NYC’s Classic Car Club Gets a New Home at Pier 76

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/nycs-classic-car-club-gets-new-a-new-home-at-pier-76/classic-car-club-marc-thorpe-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/04/CLASSIC-CAR-CLUB-Marc-Thorpe-1-810x463.jpg" alt="NYC&#8217;s Classic Car Club Gets a New Home at Pier 76" /></a>
                                Whether you want to have access to a fleet of classic cars or you just want to hang and be near them, the <a href="https://classiccarclubmanhattan.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Classic Car Club</a> offers that and then some. Founded in London in 1995, the club landed in Manhattan&#8217;s Soho neighborhood in 2005 upon arrival in the States before recently needing a new place to call home. CCC enlisted one of their very own members, architect Marc Thorpe of <a href="https://www.marcthorpedesign.com/"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Marc Thorpe Design</a>, to design the new club, which now takes up residence at Pier 76 by the Hudson River.
The CCC offers classic auto-loving New Yorkers the unique opportunity to drive their lot of cars on top of access to their new car-inspired club. While the 40,000-square-foot club gives nod to car culture, Thorpe does it in a subtle and intriguing way that makes the industrial space feel welcoming and sophisticated. Inside you’ll find an 8,000-square-foot auto
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NYC’s Classic Car Club Gets a New Home at Pier 76

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/nycs-classic-car-club-gets-new-a-new-home-at-pier-76/classic-car-club-marc-thorpe-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/04/CLASSIC-CAR-CLUB-Marc-Thorpe-1-810x463.jpg" alt="NYC&#8217;s Classic Car Club Gets a New Home at Pier 76" /></a>
                                Whether you want to have access to a fleet of classic cars or you just want to hang and be near them, the <a href="https://classiccarclubmanhattan.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Classic Car Club</a> offers that and then some. Founded in London in 1995, the club landed in Manhattan&#8217;s Soho neighborhood in 2005 upon arrival in the States before recently needing a new place to call home. CCC enlisted one of their very own members, architect Marc Thorpe of <a href="https://www.marcthorpedesign.com/"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Marc Thorpe Design</a>, to design the new club, which now takes up residence at Pier 76 by the Hudson River.

The CCC offers classic auto-loving New Yorkers the unique opportunity to drive their lot of cars on top of access to their new car-inspired club. While the 40,000-square-foot club gives nod to car culture, Thorpe does it in a subtle and intriguing way that makes the industrial space feel welcoming and sophisticated.

Inside you’ll find an 8,000-square-foot auto

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SFF18: Kasthall Launches the New, Celebrates the Old, and Embraces the Different

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/sff18-kasthall-launches-new-celebrates-old-embraces-different/design_milk_kasthall_07/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/02/Design_Milk_Kasthall_07-810x810.jpg" alt="SFF18: Kasthall Launches the New, Celebrates the Old, and Embraces the Different" /></a>
                                Swedish rug brand <a href="http://www.kasthall.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Kasthall</a> launched four new rugs for Stockholm Design Week, won an award for an existing rug and collaborated with <a href="http://www.stellarworks.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Stella Works</a> for a showroom display. &#8220;We are slowly adding new carpets into the grand collection of Kasthall,&#8221; says creative design advisor and co-founder of <a href="http://www.claessonkoivistorune.se/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Claesson Koivisto Rune</a>, Ola Rune. &#8220;We are trying to lead the trends, find new techniques and make new yarns. I think if we do that we will continue to have a legacy.&#8221;
All four new rugs were designed by Central Saint Martin’s graduate and in-house designer Maja Johansson Starander. The first, Freyja, is hand tufted with a chunky wool which is felted and twisted into its final curly form. “Freyja is a textile interpretation of moss and lichen, of stone, soil and mineral,” says a statement from the brand. The tufted loops are left uncut at different heights to create an uneven surface,
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Vans’ New Digs Is a 182,000 Sq Ft Transformation by Rapt Studio

