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Rent Frank Sinatra’s house in Palm Springs

Designed in 1947 by Stewart Williams for Frank Sinatra and his first wife, Nancy Barbato, Twin Palms is a spectacular example of mid-century contemporary architecture in the heart of Palm Springs’ Movie Colony community. Features include exquisite period furnishings and infamous piano-shaped swimming pool. Located just around the corner from residences once owned by Al Jolson, Jack Benny and Cary Grant, this vacation rental estate boasts both luxury and historical significance.

Frank Sinatra house rental, $2,600/night, from Beau Monde Villas

via: materialicious

Interiors: Virgin Atlantic

A ground breaking new business class seat for Virgin Atlantic’s Upper Class service. A unique seating layout and mechanism creates a new sense of shared experience and allows the seat back to fold forward to create a completely flat bed. For the first time, a simple and uncomplicated design aesthetic has subdued the typically complex expression of aircraft seating. The functional and visual expression of the ‘chair’ has been separated from the myriad of functions that traditionally layer the visual quality of aircraft seating.

Virgin Atlantic’s Upper Class service, by Pearson Lloyd

Maya Lin in California

Showcasing Artist Maya Lin’s latest drawings, sculptures and installations.

Exhibition: ”Maya Lin: Systemic Landscapes,”, for Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

via: Los Angeles Times

New Work from New York

NEWWORK magazine is a large-format newspaper publication for readers who appreciate the value of new ideas. Designed and published biannually by studio NEWWORK, issue no.1 shows a selection of contributors solely from New York. Seven artists chosen by studio newwork present new ideas and images of art, design, high fashion, culture, and politics. From art directors to business leaders, from design students to curators, audience can find exiting new work and talent. Customized typefaces to reflect each contributors’ work stimulate thinking about typography in graphic design.

NEWWORK, $13.99, by newworkmag.com

Stig Lindberg Ceramics

One of Sweden’s most important postwar designers, Stig Lindberg created whimsical studio ceramics during a long career with the Gustavsberg pottery factory.

“Veckla” vase, white stoneware with clear matte glaze, 1950s, $265.00 – $680.00, by Stig Lindberg, from Freeforms

Museum: Design & the Elastic Mind at MoMA

When In New York, visit the current exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Design and the Elastic Mind. If you can’t make it, the website is fun.

Exhibition: Design and the Elastic Mind, New York, MoMA

Mary Had a Little Lamb

Barnaby Barford (b.1977) graduated from the Royal College of Art and has worked with prestigious companies including Nymphenburg as well as creating his one-off pieces. (shown here)

Mary had a little lamb, (Price on request), by Barnaby Barford, at David Gill Galleries

Concept: Floating Hotel

Designed in conjuction with ONERA (Office National d’Etudes et de Recherche Aérospatiale), this Hotel breaks the paradigm in leisure travel.

Manned Cloud, by Jean-Marie Massaud

Food: El Bulli, Barcelona


This Michelin three-star restaurant is the holy grail of gastronomy; hard to reach, El Bulli hangs on the edge of Cala Montjoi, a turquoise bay flanked by vast pines. The chef, Ferran Adrià began washing dishes at el Bulli. “He alters the way we eat by scientific intervention, using siphons, algae, heat and ice, combining every technique available to create dishes that titillate the senses and manipulate the emotions”. Read a review from The Telegraph.

Reservations up to a year in advance, €165.00 (20-35 course set menu), at El Bulli

Castiglioni’s Milan Studio

When in Milan, its well worth a visit to the studio of Achille Castiglioni, now a museum. Here, he worked on the design of some 150 products some are now part of the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection in New York.

Museum, Studio of Achille Castiglioni

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