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101 Travel

From trains to planes, see how travel is inextricably linked to design. Plus is Philippe Starck coming to a Motel 6 near you?

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    Cabin Envy

    I’m tired of hearing about the golden age 
of flight, that era when air hostesses (never hosts) wore Pucci uniforms, Pan Am logos adorned everything from complimentary socks to midtown skyscrapers, seat-back pockets revealed kit bags stuffed with miniature grooming apparatuses, the cocktails were free, the utensils were metal, and presumably you didn’t have to take your shoes 
on and off twice before boarding. You want 
to know why I’m tired of it? Because I fly in economy class.

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    The Bilbao Effect

    In the last 15 years, many a postindustrial city has redefined itself as a design center. Glasgow after its year as European City
    of Culture in 1990, Barcelona following the 1992 Olympics, Lisbon in the wake of the Expo 98 World Fair, and Bilbao in the first years of its Guggenheim Museum—all made Europe’s design-city phenomenon look unstoppable.

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    Putting the Motel in Hotels

    When design hotels first appeared in the ’80s, with their stylish bars, big-name designers, and excessive tariffs, many of us could have been forgiven for thinking that they were merely places to stare at in the pages of books such as the Hip Hotels series.

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    Back on Track

    What is it about trains that gets kids going gaga? Undoubtedly it has much to do with their wheels of steel, whistles, and distinc- tive chugga-chugga sound.

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    2007: A Space Odyssey

    Any cachet attached to the potential of space tourism was placed in dire straits when N’Sync heartthrob Lance Bass signed up to hitch a ride on a manned Russian rocket 
to the International Space Station.

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