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Star Light, Star Bright

BY MITCHELL COOPER / It’s been deemed both a stellar art project and a heap of polluting space junk, but like it or lump it, the Humanity Star is up there orbiting our home planet. The misshapen ball of metal speeding through the stratosphere is an extremely reflective satellite, envisioned and engineered by Peter Beck, …

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Cheering On the Teams

Now that the torch has been set aflame, it’s time to meet the stars of the 2018 Winter Olympics, hosted this time around in PyeongChang, South Korea. No, not the shirtless Tongan standard bearer and his greased pecs in the cold, but Soohorang and Bandabi, the official mascots of the Games. These guys didn’t just …

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Versace Fever

Gianni Versace’s name will loom heavily over fashion forevermore — yes, due to his violent and mysterious demise in Miami, but moreover for the unfading vibrancy of his imaginative palette. Currently, the designer and his eternal nowness are being lauded with a mega-retrospective at Berlin’s Kronprinzenpalais until 13 April 2018. Forty years after his first ever runway …

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Dancing Queen

Fancy footwork and fine couture set in a mid-century goes modern editorial fantasy. Step across the pages of a recent fashion spread with prima ballerina Maria Kochetkova, commissioned by Melina Chen for Vogue Taiwan. Frozen poses pop against decadently patterned, almost animated, backdrops, arresting the eye with stop-and-go movement and swaths of pleasingly contrasted peculiar colours. Photographed by JUCO, …

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Home for the Holidays

Home, wherever it’s made, always awaits those who have roamed far and fancy a visit. To celebrate the end of the year, we asked eight different artists we worked with in 2017 to illustrate a view of any place that felt like home. The work we produce as a design and animation studio is the collaborative …

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Making Merry

‘Tis still the season for plenty of family fun! Kids little and all grown up alike will delight in BRICKLIVE Christmas, a festively hands-on LEGO® extravaganza at the Saatchi Gallery until 7 January 2018. BRICKLIVE Christmas offers a unique experience with plenty of activities and interactive art workshops based around the beloved brick. You can wonder at …

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A Perfectly Peculiar Read

A Place Both Wonderful and Strange is a new anthology that brings together the work of thirteen international photographers in an alluringly odd narrative, inspired by Twin Peaks and the work of David Lynch. Edited by Fuego Books, the design of this photobook repeatedly presents the concept of duality so present in Lynch’s universe, beginning with something …

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Overthinking Overestimated Toys

You know, there’s only one place where you can get figurines of sushi cats and the Statue of Liberty drinking a nice cold beer, and that place is, of course, Japan. Gachapons are these toys inside tiny capsules sold randomly in vending machines. Having been around Japan for a long time, they’re already deeply rooted in …

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Ultra Violet All the Way

The verdict is in, paint it all PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet in 2018. It’s a highly motivated choice, more so a philosophical choice, by a colour institute perhaps most widely known for its annual prophecies regarding what’s hip on the visible spectrum. Pantone isn’t just trying to sway spring runways or whims of interior design, it’s …