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Get Ready to See This Classic Pattern Everywhere

We first realized a checkerboard trend was happening last fall, and have since amassed a folder full of images that grows bigger by the week, as we see the pattern flying by on the Instagram accounts of fashion brands, interior designers, and shops. Today we've prepared a roundup of our favorite examples of the trend, but prepare yourself for a lot more — despite faint echoes of bad '80s interiors and ska bands, trust us, it's coming.
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Feeling Anxious? Calm Down With an ASMR Interior Design Video. (Yes, It’s a Thing!)

We discovered recently that there's a whole genre of ASMR videos devoted to faux design consultations, from whispery kitchen renovation meetings to a guy who's just narrating himself drawing the floorplan of a house for 30 minutes. We're sharing our favorite examples of interior design ASMR here, which, trust us, are exactly what you need right now to lift your spirits, whether they chill you out or make you laugh — or both.
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Our 3 Favorite Projects from the Pandemic-Shuttered Melbourne Design Week 2020

Just as Melbourne Design Week was set to open its largest edition ever a week and a half ago, with over 200 events ready to launch around the city, it was largely shut down by the COVID-19 crisis, one of the increasing design-world casualties the virus has claimed this year. We spotted a few great projects in our inboxes and on Instagram, though, so we're highlighting our three favorites here.
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19 Designers Share How the Pandemic Is Affecting Their Business — And How They’re Staying Positive

With the creative community facing canceled fairs and projects, lost clients, production delays, and countless other difficulties, we decided to reach out to designers, art directors, gallerists, and other practitioners to find out what they're experiencing, professionally and personally, and what positive thoughts and advice they'd offer other creatives to ensure that everyone can continue to thrive once this crisis ends.
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Week of March 2, 2020

A weekly Saturday recap to share with you our favorite links, discoveries, exhibitions, and more from the past seven days. This week: a scathing takedown of the millennial aesthetic, the first-ever museum exhibition on ASMR, and oh, a bunch of new design objects, too.
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This Barcelona Studio Asked a Painter to Choose the Colors of Its New Chair

When Gerrit Rietveld designed his famed Red and Blue Chair in 1917, it wasn't red and blue at all, but plain, unstained beech wood. Only six years later, after his De Stijl collaborator Bart van der Leck suggested he add bright colors, did Rietveld create the version that went on to make history. The same is true, in a way, of the Barcelona studio AOO's Chair 8, whose colors were envisioned by painter Claudia Valsells for a recent collaborative exhibition in Spain.
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Week of February 10, 2020

A weekly Saturday recap to share with you our favorite links, discoveries, exhibitions, and more from the past seven days. This week: a design show in an empty mansion in Mexico City, a retrospective of immersive artworks by Lucio Fontana in L.A., and a new series of mirrors and screens by Bower (above).
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Goblets Are Your New Kitchen Must-Have

In February of 2018, we were Google-searching glassware for another story when we stumbled upon a series of objects from the '50s that awoke in us an obsession for thick-stemmed wine glasses that we never knew we had: Kaj Franck's series of colorful goblets. Two years later, our obsession has only grown, and we think they're the thing to have on your table now.
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Week of January 20, 2020

A weekly Saturday recap to share with you our favorite links, discoveries, exhibitions, and more from the past seven days. This week: a look inside the quirky home of a Dutch curator, two separate group exhibitions of furniture by up-and-coming Canadian talents, and a new hotel that doubles as a design showroom (above).
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Week of January 6, 2020

A weekly Saturday recap to share with you our favorite links, discoveries, exhibitions, and more from the past seven days. This week: A hip new hotel in San Miguel de Allende, Maarten Baas does dishware, and a Paul Rudolph original gets reissued in all its overly-elaborate glory (above).
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Week of December 2, 2019

A weekly Saturday recap to share with you our favorite links, discoveries, exhibitions, and more from the past seven days. This week: A tour of Suzanne Demisch's East Village home, our top finds from the upcoming Phillips design auction, a Meccano-esque DIY furniture kit, and chair (above) whose photo set we deeply wish we could live in.
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