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Unbeige 2014-12-19 09:37:27
“In the early 1970s the most cited writer in Artforum was the French phenomenologist Maurice Merleau-Ponty. So I sought out Merleau-Ponty’s books published by Northwestern University Press. After some struggle I realized I couldn’t make sense of his ideas. But I came to love his publisher’s distinctive interlocking arrows on the front cover, and the interior layout and typeface. So I …


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Unbeige 2014-12-18 11:22:50
What do you get for the person who has everything (and anyone with the last name “Sedaris”)? A cache of formalin-preserved human brains, of course?or at least exquisite photos of them. Such is the creeptastic achievement of photographer Adam Voorhes and journalist Alex Hannaford‘s Malformed, new from powerHouse Books. The book lingers on the sulci and gyri of human brains assembled …


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Unbeige 2014-12-17 20:51:46
Architects Marcelo Ertorteguy and Sara Valente march to the beat of a different drummer. Their Brooklyn-based firm, Stereotank, specializes in designing and constructing “inhabitable sound instruments and installations” as part of a broader exploration of the relationships between space and sound. This cross-discplinary approach was music to the ears of the judges for the Architectural League of New York’s invited competition …


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Unbeige 2014-12-17 20:51:46
Architects Marcelo Ertorteguy and Sara Valente march to the beat of a different drummer. Their Brooklyn-based firm, Stereotank, specializes in designing and constructing “inhabitable sound instruments and installations” as part of a broader exploration of the relationships between space and sound. This cross-discplinary approach was music to the ears of the judges for the Architectural League of New York’s invited competition …


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Unbeige 2014-12-16 17:30:28
This week, Cynthia Rowley is hiring a graphic deisgner, while the Queens Library needs a digital designer. Solomon Page Group is looking for a director of design and branding, and The New York Post is on the hunt for a Sunday features photo editor. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro. Graphic Designer Cynthia Rowley …


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Unbeige 2014-12-16 04:10:06
“Is there anything more jarring than a red poinsettia bursting forth from a pot wrapped in green foil? Red and green are an objectively gruesome combo. Oh, don?t get all dolly defensive! When was the last time you bought a red-and-green couch or a red-and-green floral pantsuit? Simply because it?s the holidays, we are drowning in shades of rouge and leprechaun. …


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Unbeige 2014-12-15 12:39:06
Designed by BIG with ARUP and 2+1, the Danish Pavilion at Shanghai Expo 2010 featured a pool filled with fresh water from Copenhagen?s harbor. (Photo: Iwan Baan) Bjarke Ingels is becoming quite the Beltway insider. Over the summer, his Copenhagen- and New York-based Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) transformed the atrium of the National Building Museum into a giant (read: BIG), crowd-pleasing plywood …


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Unbeige 2014-12-15 12:39:06
Designed by BIG with ARUP and 2+1, the Danish Pavilion at Shanghai Expo 2010 featured a pool filled with fresh water from Copenhagen?s harbor. (Photo: Iwan Baan) Bjarke Ingels is becoming quite the Beltway insider. Over the summer, his Copenhagen- and New York-based Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) transformed the atrium of the National Building Museum into a giant (read: BIG), crowd-pleasing plywood …


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Unbeige 2014-12-12 12:27:23
An installation view of Maira Kalman Selects at the newly reopened Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and Kalman’s illustration of Andrew Carnegie’s music room. (Photo: Matt Flynn, courtesy Cooper Hewitt) The wait is over: today at the stroke of 11 a.m. the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum reopens its meticulously restored doors to the public, revealing the results of its four-year, $91 …


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Unbeige 2014-12-11 11:02:00
The Triceratops, with its cranial ornamentation and herbivorous habits, has long outshone the other -topses and -sauruses that make up the family commonly known as horned dinosaurs. That’s all set to change with the discovery of the 108-million-year-old skull of an Aquilops. With a freshly coined name that conjures a fossil-heavy water park, this creature was the stocking stuffer of dinosaurs: …


