Design

Stunning Posters Created by Pioneering Designers

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Herbert Matter was a master of photomontage. Philippe Apeloig was inspired by the performing arts and treated “the letter as a choreographed body.” M/M Paris (Mathias Augustyniak and Michael Amzalag) has collaborated with musicians like Björk and fashion designers such as Jil Sander. These designers are considered pioneers in their fields and are being featured in a new exhibition from Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, called How Posters Work. From May 8 to November 15, 125 works from the institution’s permanent collection will “[reveal] the design techniques behind some of the most iconic and beloved posters in the museum’s collection, from the hard-edged designs of Ladislav Sutnar to the ever popular psychedelic posters of the 1960s, which epitomize sensory overload,” according to a museum press release. “The exhibition demonstrates how some of the world’s most creative designers have employed design principles to produce powerful acts of visual communication.” From film posters to typewriter company ad campaigns, preview the striking designs featured in How Posters Work in our gallery.
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Intimate Photos Capturing Three Weeks in the Life of Legendary Designer Coco Chanel

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French designer Coco Chanel created a contemporary silhouette for the modern woman with the creation of famed fashion house, Chanel. Photographer Douglas Kirkland, who shot behind-the-scenes photos for films like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Sound of Music, captured the fashion icon for 21 days in 1962. Coco Chanel: Three Weeks/1962 from Glitterati Incorporated is Kirkland’s chronicle of his Paris assignment for Look Magazine, during which he wound up living with Chanel for three weeks. The photos reveal an intimate side to the designer’s very public life. The book is available on April 13, including a French edition and limited editions of 100. Preview Coco Chanel: Three Weeks/1962 in our gallery.
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The Best Eye-Popping Office Designs of the 1970s

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The 1970s are often remembered for a garish palette, but it was a decade of great change — especially in terms of design. With the last season of Mad Men premiering tomorrow, set during the start of the 1970s, we have office design on the brain. “Office design in the 1960s and 1970s actually became more humanistic, with greater concern for the ability of the individual worker to have some freedom in the design and specification of his or her work area,” state the authors of Designing Commercial Interiors. Ergonomic designs were an essential part of the ’70s office environment. Many companies started recycling efforts and championed sustainable building design as a response to the ongoing energy crises. Experimental furniture, high-tech materials, and eye-popping colors were all the rage. We’ve highlighted some of the finest office designs from the ‘70s, which tease a look at Mad Men’s updated digs, below.
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13 Absurd and Design-Savvy Vintage Employee Handbooks

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Today’s employee manuals just can’t compare to the handbooks of yesterday, with their quaint rules and vintage designs. Corporate rulemakers like Disney and Playboy asked a lot of their employees in order to maintain a strict order and image-focused facade that launched each organization to the top of the pop culture charts. See what the manuals for stewardess, amusement park attendant, and Playboy bunny required in this collection of vintage employee handbooks.
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10 Works of Architecture for People Who Prefer to Live Alone

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Living alone doesn’t have to feel lonely — especially when you call a skillfully designed, intimate abode home. For the single-occupancy crowd, these houses and apartments have been customized to meet the needs of people flying solo. Space, light, and views have been maximized. There are no dingy, shoebox-style holes in the wall here — just gorgeous, tiny homes for the person who enjoys their own space.
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Meet the Makers: A Roundtable Discussion

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The “Maker Movement” is undeniably having a moment. After spending time in the studios of two Renegade pros (Richard Upchurch of Brandnewnoise and Martha Moore Porter of Buried Diamond), we wanted to dive deeper. So we invited some key players to Flavorpill HQ to talk about challenges facing maker communities, advice for designers, knitters, and crafters in the 21st century, and just what life’s like at the intersection of the physical and digital. Check the video below for insights from Krystal Persaud, Design Lead at DIY circuit-makers littleBits; Natalia Krasnodebska, Community Manager at 3-D printing pros Shapeways; John Fiorelli, founder of Cut&Paste; Lindsey Ibarra, Style+Trend watcher at Kollabora; and The Zen of Making‘s own Haley Pierson-Cox.
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Art History Masterpieces Transformed Into Surreal Typefaces

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Typography and art nerds, this one’s for you. Israeli designer Oded Ezer (who we first spotted on Co.Design) enjoys playing with type to create unusual fonts — and he’s designed some humorous typefaces inspired by the annals of art history. Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, Katsushika Hokusai’s The Great Wave off Kanagawa, and Michelangelo’s David are just a few of the famous artworks that Ezer transforms into type-friendly images. Fingers, facial hair, and phalluses are dissected from well-known paintings and sculptures to form letters, using the artwork itself as a backdrop. It’s a bizarre, but fun remix of art’s greatest masterpieces.
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10 Stunning Mountain House Getaways

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Nothing makes us want to cozy up and settle in like a long winter. Facing the cold months ahead, we’re dreaming of a rustic place to call home for the snowy season — somewhere far away, with a fantastic view and nothing but nature. These mountain house getaways offer just that, boasting stunning architecture and interior design. Picture yourself with a warm drink, a good book, and charming company, and browse these fantasy mountain retreats.
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Beautiful Pastry Shops Around the World

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Desserts aren’t just delicious. They’re a sensory experience meant to be savored with every bite. The perfect pâtisserie offers more than just sweets. Bakers and food artisans have known for eons that nothing excites our palettes more than beautiful surroundings filled with delicious treats that tempt our eyes before our tummies. We traveled around the world to bring you some of the most beautiful pastry shops, where delighting in a decadent dessert is an art.
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