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Paloma Elsesser

Paloma Elsesser

When authenticity is trendy‚ it becomes doubly elusive: to generate it self-consciously is impossible and to seek it out for your Instagram feed destroys it. Indeed‚ it has become the most meta of Catch-22s. Amidst the legions of poseurs‚ however‚ Paloma is resoundingly the real deal. She is an unlikely fashion icon for a totally […]

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Herb Lubalin

Herb Lubalin

For all the rhetoric in design about using type expressively and emotively‚ deliberate attempts to inject typographic work with sentimentality almost always come across as cheesy or contrived in practice. Herb Lubalin’s work‚ on the other hand‚ punches straight at the gut. Using only letterforms‚ this mark perfectly personifies a quote from writer Caskie Stinnett: […]

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Martiniano

Martiniano

The young brand is Argentinian‚ and was founded in Buenos Aires by Martiniano Lopez Crozet. Martiniano was born in Bahía Blanca and studied art in California before inadvertently setting off on a two-decade pop career as half of the musical duo Los Super Elegantes—even if you don’t live in a Spanish-speaking country‚ you’ve surely heard […]

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Flavin Judd

Flavin Judd

His namesake bears no introduction: it is the synthesis of two of the most original artists of the 21st century‚ his father‚ Donald‚ and Don’s good pal‚ Dan Flavin. Together with his sister Rainer‚ Flavin runs the Judd Foundation‚ which perhaps most famously acts as a steward for Don’s legacy in Marfa alongside the Chinati […]

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Monte Carlo

Monte Carlo

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Virtual Dimensionality

Virtual Dimensionality

Artist Olivier Demangel has made a bold prediction about virtual reality’s impact upon design in the near future. He envisages that soon every architectural firm will be equipped with a dedicated VR room with motion tracking design tools. And he believes that, within a half-decade, virtual architecture will be of such high quality that it […]

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Oroma Elewa

Oroma Elewa

Oroma is one new wave feminist who wears her politics especially well‚ and we’ve long admired her from afar for her work‚ which includes one-time print mag Pop’Africana and a contemporary take on the classical intellectual salon.

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Graphics Standards Manuals

Graphics Standards Manuals

Jesse Reed and Hamish Smyth are two young designers at Pentagram working in the studio of Michael Bierut. In 2014‚ they launched a Kickstarter campaign to reprint—in the highest quality possible—a rare but pivotal piece of graphic design history‚ the New York City Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual. The original manual was the result of an exhaustive […]

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Heavy

Heavy

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Richard Haines

Richard Haines

It only takes Richard a few flourishes of the brush to lay an image down on a page. Despite its outwardly simple style‚ his work is rigorous and technically sophisticated and has helped make him into one of the best-known illustrators working today.

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Fondue

Fondue

Fondue’s highly communal nature made it the swingingest of foods around. With its warm, welcoming caquelon to be gathered ‘round like a campfire, and the bourguignonne’s long cook times, fondue made space for getting better acquainted.

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My Mother is a Contemporary Artist

My Mother is a Contemporary Artist

Any major art institution on the planet would be foolish to think that the essential nature of love between a mother and her child had ever been articulated so fully, so bizarrely, and so completely in a work of art.

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Restless Hours

Restless Hours

While in his late teens‚ Lasse Dearman was living in the west of Denmark‚ skateboarding with friends and shooting pictures of their tricks. He’s honed his skills over the years and now shoots album artwork and fashion‚ but always goes back to the energy‚ in-between places and sleepless nights of those early years. Restless Hours is Lasse’s […]

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Zio Baritaux

Zio Baritaux

Plants are vital and omnipresent‚ but until Zio Baritaux’s Strange Plants was published last year‚ it felt like the last time they had been written about imaginatively was in the Victorian era. The tactile‚ beautifully-designed book was an immediate smash hit and has already spawned a followup‚ Strange Plants II. In addition to her plant […]

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Elmgreen and Dragset

Elmgreen and Dragset

On a February day in 2012‚ on the so-called fourth plinth in London’s Trafalgar Square‚ the artist duo Elmgreen and Dragset revealed a statue of a delicate-looking little boy atop a rocking horse. The empty plinth was originally intended to host a sculpture of King William IV‚ but for various reasons the statue never materialized. The […]

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PK2015

PK2015

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Mike Skinner

Mike Skinner

Many would call him one of the most important voices in British music this century. After releasing his debut effort‚ Original Pirate Material as ​​The Streets in 2002‚ Mike Skinner dominated the charts with four more albums‚ until putting that moniker in the grave for good in 2011. That didn’t mean the end for Skinner […]

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Prison Food

Prison Food

I’m a KOMBO is devoted to the research of forms and imaginative expression as means to explore the act of dining. Founded by decorated chefs Bo Lindegaard and Lasse Askov‚ Copenhagen-based I’m a KOMBO fuses skill and imagination to create a new gastronomic universe.

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Building Block

Building Block

The first collection Jil Sander showed in Paris in the mid-1970s was a total critical miss. Deliberate minimalism in that frilly‚ chrome and earth tone decade was anathema—incomprehensible in the midst of oil crises and Vietnam. Over the intervening decades though‚ the object lessons of Dieter Rams‚ John Pawson‚ Tadao Ando and others have filtered down […]

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Yvette van Boven

Yvette van Boven

She is an Irish-born enigma with more titles than almost anyone‚ all with just one common denominator: food. Yvette cooks‚ writes‚ draws food and runs the Amsterdam riverside restaurant‚ Aan De Amstel‚ together with her husband‚ photographer Oof Verschuren.

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