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A well-designed butchery in Melbourne, Australia


photo © Sharyn Cairns. There was a time when shopping at the local butcher’s shop was a rather coarse and uncivil experience complete with sawdust covered floors, grisly scenes and the stomach-churning aroma of fresh meat.  Whilst the butcher was typically an affable rotund gentleman, it was (and often still is) the premises that were crude and unrefined as the design and physicality of the traditional butcher’s shop was patently overlooked.

Mathieu Cesar Directs ‘Better Love’ Music Video for KCPK


KCPK, ''Better Love'' video screen shot, photo by Mathieu Cesar. KCPK, ''Better Love'' video screen shot, photo by Mathieu Cesar.

Studio Makkink & Bey Convert the 17th century Hôtel Dupanloup Into a University Research Centre


Hôtel Dupanloup, photo Studio Makkink & Bey. Serving as a Bishops’ palace until 1905, the seventeenth-century Hôtel Dupanloup in Orléans (France), has undergone a complete overhaul by Dutch design studio Makkink & Bey.

Shigeru Ban Wraps Up the New Aspen Art Museum


Image Courtesy of the Aspen Art Museum, © Michael Moran/OTTO. Image Courtesy of the Aspen Art Museum, © Michael Moran/OTTO.

Daily Spoon: A One-year Woodcarving Project by Stian Korntved Ruud


photo © Stian Korntved Ruud. Young Norwegian designer Stian Korntved Ruud is an active part of Norway’s thriving design scene.

1950’s Hong Kong Inspires New Photography Series by Fan Ho 何藩


photo © Fan Ho 何藩. With memory and imagination inextricably linked, although the former is more connected to reality than the latter, it is sometimes difficult to tell which parts of a memory are in fact real and which have been made up by our own minds.

A Former Sponge Factory on the Greek Island of Symi is Transformed into LOS bistro


photo © Efi Panagoula/Studio Eight Photos. On the Greek Island of Symi which is part of the Dodecanese island chain, located about 41 kilometres (25 miles) north-northwest of Rhodes, is LOS - Lobster, Oyster, Sushi -, a new bistro bar and art gallery designed by New York based interior designer Yannos Vrousgos and his team at the Input Creative Studio.

The N.B.K. Residence (2) in Beirut, Lebanon by Bernard Khoury/DW5


photo © Bernard Khoury / DW5. photo by Ieva Saudargaitė, © Bernard Khoury / DW5. Sitting right in the middle of the war-swept Mediterranean coast of the Levant, with the scars of conflict and violence still visible in its urban tissue, the city of Beirut, despite all the difficulties it has faced, is now home to a flourishing design and architecture scene.

Photorealistic Portraits of Swimmers by Gustavo Silva Nuñez


photo © Gustavo Silva Nuñez. photo © Gustavo Silva Nuñez. Although photorealistic painting is definitely no recent invention, it has been receiving more and more attention from the art world in recent years.

Monocle’s Handsome Guide to Good Business


The Monocle Guide to Good Business, Book cover, Copyright Gestalten 2014. The Monocle Guide to Good Business is presented as a ''book for would-be business leaders, start-ups and established companies that feel it is time for some new ideas.'' Published by Gestalten, this much anticipated volume follows 2013’s The Monocle Guide to Better Living.

Discover The Less Photographed Side of Santorini


photo © Petros Koublis, Vedema Resort Santorini. It’s not easy to avoid the clichés of extremely touristic places, especially when they are at once both small and instantly recognisable, like the Greek island of Santorini.

The Peculiar Fragmented Portraiture of Michael Mapes


Michael Mapes, Blauw-girl, 2014 28"w x 34h x 3.5d photographs, painted photographs, fabric samples, rope, sand, coffee, tea, tea bags, sugar, driftwood, hair, cast resin, plastic boxes, doll parts, thread, insect pins, gelatin capsules, specimen bags, petri dishes, magnifying boxes Michael Mapes, Blauw-girl, 2014 (detail).

A Contemporary Renovation: The Peggy Guggenheim Café


photo © Hangar Design Group. Artcile by Gerard McGuickin for Yatzer.com Peggy Guggenheim (1898 - 1979) was both a virtuoso art collector and champion for the betterment of 20th century art.

Hotel SP34: A Boutique Hotel in the Latin Quarter of Copenhagen


photo © Brochner hotels / SP34. Having opened last April, Hotel SP34 is the new hotspot for design fiends in the Danish capital Copenhagen – it had us at the lemon yellow neon sign hanging above the doorway.

Thinking Fashion: An Interview with Croatian Fashion Designer Matija Čop


Object 12-1, photo © Matija Čop. Working on the cutting edge of contemporary fashion, not to mention unafraid of dealing with some difficult questions that sit at the very heart of his practice (fashion is, after all not just about the clothes), young fashion designer Matija Čop is definitely going to prove to be a name to remember in the coming years.

Desert Colours Find their Way into Stockholm Interior by Note Design Studio



Photo © NOTE. Photo © NOTE. What’s the connection between the world’s hottest desert and a recently developed new district in the south of Stockholm?

Shustov Brandy Bar by Belenko Design Band in Odessa, Ukraine


photo © Pavel Babienko. This 19th-century cellar in Odessa, Ukraine, has been redesigned as a brandy museum and brandy bar named Shustov by design studio Belenko Design Band.

The Abbaye de Fontevraud Hotel in Anjou, France


photo © Nicolas Matheus. With hotel conversions in historic sites often ending up being rather soulless, the balance struck between modern-day tastes and needs, as well as history, is just right at the Fontevraud Abbey’s new hotel.

The Love that Remains: Brazil through the Eyes of Photographer Olaf Heine


Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, 2013. Photo © Olaf Heine. teNeues publishers have never failed to impress us with their beautiful photography books, and one of their latest titles, dedicated to the host country of this year’s Football World Cup, Brazil, is no exception which features photography by German portrait and fashion photographer Olaf Heine, who is much sought-after by fashion magazines and musicians for his carefully staged and detailed photographs (having collaborated with countless artists, musicians and bands, including Iggy Pop and Sting).

Back to Work: Art Meets Fashion at the ‘Workwear’ Exhibition in Milan


GUDA  KOSTER ''Rosso con pois bianchi 2012'', photo © Triennale di Milano. As the Italian capital of design gears up for the upcoming fashion week events, the Triennale di Milano museum is staging an unusual, altogether different fashion exhibition featuring garments of a different kind than those usually seen on the haute couture runways.


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