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I Love Papercrete

I Love Papercrete | Avant-garde Art & Design | Scoop.it
Papercrete??  What’s that??  That’s the response I always get when I’m describing my favorite building material.  Not surprising since it occupies a ...

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An exploration of classic and avant-garde, manual and digital, crafts, graphics, typography, architecture, interiors, furniture, furnishings, 3D printing, street art and more.
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Vintage Home Decor Marketplace Chairish Collects $4M In Series A Funding | TechCrunch

Vintage Home Decor Marketplace Chairish Collects $4M In Series A Funding | TechCrunch | Avant-garde Art & Design | Scoop.it

"Chairish, the online marketplace that lets people buy and sell used home decor items, has raised $4 million in a new round of funding. The funding, which was announced last week and is led by Azure Capital and O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, is the startup’s Series A round and brings its total investment to more than $7 million."

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I love vintage furnishings so there is nothing like being able to view, buy and sell items online.

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Lula Scrapbook

Lula Scrapbook | Avant-garde Art & Design | Scoop.it

"Perhaps most readily associated with a patently American 1950s nostalgia – recalling varsity football game nights, wholesome cheerleaders, and spiffy sock hops – saddle shoes (or oxfords) were actually first conceived as a men's athletic golfing shoe in the early 1900s. During the 1930's stagflation, saddle shoes swiftly became a unisex sensation when high school girls deemed them ideal for the snazzy new Jitterbug's accompanying acrobatics, sliding, and spinning."

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I have always loved saddle shoes, had them in high school and still have a pair now.

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12 Homes Made From Shipping Containers - Design Milk

12 Homes Made From Shipping Containers - Design Milk | Avant-garde Art & Design | Scoop.it
See how 12 architects used low-cost, environmentally-friendly shipping containers as modern alternatives in home design and architecture.
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What a great example of re-use, homes made out of shipping containers.

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Alison D. Gilbert's curator insight, July 15, 8:56 PM

Alternatives to traditional architecture, shipping container homes are cost-effective, socially conscious and a really cool idea.

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Tweet from @ELLEDecoUK

Tweet from @ELLEDecoUK | Avant-garde Art & Design | Scoop.it
Zaha Hadid’s Heydar Aliyev Centre in Baku, Azerbaijan, wins @DesignMuseum #DesignsoftheYear. What’s your verdict? pic.twitter.com/O5wpVnpJ5M
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This building reminds me of the former TWA Terminal by Eero Saarinen at JFK Int'l Airport in NYC.

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Celebrate 40 Yrs. @ 'Hello Kitty Con' 2014; Yes - It Is Real - Lez Get Real

Celebrate 40 Yrs. @ 'Hello Kitty Con' 2014; Yes - It Is Real - Lez Get Real | Avant-garde Art & Design | Scoop.it

Celebrate 40 Yrs. @ 'Hello Kitty Con2014; Yes - It Is Real

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I remember when Hello Kitty was a young company. They exhibited in the old Coliseum in NYC where the wholesale shows were held before the Javits Center was built. It It is a wholesale, retail and consumer miracle that it has lasted so many decades or that it has had a second coming.

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Los Angeles’ Underground Culture

Los Angeles’ Underground Culture | Avant-garde Art & Design | Scoop.it
Downtown Los Angeles’s historic core is about to get its first major museum, if that’s what you want to call it.
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Only minutes on the freeway from Malibu and Rodeo drive, downtown Historic Los Angeles is a million miles away. Its core is about to get its first museum. Although personally, I think Downtown LA, itself is a museum.

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Ants clutch each other to build an amazing life raft - Futurity

Ants clutch each other to build an amazing life raft - Futurity | Avant-garde Art & Design | Scoop.it
A CT scan machine offers a close look at how fire ants grip each other at a force of 400 times their body weight to build waterproof rafts to stay alive.
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Fire ants are the great engineers of life rafts and bridges according to a study done at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Google Changed Its Logo This Weekend and You Didn't Even Notice

I am not If you were browsing the internet at all this past weekend, there's a good chance you came across Google's ubiquitous logo at some point during your travels. What you didn't notice, however, is the fact that Google adjusted the letters in its logo ever so slightly—and it actually makes a pretty huge difference.

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I am not sure who it  makes a big difference too. I cannot even tell without being shown it.

