Design

The Quiet Radicalism of Kanye West’s Fashion Collection

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Say what you like about Kanye West — everyone does — but there’s one thing for certain, and that’s that America’s most consistently fascinating musician is a mass of contradictions. They’ve always manifested to various extents in his music: braggadocio and self-awareness (contrast his verse on the remix of Beyoncé’s “Ego” with “Runaway,” for instance), arrogance and vulnerability, the desire to control his public image and the propensity for doing spontaneous, often ill-advised things that undermine it. They all seem to come back to a desire to which a lot of us can relate: wanting to be accepted by the establishment while at the same time wanting to tear it down. It’s perhaps no surprise, then, that it’s his ongoing obsession with fashion, and specifically the new line he’s created for Adidas, that have thrown these contradictions into the sharpest relief.
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10 Works of Architecture for People Who Prefer to Live Alone

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Living alone doesn’t have to feel lonely — especially when you call a skillfully designed, intimate abode home. For the single-occupancy crowd, these houses and apartments have been customized to meet the needs of people flying solo. Space, light, and views have been maximized. There are no dingy, shoebox-style holes in the wall here — just gorgeous, tiny homes for the person who enjoys their own space.
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Music’s 40 Greatest Style Icons, Ranked

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Imagine if The Beatles never wore those collarless suits, or if Madonna never wore a tattered wedding dress on MTV. What if David Bowie had never thought to transform into Ziggy Stardust, or Cher had never worn that glittery body stocking under a leather jacket on the Navy ship? No meat dress for Gaga, no ruffled shirt for Prince, no cape for James Brown, no trash bag jumpsuit for Missy Elliott. Fashion changes our perception of artists, particularly those who routinely get up in front of thousands to perform. If musicians so choose, style choices can reflect and support their artistic choices. Many of the 40 icons of personal style on this ranked list have used clothes in a conscious, specific …Read More

Art History Masterpieces Transformed Into Surreal Typefaces

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Typography and art nerds, this one’s for you. Israeli designer Oded Ezer (who we first spotted on Co.Design) enjoys playing with type to create unusual fonts — and he’s designed some humorous typefaces inspired by the annals of art history. Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, Katsushika Hokusai’s The Great Wave off Kanagawa, and Michelangelo’s David are just a few of the famous artworks that Ezer transforms into type-friendly images. Fingers, facial hair, and phalluses are dissected from well-known paintings and sculptures to form letters, using the artwork itself as a backdrop. It’s a bizarre, but fun remix of art’s greatest masterpieces.
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10 Cheerful Architectural Designs That Make Us Happy

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There’s a lot of ambivalence when it comes to the word “happy” — and we’re not just talking about our collective exhaustion regarding Pharrell’s eternal single from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack (make it stop). But since it’s a new year and our jaded levels are set to low, we’re looking at fun and inspiring examples of “happy” architecture. These cheerful buildings and delightful designs aim to please the eye and lift the spirits with their vibrant palettes and pleasant facades. Here are a few happy works of architecture we hope will make you smile.
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