Design

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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Vintage-Style Travel Posters for ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Lord of the Rings,’ and ‘Star Wars’ Locations

The holidays are over, spring is more than two months away, and it’s so cold today in some parts of our great nation that intellectually curious teenagers have been tempted to find out what happens when they urinate outdoors. All of which is to say, the prospect of a vacation is more fantasy than reality for most of us at the moment. So, as long as we’re yearning for exotic locales, we might as well be dreaming of ones that only exist in our favorite sci-fi and fantasy franchises. Ali Xenos’ beautifully designed, vintage-style travel posters for locations from Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, and Star Wars (spotted via The Mary Sue) should aid you in doing just that. Click through for a virtual trip to Westeros, Middle Earth, or outer space, and consider extending your imaginary vacation by purchasing one. … Read More

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Mindy Kaling’s ‘ELLE’ Cover Controversy: Why Fashion Magazines Will Never Change

This month’s ELLE has four different covers, and one of them is the black-and-white photograph of Mindy Kaling you see above. If you asked me, without context, if the photograph was attractive, I’d say yes. In fact I quite like it, as a photograph of Kaling. … Read More

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10 Design-Savvy Ways to Work in Bed

Whether you’re short on square footage or prefer to work from the comfort of your own home, there’s a work-bed combination out there calling your name. These bed-to-desk designs were made for blanket-hogging bosses, skilled sleepers, and weary workhorses desperate for a power nap. See more solutions for sleepy workaholics and coziness addicts, below. … Read More

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Badass 1970s-Style Batman Posters

As with most superheroes who have stood the test of time, each era tends to get the version of Batman it needs (or deserves). Most recently, for example, we experienced a “dark,” conflicted Batman. And while the psychological realism of that incarnation certainly added some welcome depth to the character, the Dark Knight was noticeably… Read More

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Cozy and Contemporary Forts for Winter Hibernation

In our very transparent culture, privacy and solitude sometimes feels like it’s at a premium. Designers have tapped into our need for getting away from it all right in the comfort of our own homes. These contemporary, fort-like furniture pieces remind us of our childhood when it was a lot easier hide from the rest of the world. Bring your blankets, and get to snuggling in these cozy, contemporary forts. … Read More

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15 Eye-Catching Calendars to Keep You Organized in 2014

The new year approaches, and for those of you unwilling to let go of certain paper ephemera (we understand), it’s time to purchase a 2014 calendar. If scribbling your personal appointments on gorgeous letterpress paper or livening up your kitchen with 12 months of pop culture-inspired photos makes you tingle, we have some delicious calendar candy for… Read More

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The 15 Best Book Covers of 2013

My apologies for invoking one of the oldest cliches in the book, but: they say you can’t judge a book by its cover. We all know, however, that it’s a lot easier to do so, which is why so much money goes into the design of cover art. While we’ve already provided our lists of the best books of the year, let’s celebrate the best cover designs, as well. After all, these covers played a major part in what we chose to pick up this year.  … Read More

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