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Blooms Forever

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Happy Memorial Day! Hopefully you can get out and enjoy a some nature – like this fantastical Infinite Garden in Loire, France by architects Meir Lobaton Corona and Ulli Heckmann. For the 22nd International Garden Festival of Chaumont sur Loire, they created a lush garden forest in the shape of a cube, a scaffolded structure lining it. The exterior of the wall is white fabric, with cut-out holes scattered along at varying heights, while the interior is lined entirely with mirrors, giving the effect of infinite greenery beyond the small square space.

Rockefeller Stone

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The ancient-looking human forms of artist Ugo Rondinone’s stone sculptures are inhabiting Rockefeller Center for part of the summer. His exhibition, “Human Nature,” on view through July 7, consists of nine massive, stoic sentries, ranging from 16 to 20 feet in height and weighing up to 30,000 lbs each. Made of bluestone from a Northern Pennsylvania quarry, the sculptures bring a calmer, quiet Easter Island air to the bustling speed of Rockefeller Center.

Design Around Fashion

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Often all of the tools of presentation around fashion – runway, shop window, and store designs – make the clothes themselves much more interesting. Frame magazine has a great round-up of examples of ten of the best windows, runways and displays in fashion lately. Included are the spacey change room cocoons at Dover Street Market by Patkau Architects, an exhibition of Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs at Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris, and Berlin’s Bread and Butter presentation of the massive Tempel of Denim – where “guests” sat at the runway/communal table drinking wine as models walked the center.

Change of Scenery

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Creative consultancies and agencies are always looking for ways to encourage creativity, while maintaining efficiency. And as they say, if you’re stuck in a rut – creative or otherwise – sometimes all you need is a change of scenery to shake things up. This is the idea behind Londoner Nick Couch’s concepts “Free Desk Here,” and “Open Studio Club.” Both are simple websites, connecting creatives who are either looking for a space, or looking to share their space. With Free Desk Here, creative agencies can post an image of their workspace and a general idea of who they’re looking for, applicable freelancers get a desk for a day, and both gain new connections and a fresh presence.

Fenced In

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In a great example of turning the ugly and overlooked into something beautiful and interesting, the Walker Art Centre commissioned Geoff McFetridge to create a mural along a temporary construction fence covering part of the building. Inspired by the long, narrow strip of canvas – which reminded him of a film strip – McFetridge created an animation of sorts, with characters morphing and progressing along laterally. We’d love to see more construction fencing offered up to designers.

Surreal Buildings

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Interior designer Kelly Wearstler’s inspiration is always a great view on the world, with fascinating resources and points of entry and departure. Her “Oddities in Architecture” collection is a great example – a gathering of the quirky, often surreal presence that architecture can sometimes take on – whether purposeful or not. We also love her “Looking Glass” collection of art deco doors and windows, and “Punk Rock,” a series of incredible natural rock forms.

iPad Interiors

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One of our favorite blogs that lets us peer into the chic homes of stylish people all over the world, Freunde von Freunden, just released an iPad app.  Like the site, users can browse interviews with creative folks working across disciplines, along with beautiful imagery of their homes and work. Or, peruse the workspaces section, with British designers Raw Edges’ studio, or German fashion designer and artist Ayzit Bostan’s space in Munich. The in-depth, considered interviews, gorgeous photography and always-interesting subject matter gives a great look into the creative life inhabiting cities across the globe.

Simplicity in Sound

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Swiss artist Zimoun creates surprisingly moving sound installations using simple, everyday objects and industrial mechanisms. He currently has two installations showing – in Berlin and Prague. At the Opernwerkstätten in Berlin, Zimoun created a room-within-a-warehouse, with cardboard boxes. Tiny motors laid out in a minimal grid along the interior walls work to spin several cork balls on strings, which bounce against the cardboard, creating a mesmerizing and soothing effect like falling rain. A beautifully shot video on Zimoun’s website shows a great compilation of some of his work.

Immersed in Bouroullec

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Fifteen years of the Bouroullec brothers’ work are being celebrated and shown in “Momentané” at the Les Arts Décoratifs museum in Paris. Divided into three sections, the exhibition displays the brothers’ range of work, with one section devoted to their architectural installation pieces, one to their domestic and workspace designs, and one highlighting their process. The architectural section is dominated by huge 20-metre screens constructed from their modular designs like the Algue, making an impressive impact. On view through September 1.

The Right Light

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At the Salone this year, Milan-based designers Carnofsky presented a grown-up version of blacklight posters – beautifully lush wallpaper and screens that reveal different scenes based on the light color shining on it. In collaboration with Italian graphics company Graphic Report, the installations alternated to show landscapes, anatomical drawings, and celestial scenes, depending on how the light shifted between red, blue and green. When lit with regular incandescent bulbs, the layers of imagery are revealed.

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