There are some major ways to get your arty party on this week! Get weird and kick off the weekend while spurring your creativity and head to Brooklyn for Michael Alan’s Alice in Wonderland themed draw-a-thon, complete with costumed models, booze and live music. Or go classic in Manhattan, break out your best whites and join the New Museum for their Annual White Party (just be careful with the open bar).
But before you party, school yourself with the best in Italian Street Art, or channel your inner rocker on the Lower East Side with live music for The Cast‘s street party. Finish it off by indulging in an art film, with a free screening at the Tribeca Screening Room.
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When a tiny satellite named Sputnik was launched by the Soviet Union in 1957, it quickly triggered a “Space Race” between the Russian republic and the United States. While François Azambourg’s nifty lamp — named after the first artificial satellite to orbit the Earth — may not start any international rivalries, it certainly is eye-catching.
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Those who laughed at Kent Johnson’s plan to bring a “glamping” site to the Far Rockaway can now eat a slice of humble pie. It looks like the designer has raised enough funds via Kickstarter to make the “luxurious” campsite a reality. Johnson targeted $50,000, and just a mere five hours ago managed to exceed his goal by $789.
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Designers don’t need to look far for inspiration. We’ve seen a solar charger shaped like a bonsai tree, flower-inspired pendant lights and now, a chair that Brazilian designer Pedro Paulo Franco modeled after the human skeleton.
Details on the bone-shaped design here
In a day and age when printers give us the ability to create 3D models, we’re surprised that it’s taken so long for a machine like the DIWire to hit the market. Developed by the creative tinkerers of PENSA, this sleek gadget’s seemingly simple job — to bend wires with a click of a button — is an absolute game-changer for DIY enthusiasts.
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Fans of floral centerpieces can now decorate their homes with blooms that won’t wilt thanks to David MacMaster‘s flower-inspired pendant lights. They’re part of the British designer’s Bloom series, a line of elegant, wood-crafted lamps that will easily brighten up any room.
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Multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary art is at your finger tips this week in New York! Catch a flick featuring interviews with Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Commo and Questlove; experience the reprise of a 90s Bad Girls exhibition; or check selfies from the Austrian Cultural Forum.
The week ends with the kick off of the River to River Festival, which will bring tons of art, performances and music to venues all across Lower Manhattan- all for free. Enjoy!
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Getting your kids to put down their smartphones and pick up a book will be a breeze with this brilliant storytime nook. Designed by Alice Bastian, the circle-shaped Nautilus is much more than just a shelf — it’s a growing book-lover’s reading sanctuary.
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At first glance, there’s nothing particularly unique about the facade of this white brick townhouse, but take a second look and you’ll see that there’s more to the building than meets the eye. Upon closer inspection, you’ll notice that the protruding bay windows aren’t made from ordinary frames, but from sections of stainless steel truck bodies.
The recycled windows are a signature of LOT-EK, the studio that owners Lawrence and Alice Weiner hired to re-do their Greenwich Village townhouse. Founded in 1993 by Columbia University grads Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Liganano, the New York and Naples-based firm has become known for its sustainable approach to construction and architecture, namely the use of upcycled steel containers.
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There are plenty of reasons for kids to fear monsters under the bed, but a whimsical collection of dressers may change their minds about the imaginary creatures. While most designers of children’s furniture look to animal kingdom for inspiration, Oscar Nunez went in a far more playful route, creating a line of shelves modeled after monsters.
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