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WEEKLY EMAIL: MAY 20, 2010


Jugendstil: The Youth Style of Viennese Book Art

FEATURED THIS WEEK : HELEN CHANG

Jugendstil: The Youth Style of Viennese Book Art

Turn-of-the-century Vienna was a magical, infectious brew. Take any city tourist brochure, and names from Vienna's years as an apogee of art and culture spill out: Klimt, Freud, Schoenberg, Wittgenstein, Loos, the list goes on. Viennese children's book illustrations at the time were no exception.
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ALEXANDRA LANGE

The Maddening, Rewarding World of Design People

When I first saw the house that is now my home, it was hardly in an appealing state. Every window was obscured layers of screens, shutters and (amateur) stained glass. The bathroom was encrusted in pink-orange Mexican tiles, with trim to match. The living room walls looked like they were covered in moldy cork, actually wallpaper. I saw a man walk in, blanch, and walk out the front door of the open house. Maybe it is only natural that, from the moment I entered, I wanted the furniture more than I wanted the house. 
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ERIC BAKER

Today, 05.15.10

Here are Today's videos.
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ERIC J. HERBOTH

Eames the Typeface

A look at the new Eames Century Modern typeface, designed by Erik van Blokland, and developed by House Industries in collaboration with the Eames Office.
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ERIC BAKER

Today, 05.08.10

Here are Today's images.
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POEM OF THE WEEK

"Visiting the Library in a Strange City"

A poem by Franz Wright.
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