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Alex

Fantastic in Plastic

In the age of the green revolution, it’s quite mesmerizing how designers go to extremely creative lengths to craft ‘eco-savvy’ attire. The entire green movement is inspiring a new realm of recycled and environmentally friendly styles, which are taking fashion to a whole new level. In the midst of a random internet search, I encountered radiant eco-friendly fashion ensembles crafted out of recycled plastic. Check it out! DIY recycled, plastic bottle vest…

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6 years ago
sunshineandstarlight

Window Shopping, Irish Style

I guess you could say that I ‘stacked’ our trip with people who were awesome as well as super helpful. We had myself, Jamie – my best friend for the past 10 years and the coolest girl ever, Tyler – experienced traveler and gifted photographer and Jen – experienced traveler, wonderful photographer and super planner…

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6 years ago
Eric Spiegel

A Tale of Two Subways

Looking through my archived photos, I came across two similar shots that I’ve taken in the past year of two different subway stations. The first is the Peachtree Center MARTA Station in Atlanta, GA. The second is the Capitol South Metro Station in Washington, DC. The Peachtree Center MARTA Station was opened in 1982 and was designed by Architect Joseph Amisano. It was tunneled out of solid gneiss rock, of which you can see along the walls. I made use of this subway station when I was in Atlanta back in…

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6 years ago
averageinsuburbia

The Elusive Perfect White T

My older sister, the one I will henceforth call Big Sister even though she’s 3 inches shorter than me and only weighs 2.6 pounds, has been on the search for the perfect white T-Shirt. If I had a nickel for every time she has related to me the story of the perfect T-Shirt, a Rebecca Beeson, purchased years ago at Century 21 in New York City and now impossible to be replaced, I’d have enough change to buy one of those little bottles of vodka they sell at the Package Store. I’d save it for the next time…

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6 years ago
anewsole

Steven McQueen 2.0

Let’s get one exceedingly obvious thing out of the way: Steve McQueen has got it licked. He’s one of the few men that no one can argue (at least not without risking a verbal beatdown by any man within earshot) has got it together. He’s good looking, stylish in the most timeless way, and can do just about anything at any time, anywhere. He’s a man that all men should want to be like. Maybe not his addiction to T.V. and romance novels, but otherwise, he’s a model man. I once read somewhere that if you are a…

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6 years ago
Rai the sparkly peanut

Socializing in Shoreditch

Bringing together wit, wisdom and enough food and drink to see you through from early breakfast to a nightcap at last orders at the bar, The Book Club offers a cultural revolution to the East end’s social scene. The Book Club fuses lively, creative events and late night drinking seven days a week with an alternative menu of brain-teasing and mind-expanding thought for food in the form of workshops, talks, cultural showcases, parties, ping pong, pool and the best in new music. The Book…

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6 years ago
Jeff

MegaPhone by En&is

Wonder what it was like to play amplified music before Thomas Edison roamed the earth? En&is has the answer. This ceramic passive amplifier for the iPhone’s design optimizes the best sound output. The conch-like amp has a thin wooden base that allows the object to float off the table to increase the vibration and emission of sound. The MegaPhone is perfect for listening to music without headphones and for business people who like to stand out at their offices during conference calls. Check for more views…

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6 years ago
seandodson

Considering the UK’s FutureEverything

I’m looking forward to FutureEverything, Manchester’s annual foray into everything digital. It kicks of a week on Saturday (May 14) at the Victoria Baths (where I once went to an infamous acid house party) which examines the intersection between contemporary craft and digital hacking. The events last for three days, exploring the overlap between art, digital and music. Steve Reich, Rob Da Bank and Beach House feature on the programme. There’s a full talkothon to go with it. Thursday’s my choice. Paul…

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6 years ago
claybismarc

The World’s Largest Wooden Structure

How about some world records and redevelopment all at the same time!  This giant timber parasol above the Plaza de la Encarnac­on in Seville is taking the cake for largest wooden structure in the WORLD! The crazy timber-construction provides an archaeological museum, a farmers market, an elevated plaza, multiple bars and restaurants underneath and inside the parasols, as well as a panorama terrace on the very top of the parasols. Basically a whole city under wood – it’s like a huge tree house city…

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6 years ago
chadmarchese

Intuitive Wayfinding in India

Internationally, the most successful wayfinding signage and environmental graphics are those that bridge the language barrier. Recently, in the airport in New Delhi, India I came across this example of restroom signage that clearly communicated the decision I had to make while being culturally relevant and without any literal verbiage. The use of large format graphics fulfilled the design ethos “go big or go home” and the use of bold color is almost always a positive thing in the sometimes sterile…

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6 years ago