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/vans-new-digs-182000-sq-ft-transformation-rapt-studio/vans-hq-la-2017-19/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/01/Vans-HQ-LA-2017-19-810x608.jpg" alt="Vans&#8217; New Digs Is a 182,000 Sq Ft Transformation by Rapt Studio" /></a>
                                <a href="https://www.vans.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Vans</a> is one of those companies that needs no introduction. Founded over 50 years ago by the Van Doren brothers, the brand has become an iconic name beyond just the California skate culture. When it came time for the company to settle into its new Costa Mesa, California headquarters, Vans reached out to <a href="https://raptstudio.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Rapt Studio</a> to celebrate the four pillars of the Vans brand: Art, Music, Action Sports, and Street Culture and Fashion. Earlier last year we toured the HQ (you might have followed along on <a href="http://www.instagram.com/designmilk" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">@designmilk&#8217;s</a> IG Stories) and it is officially the coolest office we&#8217;ve ever seen. Take a look&#8230;
From Rapt Studio, David Galullo (Creative Director), Derrick Prodigalidad (Team Lead), Rosela Barraza (Designer), Keith Muller (Architect) and Scott Johnson (Architect) took point on transforming the 182,000 square feet headquarters into a place of work, play and creative exploration for Vans’ 500+ employees. The building is centered
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Candlefox HQ: A Graphic, Black and White Office in Melbourne

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/candlefox-hq-a-graphic-black-and-white-office-in-melbourne/candlefox-hq-tom-robertson-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/01/Candlefox-HQ-Tom-Robertson-1-810x540.jpg" alt="Candlefox HQ: A Graphic, Black and White Office in Melbourne" /></a>
                                <a href="http://www.tomrobertson.com.au/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Tom Robertson Architects</a> designed a new home for <a href="http://www.tomrobertson.com.au/candlefox"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Candlefox HQ</a> in Melbourne, Australia. The education marketplace provider needed a new space to house twenty employees, along with meeting rooms. The results are a graphic, black and white interior dotted with a growing indoor garden.
A modern interior decked out in only black and white can oftentimes be too minimal for some people, but by incorporating a variety of green plants throughout, the space comes to life. An oversized black grid structure weaves throughout the office allowing the plants to grow and evolve over time. As the plants grow, it helps create additional visual separation between spaces without closing it off. The tall white ceilings paired with white walls and dark floors gives the feeling of an open and light-filled space with black furniture helping to ground everything. The grid theme continues into the kitchen area with white tiles sealed with
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2017 Year in Review: Design Store(y)

                                As much as we all love the convenience of shopping online, there&#8217;s something about visiting a brick-and-mortar shop, where you can actually touch the products and know what your money is supporting. Throughout the year, we visited some of these design-focused shops to give you an idea of what&#8217;s out there so you can look into shopping those smaller, independent shops. Take a look at the stores we featured in our <a href="https://design-milk.com/column/design-storey/"  rel="nofollow" data-wpel-link="internal">Design Store(y)</a> column in 2017.
                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/2017-year-in-review-design-storey/capsule1-parfumerie-orris-store/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2017/12/capsule1-parfumerie-orris-store-810x540.jpg" alt="2017 Year in Review: Design Store(y)" /></a>
                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/orris-perfumery-modern-parfumerie-la/"  rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">ORRIS Perfumery: The Essence Of Los Angeles Bottled Up</a><br />
A boutique fragrance house opened its first retail space in Los Angeles, California, to house all of its modern and unisex perfumes. Casa Perfect: A Modern Retail Concept Perfected by David Alhadeff
For the design shopaholics, this fully shoppable, by-appointment-only, midcentury modern home located high in the Hollywood Hills is a dream come true. Serra, a Store for the Cannabis Cannaseur
Serra is a Portland-based
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1 Shop, 2 Owners, 60+ Independent Designers: fruitsuper’s JOIN Shop in Seattle

