Design

10 Snug and Stylish Ways to Cozy Up With a Good Book

We don’t need an excuse to cozy up with a good book and get lost for a while. After spotting a set of fun and comfy pillows inspired by literary classics, featured after the jump, we went searching for the most stylish and snuggle-worthy ways to read. Bookmark these comfortable, literary furniture pieces and design objects for those moments when you’re ready to be whisked away for a weekend of books and bliss. … Read More

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Put Some Spring in Your Step With These Awesome Terrariums

Presented by Gap

The weather outside (in our neck of the woods, anyway) is beyond frightful, but having a small piece of spring and summer sitting on a desk or coffee table does help. We went on a terrarium tour to find the coolest-looking plants under glass, and it just so happens that some were found at our Gap spring launch events in NYC and LA, where guests could build their own. Read on for some next-level plant design, as well as some fashion tips for putting some serious Spring in your step. … 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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Pop Culture-Inspired Lingerie

Like it or not, E. L. James’ BDSM-lite novel Fifty Shades of Grey is quickly becoming an empire. The fastest-selling paperback of all time has grossed millions and will soon be the subject of a hotly anticipated film starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson. In the meantime, one company has jumped on the bandwagon with a line of lingerie inspired by the book. We feature it past the break, along with other pop culture-inspired intimate apparel that channels your favorite films, authors, and more. … Read More

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Beautiful Library Chairs for Literary Abodes

The Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford, one of the oldest libraries in Europe, is very particular about its chairs. Only three different designs have been offered a place at the Bodleian’s tables: the 1756 Curator’s Chair, Giles Gilbert Scott’s 1936 design, and a new work from designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby. The duo competed for the coveted spot and won with their contemporary design that gives a nod to tradition. Never one to resist an opportunity to fantasize about making our home libraries more beautiful, we searched for innovative, stylish, and cozy library chairs that we’d love to lounge in with a great book. See if you can envision any of these pieces earning a spot in your literary abode. … Read More

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15 Amazing Examples of Invisible Architecture

Architecture the James Turrell way states: “The qualities of the space must be seen, and the architecture of the form must not be dominant.” That’s the approach one firm is taking with the Tower Infinity in South Korea, marketed as the first “invisible skyscraper.” The building will be wrapped in a “reflective skin” that reveals the surrounding environment. This transparency lends a beautiful and often fragile quality to buildings, but it can also be a poignant statement about man’s intrusion upon the environment. Here are 15 examples of invisible buildings we… Read More

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Seamless Photos Uniting Aerial Landscapes with Fashion

Fashion brands like Marios have explored the fusion of landscape photography and design, but UK-based artist Joseph Ford, who we learned about on Colossal, takes the concept to the next level. A frequent traveler, Ford created a photo series for Paris streetwear mag WAD and German style supplement Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin that seamlessly unites his own gorgeous aerial photos with close-up shots of clothing. It’s hard to believe that these organic forms could so beautifully match something manufactured, but the textures, colors, and patterns are a surprising fit. See plaids, zippers, and knitwear transformed into sandy hills, roadways, and colorful housing developments in our gallery. … Read More

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‘Never Built Los Angeles': Fascinating Renderings of the City as It Never Was

The drafts, plans, 3D model renderings, and other early phases of the architectural design process can sometimes be more interesting than the projects themselves. Unencumbered by the prosaic realities of budgets, bureaucratic red tape, and limitations in engineering, ideas that have never entered development reflect a more ambitious and imaginative side to the practical discipline of architecture. Los Angeles in particular has proven itself to be a Mecca for a comparatively far-out brand of design. … Read More

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12 Books That Indulge the Senses

Rebecca Steinitz’s beautiful essay about the smell of books, published in The Millions this week, inspired us to seek out books that indulge all five senses. We’re always on the lookout for unusual designs that boldly go where no book has gone before. Luckily, there are people like us out there who want a truly tactile experience with their books — reads you can taste, smell, and more. Here are 12 book designs that cater to the senses. … Read More

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Maj Isabelle Olsson, Lead Industrial Designer of Google Glass, on Wearable Technology

“Perfection is attained not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away,” wrote Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. At last weekend’s annual Dwell on Design in Los Angeles, lead industrial designer of Google Glass Maj Isabelle Olsson referred to the above quotation from the author who wrote The Little Prince to explain her inspiration behind the “look” of Google Glass. Appropriately, the title of her talk was “Google Glass: Less Is More.” … Read More

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