Design

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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Ingenious Graphic Renderings of Quotes from Pixar Movies

Everybody loves Pixar movies (okay, except for those Cars ones), but graphic designer Risa Rodil decided to show her love for the films in a way that puts your Tumblr’d Toy Story GIFs and Facebook’d Up clips to shame: her “Pixar Lettering Series,” which renders inspirational quotes from Pixar films in the graphic style of the movie in question. You’ll find a few of our favorites after the jump; head over to her website or Behance gallery to see them all. … Read More

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25 Oscar de la Renta Quotes on the Power of Fashion and Women

He dressed some of the most powerful women in the world — including Jacqueline Kennedy, Hillary Clinton, and Oprah Winfrey. He championed the independent, modern woman—reflected in the strength and femininity of his stunning gowns and sought-after fashions. Oscar de la Renta passed away this week, but his grace and sophistication — as a designer and a man — live on through his words about the industry he helped build and the women he loved to dress. … Read More

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Oscar de la Renta Dies at 82

Oscar de la Renta died yesterday at his home in Connecticut after a decade-long battle with cancer; he will, however, remain… Read More

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The Creepiest Furniture Designs

Halloween is right around the corner, but you can celebrate it year round with these creepy furniture designs. When we spotted Yaara Derkel’s mischievous Coppelius chair, which has a fun and frightening secret element hidden within its design (featured, below), we had to explore other furniture pieces that have been transformed into uncanny objects. From insects and skeletons, to the bloody and bizarre, these eerie designs are creepy conversation pieces. … Read More

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Anti-Semitic Ranter John Galliano Named Creative Director of Maison Martin Margiela

You know how sometimes you’ve been really stressed at work — like, your co-workers aren’t cutting the mustard, your… Read More

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Will Fashion Ever Embrace Feminism as More Than Just a Trend?

Feminism and fashion have always been uneasy bedmates, linked by a common constituency but separated by very different objectives. The impasse came to a head not once but twice during Paris Fashion Week, where the usually infallible Stella McCartney ruffled feathers after her show when she said, “Strength on its own in a woman is quite abrasive and not terribly attractive all the time. This collection is really celebrating the gentle side.” … Read More

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Karl Lagerfeld Doesn’t Get to Appropriate Feminism

If The Onion had a fashion vertical, “Karl Lagerfeld Stages Feminist Protest” would almost certainly be one of its headlines. And yet here we are: Chanel’s head designer closed today’s Paris show with a parade of models holding signs so baldly hypocritical that they’re an exercise in doublethink. “FREE FREEDOM,” one nonsensically declares. “FEMINISM NOT MASOCHISM,” says another. Finally, hilariously, and worst of all: “BE DIFFERENT!” I laughed; I cried; I read headlines like “Chanel’s Empowering Feminist Protest the Best Thing About Fashion Week” and kept crying until I had a rage blackout. … Read More

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‘Private Choices, Public Spaces': Can Architects Save the Last Abortion Clinic in Mississippi?

Hosted in a small space at Parsons and that looks directly out onto Fifth Avenue, Private Choices, Public Spaces is less an exhibit than a staged brainstorm. There’s no artwork on display, or even building plans — surprising for an event organized by ArchiteXX, an organization of women in architecture dedicated to “bridging the academy in practice.” Instead, the space is filled with hundreds of postcards responding to a set of questions intended to prompt ideas for ArchiteXX’s latest “design action”: staging an “architectural intervention” at the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the last remaining abortion clinic in the state of Mississippi. … Read More

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