arts 09.17.07

getTRIO Roundup

You might have noticed on MUG emails in the past months a link at the bottom to getTRIO and wondered, what's that all about? It's there because MUG is part of the gT team, and we think if you like MUG, you'll like getTRIO. It's a daily email of three articlettes on pop culture, the arts, and entertainment. If you're looking for gossip about Britney Spears, though, you won't find it. Instead, we think you'll find a smart, quirky guide to things you haven't seen elsewhere in music, movies, design, the web, and much else. We've provided some teasers below—check them out, sign up for it, enjoy.
— The MUG Team

We've had a hard time getting these images out of our head. And there's a good reason for that—they spent a long time brewing in someone else's head. British-born Hugo Tillman spent two years in China, interviewing leading artists. The conversations ranged around their philosophies, fantasies, and their childhoods….More

"Mid-century modern" and "Eames" provoke the same kind of response from us that "doughnuts" and "beer" do from Homer Simpson. For those similarly hard-wired, the Collage Watch, an authorized reproduction of the timepiece designed by Charles and Ray Eames, at $135, is a relatively affordable way to showcase a little of their timeless appeal….More

Sheila Bridges may have racked up awards for high-profile interior decor work, and she may cut a demure figure in profiles from Town & Country and Traditional Home magazines, but it's the Philly native's wit and cheek through design that has us wanting to remodel with her hand-printed wallpaper…More

Two things. Nearly anything we say about this brilliant ad—viewable on YouTube—would spoil it. That's also why we've blanked out the title…More

What if someone had a photoblog 100 years ago? That's the neat idea behind Shorpy, where a time machine meets the internet. They don't take the conceit to extremes:…More

We'll admit we were first drawn to this site because of its name: Mr. and Mrs. Smith. (And not so much for the Brad Pitt/Angelina Jolie flick but the 1941 Hitchcock original with Robert Montgomery and the truly divine Carole Lombard.) There's no comic marital discord afoot on the website. Instead, you'll find a smart, tony guide to the best boutique and luxury hotels around the world….More

All hail Rotterdam! Rotterdam?
Well, yeah. The city has decided to have 2007 City of Architecture as a subtitle this year, but it's been an architectural leader for some time now….More

Full-body tattoo coverage. Tongue bifurcation. Silicon facial implants. It's just one blogger's ranking, but you can't deny that the list of Top 10 Physically Modified People is a completely fascinating peek into first-world freedoms and the notion of body ownership…More

Maybe it's that late August thing, when, at least in certain areas of the country, looking up into the night sky is more mind-bending, more entertaining, and more beautiful than anything you can name. But on those nights when the light of the city obscures the view, we love watching…More

It's like an online high school reunion, except the alma mater is that 20th-century relic the Playboy Club, the international chain of "gentlemen's lounges" owned and operated by Playboy Enterprises from 1960 to 1991. In one of the most delightful where-are-they-now projects we've seen in a while…More

"Leonardo was inspired by the ceiling in the great chapel. Michelangelo found his art in the Italian marble. Who am I to stand in the way of all these fine artists and artisans who want to use my lumpy, aging face for inspiration?"—William Shatner…More

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