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Last week, we discovered a little something crazy: the popularity of airport carpets on photo sharing app Instagram.
Delving a bit further into this fascination, and that of other similarly quirky funny Instagram travel hashtags, we've found that not only is the carpet of Portland International Airport in Oregon particularly beloved, but that devotees have gone so far as to have the design tattooed!
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While Instagram photo series like #throwbackthursday and #windowseat are popular on a mainstream level, there are other, cooler hashtags advancing niche interests. An example of this is #kicksonaplane or, as we recently discovered from instagramming the Phoenix Airport photo above, #airportcarpet.
#AirportCarpet currently boasts 882 photos from Instagram users around the world. Take, for instance, the below snaps from Portland, OR (definitely the most popular airport carpet, by far), and Wellington, New Zealand.
In comparison, #casinocarpet only has 186 images, and #hotelcarpet has 478. Of course one could blame the popularity of airport carpets on the waiting room-like atmosphere of gate areas and the hours of boredom before a flight departure, but where's the fun in that?
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Over in London there’s a new look for the city’s iconic taxicabs, as Nissan has revealed its design and plan for a vehicle that they hope can compete for a decent share of the market. The new look takes cues from the city’s usual car design, but as you can see above—it’s certainly not the same thing.
Nissan is hungry to score success in London, as they already have gobbled up contracts to supply similar vehicles in spots like New York, Barcelona, and Tokyo. Its new look for London is based off the NV200 van, and it hopes that the petrol-powered taxi can take to the city’s streets by the end of the year. As for a greener version—it might be 2015 before an electric option is available for spinning around Piccadilly Circus.
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The Dutch are good at many thingsmaking cheese and growing tulips would be traditional examples, but a much more modern one is their ability to provide a good lay.
Wait a second. We’re not talking about Amsterdam’s infamous red light district; shift focus across the city to Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport and the KLM aircraft buzzing around it, where passengers are now enjoying a good lay…all the way back in lie-flat seats. It’s here you’ll find the current palette for Dutch talent, in the features and service of KLM’s brand new World Business Class.
Where once buying a Business Class ticket on KLM meant reclining just enough for a comfortable nap, it’s now all about the lie-flat bed and a proper snooze. In fact, some 70% of business class used to be awake for the full, hot breakfast before arrival; the new seats mean more sleeping in, however, and the uptake on breakfast is down to 20%. We’re living proof of this; we drooled in deep sleep and awoke to the farmland of Holland, with only enough time before landing to scarf down a cinnamon roll.
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If you didn't make it to this past weekend's Open House New York festival and are salivating over your friends' (or our own) cool shots of some hidden gems, don't fret. All is not lost. NYC is not the only city to swing open its doors and invite the public into spaces that usually never see the light of day, or at least the flash of cameras.
Open House Worldwide is a project that started in London in 1992 by Open-City to profile the effect that excellent design, planning and regeneration of the contemporary city can have on the quality of people's lives. Celebrating its 21st birthday this year, the program has expanded toyou've guessed it21 cities across the globe.
Here's what Open House events are coming up next:
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SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY!
The TWA Flight Center at New York's JFK Airport will again be open to the public for this one day: Sunday, October 13. And it may be the last time to view the building in as close to Saarinen's original plans as possible, since rumors of hotel development are approaching fact.
The reason? The 11th annual openhousenewyork festival (OHNY), a weekend event that flings open private doors to showcase typically hidden gems of the city. Last year was only the second instance of the TWA Flight Center welcoming hoards of the curious and, even better, access was (and still will be) free!
Covering walls with runway diagrams wasn't enough. Now it's time to profess your airport allegiance on a t-shirt.
A small company aptly named "Pilot & Captain" has designed a range of basic tees with the theme of airport codes. There are 20 in all, ranging from DFW (Dallas/Ft Worth) to CDG (Paris), and there's even some wall prints and totebags. Each shirt is $32 and available in men's or women's sizes and fits.
They may be awesome, but the general graphic tee etiquette rules apply here; you don't wear a band's shirt to their concert, so no sporting these at the airport. It's just weird.
[Image; Pilot & Capt]
What could a manicure possibly have to do with travel?
NYC-based manicurist and salon owner Jin Soon Choi is famous for simple and elegant nail looks. But the look she created for the Tibi show at New York Fashion Week this week had a somewhat surprising backstory.
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This weekend brought even more news on the fate of JFK Airport's TWA Flight Center or, as we may soon call it, The Standard, Flight Center.
The NY Post' s Page Six reports that hotelier Andre Balazs has more to celebrate than just the 5th anniversary of his Standard Hotel in NYC's Meatpacking District, as his plans to develop the Terminal 5 Flight Center into a 150-room hotel and convention center move forward.
The final proposal hasn't yet been approved by the Port Authority and, as we recently reported, they aren't having the easiest time agreeing that Balazs' design plans are the right ones for the space. Thus, this is the ideal time for Balazs to leak details in a bid to gain more publicity and garner excitement over the possible "Standard, Flight Center," while its neighbor, the old Terminal 3 Pan Am Worldport, is reduced to rubble (sharing a fate with the I.M. Pei-designed Terminal 6 Sundrome, demolished just two years ago).
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October can't come soon enough, as we've just confirmed that the TWA Flight Center at New York's JFK Airport will again be open to the public for one day: Sunday, October 13.
The reason? The 11th annual openhousenewyork festival (OHNY), a weekend event that flings open private doors to showcase typically hidden gems of the city. The weekend is October 12-13 and although the full schedule won't be released until early October, it's nice to know if the TWA Terminal is a part of the fun since many people actually travel in for the pleasure of roaming and photographing this icon of modern architecture.
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First leaked in April, the news is that JetBlue, after 12 years, has sat down with a design team (Stan Herman and Michael Schwarz) to brainstorm and sketch a complete wardrobe revamp. Schwarz describes their inspiration as "fresh and new and almost future, but still maintain that heritage of JetBlue." Seeing as how JetBlue hasn't even been around for 15 years yet, that "heritage" is actually all modern in one way or another, so throwing a little futuristic flash into the flight fashion is the only direction they can move.
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It doesn't matter if you're a frequent flyer or an avid armchair traveler so long as you're a lover of good design when it comes to what we've got for you. Picture this: your walls, decorated with schematics of airports, but in more of a minimalist-Apple sort of way and less back-of-the-inflight-magazine.
The Chicago-based NOMO Designs fulfills this fantasy, with the runway layout (and pertinent facts) of some 30 international airports printed in white ink on 18" x 24" steel gray sheets. The two newest? Dallas-Fort Worth and Hong Kong. There's even a few available on T-shirts if your airport allegiance runs truly deep.