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Unbeige 2014-12-10 12:55:45
What does a self-described “modern monk” like Philippe Starck do when he feels the urge to jettison his headwear?perhaps to work ?naked in the bedroom”?but doesn’t want to clutter up one of his “collection of cabins in the middle nowhere”? The designer simply tosses the hat on a “Chapo,” his latest creation for FLOS. The clever, LED-illuminated table lamp not only …


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Unbeige 2014-12-10 12:48:32
Give ’til it hurts this holiday season, by bestowing the gift of a tattoo session with Amanda Wachob. The Brooklyn-based artist (pictured at left, inflicting ink upon an unsuspecting orange) has partnered with New York’s New Museum to offer a dozen tattoo sessions as part of her “Skin Art” project. For $500 ($400 for museum members), Wachob will tattoo an eight-by-ten-inch …


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Unbeige 2014-12-09 22:25:20
This week, Freebie is hiring a graphic designer, and See’s Candies needs a graphic designer, too. Meanwhile, Interval International is seeking a graphic artist, and Pyramid Consulting Group is on the hunt for a graphic designer. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro. Graphic Designer Freebie (Chicago, IL) Graphic Designer See’s Candies (San Francisco, …


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Unbeige 2014-12-08 11:38:22
Watch out, Madame Tussaud’s: the Smithsonian is stocking up on strikingly lifelike likenesses. President Obama is the subject of the first presidential portraits created from 3D scan data, and the works–including a 3D-printed bust and life mask–are on display through December 31 in the Smithsonian Castle’s Commons gallery. To create the eerily accurate bust, a Smithsonian-led team thoroughly scanned the President …


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Unbeige 2014-12-05 12:09:56
John Pawson designs more than buildings. “We’ve done bridges and boats and books and ballet sets,” notes the simplicity-loving Brit. And that’s just the things that start with “b”! Pawson is down in Miami Beach to fete his clean-lined contribution (read: stunning condos) to the latest EDITION hotel, the Ian Schrager-meets-Marriott venture that timed its opening to coincide with the Art …


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Unbeige 2014-12-04 12:00:55
Think wine, not veal. Redder than russet, browner than carmine, more mischievous than maroon. Today Pantone declares Marsala (18-1438 on your fandeck) the “hearty, yet stylish” Color of the Year. In the wake of picks including Radiant Orchid, Honeysuckle, Turquoise, and Mimosa, it would seem that 21st-century color trends are defined by a box of Crayola “bold colors” markers. “Marsala enriches our …


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Unbeige 2014-12-03 11:08:55
Une euphorie, s’il vous plaît. (Photo: Jessica Helfand) It is a land of fluffy monster meringues and artfully displayed legumes, architectural flourishes and taxidermied rodents. Around each corner are enchanting surnames etched in limestone and splendid emporiums, many of them offering a single object?umbrellas, chains?in seemingly infinite variety. There are doted-on dogs and impressively impractical shoes and enough scuffed doll parts as …


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Unbeige 2014-12-02 17:30:45
This week, Pratt Institute is hiring an associate director of project management, while Fusion needs an art director. Levine/Leavitt is looking for a studio manager, and Columbia College Chicago is on the hunt for a media center technician. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro. Associate Director, Project Management Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, NY) Art Director …


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Unbeige 2014-12-02 12:12:46
Gonzalo Fuenmayor, The Unexpected Guest, 2014 (Photo: Collection of Alan Faena and Ximena Caminos) The Rem Koolhaas/OMA-designed Faena Forum doesn’t open ’til the next edition of Art Basel Miami Beach, but that won’t stop it from being the talk of this go-round. The building-in-progress, slated to be the 50,000-square-foot centerpiece of Alan Faena‘s Miami Beach mixed-use wonderland at 33rd and Collins, is …


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Unbeige 2014-12-02 04:02:39
“Pictograms are the earliest means of communication in all cultures. Simple illustrations slowly developed into pictorial characters and then into scripts as we know them today. I want to keep my visual means as concise as possible so that the content is in the foreground. In traditional Chinese culture, it is considered the highest of art forms to portray profound content …


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