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One Simple Touch That Will Give Your Home an Instant Makeover

We've been big fans of U.K.-based design company Buster + Punch since they debuted their first collection of chic light switches and dimmers in diamond-cut brass and bronze. Now, this fall they're adding a hardware range to the mix, which will include doorknobs, handles and cabinet pulls in various models and finishes. True to the brand's aesthetic, the solid metal options are all about the details—customizable for a personal look (brass, steel, smoked bronze, black, and white are all options). All of which to say, swapping out your home's finishes is an easy, affordable hack that can make a huge see more
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One of the World's Most Important Street-Style Photographers Has Launched His Own Site

Anyone curious about where Tommy Ton's images would live in a post-Style.com world got an answer this week when the photographer launched his own website. TommyTon.com is a comprehensive archive of more than 15,000 street-style, backstage, and other images he's taken for various publications over the years, as well as some that were never published. Users can search through them all with handy filters, like the subject's gender, the location where the image was taken, and what season was being shown when it happened. This image of Kanye West defending himself from the snow at the fall 2013 men's shows see more
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A New Collab Brings Raw Skater Attitude to Brooklyn's Surf Scene

Hurricane and surf seasons run concurrently—big storms equal big waves, brah. Surf in style (or insert your own pleasing alliteration) with these new boards from Brooklyn-based surf purveyor Union Surfboards. The company was started by Chris Williams and Jeffrey Schroeder, who initially never imagined themselves making boards out of a warehouse in Greenpoint, and has become the bellwether for a growing community of Brooklyn surfers. Charlie Porter, who works with Union, brought on the dark-humor-inflected designs of illustrator John Hoyos, lending these boards a feel that's inspired by the hand-scrawled graphics typical of eighties skateboard decks. From a skeleton riding see more
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Beijing's Stunning Nike Studio Is (Hopefully) the Future of Working Out

If you're planning to visit Beijing in the next few weeks, be sure to bring your running shoes. An art gallery in the Chinese capital has installed an immersive Nike Studio to coordinate with its hosting of the 2015 World Athletics Championships, reports designboom. Designed by Shanghai-based agency Coordination Asia, it makes Equinox look like it's stuck in the late eighties. The 1,200-square-meter space features nearly pitch-black workout areas, glowing LED grids, and bold-graphic motivational phrases in the form of free-floating installations. Nike's new Holiday 15 collection is also presented in reflective display cases that stick with the themes see more
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Pop Artist Ashley Longshore to Debut Satirical Fashion Portraits at NYFW

Watch out, Anna Wintour. New Orleans pop artist and no-filter Instagram legend Ashley Longshore is bringing a new collection of satirical fashion portraits to New York Fashion Week, NY Daily News has learned. The works, titled "The Fashion Empire Strikes Back," "She Took a Xanax, Stole His Amex and Bought Everything," "Bitchopotomus," and "Audrey Hepburn With Bryant Park Hotel Headdress," will be unveiled in a dedicated suite at the Bryant Park Hotel. It will be the first time the hotel has collaborated with an artist. Staff are apparently "thrilled." Longshore's large-scale fashion portraits—her favorite subjects include Kate Moss and see more
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Finally, Handmade, One-of-a-Kind Rugs You Can Order Online

When was the last time you went shopping for rugs? It's a piece of decor that every home needs at least one or two of, but prices (unless you get some ugly mass-produced junk from a chain store) are always through the roof. If you wanted to go handmade and one-of-a-kind, the kind of piece you'll have forever, you're almost always looking at costs in the five figures. Well, until now. Solo Rugs is a new e-commerce start-up that's (overused buzzword alert!) disrupting the space. Their skilled artisans and weavers hand-knot every rug individually, taking up to a year see more
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Artist Uses Food to Create Amazing Miniatures on Spoons

Most architects work with things that are large, like houses and offices and other things intended to be occupied by humans. I'm guessing Romanian architect Iona Vanc does this too, but she also creates intricate artworks using tiny pieces of food. Instead of being presented on a plate, spoons are made the canvas. Subjects range from fashion heroes like Karl Lagerfeld and Iris Apfel to tiny animals and safari landscapes. Vanc's fruity depiction of Kermit the Frog is not the most complicated one but it is still perfect: Kermit the #frog í ¿í°¿ made of #pear and #apple #in_a_spoon A see more
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Mesmerizing Photos of Italy's Beaches Captured From Above

If you get a borderline-peverse kick out of meticulously organized things—suitcases, fridges, outfits—you're not alone. There are entire Instagram accounts and Tumblr blogs dedicated to creating order in this confusing, unpredictable world we live in. Bernhard Lange's aerial photographs of Italy's summer resort beaches also look purposefully arranged into their mesmerizing rows of vivid color. However there's nothing contrived about the layouts. We've just never seen them from this angle. To get the shots, Lange hired a plane to circle the beaches between Ravenna and Rimini. He then leaned out of the plane window, as you do, somehow managing see more
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A Lamp That Makes Your Living Room Into a Year-Round Beach

The Sanremo lamp from the Italian Archizoom Associati was designed by Dario Bartolini and stands in stark contrast to the white-walled, sheepskin-strewn, sparsely furnished Scandinavian aesthetic that dominates these days. The Sanremo is a bit of winking kitsch among the poker-faced austerity. Bartolini originally designed this lamp, in 1968, as an engagement present for his future wife and it has become a much-studied object since. "Since we were supposed to be practicing architects, many people couldn't grasp what we were up to. In reality many of our objects were created for reasons other than that of architecture: an engagement see more
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This Ain't Your Grandma's Rocking Chair

Two Spanish industrial designers—Irene Chercoles Mercader and Andrea Mauri Carbonell—have taken on the humble rocking chair in a recent collaboration fittingly named the NAP. Their take (seen here) is made of aluminum, woven nylon tape and rubber, giving the piece an uber-modern feel. The plan is to place them around Barcelona to give the city a bright urban boost. Get ready for a lot of extra siestas. see more
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