Design

Kanye West’s Secret Weapon Is His Versatility

Late last year, in what seemed like a lost bet with his label Def Jam, Kanye West did a nationwide commercial radio tour. I’m not talking about the next-level Zane Lowe BBC interview everyone raved over, I’m talking about Kanye going to pop and “urban”-format radio stations with cheesy DJs in nearly every major market where his Yeezus Tour stopped. Some of these interviews made headlines, but mostly the DJs were intimidated by Kanye and let him ramble on about whatever he damn well pleased, be it Adidas or Kardashians. … Read More

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What Kind of Monster Needs Nine Restoration Hardware Catalogs?

I’m probably endangering any chance of getting a settlement or at least a free leather couch out of this, but dropping the bundle of nine Restoration Hardware catalogs on my foot was definitely one of the low points of my week. … Read More

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Melissa McCarthy Is Just Like Every Other Plus-Size Woman: Searching for Cute Clothes

When you Google Melissa McCarthy, the top automated search suggestion is “Melissa McCarthy weight.” Sure, McCarthy stars on a popular TV show in which her plus-size status is central to the concept (Mike & Molly), but the fascination with her weight is voyeuristic at best, fat-shaming at worst.

This is nothing new, of course. The public is cruel when it comes to celebrity standards of beauty. But this week came another reminder that the problem extends beyond viewers. Despite being one of Hollywood’s most unanimous sweethearts in recent years — magazine editors, please try out a different tagline than “favorite funny gal” — McCarthy struggles to find designers to dress her on the red carpet. … Read More

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‘Redneck Hipster’ Drawings Juxtapose Two Diametrically Opposed Subcultures

The subcultures somewhat meaninglessly signified by the words “redneck” and “hipster” may seem miles apart, culturally, but they do have a few things in common: tattoos, beer in cans, a fondness for skulls, and the latter’s ongoing appropriation of the former. In what seems like a joke on both groups — although the artist claims to have “no goal… in mind, just wanted to [do] some funny shit and go balls to the wall” — Orlando-based designer and illustrator Joshua M. Smith used these shared elements to create the series Redneck Hipster (spotted via Design Taxi). Below, you’ll see a big cat’s face bearing the words “fuck Helvetica, use Comic Sans”; a tattoo-like anchor design that proclaims, “I am not a sailor, but hipsters eat this shit up”; and plenty of other irreverent cross-cultural typography that’s sure to make you smile. … Read More

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10 Stylish Picnic Sets for a Design-Savvy Day in the Park

‘Tis the season for sunny days and impromptu picnics in the park. This summer, pack the Pinot and dine en plein air with these designer-approved picnic sets. Keep it casual, but modern when you kick back for an afternoon of friends, food, and fresh air. Leave the ratty blanket at home and tote your gourmet goodies without sacrificing style. … Read More

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The Mod Suit: How a Uniform Defined a Subculture

The British and the Italians have always done suits better than anybody else, and each of the countries has a style all its own. To understand the differences between the two, you might start by picturing some stately looking British gentleman stepping out of a Savile Row tailor in a suit that makes him looks good because the lines are cut with such classic precision. In contrast, an Italian suit might conjure up a mental image of a sleek-looking gentleman who jumps on his scooter after sipping an espresso with a lemon twist. He’s the definition of modern, and he does it so effortlessly. … Read More

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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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