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/1-shop-2-owners-60-independent-designers-fruitsupers-join-shop-seattle/joindesignshop_kristawelch-00008/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://design-milk.com/images/2017/12/JoinDesignShop_kristawelch-00008-810x540.jpg" alt="1 Shop, 2 Owners, 60+ Independent Designers: fruitsuper&#8217;s JOIN Shop in Seattle" /></a>
                                Seattle-based <a href="https://fruitsuper.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">fruitsuper</a> is <a href="http://design-milk.com/?s=fruitsuper" data-wpel-link="internal">no stranger here on Design Milk</a> as we love them for their modern spin on everyday items (which they’ve shown as part of our <a href="http://design-milk.com/design-milk-makes-pop-back-icff-2017-milk-stand/" data-wpel-link="internal">Milk Stand</a> in the past). The duo behind fruitsuper, Sallyann Corn and Joe Kent, founded their studio in 2008 and nine years later, we’re excited that they’ve opened up their first brick and mortar location. JOIN Shop now lives in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood and carries an incredible selection from the JOIN Design Collective, a community of more than 60 independent designers and makers in Seattle.
Sallyann and Joe juggle multiple hats as they designed, own, operate, curate and manage the JOIN Shop, and that’s in addition to their roles as designers! Their goal with the new store is to showcase American-made objects that celebrate design, craftsmanship, community and the stories behind the objects. The shop carries homewares, stationery, jewelry and gifts
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mode:lina™ Designs a New Volkswagen Showroom for Polish Market

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/modelina-designs-a-new-volkswagen-showroom-for-polish-market/volkswagen-home-mode-lina-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://design-milk.com/images/2017/11/Volkswagen-Home-mode-lina-1-810x529.jpg" alt="mode:lina™ Designs a New Volkswagen Showroom for Polish Market" /></a>
                                If you&#8217;ve ever purchased a car, you&#8217;ve probably spent more hours than you planned inside of a dealership&#8217;s showroom and know just how unimpressive they are. The Volkswagen brand decided to change that by hiring <a href="http://www.modelina-architekci.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">mode:lina™</a> to design <a href="http://www.modelina-architekci.com/project/volkswagen-home/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Volkswagen Home</a>, a unique space to present their cars in the Polish automobile market. Located in Warsaw, this first ever concept store aims to bring a more personalized approach to car buying in its home-like environment.
The goal was to bring the energy of Warsaw and the latest Volkswagen cars to the space by introducing vibrant colors and bold elements. They utilized horizontal wood panels to reflect the grill of the Volkswagen Arteon, along with linear lighting that references that car as well as the new T-Roc. The designers used real moss on a wall surrounding a seating area that’s decked out in electric blue sofas. Photos by Patryk Lewiński and
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Hem’s New York City Pop-Up Store

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/hems-new-york-city-pop-store/hem_popup_1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://design-milk.com/images/2017/11/hem_popup_1-810x579.jpg" alt="Hem&#8217;s New York City Pop-Up Store" /></a>
                                Stockholm-based brand <a href="https://www.hem.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Hem</a> recently opened up their first New York <a href="https://us.hem.com/blogs/news/the-first-hem-u-s-pop-up-shop-is-now-open" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">pop-up store</a> located in Soho on 325 West Broadway. The space features some of the brand&#8217;s newest furniture and homeware pieces, including a curated selection of tabletop ceramic items from Patrick Parrish Gallery and watches from TID Watches, all enclosed in a jungle-like interior theme framed by colorful walls from acoustic brand BAUX.
Hem’s newest collection draws inspiration from exotic plants and natural-colored shades of beige, pink, and orange. The pop-up allows new and existing customers to see the pieces in person, and also take part in their newest service, Hem Pro, an online dedicated tool for interior professionals and design aficionados to browse products and place orders with discounted pricing. The pop-up marks an exciting step for the brand, and CEO and founder of Hem, Petrus Palmér explains, “Hem was founded with the aim of democratizing quality design and we are
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Laundré: Knock Out Your Laundry While You Sip Coffee

