A Star Swedish Designer Ventures Into Real Estate Projects

Stockholm — There is a lack of color but not warmth inside the design studio of Lotta Agaton, a high-profile Stockholm stylist and interior designer who is currently in a period of pale gray, beige and greige. Every detail in the cozy studio is styled in the same calm palette with only black and white…

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Could Your House Be an Instagram Star?

Erin Vogelpohl has tried mixing darker blues and greens into the décor of her five-bedroom house in Dallas, but they don’t play well with her 447,000 Instagram followers. So she sticks with a soft blush palette, the millennial pink that is ubiquitous on Instagram, and in her living room. For home-décor Instagram influencers like Ms.…

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Sex and the Subway Ad

There is so much sex on the New York City subway now. Have you noticed? If you’re here, you must have. It’s inescapable. Sometimes, train stations are just coated in phallic cactuses. They jut out in every direction, advertising a company called Hims that sells not plants, but pills to help treat hair loss and…

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How I Came to Own My Name

Lauren is my name, and always has been — or so I thought until one afternoon just before I turned 30. Over turkey sandwiches, my oldest sister, Missy, and I discussed what our names might have been. “Mom was going to name you Amy Beth,” I said. Missy nodded. “And how crazy is it that…

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What Questions Do You Have for the 52 Places Traveler?

Sebastian Modak is near the midpoint of his yearlong trek to visit all the locations on our list of 52 Places to Go in 2019, and the time feels ripe for a crowdsourced debriefing. Curious about the high points and low points of his time on the road? Wondering if he has any advice for…

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The Rice Paddy at Ground Zero

Hundreds of people walked through the space between the Oculus and 3 World Trade Center, some pausing to glance up from their phones or conversations long enough to notice a recent addition: Two undulating wooden structures, one large and one small, containing what looked like stalks of grass. “I walk past this almost every day,”…

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How Many Hogs Can Be Slaughtered Per Hour? Pork Industry Wants More

The federal government is poised this month to adopt a rule that would essentially turn the largest pork processing lines in the United States into the autobahn: no speed limit. Currently, plants are allowed to slaughter a maximum of 1,106 hogs per hour. As hogs move down the slaughter lines, federal inspectors stationed at each…

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Rosie Ruiz, Who Faked Victory in Boston Marathon, Dies at 66

Rosie Ruiz, whose name become synonymous with cheating when Boston Marathon officials vacated her victory in the 1980 race after determining that she had sneaked into it about a mile from the finish line, died last month in Lake Worth, Fla. She was 66. Her death, on July 8, was not reported widely until a…

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Dean & DeLuca, Barneys and the Fate of Bohemian Consumerism

When Dean & DeLuca opened on Prince Street in 1977, three years after New York Magazine declared SoHo the most exciting place to live in New York, the artist Donald Judd soon began doing his weekly grocery shopping there. He and his wife, a dancer, lived nearby on Spring Street at a time when it…

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Why Aren’t We Talking About LinkedIn?

Twitter helps the powerful discover their worst selves and leaves everyone else vulnerable. Facebook brings people together only to subject them to marketing and manipulation. Our social feeds aren’t ready for the 2020 election. None of them are even ready for today. In recent months, they have faced serious scrutiny from Democratic and Republican lawmakers…

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