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Melissa: Making Plastic Glamorous

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Melissa is a shoe company based in Brazil that creates extraordinary plastic shoes. Over the past 36 years they have collaborated with Vivienne Westwood, Zaha Hadid, Karl Lagerfield and many others.

Their designs include a broad spectrum of shoes, from simple sandals to extravagant sculptural wedges. Consumed by a huge part of the population in Brazil, they have also found celebrity fans in Katy Perry, Anne Hathaway and Kate Moss.

Pentagram London’s resident Brazilian, Marina Willer and her team have created a summer campaign for the brand, here she explains her return to Rio.

New Work: ‘Green: A Field Guide to Marijuana’

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As the legalization of marijuana gains momentum across the U.S., there’s a growing need for practical information about cannabis that is not clouded in a haze of hippy nostalgia or stoner clichés. Pentagram’s Eddie Opara and his team have designed Green: A Field Guide to Marijuana, a new book from Chronicle that is an accessible and comprehensive manual for the occasional user and the dedicated connoisseur alike.

Green was written by Dan Michaels, the founder of the cannabis research group Sinsemedia, and features the striking photography of Eric Christiansen and his studio Nugshots, which specializes in detailed macro shots of various cannabis strains. The book demystifies its subject with a straightforward, almost clinical approach that balances useful information with gorgeous images that show the natural beauty of cannabis plants and their buds.

New Work: The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

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London is the greenest city in Europe, and a huge part of this greenery can be found in The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Founded in 1759 and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003, Kew is the world’s largest collection of living plants, a botanical research centre and one of London’s most popular visitor attractions.

Kew epitomises many aspect of what makes London unique, with its sprawling green space, its royal heritage and dedication to innovative research. Harry Pearce and team have created a new identity for the gardens, which brings all these qualities to the fore.

New Work: ‘30 Years of Emerging Voices’

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Every year since 1982, the Architectural League of New York’s Emerging Voices program has identified up-and-coming architects, landscape architects and urban designers who promise to make a lasting impact on the field. Considered one of the most important honors in American architecture, the annual lecture series and award is celebrated for its foresight in recognizing individuals and firms destined for worldwide influence. These have included Brad Cloepfil, James Corner, Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi, SHoP and Jeanne Gang, among many others.

Emerging Voices’ remarkable legacy is commemorated in a new book, 30 Years of Emerging Voices: Idea, Form, Resonance, out now from Princeton Architectural Press. Designed by Pentagram’s Michael Bierut and Laitsz Ho, the book is a richly illustrated compendium of almost 250 of the most innovative North American architects of the past three decades.

The League is launching 30 Years of Emerging Voices with a pair of events this week. The book was the focus of a special Oculus Book Talk at the Center for Architecture. This Saturday, July 11, the League and Open House New York will present OpenStudios: Emerging Voices, an opportunity to visit more than forty New York-based Emerging Voices firms. Pentagram’s office will serve as the check-in point for participants before they go on a self-guided walking tour of the studios. Copies of 30 Years of Emerging Voices will be available for purchase. Details here.