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Itzel Oropeza Castillo

Meet Mexico City’s New Official Emojis

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Itzel Oropeza Castillo

Residents of Mexico City will soon have a whole new set of emojis to use when talking about their city. As CityLab reports, the winners of the Emoji CDMX competition were announced on August 1, crowning new icons to describe the 21st-century metropolis.

Launched in June 2017 by the municipal government’s experimental Laboratory for the City, the competition asked designers to represent Mexico City in 20 small symbols. Almost 100 designers took part, submitting 2000 emoji designs for consideration. (Technically, the symbols are stickers, not emojis, since you’ll have to download an app to use them, but emoji is a much more recognizable term, so we’ll go with it.)

Mexico City’s Palace of Fine Arts, a witch, and a mariachi singer rendered as emoji.
A selection of some of the first-place-winning emoji.
Itzel Oropeza Castillo

The winners—Itzel Oropeza Castillo (first place); Eduardo Camacho and Pedro Rodrigo Grajeda (second place); and Ivonne Andrea Torres and Martin Robert Cook (third place)—received cash prizes from The Lift Mexico, one of the competition’s sponsors. Five honorable mentions and several mayor’s favorites selections were also recognized at the August 1 awards ceremony and will be included in the app.

A Mayan figure in a headdress, Frida Kahlo, and a Mexican walking fish drawn as emoji.
Emoji from the second-place entry
Eduardo Camacho Mayén and Pedro Rodrigo Grajeda Ortega

The emoji designs submitted often included some of the same themes and topics, including Frida Kahlo; the Mexican walking fish, ajolote; tamales; the Aztec god Tlaloc; and the landmark Latin American Tower.

A sign reading “CDMX” with people standing near it, a woman on the Metro, a boat that reads Xochimilco, and two people eating at a food stand.
Some of the third-place winners.
Ivonne Andrea Torres and Martin Robert Cook

While Finland has launched its own official national emoji, Mexico City is the first city to do so, and the first to hold an open competition for the designs. The Emoji CDMX app will be available for iOS and Android in September, with a total of 240 available designs.

[h/t CityLab]

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One of Frank Lloyd Wright's Final Residential Designs Goes on Sale in Ohio
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In case you’ve missed the many recent sales of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed real estate, you have yet another chance to secure yourself a historical starchitect home. The Louis Penfield House is being sold by its original owners, and it could be yours for a cool $1.3 million. The restored Usonian home in Willoughby Hills, Ohio has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 2003.

The house is currently a vacation rental and, depending on the preference of the new owner, it could continue to operate as a tourist destination. Or you could take it over as your private residence, which sounds pretty luxurious. It still has a floor-to-ceiling glass-walled living room that looks out on the Chagrin River, and comes with all the original furniture Wright designed. Like Wright’s other Usonian homes, it has a radiant-floor heating system that draws on a natural gas well onsite.

A retro-looking living room features floor-to-ceiling windows.
A bedroom is filled with vintage wooden furniture.

Around the same time as the original commission, Louis and Pauline Penfield also asked Wright to create another house on an adjacent property, and that home would prove to be the architect’s final residential design. It was still on the drawing board when he died unexpectedly in 1959. The sale of the Penfield House includes the original plans for the second house, called Riverrock, so you’d be getting more like 1.5 Frank Lloyd Wright houses. Seems like a pretty good deal to us.

All images via Estately

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Pop Culture
IKEA Publishes Instructions for Turning Rugs Into Game of Thrones Capes
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Game of Thrones is one of the most expensive TV shows ever produced, but even the crew of the hit HBO series isn’t above using an humble IKEA hack behind the scenes. According to Mashable, the fur capes won by Jon Snow and other members of the Night’s Watch on the show are actually sheepskin rugs sold by the home goods chain.

The story behind the iconic garment was first revealed by head costume designer Michele Clapton at a presentation at Los Angeles’s Getty Museum in 2016. “[It’s] a bit of a trick,” she said at Designing the Middle Ages: The Costumes of GoT. “We take anything we can.”

Not one to dissuade customers from modifying its products, IKEA recently released a cape-making guide in the style of its visual furniture assembly instructions. To start you’ll need one of their Skold rugs, which can be bought online for $79. Using a pair of scissors cut a slit in the material and make a hole where your head will go. Slip it on and you’ll look ready for your Game of Thrones debut.

The costume team makes a few more changes to the rugs used on screen, like shaving them, adding leather straps, and waxing and “frosting” the fur to give it a weather-worn effect. Modern elements are used to make a variety of the medieval props used in Game of Thrones. The swords, for example, are made from aircraft aluminum, not steel. For more production design insights, check out these behind-the-scenes secrets of Game of Thrones weapons artists.

[h/t Mashable]


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