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"Becoming a new American."
These are the first words you'll see over at American Airlines' flashy new website detailing their just-announced rebranding. But happens when one becomes a "new American?" For a person, it involves lots of study, a citizenship test and an official swearing-in ceremony with an oath of loyalty. For an airline, it's as simple as updating a logo. Or not so simple.
This rebranding for American represents the stride of a multi-million dollar effort to give the airline a new life via a fresh look, new onboard products, new airplanes, and new hope following the bankruptcy of 2011 and the shadow that cast over all of 2012. In this case, today's unveiling is more a re-christening than a swearing-in.
In American's own words, this massive move to rebrand and the new look "symbolizes our passion for progress and the spirit that is uniquely American."
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Here at Jaunted, we're pretty partial to street art. In fact, the last couple years have seen us cut entire days from traveling just to scope out the rough creativity evident on the street of Santiago, Chile; Stavanger, Norway; Milan, Italy and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Exotic destinations all, but here's a little secret: the best street art we've ever seen is right here in the USA.
The recipient of this compliment is Miami's Wynwood district, home to galleries aplenty and, once a year, the Design Miami art fair during Art Basel. Considering the artistic appeal of the neighborhood, it's really no surprise to turn corners and be awed by a mural. What we are shocked to find is a community that's literally wall-to-wall stupendous street art, from graffiti to wheatpaste and beyond.
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1. This is the airport.
Yes, it's partly open-air. Yes, one concourse is named for Sonny Bono. [Photo taken at PSP]
2. Sometimes the clouds look like UFOs
If there are clouds at all. [Photo taken at The Ace Hotel & Swim Club]
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2013 probably won't be the year of the airline club since that designation really belongs to 2012, but don’t tell the designers and organizers over at United that. After changing the name of their lounges following their merger with Continental, it looks like United is going all in with a little bit of a revamp and renovation to the United Club.
It all starts with one of the clubs over at Chicago-O’Hare, as the airline has released a sneak peek of what things will look like in Terminal 2.
To our eyes, the new design mimics the stylish lounges for long-haul travel, and by that we mean that they’re skipping the domestic carrier coffee-machine-and-a-comfy-chair look. Think a dash of Virgin's panache, but without all the additional features—and food and beverage—that come along with a true international airline lounge experience.
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YAYit's Saturday! Let's talk Art Basel Miami Beach. The annual contemporary art event—which encompasses several art fairs, art installations around the city, and a gajillion parties—brings in the big spenders and the struggling creatives alike for four days of fun in the sun.
The official dates are Thursday-Sunday, December 6-9, but it's this weekend that sees the most interest from people outside the art & design industries. Yes, even regular people can attend. Though tickets to hit any of the main fairs cost double digits, there's plenty gratis happenings for a sweet taste of this infamous event.
Here's our four favorite free events, open to all:
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"Oh man, ugh whatever." - the typical feeling upon discovering your flight is departing from Newark-Liberty International Airport
It's true. Newark isn't exactly the most convenient airport, nor will it be winning any airport beauty pageants, but airlines have ways of turning your frown upside-down real quick. A grand example is the newly revamped, just-debuted-this-week Virgin Atlantic Upper Class Clubhouse.
At 5,000 square feet, it's half the size of their also recently reopened JFK Clubhouse, but that's partly due to the fact this one doesn't have the Cowshed Spa. Going for a downtown feel (JFK's aims for uptown style), it instead focuses around the architectural central bar (most popular cocktail? Mojito!) and chill-out lounge nooks (see the "Passion Pit" in our gallery below).
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Is it a roller coaster? Is a staircase? Um, well, what you see above is actually a combination of both. Oh, and it's also an artwork.
Blog Spot Cool Stuff spotted this...cool stuff...and now we're obsessed.
