2021 VW Arteon unveiled with sharper design, improved interior


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Volkswagen updated the Arteon, its halo model in the United States, with a sharper-looking front end and a significantly improved interior packed with more tech. It also expanded the range with a wagon named Shooting Brake, though it quickly confirmed the long-roof model was not developed with the American market in mind.

Although the Arteon is not a high-volume car, Volkswagen stressed it’s an important part of its range. It acknowledged crossovers rule the market, and it’s planning on adding more high-riding models to its portfolio, but it remains fully committed to sedans. And, with the Touareg out of the picture here, the Arteon is its flagship.

“We’ve made it well clear, contrary to potentially some of our competitors, that we still want to be very well vested in the sedan segment,” said Hein Schafer, Volkswagen’s senior vice president of product marketing

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You Can Win A Chance to Have a Virtual Consultation with Decorator Nathan Turner

Photo credit: Courtesy of Wallshoppe
Photo credit: Courtesy of Wallshoppe

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The design world is raising money for communities hit hardest by the novel coronavirus with the Design Unites auction, which has launched its second batch of biddable items. And a virtual consultation with Nathan Turner and the Creative Director of Wallshoppe—along with a complete party kit from Social Studies—are at the top of our wish list from the latest round of unique items and one-of-a-kind experiences up for auction.

Eighty percent of all funds raised through the Charitybuzz sale, put together by ELLE Decor, Town & Country, House Beautiful, and VERANDA, will go directly to Habitat for Humanity’s COVID-19 Emergency Housing Response Fund. New items and experiences will be added to the site through December.

The charity sale raised over $18,000 in its first round, and the second lot, which you can find outlined below, will be

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Fincantieri’s New 230-Foot Megayacht Concept Has an Interior That Will Make Any 5-Star Hotel Jealous

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Fincantieri Yachts is known for designing masterful custom megayachts that challenge the status quo, but the builder is having a real mic-drop moment with its latest vessel. The next-gen concept, known as Blanche, spans 230 feet and features a spacious interior that may just remind you of your favorite five-star hotel.

The first thing you’ll notice about Blanche is that she’s devoid of unnecessary clutter. The Italian yard purposely eschewed visual obstructions in favor of space and simplicity. This frees your eyes up to focus on the ship’s graceful lines.

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The concept was developed in partnership with Gabriele Teruzzi. The young Italian designer founded his eponymous studio in 2016 and already has a handful of prestigious projects to his name. Pairing this fresh blood with such a storied shipbuilder—Fincantieri has more than two centuries worth of experience—has led to

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5 Black Creatives Who Helped Shape American Art, Architecture, and Design

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Black creatives have long been influencing American art, design, and culture with their talent, ingenuity, and unique perspectives. Unfortunately, so many Black artists, architects, and designers have been silenced or exploited because of the color of their skin for most—or even the entirety—of their careers. Our nation has missed out on the opportunity to know and celebrate their skills. And that needs to change. We asked Fabiola Jean-Louis, an interdisciplinary artist, and Michael Henry Adams, a historian and author, about Black creatives the world needs to know.

The creatives highlighted here are not new to American art and design history itself—you may even know these names already—but most have not been properly celebrated by mainstream institutions or publications until too late, if at all. Their stories and contributions to society are imperative to the art and design industries and deserve to be known by all, not just by

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