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Japanese Art and Design
Japan’s illustrious history of design permeates nearly every aspect of its modern culture. Centuries of painstaking craftsmanship—combined with an unparalleled attention to detail and ancient traditions steeped in ritual and honor—have given way to...
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City Guide Spotlight: Miami
If their vibrant, ever-growing hotel scene is any indicator, Miami continues to boom as a destination that's more than sunshine-soaked. The beaches are fun, but the restaurants and bars are also world-class—a product of vast cultural fusion. As...
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Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age
It’s been nearly 60 years since Laika the dog became the first living creature to orbit the Earth, and 54 years since Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space. Both those milestones were Soviet ones—a result of Russia’s fascination with space...
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The Broad Museum, LA
Situated directly across from Frank Gehry’s masterful Walt Disney Concert Hall lies the latest addition to LA's line-up of art institutions, The Broad (pronounced as "brode"). The 120,000-square-foot space was built from a $140 million gift by Eli...
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The Inaugural CH25 Draws to a Close
Back in May this year, we joined forces with Cadillac and embarked on a search for emerging talent—individuals who are shaping and informing the future. From designers of super-smart wearable tech to founders whose businesses empower people in developing...
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CH25: Alex Kalman
On the surface, Alex Kalman might seem like an unlikely candidate for the CH25 list of those designing the future. Mmuseumm, the Lilliputian “modern natural history museum” that he co-founded in 2012—with exhibits like potato-chip bags from around...
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Alex Kalman
On the surface, Alex Kalman seems an unlikely candidate for the CH25 list of those designing the future. Mmuseumm, the Lilliputian “modern natural history museum” that he cofounded in 2012—with exhibits like potato-chip bags from around the world and...
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Microcars at the Jesada Technik Museum
While traveling through Thailand, we discovered the Jesada Technik Museum in a small town outside of Bangkok. Home to over 500 vehicles including double-decker buses, airplanes, helicopters and scooters, the museum's most unique attraction is the...
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The New Whitney Museum's "America is Hard to See"
Two years ago, we ventured over to 99 Gansevoort Street in NYC to tour the construction site of famed architect Renzo Piano's new Whitney Museum of American Art building. Today, the 28,000 ton concrete, glass and steel building stands complete—and...
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HangarBicocca
HangarBicocca is one of the most interesting contemporary art spaces in Milan. Pirelli is the sponsor of all the exhibits and guarantees free access to the venue, thanks to a dedicated foundation. Many of the installations in this huge post-industrial...
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Link About It: This Week's Picks
1. Vale Designer Kenji Ekuan Kenji Ekuan, the award-winning designer behind Japan’s bullet train and the ubiquitous Kikkoman soy sauce bottle has died at the age of 85. According to the New York Times, his iconic bottle design has been used by Kikkoman...
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Lyon's New Musée Des Confluences
Where the Rhône and Saône rivers meet in Lyon is the location of the historic French city's urban development project, which has been transforming the former industrial wasteland into spaces for residences, offices, shopping and leisure since the...
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Sandwichbikes + Van Gogh Museum
Though it was first conceived as a curious concept by Dutch design agency Bleijh nearly a decade ago, our initial introduction to the Sandwichbike came in 2013 during Milan Design Week. Shipped flat-packed, the predominately wood frame design is...
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Cool Hunting Video: Neon Museum
There are few distractions in Las Vegas outside the glaring light of the gambling halls, but one of the best also preserves the city's light-filled legacy: the Neon Museum. This eclectic "neon boneyard" celebrates artifacts of Las Vegas' native...
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Maira Kalman Selects at the Cooper Hewitt
After a $91 million, three-year renovation, the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is finally reopening its doors to the public today, 12 December 2014. Inside the former Fifth Avenue mansion of Andrew Carnegie, where the museum is housed...
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MoMA Design Competition Floor Lamp
Anyone can jump on the Mid-Century bandwagon and put a credenza in the sitting room, but true connoisseurs have a sharper eye. A prime piece for the latter is Gilbert Watrous' MoMA Design Competition Heifetz Floor Lamp. The enduringly stylish, sleek...
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Le Comptoir General, Paris
by Meghan Sebold For any travel enthusiast, the best venue to visit is often one that requires processing time to absorb the scene—a place that makes you wonder, "What on earth is going on here?" Le Comptoir General (LCG) in Paris’s 10th arrondissement...
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Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty
As part of Hello Kitty’s 40th Anniversary celebration, the adorably cute character will be celebrated in numerous ways, including a birthday party, Hello Kitty Con and her first-ever museum retrospective at the Japanese American National Museum...
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Cool Hunting Video: Dabl's Bead Museum
There's no short supply of eclectic public art in Detroit, MI, but none quite match the magnitude and message of MBAD's African Bead Museum, more commonly known as Dabl's Bead Museum—named for visionary founder and artist Olayami Dabls. Large-scale...
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Word of Mouth: St. Pauli, Hamburg
With Berlin as an alluring, ever-active capital city, other destinations in Germany are often an after-thought. But that shouldn't be the case, as each region offers different insight, different experiences and an opportunity to further explore the...
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