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/laundre-knock-out-your-laundry-while-you-sip-coffee/laundre-laundromat-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://design-milk.com/images/2017/10/Laundre-laundromat-1-810x540.jpg" alt="Laundré: Knock Out Your Laundry While You Sip Coffee" /></a>
                                Ariana Roviello is the one behind <a href="http://laundre.co/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Laundré</a>, a one-stop shop where you can sit back with a cup of coffee while you do your laundry. That means you don&#8217;t have to be stuck in one of those regular laundromats that generally has about three uncomfortable seats in it and zero places to relax. Roviello&#8217;s design-focused concept is located in San Francisco and their goal was to create an open and inviting space where one could catch up on some work or grab a coffee with a friend, all while washing your clothes. So, instead of it feeling like a chore, it becomes much more of an event.
Laundré houses a full-scale coffee bar, communal seating, and sustainable laundry equipment from Electrolux that lets you wash + dry you clothes in just 45 minutes total. Plus, the soap is free with every wash and their app keeps you posted as
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“Nerdvana”: A Creative, Colorful Office in Portland for Data Nerds

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/nerdvana-a-creative-colorful-office-in-portland-for-data-nerds/new_relic_office-ia-interior-architect-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://design-milk.com/images/2017/06/New_Relic_office-IA-Interior-Architect-1-810x541.jpg" alt="&#8220;Nerdvana&#8221;: A Creative, Colorful Office in Portland for Data Nerds" /></a>
                                When 300 self-proclaimed &#8220;data nerds&#8221; at software analytics company <a href="https://newrelic.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">New Relic</a> needed a new place in Portland to call their work home, they brought in <a href="http://www.interiorarchitects.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">IA Interior Architects</a> to make their very own &#8220;Nerdvana&#8221; happen. After strategizing together, IA based their design on the company&#8217;s core values: accountable, BOLD, passionate, authentic, connected, and frictionless.
The office is broken up into various sections to house everything from larger groups to individuals, all with comfort in mind. Whether they prefer to lounge in a chair, prop up on a window seat, or stake claim at a worktable, there are plenty of options for any scenario. There’s even a realistic looking fire pit for the ultimate in coziness. Not to be ignored are the incredible 360 degree views of Portland, which include Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens, the Willamette River, and several bridges. Since many people ride bicycles in Portland, an installation of
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CDW17: Experiencing Design at Clerkenwell Design Week

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/cdw17-experiencing-design-clerkenwell-design-week/design_milk_cdw17_fi/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://design-milk.com/images/2017/06/Design_Milk_CDW17_FI-810x810.jpg" alt="CDW17: Experiencing Design at Clerkenwell Design Week" /></a>
                                Now that new product launches are instantly disseminated the world over through social media and blogs like this one, design festivals have to try harder to reward those who visit in person, whether that&#8217;s through hyper-local design or live experiences. Clerkenwell, a tiny area of London that gets its own festival due to the sheer number of creatives based there (there are rumored to be more architects per square foot than anywhere else in the world) and its <a href="http://www.clerkenwelldesignweek.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Design Week</a> is no exception.
Commissioned by our very own Editor at Large, Katie Treggiden, the Curved Twist installation at Desso‘s flooring showroom was created by Kia Utzon-Frank and Faye McCaul, combining Kia’s patent pending Louver Twisting Comb system, a frame made from recycled yogurt pots, and 21,500 dichroic rods that Faye knitted into a screen that changes color depending on the light and angle it is viewed from. It really came alive in natural daylight and had
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A Brazilian Film Company with New Stripped Down Digs

