Part of the Taboela Collection, this beautifully crafted table is perfect for any type of space – small or large, indoor or outdoor. Its defining feature is a mixture of simple and effective design and versatility. Just imagine yourself wanting to have breakfast in the garden – this table easily unfolds to allow you to enjoy a meal in the presence of your beloved greenery and folds up again for easy storage. A steel frame supports the tabletop made out of teak wood and an X-shaped base that folds down ensures the table is stable and comfortable. If unexpected guests show up, you can have two or three tables like this one ready to be adjoined for an enjoyable meal either indoors or outdoors. Designed by Royal Botania, the Taboela Table found on DecoeStilo is available in white, black, gray and the wood version you can see in the photos.
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With less than thirty days since the last All-Star Game for the Major League Baseball (MLB) was played in Phoenix Arizona — National League won — the league and the host team of the 2012 All-Star Game, the Kansas City Royals, have unveiled the logo for next year’s “Midsummer Classic”. According to our archives we haven’t covered an MLB All-Star game since 2007 so just to fill you in, the first image you’ll see is a recap.
The logo suggests the recognizable shield shape of the famous Kauffman video board [above], and is topped with a gold crown bearing the year “2012.”
— Press Release
The one thing that’s crystal clear about the 2012 All-Star logo is that it has to do with the Royals and the idea of royals. It has a crown. It’s dark like the host team and some purple hints like royalty. It has banners, like those you would see on Game of Thrones but way less cool. So, in that regard, it certainly succeeds, making it very location- and team-aware, which is a trait among All-Star logos. I don’t think any of these All-Star logos are particularly great — the 2010 hosted by the LA Angels in Anaheim is somewhat strong — and I would categorize this year’s edition as decent. I actually quite like what they did with the typography, it’s a nicely chiseled serif. Given that sports logos aren’t shy of adding colors I don’t understand why they didn’t add a little shadow between the front and back banners so that it doesn’t become such a blob? The crown is fine. And, as usual, the white stroke around the whole thing is dumb. Here is an idea sports logos: If you feel the need to force a white stroke on everything to differentiate the logo from the background how about you choose a different background? It ain’t rocket science.
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No frogs transformed into princes and no wicked stepmothers were vanquished — not on camera, at least — but today’s royal wedding managed to capture the world’s imagination. Thanks to partnerships with CBS, the Associated Press, UK Press Association, and Entertainment Tonight, the marriage between Prince William and Kate Middleton broke viewing records on Livestream.com, maxing out at 300,000 simultaneous viewers and a total of “at least 2 million” unique users, according to Max Haot, the site’s CEO. We reached out to YouTube and Facebook to see how they did on the streaming front, but neither site has a finally tally — though a Facebook spokesperson did tell us that 6,819,072 people have commented on the wedding in the past 24 hours. We don’t want to rain on anyone’s parade, but we hear News Corp. has secured the rights to the Royal Divorce — just in case.
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Nestled in bustling Covent Garden, the Royal Opera House is home to The Royal Opera, The Royal Ballet and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. In its third structural incarnation since 1732 — two previous buildings were burned in fires in 1808 and 1856 — the Royal Opera House is a preeminent international performing arts venue but, unfortunately, the same couldn’t be said of its crest, which looks like it has survived its own set of fires.
The new identity has been designed by London-based SomeOne, who worked with master engraver Christopher Wormell to update the crest. Simon Manchipp, founder of SomeOne explains the challenges of the project:
1) The old royal crest was not digitally adept, it struggled to be clear at smaller sizes and wasn’t elegant when employed on large scale applications.
2) The word mark typography only reflected the more classical side of the organization.
3) There were no firm rules for coherent design systems across the multiple messages given to their audiences.
We solved their issues with a re-cut royal crest designed to be equally elegant on both small and large applications. A new typographic approach based in the typeface ‘Gotham’ that updated the feel of the communications. Finally a series of design principles, grids and systems ensured that all the print, pixel and press applications join up in coherent and flexible branded applications.
It goes without saying that the new crest is simply fantastic and I’m not one to easily compliment crests. The previous lion and unicorn looked as if Bambi had eaten their families and had nothing but droopy, sad eyes to show for it. The updated versions are proud and strong. And probably ate Bambi. My favorite aspect of it is that they created two versions, positive and negative, to use on light and dark backgrounds — instead of just inverting the positive version, as the old one did.
As striking as the new crest is, it would have been easy to screw it up with bad typography or poor use, but SomeOne has created a really sophisticated and contemporary identity that gives more prominence to the name of the venue and provides solid ground to build on the striking imagery of the performers. Set in one of the lighter versions of Gotham this is one of those instances where you forget you are looking at Gotham, because its use is subtle in the role of supporting actor, giving a new-fashioned twist to the old-fashioned crest. As whole, the identity is a very successful evolution of a centuries-old institution. Plus, the Queen agrees:
Naturally “The Palace” was consulted before anything went out, they very kindly granted the branding with Royal approval on the first proposal.
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EDIT: I’m currently working on creating an organization for my posts. Somehow, in the process, this old one was republished. Not sure how it happened, but rest assured, I’m not trying to make you feel like you’re losing your mind, your deja vu is justified!!!
“…With the decline in the popularity of hats, the business closed in 1970, brought down by what Mr. John described acidly as ‘orthopedic hairdos and french fried curls.’” – From Mr. John’s obituary , The New York Times, 1993.
WELL. In that case THANK YOU, french fried orthopedic curl-styling hairdressers, for making this hat, by none other than Mr. John, available for my purchase, at a thrift shop. Who would throw this out? I’d like to have a word with her.
From the obituary (full text here):
In the 1940′s and 1950′s, the name Mr. John was as famous in the world of hats as Christian Dior was in the realm of haute couture. At a time when other milliners were piling on flowers, feathers and tulle, Mr. John was stripping hats naked, relying on pure shape for effect…
His clients included stars of film, stage, opera and the society pages. Among the fashionable women who wore his designs were the Duchess of Windsor, Gloria Swanson, Gloria Vanderbilt, Lauren Bacall, Joan Crawford and Rosalind Russell. His hats were worn by Vivien Leigh in “Gone With the Wind,” by Marlene Dietrich in “Shanghai Express,” by Greta Garbo in “The Painted Veil” and by Marilyn Monroe in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.”
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