Design

The 25 Greatest Homes in Literature

Great characters in literature get all the credit, but the fictional spaces they occupy are often just as interesting and can provide an opportunity for the reader to go even deeper into a story. What would some of your favorite stories be without the creepy old farmhouses, crumbling castles, and estates overlooking a body of water whose waves crash against the rocks at night? To celebrate the birthday of Daphne du Maurier — a writer who gave us one of the 20th century’s most unforgettable grand old homes, in Rebecca — we’re rounding up the most memorable structures that served as settings for some of our favorite… Read More

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The Stunning Second Lives of 10 Repurposed Houses of Worship and Occult Practice

I’ve always been obsessed with places where people once prayed en masse that have since been put to different use. Whether they become homes or anything else, there is something so striking about a former church, Catholic school, synagogue, or any other holy place being reused by people for something other than worship. While they aren’t your typical houses of prayer, some of the great Masonic Lodges of the past have also found second lives. Last week, at Messy Nessy Chic, Rozena Crossman showed us one of the most unique examples of a former lodge being used for something else: a crazy, Borges-story-on-peyote psychedelic art house. … Read More

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Ingenious Homeless Shelters Made from Repurposed Materials

Homelessness is a complex and important issue that is still ignored in many urban areas. Chilly temperatures, health and safety concerns, and other devastating problems plague homeless populations, leaving them with little dignity. There are some designers who hope to help combat the problems in some small way by offering free, flexible, and yes, even stylish, shelters for people who require transitional living spaces. These ingenious designs are inspiring discussions about how city officials can better meet the needs of the homeless and restore pride to the disadvantaged. … Read More

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30 Best Celebrity Instagrams From the 2014 Met Gala

Last night was the glitziest, most glamorous evening in the fashion universe: the Met Costume Institute Gala. Also known as the Met Ball or “Fashion Prom,” the Gala brings Hollywood and the fashion industry together to celebrate the opening of the Costume Institute’s latest exhibit. This year’s exhibit is a retrospective on Charles James, known for his structured aesthetic and glamorously elegant gowns. Most of last night’s ball gowns didn’t stray far from a classic style, but as the Met Gala is known for experimental fashion (remember Kim Kardashian’s wearable Givenchy garden from last year?) there were a few outliers. Namely, Rihanna (who stunned in Stella McCartney), Cara Delevingne (also in Stella), and everyone who wore Prada — including the normally flawless Lupita Nyong’o, who was some kind of mermaid trapped in a fishing net? I guess? … Read More

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Beautiful Design Objects for Booze Enthusiasts

We’re finally getting a taste of that summer sun. Few things pair better with a breezy day outdoors than a fine beverage. Beer gardens, wine tastings, and craft beer houses will be packed this summer, but why contain your enthusiasm for booze to places beyond your front door? We’ve rounded up some stylish objects and furniture pieces for thirsty design lovers that will inspire you to raise a glass from the comfort of home. … Read More

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‘The Worn Archive’ Is the One Fashion Book You Need to Buy This Year

Judging by any magazine you might grab off the shelf, writing about fashion in a smart way that doesn’t alienate anybody due to their race, gender, sexual orientation, clothing size, and economic background is a massive — and at times impossible — task. At the end of the day, fashion is a commodity, and if the Vogue writers don’t sell fashion to the right consumers (ones with money), then most big fashion magazines will cease to be. Media and the industries it covers (be it film, publishing, automotive, etc.) have always made strange bedfellows, as one really does need the other to thrive. Yet the way fashion is covered by mainstream media, and the complaints audiences have long held how they hold up an impossible standard for many in terms of body image and what is affordable, it sometimes feels like fashion magazines, filled with more pages of ads than articles, are basically big catalogs with a little bit of editorial copy added in for good measure. … Read More

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Brilliant Works of Architecture Made Easier to Understand (and Even Nicer to Look At)

As a former architecture student at UCLA, Michie Cao was fascinated by the simplicity and beauty of the great works of modern architecture, but always felt that it wasn’t easy for people who didn’t truly understand design and construction to appreciate what made them so perfect. To fix this, the School of Visual Arts grad student came up with Archigrams, a whimsical set of small prints showcasing some of her favorite architectural marvels, complete with facts to help people better understand the process and art behind the structures. … Read More

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‘Seven Sisters Style': Vintage Photos of Women’s Collegiate Fashion

Since its original publication in 1965, Take Ivy has gone on to become the Bible of preppy and Ivy League style. Even today, the book’s influence can be felt on the runways of Ralph Lauren and Gant, and it remains a must for any stylish bookshelf. While the Japanese photographers who created the book captured a perfect moment in American fashion, it has always remained a mystery why there wasn’t a female counterpart to Take Ivy, especially considering the existence of the always-stylish Seven Sisters colleges. … Read More

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The Business Cards Pop Culture Characters Would Have If They Changed Careers

There’s something both fabulous and horrifying about how static fictional worlds can be. The actors live in their own self-contained realms, with nary an opportunity for a life beyond the final shot, or page, or episode — save for maybe fan fiction. But Italian creative designers Benedetto Papi and Edoardo Santamato have envisioned new lives for pop culture icons, complete with chic, minimal business cards for their new careers, which we spotted on Design Taxi. Hogwarts becomes a cleaning agency; the Titanic, a scuba dining school; Amélie, a “selfie photographer” (whatever that means). But it’s certainly a career refresh. … Read More

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