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Strange and Sexy Footwear Inspired by Vintage Sci-Fi Films

From Jane Fonda’s sexy space traveler in Barbarella to the Capitol couture featured in The Hunger Games, science fiction cinema has influenced fashion for decades. Eindhoven-based designer Mandy Roos, who we discovered on Moco Loco, has taken inspiration from old-school sci-fi films “and their imaginary visions of future, spaceships and unknown universes.” She uses futuristic materials like rubber, plastic, foam, and slime to style her wildly impractical, humorous, visionary footwear. The collection, Invasion Of The Foot Carrier, even sounds like a lost camp classic from the annals of 1960’s sci-fi. Take a closer look in our gallery. … Read More

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Psychedelic Architecture for Radical Residents

The resurgence of psychedelia comes and goes. If we can have it in our movies (see: Ben Wheatley’s A Field in England, for starters), then why can’t we have it in our architecture? After spotting a cozy home in upstate New York that one artist gave the royal psychedelic treatment, we went searching for other bold architectural statements — structures transformed into trippy environs through paint, light, and several from the ground up. Referencing the colorful hippie communes and crash pads of the 1960s, these radical structures are sure to light your eyes on fire without all those pesky side… Read More

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Water Gets a Street Art Makeover

Presented by Perrier

Perrier® sparkling natural mineral water has a long history of collaborating with renowned artists, from Warhol to Dali, and now it has turned to three internationally acclaimed street artists to re-imagine their iconic green water bottles and cans. JonOne (NYC/Paris), enhanced the glass bottle with bold, abstract designs; Sasu (Tokyo) adorned the plastic bottle with colorful geometrics; while Kobra (São Paulo) enriched the slim can with dynamic patterns. Check out all the #StreetArtbyPerrier bottles now, for a limited time. Which is your fave?

Check out behind-the-scenes video from the three artists, as well as some pics of their other work, to get an idea of the talent behind these exciting, limited-edition looks. … Read More

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50 Visually Stunning Horror Movies for Twisted Aesthetes

Lumbering weirdos in hockey masks and pizza-faced serial killers have their place in the world of horror, but body-count movies can quickly wear out their welcome if you aren’t a slasher-film lover. Sometimes the greatest menace is something we can really get lost in, visually — like the atmospheric halls of a haunted house and the unexplained dangers lurking in the dark. In celebration of those films that lure us closer with their breathtaking set designs, rich palettes, and captivating images, here is a visual chronicle of horror cinema’s most stunning… Read More

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Mega Minimalist Movie Posters: Can You Guess the Films?

Great design stands the test of time. In the case of these iconic film posters, abstracted by London-based designer and art director John Taylor, the images are resilient enough to remain recognizable even when given the minimalist treatment. Taylor’s Film the Blanks series, which we first learned about on Co.Design, remixes cinema’s most famous one-sheets down to their core elements. He posts the images on his website and encourages readers to participate in a guessing game. “Filmtheblanks.com evolved from a personal project into a daily global quiz and jumped from computer screen to silkscreen as a series of limited edition prints,” Taylor writes. So for contemporary film poster fans who prefer Taylor’s stripped down versions instead of the originals, he has various ephemera available for sale on his website. In the spirit of Taylor’s quiz, we’ve featured ten of his designs past the break—with the titles blacked out (highlight or double-click to view). … Read More

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Handmade by Design: This Is How To Raise the Bar

Presented by Roca Patrón

Handcrafting makes a difference. The care and craftsmanship in a handmade item, whether furniture, clothing, or spirits, is obvious. We wanted to celebrate the artisanal Roca Patrón tequila with a series of handmade bar tools. We tasked some incredible designers with creating unique and artisanal barware inspired by the new handcrafted Roca Patrón tequila; artists paid tribute to the small-batch, labor-intensive Tahona process behind the new tequila in their one-of-a-kind pieces. … Read More

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Handmade by Design: Nick Potash

Presented by Roca Patrón

Handcrafting makes a difference. The care and craftsmanship in a handmade item, whether jewelry, clothing, or spirits, is obvious. We wanted to celebrate the artisanal Roca Patrón tequila with a series of handmade barware. Jeweler and metalworker Nick Potash created one-of-a-kind bar tools, inspired by Roca Patrón, and invited us into his studio in southern California to check out the process. Sterling silver, ebony wood, and bronze were transformed using simple but time-consuming processes like wax-casting and hand-carving. Best of all: they could be yours. We’re auctioning off all the custom commissioned items to raise money for DIFFA (Design Industry Foundation Fighting AIDS), one of the country’s largest nonprofit supporters of direct care for those living with HIV/AIDS. Check out the video, and enter your bid; the auction runs through October 3rd. … Read More

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Handmade by Design: Brooklyn SLaB

Presented by Roca Patrón

Handcrafting makes a difference. The care and craftsmanship in a handmade item, whether furniture, clothing, or spirits, is obvious. We wanted to celebrate the artisanal Roca Patrón tequila with a series of handmade bar tools. Shannon Bowser of Brooklyn SLaB created a one-of-a-kind bar cart, inspired by Roca Patrón, and invited us into her summer studio in Maine to check out the process. Something she doesn’t mention in the video below: the stunning wooden cart uses 12 different types of wood and no nails. Best of all: it could be yours. We’re auctioning off all the custom commissioned items to raise money for DIFFA (Design Industry Foundation Fighting AIDS), one of the country’s largest nonprofit supporters of direct care for those living with HIV/AIDS. Check out the video, and enter your bid; the auction runs through October 3rd. … Read More

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10 Dangerous Works of Architecture

Adrenaline junkies, adventure enthusiasts, and radical architecture lovers: we have a house for you. Earlier this week, we spotted a cantilevered cliff-side home on Co.Design (featured below). For more extreme architectural thrills, we searched for other “dangerous” abodes that break the laws of physics and get our blood pumping. … Read More

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50 Fantastical Film Interiors

For their second feature, directors Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani have followed their mesmerizing and seductive debut, Amer, with another glowing tribute to the gialli — the stylish Italian thrillers of the ‘60s and ‘70s. A film festival favorite, The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears makes its theatrical debut at the IFC Center August 29. Set inside a labyrinthine Art Nouveau apartment building, the film follows a businessman as he searches for his missing wife. “Soon traditional narrative dissolves into mise en abyme in this kaleidoscopic and vertiginous adventure in sound and image, sadism and eroticism, and the real and the imagined,” writes New Directors/New Films. The movie’s surreal landscape inspired an exploration of other films that use interior space in strange, fantastical ways. … Read More

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