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/a-brazilian-film-company-with-new-stripped-down-digs/corazon-filmes-fabio-marins-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://2.design-milk.com/images/2017/05/Corazon-Filmes-Fabio-Marins-1-810x540.jpg" alt="A Brazilian Film Company with New Stripped Down Digs" /></a>
                                <a href="http://www.fabiomarins.com.br/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Fabio Marins Arquitetura</a> was tasked with creating a space to house film production company <a href="http://www.fabiomarins.com.br/produtoFinal.php?id=68" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Corazon Filmes</a> in São Paulo, Brazil, that spans 125 square meters. The double-height space features expansive windows and an interior metal structure, a characteristic of the Modulo Alto de Pinheiros Building, gives it an industrial vibe.
The busy company needed a lot within a fixed space, including: multiple workstations, a conference rom, a studio with two editing bays, a reception, waiting room, and a space for employees to relax. Throughout, they used budget-friendly OSB (Oriented Strand Board), letting its texture become a part of the design. This cube-like structure disguises the office kitchen while displaying the company logo on one side and cubes of storage on another. A step ladder leads to a mezzanine level where the boardroom is located. The conference room was incorporated underneath the mezzanine. Photos by Alessandro Guimarães.
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coffix: A Quirky, Colorful Coffee Shop in Athens, Greece

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/coffix-a-quirky-colorful-coffee-shop-in-athens-greece/coffix-studiomateriality-3/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://2.design-milk.com/images/2017/05/coffix-studiomateriality-3-810x608.jpg" alt="coffix: A Quirky, Colorful Coffee Shop in Athens, Greece" /></a>
                                Coffee is the universal morning (and all day) pick-me-up and it always seems to makes things better and that&#8217;s just the thinking behind <a href="https://www.studiomateriality.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">studiomateriality&#8217;s</a> design of <a href="https://www.studiomateriality.com/project/coffix/101" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">coffix</a>, a coffee shop in Athens, Greece. The quaint space boasts a happy palette of colors, and a larger than life balloon dog, that could only brighten one&#8217;s day when they pop in for a cup of joe.
Bright blue floors are paired with shiny, white wall tiles, a pale pink ceiling, and happy yellow stools. A lightbox of a face is placed on the wall above the bar to keep customers company while they’re drinking their coffee. To top off the “funky laboratory” look, the staff serves the coffee while wearing white coveralls and colorful scarves. Photos by Alina Lefa.
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Yaroslav Galant Designs a Rooftop Structure Made From Shipping Containers

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/yaroslav-galant-designs-a-rooftop-structure-made-from-shipping-containers/portuguese-football-club-yaroslav-galant-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://3.design-milk.com/images/2017/05/Portuguese-Football-Club-Yaroslav-Galant-1-810x540.jpg" alt="Yaroslav Galant Designs a Rooftop Structure Made From Shipping Containers" /></a>
                                The <a href="http://yaroslavgalant.com/portfolio/estoril-praia-clube-39-portugal/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Grupo Desportivo Estoril Praia</a> (Portuguese Football Club) hired <a href="http://yaroslavgalant.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Yaroslav Galant</a> to design Clube 39, a space that includes offices, a flexible space, a museum, a restaurant, and an open terrace facing the field. The new structure was designed atop of an existing building and incorporates shipping containers into the project.
The project consisted of many challenges to overcome, including the strong head winds, so the new parametrical roof structure was designed in a way so that it would cut 95% of the wind, while directing 5% into the building for natural ventilation. That meant no additional air conditioning would be required. Depending on the sun, the new roof structure casts ever-changing shadows around the building. The design includes graphic, geometric patterns outdoors, as well as inside in a colorful palette of blues and other pops of colors. They utilized five shipping containers to conceive part the structure giving it a
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10 Vertical Gardens That Bring Greenery to Boring Walls

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/10-vertical-gardens-that-bring-greenery-to-boring-walls/roundup-living-wall-2a-loasis-daboukir/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://3.design-milk.com/images/2017/04/Roundup-Living-Wall-2a-LOasis-DAboukir-810x717.jpg" alt="10 Vertical Gardens That Bring Greenery to Boring Walls" /></a>
                                Vertical gardens have become much more popular as it seems that horizontal space has been growing smaller and smaller. Living walls can exist both indoors and out making them a great yet unconventional design option for your walls. They not only bring a natural element to a space, but they can easily become works of art in their own right. Plus, they help purify the air we breathe, so it seems like a win-win, right? Take a look at ten walls that have been turned into live vertical gardens for everyone&#8217;s viewing pleasure.

