Quest

The City of Boston wants a new public transportation map, and anyone interested in designing one is free to submit a proposal. Small problem: it doesn’t pay, and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority will own the rights to all submissions. Needless to say, designers are most displeased, and with good — Continue reading

Southern Comfort

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Local + Travel
Southern Comfort

While we’d certainly turn our nose up at anyone who travels to a distant spot just to stay put on their hotel premises, we may need to make an exception for those staying at Hotel Sezz Saint-Tropez. Continuing in a tradition started in the 1980′s, when Philippe Starck was given — Continue reading

Case Study

Categories: Local + Travel
Case Study

J. Crew has labeled this color sour lemon, an unfortunate moniker for such a happy-hued piece of luggage with which we’d gladly encircle the globe—but for its forbidding price tag ($1,750). In their defense, there’s its pedigree: individually handcrafted by the venerable (founded in 1897, thank you) British luggage brand, — Continue reading