Design

The Most Stylish Micro-Apartments

We’re not shy about sharing our obsession with tiny houses and miniature dwellings, so when we spotted Miel Arquitectos’ design for a small-scale apartment, we felt inspired. Micro living speaks to our desire to pare down, simplify, and create functional, beautiful spaces where we can thrive. In mega-cities like New York, your bank account depends on it. We’ve rounded up some tiny living quarters that don’t skimp on style, so click on for more stunning… Read More

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Stylish, Geometric Cocktail Posters That Would Make ‘Mad Men’ Characters Drool

Whether you’re thirsty for Don Draper, Joan Holloway, or just a decent Negroni, this series of posters by designer Nick Barclay is sure to hit the liquor-swilling, mid-century modern spot. For those who aren’t content to simply gaze upon these graphic, geometric, and minimalist renderings of classic cocktails, each is embellished with a handy recipe. Spotted via Fubiz, they’re the perfect decoration for a kitchen where the shaker gets more use than the mixer. … Read More

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10 Stunning Writing Studios

We know writers have some weird habits and that a sense of place is often one of the most important aspects of a story. Considering these qualities, it seems natural that writers usually yearn for their own private sanctuaries. For the wordsmiths currently drafting their latest and greatest, but with no literary oasis to call home, let these stunning writing studios serve as inspiration to transform your corner of the world into a personal… Read More

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10 Typographic Art Installations

Typography enthusiasts know that sometimes there’s nothing more satisfying than an elegant and expressive typeface. There is a science behind composing and arranging type, but often it is used for pure artistic expression. After spotting a unique typographic sculpture on Colossal that doubles as a bus shelter (featured below), we searched for other font-friendly installations that appeal to our inner typography nerd and explore our interaction with text (and art) in various environments. … Read More

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Chuck Palahniuk’s Books Reimagined as Insane Concert Posters

The books of Chuck Palahniuk are steeped in the signifiers of cult literature — sex, violence, dark humor — so it makes sense that their stories and styles would lend themselves to perhaps the ultimate cult art form: the rock-concert poster. Paulo Correa, an art director and illustrator based in the Philippines, has taken up the task of translating Palahniuk’s aesthetic into what he calls “lowbrow gig posters” for each of his books. Click through to see the full series, which we spotted at Design Taxi. … Read More

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David Lynch Sets His Sights on Nail Polish in New Ad

Louboutin has released its David Lynch-directed nail polish commercial, because nothing screams “Mani-pedis, betches!” quite like Eraserhead. As was often the… Read More

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The Starlet Lifestyle Brand Disease: Blake Lively’s Preserve Is No GOOP

Pray consider it, dear reader: did you ever go through an Anthropologie stage? Do you even know what that entails? From someone who’s been there, it is this: walking through the exquisitely laid-out store, you imagine that this is your shabby-chic New York loft, your smelling-of-lavender nightgown and silk robe, your perfect striped shirt, and your perfect, elaborately-embroidered-in-an-exotic-melange-of-colors dress, tailored for your body type. Because the thing about Anthropologie — and any other store worth its brand (The Apple Store, Whole Foods) — is that it’s a promise: by shopping here, you will be fitter, happier, more productive. You’ll be a generally better version of you, because you, failure, should aspire to this level of brilliance. … Read More

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The Catch-22 of Women’s Magazines

Are women’s magazines trivialized or trivializing? It’s a debate as old as third-wave feminism, and not one that another round of think-pieces is going to solve. But this week gives us an unusually illustrative example of how much that question oversimplifies those publications and their role in women’s self-image. Politico’s Sarah Kendzior fired the skirmish’s opening salvo at the beginning of the month by diagnosing “The Princess Effect,” in which glossies’ profiles of highly accomplished women “reduce female political leaders to their supposed fashion and lifestyle choices.” Now Alyssa Mastromonaco, a former White House deputy chief of staff and one of the objects of Kendzior’s critique, and New York‘s Kat Stoeffel have each published rebuttals arguing that the problem lies not with focusing on “fashion and lifestyle choices,” but in believing those choices “reduce” women at all. … Read More

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Architectural Retreats That Soothe the Soul

Summer is a time of play and rest, which naturally leads us to reflect on the past and the long months ahead. It’s a time to recharge — but these beautiful meditation spaces and architectural retreats offer a place to replenish mind, body, and spirit any day of the year. Allow these intimate sanctuaries and tranquil havens to soothe your restless soul. … Read More

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Rihanna’s ‘Bazaar’ Arabia Cover Is the Swarovski Dress’s Equal, Not Its Opposite

World-renowned soccer authority Twitter troll Rihanna’s latest glossy cover is out. It’s not for Vogue, which is currently busy calling out the scourge of lady-centric Facebook groups, or even fellow usual suspects Elle or Vanity Fair. Posted to social media last night, the Ruven Afanador shots are for Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, the Middle Eastern offshoot of a magazine that’s recently taken some flak for continuing to employ Terry Richardson. Given that the cover advertises “Rihanna of Arabia” as a guide to “The New Modesty: Cover Up in Style,” it’s not too surprising that the most revealing outfit in the shoot is the thigh-length Dolce & Gabbana dress Rih’s wearing on the cover. … Read More

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