Photo courtesy of Patrick Blanc

L’Oasis D’Aboukir is a project by Patrick Blanc in Paris, France where the side of a historic building becomes a mesmerizing vertical garden covered in 7,600 plants from 237 different species.

Photo by Grupo Habita

Located in Mexico City, Downtown Mexico is a boutique hotel designed by Cherem Serrano Arquitectos with an inner
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Bring Your ‘Outdoor Voices’ Inside This Nolita Shop And Community Hub

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/bring-outdoor-voices-inside-nolita-shop-community-hub/outdoor-voices-interiors-10/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://1.design-milk.com/images/2017/04/outdoor-voices-interiors-10-810x573.jpg" alt="Bring Your &#8216;Outdoor Voices&#8217; Inside This Nolita Shop And Community Hub" /></a>
                                You don’t have to be a SoulCycle instructor or even go to the gym 5x a week to appreciate athleisure wear, a fashion trend that has taken root in America. There’s been a shift in the fashion mindset that comfort should prevail all but it doesn’t have to be substituted out for style. So why not combine the comfort of athletic wear and update it for casual wear? One of the first brands to take the lead in this new market is New York-based <a href="https://www.outdoorvoices.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Outdoor Voices</a>, founded by Tyler Haney. Since launching in 2014, Tyler has created four stores (two in Texas, two in NYC). Today, we’re visiting the brand’s first NYC location in Nolita designed in collaboration with Will Fox, an Architectural Designer from <a href="http://www.mcguiremoorman.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">McGuire Hospitality</a>.
Read on to find out where Tyler got the name Outdoor Voices, the 3-word mantra she goes by (that I’m now adopting),
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10 Modern Buildings with Facades That Keep Us Staring

                                Long gone are the days when skyscrapers, offices, hotels, and residences had to be plain and boring on the outside just to fit into the neighborhood. These days, architects are taking risks by thinking outside the basic square box and designing exteriors that are literally works of art. When that happens, these structures can change the neighborhood, and sometimes the skyline, making passersby stop and take notice. Take a peek at 10 buildings with unique facades that have us pause and take a second, and sometimes third, look.
                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/10-modern-buildings-that-keep-us-staring/roundup-coolbuildings-1-vm-houses-big-jds/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://0.design-milk.com/images/2017/03/Roundup-CoolBuildings-1-VM-Houses-BIG-JDS-810x641.jpg" alt="10 Modern Buildings with Facades That Keep Us Staring" /></a>
                                Part retail, part residential, the <a href="http://jdsa.eu/vm/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">VM Houses</a> in Copenhagen were designed by <a href="http://jdsa.eu/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">JDS Architects</a> in the shapes of a V and an M with balconies that jut out like bird beaks.

Photo by Darren Bradley

It’s no surprise that Adjaye Associates won the competition to design the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. with its stunning, highly
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Serra, a Store for the Cannabis Cannaseur

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                                Now that more than half the states in the US have legalized marijuana in some form (whether it’d be for medical or recreational use), there is no shortage of stores and e-shops selling modern pot paraphernalia for the high-end cannaseur. (We even rounded up <a href="http://design-milk.com/10-designer-cannabis-accessories-to-get-lit/" data-wpel-link="internal">a few of our favorites here</a>.) <a href="https://shopserra.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Serra</a> is such a store. Unlike your local head shop filled psychedelic alien wares and Alice In Wonderland-themed merchandise, this Portland-based shop is a high-end cannabis dispensary that prides itself on providing beautiful, minimalistic pipes and accessories.
Below, I got the chance to chat with Serra’s Brand Development Director Cambria Benson Noecker about “smokable art” and some of the challenges with opening a luxury store for the cannabis market. Why did you pick this city/neighborhood/storefront? For Serra’s flagship location we restored an 1889 storefront in Portland’s Historic Old Town District. The striking space and proximity to Portland’s cultural center were
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