Christmas

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The War For Christopia

Christmas is lots of things. I like to think of it as a place that I can call Christopia. Take a little bit of magic, a dash of kitsch, and a whole lot merry and the result is that utopia where elves govern and the jolly one reigns - and where the standard greeting...

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10 Fantastical Holiday Gift Ideas for Color Fans

Sharpen your pencils and fire up your browsers, color-mavens. The holidays are officially on, and it’s high time to go shopping. Here are the top 10 color-themed gifts this holiday season: First, the splurges. I fell instantly in love with these color-wheel rugs by French designer Constance Guisset for Italian rugmaker Nodus. Thanks, Fast...

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7 Smashing Holiday Gifts for Pattern Design Fans

Crazed for patterns? Short on holiday-shopping ideas? We got you covered! Below we’ve gathered fantastic gift ideas for anyone whose eyes sparkle at the notion of a kicky pattern design. Start with Fido. A sharp dog counts as a clever fashion accessory (even as his value well transcends that role). Why not outfit your...

Where Do All the Winter Holiday Colors Come From?

Have you thrown in the pre-holiday productivity towel yet? Here’s hoping you’re already lolling over an eggnog, tending to that urgent gift-wrap origami. If not, we humbly offer a tantalizingly holiday-themed distraction for you to read furtively whenever the boss isn’t swanning by your desk. After all, it’s educational and season-appropriate to ask: where...

The Fab Four's Surreal Christmas

Want a surreal Xmas treat? The Beatles’ annual Christmas records were dada, punk, and hipster rolled into one crazily irreverent, hilariously spoken and musical concoction produced on flexi discs and mailed to members of the official mop top fan-clubs in the U.K. and U.S. They were issued each year in limited editions from 1963...

The Dark Side of Kris Kringle

Christmas is not all about decking the halls and joy to the world. St. Nick’s “dark servant” (no elf is he), who goes by the name Krampus, is a hairy, horned, supernatural beast whose pointed ears and long, slithering tongue give the naughty something to think twice about. St. Nikolaus (a.k.a. Mr. Klaus) rewarded...

Shiny Brite and Design Thinking

Over the holiday weekend, my mom and I sorted through several boxes of my grandparents’ Christmas ornaments. Both born in 1913, my grandparents lived through two world wars, had two daughters and were married for 73 years. They had several hand-painted glass bulbs that we can date back to the 1940s due to the...

The Geographical Center of Christmas

Christmas is the one time of the year when designers needn’t be true to their mission to save the world from mediocrity or waste. Christmas is both the great leveler and an official end of the year. For instance there is a bar and restaurant in my New York neighborhood that I would ordinarily...