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“Shoe Obsession” at New York’s Museum at FIT

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Once upon a time, the sole mark of a true fashionista depended on which It Bag she (or he) had draping from their shoulder while strutting down the city streets. While the wow-worthy effect of Hermès’ classically chic Birkin or, more recently, Celine’s Phantom (seen on everyone from hipster bloggers to red-carpet celebrities) is still nothing […]

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Alexander Lervik’s Chocolate Lamp

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Now here’s a delicious—and illuminating—idea: Swedish designer Alexander Lervik’s Lumière au Chocolat (Chocolate Lamp), which was conceived to reflect the phases of the sunrise. Exploring the contrast of light versus darkness—inspired by the polar nights of his native country, when a dim glow permeates the sky—Lervik collaborated with LED specialists Saas Instruments to create the edible lamp. When it […]

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Frank Gehry’s Fish Lamps at the Gagosian Gallery

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Internationally celebrated architect Frank Gehry, whose monumental buildings include Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum, the Vitra Design Museum in Germany, and the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, is now going small. A duel exhibit of Gehry’s fish lamps is currently being shown at two of superdealer Larry Gagosian’s galleries, in Beverly Hills and Paris. The architect […]

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Cold Comfort: Sweden’s Icehotel

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Every winter, in the village of Jukkasjärvi in Sweden, artists and designers are selected to design the Icehotel, located 200 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle. First created in 1990, the hostelry, kept at a temperature of 23 degrees Fahrenheit (minus-5 Celsius), operates from December through April, when it begins to melt. Chunks of ice and snow taken […]

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Brazil: Mistral’s Innovative Showcase for Wine and Champagne

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The Brazilian wine and champagne distributor Mistral recently commissioned Studio Arthur Casas to design an innovative store that would change the way their clients approach the world of wine. Featuring a boldly fashioned series of spaces—from the tasting room, interactive gallery and reading room to the cellar, storage and sales—the São Paulo boutique showcases a […]

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Martino Gamper Reimagines Moroso

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  To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Italian furniture giant Moroso, London-based designer Martino Gamper has reinterpreted eight of the company’s pieces in a collection entitled The Metamorfosi. Taking elements from classic pieces and adding his own twist, Gamper was invited to Moroso’s factory in Udine to create his own collage of colors that re-imagine the brand’s kaleidoscope-like […]

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Napoli: “The Most Impressive Underground Railway Station in Europe”

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Catalan architect Óscar Tusquets has transformed the Toledo metro station in Naples, Italy, into an underwater abyss, providing a unique sanctuary for busy travelers.  Honored as “the most impressive underground railway station in Europe” by the London Daily Telegraph, the terminal’s walls have been adorned in various shades of blue Bisazza mosaics. Darker tiles have been […]

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George Nelson Retrospective at the Yale School of Architecture

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An American master who created icons of mid-century design, George Nelson is being celebrated in a comprehensive retrospective currently on view at Yale’s School of Architecture Gallery. Organized by the Vitra Design Museum, the exhibition features more than 120 original pieces—including such memorable creations as the Ball Clock, the Coconut Chair and the Marshmallow Sofa—as […]

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