Interior design is a human right, not a luxury

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“I want black and brown boys and girls to grow up in spaces that inspire them,” says designer Kia Weatherspoon. Kia Weatherspoon is a former member of the U.S. Air Force, an advocate for design equity, and the owner of the design practice Determined by Design . Here, she spoke with Julia Gamolina, founder of the website Madame Architect , about her experience in the military, her brother’s incarceration, and why good interior design should be a standard for all, not a luxury for the few. Read Full Story

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How a former Audi designer is taking on fashion’s leather addiction

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Vicki von Holzhausen has created a vegan, biodegradable leather for her luxury handbags. At first blush, Vicki von Holzhausen’s latest handbag collection looks like the leather bags she made when she launched her eponymous brand in 2017. The exterior has a delicate grain and is buttery to the touch; the interior feels like it’s made of soft suede. But these new bags aren’t leather at all: They’re made from recycled water bottles and will biodegrade at the end of their life cycle. Read Full Story

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The fascinating history of luxury design, from hedgehog vases to Chanel bags

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A new exhibit at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs traces the history of luxury—a concept that is evolving before our very eyes. When you think of luxury products, you might imagine an Hermès bag or a Patek Phillipe watch in a glittering window on Fifth Avenue. But the human craving for scarce, beautiful objects is not a modern one—in fact, the new exhibit Luxes at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris reveals that it goes back to prehistoric times. The exhibit is an anthropological exploration of how perceptions of luxury have changed over time and perhaps more crucially, why people are so drawn to these things. In the end, luxury isn’t just about the frivolous whims of the wealthy; it’s a direct reflection of what a society values, but struggles to obtain. Read Full Story

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Microsoft AI is getting into quilting

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Artificial intelligence is changing the design production process, one stitch at a time. You’d probably associate antique quilts with the back of your grandmother’s sofa before artificial intelligence. But opposites do attract on occasion, as exemplified by the partnership of luxury menswear brand Bode and Microsoft. Read Full Story

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Remodeling? Hire a black designer

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7 black interior designers to know right now According to the 2019 Design Census , which tracks the demographics and specializations of designers, only 3% of surveyed designers are black. That extends to the home furnishings and interior design industry. A young organization called the Black Artists + Designers Guild (BADG) seeks to highlight the work of lesser-known artists, makers, and designers in this industry. Read Full Story

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Visual Design for Non-Designers

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Want to create better visuals for your marketing? Looking for tools and tips to help you easily create visual content? To explore visual design for non-designers, I interview Donna Moritz on the Social Media Marketing Podcast. Donna is a visual content strategist and founder of Socially Sorted. Her course is Visual Content Made Easy. Donna […] The post Visual Design for Non-Designers appeared first on Social Media Examiner | Social Media Marketing .

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Millions are applying for unemployment, but the system is broken by design. Here are their stories

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More than 35 million American workers have filed for unemployment since March, and millions are still waiting to receive benefits. Their stories expose a truth that can no longer be ignored: The system is built to fail. Following eight years working in luxury retail and more than 20 years in finance before that, Francis Rennie is considering retiring in September. Read Full Story

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This turnaround CEO has pushed remote work for a decade. Here are her top 5 tips

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The office is an unnecessary, costly luxury and the move to work-from-home was smart policy long before COVID-19, says the former CEO of Optiva. One of the most important tasks for a turnaround CEO is cutting costs quickly. The first place I look to sharpen my shears is all the spend associated with office space. Across 16 companies, I’ve shut down close to 50 offices around the world. Ten years ago, people thought I was crazy; even in 2019, it was still considered unusual—until COVID-19. Read Full Story

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Dog-centered design is here. And it’s very expensive

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Luxury dog accessories are here thanks to Pagerie, a startup that makes leather collars and leashes using the same tannery that supplies Hermès. You adore your dog. You buy your beloved pet tasty, organic treats and elegant carrier bags for when you go on long trips together. But the holidays are around the corner, and you’re wondering what you could possibly get Fido to express your love. Why not get the Birkin of dog collars ? It’ll only run you $380. If you decide to throw in a leash , that’ll run you another $520. Read Full Story

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