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Maxwell Tielman

Thursday April 24th, 2014

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Before & After: A Studio Apartment Is Brought To Life With Color

Like many things in life, a studio apartment can be both awesome and horrible—it really all depends on your perspective. On one hand, studios are a relatively affordable route that provide numerous design options for the creatively-minded. On the other hand, they can be cramped, ill-equipped and awkward—all things that, at such a confined scale, can become glaringly obvious. There are steps…

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Wednesday April 23rd, 2014

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Design Icon: Sony Walkman

Design: Sony Walkman Date: 1979 Designer: Nobutoshi Kihara (1926-2011) Country of Origin: Japan Background: Although contemporary people might associate Apple’s iPod with the revolution of portable music, one need look over twenty years earlier for its true origins: The Sony Walkman. Portable music had been available for some time prior to the Walkman’s release, but never in such a distilled, easy-to-use, minimally-designed package—something…

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Tuesday April 22nd, 2014

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Nate Berkus Spring 2014

It’s no secret that I’m more than a little bit obsessed with the Nate Berkus line at Target. Ever since discovering his splendiferous wool arrowhead rugs there last year, I’ve been hooked—a fanatical devotee, making a beeline for the NB section every time I step foot in a Target store. It’s not just the accessible prices that…

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Monday April 21st, 2014

Friday April 18th, 2014

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Design Icon: Wonder Bread

Design: Wonder Bread Date: 1921 Country of Origin: United States Manufacturer: Taggart Baking Company Background: You know the phrase “the best thing since sliced bread?” Well, as it so happens, the exact date of this world-changing invention is in relatively recent history. Introduced by Wonder Bread in 1929, the concept of pre-sliced bread encapsulated many of the ideals of the time….

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Thursday April 17th, 2014

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Style Icon: Nina Simone

Illustration by Libby VanderPloeg. Known as the “high priestess of soul,” Nina Simone is an artist who is often copied but absolutely impossible to duplicate. The daughter of a minister and a handyman, Simone (née Eunice Wayman) was raised in the small Southern town of Tryon, North Carolina. Despite her modest upbringing, Simone nurtured an interest…

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Tuesday April 15th, 2014

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Learning to Unplug: Confessions of a Tech Junkie

Alright, you guys. Confession time. I’m a technology addict. Like so many of my twenty-first century peers, my life has become hopelessly, utterly consumed by devices and their requisite apps and programs. On one hand, I love my technology. Like, really, really love it. My smartphone, my tablet, my computer—all of these things have helped…

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Friday April 11th, 2014

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Night Sky Handbook: Aquarius

One of the earliest known constellations of the Zodiac, Aquarius has been recognized by numerous ancient cultures, from the Babylonians to Ancient Egypt, all of whom associate the sign with water. In Babylon, the constellation signified the god Ea, commonly depicted holding a vase. In the Ancient Greek tradition, Aquarius is depicted as a lone…

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Thursday April 10th, 2014

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Arrangement of The Month: Spring Wreath

Although the so-called “first day of spring” was a few weeks ago, it only just started to feel like spring around these parts this week—and I can not even begin to describe how happy this makes me! After a winter that—even by historical standards—was unbearably oppressive, the onset of warmer weather has left all of us…

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Design Icon: Panton’s Visiona Phantasy Landscape

Design: Phantasy Landscape (part of the larger experimental Visiona 2 interior) Designer: Vener Panton (Danish, 1926-1998) Date: 1970 Country of Origin: Denmark Materials & Construction: Wooden frame, foam padding, cloth covering. Background: The vast social change, sexual liberation and narcotic experimentation of the late 1960s gave way to a wave of boundary-pushing psychedelic designs that sought to challenge the ways humans…

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Wednesday April 9th, 2014

Tuesday April 8th, 2014

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Living In: Flashdance

Some of the best things, in my opinion, are underrated. Case in point: the epic, jaw-droppingly over-the-top camp classic Flashdance. When this precursor to all the dance movies of recent years hit the big screen in 1983, it was almost universally panned by critics, written off as brainless, overly-glitzy Hollywood dreck. The film, set in a…

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Monday April 7th, 2014

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Design Icon: Marianne Brandt Teapot

Design: Teapot Designer: Marianne Brandt (German, 1883-1983) Date: 1924 Country of Origin: Germany Materials: Silver body, ebony handle Background: This teapot is the work of Marianne Brandt, a student of the famed and incalculably influential Bauhaus school in Germany. Under the tutelage of founder Walter Gropius, students of the Bauhaus were directed to design according to the tenets of industrial…

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Thursday April 3rd, 2014

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An outdated kitchen gets a head-to-toe makeover

Photography by Anna M. Campbell When architect Michael Howells was commissioned to redesign the kitchen in Magda Gianola and Holly Hinson’s Portland home, he faced something of a conundrum. The house, on one hand, was a stately 1908 Victorian. The couple’s furniture was mid-century Modern. The kitchen, unfortunately, was neither. Previously renovated during that sad,…

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Pastel Power!

When one thinks of the word “pastels,” the phrases “stylish,” “cutting edge,” and “trendy” rarely come to mind. Yet, despite their previous lackluster associations, pastels have become the shade to watch this year, popping up everywhere from haute couture to home decor. No longer relegated to baby doll dresses, candy aisles, and hospital waiting rooms, this year’s…

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