With summer fast approaching, London's Fashion and Textile Museum has opened its doors to a new exhibition that explores over 100 years of stylish swimwear, from bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis.
John Foster: Book by Its Cover was created in 2006 by illustrator Julia Rothman as a way to showcase her book collection. The site evolved over the years and today it serves to be an active and unique repository for the art of book and book cover design, something Design Observer has long championed by sponsoring 50 Books/50 Covers each year.
Wendy Tsao brings kids drawings to life by transforming them into amazing plush toys. Wendy made her first toy (which she calls ‘softies’) back in 2007, based on a self-portrait her 4-year-old son had drawn.
This collection of type specimen pages, published in 1910 by the Keystone Type Foundry of Philadelphia, demonstrates the appearance of the company's type when used to produce headlines of various sizes. In the foundry's choice of demonstration headlines, a strangely poetic vision of daily life in 1910 emerges.
Amsterdam-based art director and designer José Bernabé has produced a series of colorful, eye-catching posters that features inspiring quotes—he hopes to share them with his three-month-old son when he grows up.
Diane Arbus was renowned for photographing people on the margins, such as the mentally challenged, dwarves, giants, sideshow performers, crossdressers, and transsexuals. Was she merely a privileged voyeur of the vulnerable or an unsung champion of sexual and societal minorities? Here are five stories that will help you cut through the controversy.
One of the most highly regarded architects of the 20th century, Walter Gropius (18 May 1883 – 5 July 1969) was one of the founding fathers of Modernism, and the founder of the Bauhaus, the German 'School of Building' that embraced elements of art, architecture, graphic design, interior design, industrial design, and typography in its design, development and production.
Replacing a traditional neighbourhood in the heart of Tokyo, Roppongi Hills combines modern city life with suburban elements to create a self-sufficient and (hopefully) disaster-proof community. But only for Japan’s 1%.
Innovation and influence aren’t just associated with edgy contemporary buildings. Classicism impacts the world too, as was addressed at last week’s presentation of the 34th annual Arthur Ross Awards by the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art.
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