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Divine Details, an exhibit & store in collaboration with AIGA, will feature 33 designers from around the world that have made beautiful, functional products that transcend the ordinary. Unlike most pop-up stores during the holiday season, Divine Details isn’t a pure consumerist endeavor. Instead, it turns the holiday shopping rush into a cultural experience. Divine Details connects the writing, arts, design, and food community with consumers all at once.

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Each product is functional, beautifully-designed, extraordinary at some level and affordable. Examples include a Bluetooth wireless speaker from Grain Audio and magnetic wooden blocks produced in Honduras by Tegu.

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Some 15 years ago I was giving a talk about stock photography trends at a conference and exhibit. Later I wandering the aisles, in a state that can only be called “trade show fatigue” — you know, flourescent lighting, hard floors, stale air, indecipherable products, junk food, bad ties, institutional hotel, keep losing my entry badge, miss my kids — when a person came over and introduced himself as a (not so) distant relative who was a commercial photographer and who knew (vaguely) that we were in the same (sort of) industry.

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Is the pigeon New York City’s unofficial mascot?

There may be more people who think so following the global unveiling of Destination: NYC, a collection of 200 New York-designed products for sale at MoMA Design Stores. The collection’s visual identity is the handiwork of students graduating from the MPS Branding Department at the School of Visual Arts (SVA), chaired by Debbie Millman.

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I think it’s fair to say that whatever the Mad Men season premiere holds for us, it is sure to be a visual delight. Here are a few gifts inspired by the mid-cenutury interiors at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. And remember, there is nothing wrong with giving yourself one of these atomic artifacts.

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Vitra Nelson Night Desk Clock

We pretty sure we saw this George Nelson clock on Roger Sterling’s desk. This iconic example of mid-century modern design is both functional and a geometric work of art.

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