the new york times’s special travel magazine came with last weekend’s paper, and it had some really great features. one was a shopping guide to chicago’s wicker park. i’ve only been to chicago once, about eight years ago, but if i go back i will definitely check out the wicker park area. shops included: jade (top left) & paper doll (top right). i also really enjoyed the story on the philadelphia art scene (which made me think of designers erin and emily). i loved the photo of alex da corte and his big stuffed sculptural pieces. lastly, there was a great story on munich’s famous porcelain manufacturer porzellan manufaktur nymphenburg (that was redundant!), which has been making traditional ceramics since 1747, but also manufactures less traditional works of art by designers like hella jongerious and ted muehling.