Stencil Graffiti
Jef Aerosol Corsica
We love this stencil graffiti artwork by Jef Aérosol outside a gallery in Corsica. Jean-François Perroy, a contemporary to Banksy, has been creating urban art in France under the pseudonym Jef Aérosol since 1982.
Unlike traditional graffiti, the piece helps to market the business while directly relateing to the architecture and environment. 
View more of his work, which extends across Europe, Asia, South America, and the United States – on Instagram.
design trends
cosmic trends
In honor of the weekly social media posting trend and hashtag game, Throwback Thursday, we’re getting nostalgic about the Sagrada Família in Barcelona, Spain. The cosmic neutral palate, hypnotic shapes of the decorated ceiling, and ornate pillars built to resemble trees of Antoni Gaudí’s masterpiece still captivate the imagination. 
Known for his design work with American modernist founder George Nelson, Irving Harper is finally sharing his intricate paper sculptures.
The nearly four-decade collection – many of which had never left his home in Rye, New York until earlier this year – was built mostly out of paperboard, but also included materials such as straws, toothpicks, pinecones, telephone wire, twigs, dolls’ glass eyeballs, and pieces of the ceramic clocks he designed for the Michigan-based company Howard Miller.
In the video below, Harper recounts his inspiration and how he became good at working with paper from making models for presentations. 
We're struck by the use of creative outlets as stress reliever and way to see the world more clearly outside the confines of work. Read more about Irving Harper's work within the WHY series at
JUST BE YOUR SLEFIE by Dylan Neuwirth "is a monumental neon status update rendered in cursive."
We love this social sculpture that’s analog and digital, located In Real Life (IRL) on Occidental Park in Seattle and online via the hashtag: #justbeyourselfie.
On display until September 15th, we encourage you to view the cultural impact of the project here and share in the creative collaboration as these two worlds become inseparable. 
Sweets Collection
Sweets Collection
Loving these Sweets Collection bespoke gelatin desserts with floating petals and stunning designs at the Ferry Building Marketplace in San Francisco, California. 
Each jewel-like creation's approximately the size of a paperweight and made with a combination of colored milk-based gelatin encapsulated in a delicate clear gelatin exterior. 
Sweets Collection is a family-owned business founded by Rosa Rodriguez, and a success story from La Cocina: a nonprofit organization that aims to cultivate low income food entrepreneurs as they formalize and grow their businesses by providing affordable commercial kitchen space, industry-specific technical assistance and access to market opportunities.
10 corso como
10 Corso Como
As far as concept stores go, 10 Corso Como in Milan has remained a key cultural influence on retail, style, and sophistication. 
In all honesty, we didn't expected to write about our most recent visit but something about the memory of that lazy late afternoon, sitting in the garden cafe, watching hipster Italians stroll by for La Passeggiata (the art of taking a walk in the evening) has kept the imagery and experience top of mind. 
10 corso como
Twenty years after opening in a location far from the big name designers on the Via Montenapoleone, the retail store, bookstore, cafe, and restaurant still captivate the imagination. Famous for collaborations that no one thought possible and infused with goods worthy of the fashion elite, the biggest statement here lies in the geometric layered patterns, sculpted forms, and exquisite visual showmanship.
Corso Como Cafe
It was refreshing to revisit 10 Corso Como. As much as we love minimalist store design and eccentric curated haberdashery, few spaces are actually, purposefully unique to the brand. You cannot pinpoint the references by explaining it as "part this and part that" simply because it still remains the first of it's kind across multiple industries. 
Future Beauty
future beauty
As members of SAM, the Seattle Art Museum, we recently previewed Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion. The exhibition highlights more than 100 garments, from the collection of the Kyoto Costume Institute, and includes celebrated designers such as Isseu Miyake, Rei Kawakubo, Yohji Yamamoto, Kenzo Takada, and Kosuke Tsumra alongside younger designers influenced by popular culture.
The special gallery is organized into thematic sections that explore characteristics and unique Japanese aesthetics. Each section reveals radical reinvention in defying fashion conventions, ranging from elegant to dynamic. Because photography is not allowed within the exhibition, we only have this photo of the poster to share with you. But that shouldn't deter you from visiting the Seattle Art Museum on your next visit through the Emerald City – it's a breathtaking fashion exhibition that includes some of the most entertaining and innovative fashion.
This first-ever apparel exhibit for the museum's history is somewhat of an experiment about an experiment: an opportunity to view how two cultures embrace change artistically and metaphorically. There are a lot of similarities between Japanese fashion and Seattle in the past 30 years: the influence of mathematics, adventure, and entrepreneurship. 
Scratch Nail Wraps
Burkatron Nails
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Artists are taking on the beauty industry with a colorful take on graphic design. 
Founded by Chelsea Kent, Scratch was born out of the simple idea "that nail wraps are really cool but most of the designs currently out there are not." Unlike traditional nail wrap companies, they team up with incredible designers, bloggers, and illustrators from around the world to develop a new monthly collection from a featured artist, and directly support the artist with a percent commission of every sale. 
Scratch Nail Wraps
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Already in the market with limited designs out of their Los Angeles, CA studio, Scratch's latest collection features Caroline Burke, Kaylah, and Payton & Brian as part of a Kickstarter Campaign. As of last week, the project had exceeded its funding goal. Check out the fun video highlighting all of the designs or pledge your support (we did). 


We love how Scratch is making cool patterns available to a larger audience with a DIY product that does not require steady hands or time at the salon. 

Mondrian Cake SFMOMA
Thank you Design Taxi for featuring edible versions of famous artwork today! We're thrilled that our post from October 2010 on the same subject is seeing a larger audience.
Supermodel Karlie Kloss and Superchef Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar have teamed up with American Express to gift 31,500 of Karlie Kookies in various NYC locations today, February 13th {Trendland}. Available online here.
  • Nicholas Kirkwood has teamed up with UK department store Selfridges to launch a new shoe line inspired by the new film "Oz The Great And Powerful," {Vogue UK}
  • According to the ForeSee Mobile Satisfaction Index: Holiday Retail Edition, nearly 70% of survey respondents engaged in  "showrooming"— using a mobile phone while in a retail store during the 2012 holiday season —  and most of those consumers (62%) accessed that store's site or app. {PR Newswire}
  • Preserving and fermentation will be featured in the upcoming issue of David Chang and McSweeney's quarterly journal, Lucky Peach. {Eater}
  • Nestlé is launching a new digital scanning system in the UK, designed to provide customers with smartphone access to nutritional information. {Food Manufacture}

  • Greta Garbo's wardrobe and extensive couture collection is the subject of a new exhibition opening in London at Belmacz Gallery. {Vogue}