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Tweet from @instagram

Tweet from @instagram | Avant-garde Art & Design | Scoop.it
#ArtThursday: Saving Taiwan's Rainbow Village http://blog.instagram.com/post/87231930487/rainbow-village-taiwan
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Taiwan's Rainbow Village is so beautiful to look at. The colors are amazing.

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Massimo and Lella Vignelli

Massimo and Lella Vignelli | Avant-garde Art & Design | Scoop.it
Massimo and Lella Vignelli, founders of Vignelli Associates, received the 1982 AIGA Medal for their prodigious and consistently excellent designs, across a wide range of disciplines: industrial and product design, graphic design, book design, magazine and newspaper design, packaging design, interior and exhibit design, and furniture design.
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From Creative Review, "One of the world's great designers, Massimo Vignelli, is very ill and will be spending his last days at home. His son Luca would like all those for whom Vignelli was either an influence or an inspiration to write him a letter."

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17 Posters Based On The Architecture Of 17 Nations

17 Posters Based On The Architecture Of 17 Nations | Avant-garde Art & Design | Scoop.it
Barcelona artist Federico Babina turns a country's most famous buildings into complex contraptions.
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Funky illustration based on famous building.

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Mid-Century Modern Freak | Harry Seidler | Australian Modernism A brief...

Harry Seidler | Australian Modernism
A brief piece on Harry Seidler’s 1950s houses in Wahroonga. Originally aired on ABC TV’s “Collectors” program.
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Although I was not familiar with the architect, Harry Seidler, I was delighted to see familiar furnishings by Eero Saarinen, Charles and Ray Eames, and other mid 1950's gems.

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Codecademy Grows Up With New Pentagram-Designed Brand ID

Codecademy Grows Up With New Pentagram-Designed Brand ID | Avant-garde Art & Design | Scoop.it

"The Internet's premier platform for free education in computer programming had an outdated wordmark. Pentagram's Eddie Opara came to the rescue with a new visual identity."

Alison D. Gilbert's insight:

This is an example of why Pentagram is considered one of the best graphic design companies in the world.

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Alison D. Gilbert's curator insight, April 30, 10:38 AM

A brand needs to look like what a company does, is or represents. It should not be literal. That is for the amateur. But when a company teaches code its brand needs to 'speak' code.

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Everyday Icon #2 The I Love New York logo | Graphic Design | Agenda | Phaidon

Everyday Icon #2 The I Love New York logo | Graphic Design | Agenda | Phaidon | Avant-garde Art & Design | Scoop.it
Another look at the overlooked
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Forever loved by everyone. Milton Glaser's iconic campaign to boost the image of New York which was less than stellar at the time. It worked!

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Elements of Design - Echo+Repeat

Elements of Design - Echo+Repeat | Avant-garde Art & Design | Scoop.it
We've known about Matt's talents for sometime and are really happy to show off this one. A lovely animated short giving context to - Echo+Repeat
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Is design an art or a science? That is the debate today.

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Home sweet home: Vintage treasures

Home sweet home: Vintage treasures | Avant-garde Art & Design | Scoop.it

'Vintage treasures from Casa Dulce Hogar.'

 

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Every once in a while a blog comes along that has such exquisite images that I have to pay homage to the whole thing. Casa Dulce Hogar has such a collection.

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Jessie Hemmons: Street Artist & Yarnbomber

Jessie Hemmons: Street Artist & Yarnbomber | Avant-garde Art & Design | Scoop.it

"Knitting isn’t just about sweaters or mittens these days, and artist Jessie Hemmons knows that first hand. She is a yarnbomber—a guerilla knitting street artist—who uses yarn to create exhibits in public environments, such as a tree, statue, or even a VW bus. Her use of vibrant colors has caught the attention of communities from Philadelphia to Oakland, and even allowed for some extraordinarycommissioned work. See how Jessie uses Pinterest to dream up and lock in her next design target."

Alison D. Gilbert's insight:

Great use of a very common material in a totally uncommon way.

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Give Yourself Flowers and Feel Good

Give Yourself Flowers and Feel Good | Avant-garde Art & Design | Scoop.it
Do you want to feel good? Do you want someone else to feel good? It is well known that flowers have a positive impact on us. Why do we bring flowers to raise someone’s spirits when they are sick or down?
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Flowers are like angels incarnate.

 

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Casa Cuatro by Hernandez Silva Architects | Home Adore

Casa Cuatro by Hernandez Silva Architects | Home Adore | Avant-garde Art & Design | Scoop.it
Modern single family residence designed by Hernandez Silva Architects.
Alison D. Gilbert's insight:

This is my first foray into a publication called 'Home Adore'. How could you not adore it with these magnificent photos. The house isn't bad either.

