Milan’s Salone del Mobile is still “the centre of the furniture design world” says Jasper Morrison

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Milan 2015: Jasper Morrison has defended Milan's Salone Del Mobile, saying it is "by far the most important event for the furniture industry" and that his earlier criticisms of the fair were a "mistake" (+ interview). (more…)

 

Shop Houzz: Mix Up Your Perfect Beach-Style Bar (88 photos)

With summer on the horizon, you’ll want to create the perfect beachy bar for relaxing with summery cocktails and entertaining your best mates. Whether you prefer tropical, nautical or rustic beach style, we have the right decor, furniture and barware to help you create your ideal beach-style bar.

 

Shop Houzz: Create Your Perfect Beach-Style Bar (88 photos)

With summer on the horizon, you’ll want to create the perfect beachy bar for relaxing with summery cocktails and entertaining your best mates. Whether you prefer tropical, nautical or rustic beach style, we have the right decor, furniture and barware to help you create your ideal beach-style bar.

 

Simon Morasi Piperčić stretches Italian leather over steel frame to create Strain chair

Milan 2015: furniture brand Prostoria is presenting a lounge chair with a stretched leather backrest and tubular steel support at Milan's Salone del Mobile furniture fair (+ slideshow). (more…)

 

3D printed nail art comes to life through stop motion animation


a total of 521 3D printed artificial nails have been attached to an actual human hand and filmed frame by frame.

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Downtown Philadelphia Mall Will Get Major Makeover

The proposed Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia at Market East (Credit: PREIT)

Philadelphia’s 1970s downtown mall in the Market East neighborhood, The Gallery, has been headed for a makeover for some time now — but this week, developers released details on what’s to become “the Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia.”

The vision for the shopping center might not have the ski slope or Legoland that’s on the drawing board for Miami’s new super-mall, but city officials hope the renovation and rebranding will rejuvenate a section of Center City that one Philadelphia Inquirer reporter describes as a “notorious dead spot.”

Once the necessary city approvals are in place, the Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT), a partner in the project, expects the effort to take two years, during which most of the one-million-plus-square-foot space will be closed.

“The project will offer a fusion of outlet retail taking the form of luxury and moderate brands, traditional mall retail, popular flagship retail, artisanal food experiences and entertainment offerings,” PREIT reps said in a statement. Joseph F. Coradino, CEO of PREIT, said the redevelopment would position the area to be the “next great urban marketplace in the United States.”

According to the Inquirer, the city will invest about $113 million in the project. “This is the single best opportunity in decades to bring Market East back to full strength,” said Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger. He also noted the developments would bring over 1,000 new jobs.

The project will displace a lot of shoppers as well as people who spend their days at the popular Gallery. The space is seldom deserted, and the Inquirer notes that “for many working-class African Americans who travel there from outlying neighborhoods, the Gallery has been a place to get a cup of coffee, grab a meal, or sit and chat with friends. Retirees whiled away the day at the food court, and young people met there after school.”

“That’s what’s going to be lost when the Gallery changes,” Elijah Anderson, a sociologist who has studied the center, told the newspaper. “Those people really have no place to go now.”

   

Which States Are Holding Their Cities Back?

On average, state aid makes up 17 percent of city general fund revenues. (Credit: National League of Cities)

The dangers of underfunded pensions continue to loom over many cities, and budgets and economic development rank at the top of the list of things that keep mayors up at night. In a survey of municipal finance officers last fall, 80 percent said cities were “better able” to meet financial needs last year, but despite this, revenue was projected to remain flat for 2014.

According to the National League of Cities, states may be keeping their cities from bouncing back from the recession. The League’s new report, “Cities and States Fiscal Structures,” found that no state has expanded the fiscal authority of its cities since the start of the recession.

The report compares municipal fiscal systems in 50 states by looking at taxing authority, revenue reliance and capacity, state aid, and tax and expenditure limits.

“The … report supports the fact that cities and towns need more fiscal autonomy to balance their budgets, create economic growth and meet their communities’ needs,” Clarence E. Anthony, CEO and president of the National League of Cities, said in a statement.

Idaho, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island are among the states classified as “behind the pack” in the study, while Alabama, Missouri, New York and Pennsylvania give municipalities more authority, thus putting them in the “ahead of the pack” category.

According to the study:

City finances have been slow to recover from the recession in part because of continued constraints from states on cities’ ability to raise revenues. hinder cities’ fiscal autonomy by providing limited access to tax sources, placing caps on tax revenue and cutting aid.

With taxing power, cities continue to demonstrate creative and effective approaches to growth — from Chicago’s upcoming polka-dotted intersection makeover to Houston’s successful tax credit program to spur downtown development.

 

Kitchen of the Week: Modern Art Inspires a Color-Blocked Look (6 photos)

Interior designer Carole Hunter knew her client appreciated modern art but was scared to show her the color scheme she’d come up with for her beach house kitchen redesign. Inspired by her client’s Calder mobile in the adjacent living room, she came up with a primary-color idea. “I find most of the time...

 

Concrete Maison Le Cap house features mirrored glazing to reflect the seaside scenery

Four concrete boxes make up this holiday home by Paris architect Pascal Grasso, which nestles into a verdant hillside on the southern coast of France (+ slideshow). (more…)

 



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