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We all have our go to looks for certain moods. The sexy heels when we feel like taking over the world. The comfy lounge wear for relaxing. The suit we pull out for important meetings. Now, thanks to VanDerWaals, you can have one purse that you can match to your mood with a swipe of your finger. That’s right, a purse with an app that allows you to pick what color you’re in the mood for carrying. Right now there are two different designs that both come in two different sizes to choose from. In case that’s not enough for you, this fantastic new handbag can also charge your cell phone. VanDerWaals definitely knows the way to our hearts!

Pre-order your new favorite handbag now.

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It’s no secret, we love art showcased in unusual places. The ability to think outside of the box to create beauty in unexpected places is a true talent. We aren’t the only ones who appreciate this gift. Design Curial recently ranked the “Top 10 Best Designed Benches in the World“, and we have to admit we’re glad we didn’t have the tough job of ranking these benches. There are some incredible designs in the mix.  They are all very different but beautiful in their own way.

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To see the entire list and learn a little about each of the benches go to Design Curial. Do you agree with their choices and rankings?

New Jersey born and current Brooklyn resident KAWS is known world wide and a favorite of celebrities. He’s collaborated with Nike, Vans, Dos Equis, and Hennessy to name a few. In 2013 he redesigned the moon man for the MTV Video Awards. If you want to own one of his pieces be prepared to shell out a minimum of $200,000. However, starting tomorrow through December 6, you can see a few of his pieces for the price of a ticket to the Brooklyn Museum.

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(Photo: Adam Reich, courtesy of the Mary Boone Gallery, New York)

“Along the Way”, KAWS’ 18 foot Mickey Mouse inspired wood sculptures, will be on display in the Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion and Lobby. This gift is in honor of Arnold Lehman, who has served as director of the museum for the past 17 years and is now leaving. Along with the massive statues, two of KAWS’ paintings, “Should I Be Attacking” and “Glass Smile” are on display as well.

Even though his work has been displayed around the world, we’re sure KAWS is very proud to have an exhibition practically his own backyard. His work is definitely worth a trip to the Brooklyn Museum.

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Photo from KAWS’ Instagram

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Photo from KAWS’ Instagram

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Photo from KAWS’ Instagram

To keep up with KAWS and his latest works follow him on Instagram. .

Have you checked us out on Instagram yet? If not you’re missing out on behind the scenes fun, sneak peeks into what we’re working on, and all the cool things we come across. Head on over and follow us so you’ll stay in the loop.

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Memorial Day weekend is upon us.The unofficial beginning of summer, despite when the calendar says it technically begins. Everyone is searching for the nearest body of water to cool off and enjoy a long weekend with friends and family. As much as we love to use a long weekend to get away for a bit, there’s something to be said for making your own backyard a destination in and of itself. No fighting traffic, long lines, or crowds. You could just open your back door to enjoy your own personal paradise. You used the space for entertaining guests or as a quite place to unwind at the end of a long week.

With this in mind we decided to share a few of our favorite backyard entertaining areas. They range from simple to palatial but all offer their own unique charm. Maybe we can find some inspiration to make our own outdoor entertaining areas a reality.

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From the show Indoors Out on the DIY Network Episode: “Elevated Entertainment Room”

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From the show Indoors Out on the the DIY Network Episode: “Open Range Saloon”

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From the show Indoors Out on the DIY Network Episode : “Dockside Lobster Bar”

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From the show Indoors Out on the DIY Network Episode: “Fresh Air Dining Room”

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From the show Yard Crashers on the DIY Network Episode: “Chess Board Patio”

To learn more about the wonderful outdoor entertainment areas here or to see even more spaces check out the DIY Network or Real Simple.

For decades, every spring film makers, directors, producers, actors, actresses, and the press, to name a few, head to the South of France for the Cannes Film Festival. The invitation only event hosted the premieres of such movies as Pulp Fiction, E.T., Up, and Inglorious Bastards. Film makers are well aware the impact Cannes can have for a movie, or even a career, so each year the festival is filled with movies hoping to rise to the level of these great movies that came before.

