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Jenny Lee Fowler's paper cuttings are distinctly modern, meanwhile honoring the legacy of early American portraiture, and the natural elements that are her media.
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A small agricultural town in Costa Rica's mountain highlands, Zacero is known for organic farming, fruit preserves, and, for the last 50 years, its topiary garden. 
At age 72, 18th-century British artist Mary Delany began her floral collages. In an age of decoupage and floral paintings, her intricate paper art was a nod to both, and a new style of botanic art. 
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It's a bonanza month for design films buffs! We have the trailer for Eames: The Architect and The Painter about the husband-and-wife team of Ray and Charles Eames (above). Plus: Women in the Dirtabout seven landscape designers.
A dramatic accent to modern-day gardens, Acanthus plants were also the inspiration for Corinthian columns, the art of William Morris, and mid-century motifs. 
Is "authenticity" over, as The New York Times says, or are we just all sick of the oh-so-sweet and lovely rustic style? My rant about how we've become beaten down by charm. Plus: I take a look at some of the new magazines and websites that have crossed our desks—including Wilder Quarterly and Co.Exist—and ponder what's next for design, now that "tweemo" (yes, that's our term!) may have finally reached its peak.
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With sculptor Marie Khouri's series of concrete planters, the container is reimagined as contemporary art. 
Each year, London's Serpentine Gallery has a temporary pavilion designed by a well-known architect. This year's version is by Pritzker prize winner Peter Zumthor, with a garden by Piet Oudolf—the first time horticulture has joined architecture in the 11 years of the pavilion's history. 
Botanic motifs flourished in Victorian design, and typography was no exception. Ornate filigree details and calligraphic embellishments were often designed as stylized flowers, leaves, and even trees, around the alphabet characters. We look at the story behind several typefaces inspired by the natural world.
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In the last several years, artists have reclaimed moss as a medium, creating site-specific installations to reclaim public spaces, and creating a new sort of growing, living graffiti.
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