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The Most Imaginative Design of 2012

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With the New Year almost upon us, we thought we’d take the time to fit in one last curated look in the rear view mirror. As legendary renaissance man and International Best Dressed Hall of Famer Cecil Beaton once said, “be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.” We’ve taken a look at some of the best designs from the past year that do anything but play it safe. From clothing to dress up outdated chairs, a couch you can draw on to a wearable pillow that lets you nap anywhere, including imaginative architecture and fashion, click through to check out our favorite inspiring, avant-garde design from 2012.
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Possibly-Better-Off Missed Connections [Reader Services]

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With Valentine’s Day a month away, there’s never been a better time to enjoy our favorite guilty pleasure since Gossip GirlCultural Missed Connections. Have no one to cuddle with? According to this week’s findings, your true love may be found at a Golden Globe-nominated film screening or…at a Golden Globe-nominated film screening. Because who doesn’t feel all warm inside after staring at Mickey Rourke in wrestling tights? There was also this strange shout out to Super Size Me filmmaker Morgan Spurlock. But we digress…

After the jump, the Cultural Missed Connections that warmed our bitter hearts the most.
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