Marshalls: Marshalls launches virtual sample service using augmented reality

Marshalls: Marshalls launches virtual sample service using augmented reality. “The launch of the new Marshalls virtual sample service is a first for the industry and is the first phase of a major paving visualiser project. The new tool uses the latest in Augmented Reality technology and allows homeowners to see Marshalls paving, walling and edging products in full 3D and ‘place’ them in their own outdoor spaces, experimenting with colours, size and materials. People can download the images to keep for inspiration and comparison, and to share with friends for help with decision making.”

PR Newswire: New Landmarks Illinois database highlights over 100 women who built Illinois (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: New Landmarks Illinois database highlights over 100 women who built Illinois (PRESS RELEASE). “Landmarks Illinois has published an online database, Women Who Built Illinois, which includes information on over 100 female architects, engineers, developers, designers, builders, landscape architects, interior designers and clients and their projects between 1879 and 1979.”

PR Newswire: EBSCO Information Services Releases Art Magazine Collection Archive (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: EBSCO Information Services Releases Art Magazine Collection Archive (PRESS RELEASE). “Art Magazine Collection Archive is a fully searchable full-text archive that assists researchers and those interested in topics such as ancient art, architecture, art preservation, contemporary art, contemporary American art, decorative arts, fine arts, interior design, international art and visual arts. Coverage of the digital archive includes 1,200 issues of The Magazine ANTIQUES (1922-2016), 2,100 issues of ARTnews (1902-2006) and 650 issues of Art in America (1913-2015).”

Bloomberg CityLab: Get Lost in 70 Years of Old IKEA Catalogs

Bloomberg CityLab: Get Lost in 70 Years of Old IKEA Catalogs. “As millions of people around the world become intimately familiar with their home decor, the Swedish furniture giant IKEA is offering an online resource to fuel your redecoration reveries: In honor of the the 70th anniversary of the company’s first catalog, IKEA just dropped digital versions of every catalog on its museum website. If your idea of a good time is wandering the labyrinth of your local IKEA showroom, trying out sectionals in a pretend living room, this digital trove of modular furniture makes an excellent and Covid-safe alternative distraction — and a fascinating time capsule of Scandinavian design trends.”

Mixmag: How Instagram is changing the design of clubs and festivals

Mixmag: How Instagram is changing the design of clubs and festivals. “It would be simplistic to put Instagram forward as a reason that ‘ravebox’ clubs, built on the traditional model of sensory deprivation rather than epic visual spectacle, have been in decline for the last decade, while – in the UK for example – epic, ‘tabula rasa’-style venues like Printworks and The Warehouse Project attract huge numbers. Not when there are factors like greedy developers, rising overheads and other changing habits to take into account. But when the ‘traditional’ club space, all sensory deprivation and communal experience, doesn’t fit the needs of much of the audience, it’s almost certainly a factor.”

The Atlantic: The Instagram Aesthetic Is Over

The Atlantic: The Instagram Aesthetic Is Over. “As Instagram has grown to more than 1 billion monthly users, it has ushered in a very particular look: bright walls, artfully arranged lattes and avocado toast, and Millennial-pink everything, all with that carefully staged, color-corrected, glossy-looking aesthetic. Photos that play into these trends perform so well on Instagram that the look became synonymous with the platform itself, then seeped into the broader world. Even if you don’t use the app, you’ve undoubtedly encountered an ‘Instagram wall,’ a pop-up experience like the Museum of Ice Cream, or a brightly patterned restaurant bathroom just made to be photographed.”

Mashable: The small corner of Instagram dedicated to temporary wallpaper is uncommonly magical

Mashable: The small corner of Instagram dedicated to temporary wallpaper is uncommonly magical. “Nearly every piece of wallpaper I’ve seen since then has been a real eyesore, so for most of my adult life I’ve remained confident in my opinion. Until the day I was scrolling through Instagram and a bold floral print atop a subtle blush background caught my eye. In an instant, everything changed.”

Brownstoner: Old House Lovers Will Drool Over These Vintage Architecture Trade Catalogs

Brownstoner: Old House Lovers Will Drool Over These Vintage Architecture Trade Catalogs. “There’s an abundant amount of information online for the historic house lover. But when looking to understand just what kind of fixtures and finishes might have been popular at a particular point in time, there’s nothing quite as exciting as dipping into vintage trade catalogs.” Nice roundup article.

County Weekly News: Glanmore goes digital

County Weekly News: Glanmore goes digital. “Queen Victoria would be amused. As the holiday marking her birthday approaches, Belleville’s museum dedicated to the Victorian era is getting a little more modern. Glanmore National Historic Site staff have launched their new online artifact database.”

Instagram Worthy: How Social Media Has Reshaped Our Ideas On Attractive Design (Forbes)

Forbes: Instagram Worthy: How Social Media Has Reshaped Our Ideas On Attractive Design. “When it comes to designing office and living spaces, people are relying on two social media platforms. The highly visual nature of Instagram and Pinterest make them ideal places for finding design inspiration, even making purchasing decisions…. ‘Instagram worthy’ home is now a thing and a lot of younger consumers admit that they specifically seek out decor items that would look good on social media. Yet the impact of social media on our perception of ‘pretty’ doesn’t end here.”

The Verge: Instagram Is Pushing Restaurants To Be Kitschy, Colorful, And Irresistible To Photographers

The Verge: Instagram Is Pushing Restaurants To Be Kitschy, Colorful, And Irresistible To Photographers. “When it came time to design their first restaurant, Media Noche, San Francisco entrepreneurs Madelyn Markoe and Jessie Barker found themselves lacking inspiration. Their designer had asked them for ideas and they felt like ‘deer in headlights.’ Ultimately, Markoe says, they came up with a single instruction: ‘We wanted to be Instagrammable.’”

In Development: Digital Archive of Paint-Decorated Walls

In development: an online archive of paint-decorated walls. “The Center for Painted Wall Preservation Inc. (CPWP) is dedicated to the research and preservation of 18th- and early 19th-century American paint-decorated plaster walls. Its goal is to survey and document these walls in situ or in collections, to further the appreciation of this rare and vulnerable art form, and to serve as a resource for the preservation of painted plaster walls for future generations. It also assists owners in the research, appreciation, documentation, conservation, and restoration of their paint-decorated walls.”