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Happy Labor Day from UnBeige

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Murat Gok, Border (Hammock), 2010

Après Labor Day, le déluge, a sunburnt French monarch once said. May your day off be festive, adventurous, restful, quiet, or productive, as you see fit. And in case you’ve already reached the bottom of your summer reading list, here are a few online morsels to peruse as you prepare for sweater weather.

•Yet to make a pilgrimage to Philip Johnson‘s Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut? Pay a virtual visit, and start with the art (via VernissageTV and Vimeo).

Steven Heller remembers the colorful Deborah Sussman (via The Atlantic).

•Are these Eames-inspired Nikes the worst thing in the world? A point-counterpoint (via Fast Company).

•The reworked press photos now being discarded are unique objects and compellingly strange images. Rick Poynor takes a closer look at the accidental art of retouching (via Eye Magazine).

•The countdown to the reopening of Cooper Hewitt —née the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum —is on! Tide yourself over with the museum’s Object of the Day blog.

•Comedian and designer Jill Shargaa implores humanity to put the “awe” back in awesome (via TED.com).

•Treat your iPad to 82 and Fifth, in which 100 curators from across the Museum talk about 100 works of art from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection—one work, one curator, two minutes at a time.

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