Design

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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Wes Anderson’s Movies Crisply Summarized in Stylish Charts

Part of Wes Anderson’s appeal is undoubtedly his distinct aesthetic, making his films stick with you in their meticulously crafted tweeness, even as minor plot details fade away. For those who are in danger of forgetting the basics, graphic artist Ben Biondo has summarized Anderson’s films in snappy, graphical form (for a series we spotted on Trendland), complete with a summary, filming locations, budget, and the opening-weekend box office. The charts don’t cover all his films — Moonrise Kingdom is missing from the list — but they’re a good primer on most of the work Anderson’s undertaken since 1996. With its clean layout and sans-serif font, Biondo’s interpretation mainly follows the filmmaker’s aesthetic, although each graphic also features a main character from the film illustrated in a fragmented style totally distinct from Anderson’s imagination. … Read More

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10 Other Stupid Non-Fashion Trends Inspired by Normcore

According to The Cut, the newest fashion trend sweeping the crazy streets of New York City is a surprising one. Dubbed “normcore,” it’s not the trend of young women dressing like Cheers-era George Wendt (much to our dismay), but rather young people “embracing sameness deliberately as a new way of being cool, rather than striving for ‘difference’ or ‘authenticity,'” by which the writer Fiona Duncan means: standing out by not standing out. You know, like wearing non-New Yorker clothes such as khakis and sweatpants and turtlenecks and sneakers. Sure, this is just one more bit of proof that New Yorkers and fashion people live in a bubble, believing that every choice we make is interesting and fashion-forward, but what if it inspired some other non-interesting non-fashion trends? We came up with a few we’d like to see. Or not. … Read More

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12 Design-Savvy Ways to Camp Indoors

Ah, the great outdoors. It can be a little intimidating for the uninitiated. There are bugs, bears, and masked serial killers to contend with. If camping sounds a bit too strenuous, and you prefer toasted marshmallows from artisan bakers in Brooklyn, here are a few ways to bring the outdoors inside to your humble, but stylish abode. … Read More

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‘Elegance in the Age of Crisis': Stylish Clothing From the 1930s

It was the worst of times, it was the best dressed of times. It was the decade of the Great Depression and the rise of Hitler’s Germany. So when you take a walk through The Museum at FIT’s Elegance in an Age of Crisis: Fashions of the 1930s exhibition, it might come as a surprise that one of the darkest eras in our history was also one of the most stylish. Click through to see a few highlights from the show, which is on view through April 19, in our gallery. … Read More

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Stylish Illustrations Celebrate the Interior Designs of Classic Films

Architect and artist Federico Barbina picks up on an aspect of films that might go unnoticed by the average moviegoer: home design. Perviously, we shared Barbina’s series ARCHICINE — a collection of vintage-style portraits that highlight the exteriors of famous homes in cinema. Now Barbina has turned his attention to the interiors, with his new collection, ARCHISET (spotted via Fast Company Co.Design). Using a horizontal template, Barbina styles these cinematic stages like a theatrical proscenium. Take a look at the artful posters after the jump. … Read More

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10 Beautiful, Psychedelic Endpapers From Vintage Books That Potentially Harbor Demons

“Hardcover books,” for those of you who remember them, are cherished by many, not just because of their relative solidity and heft (relative to e-books), but also because of the many little decorative frills they incorporate. Like marbled, or at the very least quite abstract decorative endpapers. (It must be the lingering popularity of opium that made people love these designs, we think.) The British Library has a collection of decorative papers from the books in its collection. Here are ten of our favorites, although favorites is a weird word here, because while these are beautiful, if you stare at them too long you begin to worry that Cthulhu is going to emerge from the image. You have been forewarned. … Read More

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