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1. Beautifying Neglected Basketball Courts With Project Backboard Founded in 2014 by Daniel Peterson, Project Backboard refurbishes neglected basketball courts by commissioning artists to make them works of art. Initially in Memphis, the project...
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Universe: Exploring the Astronomical World
From ancient cave paintings to engravings from the 1600s, and modern-day animations to NASA photos, "Universe: Exploring the Astronomical World" is an investigation of space. With over 300 images, this hardcover spans all kinds of mediums and mindsets...
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Fabulously French Cooking
Paris-based trained chef Cathleen Clarity fell in love with French food and cooking with the seasons after moving there, and now has released a cookbook with photographer Kathrin Koschitzki. With 12 menu suggestions and 70 dishes, "Fabulously French...
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1. Places to Have a Timeout From Helsinki Design Week Helsinki Design Week is on now, and Dezeen asked local interior designer Joanna Laajisto for her list of favorite spots when a little time out from the event is necessary. Laajisto's picks...
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Epilogue Bookends
In many ways a metaphorical prologue and epilogue, these bookends by award-winning architect and designer Page Goolrick are actually fashioned to resemble hardcover books themselves. There's something quite orderly and refined to bookends shaped like...
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Be Great, Be Grateful: A Gratitude Journal for Positive Living
Design experts and CH favorites, PATTERNITY (aka Anna Murray and Grace Winteringham) have a new journal coming out and it's part of their mission toward cultivating gratitude and—in turn—wellness. The book "Be Great, Be Grateful: A Gratitude Journal...
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Cocktail Chameleon
There is no reason to grow tired of the same old classic cocktails. As entertaining expert Mark Addison makes clear, by commanding the original recipe one can easily spin out a tasty variation at home. Addison provides 144 different recipes in total...
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Interview: Photographer Gregory Kramer
by Anne Kristoff Born in a tiny town in rural Michigan, director and photographer Gregory Kramer moved to New York City in 1992 and fell in love with drag queens and kings. Over the past few years, he knew he wanted to work on a new project...
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1. AuthaGraph World Map Corrects Perceptions No map is perfect but those behind AuthaGraph have offered an alternative that addresses size perception. By laying the spherical world out on 96 triangles, which are then transferred to a triangular...
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Interview: Shantrelle P Lewis on "Dandy Lion: The Black Dandy and Street Style"
Defying stereotypes about masculinity while embracing rebellion and individuality, the black dandy embodies much more than a well-tailored suit. Curator, researcher and author Shantrelle P Lewis' gorgeous book "Dandy Lion: The Black Dandy and Street...
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"I Fought the Law" Photo Book
Part trivia, part photo book, Olivia Locher's new "I Fought the Law: Photographs by Olivia Locher of the Strangest Laws from Each of the 50 States" is both pretty and witty. Explore the weird and wild laws (some of which still stand) from all over...
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Eclipse Essentials
Eclipses aren't really uncommon, but this year on 21 August, the United States will have a special view. For the first time since 1918, a total eclipse will cross from the East to the West Coast. That said, not everywhere will have the perfect view...
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Things Are What You Make of Them
From CH favorite Adam J Kurtz comes another book of positive vibes: "Things Are What You Make of Them: Life Advice for Creatives." Entirely handwritten on perforated tear-and-share pages, the book is full of advice, inspiration and empathy for creatives...
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It's Great to Create
NYC-based artist Jon Burgerman has just released a fun and inspiring activity book called "It's Great to Create: 101 Fun Creative Exercises for Everyone." Perfect for anybody who wants to unleash their artistic side, but isn't sure where to start...
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Gaza Girls: Growing Up in the Gaza Strip
For five years, photojournalist Monique Jaques repeatedly traveled to the Gaza Strip and captured compelling, personal images of those living there. It all began in 2004 when the American, who's based in Istanbul, documented an eight-day war between...
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Meet Me in the Bathroom
Lizzy Goodman's "Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City 2001-2011" ($15) is the incredible story of NYC's explosive music scene in the early 2000s—in which bands like The Strokes, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, LCD Soundsystem and...
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Summer Camping Essentials
It's not summer until you've made an escape to the great outdoors—and maybe cooked a S'more on an open fire. As we quickly approach August, those in the Northern Hemisphere are taking time out in the wilderness; floating in rivers, hiking, and swimming...
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Queen of Bebop: The Musical Lives of Sarah Vaughan
Written by Elaine M Hayes, "Queen of Bebop: The Musical Lives of Sarah Vaughan" explores the jazz musician and human/women's rights activist's incredible—yet often looked over—existence and legacy. From her early life in Jersey, to the ways in which...
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Grafted: Plants by Kohei Oda, Pots by Adam Silverman
With 160 pages of photography by Shuji Yoshida and Joshua White, "Grafted" was printed in an edition of 1250 copies. The book is the upshot of two exhibitions by LA-based ceramicist Adam Silverman and award-winning Japanese plant sculptor Kohei Oda...
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1. An Elevator That Goes Every Which Way ThyssenKrupp's Multi won't be your average elevator beholden to a life of ups and downs. To debut soon in a Berlin residential tower, the Multi forgoes cables for strong magnetic levitation (the same technology...
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The Thing Quarterly's "ONE LAST THING"
As the saying goes, "all good things must come to an end," and such is the case with 10-year-old conceptual publication The Thing Quarterly, whose final issue is available for pre-order now. The last issue is (aptly) a pair of bookends designed by...
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