As much as we look forward to what great movie or movies may come from Cannes, we are even more excited to see the red carpet fashion every year.  This year has not disappointed in dresses to talk about.

Here are a few of our favorites so far from this year’s Cannes Film Festival red carpet.

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Lupita Nyong’o Photo: Getty Images

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Naomi Watts Photo: Getty Images

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Julianne Moore Photo: Getty Images

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Eva Longoria Photo: Getty Images

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These are just a few of the wonderful looks this year. We can’t wait to see what the next week brings movie and style wise.

Check out Style‘s Cannes Film Festival coverage to see even more great looks.

In our line of work we’ve been fortunate to see and develop many grand opening or reopening events. We know how important and difficult it can be to come up with fresh new ideas to make your business’ event stand out. Paris Citadium by Pull and Bear recently pulled this off in a very clever way. They called in four international artists and gave them free reign to decorate vintage VW vans in whatever way they wanted.

 

Michela Picchi, an Italian cross disciplinary artist, who finds inspiration from collage and psychedelia with her own twist of sophistication added in, came up with this colorful design which she says is really her.

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Paris born Shobo Shobo brought his personal universe of half disturbing and half tender figures presented with a touch of pop. He said of the project, “I like improvising with nothing prepared before and I’m also surprised by the result.”cover_2_shoboshobo shoboshobo_1

Martina Paukova added a more vintage twist to her movable masterpiece which was inspired by Palm Springs. Paukova said when she thinks of Palm Springs she thinks of people of leisure, lots of color, and having a good time.cover_3_martinapaukova martinapaukoa_1

Kyle Platts’ work has been featured in Vice and The New York Times. He calls his van “a vehicle version of his sketch book” which he uses to amuse himself. We’re sure he’s work amused many others that saw it as well.

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These are all very unique and eye catching. Pull and Bear did a wonderful job finding artist to help their vision come alive. We hope to see more business owners continue to find new and exciting ways to get us buzzing about their stores.

Go here to learn more about the grand re-opening, the artists, and each of their vans.

There’s a lot of amazing fashion strutting up and down the runway this year, and vogue.com has done a great job of cataloguing it. Check out the full set of top styles at their link here: http://www.vogue.com/2619361/best-spring-2015-trends-fashion-week/

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Chanel – Photo: Yannis Vlamos/Indigitalimages.com

 

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Altuzarra – Photo: Kim Weston Arnold/Indigitalimages.com

 

So often people don’t consider the complexities of something as simple as a typeface. The “Font Men”, Jonathan Hoefler or Tobias Frere-Jones, have made it their life’s work. They work with some of the world’s largest organizations to create typefaces that perfectly express the character and goals of said organization.

As we say many times a day, it’s all about the details. Simple changes in the weights of letters have broad implications, and it takes someone with the appreciation of those details to master a craft perfectly.

Whether its building a retail display or designing a new typeface, it takes passionate people to achieve mastery, and we strive for it every day.

In a design that looks like a collaboration between George Lucas and Dr. Seuss, the new Children’s Library and Cultural Center designed and built by Anagrama truly pushes the boundaries of whimsical and chic design. The combination would normally seem like an oxymoron, but the bold aesthetic and unconventional reading space seems like the kind of place where a kid can really let their imagination soar.

Sometimes by breaking the rules of what a space should be, we are able to allow people to see products in a new way. The Niños Conarte does just that. The design was inspired by the mountainous region where the library is located, Mexico’s third largest city, Monterrey. Not only do the bookshelves house countless volumes, but they also serve as a place for children to read and play.

This kind of alternative thinking is a bold risk for any designer, but we are inspired by the very notion of changing the way people behave in a space, especially one as conventional as a library.

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