The Unexpected Museum

Next time you’re jumping on a red-eye with a neck pillow in hand, take a moment to check out your surrounds. Sure, you’re probably being given the once-over by TSAs, but you’d be surprised at how many statement design features there are to notice: whether it’s intuitive wayfinding, green walls, or floating runways (well, that might be a couple of years off), you’re likely to see the transit space in an entirely new light.

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Unlike those of us who haven’t taken the opportunity to examine the intricacies of airports, the team at 08 Left are well acquainted with terminal traits. In a striking series called the Domestic Airport Collection, they render blueprints of American airports in vibrant inks for art prints that make you think and look twice. Appropriately aerial, the bird’s-eye perspective of these unsung architectural feats turn geography into geometry, working a contemporary angle into each piece and making us investigate the best of what US airports have to offer.

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So when it’s time to head to the gate, keep your eyes peeled. Maybe it’s the Southern grandeur of the Savannah/Hilton Head Airport, or maybe it’s the unmistakable Austin-ness of the city’s airport, complete with barbecue and live music. Florida’s Palm Beach Airport is ideal for winding down at tee-off time (yep, there’s a putting green), while palms trees and an outdoor wine bar in Long Beach bring the retro glam to Southern California. And, purely for design value, Tampa can’t be beat – it’s like a time capsule of what people thought the future would look like, fifty years ago.

And if your pockets are a little too light for jetsetting, satisfy your wanderlust with some affordable, aspirational art.

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