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All We Want for Christmas is a Norwegian Passport

Where: Norway
November 19, 2014 at 12:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

A round of applause for Norway.

Not only has the Scandinavian country put its famous design talent to work reworking their paper money, but they've also just concluded an open competition to revamp the look of Norwegian passports.

The winner? Olso studio Neue, whose striking, Scandi minimalist modern exterior and surprise interior won over the judges.

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Step Back in Time to 1970s East Germany at These 5 Berlin Spots

November 11, 2014 at 10:22 AM | by | Comments (0)

Brandenburg Gate. Alexanderplatz. Checkpoint Charlie.

The 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall has done more than just shed a brighter light on some of Berlin's best-known tourist sites; it's wholly reignited interest in the brief history of the DDR (Deutsche Demokratische Republik), aka East Germany. Although the DDR technically ceased to exist upon Berlin reunification in 1990 and East Germany feverishly adapted to Western fashion and culture, the particular details of DDR everyday life continue to fascinate.

A handful of Berlin sites continue to preserve DDR design, and anyone is welcome to visit. Here are five of our favorites:

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The Little Things: How Condor Airlines Remembers Retro Style

October 7, 2014 at 1:50 PM | by | Comments (0)

In the midst of the bustle of travel, it's all too easy to overlook the details. We're talking about special touches others have stressed over just so you can enjoy a unique experience, whether you know it or not. Every so often we'll highlight The Little Things like this, so now you will know.

All too often these days, airline passengers moan that the the glamor has gone from travel. While it's true that legroom is decreasing and a full, complimentary steak dinner is no longer the norm onboard, the Frankfurt-based leisure airline Condor refuses to let every smidgeon of retro style and comfort be lost to the ages. In fact, Condor slips historical hints of the jet age into each of their flights today.

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The TWA Flight Center in New York Will Again Open to the Public for One Day

September 30, 2014 at 12:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

Attention architecture, history, design, aviation, and photography buffs! The TWA Flight Center at New York's JFK Airport will again be open to the public for one day: Saturday, October 11, from 11am to 3:30pm.

The reason? The 12th annual openhousenewyork festival (OHNY), a weekend event that flings open private doors to showcase typically hidden gems of the city over weekend of October 11-12.

Although OHNY began in 2002, the TWA Center has only been welcoming the OHNY public since 2011, and each year is typically considered the last chance to see it in this raw, restored state before developers re-purpose it. Recent plans, now shelved, involved turning it into a hotel, to be added to the property portfolio of hotelier Andre Balazs. His loss is our gain, and access will again be free on October 11.

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10 Things That Look Better in Yellow and Black Than Spirit Airlines

September 17, 2014 at 9:08 AM | by | Comments (0)

What's yellow and black but turns faces red?

Spirit Airlines yesterday unceremoniously unveiled their new aircraft paint job, posting the unflattering image above to Twitter. The bold yellow-and-black scheme is a massive change from their most recent clean look, and it's already being dubbed the "Pikachu plane," although Spirit themselves like to describe it as "unique, bold, fun & clearly identifiable even at 35,000 feet."

It's also ugly, but you know what? Spirit don't care. It's all about making money, which they happen to do at the expense of none-the-wiser budget travelers who think they're getting a good deal, only to be nickel-and-dimed all the way to the destination (and made to drink wine-in-a-can). The new look is so visible, so eye-searing, that no doubt flyers onboard other planes will spot Spirit's birds on the runway and remember that name for future bookings, and that's the whole idea.

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Frontier Keeps the Animals and Shows Off a New Look

September 11, 2014 at 8:27 AM | by | Comments (0)

Just the other day we were talking about Frontier and their airfare offerings that broke all kinds of records, and now we’re back to discuss their recent paintjob reveal. Earlier in the week Southwest Airlines kind of stole the spotlight with their new look, but Frontier has been busy working on a new look as well.

