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In graphic design, crafting the logo of a distinguished company is the profession’s Holy Grail, not just because of the ubiquitous visibility this entails, but also because of what is at stake: a logo should represent who the company is, embody its characteristics and summarize its identity, all in one single design gesture that should both fit in a business card and look good in a building’s façade.

In movies, a good editor can make the difference between a tightly paced, streamlined delight and a superfluous, disjointed hodgepodge. According to Santoni, the Italian purveyor of luxurious leather goods that has been designing handcrafted shoes since 1975, the same premise can apply to a fashion collection.

Bolstered by growing trade routes, over the ages cultural cross-pollination has been a productive force in art and design, so it’s always welcome to see initiatives that explicitly foster a cross-cultural dialogue, especially if the aim is the design and development of new artefacts.

The Pink House on the small island of São Miguel in the Azores, Portugal, is a color burst popping through the green foliage that surrounds it. Designed by Mezzo Atelier and completed in 2017, this 250 square meter construction was originally an old stable that was converted into two guesthouses at the turn of the 20th century.

Headquartered in Marseille’s old flea-market on the outskirts of the city, street art gallery Saint Laurent has given 28 year old Gonzalo Borondo, and seven of his artist pals, carte blanche to turn the 4,000 square meter warehouse into a totally immersive show.

Laid back Ionian island living is personified in the Diptych House in Syracuse, Sicily's historical center of Ortigia Island. This former fisherman's home was renovated by Francesco Moncada and Mafalda Rangel of the local creative firm, Moncada Rangel; a husband and wife team who also happen to be OMA alumni.   

Last summer, as I drove back into Athens after completing an incredible road trip through the center of the Peloponnese and to the tip of Cape Tainaron in the new Mercedes GLA, I made a promise to myself that it would be the start of many solitary road trips and searched my calendar for the moment to recreate that incredible experience.

Who would have thought that a humdrum endeavor such as renovating one's kitchen could bring about the founding of a pioneering, world-renowned lamp manufacturer, by a painter and a bass player no less. And yet this is exactly what artist Mariví Calvo and musician Sandro Tothill were occupied with in 1994 when they accidentally discovered the mesmerizing effect of illuminated wood veneers whence Valencia-based LZF arose—a literal let-there-be-light moment of epiphany.

Filtering the grandeur and opulence of Belle Époque through a sobering, contemporary lens, Paris-based, Peruvian architect Diego Delgado-Elias’ newly refurbished Parisian apartment is a poetic union of 19th century decorative flourishes and an urban aesthetic of vintage elegance and minimalist functionality.

Business in the front, party in the back aptly describes the design scheme and ethos of Blind Barber, the new neighborhood barbershop and lounge in Chicago's Fulton Market District. Conceptualized, designed and built by 555 International, this is the third location of the dual purposed destination, the original being located in New York City and the second in Los Angeles.

Entering Sydney's Wynyard Station via the York Street escalators, commuters are confronted by a surreal sight: a pair of looping, accordion-shaped stairways floating above them. This is Interloop, a public sculpture by Australian conceptual artist Chris Fox, commissioned by Transport for New South Wales as part of the station’s overhaul.

Facing a picturesque canal amidst the cobblestoned “hutong” alleyways in Beijing’s old city, the poetically named Spring Whispers Book Club is a neighbourhood library occupying a typical one-storey cottage that has been thoroughly renovated by local architects Fon Studio.

London based photographer, Eliška Kyselková wanted to depict the "playful approach" to sports in her photographic series, Team Spirit. Inspired by the sameness of the players’ uniforms as well as by the uniqueness of each player’s individual movements at any given moment, these are the two elements that take precedence in her photos.

French photographer Alexis Pichot is not one to shy away from challenging endeavours; he left behind a 10 year career in interior design to pursue his passion for photography as a self-taught practitioner so it's no wonder that for his latest project, Marche Céleste, he had no qualms about spending a great many nights alone in the Forest of Fontainebleau, outside Paris.

While modernism in architecture and design is an umbrella term that embraces a wide range of aesthetic sensibilities, at its core lies a momentum to break with the past and usher in the future.

The cleft limestone cladding the walls of Lisbon's Cultural Centre of Belém (CCB) was transformed in 2017 by Portugese architect, José Neves, through the use of a very humble material: cork.

Oscillating between abstraction and representation, San Francisco based, Canadian artist Chris Dorosz’s work defies categorization as his latest series can attest. Titled “Rosh”, the Yiddish word for head as well as a pun on the pronunciation of the artist’s own surname, pronounced door-rosh, the series feature four small busts made out of suspended paint strokes.

Located a few minutes’ walk from Milan’s docklands, the Darsena, behind a large, unassuming doorway on Via Scaldasole, SIX was conceived by entrepreneur Mauro Orlandelli as "a holistic container, where the result is superior to the sum of its parts".

Wanås Restaurant Hotel bridges the peaceful ambiance of a refurbished, 18th century building with that of contemporary art and sustainability, in a setting that is so utterly charming it's liable to cast a spell over its visitors. Located in the south of Sweden, just an hour and a half away from Copenhagen, the hotel is on the grounds of an estate that was the site of many mighty battles in the 16th and 17th centuries.

If you've visited the Cycladic island of Santorini in Greece (and if you haven't yet you definitely should), you know that the village of Oia situated at the north-western tip of the island is the most idyllic spot to enjoy the sun setting over the Mediterranean. The town, a picturesque agglomeration of white-washed houses built on the rim of the island's volcanic caldera, can now boast about another typical Mediterranean treat, an open market.