Special Friday Delivery: Todd Selby x Svbscription

This morning, we were delighted to receive a beautiful package by the guys at Svbscription, filled with a selection of gorgeous gifts curated by famed interiors photographer Todd Selby. Svbscription is a luxury service geared towards men, which launched in 2012. Every three months, subscribed members receive a curated and limited edition parcel in the post, filled with quality handpicked lifestyle products, ...
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We love… Sentimental Value Exhibition by Emily Spivack

A current exhibition on display in Philadelphia explores the personal stories connected to clothing purchased on eBay. Called Sentimental Value, the exhibition stems from a web-based project of the same name, started by writer Emily Spivack in 2007. Spivack realized that many items advertised on the e-commerce site came with listings comprising stories, confessions and amusing anecdotes, and she thus began ...
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Green Architecture: Living Gardens at Park Royal Hotel in Singapore

Singapore-based architects WOHA have added a touch of nature to the city center by integrating three, living and fully sustainable sky gardens into their design for the PARKROYAL on Pickering Hotel in Singapore. The hotel is heavily contoured in design and draws inspiration from the natural landscape of South East Asia, such as abundant rice fields and mountainous regions. These contours ...
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What’s On London: Night Contact – A New Photography Festival

An exciting, outdoor photography festival will take place over one evening in September this year, in London's Dalston. Called Night Contact, this nighttime event will support and connect innovative photographers who are engaging with sound, film and literature. Dalston Dining by Steve Ryan, Pablo Jargstoft & Charlie Doran Taking over Dalston’s Gillett Square and beyond, large projection screens and six satellite venues ...
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Virtual Living: IKEA’s New Augmented Reality Catalog App

A new app by Swedish furniture retailer IKEA uses augmented reality to help users better-visualize products in their own homes. The digital app coincides with the release of IKEA's 2014 Catalog. Users simply place a physical copy of the IKEA catalog in an area of the room where they are considering a new furniture piece. By hovering a smartphone or tablet ...
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Connected Earth: Iceland’s ION Hotel

We are completely enamored with Iceland’s newest luxury hotel, which enables guests to fully immerse themselves in the country’s otherworldly landscape. The ION Hotel has been designed by Santa Monica-based practice Minarc, and is located in Thingvellir National Park - a volcanic region of Southern Iceland. Energy-efficient in its design, the hotel takes inspiration from the dramatic and mountainous surroundings, such as ...
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Art Everywhere: Britain’s Largest Art Show

For the next two weeks, a brilliant new initiative will see artworks displayed on thousands of billboards across the UK, turning the country into a large-scale, outdoor public art exhibition. Art Everywhere is the collaborative effort of Richard Reed, co-founder of drinks brand Innocent, Art Fund and Tate. Artworks (spanning 15th century masterpieces through to modern day contemporary works) have been voted ...
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Quietude: Cloudscapes in Tokyo

Japanese practice, Tetsuo Kondo Architects recently created an indoor cloud at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo. Housed inside a transparent cube structure, visitors were invited to enter through a small door and climb up into the cloud via a central staircase. The cloud effect was created when controlled amounts of hot and cold air were pumped into the cube, ...
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Edinburgh Fringe: The Hunt & Darton Cafe is Back

Visual artists Jenny Hunt and Holly Darton have returned to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for a second year with their award-winning pop-up performance café. Opened today, the duo has turned a “fully functioning” cafeteria into a socially interactive performance space, which invite customers to dine on food and drink while they become part of a live performance piece. Everything is presented ...
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Museums Without Walls: Amazon Art Launches Today

Online retail giant Amazon is making its foray into the world of art commerce, launching a new service that enables users to browse and purchase works from over 4,500 high-profile and lesser-known artists. The venture sees Amazon partnering with over 150 galleries and dealers based in the US (including online art community Paddle 8) to provide a range of artworks in ...
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We love… Cardboard Cathedral by Shigeru Ban

Today marks the opening of Japanese architect, Shigeru Ban's poignant Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand. The structure replaces a former cathedral in the city, which was damaged during an earthquake in 2011. Constructed from cardboard tubes (laminated to protect them from rainwater) and timber, the triangular-shaped structure will last approximately 50 years before it is replaced by a permanent building. ...
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New Stores: FOS x Celine in London this Autumn

French luxury house, Céline is commissioning a series of practical furniture pieces by Danish artist FOS for the brand’s new flagship store in London this September. According to online sources, pieces from the collection will include earthenware tables and concrete and metal lamp stands, which will unite Céline designer, Phoebe Philo’s minimalist aesthetic with the Danish artist’s quirky and fantastical vision. “Design ...
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Textile Futures: New Design Frontiers

Currently on at the Espace Foundation EDF in Paris, a group of future-focused designer and thinkers are exploring the ways synthetic biology could define future material manufacture. Entitled Alive: New Design Frontiers, the show comprises the work of designers, architects working at the intersection of art, science and engineering and nature. The exhibition has been split into five themes; The Plagiarists are ...
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We love… Matali Crasset’s Bibliothèque de Plage

Forgotten to pack your summer read for your holiday? Not a problem if you’re in the South of France this summer.  Designer Matali Crasset has installed a mobile library on the beach of La Romaniquette in d'Istres, France. Called the Bibliothèque de Plage, the simple yet colorful structure is made from steel, wood and tarpaulin, and features large alcoves to shade ...
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Crowd Power: Marina Abramović Institute

Serbia-born performance artist, Marina Abramović has recently turned to crowd-funding platform Kickstarter, to help her build an institute for creative performance and education in New York City. The venture invites architects Rem Koolhaas and Shohei Shigematsu of practice OMA to design the space, which will re-imagine a formerly abandoned theater in the city. Hosting performances, lectures, workshops and festivals, the institute ...
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