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Today: Shigeru Ban to Receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize

Today: Shigeru Ban to Receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize | Avant-garde Art & Design | Scoop.it

"Today, architect Shigeru Ban will walk away with $100,000 and a bronze medallion—maybe someone will throw in a bouquet of flowers, just for good measure. He will be honored with the Pritzker Architecture Prize, an award granted annually to a living architect for his or her contributions to society. The choice of Ban, a well-regarded architect at Kyoto University of Art and Design who’s become known for disaster-relief projects, eases at least one of the criticisms the Pritzker jury has received in recent years; that is, the award has become focused on male starchitects, to the detriment of the award’s ambitions to recognize humanitarian architecture practices, especially among women. (It wasn’t until 2004 that the organization granted an award to a woman, with the honor going to Zaha Hadid.)"

Alison D. Gilbert's insight:

Shigeru Ban is a man who is an architect for the people not just part of that elite group of bow tied (males). Architects were considered something for the wealthy only. Ban has been involved in numerous disaster relief projects besides condos and other prestigious work.

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Massimo Vignelli, Visionary Designer Who Untangled the Subway, Dies at 83

Massimo Vignelli, Visionary Designer Who Untangled the Subway, Dies at 83 | Avant-garde Art & Design | Scoop.it
A self-styled “information architect,” Mr. Vignelli gave Modernist shape to book covers, shopping bags, furniture, corporate logos and, famously, a subway map.
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One of the greats of graphic design has left us. I will be remember him for the NYC subway map which I treated like a collectors item when it was published.

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This Amazing High-Rise Apartment Building Looks Like A Giant Tree

This Amazing High-Rise Apartment Building Looks Like A Giant Tree | Avant-garde Art & Design | Scoop.it
With balconies budding like leaves, no one could complain for lack of outdoor space in this building in France.
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Extraordinary high rise building using the inspiration of a tree for its design. This allows for a great deal of outside space for each resident, up to three balconies. The building is located in Montpellier, France.

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Vignelli Associates

Vignelli Associates | Avant-garde Art & Design | Scoop.it
Vignelli Associates is a multi-disciplinary design studio,
specializing in graphic design, interior design, product and furniture design. Graphics projects range from
corporate identity, posters and packaging to transportation graphics and signage. Interior design projects
include; museums, airports, corporate and retail showrooms.
Alison D. Gilbert's insight:

Massimo Vignelli along with his wife Lella created one of the most prolific design firms ever. He is very ill and spending his last days at home with his family. "His son Luca would like all those for whom Vignelli was either an influence or an inspiration to write him a letter."

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Icheon Master Hand: Lee Hyuang Gu - YouTube

"The American Museum of Ceramic Art is honored to present ICHEON: Reviving the Korean Ceramics tradition, an unprecedented exhibition organized by Icheon, South Korea. Icheon has a history of ceramic culture that began over 5000 years ago and has a reputation for its internationally renowned ceramics cultural events. Now Icheon
has reached out to an American institution for the very first time. As the premiere exhibition of its kind in the United States, ICHEON will present over 230 objects never before seen on American soil that exemplify the revival of the ceramics tradition in Korea from antique techniques to contemporary innovations.
Icheon Public opening is from October 12th- December 29th. Join us in welcoming Icheon Dignitaries as we celebrate this major exhibition on Saturday, November 9, 2013, 6:00pm‐8:30pm.
Founded in 2001 and opened in September, 2004, AMOCA is one of the few museums in the United States devoted exclusively to ceramic art and historic innovations in ceramic technology. It is located in an area abounding with ceramic history and internationally recognized clay artists from the Arts and Crafts Movement, the 60's Clay Revolution and the current Studio Pottery Era. Geographically, the building is located in an urban downtown district where art is an important element of the continuing and successful community revitalization program. The home community consists of a rich ethnic mix and a large academic constituency with approximately fifteen institutions of higher learning within an eight-mile radius.
You can visit http://www.amoca.org for more information." 10.23.13

 
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The 10 Commandments of Typography | Visual.ly

The 10 Commandments of Typography | Visual.ly | Avant-garde Art & Design | Scoop.it
The infographic below illustrates the, “10 Commandments of Typography” that could be followed as quite the basics when it comes to selecting fonts
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Want to learn how to be a better typographer? Look no further than this Infographic from Designmantic.

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