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Banksy's latest adventure in street art has taken him to the Gaza Strip where he has created three new works amid the rubble, in what must be his most poignant statement to date - and likely the most challenging to... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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Poesia by Chris Chang, Backstage SS14. Photo by Fender Hsu China produces some of the most innovative fashion design in the world, yet its presence in the west has remained largely elusive. But progress is being made through connections in... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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Happy Valentine's Day! Here's something sweet to look at. Design Boom's project submissions have yielded readers with a real treat from Lesinka Concept who created a chocolate wonderland cafe for the Polish confectionary company E. Wedel. If you don't go... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2015 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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Let's kick off the weekend with some cool and beautiful images from L’Éloi. The Montreal-based creative agency has recently introduced six new talents: photographers LM Chabot, Mathieu Fortin and Nik Mirus join renowned names Anouk Lessard and Martin Laporte; and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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Le Voyeur (The Peeping Tom) Architecture in a fantastical context makes a nice shift from the usual formal setting. French photographer Laurent Chéhère thinks so, too. He's taken the homes and buildings he passes in his wanderings of his hometown... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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Left: Marine Sergent, Cuckoo Family; Right: Coucou-Nest by Nadège Dell’Omo-Seigne & Noëllie Salguero-Hernandez Reinvent the Swiss cuckoo clock. This was the challenge given to students and guest designers by the Haute école d’art et de design (HEAD) in Geneva. You... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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atelier oï created a new glazed extension that opens up the building to the adjacent park and views of the countryside. A sky dome has also been installed in the ceiling just above the main lobby to bring in more... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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Adam Balcerek. Advertising campaign for Fashion One TV. Adam Balcerek left his home country of Poland to become an architect in Germany, then walked away from a promising career and moved to Paris to pursue photography. It was a brave... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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Just yesterday I was having a conversation with someone about the contrast between companies who exist solely to make a profit and manufacture their product as cheaply as possible, and the companies who care about what they're doing and want... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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I may not be able to wear menswear (well I could if I wanted!) but I do have favourites, and Hardy Amies is one of them. As a Savile Row brand, the impeccable tailoring is a given and the look... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2015 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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Richard Gray, Christopher Shannon, Decoy (UK), 2013. Courtesy Richard Gray If you're into fashion illustration, you'll love the newest book on the subject from Thames and Hudson. Menswear Illustration, by Richard Kilroy, is the first up-to-the-minute survey of contemporary menswear... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2015 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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British heritage brand Aquascutum returned to London Collections: Men under the creative direction of Nick Ashley, and as expected the clothes were smart and gorgeous. The youthful jackets and coats were the standout pieces with their refined tailoring in casual... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2015 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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Each of the 45 bedrooms at the Kings Head comes with its own unique period and architectural features There are hotels that make for a nice stay during your city break, and then there are hotels that are a wonderful... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2015 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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A small, midcentury workshop in Montreal's Mile-Ex district has been given a new life as a stunning contemporary home to a designer, his two boys and their dog. The conversion is a project by Atelier Moderno who recomposed the modest... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2015 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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The first Men's International Woolmark Prize judging presentation was a different backstage experience, in that there was not just one look being styled for the hair. Five finalists were selected from 60 designers from 21 countries, and so each had... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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Emmanuelle Moureaux's fourth building for Sugamo Shinkin must be the happiest bank on earth. The French architect is known for her vibrant colour palette and this time it's reflected in the cubes - some housing plants and trees - that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2015 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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Meet The Kopparberg, the coolest holiday sweater I've seen. It has a festive flair without the kitsch and its graphic Scandinavian design makes it one you actually want to wear outside of Christmas parties. I got mine in December and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2015 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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Che Guevera. Nothing looks odd here, actually. Israeli illustrator Amit Shimoni created his series, HIPSTORY to get us to reflect upon our leaders, our society and ourselves. Reenvisioning political icons such as Vladimir Lenin and Winston Churchill as hipsters elicits... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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I've been pretty reliant on night treatments for the past couple of years; they offer the hope that when you wake up and look at your morning face in the mirror you'll be delighted rather than horrified. I was between... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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Happy 2015! I don't know about you, but I am glad to leave 2014 behind and am looking forward to a fresh start. One that hopefully includes a new kitchen that is not just siting in boxes in my old... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2014 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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Ladurée will always be the go-to for Marie Antoinette-inspired pastries, books, decor and for a while now, cosmetics. No matter how minimalist-leaning I've become, all it takes is a visit to their magical website, or one of their boutiques or... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2014 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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Montreal just became an even cooler place to visit. Until February 1, 2015, locals and visitors can view and be a part of two new installations, Prismatica by RAW Design and Fascinoscope by Lüz Studio, selected by the juries of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2014 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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My Christmas wishes to you come in the form of a very charming film depicting the Christmas traditions of one of my most favourite countries, Sweden, as they were practised in 1940. It appears to be American produced, complete with... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2014 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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Nikon F. Nikon Corporation, 1959 You can learn a lot about a culture by observing the objects it produces, and that is the point of the Japanese Design Today 100 exhibition, running until January 18 at Centre de design de... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2014 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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Who knew Bjork was a star before the Sugar Cubes? Our favourite Icelandic singer appeared on TV in her native country at age 11 to perform a reading of the nativity story, and the video has been recently rebroadcast by... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2014 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL