Design

Beautiful Pastry Shops Around the World

Desserts aren’t just delicious. They’re a sensory experience meant to be savored with every bite. The perfect pâtisserie offers more than just sweets. Bakers and food artisans have known for eons that nothing excites our palettes more than beautiful surroundings filled with delicious treats that tempt our eyes before our tummies. We traveled around the world to bring you some of the most beautiful pastry shops, where delighting in a decadent dessert is an art. … Read More

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Watch Taylor Swift Perform at Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Lace and Silk

It’s no secret that Taylor Swift is best friends with Victoria’s Secret model Karlie Kloss — hell, Kloss even… Read More

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Blonde Redhead Are the Latest Band to Merge Music and Fashion With New AllSaints Collaboration

Late last week, Blonde Redhead released a new video for “Dripping,” the highlight of their ninth album from earlier this year, Barragán. The clip was as effortlessly cool as anything the New York noise-pop band have put out in their 21-year career, but it also marked a first for the group: a collaboration with a fashion house.

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Fascinating Early Drafts and Alternate Versions of ‘Star Wars’ Movie Posters

There’s nothing like seeing the working versions of a soon-to-be-iconic pop culture artifact — that fascination with process is at the root of our love for studio music bootlegs, handwritten writing drafts, deleted movie scenes, and the like. The promotional images for the Star Wars movies unquestionably hold a hallowed place in film and cultural history, and they’re all beautifully reproduced in Star Wars Art: Posters, the fifth and final volume in the George Lucas-curated series. But even better are the initial pencil sketches and work-in-progress drafts of those images that fill in the gaps. Lucasfilm and publisher Abrams Books were kind enough to share a few of those rough drafts with us, along with some additional bits of alternate poster lore; check them all out after the jump. … Read More

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Jaw-Dropping Redesigns of the ‘Harry Potter’ Books

Everyone loves the Harry Potter books — 450 million units sold, at last count — but one Hungarian design student took her love for those books a step further, and came up with something rather (dare I say it) magical. (Sorry, couldn’t resist.) “The Harry Potter books are so magical, so mysterious, and so adventurous,” writes Kincső Nagy, introducing her BA degree project at the art showcase site Behance. Nagy says that she chose to redesign them “to show this extraordinary atmosphere of the books.” She created covers for the entire series and devised ingenious “interactive illustrations” for the inaugural volume; check out our faves after the jump. … Read More

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Cara Delevingne and Pharrell Star In Chanel Film Directed By Karl Lagerfeld

Model Cara Delevingne and Pharrell Williams star in “Reincarnation,” a lovely, strange video for Chanel directed by Karl Lagerfeld.… Read More

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Fictional Heroes Drink Booze, Pop Pills, and Read Karl Marx in Lichtenstein-Inspired Illustration Series

From Disney to superheroes to Star Wars, the lives of our favorite pop-culture characters are well documented. But, of course, if they were real people, they’d do plenty of things that wouldn’t make it to the page or screen. In a fun series of illustrations titled The Secret Life of Heroes (which we spotted via Fubiz), Grégoire Guillemin takes stylistic inspiration from the Pop Art of Roy Lichtenstein and imagines what these fictional icons’ private moments might look like. Click through to see Scrooge McDuck read Das Kapital, Darth Vader nurse a stiff drink, and Aladdin‘s own Jasmine pick up a pack of the birth control pills that (almost) share her name. … Read More

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20 Awesome Holiday Gifts for the Movie Geek in Your Life

Well, kids, holiday shopping season is upon us, and Flavorwire is here to help you figure out what to get the most problematic person on your list: the movie geek, the family film fan with antisocial tendencies and cinematic inclinations. Luckily, there’s an abundance of terrific new books, box sets, and paraphernalia for cinephiles; we’ve picked out some of the… Read More

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Cool Illustrations Pair Hollywood Icons with Famous Architects

Illustrator Federico Babina has carved out an impressive niche documenting and interpreting popular culture through the lens of architecture, fusing building design with music, modern art, and film. Now, he’s used his unique sensibility to combine iconic architects and celebrities with the series Archilife, with each illustration placing a Hollywood star in a home designed by the appropriate draftsman. Check out the entire series on his website; our favorites are collected after the jump. … Read More

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Psychedelic Architecture for Radical Residents

The resurgence of psychedelia comes and goes. If we can have it in our movies (see: Ben Wheatley’s A Field in England, for starters), then why can’t we have it in our architecture? After spotting a cozy home in upstate New York that one artist gave the royal psychedelic treatment, we went searching for other bold architectural statements — structures transformed into trippy environs through paint, light, and several from the ground up. Referencing the colorful hippie communes and crash pads of the 1960s, these radical structures are sure to light your eyes on fire without all those pesky side… Read More

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