Bold Move
Although Erick van Egeraat’s flashy Chess Club may seem a bit out of place in Khanty-Mansiysk, Siberia has a reputation for attracting eccentric architecture. Take, for example, the World Mammoth and Permafrost Museum in Yakutsk. We wrote about the unique structure, designed by New York–based Leeser Architects, in 2007 ( The museum is perched on 20-foot-tall concrete pylons, making it look more like a strolling prehistoric beast than a museum and laboratory. Inside the 65,000-square-foot building, visitors can explore man-made caves containing preserved woolly mammoths, or observe scientists who are exploring the possibility of cloning the mammoth. For more on Leeser’s design, take a look at the firm’s
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Repriming the Pump
While the future of Atlantic City may still be uncertain, its Prohibition past is currently fodder for HBO’s Boardwalk Empire ( The series takes place in the 1920s, and revolves around Nucky Thompson, a character based on the legendary politician Enoch “Nucky” Johnson, who made his fortune by choosing to ignore Prohibition regulations in favor of taking a cut of illegal activities. In the style of the original Nucky, HBO launched major advertising campaigns for the premiere of the show’s second season last September. A realistic sign placed at the entrance to Atlantic City announced the “Atlantic City Beautification Project—Compliments of Nucky Thompson,” and drivers heading east into the city drove toll-free for an entire weekend.

Murray’s Next Act
Murray Moss has been a design tastemaker for almost 20 years, but his cultural influence has an even longer reach. A case in point: wildlife figurines. Yellow Hammer, a Nymphenburg porcelain bird available through Moss’s online gallery, is the real deal: But replicas of Moss’s extravagant creatures are readily available at stores like Urban Outfitters, which has allowed them to become a “vintage” staple in hipster homes. A visit to almost any Williamsburg, Brooklyn, boutique proves that fauna fabrics and figurines are all the rage, while the “Put a Bird on It” skit from IFC’s Portlandia put an over-the-top spin on the trend that Murray helped create:

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