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Detroit State of Mind

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detroit-cover-500pxDetroit is making a comeback; sort of. The beaten and battered midwestern city has fallen on hard times, to be sure, but tales about ‘urban pioneers’ moving into decrepit houses bought for a few thousand dollars; artfully filtered photos of crumbling, once-stately edifices; documentary films about those who’ve stayed put against all odds; and Shinola, a made-in-Detroit brand of luxury trinkets, are imbuing Detroit with the glow of an abandoned city, slowly rising from the ashes. Whether there’s anything substantive to that portrait is a matter of debate, but, Wildsom Field Guides, that travel book series “with a bygone sense of place,” is piping in with its Detroit field guide, which details, among other things, the city’s resilient natives and neighborhood shops, “like Lonzo Jackson’s barber shop and Signal Return’s print studio….Maggie Townsend, who drives a city bus, and Naomi Long Madgett, a poet ninety years young…” Detroit-bound or not,  which romantic could pass up a tale of hardscrabble American living?wildsamefieldnotes_interviews_2000x1150wildsamefieldnotes_leather_journal_group_2000x1150_1

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PUCCI UNCOVERED

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Harper’s Bazaar magazine has issued 3 delicious limited-edition covers for their April issue, all featuring colorful patterns from fashion house Emilio Pucci. A project spawned by a partnership with the Victoria & Albert Museum, and in honor of the V&A’s current exhibition, The Glamour of Italian Fashion, the covers showcase previously unpublished original drawings from Pucci’s ’60s and ’70s archives–and are only available for sale at the V&A museum shop.

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HOOKED

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If there’s a more refined, beautifully crafted S Hook in existence–and one that makes a more convincing case for copper as metal of choice–I’m not aware of it.  Now, to invent a reason to spend $36 on this 6.25″ number…

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PRETTY BIRD

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When you assign the name Flamingo to something, you’re bound to raise expectations–and Italian designer Marco Guazzini delivers on that promise. His Flamingo is a pastel-hued console table defined by drawers that slide open in traditional fashion, but also move along its length, allowing for a variety of configurations and surface areas. Guazzini looked to Miami’s Art Deco-informed color palette for inspiration, but reduces the tones down to a level as sublime as the table’s reductive profile.  Alas, Flamingo, which debuted at the recently-concluded Milan Design Week, remains a prototype only, but fingers are crossed that it flies its way to market (and into our lives).

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GRASS ACT

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A dish rack that takes its form from a patch of grass isn’t exactly novel, and if it goes for a cool $160, it better have something else going for it. That something is, in the case of Sod, a drying rack from Austin’s design shop Finell, a long, skinny profile that’s either ingenious or utterly useless, and a stainless steel tray that matches its pale grey flexible blades. Arty drinkware not include.Sod-gray-detail-web-large_9fa805e2-b69a-4106-a7e1-fc839df6487e_1024x1024-1Sod_gray-context_d6c07f24-cb5f-4df8-ba2e-34bc8461e9dc_1024x1024-2