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The Explosion of Atomic Tom

I just love this story – a case of creativity joining forces with technology to catapult a small Brooklyn quartet, Atomic Tom, to stardom. The week before last (actually Friday the 15th) this video was posted on YouTube and by Sunday had already received over a million hits.…
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Penthouse Panache

In researching another post a while back, I came across the remarkable work of Champalimaud Design. Although a full service interior design firm, they are known primarily for their award winning work in the hospitality design sector. Founded by Alexandra Champalimaud twenty-seven years ago, they have completed renovations on hotels, restaurants, and spas around the world from the Carlyle and Algonquin in New York to the stunning suites at the Dorchester in London (one of my favorite projects – the bathrooms are incredible!) to the St.…
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The Heritage of Houdini

Houdini Upside Down in the Water Torture Cell, c. 1913; The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Billy Rose Theatre Collection There are so many terrific ongoing and upcoming exhibits at the museums in New York this fall that it’s hard to keep up.…
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Passing Portraits

Philip Scott Johnson is a digital artist from St. Louis. His favorite quote, from Picasso, is “everything you can imagine is real” and once you see this clip you’ll understand why. His amazing video art has been viewed by millions and shown everywhere from the Kawaguchi Art Gallery in Tokyo to the White Square Gallery in Las Vegas.…
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Game Day

I am not a big online game player – I have very few apps on my iphone and the only two games I have are both free: Wordwarp and Hangman (for my daughter). I am, however, totally hooked on Wordwarp – it is a fun, challenging word game that is great for when you are waiting at the doctor or orthodontist’s office, in line at school pick up or on the train.…
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Encyclopedia of the Exquisite

I was so focussed on all the design books coming out this fall that I somehow missed this wonderful gem. The Encyclopedia of the Exquisite, An Anecdotal History of Elegant Delights looks to be a total delight. The author, Jessica Kerwin Jenkins, was formerly the European editor of W, a senior editor at Women’s Wear Daily and currently writes for Vogue from her home in Maine. …
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Christie’s Cache

There is a lot of buzz about the upcoming Christie’s all day jewelry auction on October 20th in NYC. People seem to be talking about three pieces in particular. Two will appear in the morning session, entitled Jeweled Elegance: The Eye of A Distinguished Collector, an exceptional private collection encompassing over 160 signed pieces from the very best houses.The first is a Bulgari ring – a two-stone ring featuring a rare, almost 11 carat triangular shaped vivid blue diamond and an almost 10 carat matching white diamond.…
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What Type Are You?

Pentagram is one of the most prestigious and creative design firms in the world (you might say the quintessence of design firms). They create everything from books to architecture to packaging – really everything. And it’s all incredible. If you check out their site you will be amazed at the breadth and quality of their work.…
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Andre the Giant

Giant of photography that is. As if there weren’t enough reasons to go to Paris already, there is now another. The Jeu de Paume Museum is showing the first major European retrospective of Andre Kertesz, one of my all time favorite photographers.…
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