China Copies Entire Austrian Town of Hallstatt

Design // Friday, July 31, 2015
We’ve posted on China’s replica cities—cities whose architecture mimics those of European towns. Recently, China’s Minmetals Land Limited, a real estate development company, created a replica of Hallstatt, an Austrian town. The town is an exact clone and in China is a high-end development, in Huizhou, a city 60 miles northeast of Hong Kong. The project cost $940 million to build and opened to residents in 2012.

Zaha Hadid designs museum for renowned climber Reinhold Messner on Alpine peak, Mount Kronplatz

Design // Wednesday, July 29, 2015
If you like your museums located 2,275 metres above sea level, near the Kronplatz ski resort in South Tyrol, Italy, and you remember Ben Folds Five albums, and you like mountain climbers, you will love Zaha Hadid's new design for a museum built for climber Reinhold Messner on Alpine peak, Mount Kronplatz. As Dezeen notes, "London-based architect Zaha Hadid – already in the news this month after her design for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic stadium was scrapped – designed a structure built into the side of the mountain, emerging only at certain points to offer specific views."

A Giant Sculptural Steel Labryinth

Design // Monday, July 27, 2015
Well, this is one of the coolest mazes we've ever seen. Belgian studio Gijs Van Vaerenbergh, a collaborative team of Belgian architects and artists, has designed and constructed a massive labyrinth in the central square of a former coal mine in Genk, Belgium. The sculpture uses 186 tons of steel and consists of a kilometer maze of corridors with walls as high as 5 meters. 

The Art of Toys: A Left Coast Retrospective of Designer Toys @ the Museum of Art and History, Lancaster, California

Design // Monday, July 13, 2015
Christmas comes in July, and there’s no age limit, especially for toy and comics aficionados. Riding on the happy heels of Comic-Con in San Diego, enthusiasts can slide right into The Art of Toys: A Left Coast Retrospective of Designer Toys at the Museum of Art and History in Lancaster, California, which opens this weekend, July 18. Julie B. from Pretty in Plastic and Heidi Johnson of Hijinx have curated a dazzling display. To help out with your early holiday hoarding, we asked a few questions.

The Picnic Posters of Steve Frykholm

Design // Friday, July 10, 2015
In 1970, a young Steve Frykholm arrived at the legendary Herman Miller Furniture Company, where Charles and Ray Eames, Alexander Girard and George Nelson built their reputations and created the canon of modern furniture design. It wasn’t long before Steve began making waves of his own with a series of screen printed posters for the annual company picnic.

The 10 Best Logo Redesigns of All Time

Design // Monday, July 06, 2015
If a picture is worth a thousand words, a well-designed logo can be valued at twice that amount. Sure, a memorable slogan or catchy jingle can help to keep a business in the forefront of a consumer’s brain, but in the increasingly important world of branding, the logo is king. Adapting, reinventing, and refining a logo is fundamental to keeping pace. Today, most of the company logos that you recognize instantly look almost nothing like their original iterations. 

Mira Cuba: The Cuban Poster Art from 1959

Design // Thursday, July 02, 2015
Many eras have passed in Cuba since Fidel Castro took office in 1959 after the Revolution, but the special character of the graphic art spawned in that chaotic, fertile moment has endured, as this volume shows. In Cuba, posters were, and continue to be, popular tools to disseminate ideas, to encourage the Cuban people in the construction of a new society and to spread information on government programs and/or propaganda...

Adam Nathaniel Furman's Sculptures Emerging from a Fictional Shut-in

Design // Wednesday, June 24, 2015
In 2014, Adam Nathaniel Furman entered a three-month long residency with the London Design Museum. For the duration, he isolated himself in his studio and, guided by the residency's theme of identity, worked as a fictional character on his 3-D printed designs. 

Drew Leshko’s Paper Architecture

Design // Monday, June 22, 2015
Philly artist Drew Leshko creates paper-based sculptures of the places we inhabit—apartment buildings, campers, houses, and home-made structures, as well as newsstands, dumpsters and more. The detail on these pieces is pretty unbelievable, especially in person, and you can currently see his solo show at the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, and in the “LAX/DTW” group show coordinated by Thinkspace Gallery and exhibited at Inner State Gallery in Detroit.

Shirane-Miyazaki's Kaleidoscopic Origami Dome

Design // Monday, June 08, 2015
Japanese artists Masakazu Shirane and Saya Miyazaki have created one of their special three-dimensional kaleidoscopic domes for Vivid Sydney 2015. The structure, made up of more than 320 geometric shapes, constantly shifts and alters the spectrum of light projected within the space and mirrors it against a reflective perspex materials which mimics the interior of a kaleidoscope. The artists are part of a space design firm in Japan that has been recognized for its work in architecture, interior design, and spatial art. 
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