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Takashi Murakami

The controversial Japanese artist Takashi Murakami is best known for his ability to blur the line between high and low arts. His sculptures, prints and other fine art creations are simultaneously tacky yet poised. In 2001, Murakami published  his “Superflat” theory in the catalogue for a group exhibition of the same name. The theory discusses the idea that there is a legacy of flat, 2-dimensional imagery which has existed throughout Japanese art history (such as wood-blocking) and continues today (in manga, hentai and anime). This style is wholly Eastern and emphasizes flat planes of color.  His pieces represent an amalgam and synthesizing of Buddhist accents, highly sexual Japanese fetish art, psychedelic sixties iconography, satirical exaggeration and childish linear drawings. The highly commercial artist has collaborated with such renown brands and celebrities as Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, Kanye West, Pharrel Williams and in floats for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, or as a game designer for Hasbro’s Monopoly.

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A painting by Takashi Murakami, a Guy de Rougemont cocktail table, and a pair of Leleu bergères in the living room; Manuel Canovas fabric curtains. 

Photography by William Waldron for Elle Decor. Serious and very fifth avenue, yet with a touch of humor. 

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A New York City apartment by John Beckmann of Axis Mundi offers wham bam glam! Image via Desire to Inspire.

Takashi Murakami Room / The Walkup

Statement pieces by artists Bert Stern, Takashi Murakami, and Alex Katz line this jewel box living room giving it punch and power. The color play, vertical stripes and expertly mismatched patterns continuously draw the eye to new places.

Sid Bergamin’s Brazilian retreat ala Robin De Groot Design and Architectural Digest. 

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Nigo’s Bedroom replete with Louis Vuitton bedsheets and Murakami Cushions on the floor. Eat your heart out pop culture, brand addicts. Image via The Ski Club. 

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Yours truly at the  Takashi Murakami at the Palace of Versailles exhibition in 2010. When in doubt; floral, happy-face wallpaper and carpeting does the trick. 

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Takashi Murakami Room / The Walkup

A funky brooklyn townhouse incorporates David Weeks lighting, contemporary prints (such as Murakami), a glossy white lacquered table, a Jason Miller Studio Antler Sconce and mid-century accents to create a bright and clean space. 

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This lounge space is half underground club and half secret treehouse. Painted over pressed metal walls, lucite chandelier, and Murakami print keep the relaxation space feeling fresh. Image via GummyGoose.

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The Arne Vodder credenza, the 60’s Ecuador chair, the bright orange sofa, a cow skin rug, and the angular floor lamp have a midcentury, cowboy vibe, but the Takashi Murakami and the Kaws Sorayama figure on the Saarinen table make this room ultra modern. Image created by Pastolux using Ebay finds. 

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Miami-based interior design and architecture firm Errez Design‘s curated update of a 1910 cottage in Coconut Grove, FL, which belongs to a contemporary art collector. The client has an extensive collection of artwork, including pieces by Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami, Banksy, Swoon, and David Bowie, as well as rare antique Biedermeier furniture, antique textiles, and crystal chandeliers. Images via Casa Sugar.

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Design by Vicente Wolf. A Takashi Murakami painting dominates one corner of the living room. African masks rest on a Chinese-elm cocktail table, an African stool serves as a side table, and a Louis XVI console stands by the window; all are from VW Home. The armchairs are covered in an Edelman leather. Park Avenue apartment via Architectural Digest.

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A space dominated by circular design: an oval print, an oblong sculpture, a rounded chair. Designed by D’Apostrophe, this Paris Mansion is friendly, organic and bright. Family room image via Houzz.

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Who said contemporary art is only for grownups? Definitely not me.  This kid’s room is airy and rainbow filled – no unhappy campers allowed. Design by Designed by D’Apostrophe for a Bond Street, NYC triplex. Image via Houzz. As they say in Japan, “Kawaii”!

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A sneak inside Cordelia de Castellane’s artful Parisian home reveals a master bedroom painted with Farrow & Ball’s Light Gray. The four poster bed is kingly, almost stately, yet childish with it’s Murakami pillows. Photography by Roger Davies for Elle Decor.

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A London home’s mantle provides a focal point for artwork and first-edition James Bond books. The painting above the fireplace is by Chen Ke, and sitting on the marble is also a hyper sexual nurse (or waitress?) sculpture by Murakami. Image via House to Home.

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Dark navy exposed brick walls allow a white-bright Murakami piece to pop. 

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The bed, very seventies, surrounded by works of art: from left to right, a painting by Robert Delaunay, a vase by Ettore Sottsass for the Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres and a sculpture by Takashi Murakami. Image via Architectural Digest France.

