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Post image for A Burial Suit of Mushrooms that Consume Your Remains

Despite embalming and sealed caskets being a relatively new tradition in American burial, brought about by the high mortality of the Civil War, we’ve quickly become uncomfortable with our mortal decay.

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Post image for Converting Air Pollution into Inks and Pigments for Artists

To combat growing levels of air pollution worldwide, a technology and design team is converting airborne pollutants into consumer safe inks and paints.

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Post image for A Future Where the Decomposing Dead Could Power Cemetery Lights

The dead are often visually absent from our cemeteries, buried below the ground with tombstones representing the invisible remains.

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Post image for A Gift to Cooper Hewitt Fills Gaps in the Collection

Thanks to the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum’s 19th-century roots and the Hewitt sisters’ collection, the institution has strong holdings in that era’s decorative arts. This month, the New York museum announced that its 20th-century collections were strengthened with a considerable gift from George R. Kravis II.

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Post image for Alexander Girard: Design for the World — and Just About Everything in It

Sometimes an exhibition can be so packed with information and ideas that it can send viewers racing home to try their hands at their own creations. That’s the kind of pay-off that can feel as rewarding as examining a deeply illuminating show itself.

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Post image for Art Deco Patterns of Beetles and Butterflies

Emile-Allain Séguy was enamored with the overlooked wonders of the natural world.

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Post image for The Father of Streamlining Gets Some Long Overdue Love from MoMA

Raymond Loewy earned the nickname “father of streamlining” for his influential career in industrial design, shaping sleek icons of 20th-century America such as the Lucky Strike cigarette packet and the Art Deco shell of the PRR S1 steam locomotive.

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Post image for The Origins of Eero Saarinen’s TWA Terminal in a One-Legged Chair

When the TWA Flight Center opened in 1962 at New York’s JFK Airport, its swooping form seemed to embody flight itself, with its two white wings rising from the tarmac.

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Post image for An Eccentric Visual History of Our Most Basic Shapes

In the 1960s, Italian artist Bruno Munari explored the visual history of the square, circle, and triangle in three books, which Princeton Architectural Press recently compiled.

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Post image for Are You Sitting Down? Meet Archelis, the Wearable Chair of the Future

Archelis, a futuristic new “wearable chair” by Japan’s Hiroaki Nishimura Design, provides workers with a healthy middle ground between deadly all-day sitting and tiring all-day standing.

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