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W Hotel in New Orleans gets a jazzy revamp

W Hotel in New Orleans gets a jazzy revamp

In redesigning the French Quarter hotel, Nemaworkshop took inspiration from the city’s jazz vibe and voodoo history.

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December 7, 2012

Section: Interiors

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DesignThinkers 2012

DesignThinkers 2012

On November 8 and 9, the Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario hosts DesignThinkers, the annual conference that taps into the minds of graphic design titans. Here are our top five must-see speakers.

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November 5, 2012

Section: Design

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Four scene-stealing rugs

Four scene-stealing rugs

New graphic floor coverings by Jan Kath, Nodus, Modallion and byHenzel.

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July 19, 2012

Section: Interiors

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Rethinking architectural renderings

Rethinking architectural renderings

Aesthetics/Anesthetics, an exhibit at New York’s Storefront for Art and Architecture, pushes through the tropes of architectural drawings to find fertile new ground.

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July 10, 2012

Section: Curiosity

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Gary Taxali’s coins for The Royal Canadian Mint

Gary Taxali’s coins for The Royal Canadian Mint

The illustrator’s six playful designs celebrating special events bring whimsy to our currency — while quantities last.

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March 6, 2012

Section: Curiosity

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Q&A: Talking with Gary Hustwit

Q&A: Talking with Gary Hustwit

The documentarian behind Helvetica, Objectified, and – his latest – Urbanized was recently in Toronto for an exclusive viewing of all three films, which are screening at the TIFF Bell Lightbox until January 17. Azure caught up with him to talk about city planning, Frank Gehry and Massimo Vignelli.

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January 16, 2012

Section: Architecture

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Doodle Dandy

Doodle Dandy

For bold types, a menswear line by Dries Van Noten sports custom ­lettering by Dutch artist Job Wouters.

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January 7, 2012

Section: Design

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Happy holidays from Azure

Happy holidays from Azure

Azure is taking a short break for the holidays. To celebrate, we leave you with a collection of images from the fabulous new book on Alexander Girard designed by Todd Oldman and Kiera Coffee, and published by AMMO. Weighing in at 6.8 kilos, the 675-page tome traces the New York textile designer’s prolific career, from his bold and colourful work for Herman Miller and his Austin Power-worthy mod interiors to his brilliant typographic works that came to define the 1960s era of optimism, happiness and play. We’ll be back on January 2, 2012.

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December 23, 2011

Section: Design

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The winners of the 2011 Design Exchange Awards

The winners of the 2011 Design Exchange Awards

The Design Exchange in Toronto announced the winners and finalists for its annual award program.

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November 25, 2011

Section: Architecture

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Chip Kidd’s approach to cover art

Chip Kidd’s approach to cover art

While 1Q84, the new novel by Haruki Murakami, continues to garner mixed reviews, Azure chatted with Chip Kidd, its cover designer, about inspiration, process, and typesetting.

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November 15, 2011

Section: Design

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