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No longer just for the brow bone and the crease of your eye, think of an eyeshadow compact as a painter’s palette filled with suggested gradients. Match an eyeshadow to accessories in order to create a  favorite room. 

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Room: The talented Swedish blogger Frida Ramstedt explores pastels and geometric shapes via 79 Ideas / Eyeshadow: Dior’s ‘Cherie Bow’ 5 Couleurs Eye Palette via Nordstrom. Inspired by The House of Dior’s iconic symbol, the bow, this season’s look exudes femininity, sophistication and sensuality with a playful twist.

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Room: A playful and minimal neon kid Jenni Juurinen. / Eyeshadow: Napoleon Perdis Prismatic Eye Shadow Quad #6 for dramatic, chromatic beauty, a mix and mismatched palette of bright shades via Neiman Marcus.

This Room That Eye Shadow

Room: The cool azure green of this damask wallpaper creates a summery look in this living room. A large, comfortable contemporary sofa has a white linen frame, but the seat and back cushions in velvet, accessorized with minty green silk cushions, add a rich feel, from House to Home. / Eyeshadow: NARS Trio Eyeshadow, Cap Ferrat . Named for one of Japan’s most southern clusters of islands characterized by over 150 islands. The area boasts pleasant weather and good fortune. The first eyeshadow trio for the brand is a striking triad of silver, deep cobalt blue and black onyx. Like its namesake area, the three hues are exotic on their own or work together in perfect harmony via Beauty.com.

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Dear Kate

Aunt Flo; Riding the Crimson Wave; My Moon; The Cotton Pony; Checked into the Red Roof Inn; T.O.M. Time Of Month; Shark Week; The Rag. Whatever nickname you use to address your period (ahem; menses), give it up and give this special cycle the honors it so deserves! A woman will spend approximately 3,500 days of her life menstruating, so we better learn to love it, or else we’re in for some doom and gloom.

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Dear Kate / The Walkup

ms moxie cheeky / leading lady bikini full

As the inimitable feminist, activist and philosopher Gloria Steinem once wrote, “What would happen, for instance, if suddenly, magically, men could menstruate and women could not? The answer is clear – menstruation would become an enviable, boast-worthy, masculine event: Men would brag about how long and how much. Boys would mark the onset of menses, that longed-for proof of manhood, with religious ritual and stag parties. The US Congress would fund a National Institute of Dysmenorrhea to help stamp out monthly discomforts. Sanitary supplies would be federally funded and free. (Of course, some men would still pay for the prestige of commercial brands such as John Wayne Tampons, Muhammed Ali’s Rope-a-dope Pads, Joe Namath Jock Shields – “For Those Light Bachelor Days,” and Robert “Baretta” Blake Maxi-Pads.)”

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So, let’s all exit the Red Tent, shed the taboos (like our uterine lining), and embrace this awesome time which signifies womanhood and more importantly, fertility and the continuity of humanity. It is not awkward, it is not gross (womb blood once nourished YOU), and it is not foul. In fact, in many ways, having my period is the only time I feel like a kind of X-(wo)Man whose superpower is that of lunar cycles, friendship syncing and tidal waves. Why do some men get to brag about natural bodily functions like ejaculation, burping and farting yet, us women cannot discuss our most basic of reproductive rites?

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Lace during your period! The Victorians would have never imagined it. 

leading lady laundry bag / ms moxie bralet

I will, however, admit something, even after my pro period rant; sometimes menstruation really is inconvenient, even messy. So for that we have Dear Kate! Protective, leak-resistent, stain resistant lingerie for women. Throw out the granny panties! Dear Kates were invented for those days when the last thing you want to worry about is an embarrassing mishap. Rock those white pants, and quit soaking and scrubbing, Cinderella! Rather than having an underthing with the express purpose of “attracting a mate” why not empower yourself with a garment made for your needs, while still being cute?

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Dear Kate’s founder utilized her chemical engineering background to create the patent-pending fabric lining each pair of underwear. Comprised of two luxurious microfiber layers and a thin, breathable outer layer, this is revolutionary fabric to the rescue. These clever and washable garments will save about 730 panty liners a year, think about it – that’s a decent chunk of change ($$) and a few trees. Not just for the monthly gift; Dear Kate also comes through in a pinch for gym sweat, bladder leakage and discharge. Trust me, it’s love-at-first-wear.

As Dear Kate CEO and founder Julie Sygiel explains, “We can’t reschedule your time of the month or train your unborn child, but we can make life safer for your favorite dress.”

TAKE BACK YOUR PERIOD. PERIOD.