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Carefully Cultivated Chrysanthemums

Last weekend, I visited the New York Botanical Gardens to see their special chrysanthemum display: Kiku. Kiku (chrysanthemum in Japanese) has a centuries-long history and cultural significance in Japan. Symbolic of longevity and rejuvenation, it is used as The Imperial Seal of Japan as well as over a hundred different Japanese seals for royal family… Read More

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Garage Door Gallery

Illinois-based artist and art history professor, Teresa Parod, transformed a boring, everyday back alley into a drive-through art museum. This summer, she made the garage doors in the alley behind her house into her canvases. When her neighbors saw how her first mural brightened up the nondescript alley, they began asking Parod to paint their… Read More

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The Joy of Japanese Soufflé Pancakes

My wife and I recently got back from our third trip to Japan. Each time we go, we are surprised at something new and unique that we find. This time, that new thing was sweet, delicious soufflé pancakes. If you haven’t heard of these types of pancakes, they are made by folding in fluffy, peaked… Read More

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Are Foldable Phones the Future of Mobile?

This year has seen some crazy phone innovations like multiple cameras, higher megapixels, pop up cameras, thin bezels, and even notches or hole punch screen designs. The most innovative has to be the introduction of foldable phones. There have been a few phones released that utilize such a large screen. If you are someone that… Read More

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Custom Made Jackets

Thatcher Wine loves nothing more than the perfect jacket. One that tells a fantastic story and is aesthetically pleasing—on or off the shelf. Thatcher Wine is the founder of Juniper Books, which is not your typical bookshop. Juniper Books specializes in collections of books, custom sets created for bibliophiles and interior designers. Hundreds of anything… Read More

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Getting Inked

This past October, I decided to participate in the 2019 Inktober Challenge because I love pen and ink art, and it seemed like a fun way to challenge myself creatively. For those who don’t know, Inktober is a month-long art challenge created by artist Jake Parker that is focused on improving skill and developing positive… Read More

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Branding Movies for Maximum Impact

In 1979, the year I graduated from high school, I remember seeing posters and ads for a new movie called Alien. Why was this cracked egg floating in space with acidic green vapors leaching out? And what did the headline “In space no one can hear you scream” mean? It left me wondering, anticipating, and… Read More

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A Library of Dresses

French fashion designer Sylvie Facon designs and sews gorgeous high fashion dresses. Each dress is one of a kind, painstakingly hand-painted, delicately embroidered, and accented with beads, baubles, and lace. They are truly romantic and beyond beautiful! As an unexpected decorative element, Facon incorporates antique book spines in some of her dresses. The spines of… Read More

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“The Fork” by Nissin Cup Noodles

Nissin has teamed up with Japanese design firm, nendo, to create the perfect fork for your cup noodles. Check out the beautifully made video for it! The fork, designed after hours of user observation, has many features that one normally wouldn’t think about. nendo designed the fork to have the optimal angle of 128 degrees… Read More