Design

10 Amazing Treehouse Hotels With a View

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Thrill-seekers, nature lovers, and people who prefer unusual vacation destinations require something a little more exciting than the average hotel room when they take a holiday. These treehouse hotels evoke childhood days of hanging out in treetop clubhouses with friends — but their designer looks and exotic surroundings make them perfect for adults. Venture to these treehouse hotels with us, and consider sleeping sky-high for your next getaway.
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Black-and-White Photos of Vintage Movie Theater Box Offices from the 1970s

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Most movie theaters lack the character of those from earlier times. Boxy mall movie houses, chain cinemaplexes, and other monstrosities dominate our current filmic climate. But photographer Ave Pildas won’t let us forget the unique movie theaters of yesteryear thanks to a photo series featuring theater boxes offices captured during the 1970s. Most of the theaters were photographed in Los Angeles — and many of them no longer stand.
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Beautiful and Playful Bookcase Staircase Designs

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There’s something irresistible about an attractive bookcase and staircase combination. We love getting lost in a good book, so perhaps it’s the idea that a staircase can physically transport us to a different place the way a book can in our mind. These shelf/stair hybrids from designers and architects recently caught our eye — and like all things bookish, we had to share the best of the best with you.
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Bookish Business Card Designs

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Happy Book Lovers’ Day, lit fiends! If you’re looking for an excuse to blow off your responsibilities, this is it. While you’re getting lost in a good book — preferably in bed — keep the bookish theme of your day going by browsing a few business card designs inspired by, well, books. We like to think that book nerds are more clever than the average human. So, get creative with your schmoozing, and try one of these literary designs for yourself.
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Unique Tarot Decks for Uncommon Occultists

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Pamela Colman Smith illustrated the original Rider-Waite tarot deck, which originally published in 1910. Since then, it’s been the standard for mystics of all ilk. But contemporary occult practitioners and Instagram witches have inspired a wave of unusual tarot deck designs – those that speak to their lifestyle, humor, and identities. Here are just a few of the unique tarot decks available today that look to literary sources, race, sexuality, and urban architecture for their concepts and art.
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10 Beautiful Books for Creative Thinkers

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Whether you’ve been bursting with big ideas you don’t know what to do with or you’re feeling a creative slump, take heed. Here are ten beautifully designed books for visual learners, creative thinkers, and arty types who need a kick in the pants to get motivated and express themselves to the fullest.
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Stunning Staircases to Nowhere Created By Artists and Architects

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The award-winning Monument Valley is a puzzle game that uses architectural mazes and structures to lead its character through optical illusions in various levels. It’s an M. C. Escher drawing come to life, featuring interlocking bridges, rotating structures, and staircases that lead to nowhere. Inspired by the beautifully designed best seller, we looked at real-life staircases to nowhere created by artists and architects around the world.
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Revealing Close-Up Photos of Creatives’ Pencils

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Most people reach for their laptops or iPads when giving shape to their ideas. But for all our conveniences, there are some things that a computer just can’t do like the humble pencil. In a new photo series by Alex Hammond and Mike Tinney, first spotted on Photojojo, the duo captures close-up images of the pencils used by artists, designers, writers, and tastemakers. Most of the subjects are British, and we would love to see more women involved with the project, but you needn’t be familiar with those featured to appreciate how unique their tools are and the way tiny details reveal personality traits. Browse the series in our gallery, and get to know the secret life of the pencil.
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15 Things You Didn’t Know About Yves Saint Laurent

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Bertrand Bonello’s Saint Laurent, which premiered at Cannes in 2014, looks at the life of the French fashion designer from 1967 to 1976. This was a career peak for the influential couturier and preceded his breakup with longtime partner Pierre Bergé (who also helped run the business). The film sees a limited release this weekend. In celebration of the Palme d’Or-nominated film, we’ve gathered a few facts about the fashion legend.
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