Design

Designer Toys for Grown-Ups

The holidays are a time for families and loved ones to celebrate togetherness, and they tend to arouse feelings of nostalgia that recall simpler times. The days of being a child and enjoying hours with your favorite toy don’t have to be a distant memory. There are plenty of playthings for grown-ups that encourage similar exploration and fun. We’ve gathered some of our favorite toys that emphasize great design, responsible materials, and conceptual artistry. … Read More

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Wonderful Architectural Illustrations Celebrate Film History’s Most Impressive Buildings

The relationship between film and architecture is often overlooked outright or confused as a secondary aspect of the film; as if the space the characters inhabit were not as important as the characters themselves. Whether you’re talking about a movie like Rear Window where the architecture is a crucial part of the film — a character in and of itself — or a movie like Moonrise Kingdom where the structures play a quieter although no less crucial role (what would Suzie be without that lighthouse perch, after all?), film and architecture are inextricably related. In his fantastic series ARCHICINE (spotted via ArchDaily), Federico Babina mines film history’s greatest buildings, extracting them from the noise of their respective movie’s contexts and highlighting them as the stars they are. … Read More

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20 Gorgeous Indoor Gardens

The word “conservatory” conjures images of elegant estates and greenhouses that most people can’t afford. Design You Trust’s advice about adding a conservatory to one’s home gave us visions of glass-enclosed loveliness — and we didn’t want our dreams of lush indoor gardens to end. We found 20 gorgeous gardens that are thriving inside homes, offices, and other interior spaces. … Read More

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Celebrate Evelyn Waugh’s 110th Birthday With the Fashionable Film Adaptation of ‘Brideshead Revisited’

I consider the 1981 television adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited a litmus test in gauging another person’s Anglophilia. Sure, you might be a huge fan of The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, have a line on the best fish and chips within a hundred-mile radius, call yourself a fan of a “football club” rather than referring to Chelsea as a “soccer team” — and you might be a really big fan of the book that’s widely considered Waugh’s greatest work. But if you don’t love all 659 minutes of the film adaptation that made a star of Jeremy Irons, then I need you to please take that Union Jack off your bedroom wall. … Read More

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Innovative Dollhouses Built by the World’s Best Architects and Designers

World famous architect Edwin Lutyens designed a stunning dollhouse for Queen Mary in the 1920s. The creation inspired UK property developers Cathedral Group to ask 20 contemporary architects and designers (in collaboration with artists and other creatives) to build a dolls’ house suitable for the 21st century. There was one other caveat: each design had to include at least one feature that would cater to children with disabilities. Bonhams will be exhibiting the finished works and hosting an auction, which is already taking place online. All proceeds support UK charity KIDS, which aids disabled young people and their families. We’ve selected several of our favorite designs, all stylish, innovative, and imaginative. Be sure to visit the auction page for more and to learn about this great cause — which we first learned about from Lost at E Minor. … Read More

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Simon Doonan’s Retrograde Rant About Female Pop Stars Belongs on Fox News

Slate is rightly known for its contrarianism; indeed, its writers tend to rejoice in it. This is generally fine — it’s always good to have an outlet for dissenting and unconventional opinions. Of late, though, they’ve outdone themselves as far as publishing clueless tracts about gender politics goes. First there was Emily “Dear Prudence” Yoffe’s depressing and ill-advised decision to wheel out the “women shouldn’t drink because it leads to sexual assault” argument. Even that, however, was trumped by “hilarious” fashion “personality” Simon Doonan’s preposterous piece yesterday about Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, and other “porn-inspired pop divas.” Published under the giggle-inducing sub-LiveJournal headline “I Do Not Like Miley’s Outfit,” Doonan’s rant managed to be classist, sexist, borderline racist, and offensive to just about everyone, all within the space of 1000 words. … Read More

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15 Famous Authors and Their Fashion Label Counterparts

Literature and fashion meet once again as Club Monaco has announced that its flagship retail location will host a bookstore when it opens up this week, leaving us to ponder: what are our favorite authors’ fashion-label counterparts? … Read More

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9 Stunning and Clever Alternate ‘Gravity’ Posters

Great pop art can inspire great pop art, and the surprising box office and unsurprising critical success of Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity prompted the wonderful folks over at Short List to pay a design-related tribute to the film: they commissioned nine excellent artists to design their own alternate posters for the film, and the results (from throwback to abstract) are stunning. Check them out below. … Read More

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Awesome Tarot Cards From ‘Rookie Yearbook Two’

Open Rookie Yearbook Two, and you’ll find a contributor list that includes Judy Blume, Lena Dunham, the Mulleavy sisters of Rodarte fame, and Grimes, as well as interviews with Morrissey, Molly Ringwald, and Emma Watson. It’s a big best-of from the popular website edited by Tavi Gevinson, a compilation that includes plenty to read, lots to look at, and a special set of tarot cards that you can pull out. Preview them after the jump, but if you want the actual set, you’ll have to buy the book. … Read More

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