First and foremost things are a little more of a refinement and a refresh than a total makeover, as the animals on the tails of each and every plane will remain—that’s a relief.

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Check Out Nike's Private Jet Concept for Traveling Sports Teams

September 9, 2014 at 1:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

Imagine a West Coast basketball team heading to New York for a game. They are boarding a chartered flight. Today there is a lot riding on this game—anticipating fans, big money; multimillion-dollar contracts are at stake. Now, imagine your favorite center at 7-plus feet folding himself into the classic airplane seat, airplane noise, dehydrating air, standard airplane meals.

This is the scenario which inspired Nike to team up with Seattle-based design firm Teague to conceptualize a private jet specially for professional sports teams. Of course that's all it is right now—a concept—but the basics and beyond are there to turn a plane like the 787 Dreamliner into the ultimate home team machine.

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Like Southwest's New Look? Here's 10 Images to Help You Decide

September 8, 2014 at 12:24 PM | by | Comment (1)

2014 is totally the year for Southwest Airlines. Not only has the low-cost carrier finalized hugging AirTran into the company and begun flying internationally, but they've managed to (finally) get onboard with mobile boarding passes and welcome some 737s with split scimitar winglet efficiency into the fleet.

Today marks yet another milestone for the airline this year, as they've introduced an entire new look for their planes, their logo, their website...everything.

"Southwest Heart" is the official name of the style, which adopts a darker shade of blue and a larger "Southwest" text than the current "Canyon Blue" livery. Although it'll take a grand total of 7 years to repaint all of Southwest's fleet with Heart, airports will adopt the new look for their desks and other areas by 2016. Starting off the revamp is, of course, Southwest's home base of Dallas-Love Airport.

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Took Long Enough, But Italian Designers Now Making Furniture for Italian Airports

Where: Italy
July 17, 2014 at 6:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

A little bit of modern design is heading into airports across Italy in the form of new gate furniture. We’re used to the standard look and feel of the seats that fill the concourse and terminal, but now one firm is taking things to the next level with a simple—yet snazzy—"less is more" approach.

Poltrona Frau, whom you may remember as also having done the plush leather seats in Singapore Airlines Suites Class as well as Ferrari sports cars, are branching into airports. The seat has been dubbed "Flair" and it was launched in Milan last year. The first to score the swank seats is Bologna Airport, thanks to a little help from the architecture firm over at Progetto CMR.

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The Little Things: Icelandair's Little Pieces of Icelandic Poetry

May 9, 2014 at 11:24 AM | by | Comment (1)

In the midst of the bustle of travel, it's all too easy to overlook the details. We're talking about special touches others have stressed over just so you can enjoy a unique experience, whether you know it or not. Every so often we'll highlight The Little Things like this, so now you will know.

The Little Thing: Icelandair's dedication to Iceland culture, both in the airport and their aircraft.

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Throwback Thursday: A Very Good Variety of Vintage Airline Posters

May 1, 2014 at 12:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't get that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.

The Simmons Collection boasts that it's the "World's Largest Collection of Vintage Airline Posters." For such a claim, the treasure trove of images must be grand and, luckily, it so is.

View the collection at their official site.

With 120 posters per page, and pages that seem in endless supply, the collection is at least good for a serious boost of design inspiration. If, however, you're inspired to do more than just look, Swann Galleries in NYC occasionally auctions meticulously preserved originals. Bring your black card; these vintage works of commercial illustration can fetch anywhere from $5,000 to $155,000 each.

[Photo: vintageairlineposters]

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The First Boeing 787-9 is Almost All Set for a Debut

April 11, 2014 at 9:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s almost time for Air New Zealand to take to the skies with their very first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, but the closest we can get right now is admiring the new livery from afar.

You may recall that Air New Zealand announced that they’d be mixing up their paintjob with a couple different versions, and here's a preview of one, which retains the koru and New Zealand fern looks and logos.

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