Design

The Fashions of Cleopatra in Cinema

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It was this month that Cleopatra, the Ptolemaic Queen of Egypt whose story has captivated scholars and history geeks for centuries, ended her life in 30 BCE. Her legacy has played out on the big screen by countless stars. Cinema’s version of the queen often emphasizes her exotic and lavish costumes, as any proper Hollywood spectacle would. We took a look back at the fashion-savvy depiction of Cleopatra in cinema to see how filmmakers have portrayed one of the most powerful women in the world throughout the years.
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10 Amazing Treehouse Hotels With a View

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Thrill-seekers, nature lovers, and people who prefer unusual vacation destinations require something a little more exciting than the average hotel room when they take a holiday. These treehouse hotels evoke childhood days of hanging out in treetop clubhouses with friends — but their designer looks and exotic surroundings make them perfect for adults. Venture to these treehouse hotels with us, and consider sleeping sky-high for your next getaway.
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Designs That Bring the Outdoors Indoors

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Maybe it’s the soon-to-be passing of summer and the chilly fall ahead that has inspired our increasing attention to nature-inspired designs. Whatever the reason, we’ve recently fallen in love with several beautifully designed objects that were created to invite the outdoors, indoors. Here are just a few designs that bring blooms, mountains, and other natural formations to the home.
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Untraditional Offices in the Great Outdoors

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You’re not the type of person who adheres to the “norms” of the world, so why are you still working in a traditional office? Studies show that being outside is good for our health. Since many people spend eight hours a day or more at an office, shouldn’t it be one that’s less stressy? We’ve compiled a few of our favorite outdoor offices that have ditched the standard cubicle walls for a woodsy view.
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Stunning Staircases to Nowhere Created By Artists and Architects

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The award-winning Monument Valley is a puzzle game that uses architectural mazes and structures to lead its character through optical illusions in various levels. It’s an M. C. Escher drawing come to life, featuring interlocking bridges, rotating structures, and staircases that lead to nowhere. Inspired by the beautifully designed best seller, we looked at real-life staircases to nowhere created by artists and architects around the world.
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If Presidential Candidates Were Black Metal Bands…

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Black metal is a bloodcurdlingly shrill subgenre of metal music, characterized by indistinguishably shrieked lyrics (as opposed to the baritone belches of death metal). The rare, trained ear that can decipher the human language beneath the deathly wails will find the contents often concern Satanist, pagan, or generally anti-Christian ideologies, blanketing the contemporary societal mores they disdain in the unquenchable flames of their violent vocalizations.
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Stylish Illustrations Showcase Brilliant Quotes From Iconic Architects

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Architects are, of course, best known for their aesthetic sensibilities. But as a series of illustrations by Barcelona-based architect and graphic designer Federico Babina (whose work we’ve featured several times on Flavorwire) reminds us, some of history’s greatest architects also had a way with words. ARCHIQUOTE collects some of their most insightful and inspiring utterances, from Charles and Ray Eames’ “Take your pleasure seriously” to Mies van der Rohe’s immortal “Less is more,” in text that evokes each icon’s unique style. Click through for a selection of highlights from the series.
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