Sitting in the German town of Duisburg, about an hour outside of Düsseldorf, this interactive sculpture encourages the public to get up and walk its rails. There'll be no roller coaster cars barreling down the track towards you, as the entire thing consists of good old steps. In fact, the piece's name, "The Turtle and Tiger," plays with this:
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A few years ago we might have been surprised to hear that an airline was teaming up with a design brand to promote their fleet, but that’s not the case anymore. Cynthia Rowley has helped out United, Kate Spade and Richard Tyler have done a little designing for Delta, and most recently Banana Republic leant some uniform ideas to Virgin America. Well now it’s time for an international carrier to get the designer digs, as Finnair is joining forces with Finnish label Marimekko to bring a little more style to the skies.
The plan is to bring some of the signature style to the airline as soon as this spring. There will be specially designed tableware and textiles all featuring signature Marimekko patterns, and they’ll even sell the stuff through their online store and during flights. That means that you won’t feel the need to stuff your in-flight dining materials right into your carry-on—not that we’d ever do that.
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Do you ever find your mind wandering into the realm of "I wonder what [insert anything] would look like if it was designed by Apple?" Of course we've already seen how this plays out when applied to computers, music players, mobile phones and even maps, but what about a yacht?!
Well, wonder no more. Steve Jobs actually did put his talents towards a megayacht design and, though he's passed, that boat lives on.
Christened the Venus, the 80m/262' beast was unveiled at the end of October in Aalsmeer, Holland. As is normal with private yachts of this size and innovation, there are no interior photos to drool over nor is there an announcement of who will actually own the Venus. Odds are good that more than a few would love to charter it, however.
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Off limits. That's sadly how we know the TWA Flight Center at New York's JFK Airport today. No flights fly from it, no passengers check in beneath its departures board, and no cocktails are pushed across the bar of the Lisbon Lounge...any longer.
Unless you're renting out the entire space for a big-budget event or photoshoot (as Banana Republic recently did for their fall/winter 2012 ads), there's no way inside...with the exception of one day when the Flight Center is opened, for free, to the public during the openhousenewyork (OHNY) festival.
This last weekend may have been the 10th anniversary of OHNY, but it's only the second year the TWA Flight Center has participated. The first year obviously went well enough as they extended the hours for 2012, which nicely thinned the crowd to make for ideal photography and a mood that approached conviviality. To put it simply, it just seemed like everyone was truly enjoying being there.
Look at your chair right now. What is it made of? What's its shape? Is it comfortable? No matter your answers, there's a good chance that chair pales in comparison to one most commonly found in airports. Hear us out.
The strikingly modernist terminal building of Washington-Dulles International may have been designed by Eero Saarinen, but...those stylish rows of black chairs inside? Credit for these goes to Charles & Ray Eames. Perhaps you've heard their names before? They were, after all, behind other iconic furniture designs such as the DAR and No. 670, but without a doubt it's their "Tandem Sling" you'll likely encounter the most in your lifetime if you fly through US airports with any regularity.
Dulles, believe it or not, was the first airport engineered to accommodate jets. It opened in 1962, the same year the Eames' Tandem Sling was copyrighted, which isn't a coincidence; the Tandem Sling debuted with the airport, also counting the freshly built Chicago-O'Hare Airport as a client.
You'll still see (and sit on) these chairs at these airports today, not to mention the fact that many, many other airports followed suit. We snapped the photos below just a few days ago at Detroit-Metro, for example.
Let's talk iOS 6. Passbook? Check. Maps? Check. iPad update? Hmmlet's discuss that just a bit, because there is a hidden tidbit in the update you may not have noticed, but the Swiss Federal Railway (SBB) sure has.
If you've got an iPad and you've upgraded the operating system to iOS 6, then one small change will have been the switch of clock icons. From the standard black-bordered clock, the icon has changed to a cleaner, whiter one. It's lovelythe only problem is that it's the registered design property of the Swiss Railway, who've used that particular analog clock face throughout the nicely neutral country flowing with chocolate and muesli.