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Notes from the Weekend

ON SATURDAY, near the end of a three-and-a-half hour salon appointment, my stylist’s next client arrived, an half an hour early. An elderly blond English woman, after sharing hellos and niceties with us, she was content to busy herself with her phone, that is, until through the mirror, I caught her curiously appraising me. “Where are you going tonight?” she asked.

News 20.03.23: Five Essential Articles from Around the Web

It’s been 25 years since Ben Affleck became the youngest person to win the Oscar for best original screenplay at age 25 for Good Will Hunting, which he wrote with Matt Damon; 16 years since he directed his critically acclaimed first feature, Gone Baby Gone; and a decade since he won best picture for Argo, a film Affleck directed, starred in and produced. His four features as a director — all thrillers and dramas instead of the kind of franchise films that drive the modern box office — have made nearly $450 million worldwide.

Design History: Seashells in Art & Décor

IT WAS THE shell-encrusted powder room (above) belonging to art dealer William Thuillier and lampshade maker Alvaro Picardo in Pimlico featured in the World Of Interiors that first caught our eye. Somehow, after that, we began seeing them everywhere.

Sunday Best Vol. 01 | No. 10

This week, the article that really jumped out at me was from the New York Times, titled “Americans Head to Europe for the Good Life on the Cheap”. The title is obviously a bit cheeky and sensationalist, implying that Americans are flocking to Europe solely to live well for less money, however, the article touches on a broader scope of focus, including digital nomads, the appeal of a European lifestyle, and how countries like Spain, Greece and Portugal have courted foreigners and corporations, hoping to bolster their own economies. The article also raises some important points about how foreign investment into real estate can disrupt local communities inflating housing costs and upsetting local residents.

News 17.03.23: Five Essential Articles from Around the Web

Last week, both Microsoft and Google gave demos of their new artificial intelligence–powered search assistants. Microsoft’s Bing Chat sits inside its Bing search engine and Edge web browser, while Google’s Bard chatbot will do its thing on the same page where Google’s standard search results appear.

Décor Inspiration: On Minimalism & Neutrals

YES, I KNOW, I introduced my new design aesthetic recently, only to change back less than a week later, but this time, I think it will take. It’s not exactly White Chocolate Minimalism, but it’s definitely as serene and calming, yet with enough charming details and flourishes (ceiling beams, crown moulding) to keep things from becoming too austere. There seems to be quite a bit of blacks, browns, and dark, rich woods in this iteration, but it feels earthy and not oppressive…

Moving To: Como City, Italy

So far in our Moving To series, we have covered beautiful towns in both Spain and France with Toledo and Versailles respectively. This week, we are taking a look at a town in Italy. It is not an exaggeration to say that the country is spoiled for choice when it comes to stunning places. From the rolling hills of Tuscany to the dramatic coastline of the Amalfi Coast, Italy offers an endless array of picturesque towns and cities that capture the country’s unique blend of history, culture, and natural beauty.

Talking Points No.03: What Exactly is ChatGPT?

IT’S BEEN HAILED as a cultural phenomenon and at the moment, it’s all anyone can talk about. It’s ChatGPT, the language model created by OpenAI, a San Francisco-based artificial-intelligence company. We touched on the subject briefly before, but will take a more in-depth look today at the fastest-growing internet service ever (it reached 100 million users in January, just two months after its launch at the end of November 2022).

News 15.03.23: Five Essential Articles from Around the Web

… And so on, until the 36th person types “Good morning,” and the work day can begin. It’s nine in the morning, and Alexia D., a graphic designer, types the final “Good morning.” No one dares skip the greeting. Not Alexia, not anyone. If she does, the team leader will log her as absent, even if 10 minutes later she is on the screen with her work completed and a smile on her face, ready to review project updates.