This is not a (Rorschach) Test

This is not a (Rorschach) Test

The Rorschach test has become a common theme in art, design, and pop culture: from the cover of Jay-Z’s “Decoded” to Andy Warhol’s art, it’s taken on a life of its own. We were excited to get a copy of…

Arne Jacobsen/Fritz Hansen Egg Chair: Detail Video

We’ve been amazingly lucky to have four immigrants from the Republic of Fritz Hansen take up residence at Civilizr HQ recently – blue leather Arne Jacobsen Egg Chairs. There’s much to say about these design icons, but here’s what we…

Like Moneyball, But For Restaurants

Like Moneyball, But For Restaurants

With a title like “The Underground Culinary Tour”, one might initially expect something akin to a pub crawl but for food. The subtitle of this book, however, gives away a bit more: The Underground Culinary Tour: How the New Metrics…

Postcard Animalia

Postcard Animalia

What do you get if you cross a coloring book and a recipe box? How about a box of colorable postcards? The Amazing Animal Facts Postcards: 50 Colorable Postcards collection is based on Maja Säfström’s book The Illustrated Compendium of…

Attack Of The Robo-Models

Attack Of The Robo-Models

Attack of the Robo-Models! That is, robotic clothing models with proportions that can have their measurements adjusted electronically. Okay, so we’re not sure what they’re attacking just yet, but there’s probably SOMETHING. Retailers are probably hoping they’ll attack the high…

Maximalism: in for 2017?

Maximalism: in for 2017?

Minimalism in pretty much all things has been de rigeur for so long now, we forget what it was like to do more with more, not less. But perhaps, now, layers upon layers of things are in, again. WSJ ran…

The Guardian: IKEA vs. the Antiques Trade

This piece in The Guardian yesterday started off with confessions of a design critic; and yes, it’s true, even the snobbiest among us may very well have an IKEA piece or two somewhere. If you choose wisely, you’ll find pieces…

Nonsense: The Power Of Not Knowing

Nonsense: The Power Of Not Knowing

How does the brain react to ambiguity? And are those reactions a good thing or a bad thing? Jamie Holmes takes a look at this and other concepts in Nonsense: The Power Of Not Knowing, an exceptionally relevant book these…

Green Chicken by Jaime Hayon

Green Chicken by Jaime Hayon

Here’s a bit of whimsical design for you – “Green Chicken” by Jaime Hayon. Seems fitting to ride out of 2016 on this, right? It’s his take on the rocking horse, but much more modern and playful – and with…

A Proper Drink, Anyone?

A Proper Drink, Anyone?

By now you’ve definitely noticed the proliferation of craft cocktail bars and that even casual spots have upped their game. But… where did this trend come from? Who are the people who saved us from an eternity of banal vodka…