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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Karl Lagerfeld’s Glamorous Illustrations for ‘The Allure of Chanel’

You could look at the deluxe edition of Paul Morand’s The Allure of Chanel as the proper culmination of the writer’s work, since this was his final book and the subject was fellow French Nazi collaborator Coco Chanel. Or, you could look past that and appreciate one of the best French authors of his time writing intimately about one of the most influential women of the 20th century. If you can do that, then you’ll surely appreciate this latest edition, which features gorgeous illustrations by Karl Lagerfeld — some of which you can take a look at below. … Read More

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‘The Way We Wore’ Takes a Smart and Stylish Look at the Evolution of African-American Fashion

The Way We Wore: Black Style Then by Michael McCollum (Glitterati Incorporated)explores the diverse, undeniably cool individual styles of African Americans throughout the 20th century, focusing more on everyday people than celebrities or big-time trendsetters. Featuring photos that seem like proto-Saratorialist street shots, the result is a book that will surely be among the best-looking of 2014. Click through to preview a selection of images from McCollum’s book. … Read More

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10 Fantastic Feline-Friendly Interior Designs

Designers and architects often ignore our animal family members when it comes to creating spaces where people and pets live. What’s a house panther to do? We searched high and low for feline-friendly interior solutions that offer pets a permanent place of their own. These catwalks, staircases, and bridges allow kitty to stretch the imagination and get a paw up on indoor… Read More

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American Apparel Can’t Have Its Body Positivity Cake and Eat It, Too

A funny thing happened at the Houston Street American Apparel early Thursday morning. Exactly a month ahead of Valentine’s Day, America’s favorite source of overpriced, domestically produced basics launched a decidedly on-brand holiday promotion: swapping out its typical mannequins for female figures with nipples and pubic hair, both clearly visible underneath sheer lingerie. After Gothamist reported on the display, which happens to be located just a few blocks from the Flavorwire offices, a sales associate told the Huffington Post that the mannequins were intended to demonstrate “the rawness and realness of sexuality.” And when a national retailer chooses to represent women’s bodies in a way that’s closer to real life than ads that perpetuate the widespread stigma against women’s body hair, that’s a good thing, right? … Read More

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Stunning Lookbook Introduces the World to Flawless Nigerian Menswear

The members of the Societé des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Élégantes (the Society of Tastemakers and Elegant People), also known as the sapeurs, have received a fair amount of press over the last few years for an exquisite sense of style that borrows liberally from well-dressed men of eras past. The small personal flourishes — colorful pocket squares, crocodile shoes, and extra-wide brimmed hats — make it hard to not notice their neat suits. There has recently been a renewed interest in the sapeurs, thanks in part to the fashion world’s rediscovery of styles from the early part of the 20th century and a newfound fascination with dandyism. The stories tend to concentrate more on the place the sapeurs come from, the Congo, treating the men who the Wall Street Journal called the “unlikeliest fashionistas” like an exotic aberration. … Read More

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Golden Globes Inspire New Memes

If you’re already feeling Golden Globe recap fatigue, take a break from all the heady analyses, and instead praise your… Read More

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Incredible Homes with Secret Rooms and Passageways

Secret passageways and hidden rooms aren’t just for Scooby-Doo villains and mysterious millionaires. Homeowners and apartment dwellers are creating their own creative, covert spots that are perfect places for reading, hanging out, playing, and pretending that the outside world doesn’t exist. Here are a few moveable bookshelves, stealthy staircases, and sliding walls that reveal secret living quarters. … Read More

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